1. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

  2. Michael Jackson 'Hologram' Show Triggers New Lawsuit

    June 20, 2014 4:32 AM EDT It's now been a month since a Michael Jackson recreation at the Billboard Music Awards earned heavy buzz. In the days leading up to the spectacle, Hologram USA, owned by firebrand entrepreneur Alki David, attempted to stop it by claiming it infringed patented hologram technology that…

  3. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKinsey, with FIFA set take in $1.4 billion from…

  4. 'Honeymoon in Vegas' Coming to Broadway

    June 19, 2014 5:30 AM EDT Following its well-received tryout last year at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, "Honeymoon in Vegas" has booked a Broadway opening for this winter. Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley will star in the roles played by James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica…

  5. Hardwell Unveils 'I Am Hardwell' North American Tour Dates

    June 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Heralded by cryptic “#HWTS” video screens in Times Square, Hardwell today announced the North American leg of his sold out “I Am Hardwell World Tour." Tomorrowland Announces Lineup & Stage Hosts: Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, David Guetta and More “The whole world has watched this show…

  6. Electric Zoo Drug Deaths Spur More Drug-Screening Measures (Report)

    June 16, 2014 8:54 PM EDT Fatal ecstasy overdoses last summer have prompted music festivals to take extra pains to keep concertgoers safe. After last year’s Electric Zoo festival was overshadowed by drug overdoses, which led organizers to cancel the final day of the Randall’s Island electronic-music event, music…

  7. Chart Highlights: Brett Eldredge's 'Music' No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 16, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second leader. Plus, Godsmack and Rise Against roar back onto Rock Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  8. Bonnaroo 2014: Elton John Triumphantly Closes Fest with Hits & Casey Kasem Tribute

    June 16, 2014 4:09 AM EDT The Sunday headliner also brought out Ben Folds as a special guest at Bonnaroo. On a day when a man who helped count down weekly hit singles, American Top 40 radio host Casey Kasem, passed away at the age of 82 , Elton John took a moment during his Sunday night headlining performance at…

  9. Bonnaroo 2014: Chromeo Talks Reconnecting with Fans on ‘White Women’ Album & Choosing Collaborators (Video)

    June 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT One of the goals Montreal electro-funk duo Chromeo had for its fourth album, “White Women,” was to reconnect with fans who enjoyed the group’s earlier work. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More “We wanted to reconnect with fans that discovered us in ’06-’07 when our record …

  10. Howard Stern Producer Baba Booey Reflects on Casey Kasem's Influence

    June 15, 2014 11:22 AM EDT I loved listening to music on the radio ever since I can remember. I don’t recall the first time I heard Casey Kasem’s "American Top 40" because I feel like I’ve been listening forever. I grew up in a very chaotic household. My mom suffered from manic-depression. I think Casey’s…

  11. Bonnaroo 2014: Skrillex Superjam Features Lauryn Hill, Mystikal, A$AP Ferg & More

    June 15, 2014 6:55 AM EDT Warpaint, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Robbie Krieger, Janelle Monae & more teamed up with the EDM star in Tennessee. Skrillex may have performed a two-hour set on Friday night (June 13) at Bonnaroo, but his standard spaceship-set extravaganza was apparently just a prelude to the…

  12. Kanye West's Bonnaroo Return: Minimal 'Yeezus' & Maximum Media Hate During Inspiring Set

    June 14, 2014 5:35 AM EDT "Where the press at? Fuck the press!"   This sudden outburst about halfway through Kanye West's Friday night headline performance at Bonnaroo -- during the peaceful, slow-moving outro of "Heartless," no less -- certainly grabbed the attention of this particular…

  13. Top Ten Alternative 2014 World Cup Songs

    June 13, 2014 6:53 PM EDT With the opening of the global tournament, competition is heating up not only on the soccer field but in that of futebol-related songs too, with the tones of these rallying tunes ranging from synth-rock reflections to dance floor raves, satiric selections to protest songs, and the many…

  14. Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88

    June 13, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Jimmy Scott, the jazz star whose small stature, romantic phrasing and distinctly high voice helped make him one of the most unique vocal stylists of his era, died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. The singer was 88. His death was confirmed by his biographer, David Ritz,…

  15. Katy Perry, Die Antwoord No. 1 On Dance Charts

    June 13, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Die Antwoord achieves the best sales week of its career and first Dance/Electronic Albums No. 1 with the arrival of "Donker Mag" (7,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The South African "zef"-stylized group (akin to hip-hop's subculture elements), on tour in…

  16. Sam Smith on Love: 'I'll Be Excited When I Get My Heart Broken Properly'

    June 13, 2014 2:54 PM EDT After publicly coming out to the press, the soul singer arrives in the United States with an unfailingly 
frank album full of melancholy. Maybe it’s the sunshine on this unseasonably warm mid-May day in London, or maybe it’s just a gnarly hangover, but Sam Smith is having a little trouble…

  17. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  18. Prince Royce Launches D'León Records and Signs Mexican Pop Singer Sofia Reyes

    June 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bachata crooner Prince Royce, who begins a major North American tour in July, is launching his own record label in partnership with Warner Latin Music.  The New York-born singer/songwriter, who in April took home four trophies at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, has personally asked…

  19. Rodriguez Label Chief: 'Our Dealings with Clarence Avant Were Always Positive'

    June 13, 2014 3:40 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, 38, is a true believer. The head of Light in the Attic, the reissue label he founded in 2003 with partner Joe Wright in Seattle, released Sixto Rodriguez’s two albums, his 1970 debut, Cold Fact, and the 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality, in August 2008 and May 2009, just about…

  20. Brian Wilson Tells Doubters to Back Off, It ‘Kind Of Bums Me Out’

    June 11, 2014 5:32 AM EDT Brian Wilson doesn’t dig negativity. It kind of, well, bums him out. The Beach Boys great has hit back at detractors who’re putting out bad vibes on his current recording project. According to a Rolling Stone article re-published by Wilson on his official Website , the new album is tipped to…

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