1. Aloe Blacc, American Authors To Perform at Kids' Choice Awards

    March 12, 2014 11:45 AM EDT The 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards has announced its first performers and presenters. Indie rock outfit American Authors and Aloe Blacc will perform at the March 29 fan-voted ceremony hosted by Mark Wahlberg, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. American Authors will take the stage…

  2. SXSW: The New Rules of South By Southwest

    March 11, 2014 3:00 PM EDT South by Southwest is the prime environment for a condition known as FOMO -- fear of missing out -- to spread like the incurable contagion that it is. But take it from the old school: In five years, or as many months, that secret set from the fest's rapper-du-jour on the edge of town won…

  3. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year. Who makes the biggest bucks in music? Billboard’s annual Money Makers ranking of the top earners is more than a little bit country (Taylor storms in at No. 1), with plenty of hip-hop and a whole lot of rock’n’roll …

  4. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Janet Jackson Takes 'Escapade' To No. 1

    March 10, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1990, Jackson scored her sixth of 15 leaders on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Plus, remembering key chart feats for New Kids on the Block, Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  5. Inside the Hendrix Film's Beatles Coup and Why They 'Bet the House' on Andre Benjamin

    March 09, 2014 4:46 PM EDT The Beatles, Cream, the Animals, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones play roles in the development of Jimi Hendrix in 1966 and 1967, a 12-month period that saw the guitarist emerge from Curtis Knight's rhythm section to form the Experience and take a starring role in the Monterey Pop…

  6. Shakira Goes Country on New Blake Shelton Duet

    March 07, 2014 4:50 PM EST When Shakira wanted to get a little bit country on her upcoming album, she approached fellow "The Voice" coach Blake Shelton. The result is "Medicine," a country song that's light enough on fiddle and steel to work on pop radio. "I told him I wanted to work with…

  7. Shakira Returns With New Album, Steamy Rihanna Video, Country Duet: Cover Story

    March 07, 2014 12:40 PM EST It's late on a Wednesday afternoon, and a table in the foyer of Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood is laden with goodies: chocolate chip cookies, hummus and chips and a bottle of Patron Silver tequila with a card that reads, "Welcome back, Shakira!" But…

  8. George Strait, Martina McBride Turn New Jersey Into Cowboy Country: Live Review

    March 03, 2014 5:51 PM EST The Prudential Center’s massive exterior LED screen announced “George Strait: Sold Out.” And the streets of Newark, N.J., have likely never seen so many cowboy hats, most pulled low against the cold March winds, as urban cowboys held their cowgirls close Saturday night and headed toward the…

  9. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  10. 'American Idol' Lands New Low for a Winner's Debut Album

    February 28, 2014 2:48 PM EST After a number of delays, Candice Glover's debut album, "Music Speaks," has arrived on the Billboard 200 starting at No. 14. It's the 2013 "American Idol" winner's first album, and sold 19,000 copies in its first week (ending Feb. 23), according to Nielsen…

  11. Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time

    February 27, 2014 4:45 PM EST In honor of the Oscars, we've ranked the biggest film songs to ever hit the Hot 100. Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a side-splitting comedy, the…

  12. IHeartRadio Music Awards To Air May 1 on Clear Channel, NBC

    February 26, 2014 9:39 AM EST Clear Channel will air its first IHeartRadio Music Awards on NBC May 1, a three-hour, fan-voted award show set to air from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the company announced on Wednesday (Feb. 26). Clear Channel Media and Entertainment's John Sykes and Tom…

  13. As I Lay Dying Singer Tim Lambesis Pleads Guilty In Plot to Kill Wife

    February 25, 2014 5:32 PM EST   Tim Lambesis, the frontman for metalcore band As I Lay Dying, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony murder solicitation charge for hiring an undercover agent to murder his estranged wife. The heavy metal singer, who earlier denied the charge, entered the plea at a Vista, Calif. courthouse…

  14. Audra McDonald Returning to Broadway in Billie Holiday Musical

    February 25, 2014 4:21 PM EST Audra McDonald will return to Broadway this spring singing the blues as Billie Holiday. Producers said Tuesday that the five-time Tony Award-winner will star in Lanie Robertson's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," a musical that imagines one of Holiday's last…

  15. Pink Martini & The von Trapps, 'Dream a Little Dream': Exclusive Album Premiere

    February 25, 2014 12:00 PM EST Over the weekend, Maria von Trapp, the Austrian singer whose family's escape from Nazis provided the basis for "The Sound of Music," passed away at age 99. However, the famous singing family has new blood in the music industry carrying on its tradition on a new album --…

  16. Shakira Opens New School in Colombia: 'We Can Change Lives'

    February 25, 2014 10:47 AM EST Global star Shakira returned to her home country of Colombia on Monday (Feb. 24) to inaugurate the eighth school funded by her non profit foundation, Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet). The school and community center, located in the low-income neighborhood of Lomas del Peyé in Cartagena, the tourist…

  17. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  18. Backstage With St. Vincent: New Style, New Label and a Bold New Album

    February 24, 2014 11:52 AM EST The alt-goddess strikes a new pose with her first major-label album: "The music industry is the wild west" Inside a dimly lit and cavernous studio space in Manhattan's SoHo district, assorted members of the world's fashion elite jostle for rickety chairs while Annie…

  19. Lawsuit: Sony Cheated 'American Idol' Victors

    February 21, 2014 7:24 PM EST A federal lawsuit filed in New York charges that Sony Music Entertainment cheated "American Idol" contestants including Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood out of at least $10 million in royalties. The lawsuit was filed Thursday by 19 Recordings, a music company founded by "…

  20. Eric Church's Superstar Moment: 'The Outsiders' Signals Radio, Touring Breakthroughs

    February 21, 2014 1:19 PM EST "I felt it was the right time for us to go to some places creatively that we hadn't been," Church says of the new No. 1 LP. Eric Church's "The Outsiders" proved to be the ultimate insider this week as it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a resounding…

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