1. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Tour Failed Due to 'Horrific' Ticket Sales, Says Promoter

    June 06, 2014 3:29 PM EDT “We realized we had a problem the day we went on sale,” reflects Michael Cohl . It had been four days since he officially pulled the plug on the "Jesus Christ Superstar" Arena Spectacular tour before the cast could do its first show, which had been scheduled for June 9 in New…

  2. 2014's Most Anticipated Dance Festival: Whose Lineup is Most Exciting? (Poll)

    June 04, 2014 2:28 PM EDT With Mysteryland USA, Movement and EDC New York in the books, summer festival season is officially upon us. Following EDC Las Vegas' lineup announcement last week, CODE takes a peek at some of the most highly anticipated upcoming festivals and offers you an opportunity to pick which…

  3. Soundgarden Rocks 'Superunknown' Club Show in New York (Review)

    June 03, 2014 12:18 PM EDT "We're from Seattle," Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell said as he led the band through its classic 1994 album "Superunknown" at New York's Webster Hall on Monday (June 2), "It's black even in f**king July." The sold-out crowd erupted into the…

  4. Maya Angelou's Life in Music: Ashford & Simpson Collab, Calypso Album & More (Listen)

    May 28, 2014 2:39 PM EDT She sang Calypso, danced with Alvin Ailey, and made music with greats including Ashford & Simpson and Wynton Marsalis Even though they weren't lyrics, Dr. Maya Angelou's poems were always musical -- full of rhythm, melody, cadence buoying her powerful words. It's little…

  5. Maya Angelou Dead: Beyonce, Rihanna, Common Pay Tribute to Iconic Poet

    May 28, 2014 12:22 PM EDT As news broke that author Maya Angelou -- who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page -- died on Wednesday morning at 86 , the music world paid tribute via social media. Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Common and Ryan Seacrest took…

  6. 'Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: To the Maks!

    May 21, 2014 4:53 AM EDT “It’s just plastic, but it means so much.” In that one sparkle-teary sentence, Maks summed up both his FINALLY completed quest to win the coveted mirrorball trophy and loyal viewers’ commitment to “Dancing With the Stars” itself. This one’s for all of us: Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy…

  7. 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…

  8. ‘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…

  9. Imagine Dragons Perform 'Tiptoe' at Billboard Music Awards 2014

    May 18, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Imagine Dragons were right at home rocking the 2014 Billboard Music Awards stage as the Las Vegas rockers brought the harmonic, soaring "Tiptoe" to bear live from Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena tonight (May 18), rather than take their most familiar hit, "Radioactive…

  10. Yogi Talks Signing with Aftermath, OWSLA, and Trap Music’s Past & Present

    May 14, 2014 1:40 PM EDT As trap music makes its way from maligned subgenre to main stage staple, dance and hip-hop are locked in a closer embrace than ever. Few can claim to straddle the stylistic line as well as Yogi, the buzz worthy British production outfit now signed to both Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and…

  11. Happy Mother’s Day: Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West Shout-Out Moms on Twitter

    May 11, 2014 3:28 PM EDT In honor of Mother’s Day, musical artists from across all genres are coming out of the woodwork to pay tribute to their moms on this special day. Mother's Day Playlist: 20 Songs for Mom In addition to Billboard’s Mother’s playlist - which includes everything from from 2Pac…

  12. Dolly Parton Kicks Off Busy Month With Porter Wagoner Box Set

    May 09, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Ahead of the release of her new album "Blue Smoke," a new box set emerges with Dolly's entire recording history with Porter Wagoner When two larger-than-life creative forces combine, the results are often legendary. Tuesday's release of the six-disc "Just Between You…

  13. Coldplay's 'A Sky Full of Stars' Soundtracks New NBA Playoffs Ad: Watch

    May 08, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Update : "A Sky Full of Stars" is now featured in an NBA viral video featuring flash mobs in the cities of the four remaining playoff teams. Watch the video below: The NBA Playoffs are heating up, with just eight teams still left vying for the championship as the second round…

  14. Glenn Danzig Sues Former Misfits Bandmate Over Iconic 'Fiend Skull' (Report)

    May 07, 2014 9:21 PM EDT The Misfits' unnecessarily plentiful merchandise could be taken as the ultimate symbol of capitalism's shameless commodification of punk rock, but it's also worth a lot of money -- money founding singer Glenn Danzig is suing former bassist Gerald Caiafa, a.k.a. Jerry Only, for…

  15. Rita Ora and Jason Rembert Explain Why They're a Match Made in Fashion Heaven: Watch

    May 06, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "I love working with musicians -- they’ll take risks,” says stylist Jason Rembert, elbows-deep in racks of the latest Emilio Pucci, Simone Rocha and Marni collections. “With an actress, you’re just doing pretty dresses.” It is a gusty spring afternoon, and Rembert, 26, is at the Karla…

  16. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: Celebrity Dance Duel Sees Danica & Val Head Home

    May 06, 2014 4:23 AM EDT Week 8 featured the first-ever Celebrity Dance Duel — a cool idea, I suppose, even though it kept sounding like “Dance Stool” as Tom Bergeron announced it in Spooky Voice. Plus: an actual stool, incorporated into an Argentine tango. And last and most certainly least, guest judge Abby Lee…

  17. T.I. and The Game in Heated Standoff With Police Outside L.A. Club: Watch

    April 30, 2014 10:49 AM EDT Rap stars T.I. and The Game got into an intense standoff with gun-wielding LAPD early Wednesday after they mistakenly believed cops beat up their friends outside a popular nightclub. In video posted by TMZ , the rappers and several friends are seen confronting police officers after leaving…

  18. Geoff Tate Puts Queensryche Lawsuit Behind Him: 'The Whole Experience Was Such a Betrayal'

    April 29, 2014 3:00 PM EDT UPDATE: In the original version of this story, Billboard mistook a Monsters of Rock concert date for an event to be held in 2014 when it was already held in 2013. Billboard regrets the error. Almost two years after he filed a lawsuit in the wake of being fired from rock band Queensryche,…

  19. Justin Bieber Drops New Song ‘Hard2FaceReality’: Listen

    April 27, 2014 2:39 AM EDT Just before 9 p.m. pacific on Saturday, Justin Bieber unexpectedly dropped the new heartfelt slow-jam “Hard2FaceReality” (featuring Pooh Bear) to his millions of followers on Twitter. Me and @poobear singing https://t.co/qJb4jWDs5h @CrazyKhalil you left your soundcloud open so i used it —…

  20. Gregg Allman Begs 'Midnight Rider' Director Not to Resume Filming

    April 26, 2014 6:00 AM EDT The subject of the controversial biopic doesn't want production to continue after the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. “Midnight Rider” subject Gregg Allman, a founding member of the iconic Southern rock group The Allman Brothers Band, is urging director Randall Miller not to…

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