1. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall

    June 12, 2014 11:43 AM EDT "Band of Brothers" arrives June 17. The prolific artist will be releasing another originals-heavy album, "December Day," recorded with his band, in the fall Willie Nelson says he only had to look as far as "Band of Brothers" producer Buddy Cannon to get him…

  2. Rewinding The Charts: 56 Years Ago, Johnny Mathis' 'Hits' Hit The Top

    June 09, 2014 10:05 AM EDT The singer's 1958 album reigned ... and introduced 'greatest hits' to the music biz lexicon Chances are (pun intended) the term "greatest hits" would not have become a familiar phrase had it not been for the runaway success of Johnny Mathis' 1958 album, "…

  3. '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…

  4. Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' at 30: Classic Track-By-Track Album Review

    June 04, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen released the record that would become his biggest-selling album of all time thirty years ago on June 4, 1984. "Born In The U.S.A." would skyrocket Springsteen to global success, get misappropriated by a President, and turn his ass into an international icon…

  5. The Never Ending Song Premiere: Hear 'Mulholland Drive' From Debby Ryan's Band

    June 03, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Listen to the preview of the group's upcoming "One" EP, launching at Billboard.com. Debby Ryan, the star of Disney Channel's "Jessie" and formerly of "The Suite Life on Deck," also has grand musical ambitions as the leader of the band the Never…

  6. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

  7. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  8. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Promoter Cites Low Ticket Sales for Arena Tour Cancellation: Update

    May 31, 2014 9:13 PM EDT "It became obvious the shows were in trouble, but we tried until the last moment to give it every chance to turn around" Following news last night that the star-studded, multimillion-dollar production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar"…

  9. 'Arsenio Hall Show' Canceled After One Season

    May 31, 2014 11:20 AM EDT "The Arsenio Hall Show" has been canceled because of low ratings, ending Hall's late-night comeback bid after a single season. Hall's bid to recreate the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded TV market. Prince Debuts…

  10. Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour is Cancelled

    May 30, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Producers of the star-studded “Jesus Christ Superstar” arena tour have cancelled the 51-city tour that was scheduled to start at New Orleans' Lakefront Arena on June 9. The "Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour” included in its cast Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, John…

  11. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Outfits: Roberto Cavalli, Jeremy Scott & More Talk Designing

    May 28, 2014 1:50 PM EDT When Katy Perry began plotting the Prismatic tour - her worldwide jaunt in support of her "Prism" album and the follow-up outing to 2011's candy-coated California Dreams tour - one thing was clear: "We went into this tour knowing the costumes had to be bigger and better…

  12. 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…

  13. Michael Jackson, Coldplay Hit Hot 100's Top 10; John Legend Still No. 1

    May 21, 2014 4:26 PM EDT The King of Pop makes history as the only artist with top 10 Hot 100 hits in each of five decades. Meanwhile, Legend's 'All of Me' leads for a third week, Coldplay lands its third top 10 and Iggy Azalea tops Streaming Songs John Legend's "All of Me" rules…

  14. Secret Sisters Rattle On About T Bone Burnett, New Album & Nickel Creek Tour

    May 20, 2014 6:10 PM EDT You don't have to remind The Secret Sisters about the three-year span between their self-titled debut and their just-released sophomore album, "Put Your Needle Down." They know all too well. "It was a long time in coming," says Laura Rogers. "Most people who have…

  15. Chart Highlights: Enrique Iglesias Extends Latin Airplay No. 1s Record

    May 19, 2014 5:55 PM EDT The superstar scores his 26th topper, doubling the total of runner-up Ricky Martin. Plus, new No. 1s for DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Luke Bryan and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  16. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  17. 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…

  18. Steve Miller Band Releases 'The Joker Live'

    May 16, 2014 3:46 AM EDT The Steve Miller Band will mark the 40th anniversary of its iconic "The Joker" album today with a release of "The Joker Live," a partnership with Kobalt Music Group’s AWAL digital platform. The new album, which features exclusive, unreleased tracks, is now available in the…

  19. Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake's 'Love Never Felt So Good' Video Premieres

    May 14, 2014 11:35 AM EDT The music video for the Michael Jackson posthumous duet with Justin Timberlake debuted on Wednesday morning, and it's a careful visual tribute of the late pop singer's lasting legacy on future generations. "Love Never Felt So Good" -- the first single off of "…

  20. Bette Midler Sings to Barbara Walters, Makes Her Cry (Watch)

    May 12, 2014 3:49 AM EDT Bette Midler memorably serenaded Johnny Carson on his penultimate episode as host of the Tonight Show. Friday she sang to another departing TV icon:Barbara Walters, performing an impromptu rendition of "The Glory of Love" on The View, a week before Walters' last show as co…

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