1. 'American Idol' Announces 2014 Tour Dates

    April 17, 2014 5:06 AM EDT Host Ryan Seacrest announced that tickets for the American Idol Summer Tour are going on sale on May 9. The 41-city tour will kick off June 24 in Binghamton, N.Y. and will wrap in Redmond, WA, on Aug. 23.  This summer's tour is a smaller affair than usual, foregoing typical stops at…

  2. Rapper Christ Bearer Severs Penis, Attempts Suicide

    April 16, 2014 4:25 PM EDT Andre “Christ Bearer” Johnson, a rapper in the California duo Northstar, was reportedly found on the sidewalk outside of his North Hollywood apartment after apparently jumping off a balcony early this morning (April 16) in a suicide attempt.  He survived the fall, though Bearer is critically…

  3. AC/DC's Malcolm Young 'Taking Break' Due to Illness; Band Vows to Continue

    April 16, 2014 12:15 PM EDT AC/DC has announced that rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young will be "taking a break" from the band he co-founded 40 years ago to address an illness that lead singer Brian Johnson described earlier this week as "debilitating." "Malcolm would like to thank the group&…

  4. The Who Launching World Tour This Year and 'Hoping' for New Album

    April 16, 2014 8:53 AM EDT The legendary band turns 50 this year and will start playing live around Christmas. Pete Townshend talks hitting the road again ("I'm in good shape"), possible new music and getting older The Who will embark on a tour late this year to celebrate the band's 50th…

  5. AC/DC Not on Cusp of Retirement: Sources

    April 15, 2014 1:10 PM EDT UPDATE: The band has announced that guitarist Malcolm Young is taking a leave of absence because of poor health. Earlier, lead singer Brian Johnson described the illness as "debilitating." Get the full story Rumors of AC/DC's imminent demise appear to be exaggerated.…

  6. AC/DC 'Retirement' Rumors Rumble On Down Under

    April 15, 2014 6:35 AM EDT UPDATE: Insiders tell Billboard that there's no truth to the breakup rumor, though the group's management and Columbia Records, its current label, have chosen not to comment on the matter. Get the full story Earlier: Depending on which news outlet you believe, the members of…

  7. Coachella 2014: Beck Gets Joyous

    April 14, 2014 1:19 PM EDT At Coachella, Beck leaves his 'mourning phase' behind. It was unclear which version of acclaimed songwriter Beck would emerge onstage on the last night of this year's first weekend of Coachella (April 13). The acclaimed, diverse songwriter's most recent album, the slow,…

  8. The Who’s Roger Daltrey To Attend IndyCar at Long Beach

    April 13, 2014 11:42 PM EDT Who's next at Long Beach? Just the lead singer of The Who, Roger Daltrey. Daltrey's latest amazing journey takes him to the streets of Long Beach, where the famed frontman will mix racing with philanthropy at the Toyota Grand Prix. Roger Daltrey: The Who 'Might Do Other Things,…

  9. Kiss' Ace Frehley 'Thrilled' By Rock Hall Induction, Readying Solo Album (Video Q&A)

    April 12, 2014 10:40 AM EDT "It's like we had never been apart and we're brothers in rock'n'roll," Frehley says of Kiss' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction experience. With Kiss' surprisingly drama-free Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction now in the rear-view mirror, former…

  10. Play Ball: City and Colour Talks Toronto Blue Jays' 2014 Season

    April 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Dallas Green discusses Canada's favorite (and only) baseball club April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team preview of…

  11. Rock Hall Ceremony Wraps With Worthy Performances, Hatchets Buried

    April 11, 2014 4:25 AM EDT The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held Thursday night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, honored Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam), Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, KISS and Hall and Oates. It would be an evening of debts repaid, honor restored…

  12. Kiss Enters Rock Hall With Little Drama, But Stern Words for Voters

    April 11, 2014 12:23 AM EDT Fifteen years after they were first eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, pioneering theatrical rock act Kiss were finally given the honor in one of the most controversial, acrimonious moments in the institution's 31-year history. Surprisingly, though, they…

  13. Chuck D On Kiss' Rock Hall Honor: 'They Deserve to Be Inducted'

    April 10, 2014 4:54 PM EDT As the world prepares for Kiss to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, another recent Hall of Famer is coming out in support of the band’s induction. His name may surprise you: Chuck D. “Personally,” the Public Enemy co-founder says, “I always felt Kiss deserved to be inducted.” That feeling…

  14. Paul Stanley Calls Kiss the Rock Hall's 'Worst Nightmare' (Video Q&A)

    April 10, 2014 11:47 AM EDT "It's a small group of people who decide who they want in their little club," he says. "They're pencil pushers and I play a guitar" It's taken 14 years, but pyro-glam rockers Kiss are finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After…

  15. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

    April 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, with Kiss and Nirvana bristling over the…

  16. Dave Clark 'Glad' About New Doc, Pens Memoir

    April 07, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Dave Clark is preparing some words to go with the music from his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career. On the heels of the documentary "The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over," which premieres April 8 on PBS' Great Performances series, the drummer and band leader will…

  17. Chart Highlights: Coldplay Ties U2 For Most Adult Alternative Songs No. 1s

    April 07, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The band notches its 11th leader with 'Magic.' Plus, the Pretty Reckless makes its own historic move and new No. 1s for Zedd, J Balvin and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  18. Kaiser Chiefs Crowned Leaders of U.K. Albums Chart

    April 07, 2014 3:26 AM EDT U.K. modern rock band the Kaiser Chiefs debuted at No. 1 on the new British album chart Sunday (Apr. 6) with their fifth full-length, “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/Universal). Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” (Interscope/Universal), currently No. 8 on Billboard’s…

  19. Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

    April 07, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized ball of energy who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business — has died. He was 93. Rooney's wife, Jan, told The Hollywood Reporter…

  20. Gene Simmons Celebrates Kiss' 40th Anniversary With Crowdsourcing Campaign

    April 03, 2014 2:47 AM EDT Gene Simmons is looking for help celebrating the 40th anniversary of Kiss. The rocker announced Wednesday night that Kiss is launching a campaign on Tongal -- a company that pairs creatives and brands to crowdsource the pitch-and-development process -- asking content creators and fans to…

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