1. Leona Lewis Signs with Island Records

    June 03, 2014 7:05 PM EDT The former 'X Factor' U.K. winner segues to new label after seven years with Simon Cowell's Syco at Sony. Leona Lewis, winner of the third season of the U.K.'s "X Factor," who turned into a global, multi-platinum superstar, has signed a worldwide recording deal…

  2. Luke Bryan Falls Off Stage in Charlotte Singing Macklemore's ‘Can’t Hold Us’

    May 30, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Luke Bryan had some kind of (last) night in Charlotte. The country star was covering Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ hit song “Can’t Hold Us” last night at Charlotte’s PNC Music Pavillion, accidently stage diving. And by stage diving we mean he just flat out fell off the stage, which is one…

  3. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  4. Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

    May 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Maya Angelou, an American author and poet who documented her life in seven autobiographies and recited her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration, has died at age 86. Angelou's publicist told CNN that the renowned poet died at…

  5. Wanted for Radio: More Country Greats

    May 27, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Big Machine is looking to sign country stars like Faith Hill, Garth Brooks and Shania Twain to its new label, Nash Icons The ink has barely dried on the deal between Cumulus Media and Big Machine Label Group creating a new country music record label (Nash Icons) and live events business. Now…

  6. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

  7. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  8. Gregg Allman, Filmmakers Sued Over 'Midnight Rider' Train Death

    May 22, 2014 1:41 AM EDT Singer Gregg Allman was sued Wednesday along with movie producers, a railroad company and others accused of being responsible for the February death of a young camera assistant when a freight train slammed into a film crew in southeast Georgia. The lawsuit filed in Chatham County State Court…

  9. 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” --…

  10. Secret Sisters Rattle On About T Bone Burnett, New Album & Nickel Creek Tour

    May 20, 2014 6:10 PM EDT You don't have to remind The Secret Sisters about the three-year span between their self-titled debut and their just-released sophomore album, "Put Your Needle Down." They know all too well. "It was a long time in coming," says Laura Rogers. "Most people who have…

  11. Lance Bass Talks 'Fallon' Skit, New Music at Billboard Music Awards (Video)

    May 19, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Last year, former 'N Sync member Lance Bass got back into a recording studio for the first time in over a decade. On the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards, he spoke to us about what he has in the works. "We're now calling that the teaser," Bass says, speaking about…

  12. La Roux Returns After 'Burnout' and Vocal Problems: 'I Wasn't As Hardcore As I Thought'

    May 19, 2014 2:32 PM EDT The U.K. singer returns with a bold new look and a thrilling new sound on "Trouble in Paradise." As she glides into an East London photo studio, the first thing you notice about Elly Jackson, better-known as British electro-pop artist La Roux, is invariably her radiant auburn…

  13. Lorde's Sleek Hair at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards: How to Get the Look

    May 19, 2014 1:59 AM EDT Ever since Lorde took the charts by storm last year, we’ve been smitten with the New Zealander’s haunting vocals, not to mention her signature berry-stained pout and unruly tresses. Just when we thought we couldn’t crush on her anymore, the songstress unveiled a smoldering new ‘do on stage at…

  14. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy Announces Tour, Debut Solo Album

    May 18, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy has announced a string of solo tour dates starting in June at the Masonic Temple in Detroit and brining him to Rhode Island’s Newport Folk Festival in late-July. The tour news came with word he has been working on a debut solo album that will be released soon.  Wilco'…

  15. Comedy Issue: Tenacious D's Kyle Gass On Guitar Licks & Laughs

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT There has been an explosion in comedy music lately, but I think it always has been around.  If you went back to the ancient Greek satyr plays, I bet you they were playing some kind of janglies. Court jesters? They were definitely getting jingly and jangly. To me, comedy and music are not even…

  16. Midtown Reunites for Surprise Brooklyn Show: Live Review

    May 15, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Midtown made it to Brooklyn for their first show in almost a decade on Wednesday night (May 14), powering through a 19-song set at the Knitting Factory. The influential New Jersey pop-punk band (playing under the pseudonym of Merman) had originally planned to reunite for this weekend’s Skate…

  17. Lance Bass Plays Big Mouth Billy Bass on 'Jimmy Fallon': Watch

    May 15, 2014 10:35 AM EDT What do you get when you combine a kitschy home prop popularized in the early 2000s with a boy band member popularized in the early 2000s? Big Mouth Lance Bass, of course. On Wednesday's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," the former 'N Syncer was brought onstage while…

  18. Anberlin, 'Stranger Ways': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 15, 2014 8:56 AM EDT Anberlin is determined to go out with one final bang. After 12 years and six studio albums, the alternative rock outfit's members have decided their upcoming album release, "lowborn," is to be the last.  The set manages to bring  Anberlin  back to where it all began, as "…

  19. Brad Paisley's New Album Has a Name: 'Moonshine In the Trunk' (Exclusive)

    May 14, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Still smarting from the controversy around last year's "Accidental Racist," the country star talks about shaking up his sound on album number ten (due Aug. 26). "The rulebook's gone, or was there ever one?" Brad Paisley still doesn't have a name for his…

  20. Yogi Talks Signing with Aftermath, OWSLA, and Trap Music’s Past & Present

    May 14, 2014 1:40 PM EDT As trap music makes its way from maligned subgenre to main stage staple, dance and hip-hop are locked in a closer embrace than ever. Few can claim to straddle the stylistic line as well as Yogi, the buzz worthy British production outfit now signed to both Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and…

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