1. Beastie Boys Awarded $1.7 Million in Monster Copyright Case

    June 05, 2014 5:37 PM EDT The Beastie Boys' copyright violation lawsuit against Monster Energy has ended, with jurors finding against the beverage company to the tune of $1.7 million. The suit, brewing for two years before the trial began last Tuesday in New York Federal Court, centered around Monster Energy&…

  2. Weldon Myrick, Steel Guitar Great, Dies At 76

    June 04, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Though there are many great artist-musician relationships in country music history, some stand out a little more others. Don Rich’s enticing Telecaster licks helped to make Buck Owens one of the top recording artists of the 1960s. At the same time period, you would be hard pressed to find a…

  3. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  4. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony Debuts on HBO

    June 01, 2014 12:39 PM EDT The hullabaloo Kiss raised over the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony gave HBO an added bonus to promote its three-hour, 15-minute edited version of last month’s ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ROCK HALL CEREMONY • Review:   Debts Repaid at…

  5. Kris Kristofferson to Play Andrew Jackson in History Miniseries

    May 30, 2014 5:44 PM EDT History's "Texas Rising" has cast its president. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson has been tapped to play President Andrew Jackson in the eight-hour miniseries, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The event series, from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America and produced by…

  6. Dolly Parton Longs for 'Home' in Playful Video (Watch)

    May 29, 2014 9:07 AM EDT Dolly Parton has just released a new video, "Home," from her hit "Blue Smoke" album. The playful video follows Parton as she prepares for a photo shoot. True to form, her wardrobe is colorful throughout, and she even breaks out the banjo for part of the clip. The…

  7. 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…

  8. Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Take America: Inside Their TV Special, Tour (Cover Story)

    May 27, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Katy Perry is practically naked. Dress rehearsal for "Crossroads," the June 13 CMT special that pairs the pop star with country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, is an hour away, but all Perry can think about is getting undressed. Recently arrived at her trailer on-site at Sony'…

  9. 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…

  10. The Black Keys Earn First No. 1 Album, Michael Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    May 21, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Rascal Flatts also score a Top 5 debut, while Dolly Parton scoops up just her second Top 10 album with "Blue Smoke" Rock duo the Black Keys collect its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Turn Blue" debuting at No. 1, while Michael Jackson's …

  11. How to Do the Montauk Music Scene, Where Willie Nelson, Courtney Love and More Rock

    May 20, 2014 3:05 PM EDT From Sky Ferriera to 'SNL'-style karaoke, what's new and noteworthy on the laid-back tip of Long Island. From local concerts at Gosman's Dock to big-name headliners at the Surf Lodge, the scene in Montauk has made the formerly sleepy fishing village practically synonymous…

  12. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  13. Gimme Five: Little Mix's Favorite Boy Bands (Video)

    May 15, 2014 5:34 PM EDT The British group members each list their all-time favorite boy bands. With their rock-solid harmonies, lock-step choreography and rhythmic sound, the U.K.'s Little Mix is one of the more promising girl groups to emerge in recent years. The quartet, which won the British "X Factor…

  14. Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top 3

    May 15, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Wednesday night's 500th episode of American Idol has plenty to celebrate: Harry Connick, Jr. has confirmed that he will be back for the show's fourteenth season. "I have had a blast,” he said of his experience so far. Although he could not speak for fellow judges Jennifer Lopez…

  15. Dolly Parton Makes Jimmy Fallon Wear Her Wig (Video)

    May 14, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Dolly Parton took time out during her current world tour to stop by "The Tonight Show" and give host Jimmy Fallon a little wardrobe help. Check out the video below, as Dolly convinces Fallon to give one of her many, many wigs a try. "I do wear wigs all the time because it'…

  16. Dolly Parton Talks 'Blue' Album, Gay Fans and Willie Nelson's 'Dork' Days

    May 13, 2014 9:52 AM EDT "They know I understand what it's like to be me, and to fight for being myself," Parton says of why she's always had a large following in the LGBT community Dolly Parton doesn't really do "small," and that trait has informed her genre-spanning 42nd studio…

  17. Neil Young, Jack White Cut a Vinyl Record on 'Tonight Show': Watch

    May 13, 2014 6:55 AM EDT Young hit the 1947 Voice-O-Graph to record "Crazy" live on television Neil Young and Jack White teamed up for a bit of show-and-tell on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," demonstrating to the host and viewers the method by which they made Young's new…

  18. Neil Young, Jack White to Record and Press Vinyl During 'Fallon' Appearance

    May 12, 2014 2:00 PM EDT UPDATE 5/12: Jimmy Fallon has announced that Young and White's performance will be recorded and pressed to vinyl live during the show. White has experience in this sort of thing, having set the world record in April by recording and pressing a 7-inch version of new song "Lazaretto…

  19. Miranda Lambert Leads Nominees for CMT Music Awards (See Complete List)

    May 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan tie for second with five nominations each Miranda Lambert has turned a diverse, productive year of music into an impressive set of nominations at the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Lambert leads the field with six nominations-- two for her independent work, two for…

  20. Decades of Grand Ole Opry Hits Highlighted in New Collection

    May 01, 2014 1:27 PM EDT For almost 90y years, the Grand Ole Opry has come to symbolize the best of what is associated with country music. A brand new four-CD set shines the spotlight on some of that illustrious musical history with the release of Grand Ole Opry By The Decades – a collection that is available…

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