1. '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…

  2. 'Soul Train' May Boogie Down on Broadway

    April 15, 2014 4:56 PM EDT The groundbreaking song-and-dance show "Soul Train" is chugging toward Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday he's hoping to repeat his success by…

  3. Play Ball: Gaslight Anthem Talks New York Yankees' 2014 Season

    April 15, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Gaslight drummer Benny Horowitz takes time from recording his band's new album to talk baseball 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-by…

  4. Coachella Goes Pop: Why The 2014 Festival Felt More Mainstream Than Ever

    April 14, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Justin Bieber played the main stage at Coachella . Okay, well, technically he performed for a single song, and as a surprise guest during the performance of Chance The Rapper, a buzzed-about indie MC with no proper album to his name yet. But technicalities aside, Bieber was there, white…

  5. Stephen Colbert Comes To 'The Late Show,' and Jimmy Fallon Finally Finds a Music Rival

    April 11, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Following yesterday's announcement that Stephen Colbert will be inheriting "The Late Show" from David Letterman in 2015, "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon posted on Twitter , "I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also…

  6. ABC's 'Nashville' Shoots For Ratings Boost With Concert Tour & Soundtrack

    April 09, 2014 4:54 PM EDT The drama has an imminent three-city concert tour and fourth soundtrack as ABC hopes to convert listeners into viewers It’s a toss-up whether "Nashville" will return to Nashville. Just two months ago, the hourlong soap set in country music’s epicenter appeared destined for…

  7. Lollapalooza Brazil 2014: Phoenix, Arcade Fire, Lorde Rock São Paulo

    April 08, 2014 2:00 AM EDT The third edition of Lollapalooza Brazil took place for the first time at the Interlagos racecourse in São Paulo on Saturday and Sunday (April 5-6). The two-day festival brought fans from all over the country who fought the heat during the weekend to see their favorite bands including Muse,…

  8. Jamaica’s I-Octanes Debuts Video for 'A Yah Wi Deh,' Featuring Ky-Mani Marley: Watch

    April 05, 2014 12:00 AM EDT Throughout his nearly decade-long recording career, which accelerated into high gear in 2010, Jamaican sing-jay I-Octane has amassed a hit-filled catalog rife with vigorous dancehall anthems recorded on the latest digitized rhythms, as well as some of contemporary roots reggae’s most…

  9. Ed Sheeran's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About Music's Great Red Hope

    April 04, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Billboard's new cover star is the Great Red Hope himself, Ed Sheeran , a self-deprecating, unglamorous heartthrob who attracts fans to arenas with just an acoustic guitar, was Taylor Swift's date on Oscar night and is a talent Pharrell calls "one of the most impressive,…

  10. Craig Morgan Talks 'Wake Up Lovin' You' Success, Newfound Attention

    April 01, 2014 8:37 PM EDT Being an artist is something that Craig Morgan takes a lot of pride in. But last fall, he had his doubts about whether that story would include a record label or not. The singer had just released "Wake Up Lovin’ You," and he was so sure of the song’s potential that if it didn’t do…

  11. Vive Latino 2014: Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Los Tigres del Norte Heat Up Mexico City

    April 01, 2014 7:30 PM EDT Bands like Arcade Fire , Nine Inch Nails and Los Tigres del Norte lit up the sky with music at Vive Latino 2014 . The 15th edition of the music festival continues being one of the biggest and longest events of its type, attracting thousands to the Foro Sol open-air stadium in Mexico City.…

  12. Ultra Music Festival Wraps in Miami Amid Problems (Analysis)

    March 31, 2014 1:04 PM EDT DJ illness, thunderstorms and crowd control issues dog America's most international music festival, as Miami's mayor resumes his campaign to kick the event out of his city. With another Ultra Music Festival in the books, the 2014 American EDM festival season is officially underway,…

  13. Lollapalooza Heads to South America, 'Where the Money's Great'

    March 25, 2014 12:35 PM EDT A trio of South American Lolla­paloozas scheduled for this spring, including a first foray into Argentina, underscore how the events' organizers are mining the buzzy South American market and could provide a road map for similar festivals looking to expand internationally. The first leg…

  14. Gwar's Top 5 Mainstream Moments: Fox News, 'Beavis & Butt-Head' & More

    March 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Gwar was never meant for the mainstream. Since founding the band in 1984, singer Oderus Urungus (aka David Brockie) was on an unrepentant mission to be as outrageous and socially unacceptable as possible. Costumes of oversized battle armor, offensive lyrics and brutal music were his…

  15. Suzanne Vega Talks New Album, Performs Live In Chart Beat Meet & Greet

    March 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The folk singer/songwriter discusses her new album, 'Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,' which includes a 50 Cent sample and a Macklemore shout-out "Every time I make an album, the idea is to mix the acoustic guitar, this beautiful, old-fashioned, almost…

  16. Ryan Tedder Can't Stop: Working With U2, Elton John (and Everyone Else) While OneRepublic Enjoys Career Highs: Cover Story

    March 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer Ryan Tedder is well over an hour into a high-voltage…

  17. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. On March 7, California assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat whose district includes Malibu,…

  18. Orange Caramel Become Mermaids & Sushi in Adorably Bizarre 'Catallena' Video: Watch

    March 12, 2014 9:45 PM EDT The quirky K-pop trio combine Indian disco and Pakistani folk music for a scrumptious single It's a twisted tale of three little mermaids in Orange Caramel's "Catallena" video. The quirky female trio -- a sub-unit of sexy girl group After School -- returns with a new disco…

  19. Tegan & Sara Reflect on 'Heartthrob''s Success Onboard Parahoy! Cruise: Q&A

    March 12, 2014 12:35 PM EDT "Our music is like a selfie. It's easy to pick on because it seems so vain. But it's very revealing and a lot of people are drawn to exploring themselves." It's a great time to be Tegan & Sara, and it's not just because they just sailed the Caribbean as…

  20. Shakira Returns With New Album, Steamy Rihanna Video, Country Duet: Cover Story

    March 07, 2014 12:40 PM EST It's late on a Wednesday afternoon, and a table in the foyer of Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood is laden with goodies: chocolate chip cookies, hummus and chips and a bottle of Patron Silver tequila with a card that reads, "Welcome back, Shakira!" But…

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