1. 'Glee' Recap: Weighed Down With Emotions, 'City of Angels' Episode Doesn't Fly

    March 12, 2014 6:02 AM EDT “This is not how the story was supposed to end.” Tonight awarded Jake Puckerman the most meta of lines, as the club congregates towards the end of the episode, hopes dashed. Spoiler alert up front -- New Directions does not win Nationals this year, and that might not have been the story …

  2. Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Rick Ross to Hit BET Experience Concert Series

    March 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Jill Scott, A$AP Rocky and Rick Ross are among the first wave of Staples Center performers announced for the BET Experience at L.A. Live music festival (June 27-29). This marks the second year of the event, an alliance between BET Networks and AEG Live, the developer…

  3. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year. Who makes the biggest bucks in music? Billboard’s annual Money Makers ranking of the top earners is more than a little bit country (Taylor storms in at No. 1), with plenty of hip-hop and a whole lot of rock’n’roll …

  4. Jake Bugg Benefits From ‘American Idol’ Appearance, Describes the Format As ‘Cruel’

    March 10, 2014 4:51 AM EDT UNGRACIOUS: You don’t have to dig very deep to find the irony when it comes to Jake Bugg’s guest appearance on last week’s American Idol results show. Largely unknown in the United States, Bugg was asked to be the first new artist featured on the Fox series this season. Born in Clifton,…

  5. Karen O Taps Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig For Oscars Performance

    March 01, 2014 12:43 PM EST Pharrell, U2 and Idina Menzel also prepped for their Academy Awards performances on Friday. Having the nation's No. 1 song does not exempt an artist from Oscar rehearsals. Pharrell Williams ran through his catchy hit "Happy" more than half a dozen times Friday in preparation…

  6. Oscars Performances: 10 Awesome Academy-Awards Music Moments

    February 28, 2014 3:30 PM EST When the Oscars roll out the red carpet this Sunday (March 2), it will be a show whose musical oomph is heavy. This year's awards will be packed with singing from Pharrell Williams, Karen O., and U2. Oscar's Best Song Battle: Pharrell, U2, Karen O, 'Frozen' The…

  7. Trisha Yearwood Touring ‘Just Because,' Writing Third Cookbook and Recording New Album

    February 18, 2014 4:05 PM EST In the past few years, Trisha Yearwood’s career has expanded from Grammy winning country chanteuse to best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning host of the Food Network show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.” But when a fan recently posed the question online, “Are you done with music?” Yearwood…

  8. Steve Lawrence Finds Friend in Garth Brooks on First Album Since Eydie's Passing

    February 18, 2014 11:00 AM EST Lawrence's wife and singing partner Eydie Gorme died in August. The singer talks new album "When You Come Back to Me Again," his friendship with Brooks, and why he's "not ready" to perform live. "Eydie was half of my life for 56 years" Steve Lawrence…

  9. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry Regains No. 1 Momentum

    February 17, 2014 1:15 PM EST A monster mailbag on Perry topping the Hot 100 again after missing the top 10; Mariah Carey's best-selling songs; Hall & Oates' 20 biggest hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  10. 20 Best Love Songs By Real-Life Couples

    February 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Whether it’s a chart-topping pop pair, an R&B/hip-hop power couple or a country king and queen, it’s the natural inclination for a musically inclined romantic couple to collaborate – or for a platonic pair of singer to find love during heated recording sessions. In honor of Valentine’s…

  11. Eric Bellinger, 'The Rebirth': Exclusive Album Stream

    February 10, 2014 2:47 PM EST After penning a handful of hits for notable singers (Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson), Eric Bellinger is stepping into the spotlight. Tomorrow (Feb. 11), the singer-songwriter will debut his first commercial effort, "The Rebirth." Eric Bellinger Talks Chris Brown'…

  12. Tommy Overstreet Takes Different 'Road' in New Book After Memoir 'Bored Me to Tears'

    February 08, 2014 9:44 AM EST In the late 1990s, veteran country performer Tommy Overstreet completed his autobiography. But, nobody ever read the book. The singer told Billboard there was a good reason for that. "After I read it, it bored me to tears," he said.  "I decided I wasn't going to do…

  13. Cher Says Her Label Doesn't 'Care' About Her Latest Album

    February 06, 2014 3:37 PM EST Cher says her record label "hasn't got a great deal of interest in my CD" and that the "decision makers" at the company "don't seem to care that much." Cher released her most recent album, "Closer to the Truth," last September on Warner Bros.…

  14. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae to Perform at BET Honors

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson and Janelle Monae are among the artists set to perform at BET Honors 2014. Premiering Feb. 24 in the U.S. and Feb. 28 on BET’s international network, the telecast will also feature Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson and Wayne Brady. Established to celebrate the…

  15. Cher, Jennifer Hudson, Russell Simmons Among Celebs Backing Ban On Dolphin Hunt

    February 05, 2014 11:42 PM EST A group of American celebrities and other activists want President Barack Obama to refuse to sign an international trade agreement until Japan bans the capture and slaughter of dolphins in the fishing town of Taiji. Backing the effort are Oscar-winning performers Sean Penn, Cher, Susan…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Ryan Broshear Embraces the 'Moment' With Back-to-Basics Approach

    February 05, 2014 6:29 PM EST Country newcomer Ryan Broshear received a little bit of good news recently, as he was named as one of The 615’s "10 Artists To Watch" for 2014. "I was completely surprised," he said of the news. "We were coming back from New York, and we were meeting with some people.…

  17. Pete Seeger's Friends, Fans Attend Unplanned Memorial Service

    February 03, 2014 9:15 AM EST Hundreds of friends and fans joined in song Sunday to honor Pete Seeger, doing what the folk singer loved best. More Seeger Arlo Guthrie Remembers Pete Seeger: 'He Brought Humanity Together With His Actions' Pete Seeger Tribute in NYC to Go Ahead 'Guantanamera': Pete…

  18. Kendrick Lamar Performance Highlights Maxim's NYC Super Bowl Party Saturday

    February 02, 2014 1:00 PM EST Kendrick Lamar never quite got settled last night (Feb. 1), when he arrived at New York’s Espace for Maxim Magazine’s Big Game Weekend Super Bowl XLVIII party (presented by Talent Resources Sports ). The Los Angeles rhymer hit the stage hours into the lavish, star-filled event—one with the…

  19. The Cadillac Three Rise With 'The South,' Score Time on 'Nashville'

    January 28, 2014 6:49 PM EST With 2014 off and running, there's an exciting new sound on the airwaves of country radio – The Cadillac Three. How does the group describe their style? Lead vocalist Jaren Johnston calls it 'Country Fuzz.' He explained that terminology to Billboard saying, "That's…

  20. Pete Seeger Taught Me We Only Move Forward When We All Pull Together

    January 28, 2014 9:48 AM EST A personal tribute to the legendary folk musician and social activist We stood in a line , our feet braced against the gentle rocking of the boat, our young fingers grasping the thick, braided halyard. Then, at the directions of the crew, we tugged that line hard, hand-over-hand, and the…

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