1. Apple Closes In On Purchase of Beats (Report)

    May 08, 2014 7:27 PM EDT Apple is reportedly closing in on a deal to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, according to a Financial Times report .  If completed at that price, the deal would be the largest ever for Apple. The deal is said to include both Beats’ music subscription service and its hardware…

  2. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  3. Randy Rogers Band Releases 'Homemade' Live Album, Talks 'Endless Tour'

    May 02, 2014 2:34 PM EDT The Randy Rogers Band have a new album on the market. Titled "Homemade Tamales: Live At Florres," the CD / DVD combination is a long time coming. "It's been ten years since our last [live album], and we wanted to put a stamp on where we're at. We've done four…

  4. Michael Jackson's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the New Album

    May 02, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's new cover story focuses on the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson , going behind the scenes with the super-producers who sifted through nearly two-decades of MJ's studio outtakes in an attempt to produce what they hope will be a posthumous hit record, "…

  5. Bob Dylan's 'Rolling Stone' Notes Up for Auction

    May 01, 2014 9:13 AM EDT One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," is going to auction this summer. Sotheby's is offering a working draft of the finished song in Dylan's own hand for an estimated $1 million to $2 million. The song is about a debutante who…

  6. Geoff Tate Puts Queensryche Lawsuit Behind Him: 'The Whole Experience Was Such a Betrayal'

    April 29, 2014 3:00 PM EDT UPDATE: In the original version of this story, Billboard mistook a Monsters of Rock concert date for an event to be held in 2014 when it was already held in 2013. Billboard regrets the error. Almost two years after he filed a lawsuit in the wake of being fired from rock band Queensryche,…

  7. Wilko Johnson's Response to Pancreatic Cancer? Album With Roger Daltrey, More on the Way

    April 29, 2014 8:45 AM EDT "I can't arrange things too far in the future 'cause I don't know whether that future will exist, so we have to do things kind of step by step," says the Dr. Feelgood alum, who was diagnosed with cancer in early '13 We may not have heard the last from Wilko…

  8. Laneway Detroit Fest Canceled For 2014

    April 28, 2014 11:56 PM EDT The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival won’t be returning to Detroit this year.  Laneway has grown from a street party in Melbourne, Australia back in 2004 to a four-country, eight-city tour focused on independent rock acts, but it will side-step the U.S. in 2014 after organizers admitted they…

  9. Beyonce, Jay Z Announce On The Run Summer Stadium Tour

    April 28, 2014 8:53 AM EDT The Carters have officially announced their rumored joint tour . Beyonce and Jay Z will head out on a 16-date stadium tour they're calling On The Run, to kickoff in Miami on June 25th and wrap in San Francisco on August 5. The tour is sponsored by Chase. Chase cardholders as well as…

  10. 'Supermensch' Shep Gordon Talks Maui Parties, Rap Music and Dishes Management Advice At Tribeca

    April 28, 2014 6:22 AM EDT Shep Gordon is a man who got punched by Janis Joplin while she was making love to Jimi Hendrix, shared custody of his cat with neighbor Cary Grant and smoked pot many times with Willie Nelson – just a few of the compiled stories that make up the documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep…

  11. Swizz Beatz Goes Back To School

    April 28, 2014 12:04 AM EDT Kasseem Dean, better known as Swizz Beatz, the multitalented record producer/songwriter and husband of Alicia Keys, has been accepted to Harvard Business School’s nine-week Owner/President Management Extension Program, the same one attended by Antonio "L.A." Reid at the behest of…

  12. Jared Leto On Leaving Virgin, Thirty Seconds To Mars Doc 'Artifact'

    April 25, 2014 7:19 PM EDT Jared Leto is a free agent. Fresh off his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor last month, the singer/actor is feeling freshly confident about his day job as frontman of rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars. 30STM has recently parted ways for good with Virgin Records/EMI, Leto confirms to…

  13. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your…

  14. Outkast To Headline 2014 BET Experience In Los Angeles

    April 21, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Hip-hop duo Outkast, who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary by reuniting for this year's Coachella Valley & Arts Music Festival, will headline the 2014 BET Experience, to be held June 27-29 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Rick Ross to Hit BET…

  15. Enrique Iglesias' Emotional Life: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT No topic is off limits as the singer opens up about that strained relationship with Dad, Anna Kournikova, the recent death of his dog, and the pressure to keep building his empire. It's a rare occasion that Enrique Iglesias is actually at the offices of his Mr. 305 Productions in…

  16. 4 Non Blondes to Reunite at L.A. Event

    April 17, 2014 11:45 AM EDT What's up with 4 Non Blondes? How about a one-night-only reunion? The '90s rock band will perform May 10 at "An Evening With Women" to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Linda Perry, the band's former lead singer and hit songwriter, has produced the event for…

  17. The Who Launching World Tour This Year and 'Hoping' for New Album

    April 16, 2014 8:53 AM EDT The legendary band turns 50 this year and will start playing live around Christmas. Pete Townshend talks hitting the road again ("I'm in good shape"), possible new music and getting older The Who will embark on a tour late this year to celebrate the band's 50th…

  18. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

  19. Childish Gambino Slams Label: 'Someone Buy Me Out Of This Contract'

    April 14, 2014 7:01 PM EDT The rapper/actor criticizes his record label after 'Sweatpants' video 'wasn't handled correctly.' Childish Gambino isn't too happy with his record label, Glassnote Records. Childish Gambino Talks 'Because The Internet' Album & Staying Honest Soon…

  20. John Mayall, 'Why Did You Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" with "A Special Life," his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. "Any time I make an album, I'm…

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