1. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

  2. 'Smooth' at 15: Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas Reflect on Their Billboard Hot 100 Smash

    June 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Back in 1971, guitarist Carlos Santana hit No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Black Magic Woman.” It would take him nearly three decades to make the top 10 again, but what a comeback it was. “Smooth,” featuring Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on vocals, topped the chart for a stunning…

  3. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  4. The Go-Gos, Pink Martini, Kristin Chenoweth Inducted Into Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame

    June 24, 2014 12:18 AM EDT Before a capacity house of about 17,000, Pink Martini, fronted by singer China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, started off the night with standards including Amado Mio and Sympathique in concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Lauderdale took a moment on stage to recall how the band…

  5. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  6. Nick Cave's '20,000 Days' Hits the Road, Australasia Concerts Announced

    June 23, 2014 12:54 AM EDT Nick Cave had an immediate reaction when filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard pitched the idea of a rock documentary. "I couldn't think of anything worse," Cave said. "Because of all the other rock `n' roll documentaries out there that are just such a yawn, that…

  7. Disney's 'Newsies' To End Broadway Run, Gets Ready For the Road

    June 23, 2014 12:25 AM EDT After a 2½ year run that defied initial expectations to become the fastest-recouping show in Disney Theatrical's history, Newsies will conclude its Broadway stay on Aug. 24 before embarking on a national tour. The decision comes as something of a surprise given that the show continues to…

  8. Remembering Casey Kasem: Regional Hero, National Treasure

    June 21, 2014 11:13 AM EDT I first remember hearing the smooth, dulcet tones of Casey Kasem in the summer of 1963 on the Pasadena-based radio station KRLA, where the disc jockey shared the dial with Bob Eubanks, Dave Hull and Jimmy O‘Neill. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82 During a six-year tenure at the Top…

  9. Selena Gomez Stalker Sentenced to Treatment

    June 21, 2014 10:13 AM EDT A homeless man has been ordered to undergo psychological treatment after pleading no contest to stalking Selena Gomez. Los Angeles County prosecutors say Che Thomas Cruz entered the plea Friday and was told to spend six months in a residential treatment facility followed by a year of…

  10. Russell Simmons Shooting TV Pilot, Producing Rap Opera & Spending Millions on Movies

    June 20, 2014 11:38 AM EDT The hip-hop mogul looks to "reintegrate Hollywood" Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat. The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles early in 2014. Now, he is…

  11. Full Moon Festival: Le Youth, The Knocks, Delorean Heading to Governors Island

    June 19, 2014 6:57 PM EDT The upcoming 4th annual Full Moon Festival , set to take over Governor's Island on August 8, has taken to Instagram to share the announcement of the first round of performers for their upcoming beach-themed mini-festival, which takes its inspiration from the full moon parties of…

  12. Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley Set for 'Front & Center' Concert Specials

    June 19, 2014 11:03 AM EDT This fall, the Country Music Association and the critically-heralded public TV series "Front and Center" will partner up for two separate concert specials that will feature many of Music City's most talented artists doing what they do best. The shows will feature the music of…

  13. 'True Blood' To Live On in Musical Form

    June 19, 2014 1:47 AM EDT Like the vampires it portrays, "True Blood" won't seem to die. Even if it means breaking out in song. After the final scene of the upcoming final season of "True Blood," fans may be able to take another fresh bite out of the HBO vampire drama. In the works: "…

  14. Alt-J Samples Miley Cyrus on 'Hunger Of The Pine': Listen

    June 18, 2014 4:22 PM EDT Alt-J has previewed its hotly anticipated second album, "This Is All Yours," with a song that samples… Miley Cyrus! Listen to "Hunger of the Pine," which premiered on Wednesday (June 18), below: The Cyrus song that the British indie rockers nicked is "4x4," a non…

  15. Lana Del Rey, 'Ultraviolence': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 16, 2014 2:25 PM EDT After the critical drubbing she withstood from late 2011 through early 2012, Lana Del Rey would have been well justified in packing up her party dresses and heart-shaped sunglasses and secluding herself in some Hollywood mansion, "Sunset Boulevard"-style. Branded an…

  16. Jennifer Lopez Works Her Ass Off on 'A.K.A.' Album, Powerhouse Brand (Cover Story)

    June 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has a lot of titles on her business card these days. At this point in a career stretching back more than two decades, she's less a musician or actress than a walking lifestyle brand, and a hyper-productive one at that. On today's schedule: an interview and photo shoot…

  17. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash…

  18. Bonnaroo 2014: Jack White Rolls Through Discography in Chatty Performance

    June 15, 2014 3:21 AM EDT Bonnaroo has seen flashier and more famous headliners, but Jack White put on a clinic on how to close out the main stage on Saturday night (June 14). On the third night of the Manchester, Tenn. fest, White proved his A-list rock star status with a passionate set that repped his two solo…

  19. Sam Smith on Love: 'I'll Be Excited When I Get My Heart Broken Properly'

    June 13, 2014 2:54 PM EDT After publicly coming out to the press, the soul singer arrives in the United States with an unfailingly 
frank album full of melancholy. Maybe it’s the sunshine on this unseasonably warm mid-May day in London, or maybe it’s just a gnarly hangover, but Sam Smith is having a little trouble…

  20. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

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