1. 'American Idol' Renewed for Season 14

    May 08, 2014 9:59 AM EDT "American Idol" is coming back. The singing competition series has been renewed through season 14, Fox announced Wednesday. "Idol" will hit 15 cities for auditions beginning June 18 in Minneapolis, with stops also planned in Portland, Ore., Columbus, Ohio, Kansas City, Mo.…

  2. Matisyahu, 'Broken Car': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 05, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Matisyahu's transformation continues on new album "Akeda" (out June 3). "There's still people who come to my shows and say, 'Man, I miss the beard.' Just the image that was tied to me, a lot of people don't want to let go of that" Akeda is a…

  3. Say Anything 'Six Six Six' Song Premiere: Max Bemis Talks Ambitious New 'Hebrews' Album

    April 24, 2014 11:59 AM EDT "It's a grandiose-sounding record about the small things that kind of eat away at you," says the frontman. Some admitted "freaking out" over fatherhood inspired Max Bemis to make Say Anything's most ambitious album yet -- and a project unlike any other he'…

  4. The National, Lorde, Nas x The Roots to Play Boston Calling Music Festival

    April 23, 2014 8:30 AM EDT The National, Lorde, Nas with The Roots, The Replacements and Neutral Milk Hotel will all perform at the three-day Boston Calling Music Festival September 5-7. The event will take place at the city’s historic City Hall Plaza.  Coachella 2014: Nas Celebrates 'Illmatic' 20th…

  5. Arcade Fire's Secret Post-Coachella Show: Aaron Paul Arrives at the Roxy With Pizza?

    April 22, 2014 11:59 AM EDT The band plays the tiny, 500-person capacity club following a triumphant two-weekend headlining bow. Following a pair of stellar headlining performances at Coachella over the last two weekends, on Monday night Arcade Fire played a semi-secret show at tiny club Roxy (capacity: 500) on the…

  6. Kings of Leon Announce U.S. Summer/Fall Tour

    April 21, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Young the Giant, Kongos set to open KoL's July-October trek. Kings of Leon will ride "Mechanical Bull" into amphitheaters across the U.S. this summer and fall, the band announced today (April 21). The family Followill's trek is set to kick off July 31 at St. Louis'…

  7. Coachella 2014: Arcade Fire Set Features 'Daft Punk' Surprise

    April 21, 2014 2:49 AM EDT Two robots in white join the night three headliners for the song "Get Lucky." Also: Beck makes an appearance. Coachella 2014 has featured a slew of unannounced guests over its two-weekend bow, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all came on Sunday night as Arcade Fire performed…

  8. Linda Ronstadt Rocks Highest-Charting Album In 24 Years

    April 18, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The pop/rock icon – and now Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – returns with 'Duets,' which spurs her best chart rank since 1990 New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt roars back onto the Billboard 200 , as her new compilation "Duets" debuts at No. 32. The bow…

  9. Zac Brown Shuffles Band Lineup, Announces Summer Tour

    April 15, 2014 6:35 PM EDT There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Zac Brown Band, and the reason is three-fold. The award-winning group has a new single, a new member, and will soon be embarking on a big summer tour. The group just released a new single to radio this week, "All Alright," which is from their …

  10. Play Ball: R.E.M.'s Mike Mills Talks the Atlanta Braves' 2014 Season

    April 09, 2014 4:00 PM EDT R.E.M.'s bassist (and new Baseball Project member) previews the South's most beloved baseball team. April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team…

  11. Beyonce Covers OUT Magazine, Talks LGBT Equality: 'We Are All The Same'

    April 08, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Beyonce's first cover story since the surprise release of her self-titled fifth studio album last December is in the new issue of OUT Magazine, in which the superstar opens up to the LGBT publication about becoming "the world's most powerful brand," as the May 2014 cover…

  12. Are Stars Charging $20k and Up to Wear T-Shirts at Coachella? (Report)

    April 07, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Updated: Lacoste's rep tells Billboard that the story about Lea Michele is "100 percent false." Meanwhile, Aaron Paul is, according to the New York Daily News report, asking for $15,000 and at least 2 VIP festival passes. This year's Coachella tickets may have sold out…

  13. Joan Osborne, 'Mongrels': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 04, 2014 3:45 PM EDT On April 8, singer-songwriter Joan Osborne will treat her devoted fans to a new studio album called "Love and Hate." Billboard has an exclusive first look at its new song "Mongrels." "Love and Hate" is the eighth studio album and Entertainment One Records debut…

  14. Linda Ronstadt on Skipping Rock Hall Ceremony: 'If You're Working for Prizes, You're in Trouble'

    April 01, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Health is the primary reason Linda Ronstadt will not be attending next week's 29th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn. But, the singer tells Billboard, she's really not all that chuffed about missing it. "I haven't given it one thought, I have…

  15. Who Are Broadway's Next Great Singers & Songwriters?: Top 10 Picks

    March 24, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Singer Idina Menzel's stage-to-screen crossover bodes well for Broadway's would-be stars, while the Lopezes scored Oscar gold for writing "Let It Go" and kicked open the door for future composers of stage and screen. Here are 10 picks for the Great White Way's…

  16. The National Q&A: On 'Weird' New Film, Dead Project and What Makes a Bad Show

    March 18, 2014 2:40 PM EDT "Mistaken for Strangers" follows frontman Matt Berninger's relationship with his brother Tom. The indie rocker talks possible new music and enduring rough nights on the road. "Sometimes I walk off stage and I hate myself" The National spent a bulk of 2013 on the…

  17. Kiss, Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour

    March 17, 2014 8:53 PM EDT After its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, Kiss will hit the road to celebrate. The rock band announced today (March 17) a co-headlining tour this summer with fellow rockers Def Leppard. The 42-city jaunt across North America is set to begin June 23 in West Valley…

  18. FX's 'Archer' Goes Country With 'Cherlene' Album

    March 17, 2014 5:32 PM EDT "Archer" has gone country. Well, sort of. Viewers of the popular FX series have watched this season as the animated series has featured a plot line that follows the character of Cheryl Tunt into "Cherlene," a full-fledged country superstar. The plot has proven to be so…

  19. Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden Announce Tour

    March 16, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden have announced a co-headlining tour for this summer that will take the '90s-era rock titans across North America. The 23-date trek will visit sheds in most major markets beginning July 19 in Las Vegas. While an official announcement won't be made…

  20. Paramore & Beyond: The 10 Most Awesome Things We Saw at Parahoy!

    March 12, 2014 7:10 PM EDT The best of four days at sea with Paramore, Teegan & Sara, New Found Glory and more The maiden voyage of the Parahoy! cruise finally came back to shore yesterday. The four-day excursion to the Bahamas might have been filled with angsty music, but that didn't stop the good vibes…

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