1. Lil Wayne, Pharrell & Drake to Perform at 2014 BET Awards

    June 03, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Some of music's biggest names will hit the stage at this year's BET Awards. Lionel Richie, Lil Wayne, Pharrell Williams, Drake, Usher, Trey Songz and Jennifer Hudson will perform. Comedians/actors, Kevin Hart and Tracy Morgan, will also take the stage. Lil Wayne, Drake and Trey…

  2. Dailey & Vincent Taping First Live Album at George Mason University

    June 03, 2014 9:43 AM EDT Bluegrass superduo Dailey & Vincent are working at a feverish pace these days. This past weekend saw them in Washington D.C. performing at the Library of Congress, and also making another stop in the area to set up their next project. "We are looking at doing the first ever Dailey …

  3. 'Sugar Man' Singer Rodriguez Holds Down Los Angeles Gig

    June 02, 2014 4:41 PM EDT The unfathomable story line of the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” which culminates with a series of South Africa arena concerts in 1998, appears to be playing out in similar fashion in the United States. Two years after “Sugar Man's” subject, Sixto Rodriguez, was playing solo…

  4. Ask Billboard: Sam Smith Triples Up In The Top 40

    June 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Is the pop singer/songwriter the first British act to place three songs in the top 40 at back-to-back-to-back ranks? A trip through Hot 100 history reveals the answer As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  5. 'Arsenio Hall Show' Canceled After One Season

    May 31, 2014 11:20 AM EDT "The Arsenio Hall Show" has been canceled because of low ratings, ending Hall's late-night comeback bid after a single season. Hall's bid to recreate the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded TV market. Prince Debuts…

  6. Kris Kristofferson to Play Andrew Jackson in History Miniseries

    May 30, 2014 5:44 PM EDT History's "Texas Rising" has cast its president. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson has been tapped to play President Andrew Jackson in the eight-hour miniseries, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The event series, from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America and produced by…

  7. CODE Picks of the Week: deadmau5, Michael Jackson & More

    May 30, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. deadmau5 ft. Colleen D'Agostino, "Seeya" [Astralwerks] Whether he’s making main stage electro, minimal techno or funky future…

  8. Billy Idol Autobiography Gets Release Date

    May 29, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Billy Idol was there at the birth of punk-rock in the U.K., and now he’s telling his story for the first time. "Dancing with Myself," Idol’s self-penned autobiographical memoir, is set for publication on Oct. 7, on Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint. The book recounts Idol’s…

  9. Bono, The Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors

    May 29, 2014 12:43 AM EDT Bono and the Edge have done their bit to shape popular music, and save lives with tunes. Now they’re helping guide the fortunes of Fender. The U2 founders have joined the board of directors for Fender Musical instruments Corporation, the company behind the legendary Fender guitar lines.…

  10. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  11. Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

    May 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Maya Angelou, an American author and poet who documented her life in seven autobiographies and recited her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration, has died at age 86. Angelou's publicist told CNN that the renowned poet died at…

  12. Richie Sambora Highlights Drug Abuse with New Song 'Lighthouse' (Watch)

    May 28, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora drew on his own past in debuting a song at a forum on drug abuse Tuesday. The event, at a high school arena, was aimed at raising awareness about the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers along the Jersey shore. Sambora, a New Jersey native,…

  13. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

  14. Miles Davis Honored with Namesake New York City Street

    May 27, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A block on New York City's Upper West Side where Miles Davis composed some of jazz's greatest works has been renamed in his honor. Yesterday (May 26), hundreds came out for the unveiling ceremony of a street sign titled "Miles Davis Way," officially marking a stretch of…

  15. Russia Launches Song Contests As 'Alternative' To Eurovision

    May 27, 2014 12:13 AM EDT In the wake of this year's Eurovision win by cross-dresser Conchita Wurst, Russia's defense ministry is running a children and youth song contest, billed as "an alternative to bearded Eurovision," while another song contest, seen as having a similar mission, will take…

  16. Latin Pop Isn't Popping: Why Stars Like Carlos Vives and Luis Fonsi Are Facing a 'New Cultural Reality'

    May 26, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Commercial Latin music was once synonymous with romantic pop, from ballads to uptempo. Recently, however, the chart has been monopolized by Marc Anthony's return to salsa, bachata stars Romeo Santos and Prince Royce, and urban vet Daddy Yankee. In the past 12 months, only one pop act has…

  17. Mysteryland USA: Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Acres of Music Rule EDM Fest on Woodstock's Grounds

    May 26, 2014 9:46 AM EDT Tens of thousands of attendees descended upon the original Woodstock grounds May 23-25 for the Mysteryland electronic music festival featuring Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Moby, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis and many more. The Bethel Woods, New York event, produced by the Dutch company ID&T …

  18. Summer Music Central 2014: Photos, Songs, Albums, Festivals, Charts, Video & More

    May 23, 2014 3:07 PM EDT Photos: 65 Hot Celebrity Beach Bodies 30 Summer Albums The Season's Must-Hear LPs 20 Songs With 'Hot' Titles A Sizzling Playlist: Listen Top 30 'Summer' Songs Summer Music Festivals Complete Coverage Top 10s of Each Summer 1985-2013 Beyonce & Jay Z Tour! Mr. &…

  19. Made In America: Imagine Dragons, John Mayer Headliners In Los Angeles

    May 22, 2014 6:09 PM EDT The same afternoon Budweiser announced the lineup for this year's Philadelphia edition of Made in America, the festival's Los Angeles lineup has also been made public. Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Kendrick Lamar and others will lead the bill for Made in America's inaugural LA…

  20. Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton Soar Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    May 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Rascal Flatts scores its seventh No. 1 debut and eighth overall leader on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (and starts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 ), as "Rewind" arrives with 61,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since the beginning of 2000, the year that the band…

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