1. D'Angelo Added to James Brown Tribute Lineup

    March 19, 2014 1:54 PM EDT The R&B singer joins Aloe Blacc, Angélique Kidjo and other special guests for "Get On Up: A James Brown Celebration" at the Hollywood Bowl While a release date for his long-awaited RCA album is still forthcoming, D'Angelo has been announced as the latest guest artist…

  2. Lorde Urges Fans to Kiss Westboro Protesters

    March 18, 2014 5:41 PM EDT You gotta love the priorities of the Westboro Baptist Church, whose founder is reportedly near death and -- wait, what? -- excommunicated. The controversial group announced in a babbling blog post that they no longer have faith in Lorde, and will protest the "Royals" singer's…

  3. B-52s' Fred Schneider Says Don't Eat the (Rock) Lobster

    March 18, 2014 1:51 AM EDT One of the founders of the quirky rock band The B-52s is using the 35th anniversary of its hit "Rock Lobster" to reiterate his opposition to eating them. Fred Schneider says he stopped eating crustaceans at age 4 after going crabbing with family in New Jersey and watching them…

  4. The Rationals' Scott Morgan on Scott Asheton: Stooges Drummer 'Found Himself' In Music

    March 17, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Scott Morgan met Scott "Rock Action" Asheton when both were in their early teens in Ann Arbor, Mich., and they were close friends and musical colleagues until Asheton's death over the weekend at the age of 64 . Their two bands, the Stooges and the Rationals, played side by side…

  5. Jake Bugg Benefits From ‘American Idol’ Appearance, Describes the Format As ‘Cruel’

    March 10, 2014 4:51 AM EDT UNGRACIOUS: You don’t have to dig very deep to find the irony when it comes to Jake Bugg’s guest appearance on last week’s American Idol results show. Largely unknown in the United States, Bugg was asked to be the first new artist featured on the Fox series this season. Born in Clifton,…

  6. Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 08, 2014 5:05 PM EST Soundgarden was anything but 'superunknown,' when it unleashed its epic album of that name 20 years ago today on March 8, 1994. The Seattle quartet had existed for a decade: they were among the first acts to record for Sub Pop and a leading band in the Seattle scene that would…

  7. Top 50 Movie Songs Of All Time

    February 27, 2014 4:45 PM EST In honor of the Oscars, we've ranked the biggest film songs to ever hit the Hot 100. Movies and music have been a natural combination ever since sound was first added to moving images. Whether a film is a tear-jerking drama, an action-packed thriller or a side-splitting comedy, the…

  8. Ne-Yo's New Album Will Be 'Predominately R&B': Exclusive

    February 20, 2014 1:33 PM EST The singer/songwriter's sixth studio album is slated for a summer release. Sorry dance fans, Ne-Yo is going back to R&B. It's not that he didn't have a good time. He even thanks the dance community for "accepting him," but the singer/songwriter – who doubles as Sr…

  9. Sting Musical Heading to Broadway

    February 12, 2014 8:30 PM EST "The Last Ship" will premiere Oct. 26, with previews beginning Sept. 30 Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" has found a nice berth on Broadway. Producer Jeffrey Seller said Wednesday that the show -- inspired by Sting's memories of growing up in…

  10. 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' Books Kanye West, John Mayer for Debut Week

    February 12, 2014 3:26 PM EST Kanye West, John Mayer and A Great Big World are among the guests who will appear on the first week of "Late Night with Seth Meyers." 'College Dropout' Revisted: An Oral History Of Kanye West's Landmark Debut "Late Night," being taped at Rockefeller Center…

  11. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups…

  12. Seth Meyers Taps Fred Armisen as 'Late Night' Band Leader

    February 10, 2014 4:39 PM EST Fred Armisen is joining Seth Meyers at "Late Night." The musician and "Portlandia" star and his 8G Band are joining his Saturday Night Live friend as the band leader for the revamped NBC talker. "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when…

  13. Olympics Playlist: 20 'Gold' Songs For Sochi

    February 07, 2014 3:25 PM EST With the 2014 Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, Russia, what better way to inspire the U.S.A. to go for the gold with a list of "golden" Hot 100 hits? From Kanye to the Black Keys to David Bowie to Shirley Bassey, the Hot 100 chart has featured its fair share of songs with "…

  14. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson Collects Record No. 1

    February 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST Five years ago this week, the original 'American Idol' champ made the greatest leap to the top of the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Elton John, the Bee Gees and Tiffany Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard…

  15. Imagine Dragons Get 'Radioactive' on 'SNL', Seth Meyers Gets Star-Studded Send-Off: Watch

    February 02, 2014 12:20 PM EST Imagine Dragons brought their hard-driving hit "Radioactive" to 'Saturday Night Live' yesterday (Feb. 1), with a drums front and center and a string section backing up the rockers. Imagine Dragons on the GRAMMYs Red Carpet: Watch The 'SNL' performance, which you…

  16. Howard Stern's 60th Bash: The Full Report From The Birthday Blowout

    February 01, 2014 11:18 AM EST Rock A-listers, among a throng of other celebrities, feted the King of All Media at his 60th-birthday celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night. In an exclusive interview with Billboard last month, Howard Stern executive producer Gary Dell'Abate noted that, last year,…

  17. Chart Highlights: Pitbull & Ke$ha, Beyonce & Jay Z Score New No. 1s

    January 20, 2014 4:55 PM EST The former pair takes over atop Pop Songs with 'Timber,' while the latter twosome's 'Drunk in Love' crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay. Plus, new leaders for Demi Lovato, Avenged Sevenfold, Zac Brown Band and Elvis Crespo (also with Pitbull) Chart Highlights offers a…

  18. 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Make First Billboard Hot 100 Appearance

    January 18, 2014 1:45 AM EST On Jan. 18, 1964, the Fab Four graced the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time, as 'I Want to Hold Your Hand' entered the Hot 100 at No. 45. Music, and our charts, would never be the same Fifty years ago today, the Beatles appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the…

  19. Bachman-Turner Overdrive Gets Canadian Music Hall of Fame Nod

    January 15, 2014 8:33 PM EST Veteran Canadian rockers Bachman-Turner Overdrive are headed to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced on Wednesday that the Winnipeg-based band, fronted by Randy Bachman, will be inducted at the 2014 Juno Awards in March. Randy Bachman,…

  20. New 'American Idol' Judge Gets Real Ahead of Season 13 Launch: 'I Think We Can Do Better Than What's Out There'

    January 15, 2014 9:53 AM EST Jennifer Lopez told an audience of "American Idol" fans at Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus that if she were a contestant and could choose her own judges, she would pick the "nice ones" -- Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Abdul, and herself. "We all love Ellen," said new…

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