1. Rodriguez's 'Shock' at Death of 'Sugar Man' Director: 'He Was a Very Talented Man'

    May 14, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Rodriguez paid the best possible, and unspoken, tribute he could to the late "Searching For Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjelloul on Tuesday night: He played a show. The singer-songwriter who became an international icon thanks to Bendjelloul's Academy Award-winning…

  2. Neil Young, Jack White Cut a Vinyl Record on 'Tonight Show': Watch

    May 13, 2014 6:55 AM EDT Young hit the 1947 Voice-O-Graph to record "Crazy" live on television Neil Young and Jack White teamed up for a bit of show-and-tell on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," demonstrating to the host and viewers the method by which they made Young's new…

  3. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Olympians in Jeopardy

    May 13, 2014 5:04 AM EDT Where were YOU the day that three Olympians were in jeopardy (though not necessarily in the bottom two)? I’ll always remember: I was on the couch. I’m surprised there wasn’t a breaking news ticker on the bottom of the screen to accompany Tom and Erin’s repeated mentions of this American Icon…

  4. The 1975 Reveal Battle Plan for Next Album

    May 12, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Frontman Matty Healy says the band plans to tour until January of 2015, "then go make another record" to hopefully release that September The 1975 has made the whole of its recorded output -- its self-titled album and four EPs along with some remixes -- available digitally, and…

  5. Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, Robert Ellis Top Americana Awards Nominations

    May 12, 2014 2:48 PM EDT The Americana Music Association celebrated the nominees for their 2014 Americana Honors & Awards this afternoon in downtown Nashville with a music-filled event at the SiriusXM Music City Theatre. The satellite radio network’s Elizabeth Cook (Apron Strings) announced the nominations during…

  6. CODE First Play: Zomboy, 'WTF!?'

    May 12, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British bass music artist Zomboy is back with a debut album and a monstrous single ready-made for the main stage. “WTF!?,” the first track released off Zomboy’s forthcoming full-length “The Outbreak,” features a glitched vocal line and filtered synthesizers that give way to a dirty festival…

  7. Miranda Lambert: Country's Gun-Slinging Tough Chick Reveals a 'Softer' Side (Cover Story)

    May 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Springtime has a firm hold on Tishomingo, Okla. The storm clouds are gone, and Miranda Lambert is having a very good day. She spent the morning astride her Gypsy Vanner purebred horse, a gift from her husband, Blake Shelton, for her 30th birthday last November. Lambert has been taking…

  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. Questlove to Produce VH1 Series; Diplo to Host

    May 09, 2014 8:48 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon's late-night show isn't the only TV program getting help from Questlove. The Roots leader is executive producing a music series for VH1 that will feature three artists performing simultaneously on one stage. "SoundClash" debuts July 23 with Lil Wayne, Fall Out…

  10. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 'You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 07, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Ahead of the release of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Goin' Home," Billboard today exclusively premieres the track, "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover." As its title suggests, Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new album "Goin' Home" brings the guitar…

  11. 'Frozen' Spends Lucky 13th Week At No. 1, Lindsey Stirling Bows At No. 2

    May 07, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Ray LaMontagne also debuts in the Top 5, while Ariana Grande's "Problem" nets a huge digital debut. As expected, Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" refuses to budge from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. The set spends a lucky 13th nonconsecutive week at No. 1…

  12. Hunter Hayes Leads Country's Youth Revolution, Without a Pickup Truck or Beer in Sight

    May 06, 2014 1:28 PM EDT With new album "Storyline," 22-year-old prodigy Hunter Hayes is leading country's youth revolution -- without a pickup truck or beer can in sight. Strolling into a trendy eatery in Las Vegas, Hunter Hayes, casually clad in jeans and a gray T-shirt, is teeming with the youthful…

  13. Paramore Enjoys Pop Makeover - And Biggest Hit

    May 06, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Ten years into their career, the alt-rockers have their biggest hit yet with 'Ain't It Fun' At Z100's December 2013 Jingle Ball in New York's Madison Square Garden, Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams predicted her band's biggest hit in its 10-year life span. …

  14. Riot Fest Toronto Lineup: Death Cab, Afghan Whigs, The National

    May 06, 2014 9:45 AM EDT The lineup for this year's Riot Fest in Toronto is out, with the loud-and-proud festival and expo poised to host a slate of major bands and elder statesmen of alternative rock 'n' roll.  Among the topline artists set to rattle Downsview Park on Sept. 6-7 include The National,…

  15. Ariana Grande's 'Problem' Set for Record Sales Debut

    May 05, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Grande's "Problem" with Iggy Azalea is on course for a striking top 10 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 Ariana Grande's "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, is on track to score one of the biggest sales debuts ever for a digital song. Industry forecasters suggest the…

  16. Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande To Perform At Roots' 4th of July Jam

    May 05, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Nicki Minaj will head to the city of brotherly love for the Roots' annual 4th of July Jam. The rapper-singer will perform on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Independence Day for the free event. Nicki Minaj Releases 'Yasss Bish!!' Featuring Soulja Boy Raps…

  17. Beastie Boy MCA's Best Lyrics: 10 Awesome Adam Yauch Rhymes

    May 04, 2014 12:10 PM EDT On the anniversary of MCA's passing, we look back at his all-time best lyrics Each of the Beastie Boys brandished a style of rapping that set him apart from the pack. But for many fans, it was the distinctive growl of MCA that consistently rose above the beats. From the trio's…

  18. Robert Plant Signs With Nonesuch for New Album

    May 02, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Rock legend Robert Plant has signed a deal with Nonesuch Records ahead of the release of a new album. The label announced that the Led Zeppelin alum's upcoming release, his tenth solo effort, will feature his roots and psychedelic-inspired backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters. …

  19. Ray LaMontagne Goes 'Supernova': The Folk Singer Talks New Album

    May 02, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The blues of "Trouble" hinted at a sad existence for LaMontagne. A decade on, the joyous, just-released 'Supernova,' flips the script. It's just after noon on April 29, and Ray LaMontagne's new album, "Supernova," is sitting at No. 2 on iTunes after…

  20. Juan Formell of Los Van Van Dead at 71

    May 01, 2014 10:46 PM EDT A joke known in Havana and in Miami’s Cuban community may start making the rounds again, tinged with sadness this time, as fans and fellow artists mourn the loss of Juan Formell, the founder of Cuba’s 45-year-old dance band Los Van Van. The story goes that years from now, Fidel Castro…

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