1. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  2. Director of Nina Simone Film Sues Over Production Company's Hijacking

    May 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Cynthia Mort is taking legal action after being cut out of decision-making on a biopic about legendary jazz singer Nina Simone that she spent years trying to develop. Although Nina still is being credited to her, Mort is unhappy she's being associated with a movie starring Zoe Saldana…

  3. Florida Georgia Line Billboard Music Awards Q&A: On 'Cruise,' Nelly & Blackjack

    May 15, 2014 12:38 PM EDT With the 2014 Billboard Music Awards rapidly approaching, we caught up with BBMA finalist Florida Georgia Line to help recount the incredible high points, new discoveries and memorable moments that caught their ears during the past 12 months. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS •…

  4. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  5. The Black Keys Defy Radio Trends on 'Turn Blue': Album Review

    May 12, 2014 10:57 AM EDT For lovers of pop music, advance word about the new Black Keys album was a bit alarming. Guitarist-vocalist Dan Auerbach, drummer Patrick Carney and returning co-conspirator/­co-producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton said in recent interviews that they were consciously steering…

  6. Weezer's 'Blue Album' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 09, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Roughly a month after Kurt Cobain's 1994 suicide , bummed-out rocker kids everywhere met a new potential hero. His name was Rivers Cuomo, and he was a Connecticut-born L.A. transplant with a fetish for melody and secret love of cheesy metal. He worshipped Nirvana but also shredding…

  7. Jimmy Page To Re-Release 'Photographic Autobiography'

    May 09, 2014 5:26 AM EDT Jimmy Page will see his official autography, Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time, hit major bookstores in October after being published as a limited edition in 2010. It will retail at $60, but is currently available via pre…

  8. Billy Joel Tries 'Strong American Medicine' in 1987 Russia: Exclusive DVD Clip (Video)

    May 08, 2014 10:43 AM EDT When Billy Joel rocked Russia in in 1987, he "gave it all away," he says in an exclusive clip from his forthcoming DVD documenting the tour, "A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia," which Bilboard premieres below. In fact he gave so much in his performances, he lost his…

  9. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  10. 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,"…

  11. 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, "…

  12. Brian Eno & Karl Hyde Release Studio Film To Celebrate ‘Someday World’

    May 02, 2014 2:13 AM EDT Brian Eno and Karl Hyde have released a short studio film that offers a sneak-peak into the sessions for their new collaborative album "Someday World." The video follows Eno, Hyde and a cast of musos as they jam and "explore the potential of ‘Someday World’ songs in the live…

  13. Florida Georgia Line to Perform at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    April 30, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line appeared on "The View" on Wednesday to announce that they're hitting the stage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards next month. The country duo joins previously announced performers including Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan, John Legend, OneRepublic and Jason…

  14. Tony Awards: 5 Fun Facts and Fascinating Stats About the Nominations

    April 29, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday morning, and  The Hollywood Reporter 's awards analyst dug through the Tony record books to see how this year's nominees stack up against the nominees of yesteryear. The results are fascinating. Idina Menzel,…

  15. Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Music Videos: 'Waterfalls,' 'Wannabe' & More

    April 29, 2014 11:50 AM EDT These girl group songs will forever be tied to their unforgettable visuals. Girl Group Week continues with these 10 iconic clips.. Since the advent of MTV, the music video has been an absolutely integral part of the Girl Group experience. Groups have made their careers off one eye-catching…

  16. 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…

  17. Billy Joel Tried Heroin, Went to Woodstock: 11 Things We Learned at his Sirius Town Hall

    April 28, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Billy Joel celebrated his 65th birthday a week early with a star studded Town Hall meeting moderated by Howard Stern and Robin Quivers. Broadcast on Sirius XM’s Howard 100 and Billy Joel channels, the event -- held at New York City’s Cutting Room on April 28 -- featured live performances by…

  18. Ayer Video Premiere: Watch 'Black Diamond' Clip

    April 28, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Brooklyn indie-pop artist Ayer has returned with a one-off single, " Black Diamond ," that he worked on with veteran pop producer Brian Kierulf. Check out the music video for "Black Diamond," premiering exclusively on Billboard.com, below: Ayer (real name: Danny Schmittler…

  19. From Blur to 'Bots: Damon Albarn's 15 Defining Music Moments

    April 25, 2014 5:54 PM EDT As Damon Albarn gets set to release his first proper solo album, "Everyday Robots," it's easy to forget how versatile and eclectic he's been over the course of his career. Sure he's been at the forefront of Britpop and found crossover success in the U.S. with Blur,…

  20. The Best & Worst Dressed Artist of The Week: Kat Graham and Zendaya Coleman

    April 25, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Kat Graham Kat Graham, you do flirty spring style so well.  Rocking a colorful number, Kat snatched our attention at ELLE’s 5th annual Women In Music concert celebration on…

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