1. Anberlin Talks Breakup, Farewell Album 'Lowborn' on Warped Tour: 'We'll Live Forever'

    June 26, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Anberlin’s Stephen Christian and Deon Rexroat are standing outside the Warped Tour's production office during the trek's Ventura, California date. It's the first week of the annual summer tour, literally the beginning of the end for the Florida band, who announced…

  2. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  3. Rodriguez Label Chief: 'Our Dealings with Clarence Avant Were Always Positive'

    June 13, 2014 3:40 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, 38, is a true believer. The head of Light in the Attic, the reissue label he founded in 2003 with partner Joe Wright in Seattle, released Sixto Rodriguez’s two albums, his 1970 debut, Cold Fact, and the 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality, in August 2008 and May 2009, just about…

  4. Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star

    June 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Stephen Trask is adamant. "It's not stunt casting!" the composer affirms over and over about bringing the musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to Broadway with headliner Neil Patrick Harris. "There are plenty of people that if we just wanted to do stunt casting, we could…

  5. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: D.J. Freestyles

    May 20, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Following Monday’s Season 18 Finals, shirtless tuxedoed man James Maslow and his partner Peta Murgatroyd have been eliminated, despite earning near-perfect scores on their post-apocalyptic freestyle sponsored by Victoria’s Secret (The Secret Is She’s On Acid) and a tango “tighter than a…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Top 15 Coachella Performances Ever

    April 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. On April 11 -- and then again on April 18 -- thousands of sun-worshipping music fans will head out to…

  9. Neil Young Covers Dylan, Hardin at Hollywood's Dolby Theater: Live Review

    March 31, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The second night of Neil Young's stand at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood closely resembled the first night's set list, adding covers of Tim Hardin and Bob Dylan songs to replace rarely played gems from his own catalog. Both nights emphasized his work from the 1970s and the March 30…

  10. SXSW 2014: A Look Back at the Fest's Top Films

    March 15, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Credit the last two editions of the South By Southwest Film Festival with raising the bar on music documentaries, screening the Oscar winners "Searching for Sugar Man" and "20 Feet From Stardom" early in their film festival travels. But it also offered homes for "…

  11. Sara Evans Reveals Major Collaborators for New Release 'Slow Me Down'

    March 07, 2014 8:11 PM EST Gavin DeGraw, Vince Gill, the Fray's Isaac Slade among album's featured guests Sara Evans has been counting down the days, and now she’s down to four.  On Tuesday (March 11), the songstress will release her seventh RCA studio album "Slow Me Down." Billboard has traced…

  12. John Legend Delves Into 'All of Me': Video Q&A + Photo Shoot Behind-The-Scenes

    February 28, 2014 11:37 AM EST Inspired by wife Chrissy Teigen, John Legend landed the biggest, most unlikely hit of his 10-year career with “All of Me.” On Sept. 14, 2013, after seven years together, John Legend married his longtime girlfriend, Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl Chrissy Teigen. A month earlier, he…

  13. Doobie Brothers With Michael McDonald Record Country Album With Brad Paisley, Sara Evans

    February 28, 2014 8:00 AM EST The classic rock veterans are collaborating with Zac Brown, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Love and Theft and more for a country tribute album Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith and Sara Evans are among the country acts teaming with the legendary Doobie Brothers to record a new…

  14. U2, Will Smith Rock Jimmy Fallon's First 'Tonight Show': Minute-By-Minute Live Taping Review

    February 18, 2014 12:00 AM EST Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga also make cameos, as Billboard offers an inside look at Fallon's first night hosting the NBC late-night institution A new era of late-night TV began just after midnight tonight (Feb. 18), when NBC aired the first "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.…

  15. Jimmy Fallon: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2014 11:35 AM EST Between bookings from U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and music booker Jonathan Cohen reveal how they turned late night into one of music's hottest stops Little-known fact: Before he had his own NBC talk show or landed a gig with "Saturday Night Live,…

  16. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  17. Stephen Malkmus Q&A: On 'Wig Out at Jagbags,' Hating Twitter & Trying To Write Like Taylor Swift

    January 24, 2014 2:42 PM EST Following a move to Berlin with his family, Stephen Malkmus is back to his home base of Portland, Oregon, with a new record -- "Wig Out at Jagbags," with the Jicks -- and a tour launching in North America in Denver, CO on Feb. 14. While promoting the new disc, the former Pavement…

  18. Sundance Kicks Off With 'Finding Fela' and the Fela! Band

    January 18, 2014 6:10 PM EST "Finding Fela," a multi-layered documentary that focus on the music and human rights message of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, exceeded expectations on the first day of the Sundance Film festival, receiving an enthusiastic response at the premieres that extended to the Internet and,…

  19. Tim Minchin Talks-Up ‘Groundhog Day’ Musical

    January 15, 2014 12:21 AM EST Finally spilling the secret of what his next project will be, Tim Minchin revealed via Twitter that he is recreating "Groundhog Day" for the stage.  The British-born Australian musical comedian, who sprang to theater prominence as the composer and lyricist behind the hit Roald Dahl…

  20. No. 14 Hits for '14: David Bowie, Drake, the Doors & More

    January 01, 2014 8:05 AM EST As 2014 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 14 peaks on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite their falling four spots shy of the top 10, these No. 14 hits remain among the most memorable songs of the past five-plus decades. Happy New Year!   " Surfin' Safari,…

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