1. 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…

  2. Comedy Issue: Podcasters Marc Maron, Jimmy Pardo & Aisha Tyler Bring Laughs Home

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT A comedian craving intimacy might want to consider becoming a podcaster. “[The audience knows] you a lot better,” says Marc Maron, 50, who has helmed the twice-weekly WTF since September 2009 and announced in December it had topped 100 million downloads. Each show averages about 80 minutes in…

  3. 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…

  4. Remembering Malik Bendjelloul, the Man Who Re-Birthed 'Sugar Man' Rodriguez

    May 14, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Rodriguez had a phrase for Malik Bendjelloul and his film "Searching for Sugar Man." He used it while we were eating lunch at SXSW in March 2012; he would use it again 11 months later over a meal in Los Angeles the day it would win one of its 32 awards. "It's his story,…

  5. Down, 'We Knew Him Well': Exclusive Video Premiere

    May 13, 2014 12:06 PM EDT As Phil Anselmo & co. prep the May 13 release of "Down IV - Part Two," Billboard exclusively premieres the video for the song, "We Knew Him Well." On the eve releasing "Down IV -- Part Two," the latest EP by the all-star metal group Down, frontman Phil…

  6. Dionne Warwick, 'A House Is Not A Home' Feat. Ne-Yo: Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 12, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Two years after the debut of "Now," Dionne Warwick is releasing a new album, "Feels So Good," on July 1. The 14-track full-length effort will feature classic Warwick hits redone as duets, including "A House Is Not A Home," featuring Ne-Yo. Check out an exclusive…

  7. Simon Cowell Wants His Own Version Of 'Frozen'

    May 09, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The star maker teams with the driving force behind "The Lego Movie," betting that animated features will be driving chart smashes for years to come: "This is something we dreamt of doing" Simon Cowell is betting that "Frozen" and "Despicable Me 2" are…

  8. As the Decemberists Hibernate, Its Members Focus on Black Prairie (Q&A)

    May 09, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Decemberists have been recording off-and-on and will "ramp up" next year, says Nate Query. Until then, four of the band's members push on with Black Prairie, which has released new album "Fortune" "Fortune," the new album from Black Prairie, the Portland…

  9. Meet The Empty Hearts: Members of Blondie, Cars, Romantics, Chesterfield Kings Form New Band

    May 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT With a name hand-picked by Steven Van Zandt, the new supergroup of '70s hitmakers will release debut album on Aug. 5 ... Hear an exclusive song premiere below! In the 1970s, hitmakers from the previous decade formed supergroups to continue on the arena circuit. In 2014, a quartet of…

  10. Disney Gets Into EDM, Overtakes Interscope in Album Market Share

    May 02, 2014 12:44 PM EDT As the second quarter got underway, Disney Music Group (DMG) found itself in an unexpected position - surging ahead of Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) in current-album market share, thanks to the 2013 Frozen soundtrack. The startling news comes as the music division attempts to move…

  11. Hans Zimmer on Creating the Music of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' With Pharrell, Johnny Marr

    April 30, 2014 4:54 PM EDT "The first day [in the studio] was hard," Zimmer says. "It was chaos because I had too many people in the room" One of the first requests Hans Zimmer received from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" director Marc Webb was for a fanfare. Zimmer's initial response? …

  12. Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt Discusses Writing Novels, Finding His (Singing) Voice, & Calling Time On DJing

    April 30, 2014 2:52 AM EDT Best known as the male half of Everything But The Girl, the duo he formed in 1981 with Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt has many talents beyond providing the harmony to Thorn’s lead vocal. Since 1998, he has been an established presence on London’s deep house circuit, as a DJ, re-mixer, producer and…

  13. Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs

    April 28, 2014 3:12 PM EDT From Girls Aloud to SWV to Electrik Red, check out Billboard's editorial countdown of underappreciated girl group tracks. Most casual pop fans can rattle off a few of the biggest girl group hits of all time -- the classic cuts by the Supremes, TLC, Destiny's Child and more --…

  14. Devo's Gerald Casale Uncorks His Winery

    April 28, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Devo co-founder Gerald Casale equates the new wave rock scene of the late 1970s with the new wave food and wine scene occurring simultaneously in California. Devo was changing the world with "Mongoloid," "Jocko Homo" and "Whip It"; Chez Panisse was growing its…

  15. Clark Terry Doc Acquired by '20 Feet From Stardom' Company RADiUS-TWC

    April 28, 2014 10:56 AM EDT The Quincy Jones-produced film on trumpeter Clark Terry has been acquired by RADiUS-TWC, the company that had Oscar-winning success with "20 Feet From Stardom." Terry, a veteran of the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands before leading his own groups, taught Jones the trumpet 70…

  16. DJ Rashad Dead at 34 (Update)

    April 28, 2014 9:50 AM EDT UPDATE (May 1): A representative for DJ Rashad tells Billboard that the artist's cause of death is still inconclusive. Rashad's label Hyperdub indicates that a statement is forthcoming. Please hold fire on these latest reports of the causes of Rashad's death until we have an…

  17. Bob Weir Here: Grateful Dead Co-Founder Rocks Tribeca Film Fest

    April 25, 2014 8:32 PM EDT "The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir" chronicles the guitarist's heady days. Deadheads flocked to Lower Manhattan on Wednesday night to catch a movie and a concert about and by the Grateful Dead’s living guitarist and singer Bob Weir as part of the Tribeca Film…

  18. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they didn’t write universal anthems everyone could…

  19. New Marilyn Manson Track To Open WGN's 'Salem'

    April 24, 2014 8:23 PM EDT "['Salem'] looks at the witch trials without being cliché," says Manson. Marilyn Manson and composer Tyler Bates have written the opening main title sequence for WGN America's drama. The new title sequence premieres in the second episode, which airs April 27.   A…

  20. Alternative Press Announces Inaugural AP Music Awards, Nominees

    April 24, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Punk mag Alternative Press has announced it will host the inaugural AP Music Awards on July 21 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame And Museum in Cleveland.  The night will include performances by Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Misfits, A Day To Remember, All Time Low,…

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