1. 5 Seconds of Summer Performs on 'She Looks So Perfect' on the 'Today' Show

    July 22, 2014 11:50 AM EDT The pop-punk band makes their 'Today' show debut It's a rite of passage for modern-day teen idols: Make your "Today" show summer concert series debut; have hundreds of fans (mostly teenage girls) camp out in Rockefeller Center to get a glimpse of your performance.…

  2. Does Garth Brooks Still Have Country Superstar Clout?

    July 18, 2014 4:36 PM EDT This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Garth Brooks’ July 10 reveal of a new deal with Sony Music (an album on Pearl/RCA Nashville is due around Black Friday, and will be sold digitally on his own site, sidestepping iTunes) and an upcoming global tour had…

  3. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT The country star is expected to announce a deal with Sony Nashville at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of…

  4. Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer Added To MTV VMAs Lineup

    July 09, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Usher and Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer are headed to the MTV Video Music Awards. Both will perform at this year's awards ceremony Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, at Inglewood, Calif.'s recently renovated venue The Forum. Usher, a two-time VMA winner, returns after a…

  5. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  6. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  7. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles at Staples Center In L.A.

    June 28, 2014 3:02 PM EDT The pair kick off BET Experience at L.A. Live’s three-night concert series “Are you feeling delicious tonight?” A resounding chorus of female screams gave Maxwell the unequivocal answer to his question Friday night (June 27) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  It was the ninth stop on the suave…

  8. Scars on 45 Song Premiere: Listen To New Single 'Crazy For You'

    June 27, 2014 12:07 PM EDT This fall, British alt-pop collective Scars on 45 will release their sophomore album, "Safety In Numbers," through new label Nettwerk. Lead single "Crazy For You" is set to be released digitally on July 15, but you can hear the song in full now, exclusively on Billboard…

  9. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  10. 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 ……

  11. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Top Music Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Performer Neil Patrick Harris wins leading actor while Jessie Mueller takes home leading actress for her portrayal of Carole King in 'Beautiful.' The show also featured onstage turns by Sting, Carole King, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight. It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have…

  12. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  13. On the Road With Brantley Gilbert: The 'Just As I Am' Star Hits His Hometown

    May 23, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week has been a time of looking forward for Brantley Gilbert, but also one for a little bit of nostalgia. Gilbert began a week-long promotional trek on Monday in his home near Athens, GA. The singer, promoting his just-released album "Just As I Am," hosted members of the media…

  14. Billboard Music Awards By The Numbers: The Top Hashtags, Most Mentions & More

    May 20, 2014 5:01 PM EDT From Lorde winning back to back awards, to the animated revival of Michael Jackson, to Jennifer Lopez’s big moment, the 2014 Billboard Music Awards had its fair share of big moments. Which were the biggest drivers of online conversation?   While Michael Jackson’s pyrotechnics-filled hologram…

  15. Nas to Record On Mass Appeal Records; Will Release 'Lost Tapes 2' & Posthumous Pimp C Album

    May 16, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Juicy J, Mike Will Made It and DJ Mustard on deck to produce posthumous Pimp C album. Nas, who turned hip-hop on its ear 20 years ago with his groundbreaking debut album "Illmatic," is going independent. The venerated rapper, 40, is launching Mass Appeal Records, an independent…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 5 Seconds of Summer Album Coming In July

    May 14, 2014 2:48 AM EDT The group's first full-length follows the "She Looks So Perfect" EP. 5 Seconds of Summer’s hot start shouldn’t cool-off anytime soon. The Australian pop-punk group has announced their debut full-length album will drop July 22 -- a date timed for maximum exposure from the 5SOS…

  19. 5 Seconds of Summer To Play Billboard Music Awards

    May 02, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Australian pop-punk phenomenon 5 Seconds of Summer will perform live at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, to be held May 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! 
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  20. Ricky Martin Performs ‘Vida’ At China Music Awards: Watch

    April 30, 2014 2:20 AM EDT Ricky Martin and David Beckham joined the biggest stars in China for the 18th Channel (V) China Music Awards.  Taiwan's David Tao and the mainland's Sun Nan took the best male singer awards, with Cheer Chen from Taiwan and Chris Lee from China sharing the best female singer award.…

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