1. Garfunkel & Oates Sets 14-Date U.S. Tour (Exclusive)

    July 14, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Garfunkel & Oates are hitting the road. The comedy music duo of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome have teamed with Live Nation for a 14-date U.S. trek that kicks off Aug. 22 in Dallas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Monster Energy and Idol Roc Entertainment are producing the tour. Under…

  2. Les Claypool Talks Twangy Duo, Primus' Future

    March 27, 2014 2:59 PM EDT The bassist-vocalist grew up listening to "hillbilly stuff" and found a natural fit in the roots-flavored Duo de Twang; also says Primus is talking about recording their version of the "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" soundtrack With Les Claypool, you have to…

  3. 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…

  4. Pop Star Ladies Wearing Grills: Madonna, Miley, Beyonce & More Show Off Golden Chops

    February 25, 2014 3:03 PM EST Grills are having a major moment in music right now. Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Katy Perry have all been photographed wearing them recently. Although, they’re all not exactly the typical gold chompers we saw on Flavor Flav back in the ‘80s and Nelly in the oughts. Some modern grills…

  5. Sasheer Zamata Joins 'Saturday Night Live': Watch Her Beyonce, Rihanna Impressions

    January 06, 2014 6:52 PM EST Comedian is first black female cast member on show since Maya Rudolph "Saturday Night Live" has finally solved its lack-of-black-female-cast-member issue, hiring Upright Citizens Brigade alum Sasheer Zamata as a featured player effective once the sketch comedy show returns later…

  6. Def Leppard Pounce for 'Viva! Hysteria' Film: Watch Billboard's Trailer Premiere

    August 07, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Frontman Joe Elliott says he's confident Las Vegas will be seeing Def Leppard again soon: "They've already asked" With a film from its first Las Vegas residency headed to theaters in October, Def Leppard is eyeballing a return to Sin City. The British rockers played…

  7. Ask Billboard: Belinda's Back, JT Too, Mariah Carey's Album Sales & More

    March 31, 2013 6:05 AM EDT Belinda Carlisle releases her first single since the '90s, Justin Timberlake posts back-to-back No. 1 albums seven years apart and a look at Carey's album sales. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  8. Dave Clark Five Founder Rick Huxley Dies

    February 13, 2013 6:58 AM EST Rick Huxley, bass player and founding member of the Dave Clark Five, part of the first brigade of the “British Invasion,” has died at the age of 72. The quintet – comprising Huxley, Dave Clark, Mike Smith, Lenny Davidson and Denis Payton -- carved up a big slice of success on both sides of…

  9. Grammy Analysis: Fun., Frank Ocean Lead Youth Movement

    December 06, 2012 11:30 AM EST It's phase two of the youth movement at the Grammys. With blockbuster albums like Adele 's and Taylor Swift 's falling outside of Grammy eligibility, the Recording Academy bestowed multiple nominations on acts in the early stages of their careers for the 55th Grammy Awards,…

  10. Michael Jackson's Father, Joe Jackson, Suffers Mild Stroke

    November 30, 2012 11:50 AM EST LAS VEGAS - A spokeswoman for Michael Jackson 's father says the musical family's patriarch has suffered a mild stroke. Angel Howansky says Joe Jackson went to a Las Vegas hospital late Wednesday night (Nov. 28) when he had trouble standing up and walking. She said the 83-year old…

  11. Top 10 Dirtiest Rappers

    September 13, 2012 12:15 PM EDT The 10 hip-hop stars with the filthiest lyrics, from Lil Wayne to Akinyele to Plies, all for your nasty listening pleasure. If you're a rapper whose first name is not "Will" and whose last name is not "Smith," you probably utilize profanity, some sexual innuendo, and…

  12. Rihanna Escapes Fire At London Hotel

    June 27, 2012 6:00 PM EDT LONDON (AP) - London Fire Brigade says Rihanna was among 300 people evacuated from a hotel after an early-morning fire in an elevator shaft. The 24-year-old Barbadian singer tweeted news of the fire early Wednesday to her 21 million Twitter followers, posting a picture of a fire engine and…

  13. Bonnaroo Thursday: 8 Things Seen and Heard

    June 08, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Thousands of music fans poured into the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Thursday (June 7), some shirtless, some sunburned, some clutching frisbees, and all ready for four days of fun in Manchester, Tennessee. With a full slate of bands and beautiful weather expected for the weekend,…

  14. Bruno Mars' 'It Will Rain' Video Makes Web Debut: Watch

    November 09, 2011 9:22 PM EST Bruno Mars ' "It Will Rain" video splashed down on the web on Wednesday. The crooner's latest is the lead single from the "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1" soundtrack, though with its faded lighting and soft-focus shots, the new video feels more like a denim…

  15. Album Review: 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1' Soundtrack

    November 07, 2011 8:30 AM EST VARIOUS ARTISTS "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1" Producers: various Chop Shop/Atlantic Records Release Date: Nov. 8 Cee Lo Green's pre-"Fuck You" presence on the soundtrack to "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" last year seemed to signal an expansion of…

  16. Bruno Mars Releases Dark 'Twilight' Single, 'It Will Rain': Listen

    September 27, 2011 12:56 PM EDT Whether Bruno Mars is Team Edward or Team Jacob (he actually told Billboard.com that he's "Team Bella all day" last week), the singer-songwriter is certainly hurting on "It Will Rain," the first single from the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1" soundtrack…

  17. 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' Soundtrack: Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, Theophilus London Contribute

    September 26, 2011 4:55 PM EDT Bruno Mars , Christina Perri , the Joy Formidable and Theophilus London are the latest artists to soundtrack the saga of Bella and Edward by contributing song to the "Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1" original soundtrack, whose full track list and artwork were revealed on Twitter on…

  18. Newport Folk Festival Highlighted by Pete Seeger, Decemberists

    August 01, 2011 6:30 PM EDT The Newport Folk Festival careened into Fort Adams State Park this weekend, selling out for the first time in its 52-year run. The festival, one of the oldest in the United States and recently enjoying non-profit status, joined veterans and neophytes with a series of guest appearances and…

  19. Dave Matthews Band Reveals Final Caravan Fest Sites

    April 21, 2011 10:16 AM EDT The Dave Matthews Band revealed the final two Caravan festival sites and dates today: New York City's Governors Island August 26-28, and the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Wash., Sept. 2-4. As with the previously announced events in New Jersey and Chicago, the Caravans are full-blown…

  20. The Decemberists Folk Around on Eve of No. 1 Album Debut

    January 26, 2011 11:45 AM EST On the eve of their first No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with "The King is Dead," Colin Meloy and the rest of the Decemberists seemed unaffected. It was business as usual for the Portland folk-rockers on the second of three nights at New York's Beacon Theatre, as well as the…

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