1. RZA on His $5 Million Dollar Record: 'A Flower That's Unfolding' (Q&A)

    April 04, 2014 4:40 PM EDT The concept of the one-off, unique recording is as old as the phonograph record itself -- before mass-production, every record was by necessity a unique performance. But there's no question that Wu-Tang Clan have turned the whole idea -- as well as the entire model of creators'…

  2. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Tour Starring Michelle Williams, Brandon Boyd

    April 04, 2014 10:40 AM EDT "Jesus Christ Superstar" is hitting the road. The new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber rock musical is kicking off a 50-city, North American arena tour on June 9 in New Orleans, starring Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams and N'…

  3. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  4. Mickey Gilley Back on Stage Five Years After a Fall: 'I Couldn't Move. I Was Scared to Death'

    March 27, 2014 6:32 PM EDT Last Friday was a big night in the career of Mickey Gilley. The veteran performer hit the stage in Claremore, Oklahoma. It was the first date that Gilley has played on the road in five years – a time span that was traumatic for the Louisiana native. "On July 5, 2009, I fell, and was…

  5. Asaad, 'Flowers II': Exclusive Mixtape Download

    March 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT It's not that he's misunderstood, it's that to know Asaad you have to dig deep. In a short period of time, the North Philly rapper has felt two record deals fall through his fingers (G-Unit/Interscope and Atlantic Records) and the dishonesty from former friend and collaborator…

  6. Idina Menzel's Fairy Tale Journey: From Broadway to 'Frozen' and a 'Gorgeous' Note From John Travolta (Cover Story)

    March 24, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The "Frozen" star has a top 10 hit, 'Fanzels' who follow her every move, a new Broadway smash and a name (even when mangled) that has gone household "Hey, it's me." The whistles and screams that greet this bit of dialogue are more Madison Square…

  7. Idina Menzel's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the (Not So) New 'It' Girl

    March 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT It's taken her 18 years, but Idina Menzel has finally cracked the top 10 with "Let It Go," her soaring ballad from "Frozen." The singer-actress is flawless on the cover of our issue dated March 29. She talks about her long road to stardom -- from "Rent…

  8. Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves Talks Life in the Hype Machine & Debut Album: Q&A

    March 18, 2014 2:15 PM EDT "Maybe it’s just the universe sprinkling a little bit of fairy dust on five shitty kids from the rust belt," she says. It’s been less than a year since Perfect Pussy originally posted a four-track demo tape to Bandcamp, but Meredith Graves, 26-year-old frontwoman of the Syracuse…

  9. Blondie, Foxboro Hot Tubs, Cee Lo Green Rock Rachael Ray's SXSW Feedback Party

    March 15, 2014 8:10 PM EDT Rain apparently does not dampen the appetite for free food and music -- at least  not when it’s the offerings at Rachael Ray’s annual Feedback party and concert. The line snaked literally the entire block around Stubbs before the gates opened Saturday morning, as Feedbackers braved off-and-on…

  10. SXSW: Two Dead, 23 Injured After Car Plows Into Crowd (Updated)

    March 13, 2014 3:22 AM EDT A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional. The driver struck multiple pedestrians at about 12:30 a.m. on…

  11. I Am the Avalanche, 'Wolverines': Album Premiere

    March 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT New York's I Am the Avalanche rumbles on with a new studio album, "Wolverines," out March 18. Produced by the band’s drummer Brett "The Ratt" Romnes, “Wolverines” is Avalanche’s third set and the most recent since 2011's “Avalanche United.”  Having rocked…

  12. Chart Highlights: One Direction, Katy Perry, U2 Score New No. 1s

    March 10, 2014 4:15 PM EDT D dominates an airplay chart for the first time, Perry's 'Dark Horse' rules Rhythmic Songs and U2 nets a record-setting No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  13. RuPaul Nets Highest Charting Album Ever, Plus A 'Drag Race' Chart History

    March 06, 2014 8:12 PM EST RuPaul notches his highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 as his new studio set, "Born Naked," sashays in at No. 85. Until this week, RuPaul had notched just one entry on the chart, when his breakthrough debut set, "Supermodel of the World" hit No. 109 in 1993. The…

  14. Monster Truck, 'The Lion': Exclusive Video Premiere

    March 05, 2014 10:00 AM EST Rising hard rockers Monster Truck roll on with a string of North American tour dates and a crunching new track, "The Lion." The Canadian newcomers are coming off a thundering start in their homeland, where they won breakthrough group of the year at the 2013 Juno Awards. They’ve…

  15. Sara Bareilles Hires Bruno Mars' Manager

    February 25, 2014 10:52 PM EST Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has found herself a new manager in Brandon Creed, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Creed, via his own The Creed Co., handles the careers of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, along with award-winning songwriting-production collective The Smeezingtons and the…

  16. 'The Voice' Season 6 Opens With a Sassy Shakira

    February 25, 2014 9:24 AM EST Usher may have been the breakout judge of the fourth season of "The Voice," with his unconventional coaching techniques involving push-ups and ballroom dancing, but so far, Shakira is the star of the season six premiere. With witty zingers ("Adam's too busy thinking about…

  17. CNBLUE Serves Sweet Rock-Pop on 'Can't Stop'

    February 24, 2014 9:45 PM EST The Korean rock quartet return with a new six-track EP boasting a broad range of rock-pop compositions After earning its biggest hit on the K-Pop Hot 100 yet  last February with the angsty "I'm Sorry," CNBLUE returns with "Can't Stop," which sounds sure to send…

  18. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  19. Natalia Kills' New York Fashion Week Diary: The Singer Recaps the HONOR Show and More

    February 14, 2014 2:55 PM EST Natalia Kills is one fiery dresser. The British dark-pop songstress makes wearing Versus Versace and Jeremy Scott a casual affair. So we tapped the edgy singer to be the latest fashion week correspondent for The Hook. From sitting front row at the Honor show to DJing the We the Urban party,…

  20. Lady Gaga Filming New Video at California Castle: Report

    February 12, 2014 7:12 PM EST Pop star filming unnamed music video at castle built by William Randolph Hearst Tourists are giving way to dancers as a production crew takes over Hearst Castle on the California coast, where Lady Gaga is shooting a big-budget music video. The San Luis Obispo Tribune says filming is taking…

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