1. 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…

  2. '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…

  3. Zendaya Coleman Exits Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic

    June 29, 2014 5:32 PM EDT The project, titled "Aaliyah:Princess of R&B," was to begin filming over the summer with a fall premiere date planned. Weeks after unveiling a planned Aaliyah biopic, star Zendaya Coleman has exited the Lifetime project.  "We are sad Zendaya will no longer portray Aaliyah.…

  4. Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex Turner Q&A

    June 27, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Frontman Alex Turner discusses the band's Stateside stardom, moving to America and the prospect of new music In 2014, America finally went ape for Arctic Monkeys. At home, in England, where all five of their albums have topped the charts, the four lads from Sheffield have been revered…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Aretha Franklin Talks Working With Andre 3000, Covering 'Rolling In The Deep'

    June 25, 2014 3:59 PM EDT The legendary singer says of her new covers album, "We're going to give you exactly what you're expecting and what you're not expecting." Aretha Franklin is "more than happy" with the progress of her upcoming divas covers album, but she acknowledges that…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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. '…

  14. '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…

  15. '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 &…

  16. Firefly 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys and Weezer all brought their A-games. But who ranks no. 1? Third time was indeed the charm for Delaware's Firefly Music festival. The 2014 edition of First State’s now-massive 4-day event was a weekend punctuated by stellar performances spread…

  17. ‘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…

  18. 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…

  19. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the Rapper & More

    June 21, 2014 11:30 AM EDT When the Firefly Music Festival held its inaugural event in Delaware in 2012, it was a charming, almost intimate event that drew 30,000 nearby music lovers and 47 bands to an 87 acre plot of wooded land behind the Dover International Speedway. But three on, the Firely festival has ballooned…

  20. '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…

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