1. Alex & Sierra Set to Release Debut Album ‘It's About Us,’ Drop 'Scarecrow' Video (Watch)

    July 16, 2014 2:52 AM EDT X Factor season three winners Alex & Sierra are set to release their debut Columbia/Syco album, "It's About Us," which is available for pre-orders today on iTunes . Fans pre-ordering the record, set for release on Oct. 7, will get a taste of the 13-song collection with…

  2. Billy Ray Cyrus Calls Slain Nevada Teacher 'Hero'

    July 06, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus honored a Nevada teacher killed by a 12-year-old student in a schoolyard shooting last year, calling him a "true American hero." Cyrus praised Michael Landsberry and presented a memorial plaque to his widow, Sharon, during a concert Saturday night in…

  3. Gerardo Ortiz Denied Mexican Hometown Concert By Public Officials

    July 04, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Regional Mexican star Gerardo Ortiz, who began touring in Mexico this year after nearly being killed there three years ago, was not allowed to perform several scheduled shows, according to a spokesperson for the singer.   Published reports indicate that public officials in the northwestern…

  4. Blessthefall Ready Tour, Release 'Off The Record' (Exclusive Video Premiere)

    May 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Weeks out from a substantial U.S. tour, Blessthefall has gone back to where it all began. The post-hardcore act has shot “Off The Record,” a two-part series that maps the paths that brought the Phoenix, AZ quintet together. In it, frontman Beau Bokan talks of his early predilection for…

  5. Matisyahu, 'Broken Car': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 05, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Matisyahu's transformation continues on new album "Akeda" (out June 3). "There's still people who come to my shows and say, 'Man, I miss the beard.' Just the image that was tied to me, a lot of people don't want to let go of that" Akeda is a…

  6. Sara Bareilles Announces Summer Tour

    May 05, 2014 10:58 AM EDT The singer-songwriter has also unveiled the "I Choose You" music video. This summer, Sara Bareilles is showing how big her brave is to a whole mess of U.S. cities, on the just-announced Little Black Dress headlining tour. The 24-date run will begin on July 10 in Chicago, and pre…

  7. Loverboy Pulls In Generations X, Y and Z with Full-On Marketing Blitz (Video)

    April 15, 2014 8:02 PM EDT Never mind working for the weekend... Loverboy are everywhere you look these days, as major companies such as Taco Bell and Radio Shack use the band’s music and iconic red leather jackets and bandanas imagery to promote their products to the ‘80s generation which grew upon the group, and…

  8. Jurassic 5 Announces Summer U.S. Tour

    March 31, 2014 9:29 PM EDT After reuniting in 2013 for a Coachella set and multiple tour dates internationally, Jurassic 5 is hitting the United States for its first American tour in nearly a decade. According to Consequence of Sound , the alt-hip-hop act will convene for a 20-date set across North America, in addition…

  9. Mickey Gilley Back on Stage Five Years After a Fall: 'I Couldn't Move. I Was Scared to Death'

    March 27, 2014 6:32 PM EDT Last Friday was a big night in the career of Mickey Gilley. The veteran performer hit the stage in Claremore, Oklahoma. It was the first date that Gilley has played on the road in five years – a time span that was traumatic for the Louisiana native. "On July 5, 2009, I fell, and was…

  10. T-Pain Announces 34-Date 'I Am T-Pain Tour' (Exclusive)

    March 03, 2014 3:08 PM EST It's unlikely anyone forgot who T-Pain is. But just in case they did, he's about to remind them with the I Am T-Pain Tour, beginning March 6 in Sacramento. Billboard is excited to exclusively announce the upcoming concerts. The 34-date North American tour will allow the two-time…

  11. 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…

  12. Mötley Crüe to Retire Following Massive Tour

    January 28, 2014 5:11 PM EST One last tour for the metal misfits -- they mean it. Also announced: A country tribute album and film adaptation of "The Dirt" After 30-plus years of world-class debauchery and spinning drum kits, Motley Crue is calling it quits with a 72-city North America tour and a legally…

  13. Liberace Lover To Spend Up To 20 Years In Prison

    January 24, 2014 3:08 AM EST A former lover of Liberace who was the subject of an HBO film on the pianist's life has been sentenced to eight to 20 years in a Nevada prison for failing another court-ordered drug test while on probation for burglary and identity theft convictions. Washoe District Judge Patrick…

  14. Tool Confirms New Tour for March

    January 21, 2014 7:27 PM EST The band has not toured in North America since 2012 For the first time since 2012, Tool will tour North America. According to SPIN , the prog metal act will hit the United States and Mexico for a total of seven dates in March. The band listed the tour dates on its website . The seven-show run…

  15. Dolly Parton Announces 2014 U.S. Tour Dates

    December 06, 2013 9:40 PM EST Dolly Parton's "Blue Smoke World Tour" will hit U.S. shores in 2014 over two different treks, Radio.com reports . The country singer, who announced February tour dates in Australia last October, confirmed today (Dec. 6) a string of concerts in January, followed by more shows in…

  16. Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins Team Up for 'Hall of Fame Bluegrass'

    November 15, 2013 3:30 PM EST Junior Sisk is enjoying a hot streak as a bluegrass performer – henceforth his recent IBMA win for Male Vocalist of the Year. Joe Mullins is also enjoying much success inside bluegrass circles both as an artist and as a radio personality. But, as the old adage states, sometimes two voices…

  17. Liberace's Ex-Lover Dodges Jail Despite Failed Drug Test

    September 12, 2013 12:27 AM EDT An ex-lover of Liberace who was the subject of an HBO film on the life of the pianist got a lecture Wednesday from a judge who said he was not impressed with his "so-called celebrity status" but again agreed to spare him from prison time after testing positive for methamphetamine…

  18. Night Ranger and Loverboy Workin' to Unleash New Music Next Year

    August 30, 2013 2:00 PM EDT A pair of the 80s most successful mainstream rock acts, Night Ranger and Loverboy, are planning to add to their legacies with new material in the coming year. Night Ranger singer-bassist Jack Blades tells Billboard that his band is "about 12 songs into a new album," which will…

  19. Chris Brown Drops 'Love More' Video

    August 17, 2013 1:13 PM EDT Hours after getting slapped with 1,000 more hours of community labor, embattled pop star Chris Brown has leaked his new video for "Love More," featuring a rap and appearance by Nicki Minaj and a cameo via "Reno 911" comedian Nick Swardsen. The clip begins with Brown and…

  20. Burning Man Fest Gets Green-Light to Grow

    July 29, 2013 2:48 AM EDT The largest outdoor arts festival in North America is about to become bigger. Federal land managers have issued Burning Man organizers a four-year special recreation permit that allows a peak population of 68,000 on the northern Nevada desert this year. Last year, attendance at the offbeat…

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