1. Ray Johnston Band Aiming for 'No Bad Days' With New Album

    October 29, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Defying the odds -- that's what the story of the Ray Johnston Band has long been about. The namesake of the Texas-based band has enjoyed a multi-faceted career so far -- playing some of the more prestigious stages in the Lone Star State as well as donning a basketball jersey for the…

  2. Life Is Beautiful 2014's 10 Best Performances

    October 27, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Combining amazing music, world-class food, breathtaking art and iconic public speakers, the Life Is Beautiful festival is a welcome departure from the manufactured spectacle of Sin City’s over-the-top casinos and nightclubs. Transforming downtown Las Vegas into a unique, multi-stage jubilee…

  3. Exclusive: Johnny Marr Drops North American Tour Dates, Talks New Solo Album ‘Playland’

    September 08, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The former Smiths guitarist also gives an update on his forthcoming autobiography. American fans will soon get a chance to watch the venerable Johnny Marr perform tracks from his forthcoming solo album, as well as some classic tracks from the Smiths and beyond. Playland , Marr’s new solo…

  4. Lionel Richie to Be Named Legend of Live at Billboard Touring Awards

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Lionel Richie will be named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, to be held Nov. 20 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. The reception is the culmination of the annual  Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , now in its 11th year.  Billboard's highest accolade…

  5. La Roux Streams 'Trouble In Paradise' Album, Sets Fall Tour Dates

    July 15, 2014 4:23 PM EDT La Roux's sophomore album "Trouble In Paradise" is due out next Tuesday (July 22), but is now streaming in full at iTunes . Elly Jackson's synth-pop project has also announced a fall North American tour to follow her handful of summer live dates, which continue next month…

  6. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  7. 10 Things Seen and Heard at the 2014 BET Awards

    June 30, 2014 1:03 AM EDT From Lionel Riche’s tribute to Nicki Minaj’s onstage bunny co-star, Billboard runs down what you didn’t see on TV. The BET Awards red carpet was hot—literally—at about 80 degrees, but that didn’t stop the entertainment industry from sashaying in style and looking mighty fab -- from…

  8. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  9. BET Awards 2014: Lionel Richie Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award, Performs Own Hits

    June 29, 2014 10:41 PM EDT The BET Awards honored Lionel Richie with the Lifetime Acheivement award, before the singer performed himself. Pharrell introduced the tribute to Richie, which included clips of the singer's career. Afterward, John Legend sang a medley of Richie's "Hello," and "…

  10. Joe, 'Bridges': Exclusive Album Premiere

    June 18, 2014 1:38 PM EDT A year after the release of "DoubleBack: Evolution of R&B," Joe returns with "Bridges." His 11th studio album has garnered attention with the success of its lead single, "Love & Sex Pt. 2," featuring Kelly Rowland. Below, check out an exclusive premiere…

  11. St. Lucia Debuts Three New Tracks, Announces Fall Tour: Exclusive Quote

    June 17, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Fresh off a headlining North American tour that saw them selling out all 23 shows, Brooklyn-based electro-pop band St. Lucia has re-issued debut "When The Night" with three new tracks. The deluxe edition, out today on iTunes and other digital services, features the propulsive,…

  12. Bonnaroo 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 16, 2014 1:25 PM EDT From Sam Smith's breakout moment to Lionel Richie playing hits all night long, these were the 10 must-see moments at Bonnaroo. Over the four days of Bonnaroo 2014, festival goers down on the biggest gathering in Manchester, Tenn. were treated to stellar performances on the five…

  13. Bonnaroo 2014: Lionel Richie Pokes Fun at Himself, Gets The Kids Dancing

    June 15, 2014 6:19 AM EDT Lionel Richie’s resume is probably triple the length of any other act playing the 8:00 pm time slot during Bonnaroo’s 2014 lineup, and in a lot of cases, Richie is twice the age of those other artists. He’s the old guy in the room. He gets it, and he takes it with stride and grace. To the…

  14. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades 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, as well as your city…

  15. 50 Years Ago: Motown Records' First No. 1 Single

    May 16, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Fifty years ago today (May 16, 1964) the Motown Records label celebrated its first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with Mary Wells' "My Guy," a song written and produced by Smokey Robinson. The achievement came only a handful of years after the label's founder,…

  16. Lily Allen Announces Fall North American Tour

    May 12, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Lily Allen will support her just-released third studio album, "Sheezus," with her five tour of North America in five years later this year. The 19-date run will begin in Miami on Sept. 9, and conclude at Los Angeles' Hollywood Palladium on Oct. 10. Tickets for the tour will go…

  17. Top 50 Single Word Songs: One-Word Wonders

    March 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT "Roar." "Royals." "Radioactive." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered tracks now making up nearly a third of the Billboard Hot 100 each week. To explore this…

  18. Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX Channel 'Clueless' For 'Fancy' Video: Watch

    March 04, 2014 1:46 PM EST Iggy Azalea has emitted the delightful scent of nostalgia with the music video for "Fancy," her new single with Charli XCX. Front and center in the throwback clip: a certain 1995 comedy film starring Alicia Silverstone. In the "Clueless" homage, Azalea is Cher Horowitz…

  19. Against Me! Announces Tour Behind 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues'

    February 06, 2014 8:58 PM EST Florida punk act Against Me! has announced a new U.S. tour behind new album "Transgender Dysphoria Blues," Consequence of Sound reports . The four-piece, which released its new album late last month, will hit 21 different cities across the United States and Canada, beginning with a…

  20. St. Vincent Announces 2014 Tour, New Album

    December 10, 2013 9:54 PM EST One day after announcing a new album and releasing its first single, St. Vincent has confirmed a tour in 2014 in support of the record. According to Pitchfork , the indie singer-guitarist, real name Annie Clark, will embark on a 30-date North American tour, beginning Feb. 26 at New York'…

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