1. Herb Jeffries, Pioneering Black Singing Cowboy of the Movies, Dies at 100

    May 26, 2014 4:02 AM EDT Herb Jeffries, the first black singing cowboy of the movies who starred in such 1930s films as Harlem on the Prairie and The Bronze Buckaroo, has died, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 100. Jeffries, who later became a recording star as a member of Duke Ellington's orchestra, died…

  2. Mariah Carey, 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse': Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT In the nearly five years since Mariah Carey's last proper studio album, the singer has given birth to twins, served a stint on "American Idol," and reaffirmed her acting skills with a couple of films thankfully not called "Glitter II." She's also logged a ton…

  3. 5 Seconds of Summer Rocks Billboard Music Awards With 'She Looks So Perfect'

    May 18, 2014 9:01 PM EDT Seconds of Summer continued their breakout year with a killer performance at the 2014 Billboard Music Award s. The Las Vegas crowd and viewers around the country got a dose of their new school rock sound via the catchy love song "She Looks So Perfect," brought to life at…

  4. Phoenix, The Strokes to Headline LA's FYF Fest

    May 16, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Indie and alternative rock fans in southern California have plenty to look forward to when FYF Fest comes to Los Angeles this August. The two-day festival, set for Aug. 23-24 at its new location at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park, just announced its 2014 lineup. More festival news:…

  5. Odd Future to Open For Eminem at London's Wembley Stadium

    May 16, 2014 10:22 AM EDT Watch Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt make the announcement via Instagram Odd Future will open for Eminem at the rapper's upcoming shows at London's legendary Wembley Stadium in July. Eminem broke the news by posting a video of Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator and Earl…

  6. 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…

  7. Nash the Slash, Mysterious Canadian Experimental Musician, Dead at 66

    May 13, 2014 6:55 PM EDT He was a mystery until the end who few knew by face. Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once declared “is the kind of opening act that makes…

  8. Austin Mahone Drops Slow Jam 'All I Ever Need': Listen

    May 13, 2014 12:06 PM EDT Austin Mahone has released his fair share of dance cuts -- who could forget "Mmm Yeah," "Till I Find You"  or "Banga! Banga!"? But to preview his debut release "The Secret," the 18-year-old has switched gears and released a down-tempo love song, "…

  9. Mac Miller on New Mixtape 'Faces': 'Don’t Tell My Mama I Got a Drug Problem'

    May 11, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Mac Miller may not always keep it mom-friendly but there are surely a few out there stoked the Pittsburg rapper opted to drop a new mixtape on their special holiday.  Miller’s 24-track “Faces” includes features from the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Sir Micheal Rocks, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul,…

  10. EXO Keeps Their Astounding Momentum Going With 'Overdose'

    May 07, 2014 10:16 PM EDT Zealous fan response proves K-pop's breakout boy band hasn't disappointed with its latest release With EXO's first studio album, the No. 1 World Album LP "XOXO" from June, it may have signaled a new era of boy-band boom. First single "Wolf," made waves it…

  11. Street Joy Song Premiere: Listen To The Promising L.A. Group's 'Moon'

    May 07, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Street Joy, a new Los Angeles-based alternative duo, will self-release its self-titled debut album on June 1 on its own Trick Pony Records after issuing a series of sumptuous rock tracks over the past few months. One of the group's standouts is the crisply produced track "Moon,"…

  12. DJ E-Z Rock, The Sugarhill Gang & More to Be Honored at Hip Hop Hall of Fame 2014

    May 06, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The Hip Hop Hall of Fame will honor a handful of legends at its awards show on Monday, May 19. The honorees to be inducted this year include The Sugar Hill Gang, Charles Ahearn and the film, "Wildstyle," Mr. Magic, Busy Bee, Spoonie G & The Treacherous Three, Sequence, Cornbread…

  13. New York Festival to Honor Pete Seeger

    April 30, 2014 6:32 PM EDT A five-day festival honoring the late folk singer Pete Seeger is set to feature music, film and remembrances in New York City and the state's Hudson Valley region. Seeger's grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson said Wednesday the free Seeger Fest will run July 17-21 and will celebrate the…

  14. Lily Allen's 'Sheezus': Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In 2006, Lily Allen bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb painted to look like a beach ball. Her debut, "Alright, Still," was equal parts sunshine and snark — a ska-pop album about skeevy pick-up artists, sexually dysfunctional exes and all the sordid stuff going on just below…

  15. Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs

    April 28, 2014 3:12 PM EDT From Girls Aloud to SWV to Electrik Red, check out Billboard's editorial countdown of underappreciated girl group tracks. Most casual pop fans can rattle off a few of the biggest girl group hits of all time -- the classic cuts by the Supremes, TLC, Destiny's Child and more --…

  16. DJ Rashad Dead at 34 (Update)

    April 28, 2014 9:50 AM EDT UPDATE (May 1): A representative for DJ Rashad tells Billboard that the artist's cause of death is still inconclusive. Rashad's label Hyperdub indicates that a statement is forthcoming. Please hold fire on these latest reports of the causes of Rashad's death until we have an…

  17. Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Milsap Named Country Hall Inductees

    April 22, 2014 1:56 PM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame announced the names of their 2014 class on Tuesday morning (Apr. 22), and the inductees reflect the diversity of the format's rich and varied history – with one of the format's all-time biggest artists who mined country with pop and R&B, a…

  18. 15 Awesome Billboard Music Award Performances

    April 22, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Before the BBMAs hit Las Vegas, check out 15 of the most memorable moments from the show's history. Like the Billboard charts themselves, the Billboard Music Awards have a history of celebrating a diverse cross-section of the music landscape. From the girl-powered punch of Beyoncé’s …

  19. SummerStage 2014: Ty Dolla $ign, Passenger, Andrew Bird, Dr. John Among Performers

    April 21, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The 2014 series begins June 3 with rapper Ty Dolla $ign and closes on Aug. 24 with the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Ty Dolla $ign, Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory, Passenger, Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Blood Orange are among the acts confirmed to play free shows as part of…

  20. Jay Electronica Tweets His 'Control' Verse Topped Kendrick Lamar's

    April 19, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Talk of Kendrick Lamar's epic verse on the Big Sean track "Control" hasn't ended just yet. This time, Jay Electronica has chimed in on Twitter to share his thoughts on who had the best verse on the popular track.  Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick…

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