1. Queen to Release New Album, Unreleased Freddie Mercury Songs

    May 26, 2014 1:18 PM EDT In an interview Friday with BBC Wales , Queen guitarist Brian May revealed the iconic rock band would be releasing a new collection of music later this year that will include previously unreleased songs sung by Freddie Mercury. “We found a few more tracks with Freddie singing and all of us…

  2. Former Local H Drummer Brian St. Clair Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

    May 24, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Brian St. Clair, the former drummer for rock bands Local H and Triple Fast Action, was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to Chicagoist . “I’m only 45 so this was a huge wake up call for me,” St. Clair said in a statement to Chicagoist. “I’m hoping to raise awareness that it’s…

  3. D'Angelo's Voodoo Still Transfixing at Red Bull Music Academy: Review

    May 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Over 14 years after his last album, the seminal neo-soul text, "Voodoo," defined an era, D'Angelo sauntered on stage in a classroom-sized theater at the Brooklyn Museum – as if he hadn't been gone a day. His signature cornrows dangled beneath a black fedora, cocked to the…

  4. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  5. Pre-AC/DC Marcus Hook Roll Band, 'Ride Baby Ride': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 21, 2014 1:57 PM EDT Billboard exclusively premieres "Ride Baby Ride" by Malcolm & Angus Young’s pre-AC/DC group the Marcus Hook Roll Band. Wally Waller didn't quite know what he was getting into when he went to Sydney, Australia, during July of 1973 to record the Marcus Hook Roll Band's…

  6. Queen & Adam Lambert Announce Australia Tour

    May 21, 2014 4:31 AM EDT Queen and Adam Lambert will hit Australia for an arena trek this August and September. The tour will visit the country's four biggest cities, and it'll mark the band’s first in Australia since 1985. Promoter Paul Dainty said of the upcoming run, “Since I have started promoting and…

  7. Florida Georgia Line's New Album 'Halfway Done,' Expected in October (Video)

    May 19, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Florida Georgia Line are ready to cruise on down to album number two. In a red carpet interview prior to yesterday's Billboard Music Awards , members Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley dropped some hints on what to expect from the new music. "If everything goes as expected, we should…

  8. Jackson Family Reacts & More Backstage Moments at Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2014 1:22 AM EDT Check out the scene backstage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid said the BBMA premiere of Michael Jackson 's "Slave to Rhythm" did not necessarily mean it would be the follow-up single to "Love Never Felt So Good." "It's…

  9. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan 'Roll' Hard at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 8:45 PM EDT One of the most flat-out-fun moments of tonight's Billboard Music Awards was the performance of "This Is How We Roll" by two of country music's biggest stars, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. Billboard Music Awards : Winners | Photos | Milestone • PHOTOS: Show &…

  10. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  11. Director of Nina Simone Film Sues Over Production Company's Hijacking

    May 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Cynthia Mort is taking legal action after being cut out of decision-making on a biopic about legendary jazz singer Nina Simone that she spent years trying to develop. Although Nina still is being credited to her, Mort is unhappy she's being associated with a movie starring Zoe Saldana…

  12. Florida Georgia Line Billboard Music Awards Q&A: On 'Cruise,' Nelly & Blackjack

    May 15, 2014 12:38 PM EDT With the 2014 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Florida Georgia Line to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught their ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS •…

  13. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  14. The Black Keys Defy Radio Trends on 'Turn Blue': Album Review

    May 12, 2014 10:57 AM EDT For lovers of pop music, advance word about the new Black Keys album was a bit alarming. Guitarist-vocalist Dan Auerbach, drummer Patrick Carney and returning co-conspirator/­co-producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton said in recent interviews that they were consciously steering…

  15. Weezer's 'Blue Album' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 09, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Roughly a month after Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide , bummed-out rocker kids everywhere met a new potential hero. His name was Rivers Cuomo, and he was a Connecticut-born L.A. transplant with a fetish for melody and secret love of cheesy metal. He worshipped Nirvana but also shredding…

  16. Jimmy Page To Re-Release 'Photographic Autobiography'

    May 09, 2014 5:26 AM EDT Jimmy Page will see his official autography, Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time, hit major bookstores in October after being published as a limited edition in 2010. It will retail at $60, but is currently available via pre…

  17. Billy Joel Tries 'Strong American Medicine' in 1987 Russia: Exclusive DVD Clip (Video)

    May 08, 2014 10:43 AM EDT When Billy Joel rocked Russia in in 1987, he "gave it all away," he says in an exclusive clip from his forthcoming DVD documenting the tour, "A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia," which Bilboard premieres below. In fact he gave so much in his performances, he lost his…

  18. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  19. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  20. Michael Jackson's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the New Album

    May 02, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's new cover story focuses on the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson , going behind the scenes with the super-producers who sifted through nearly two-decades of MJ's studio outtakes in an attempt to produce what they hope will be a posthumous hit record, "…

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