1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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. '…

  8. '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…

  9. '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 &…

  10. ‘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…

  11. 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…

  12. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

  13. Little Simz, 'E.D.G.E.': Exclusive EP Premiere

    June 18, 2014 12:30 PM EDT She's petite but Little Simz holds a lyrical punch. You can hear it in the aspiring U.K. rapper's debut EP, "E.D.G.E." (acronym for her motto, Every Day Gets Easier). Check out an exclusive stream of Simz' debut project below and download here :   The 13-song EP…

  14. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley and Kesha on Their 'Terrifying' New Job (Video)

    June 17, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Brad Paisley and Kesha are heading into the June 22 launch of ABC's "Rising Star" with no idea of what to expect. They have not seen or heard the contestants, their first run-though will be a day before broadcast and they're not entirely sure about the "expert"…

  15. Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Debuts New Song, Duets with Mark Lanegan, in London

    June 17, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme capped the band's European tour by playing a rare solo acoustic show as part of James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival in London yesterday (June 16), during which he debuted a new song called "Villains of Circumstance." The dark,…

  16. Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson Join Forces In Recording Studio

    June 12, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Pop stars Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson recently joined forces in the recording studio and wrote a wrote a “beautiful guitar track,” according to a tweet from Simpson, who described the experience as a “chill studio session.” chill studio session last night with @justinbieber . wrote a…

  17. Sublime With Rome Frontman to Release Debut Album in August (Exclusive)

    June 10, 2014 9:21 AM EDT Rome, the frontman to Sublime with Rome, has announced details on his debut solo album, "Get Free", out Aug. 12 on Fueled By Ramen.  The record's first single, "If The World", is out now . Rome recorded "Get Free" in El Paso, TX, under the guidance of…

  18. Jamie Lynn Spears, Florida Georgia Line Crack Hits at City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

    June 08, 2014 9:54 AM EDT Team Opry edges Team iHeart with 13-11 victory at the 24th annual match during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Chase Rice, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer and Bobby Bones also hit the field Chase Rice is currently making waves these days with his current EP Ready Set Roll, but should he…

  19. Singing Nun Cristina Scuccia Wins Italy's 'Voice': Watch Her Best Moments (Video)

    June 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT A singing nun who became an Internet star for her unadorned pop song performances in full habit has triumphed at Italy's version of musical competition "The Voice." Sister Cristina Scuccia clinched the top prize early Friday with five songs, including a choreographed rendition…

  20. Nicki Minaj's 'Pills N Potions' Pushes Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 29, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Nicki Minaj continues her rise up the Social 50 chart, moving 5-2 after releasing a new single, “Pills N Potions,” on May 21. It matches her peak on the tally, registered on the Feb. 25, 2012 list, after she performed with Madonna on that year's Super Bowl. The Social 50 incorporates the…

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