1. Paul Simon Performs, Makes First Public Appearance Since Arrest

    May 08, 2014 12:35 AM EDT Paul Simon performed a rousing set and accepted an award from New York University in his first public appearance since he and wife Edie Brickell were arrested on disorderly conduct charges. The 72-year-old performed more than a dozen songs Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York,…

  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. Katy Perry, Nick Cave, Tyler the Creator Feature on Mark Ryden's $100 'Gay Nineties' Album

    May 05, 2014 12:51 AM EDT Pop art painter Mark Ryden's new show, The Gay 90s, opening Saturday, May 3, at the Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, features plenty of weird cameos from Abraham Lincoln, strange phantasmagoric scenes with raw meat, and his signature oval-eyed little girls. One of the little girls, a smaller…

  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. iHeartRadio 'Isn't Just Another Music Awards Show' Says Producer

    May 01, 2014 8:38 PM EDT Marking NBC's first major music awards show, the iHeartRadio Awards will veer away from the mainstream to "explore the genre and move the needle," revealed the producers when The Hollywood Reporter went behind the scenes before the show. The star-filled event at the historic…

  6. 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…

  7. Fantasy Girl Group Draft 2014: Vote For The Best Dream Lineup

    April 30, 2014 5:39 PM EDT The Billboard team conducted a fantasy draft of girl group members. Check out the full action below, and vote for your favorite dream team! After the Billboard.com team conducted the first-ever Fantasy Boy Band Draft last summer in an effort to piece together the best five-person group of…

  8. Tony Awards: Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris Score Nominations

    April 29, 2014 9:16 AM EDT There were a few surprises at the Tony Award nominations announcement on Tuesday morning at the Paramount Hotel in New York City—and not just among the nominees. Just as Jonathan Groff (Frozen, Looking) and Lucy Liu (Elementary) started to announce this year’s list, Hugh Jackman burst onto…

  9. Clark Terry Doc Acquired by '20 Feet From Stardom' Company RADiUS-TWC

    April 28, 2014 10:56 AM EDT The Quincy Jones-produced film on trumpeter Clark Terry has been acquired by RADiUS-TWC, the company that had Oscar-winning success with "20 Feet From Stardom." Terry, a veteran of the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands before leading his own groups, taught Jones the trumpet 70…

  10. 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…

  11. Marc Anthony's Salsa Revival Sweeps Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 24, 2014 11:25 PM EDT A remake of an Algerian song, set to a salsa beat, helped propel Marc Anthony to become the top winner at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards , which aired live on the Telemundo network on April 24. Anthony took home 10 awards, including Artist of the year and Hot Latin Song, Digital…

  12. NBA Playoffs 2014 Playlist: 16 Songs For Round 1

    April 18, 2014 4:03 PM EDT From Daft Punk soundtracking Charlotte to Jennifer Lopez reaping the Clippers, check out the anthems that best describe this year's playoff teams. The NBA regular season is finally over and the postseason finally begins on Saturday (Apr. 19), with the Miami Heat trying for a third…

  13. '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…

  14. Play Ball: Kings of Leon & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Talk Detroit Tigers' 2014 Season

    April 16, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and the Detroit-based indie pop duo talk Tigers 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-team preview of…

  15. 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 …

  16. '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…

  17. 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…

  18. Top 10 Pop Stars Who've Crossed Over To Latin

    April 15, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. The typical meaning of crossover is reversed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, where at this year's April 24 show Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke…

  19. Play Ball: Thrice Previews Los Angeles Angels’ 2014 Season

    April 13, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Drummer Riley Breckenridge also talks his baseball-themed side project Puig Destroyer 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-team preview of…

  20. Play Ball: City and Colour Talks Toronto Blue Jays' 2014 Season

    April 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Dallas Green discusses Canada's favorite (and only) baseball club 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-team preview of…

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