1. Sigur Rós Front Man Jónsi and Alex Somers to Score New Show 'Manhattan'

    April 22, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Sigur Rós front man Jónsi and artist Alex Somers will score WGN America’s series on the race to build the atomic bomb in the 1940s, “Manhattan.” For Jonsi – born Jon Thor Birgisson – it is his first television venture, having previously scored Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” in 2011, a…

  2. Kings of Leon Announce U.S. Summer/Fall Tour

    April 21, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Young the Giant, Kongos set to open KoL's July-October trek. Kings of Leon will ride "Mechanical Bull" into amphitheaters across the U.S. this summer and fall, the band announced today (April 21). The family Followill's trek is set to kick off July 31 at St. Louis'…

  3. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Boxer Who Inspired Bob Dylan, Dies at 76

    April 20, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and…

  4. Country Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

    April 20, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Country musician Kevin Sharp, who defied the odds in a well-publicized battle with cancer in the 1990s prior to becoming a hit artist on the Billboard country charts, has died at the age of 43. He passed away Saturday evening (April 19) due to ongoing complications from past stomach…

  5. CODE Picks of the Week: The Chainsmokers, Disclosure and More

    April 18, 2014 2:38 PM EDT Neon Trees, “Sleeping With a Friend” (The Chainsmokers Remix) [Island Def Jam] The New York duo that brought “#SELFIE” to your radio tuner have been on a remix kick lately. After unveiling reworks for Adventure Club, Foxes, and Chromeo in the past month, the Chainsmokers previewed their main…

  6. 'Scandal' Character Playlist: 10 Songs For Season 3

    April 16, 2014 2:20 PM EDT It's been a jaw-dropping ride for Gladiators. The third season of ABC's "Scandal" comes to an end Thursday night (April 17), and it's bound to shock and pull at the strings of avid viewers. The season has left many at the edge of their couches with wine glasses…

  7. 'Glee' Recap: New Waters 'Tested' As New York Matures

    April 16, 2014 3:12 AM EDT "Glee continues" to pull the curtain back on the wonderland of New York City. Dreams come true, but everything isn’t as simple as a musical in that town. Finding yourself isn’t a straight-line process, and the tests that you take to get to who you are and how you relate to those…

  8. Michael Jackson's Mother Should Pay Court Costs, Judge Says

    April 15, 2014 2:41 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued the tentative ruling calling on the…

  9. Jo Dee Messina Goes on 'Rant' About New Single, Indie Status: 'It's Been a Long Road'

    April 14, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For many musical artists, the music business has turned into a DIY model. That's the reality these days for Jo Dee Messina. After a decade-and-a-half on the Curb Records roster, the CMA award winner is on her own label, Dreambound. She does have a promotion team working her music, but…

  10. Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies at Age 69

    April 12, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez has died of cancer. He was 69. His death was announced on his official Facebook page Friday. …

  11. Aerosmith Returns to Whisky a Go Go, Announces Summer Tour With Slash

    April 08, 2014 8:10 PM EDT December 4, 1973. That was the last time that Aerosmith graced the stage of the Whisky a Go Go… until today.  To kick off their summer tour announcement, the Bad Boys of Boston took the stage at the famed Los Angeles venue for a six-song set. The intimate club show, open to a small amount…

  12. Ed Sheeran Serenades Sick Teen Minutes Before Death

    April 03, 2014 10:06 AM EDT Sheeran "sang her to sleep," says the brother of Triona Priestley. Earlier this week, Ed Sheeran gave a special call to Dublin teenager Triona Priestley, performing her favorite song over the phone just moments before she tragically lost her battle with cystic fibrosis. According to…

  13. 'Glee' Recap: Scaling Great Heights With 'New New York' Episode

    April 02, 2014 4:23 AM EDT “New New York“ is hands-down the best episode of “Glee” to date. There’s barely any contest.  Season 1 purists will hold up the Pilot as an ideal episode, and you admittedly couldn’t get to here without those inventive and inspiring beginnings, but that’s just building blocks and not…

  14. Chart Highlights: KONGOS No. 1, Black Keys Blast In At Alternative Radio

    March 31, 2014 4:05 PM EDT KONGOS' 'Come With Me Now' crowns Alternative Songs, while the Black Keys make a splashy return with 'Fever.' Plus, new No. 1s for Kylie Minogue, Blake Shelton and Prince Royce Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  15. Flux Pavilion & Dillon Francis Talk Tacos, Cats, Future Collaborations At Ultra: Watch

    March 29, 2014 12:39 PM EDT While down in Miami for this year's Ultra Music Festival, Flux Pavilion and Dillon Francis took a few minutes to chat with Billboard's Kerri Mason at the Red Bull Guest House about their new collaborative single, "I'm The One," and how their unlikely friendship…

  16. Fleetwood Mac With Christine McVie Announce North American Tour

    March 27, 2014 9:26 AM EDT Fleetwood Mac have announced a North American reunion tour that will kick off Sept. 30. As expected, it will be the band's first trek since singer-keyboardist Christine McVie rejoined the classic rock group after a 16-year absence. The classic-era lineup will launch the 34-date…

  17. New Clue Hints At Origins of Kurt Cobain's 'Come As You Are' Lyric

    March 27, 2014 4:30 AM EDT Charles R. Cross, author of the new book "Here We Are Now: The Legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana," made an eye-opening discovery at his March 20 reading in Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, Wash.: the possible origin of a famous Cobain tune. A local resident brought to the reading…

  18. Tove Lo Debuts Talks 'Truth Serum' EP, Working With Adam Lambert

    March 19, 2014 3:02 PM EDT  "When you live in a safe environment like I grew up in, you need the adrenaline to come from somewhere," says the Swedish pop artist. Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo first made a major Stateside impression last April with the self-release of her single "Habits," an…

  19. Kiss, Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour

    March 17, 2014 8:53 PM EDT After its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, Kiss will hit the road to celebrate. The rock band announced today (March 17) a co-headlining tour this summer with fellow rockers Def Leppard. The 42-city jaunt across North America is set to begin June 23 in West Valley…

  20. Chart Highlights: Pharrell's 'Happy' Takes Over A Host Of Airplay Charts

    March 17, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The Hot 100's leader crowns multiple lists, and scales several more, while Lorde, Frankie Ballard and Wisin also net new No. 1s 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…

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