1. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Boxer Who Inspired Bob Dylan, Dies at 76

    April 20, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and…

  2. 'American Idol' Announces 2014 Tour Dates

    April 17, 2014 5:06 AM EDT Host Ryan Seacrest announced that tickets for the American Idol Summer Tour are going on sale on May 9. The 41-city tour will kick off June 24 in Binghamton, N.Y. and will wrap in Redmond, WA, on Aug. 23.  This summer's tour is a smaller affair than usual, foregoing typical stops at…

  3. U2, Linda Ronstadt Albums to Be Preserved By Library of Congress

    April 02, 2014 5:07 AM EDT U2's classic album "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around. These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25…

  4. Phillip Phillips, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills To Make Record Store Day In-Store Appearances

    March 20, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips and Mark Mulcahy are among the artists already confirmed to make in-store appearance on Records Store Day, April 19. Barenaked Ladies will perform at Sunrise in Toronto, which will also include an appearance from Paul Rodgers;…

  5. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  6. Lou Reed Tribute: An Epic, Weird Night at SXSW for 'One Motherf---er of a Songwriter'

    March 15, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Alejandro Escovedo, Lucinda Williams, Spandau Ballet, Chuck Prophet, the Black Lips, Suzanne Vega and Sean Lennon were among the artists at the first full-scale tribute to Lou Reed since his death The absence of a full-scale, high-profile tribute to the late Lou Reed has been glaring, and…

  7. Spandau Ballet Makes U.S. Return With SXSW Film Premiere and Concert

    March 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wednesday's gig marked the British New Romantic band's first Statesdie performance in nearly 30 years Having finished their first performance in the U.S. in more than 28 years, Spandau Ballet will wait until George Hencken's documentary, "Soul Boys of the Western World,…

  8. Sleigh Bells Announce Spring North American Tour

    March 06, 2014 9:42 PM EST After confirming the band's presence at Red Bull Sound Select in Austin, Texas, for next week, Sleigh Bells have confirmed a North American tour to go along with sets at Coachella next month. According to Radio.com , the noise-pop duo will embark on a multi-date tour in the months of…

  9. Spandau Ballet to Perform, Premiere Documentary at SXSW: Exclusive

    February 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST The band's March 12 show will mark the group's first Stateside appearance since 1985 The members of Spandau Ballet are hoping the premiere of a documentary on the ‘80s New Romantic band will lead to career revival that includes the release of new music and their first tour of the…

  10. Flavor Flav Pleads Not Guilty to Speeding Charge

    January 28, 2014 7:29 PM EST Rapper was stopped earlier this month while traveling to his mother's funeral Flavor Flav pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from a traffic stop earlier this month as he raced to his mother's funeral in suburban New York. State police said the rapper and reality TV star,…

  11. David Byrne's 'Here Lies Love' Returns To NY

    January 22, 2014 1:27 AM EST David Byrne's splashy disco musical "Here Lies Love" is coming back to the Public Theater - but with a twist. The Talking Heads frontman told fans Tuesday that his show about Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines, will return to the same space in the Public&…

  12. What Tessanne Chin's 'Voice' Win Means for the Jamaican Music Scene

    January 03, 2014 4:15 PM EST Jamaican songstress Tessanne Chin's stratospheric ascent from relative obscurity, even in her birthplace, to international fame via her Dec. 17 triumph on NBC's singing competition "The Voice" is undoubtedly the island's biggest music story of 2013. Displaying…

  13. Nickel Creek Reunites to Salute 'Inside Llewyn Davis'; New Album Coming

    November 14, 2013 2:15 PM EST The three members of Nickel Creek reunited onstage Wednesday as part of CBS Films' celebration of the Coen brothers' folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" and there should be more to come. Mandolinist Chris Thile, fiddler Sara Watkins and guitarist Sean Watkins are…

  14. 'The Princess Bride' Being Adapted for the Stage

    November 11, 2013 11:43 PM EST "Inconceivable?" No, "As you wish." Disney Theatrical Productions has announced plans to collaborate with William Goldman on a stage work based on his 1973 fairy tale, "The Princess Bride," and on his screenplay for the beloved 1987 Rob Reiner film that became…

  15. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an established slant toward breaking and under…

  16. Toby Keith's Tornado Recovery Benefit Raises $2M

    September 12, 2013 12:46 AM EDT A tornado relief concert organized by country performer Toby Keith has raised $2 million that will go to a fund run by the United Way of Central Oklahoma - and there's still more money to be counted. Organizers told the Norman Transcript newspaper that some donations from the July 6…

  17. Chart Highlights: Enrique Iglesias' 'Loco' Launches At No. 1 On Latin Airplay

    September 02, 2013 1:05 PM EDT Plus, Kylie Minogue scores her seventh consecutive No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, Eminem bows with 'Berzerk' and Paul McCartney debuts on Adult Contemporary Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  18. Bubbling Under: YouTube Star Taryn Southern Heads to Radio With 'Crush'

    July 19, 2013 11:08 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Taryn Southern, Honor By August, Stalley and Todd Galberth Taryn Southern Comedic online sensation Taryn Southern seeks to add…

  19. Norman Doray, 'Filtré' Video: Watch the Funky New Avicii-Supported Clip First Here

    July 11, 2013 10:54 AM EDT “I fell in love with ‘Filtré’ the first time I heard it,” says LE7ELS label boss Avicii. Girls in bikinis. Fast cars. Don Johnson in “Miami Vice.” Not only do these vignettes evoke a sense of summer, they also make up the cut-and-paste video for DJ/producer Norman Doray's latest single…

  20. The Weeknd Announces Fall Tour Dates

    July 08, 2013 10:57 AM EDT 'Kiss Land' album due out at the end of the summer. The Weeknd has announced a 28-date fall tour to coincide with the release of his sophomore album, "Kiss Land." The Canadian R&B artist will kick off the trek on Sept. 6 at Vancouver's Orpheum Theatre, and will…

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