1. Latin Pop Isn't Popping: Why Stars Like Carlos Vives and Luis Fonsi Are Facing a 'New Cultural Reality'

    May 26, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Commercial Latin music was once synonymous with romantic pop, from ballads to uptempo. Recently, however, the chart has been monopolized by Marc Anthony's return to salsa, bachata stars Romeo Santos and Prince Royce, and urban vet Daddy Yankee. In the past 12 months, only one pop act has…

  2. Mysteryland USA: Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Acres of Music Rule EDM Fest on Woodstock's Grounds

    May 26, 2014 9:46 AM EDT Tens of thousands of attendees descended upon the original Woodstock grounds May 23-25 for the Mysteryland electronic music festival featuring Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Moby, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis and many more. The Bethel Woods, New York event, produced by the Dutch company ID&T …

  3. Made In America: Imagine Dragons, John Mayer Headliners In Los Angeles

    May 22, 2014 6:09 PM EDT The same afternoon Budweiser announced the lineup for this year's Philadelphia edition of Made in America, the festival's Los Angeles lineup has also been made public. Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Kendrick Lamar and others will lead the bill for Made in America's inaugural LA…

  4. Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton Soar Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    May 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Rascal Flatts scores its seventh No. 1 debut and eighth overall leader on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart (and starts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 ), as "Rewind" arrives with 61,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since the beginning of 2000, the year that the band…

  5. Made In America: Kanye West, Kings of Leon Headliners In Philadelphia

    May 22, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Budweiser has announced the lineup for its third Made In America Festival in Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend, with headliners Kings of Leon and Kanye West. Performers for the first Los Angeles edition, also set for Labor Day, will be announced around 3 p.m. ET. Made In America is the…

  6. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  7. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  8. Lyor Cohen's 300 Signs Jacquie Lee In Partnership with Atlantic (Exclusive)

    May 21, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Jacquie Lee, may have been runner-up in Season Five of NBC's "The Voice," but she just hit the jackpot in terms of catching the ear of one of the all-time great music executives. “I had no idea I'd be signing an artist who performed on 'The Voice' or any of…

  9. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger, Funny or Die's VP of production and…

  10. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the…

  11. Janelle Monáe's Australasian Tour Scrapped Due To Illness

    May 20, 2014 6:30 AM EDT Janelle Monáe’s Australasian tour has been canceled after she failed to shake-off a mystery illness. The R&B artist had already nixed a date Saturday in Melbourne and another on Monday in Sydney. On Tuesday evening, the tour promoter Live Nation Australasia announced the rest of the run…

  12. LeAnn Rimes to Sing National Anthem at Indy 500

    May 19, 2014 5:56 PM EDT It's one of the biggest events in American sports, so it only makes sense that the Indianapolis 500 will bring out one of America's most versatile singers. It was announced today that country star LeAnn Rimes will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies at the 98th…

  13. R.E.M. Has a 'Lot of Stuff in the Vaults'

    May 19, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The defunct band packages its complete "Unplugged" sessions, with plans to make future releases special. "I mean, if we've been sitting on stuff for this long, why go cheap with it now?" says Mike Mills A continuing series of vault-trolling archival releases, with…

  14. Janelle Monáe Sick, Australian Concert Dates Nixed

    May 19, 2014 3:42 AM EDT Janelle Monáe’s Australian tour has been derailed due to a mystery “sudden illness.”  The R&B star has been forced to cancel a pair of dates, including last Saturday's show at Melbourne’s the Forum where the band was already set-up and the room was full. Monday night’s scheduled show…

  15. Family Matters: Ben Harper and His Mother Ellen Debut on Billboard 200

    May 17, 2014 10:14 AM EDT The son/mother team of Ben & Ellen Harper debut on the Billboard 200 at No. 43 with "Childhood Home," the pair's first collaborative album. Music runs in the Harper family. In 1958, Ellen's parents, Charles and Dorothy Chase, opened the Folk Music Center in Claremont,…

  16. Top 20 Best Selling Comedy Albums (Nielsen SoundScan Era)

    May 16, 2014 12:29 PM EDT 'The Blue Collar Comedy Tour' gang dominate the list of the top 20 biggest selling comedy albums of the Nielsen SoundScan era. The quartet — Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and Ron White — own 10 of the 20 titles on the list. Of those, Foxworthy has four of the top…

  17. Comedy Issue: The Next Generation of Comics Answer Our Questions

    May 16, 2014 12:21 PM EDT Tig Notaro, Chris D'Elia, Nikki Glaser, Rory Scovel, Rikki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Michael Che, and Nick Kroll may have started out on the club circuit, but now they have Hollywood hot for them — and a slew of NSFW war stories. They answer a few of our questions below. Who are your comic…

  18. 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…

  19. Rush Davis, 'Thousand Springs': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 16, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Rush Davis is an artist to watch. He's rightfully garnered a hefty co-sign from the legendary Lionel Richie, calling Davis a "once every twenty year" artist. A month after releasing his first single "Sin Pays The Bills," Davis premieres his R&B…

  20. Michael Eavis, Founder of Glastonbury Festival, To Receive U.K.'s MITs Award

    May 16, 2014 2:36 AM EDT Michael Eavis, the dairy farmer who turned a small concert on his property into the world-famous Glastonbury Festival, is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Music Industry Trust’s Award.  Eavis will be recognized for his “outstanding contribution to the U.K.’s live music industry and…

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