1. 'Rising Star' Recap: Lessons In Humility Dished Out as Duel Round Continues

    July 21, 2014 5:18 AM EDT In cloudy, smoke monster letters, "Rising Star" informs us that each of the contestants tonight are getting the chance to, “Write. Their. Future.” And what an odd future "Rising Star" writes for itself from week to week. After some annoyance regarding the judges’ 7% votes…

  2. Lady Antebellum's '747' Album Will Take Off On...

    July 18, 2014 3:39 PM EDT Country trio announce September release date, full track list Lady Antebellum's fifth album is almost ready for takeoff: "747" is due Sept. 30 via Capitol Records Nashville. The set is preceded by fast-rising lead single "Bartender," which bullets to No. 36 on the Hot…

  3. Girl's Day Mixes Sexy, Sweet & Swimsuits for 'Darling': Watch

    July 14, 2014 9:03 PM EDT The girl group work at a car wash, lick frosting off their lips and shake their bums for a sweet, summery single Girl's Day found a resurgence in popularity after uprooting its cute image for a sexy one  last year. But the girl group has found a way to reconcile their early, sunny…

  4. Rome Ramirez Talks Sublime, Solo Album & Linkin Park Twitter Feud

    July 14, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "I'm not new to the band, standing next to my idols, anymore," he says of Sublime With Rome's next project. Currently on the road, Sublime With Rome is planning a November return to the studio to record a follow-up to its 2011 album "Yours Truly." "We…

  5. 'Rising Star' Recap: Kesha Brings the Whimsy As Duel Round Kicks Off

    July 14, 2014 6:26 AM EDT What’s the saying—every party has a pooper, and every reality singing competition has a frontrunner? (Something like that.) It seems Rising Star’s frontrunner is Jesse Kinch, and this party’s pooper is the judges' voting power in the Duel rounds. That these “duels” are actually two side…

  6. 'Rising Star': What to Expect During the Duels

    July 12, 2014 8:30 AM EDT After downloading the app, repeatedly checking in and casting real-time votes, America raised the Wall for 20 singers on “Rising Star.” 'Rising Star': The Billboard Cover Shoot Next up on the ABC singing show? The "duels," but don't be mistaken: the upcoming round isn…

  7. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  8. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 1

    July 07, 2014 1:00 PM EDT UPDATE: Round 2 is closed and Round 3 is now open. CLICK HERE TO VOTE . UPDATE:  Round 1 is closed and Round 2 is now open. CLICK HERE TO VOTE . In 2014, it's easier than ever for fans of different pop stars to connect with each other. With the explosion of social media making it simpler…

  9. Josh Groban Jams with 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Musical Sidekick Reggie Watts: Exclusive (Watch)

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reggie Watts, the comedian and musician who plays sidekick to Scott Aukerman on IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” took a rare step away from the keyboards to let Josh Groban display a rarely seen skill. Groban’s not only a sharp pianist, his style has nothing in common with the music he sings.   …

  10. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Josh Groban, Ludacris and a Whole Load More Cat Banter Lights Up Episode 3

    July 07, 2014 9:43 AM EDT ABC hasn’t turned the lights off on Josh Groban, Kesha, Ludacris, Brad Paisley and their motley crew of wannabe stars, which means the wall must still rise, the sad background stories still abound, and the cat banter continue on until Kesha has locked down a fleet of felines and some sort of…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. '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…

  15. '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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. '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…

  19. This Week In Billboard Chart History: New Kids On The Block 'Step' To No. 1

    June 30, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1990, the boy band completed its five-step program to the summit. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and Phil Collins Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 30, 1990…

  20. 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…

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