1. Ryan Adams on His New Album: It Has 'Sexuality, Trouble and a Little Bit of Danger’

    September 08, 2014 3:51 PM EDT Cynically speaking, the best Tom Petty album to come out this year may be the one by prolific singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer Ryan Adams . Full of crunchy chords, undeniable melodies and high-flying harmonies, the self-titled effort (out Sept. 9 on his own Pax Am label through Capitol’s…

  2. Watch Keith Urban & Jimmy Barnes Cover ‘Good Times’

    September 03, 2014 2:11 AM EDT Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes can do pretty well as he wants in his homeland. So, when it came to recording his 15th studio album, 30:30 Hindsight , he decided to share the love -- and the spotlight -- with some of Australia’s biggest stars of the last 20 years.  The likes of Keith Urban ,…

  3. 'Pancake Mountain,' Kid-Friendly and Music-Centric Series, Returns with New Season of (Weird) Programming

    September 02, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The series, co-conceptualized by punk demigod Ian Mackaye and ressurected thanks to the patronage of 'Star Wars' director J.J. Abrams, returns today. Katy Perry 's slightly scantily-clad performance on Sesame Street may not have flown with Big Bird -- or parents -- but the…

  4. L.A. Mayor Defends Plans for Jay Z's Made in America

    August 29, 2014 8:14 PM EDT 'What's important is that Los Angeles figure out a way to get to 'Yes,'' he says of Jay Z-headed festival. The Made in America festival is coming to downtown Los Angeles, not as an inconvenience, but as a way to boost the local economy and create jobs for crew…

  5. How Beyonce & Jay Z's Triumphant VMA-Ending Moment Came to Be

    August 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT Viacom president says Bey was 'obvious choice' to receive Video Vanguard Award, giving her 16 minutes of air time to shut down the rumor mill. If there was any lingering suspicion about the health of Jay Z and Beyonce 's seven-year-old marriage, the couple put it to bed with a…

  6. 2014 MTV VMAs: What You Didn't See on TV

    August 25, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Ariana Grande fangirls out over Jim Carrey, Nicki Minaj explains that wardrobe malfunction & more from behind the scenes. At Sunday's 2014 MTV Video Music Awards , you saw Sam Smith's no-frills performance , you saw Miley Cyrus put a spotlight on homelessness , and you…

  7. Ron Spaulding Out at Capitol

    August 18, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Eighteen months after being named senior vice president of sales at Capitol Music Group, Ron Spaulding has exited the label’s iconic Hollywood tower.   A statement released on Aug. 18 named Vince Szydlowski senior vice president of Label Sales for Capitol Music Group, reporting to executive…

  8. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

  9. Lance Bass Talks Surprise 'N Sync Album: 'I Was Shocked'

    August 08, 2014 5:48 PM EDT A July 29 post on Joey Fatone ’s Facebook page said it all: “Who knew we had another album out today? I didn’t! Lol.” Indeed, the most surprised ’N Sync loyalists were the group’s own members: Justin Timberlake , JC Chasez , Lance Bass , Chris Kirkpatrick and Fatone . J.C. Chasez: '…

  10. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  11. UPDATED: 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Dies at 35

    August 02, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Michael Johns, a finalist on American Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle. The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 and came in eighth place. He followed with a…

  12. Avenged Sevenfold's Zacky Vengeance Talks 'Waking the Fallen' Reissue

    July 25, 2014 3:50 PM EDT ''Waking the Fallen' truly encompasses everything that Avenged Sevenfold was at that time,' he tells Billboard. Avenged Sevenfold 's Zacky Vengeance promises, with a laugh, that it wasn't bad math that led to Waking the Fallen: Resurrected , a deluxe reissue of…

  13. Why Linda Perry Decided to 'Make or Break' It on Reality TV

    July 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT The former 4 Non Blondes singer and hitmaking songwriter tells Billboard why she's trying her hand at a new VH1 competition show -- and putting her uncompromising attitude on display "Sometimes I’ll look back at old pictures where I’m a little heavy and dressed funny and think, …

  14. Alicia Keys Signs with Guy Oseary and Ron Laffitte

    July 18, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Grammy-winning singer had been represented by Red Light Management since 2010. Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys has signed with Ron Laffitte and Guy Oseary at Maverick for management. Laffitte, whose clients include Pharrell Williams and OneRepublic, and Oseary, who’s been guiding…

  15. Punk's Quiet Visionary: Debbie Harry, Tommy Stinson, Danny Fields and More on Tommy Ramone

    July 18, 2014 3:11 PM EDT In 1974, Thomas Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone. The last surviving original member of the band is remembered as the odd man out who helped shaped the sound and look of punk rock's founding fathers. This feature first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . DANNY FIELDS…

  16. Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

    July 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Elaine Stritch, the tough and salty broad whose throaty singing voice and torrid Broadway performances made a New York legend, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.,…

  17. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more 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,…

  18. She & Him Signs With Columbia Records

    June 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A new album by the indie duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel is expected in the fall, a rep for the Sony label confirms. She & Him, the indie duo comprised of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, have just joined the majors. Columbia Records, the Sony Music subsidiary run by chairman Rob…

  19. Kanye West, Foo Fighters To Headline Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful Festival

    June 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT More than 50 acts will perform the stage during the three-day fest, scheduled for Oct. 24 to 26. The Life Is Beautiful music festival, returning for its second year to Downtown Las Vegas, has announced the lineup for the 2014 edition. Scheduled for October 24 through 26, the festival…

  20. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

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