1. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  2. Comedy Issue: Tenacious D's Kyle Gass On Guitar Licks & Laughs

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT There has been an explosion in comedy music lately, but I think it always has been around.  If you went back to the ancient Greek satyr plays, I bet you they were playing some kind of janglies. Court jesters? They were definitely getting jingly and jangly. To me, comedy and music are not even…

  3. Michael Eavis, Founder of Glastonbury Festival, To Receive U.K.'s MITs Award

    May 16, 2014 2:36 AM EDT Michael Eavis, the dairy farmer who turned a small concert on his property into the world-famous Glastonbury Festival, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Music Industry Trust’s Award.  Eavis will be recognized for his “outstanding contribution to the U.K.’s live music industry and…

  4. Chris Rock to Host 2014 BET Awards

    May 15, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Shortly after revealing the nominations for the 2014 BET Awards yesterday (May 14), BET announces that Chris Rock is hosting the award show. "I watch the BET Awards every year. It's one of my favorite award shows combining people from movies, sports, TV and music," Chris Rock…

  5. 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…

  6. Code First Play: NERVO 'Inspired' Mini-Mix

    May 15, 2014 1:02 PM EDT After inspiring others to pursue careers in dance music, NERVO are now paying homage to those that inspired them. The Australian songwriting sisters have taken the reins for the second edition of Ministry of Sound’s “Inspired” compilation series, providing a glimpse into the tracks that have…

  7. Robin Thicke Performing at Billboard Music Awards

    May 15, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Robin Thicke is the latest performer set to light up the 2014 Billboard Music Awards this Sunday. The R&B crooner will take the mic at the May 18 ceremony in Las Vegas, where he joins previously announced performers including Shakira, Katy Perry, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande,…

  8. Casey Kasem Found In Washington State

    May 15, 2014 4:33 AM EDT Casey Kasem was located in Washington state on Thursday, three days after a Los Angeles judge expressed concerns about the ailing radio host's whereabouts and safety. Kasem's condition was not immediately known, although his children rejoiced after days of uncertainty and said in a…

  9. Casey Kasem's Daughter Files Missing Persons Report

    May 15, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Kerri Kasem filed the report with police in Santa Monica, where the legendary DJ's family last saw him. Casey Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem has filed a missing persons report for the legendary DJ. "Kerri Kasem and family have officially filed a missing persons report with the…

  10. Afrojack Says 'I'm Not EDM' As He Crosses Over Into Pop: Video Q&A

    May 14, 2014 8:12 PM EDT "99 percent of New York has no clue who the f--- I am!" At 6 foot 9, Nick van de Wall, the DJ-producer known as Afrojack, is the easiest person to see exiting Soho House in New York's Meatpacking District. But that doesn't mean he's the easiest to identify. Passers-by…

  11. 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…

  12. Coldplay's Haunted 'Ghost Stories' Album: Track-By-Track Review

    May 14, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Coldplay's sixth studio album will forever be tied to frontman Chris Martin's out-of-the-blue announcement that he and wife Gwyneth Paltrow were separating , nearly two months before the full-length's release. The timing of the breakup hovers over "Ghost Stories," a…

  13. Beyonce & Jay Z Lead 2014 BET Awards

    May 14, 2014 10:42 AM EDT BET has announced the nominees for the 2014 BET Awards. Beyoncé and Jay Z take the lead with four nominations each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration ("Drunk In Love"), and Video of the Year twice ("Partition," "Drunk In…

  14. Ludacris to Host 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards are getting a dose of Southern hospitality. Hosting this Sunday's annual music celebration on ABC is one of hip-hop's all-time most successful artists -- Ludacris. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! • Video:  …

  15. Shakira to Perform at Billboard Music Awards

    May 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Shakira is the latest superstar confirmed to perform at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! • Video:   Top BBMA Performances • GIFs:  See the Finalists • Photos:   60 Memorable Moments BBMAs HOME The Colombian pop singer,…

  16. Pentatonix Signs to RCA Records

    May 13, 2014 7:05 PM EDT The viral a cappella quintet has previously released three albums and collected over 445 million YouTube views on various covers of pop hits. Pentatonix has been signed to RCA Records, it was announced Tuesday. The Sing-Off season-three champs and viral a cappella music group is known mostly…

  17. Katy Perry To Perform ‘Birthday’ At 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 13, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Katy Perry will have a “Birthday” party at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The pop superstar will give the world-premiere TV performance of her new song “Birthday” at the May 18 BBMAs in Las Vegas. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! ?• Video:   Top BBMA…

  18. Casey Kasem Missing: Judge Orders Investigation

    May 12, 2014 6:26 PM EDT A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality's wife said the former "Top 40" host had been removed from the country. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered a court…

  19. Jay Z & Solange's Elevator Fight: Twitter Reacts With Hashtags & Punchlines

    May 12, 2014 3:02 PM EDT On Monday, TMZ released some post-Met Gala footage featuring what appears to be Beyonce's younger sister, Solange, wailing on Jay Z in a hotel elevator . Then the Internet EXPLODED, with hashtag # WhatJayZSaidToSolange trending on Twitter. So while this story develops, we went ahead…

  20. Ariana Grande's Huge 'Problem': Inside The Monster Hot 100 Debut

    May 12, 2014 2:13 PM EDT After the new single, the 20-year-old singer appears ready to compete with Taylor, Katy and Gaga. Ariana Grande knows how to make an entrance. After the 20-year-old R&B/pop star unveiled her new single, "Problem," with a performance at the Disney Music Awards on April 27, the…

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