1. Josh Thompson Breakup Inspires Snarling Party Single, 'Wanted Me Gone'

    May 26, 2014 11:00 AM EDT "Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work." Painter Chuck Close's creative philosophy suggests Josh Thompson and the team around him must be a bunch of pros, because they were able to build a grinding, energetic single, "Wanted Me Gone,…

  2. 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…

  3. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: D.J. Freestyles

    May 20, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Following Monday’s Season 18 Finals, shirtless tuxedoed man James Maslow and his partner Peta Murgatroyd have been eliminated, despite earning near-perfect scores on their post-apocalyptic freestyle sponsored by Victoria’s Secret (The Secret Is She’s On Acid) and a tango “tighter than a…

  4. NFL Player 'Snapped' Over Girlfriend's Fling With Nelly: Court Docs

    May 16, 2014 6:18 PM EDT The woman who alleges that defensive end Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers assaulted and threatened to kill her said he "just snapped" after an argument over her short-lived relationship with rapper Nelly, according to new court documents released Thursday . In a Charlotte Police…

  5. 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…

  6. Jennifer Lopez Talks 'A.K.A.' & Reflects On 'Selena' & 'On the 6' Album

    May 15, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has a handful of memorable "firsts;" From her first star role in "Selena" to her first studio album, "On the 6" (June 1999), both of which were wins for Latinos and catapulted her to stardom. It was only right to award JLO with this year's…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Scott Coner Enlists Tanya Tucker, T. Graham Brown on New EP

    May 14, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Music has always been very important to Indiana native Scott Coner. The singer grew up in John Mellencamp country – near Seymour, which is also down the road from a very popular country music showplace. "I lived close to a place called the Little Nashville Opry in Brown County, Indiana.…

  8. 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…

  9. Paloma Faith's 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This' Gets MS MR Remix: Song Premiere

    May 14, 2014 3:41 PM EDT Paloma Faith's latest single, "Only Love Can Hurt Like This," can become another U.K. hit for the pop performer, who worked with legendary songwriter Diane Warren on the track. Now, that single is being re-imagined by New York indie-pop duo MS MR -- check out their official…

  10. Sia Announces '1000 Forms of Fear' Release Date & Track List

    May 14, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Sia's new solo album "1000 Forms of Fear" has been pegged with a summer release for months, but on Wednesday (May 14), the full-length finally received a concrete release date. "1000 Forms of Fear" will be out on July 8 through RCA/Monkey Puzzle Records. Produced by…

  11. Kristin Chenoweth Heading Back To Broadway

    May 14, 2014 12:16 AM EDT "Glee" and "Wicked" star Kristin Chenoweth is chugging back to Broadway in the stylish screwball musical "On the Twentieth Century." Producers said Tuesday that the Tony- and Emmy-winner will co-star with Peter Gallagher in the show adapted from the 1934 film…

  12. NFL's Top Newcomers Select 'Happy,' 'The Man,' 'Draft Day' As Walk-Out Songs

    May 08, 2014 11:35 PM EDT NFL draftees select their own walk-out tunes for the first time. Players attending the NFL draft get to choose a song that will be played when they walk on stage after being selected. It's a first for the league, which has a record 30 players at Radio City Music Hall. Jadeveon Clowney,…

  13. Kenny Wayne Shepherd, 'You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 07, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Ahead of the release of Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Goin' Home," Billboard today exclusively premieres the track, "You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover." As its title suggests, Kenny Wayne Shepherd's new album "Goin' Home" brings the guitar…

  14. Lykke Li Dives Into Heartbreak on 'I Never Learn': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Lykke Li has described her third album, "I Never Learn," as the final installment in a trilogy, but the lonely woman at the center of the new set is almost unrecognizable compared with the honeydew-voiced pixie who arrived with 2008's "Youth Novels." Back then, the…

  15. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  16. Usher Brags About Lover's Under-the-Belt Techniques on 'Good Kisser'

    May 05, 2014 12:36 PM EDT After teasing fans with snippets, Usher releases his first single, "Good Kisser," off his eight studio album, and an accompanying music video. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More "Good Kisser" features Usher…

  17. Carlos Santana Talks 'Corazon' & Reuniting With Original Band For 'Santana IV'

    May 02, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Ahead of Santana's "Corazon," due May 6, Carlos Santana sat down for a video interview with Billboard to discuss the new album, saying, "the goal was to make a 'Supernatural' type of CD, with special, soulful guests [and] with that kind of vibration of el barrio.…

  18. Pharrell, Janelle Monáe Perform at YouTube's 'Brandcast' Upfront Event

    May 01, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Just two years ago, YouTube touted a lineup of premium content from traditional-media players and Hollywood talent (an investment valued at over $100 million) to pitch advertisers on buying TV-quality content online. But at YouTube (and Google’s) 2014 “Brandcast” upfront presentation to…

  19. Lily Allen's 'Sheezus': Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In 2006, Lily Allen bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb painted to look like a beach ball. Her debut, "Alright, Still," was equal parts sunshine and snark — a ska-pop album about skeevy pick-up artists, sexually dysfunctional exes and all the sordid stuff going on just below…

  20. Tony Awards: Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris Score Nominations

    April 29, 2014 9:16 AM EDT There were a few surprises at the Tony Award nominations announcement on Tuesday morning at the Paramount Hotel in New York City—and not just among the nominees. Just as Jonathan Groff (Frozen, Looking) and Lucy Liu (Elementary) started to announce this year’s list, Hugh Jackman burst onto…

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