1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  2. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  3. 10 Worst National Anthem Performances Ever

    July 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Getting booked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a major event is an honor for any artist. Many will try anything -- whether it's fiddling with the arrangement or striving for the glory notes that only five-octive powerhouses like Whitney could hit -- to put their own…

  4. 'Rising Star': Josh Groban Talks Hosting, Mentoring and Yelling Backstage

    June 30, 2014 8:14 PM EDT Josh Groban's new gig: juggling. The singer dons a sleek suit and a pair of eyeglasses to host "Rising Star" on Sunday evenings, but also spends the week alongside a grand piano to mentor the weekend's upcoming auditionees. 'Rising Star': Kesha on Not Swearing on…

  5. 'Rising Star': Kesha on Not Swearing on Live TV or 'Shitting on People's Dreams'

    June 30, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Ludacris reveals why rappers have less of a chance of success on the ABC show, and Brad Paisley advises upcoming hopefuls to go with a hot Disney track. Of the three "Rising Star" experts, Kesha seems much more constrained in her commentary in comparison to Ludacris and Brad Paisley…

  6. Bon Iver Releases New Song 'Heavenly Father'

    June 30, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Back in March, it was revealed that the soundtrack to Zach Braff's new film, "Wish I Was Here," would feature artists including the Shins, the Head and the Heart, Paul Simon, and Coldplay's Chris Martin, who collaborated with Cat Power on the title track. On June 20, NPR…

  7. Woman's Hour Guitarist Talks 'Conversations' Album & The xx Comparisons

    June 30, 2014 1:09 PM EDT With an airtight dream-pop aesthetic and a handful of gorgeous visuals attached to debut album "Conversations," London four-piece Woman's Hour is slowly making its presence felt in the States. Their swooning sound has garnered comparisons to the xx -- an understandable parallel…

  8. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  9. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer Premieres New LP From His Band Dot Hacker (Listen)

    June 27, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer steps from the sidelines to the frontman's role in Dot Hacker, a Los Angeles-based alt-rock band featuring a roster of distinguished members. Klinghoffer and his bandmates found time in their busy schedules to write and record the new…

  10. Barbra Streisand Duets Album Almost Finished, Says Babyface

    June 26, 2014 1:24 PM EDT "It's a beautiful, beautiful record," says the legendary producer of the upcoming all-star album. Barbra Streisand's upcoming all-star duets album is nearing completion, according to one of its producers. "It took a long time to get it done, but we're…

  11. Dozens Hospitalized After Avicii Concert in Boston

    June 26, 2014 1:40 AM EDT An Avicii concert at Boston's TD Gardens ended with multiple people taking trips to the hospital, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Roughly 38 people, many of them teenagers, were hospitalized after using dangerous substances, The Boston Globe reports. The victims were treated for…

  12. Oscars Alter Music Campaign Rules

    June 25, 2014 2:44 PM EDT Just a few months after the Oscar music campaign became a fiercely competitive battle that included a disqualification, private concerts and considerable glad-handing, the Academy has silenced the campaigning. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Music Branch members may not attend…

  13. Josh Groban Working on Two Albums During 'Rising Star' (Exclusive)

    June 25, 2014 2:04 PM EDT Josh Groban will be working on two albums simultaneously while hosting “Rising Star” on ABC this summer. One will be a standard Groban album, a collection of originals and covers; the other will explore the music of film and the stage. "Rising Star": Josh Groban Photos “Since I…

  14. Steve Aoki Spoofs 'Breaking Bad' in 'Free the Madness' Music Video (Watch)

    June 25, 2014 2:31 AM EDT If there were ever an EDM theme song for Breaking Bad, it would be "Free the Madness." The video for Steve Aoki's track with Machine Gun Kelly, off his forthcoming album Neon Future I, sees the two performers emulating the AMC show's meth-making duo, played by Bryan…

  15. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  16. Over 5 Million Vote on 'Rising Star' Premiere

    June 23, 2014 8:09 PM EDT More than 5 million votes were cast in real-time during Sunday night’s two-hour premiere of ABC's "Rising Star," ushering in a new era of interactive television. The " Rising Star" app that enables a viewer to vote was downloaded 1 million times on iTunes. '…

  17. 'Rising Star': Ludacris on Voting Honestly, 'I Ain't Afraid!'

    June 23, 2014 7:59 PM EDT While not all of "Rising Star"'s first crop of contestants won over America with a qualifying vote, one expert in particular might be rubbing audiences the wrong way: Ludacris. And he doesn't mind at all. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It…

  18. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It's a Blast, Isn't It?'

    June 23, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Six out of ten acts successfully raised the Wall on the first episode of "Rising Star," but the performer with the brightest smile after the ABC show's premiere was none other than the friendly expert, Brad Paisley. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works &…

  19. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

  20. Pete Seeger Honored at First Clearwater Festival Since His Death

    June 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Music luminaries honored Pete Seeger on the shore of the Hudson River at Saturday's Clearwater Festival, the first of the annual music and environmental program he started to be held after his death. Pete Seeger, Legendary Folk Singer, Dies at 94 Pete Seeger Taught Me We Only Move…

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