1. Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

    May 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Maya Angelou, an American author and poet who documented her life in seven autobiographies and recited her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration, has died at age 86. Angelou's publicist told CNN that the renowned poet died at…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. Brad Paisley Traveling with President Obama to Visit U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

    May 25, 2014 12:44 PM EDT President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war. Brad Paisley's New Album Has a Name: 'Moonshine In the Trunk' (Exclusive) Air Force…

  5. Mariah Carey, 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse': Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT In the nearly five years since Mariah Carey's last proper studio album, the singer has given birth to twins, served a stint on "American Idol," and reaffirmed her acting skills with a couple of films thankfully not called "Glitter II." She's also logged a ton…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. D'Angelo's Voodoo Still Transfixing at Red Bull Music Academy: Review

    May 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Over 14 years after his last album, the seminal neo-soul text, "Voodoo," defined an era, D'Angelo sauntered on stage in a classroom-sized theater at the Brooklyn Museum – as if he hadn't been gone a day. His signature cornrows dangled beneath a black fedora, cocked to the…

  9. Pre-AC/DC Marcus Hook Roll Band, 'Ride Baby Ride': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 21, 2014 1:57 PM EDT Billboard exclusively premieres "Ride Baby Ride" by Malcolm & Angus Young’s pre-AC/DC group the Marcus Hook Roll Band. Wally Waller didn't quite know what he was getting into when he went to Sydney, Australia, during July of 1973 to record the Marcus Hook Roll Band's…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Announce North American Tour

    May 20, 2014 10:19 AM EDT Tour features special guest Steve Winwood Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will hit the road late this summer in support of their new studio album "Hypnotic Eye." Today, Petty and his band announced a slew of North American tour dates beginning Aug. 3 in San Diego, CA. The tour hits…

  13. Jennifer Lopez to Release Her First Book 'True Love' In October

    May 19, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez is writing a book. Celebra, a division of Penguin Group (USA), said Monday that it is releasing her first book -- titled "True Love" -- on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Jennifer Lopez Receives Icon Award at 2014 Billboard Music Awards, Performs 'First Love' A hardcover…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 'Now 50' Bumps 'Frozen' From No. 1 On Billboard 200

    May 14, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Hunter Hayes, Sarah McLachlan, Atmosphere & more score Top 10 debuts this week. After 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the "Frozen" soundtrack steps aside for the "Now 50" compilation. "Now 50" debuts at No. 1 with 153,000 copies sold…

  18. Dolly Parton Talks 'Blue' Album, Gay Fans and Willie Nelson's 'Dork' Days

    May 13, 2014 9:52 AM EDT "They know I understand what it's like to be me, and to fight for being myself," Parton says of why she's always had a large following in the LGBT community Dolly Parton doesn't really do "small," and that trait has informed her genre-spanning 42nd studio…

  19. Miranda Lambert: Country's Gun-Slinging Tough Chick Reveals a 'Softer' Side (Cover Story)

    May 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Springtime has a firm hold on Tishomingo, Okla. The storm clouds are gone, and Miranda Lambert is having a very good day. She spent the morning astride her Gypsy Vanner purebred horse, a gift from her husband, Blake Shelton, for her 30th birthday last November. Lambert has been taking…

  20. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Tom Petty's 'Fever' Rises

    May 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Twenty-five years ago this week, his first solo album began its Billboard 200 climb (and wouldn't back down). Plus, remembering key chart feats for Hunter Hayes, Janet Jackson, and R.E.M. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard…

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