1. Fun Fun Fun Fest: Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab for Cutie Headlining

    May 20, 2014 9:28 AM EDT This year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin looks hell bent on being a good time. The lineup for the 9th annual festival was announced Tuesday, with heavy metal legends Judas Priest tee'd up as one of the headliners. FFF Fest takes over Auditorium Shores and Butler Park from Nov. 7-9. …

  2. Jason Mraz Shouts 'Yes!' on July Album: Hear The First Single

    May 19, 2014 3:08 PM EDT Jason Mraz is back with a resounding "Yes!" -- as in, that's the emphatic title of the pop singer-songwriter's fifth studio album. The full-length is due out on July 15, and Mraz kicked off a 'Mraz Mondays' weekly release series with the debut of the album's…

  3. R.E.M. Has a 'Lot of Stuff in the Vaults'

    May 19, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The defunct band packages its complete "Unplugged" sessions, with plans to make future releases special. "I mean, if we've been sitting on stuff for this long, why go cheap with it now?" says Mike Mills A continuing series of vault-trolling archival releases, with…

  4. 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…

  5. Phoenix, The Strokes to Headline LA's FYF Fest

    May 16, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Indie and alternative rock fans in southern California have plenty to look forward to when FYF Fest comes to Los Angeles this August. The two-day festival, set for Aug. 23-24 at its new location at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park, just announced its 2014 lineup. More festival news:…

  6. Nas to Record On Mass Appeal Records; Will Release 'Lost Tapes 2' & Posthumous Pimp C Album

    May 16, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Juicy J, Mike Will Made It and DJ Mustard on deck to produce posthumous Pimp C album. Nas, who turned hip-hop on its ear 20 years ago with his groundbreaking debut album "Illmatic," is going independent. The venerated rapper, 40, is launching Mass Appeal Records, an independent…

  7. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  8. Comedy Issue: The Next Generation of Comics Answer Our Questions

    May 16, 2014 12:21 PM EDT Tig Notaro, Chris D'Elia, Nikki Glaser, Rory Scovel, Rikki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Michael Che, and Nick Kroll may have started out on the club circuit, but now they have Hollywood hot for them — and a slew of NSFW war stories. They answer a few of our questions below. Who are your comic…

  9. 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…

  10. Rush Davis, 'Thousand Springs': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 16, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Rush Davis is an artist to watch. He's rightfully garnered a hefty co-sign from the legendary Lionel Richie, calling Davis a "once every twenty year" artist. A month after releasing his first single "Sin Pays The Bills," Davis premieres his R&B…

  11. Tech N9ne & Atmosphere Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    May 15, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Kansas City, Mo. rapper Tech N9ne scores his second Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums No. 1 as the fifth installment of his Tech N9ne Collabos series, "Strangeulation," opens with 36,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first chart-topper, the solo set "All 6's & 7's…

  12. 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…

  13. Nash the Slash, Mysterious Canadian Experimental Musician, Dead at 66

    May 13, 2014 6:55 PM EDT He was a mystery until the end who few knew by face. Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once declared “is the kind of opening act that makes…

  14. Mariah Carey Debuts Rich Homie Quan-Assisted Song, 'Thirsty': Listen

    May 13, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Three months after releasing her ballad, "You're Mine (Eternal)," Mariah Carey unleashes a hit for the clubs, "Thirsty." Mariah Carey's Journey to a New Album: The Billboard Cover Story "You're thirsty for a dream/ Leaving me drowning/ Boy, there ain&…

  15. Mac Miller on New Mixtape 'Faces': 'Don’t Tell My Mama I Got a Drug Problem'

    May 11, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Mac Miller may not always keep it mom-friendly but there are surely a few out there stoked the Pittsburg rapper opted to drop a new mixtape on their special holiday.  Miller’s 24-track “Faces” includes features from the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Sir Micheal Rocks, Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul,…

  16. NFL's Top Newcomers Select 'Happy,' 'The Man,' 'Draft Day' As Walk-Out Songs

    May 08, 2014 11:35 PM EDT NFL draftees select their own walk-out tunes for the first time. Players attending the NFL draft get to choose a song that will be played when they walk on stage after being selected. It's a first for the league, which has a record 30 players at Radio City Music Hall. Jadeveon Clowney,…

  17. John Legend and Iggy Azalea Hit No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    May 08, 2014 8:46 PM EDT After eight weeks of sitting at No. 2 behind Pharrell’s “Happy” on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, John Legend’s “All of Me” steps 2-1 to mark the first leader in his 10-year chart history. Legend first appeared on the list in 2004 as a featured artist on Slum Village’s “Selfish,” also featuring…

  18. Black Keys Announce Turn Blue World Tour

    May 08, 2014 9:37 AM EDT The Keys are out to support new album "Turn Blue," due May 13 via Nonesuch One of rock's biggest and bluesiest 2014 tours has just been announced. The Black Keys have unveiled an extensive run of headlining dates for the second half of the year via a smart-alecky "press…

  19. Mysteryland USA Set to Become First Cashless Multi-Day Music Festival in North America (Exclusive)

    May 07, 2014 10:10 PM EDT Prepared festival-goers won’t need their wallets to enjoy Mysteryland USA this year. At the EDM festival’s inaugural American edition, SFX Entertainment’s ID&T is partnering with leading cashless payment provider Intellitix to exclusively deploy their electronic IntelliPay payment system.…

  20. Electric Zoo First Phase Lineup Announced: David Guetta, Armin van Buuren, Kaskade Headlining

    May 07, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Made Event’s Electric Zoo festival today announced the first round of artists for its sixth edition this fall. Electric Zoo 2014's Friday Lineup David Guetta, Dada Life, Nicky Romero, and Dmitri Vegas & Like Mike will headline on Friday August 29; Armin van Buuren, Zedd, Knife…

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