1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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 "…

  4. 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…

  5. Austrian Drag Queen Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Song Contest

    May 10, 2014 8:41 PM EDT The Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired power ballad that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The song, "Rise Like a Phoenix," helped Wurst --…

  6. Billboard Chart Record-Breakers: The Longest Music Moments Ever

    May 09, 2014 5:32 PM EDT The days are getting longer, summer is almost here, and stars like Hunter Hayes and Jack White are trying their hands at music record-breaking. We're celebrating the best way we know how: with a long, long look at the record-breaking "longest" moments on the Billboard charts.…

  7. 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,…

  8. 615 Spotlight: Hannah Aldridge Flexes Muscle Shoals Sound on Debut Album 'Razor Wire'

    May 07, 2014 7:16 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Hannah Aldridge will release her debut album, "Razor Wire," on Tuesday (May 13). While she has had experience writing and performing before, putting it all together on a record of her own was quite an experience, as she tells The 615. "It was my first…

  9. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  10. Bruce Springsteen Leaves Fans Wanting More at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    May 04, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band returned to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday, giving thousands of fans the show they hoped for, but some left wanting more. He kicked off his three-hour set with "High Hopes," the title track of his latest album, before…

  11. Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' Video Gets 'Favorable' Reactions in Japan

    May 02, 2014 6:01 PM EDT No offense taken in Tokyo, where the controversial video has received positive reviews. While Avril Lavigne's "Hello Kitty" video has raised the hackles of plenty of Western pundits, thanks to imagery that many perceive as culturally insensitive -- robotic, creepy girls in a…

  12. Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake Duet ‘Love Never Felt So Good’ Arrives Online: Listen

    May 02, 2014 3:26 AM EDT The hugely anticipated Michael Jackson-Justin Timberlake duet "Love Never Felt So Good" has hit the Web. JT shared the news to his 32 million followers on Twitter, with a message that included a link to the song and the comment #PLAYITLOUD. #PLAYITLOUD : "Love Never Felt So…

  13. Michael Jackson New Song 'Love Never Felt So Good' to Debut at iHeartRadio Music Awards

    May 01, 2014 6:39 PM EDT UPDATE: The new Michael Jackson song premiered during Thursday's iHeartRadio Music Awards, though it was Usher -- and not Justin Timberlake -- who appeared on stage. Watch it  here The first single off Michael Jackson’s forthcoming album will come tonight during the inaugural…

  14. Hans Zimmer on Creating the Music of 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' With Pharrell, Johnny Marr

    April 30, 2014 4:54 PM EDT "The first day [in the studio] was hard," Zimmer says. "It was chaos because I had too many people in the room" One of the first requests Hans Zimmer received from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" director Marc Webb was for a fanfare. Zimmer's initial response? …

  15. Wilko Johnson's Response to Pancreatic Cancer? Album With Roger Daltrey, More on the Way

    April 29, 2014 8:45 AM EDT "I can't arrange things too far in the future 'cause I don't know whether that future will exist, so we have to do things kind of step by step," says the Dr. Feelgood alum, who was diagnosed with cancer in early '13 We may not have heard the last from Wilko…

  16. Billy Joel Tried Heroin, Went to Woodstock: 11 Things We Learned at his Sirius Town Hall

    April 28, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Billy Joel celebrated his 65th birthday a week early with a star studded Town Hall meeting moderated by Howard Stern and Robin Quivers. Broadcast on Sirius XM’s Howard 100 and Billy Joel channels, the event -- held at New York City’s Cutting Room on April 28 -- featured live performances by…

  17. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history 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…

  18. 615 Spotlight: PawnShop Kings Talk EP

    April 23, 2014 4:00 PM EDT For brothers Joel and Scott Owen, who comprise The PawnShop kings, the term "home" is entirely relative to the situation at the moment. That's how Scott describes their growing-up experience. "We spent most of our youth growing up in California," he told Billboard. …

  19. SummerStage 2014: Ty Dolla $ign, Passenger, Andrew Bird, Dr. John Among Performers

    April 21, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The 2014 series begins June 3 with rapper Ty Dolla $ign and closes on Aug. 24 with the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Ty Dolla $ign, Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory, Passenger, Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Blood Orange are among the acts confirmed to play free shows as part of…

  20. Happy Record Store Day! Tweets from Artists, Retailers, Labels and More

    April 19, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Happy 7th birthday, Record Store Day! To help celebrate the annual musical holiday, dozens of artists, music retailers, record labels and fans around the world took to Twitter today (April 19) to commemorate Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of…

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