1. Michael Brun On Helping His Homeland & Kid Coconut Label: Exclusive

    July 10, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Michael Brun doesn’t speak like a typical 21-year-old. There’s maturity in the Haitian artist’s voice that belies his years, perhaps drawn from an adolescence spent surrounded by his Caribbean country's endemic poverty. Though Brun grew up on the green side of Port Au Prince’s deep…

  2. 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,…

  3. Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet For Country Rap

    July 05, 2014 2:17 PM EDT "I think rap gets treated like a dirty word," Clear Channel's Clay Hunnicutt says. When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn't find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an…

  4. Bonnaroo 2014: Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr Shares Sound of Band’s New Album (Video)

    June 15, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Blackberry Smoke, which made its Bonnaroo debut at this year’s festival, is working on the follow-up to its 2012 album, "The Whippoorwill," the group’s first project for Zac Brown's Southern Ground Artists imprint. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More…

  5. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  6. 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…

  7. How Marty Friedman Went From Megadeth to the 'Ryan Seacrest Of Japan'

    June 03, 2014 11:37 AM EDT "Chubo desu yo!" translates into English as “It's the Kitchen!,” and it's a mainstay of Japanese TV. Each week the show's jovial host Masaaki Sakai, a singer-comedian and household name, cooks a meal while engaging guests in humorous off-topic banter. Tonight's…

  8. 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Original Broadway Cast Recording To Get July Release

    May 30, 2014 2:17 AM EDT Neil Patrick Harris is adding another credit to his resume: Broadway recording artist. The Tony-nominated actor and former How I Met Your Mother star will be featured on the original cast album for the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, in which Harris plays the title character,…

  9. Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' Starts at No. 1 With Biggest Debut of 2014

    May 28, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Brantley Gilbert's "Just As I Am" debuts at No. 2 with the country star's best sales week. Coldplay crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with "Ghost Stories," collecting its fourth No. 1 album and the biggest sales week of the year. "Ghost…

  10. On the Road With Brantley Gilbert: The 'Just As I Am' Star Hits His Hometown

    May 23, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week has been a time of looking forward for Brantley Gilbert, but also one for a little bit of nostalgia. Gilbert began a week-long promotional trek on Monday in his home near Athens, GA. The singer, promoting his just-released album "Just As I Am," hosted members of the media…

  11. 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…

  12. Brantley Gilbert Is Ready for a Throwdown: Singer Talks Album, Rowdy Next Single

    May 21, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert releases new album "Just As I Am" this week, and industry sources tell Billboard it has a strong chance to be the second best seller of the week, in all genres, behind Coldplay. The Georgia native admits hearing talk like that takes him by surprise. "It's…

  13. Nicki Minaj Asks Judge To Dismiss Wig Lawsuit

    May 21, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Rapper Nicki Minaj has asked a federal judge in Atlanta to toss out a lawsuit filed against her by her former wig designer. In a lawsuit filed in February, Terrence Davidson accuses Onika Maraj, who uses the stage name "Nicki Minaj," and Pink Personality LLC of breaking implied…

  14. 'American Idol' Turns 500 as Top 3 Battle

    May 15, 2014 9:57 AM EDT With just one week to go before the finale, the top three "American Idol" finalists went for broke in the race to be the final two on Wednesday night. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top…

  15. 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…

  16. Clay Aiken Wins Congressional Primary Following Rival's Death

    May 13, 2014 3:22 PM EDT "American Idol" singer Clay Aiken won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat according to a final, unofficial vote count that was posted Tuesday, a day after the accidental death of his closest rival. Aiken will face Republican…

  17. Clay Aiken's Opponent in House Primary Dies

    May 12, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Clay Aiken's main opponent in last week's Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat in North Carolina has died. The Courier-Tribune is reporting that businessman Keith Crisco was found dead at his home in Asheboro, with early information indicating he suffered injuries in a fall. …

  18. Alanis Morissette Writes Campaign Song for Congressional Candidate

    May 07, 2014 10:24 AM EDT "Today" is an ode to Marianne Williamson, a long-shot House of Representatives hopeful You oughta know about United States Congress hopeful Marianne Williamson . Alanis Morissette believes in the independent candidate from California's 33rd Congressional District so much that…

  19. Clay Aiken Has Slim Lead in Primary for Congress, But Remains Too Close to Call

    May 07, 2014 8:49 AM EDT The Democratic congressional primary race between former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remained very close and without a clear winner. As of Wednesday morning, Aiken had 40.8% of the vote to Crisco's 39.5%, trailed by licensed family…

  20. Ruben Studdard Defends Clay Aiken's Congressional Bid

    May 01, 2014 9:36 PM EDT Ruben Studdard has stepped up in defense of Clay Aiken, who is making a run to represent North Carolina's Second Congressional District. Studdard, who competed against Aiken on the second season of American Idol, was responding to allegations made by Aiken's opponent that he had a…

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