1. Lykke Li at The Theater at Ace Hotel: Live Review

    May 20, 2014 7:42 PM EDT The Swedish pop star led the audience through pop and melancholia at The Theater at Ace Hotel Monday. Midway through her 75-minute show Monday, Lykke Li sensed that the sold-out crowd at downtown’s Theater at Ace Hotel had come to dance. She half-apologized for writing “a pretty sad album” --…

  2. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger, Funny or Die's VP of production and…

  3. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the…

  4. Billboard Music Awards Ratings Hit 13-Year High

    May 19, 2014 12:32 PM EDT The three-hour Billboard Music Awards were the most-watched program Sunday night, guiding ABC to a win for the night. It was the most-watched edition of the awards program in 13 years. The BBMAs had an average audience of 10.5 million people, according to Nielsen's fast nationals…

  5. 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…

  6. Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 11:25 PM EDT Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards Sunday, taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena. Imagine Dragons was right behind JT, receiving…

  7. Michael Jackson Hologram Rocks Billboard Music Awards: Watch & Go Behind the Scenes

    May 18, 2014 9:29 PM EDT The Michael Jackson performance on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards was the result of nearly half a year of planning, choreography and filming, not to mention the development of new technology. Producers of the Billboard Music Awards did not see even a portion of the film until…

  8. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  9. Comedy Issue: Podcasters Marc Maron, Jimmy Pardo & Aisha Tyler Bring Laughs Home

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT A comedian craving intimacy might want to consider becoming a podcaster. “[The audience knows] you a lot better,” says Marc Maron, 50, who has helmed the twice-weekly WTF since September 2009 and announced in December it had topped 100 million downloads. Each show averages about 80 minutes in…

  10. 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…

  11. Remembering Malik Bendjelloul, the Man Who Re-Birthed 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez

    May 14, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Rodriguez had a phrase for Malik Bendjelloul and his film "Searching for Sugar Man." He used it while we were eating lunch at SXSW in March 2012; he would use it again 11 months later over a meal in Los Angeles the day it would win one of its 32 awards. "It's his story,…

  12. Down, 'We Knew Him Well': Exclusive Video Premiere

    May 13, 2014 12:06 PM EDT As Phil Anselmo & co. prep the May 13 release of "Down IV - Part Two," Billboard exclusively premieres the video for the song, "We Knew Him Well." On the eve releasing "Down IV -- Part Two," the latest EP by the all-star metal group Down, frontman Phil…

  13. Dionne Warwick, 'A House Is Not A Home' Feat. Ne-Yo: Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 12, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Two years after the debut of "Now," Dionne Warwick is releasing a new album, "Feels So Good," on July 1. The 14-track full-length effort will feature classic Warwick hits redone as duets, including "A House Is Not A Home," featuring Ne-Yo. Check out an exclusive…

  14. Simon Cowell Wants His Own Version Of 'Frozen'

    May 09, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The star maker teams with the driving force behind "The Lego Movie," betting that animated features will be driving chart smashes for years to come: "This is something we dreamt of doing" Simon Cowell is betting that "Frozen" and "Despicable Me 2" are…

  15. As the Decemberists Hibernate, Its Members Focus on Black Prairie (Q&A)

    May 09, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Decemberists have been recording off-and-on and will "ramp up" next year, says Nate Query. Until then, four of the band's members push on with Black Prairie, which has released new album "Fortune" "Fortune," the new album from Black Prairie, the Portland…

  16. Meet The Empty Hearts: Members of Blondie, Cars, Romantics, Chesterfield Kings Form New Band

    May 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT With a name hand-picked by Steven Van Zandt, the new supergroup of '70s hitmakers will release debut album on Aug. 5 ... Hear an exclusive song premiere below! In the 1970s, hitmakers from the previous decade formed supergroups to continue on the arena circuit. In 2014, a quartet of…

  17. Disney Gets Into EDM, Overtakes Interscope in Album Market Share

    May 02, 2014 12:44 PM EDT As the second quarter got underway, Disney Music Group (DMG) found itself in an unexpected position - surging ahead of Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) in current-album market share, thanks to the 2013 Frozen soundtrack. The startling news comes as the music division attempts to move…

  18. Hans Zimmer on Creating the Music of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' With Pharrell, Johnny Marr

    April 30, 2014 4:54 PM EDT "The first day [in the studio] was hard," Zimmer says. "It was chaos because I had too many people in the room" One of the first requests Hans Zimmer received from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" director Marc Webb was for a fanfare. Zimmer's initial response? …

  19. Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt Discusses Writing Novels, Finding His (Singing) Voice, & Calling Time On DJing

    April 30, 2014 2:52 AM EDT Best known as the male half of Everything But The Girl, the duo he formed in 1981 with Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt has many talents beyond providing the harmony to Thorn’s lead vocal. Since 1998, he has been an established presence on London’s deep house circuit, as a DJ, re-mixer, producer and…

  20. Tony Awards: 5 Fun Facts and Fascinating Stats About the Nominations

    April 29, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and  The Hollywood Reporter 's awards analyst dug through the Tony record books to see how this year's nominees stack up against the nominees of yesteryear. The results are fascinating. Idina Menzel,…

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