1. Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Channels Jimi Hendrix in Right-Leaning Film (Video)

    May 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Megadeth co-founder Dave Mustaine is marking the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" with a heavy metal guitar version of his own that will appear in "America," Dinesh D'Souza's follow-up to "2016: Obama's…

  2. Christopher Lee Delivers Heavy Metal Don Quixote

    May 27, 2014 8:00 PM EDT To mark his 92nd birthday, on Monday actor Sir Christopher Lee released a covers album of heavy metal versions including two numbers from the Don Quixote musical “Man of La Mancha” and two other songs.  “'Impossible Dream', in my opinion, is one of the greatest songs ever written,”…

  3. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

  4. From Sound City to City Sounds: Dave Grohl Talks Risky Foo Fighters Album, HBO Project

    May 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Foo Fighters' 20th anniversary comes with an album, its own cable docuseries and an ambitious mission to tell the story of America through its indigenous music If Dave Grohl is gunning for the title of rock's top overachiever, he is well on his way. Since forming Foo Fighters in…

  5. Tiesto 'Lights' Up Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart With Two Top 10s

    May 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Tiesto takes a second track into the top 10 of Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Wasted" (13-10) joins "Red Lights" (7-5). "Wasted," featuring Matthew Koma, rides a 22 percent sales increase (11,000 downloads in the week ending May 18,…

  6. 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…

  7. California Breed's Debut Impacted By Singer Glenn Hughes' Heart Surgery

    May 20, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The Deep Purple alum talks about having heart surgery to replace an aortic valve. "I'm singing about life and death," Hughes says of his new band with drummer Jason Bonham. Watch an exclusive video premiere below California Breed and its self-titled new album and near and dear…

  8. Foo Fighters Play Surprise Concert at Preservation Hall While Recording In New Orleans

    May 18, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Only a couple days after the Foo Fighters announced plans to release a new album this fall that’s being recorded in various studio across the U.S., the rock band played a surprise show at New Orleans’ Preservation Hall that ended up shutting down an entire city block. On the evening of May…

  9. How the F--- Do You Market a Band Called F---ed Up?

    May 16, 2014 3:59 PM EDT This is an extended version of an article first published in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Many bands second-guess their names, especially when the musicians have matured beyond the juvenile or inebriated inspiration that first sparked their nomenclatorial creativity. Yet the…

  10. How Chelsea Handler & Irving Azoff Became Comedy's Dynamic Duo (Cover Story)

    May 16, 2014 12:31 PM EDT The superstar comedian and her (legendary) new manager plot her next moves, from tours to books to something "a little more mindful, and not as stupid" as what she’s doing at her soon-to-end E! gig On Oct. 8 of last year, Irving Azoff got a call from Kevin Huvane, managing partner…

  11. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Comedy Issue: Dave Attell on the Touring Grind

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Comedy Central’s "Comedy Underground" host says that, in the future, comics on the road will compete with a seal that doesn’t do anything “but sit in a lukewarm pool and fart sadly.” When I first started touring as a comic, it was exciting. It was like, I’ll tell you everything I…

  15. 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…

  16. Comedy Issue: Tenacious D's Kyle Gass On Guitar Licks & Laughs

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT There has been an explosion in comedy music lately, but I think it always has been around.  If you went back to the ancient Greek satyr plays, I bet you they were playing some kind of janglies. Court jesters? They were definitely getting jingly and jangly. To me, comedy and music are not even…

  17. Comedy Issue: Why Aziz Ansari Can Headline Madison Square Garden

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Aziz Ansari’s comedy career is growing faster than the sinkhole that swallowed him in This Is the End, thanks to a biting and brainy comedy style that is breaking box-office records. Now, with plans to headline New York’s biggest arena, and a $3.5 million deal to write a book on modern…

  18. Comedy Issue: Podcasters Marc Maron, Jimmy Pardo & Aisha Tyler Bring Laughs Home

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT A comedian craving intimacy might want to consider becoming a podcaster. “[The audience knows] you a lot better,” says Marc Maron, 50, who has helmed the twice-weekly WTF since September 2009 and announced in December it had topped 100 million downloads. Each show averages about 80 minutes in…

  19. Foo Fighters Reveal New Album Details, HBO Series

    May 15, 2014 11:25 AM EDT Frontman Dave Grohl directs the making of his band's forthcoming eighth album, which was recorded at famous studios in eight different cities with local legends sitting in A new  Foo Fighters album is due out this fall and with the as-yet-untitled effort, HBO will air a new series…

  20. 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…

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