1. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

  2. Josh Thompson Breakup Inspires Snarling Party Single, 'Wanted Me Gone'

    May 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT "Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work." Painter Chuck Close's creative philosophy suggests Josh Thompson and the team around him must be a bunch of pros, because they were able to build a grinding, energetic single, "Wanted Me Gone,…

  3. Mark Ronson on East Village Radio's End: 'I'm Shocked It's Closing' (Guest Post)

    May 23, 2014 1:23 PM EDT Influential Internet station East Village Radio closed its doors on May 23, blaming rising rents and the congressional Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, which mandates that Web broadcasters pay a performance royalty for every listener. One of the station's best-known DJs,…

  4. 'American Idol' Season 13 Finale Ratings Down 28% in Key Demo

    May 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Though the Fox competition does get a big jump week-to-week, it's still down double digits from last year's finale -- as the CBS show ends its spring run on an atypical Wednesday. It was not the best week for signing competitions. After Tuesday night brought a low note for "The…

  5. D'Angelo's Voodoo Still Transfixing at Red Bull Music Academy: Review

    May 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Over 14 years after his last album, the seminal neo-soul text, "Voodoo," defined an era, D'Angelo sauntered on stage in a classroom-sized theater at the Brooklyn Museum – as if he hadn't been gone a day. His signature cornrows dangled beneath a black fedora, cocked to the…

  6. Bon Jovi Celebrates 30 Years With Reissue Campaign

    May 21, 2014 5:38 PM EDT The band will reissue its 1988 classic, New Jersey, on July 1. Bon Jovi will celebrate 30 years of rock and roll with a major catalog reissue campaign kicking off July 1. The first record reissued will be the band's 1988 album, "New Jersey", which will be available as a…

  7. Ratings for 'American Idol,' 'Voice' Take a Dive

    May 21, 2014 5:07 PM EDT It may have been up significantly, week to week, but the spring finale of "The Voice" clocked a series low for a season ender. Wrapping its run a month earlier than the comparable cycle in 2013, the average 3.3 rating with adults 18-49 marked a 25 percent hit. Top 100 'American…

  8. Billboard Music Awards Ratings Hit 13-Year High

    May 19, 2014 12:32 PM EDT The three-hour Billboard Music Awards were the most-watched program Sunday night, guiding ABC to a win for the night. It was the most-watched edition of the awards program in 13 years. The BBMAs had an average audience of 10.5 million people, according to Nielsen's fast nationals…

  9. NFL Player 'Snapped' Over Girlfriend's Fling With Nelly: Court Docs

    May 16, 2014 6:18 PM EDT The woman who alleges that defensive end Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers assaulted and threatened to kill her said he "just snapped" after an argument over her short-lived relationship with rapper Nelly, according to new court documents released Thursday . In a Charlotte Police…

  10. How the F--- Do You Market a Band Called F---ed Up?

    May 16, 2014 3:59 PM EDT This is an extended version of an article first published in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Many bands second-guess their names, especially when the musicians have matured beyond the juvenile or inebriated inspiration that first sparked their nomenclatorial creativity. Yet the…

  11. 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…

  12. Motley Crue Reveals 'Dirt' Movie Details, Previews Final Tour & New Music

    May 15, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Tommy Lee talks new Crue song, band's final tour, leaving the door open to more music in the future, plus other pursuits, like drumming for Smashing Pumpkins. "These are like epic, goose-bump songs" Motley Crue is saying a well-publicized farewell to the road starting this…

  13. Jennifer Lopez Talks 'A.K.A.' & Reflects On 'Selena' & 'On the 6' Album

    May 15, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has a handful of memorable "firsts;" From her first star role in "Selena" to her first studio album, "On the 6" (June 1999), both of which were wins for Latinos and catapulted her to stardom. It was only right to award JLO with this year's…

  14. Rascal Flatts Press 'Rewind' and Emerge With Another Hit

    May 15, 2014 2:15 PM EDT With "Rewind," the band looks poised to score their eighth No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart This past Tuesday, Rascal Flatts released their ninth studio album, "Rewind." The group has quite an impressive streak going with their sales success over the…

  15. 615 Spotlight: Scott Coner Enlists Tanya Tucker, T. Graham Brown on New EP

    May 14, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Music has always been very important to Indiana native Scott Coner. The singer grew up in John Mellencamp country – near Seymour, which is also down the road from a very popular country music showplace. "I lived close to a place called the Little Nashville Opry in Brown County, Indiana.…

  16. 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…

  17. Sia Announces '1000 Forms of Fear' Release Date & Track List

    May 14, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Sia's new solo album "1000 Forms of Fear" has been pegged with a summer release for months, but on Wednesday (May 14), the full-length finally received a concrete release date. "1000 Forms of Fear" will be out on July 8 through RCA/Monkey Puzzle Records. Produced by…

  18. Tennis Plays For Little Kids While Prepping Third Album

    May 13, 2014 2:10 PM EDT The indie-pop duo has been working with producers like the Black Keys' Patrick Carney and Spoon's Jim Eno on the fall LP. This past weekend in New York, Tennis entertained students of the pop blogosphere while opening for Haim at New York's Terminal 5 and headlining Music Hall…

  19. Michael Jackson's 'Xscape': Track-By-Track Review

    May 13, 2014 1:29 PM EDT To answer your first question: Yes, it is any good. And about your second: Better than you think.   To be sure, it's a strange project: a Michael Jackson record of vocals out of the vault and all-new music from Timbaland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Stargate, Rodney…

  20. Deadmau5 Reveals 'While (1 <2)' Release Date

    May 10, 2014 6:04 PM EDT Last night Deadmau5 revelealed a release date for his forthcoming seventh studio album, "While (1<2)," on his official website, reports N.Y.E.D.M. Deadmau5 Performs a 2-Hour Set, Live from His Studio: Watch "While (1<2)," programming code for "to loop…

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