1. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the…

  2. 'The Voice' Finals Recap: Top 3 Sing to Win

    May 20, 2014 1:09 AM EDT Fun fact: the top three singers of "The Voice" are all comeback kids -- Blake Shelton'scountry teen is a returning auditionee who was rejected last season, Usher's soul man escaped elimination during the battle rounds with a steal, and Adam Levine's YouTube star was…

  3. Macklemore Denies Tour Costume Was Jewish Stereotype

    May 19, 2014 12:38 PM EDT Macklemore has gotten in some hot water for a costume he wore during a performance on Friday night (May 16) that many have pointed out evokes Jewish stereotypes. At the opening night of the "Spectacle: The Music Video" exhibition at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Macklemore performed to…

  4. 5 Other Awesome Holograms: Tupac, Janelle Monae and M.I.A., More

    May 19, 2014 12:45 AM EDT Michael Jackson may have invented the moonwalk, and he certainly inaugurated his signature strut as a hologram -- and the MJ hologram was certainly the talk of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards . But the King of Pop was not the first artist to perform 2D on a 3D stage. From Tupac's…

  5. Imagine Dragons Talk Second Album, ‘Radioactive’ Success at Billboard Music Awards Rehearsals: Watch

    May 17, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Imagine Dragons took a few minutes during their 2014 Billboard Music Awards rehearsal to talk about the band’s steady growth, the monster success of single “Radioactive” and the progress of their second full-length album. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now!…

  6. Comedy Issue: Tenacious D's Kyle Gass On Guitar Licks & Laughs

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT There has been an explosion in comedy music lately, but I think it always has been around.  If you went back to the ancient Greek satyr plays, I bet you they were playing some kind of janglies. Court jesters? They were definitely getting jingly and jangly. To me, comedy and music are not even…

  7. 'American Idol' Turns 500 as Top 3 Battle

    May 15, 2014 9:57 AM EDT With just one week to go before the finale, the top three "American Idol" finalists went for broke in the race to be the final two on Wednesday night. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time Harry Connick Jr. Talks 'American Idol' Return and Season 13's Top…

  8. John Legend Leads Hot 100, Paramore Hits Top 10

    May 14, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Legend rules for a second week with 'All of Me,' while Paramore scores its first top 10 with 'Ain't It Fun' John Legend 's "All of Me" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, while Paramore, which has been charting on the Hot 100 for seven…

  9. The Julie Ruin Cancels Tour Dates Over Kathleen Hanna's Lyme Disease

    May 13, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna is doing her best to recover from a nasty bout with Lyme Disease. But getting better means canceling a slew of North American and European tour dates this summer. Today, the Julie Ruin announced the cancellation of 27 tour dates so their singer can focus on…

  10. Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By Metallica, Joe Walsh at MusiCares Event

    May 13, 2014 1:58 PM EDT "It's really a battle to get sober," Walsh tells Billboard at the 10th annual MAP event. "Ozzy has his set of demons, but he's stacked up some days of consecutive sobriety here and he's never been better" Ozzy Osbourne and the Village CEO Jeff Greenberg were…

  11. Casey Kasem Missing: Judge Orders Investigation

    May 12, 2014 6:26 PM EDT A judge on Monday ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality's wife said the former "Top 40" host had been removed from the country. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered a court…

  12. The 1975 Reveal Battle Plan for Next Album

    May 12, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Frontman Matty Healy says the band plans to tour until January of 2015, "then go make another record" to hopefully release that September The 1975 has made the whole of its recorded output -- its self-titled album and four EPs along with some remixes -- available digitally, and…

  13. Katy Perry Spews Paint on Prismatic Tour: Is She Copying Lady Gaga? (Video)

    May 12, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Gaga's onstage vomiting at SXSW was criticized for glorifying bulimia. Last week, Katy Perry opened the Prismatic Tour and Lady Gaga accused her of biting her style . Now, more footage has surfaced that seems primed to get the singers battling again. This time the subject matter is…

  14. Kelly Rowland, Spike Lee Featured on Soccer-Themed Visual Album

    May 12, 2014 10:12 AM EDT "Beats of the Beautiful Game," curated by Pepsi, will be released June 10 ahead of the World Cup Pepsi is pairing singers and filmmakers to release a visual album that celebrates soccer during the World Cup. Spike Lee, Timbaland, Idris Elba and Kelly Rowland are some of the artists…

  15. Ray LaMontagne's 'Supernova' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    May 08, 2014 5:16 PM EDT The folk-rocker lands his third leader on the list. Plus, chart action for Whitechapel, Grateful Dead, Pixies and Coldplay Ray LaMontagne notches his third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, and second leader on Folk Albums , with "Supernova," which opens with 40,000…

  16. New Five Finger Death Punch Album for 2015: 'We Don't Struggle for Material'

    May 08, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Neither volume of Five Finger Death Punch's "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell" is a year old yet, but the heavy rocking quintet already has its next project in motion.  Guitarist Zoltan Bathory tells Billboard that 5FDP has "five, six ideas or roughs…

  17. Miley Cyrus' Music Director Talks Bangerz Tour Behind-the-Scenes

    May 08, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Miley Cyrus music director/American Hi-Fi frontman Stacy Jones tells us why Miley Cyrus is as punk rock as they come. Billboard recently chatted with Stacy Jones, frontman of the "Flavor of the Weak" power pop band American Hi-Fi. Aside from giving some inside information on his…

  18. Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat Announce Fall Arena Tour

    May 06, 2014 1:55 PM EDT This fall's Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat co-headlining tour has been "years" in the making, according to FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory.  "We've tried to do this, actually for two years now," Bathory tells Billboard. We've been playing festivals in…

  19. Queensrÿche Reveals More Details About Settlement With Geoff Tate

    May 05, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Statement Says Former Singer Can’t Bill Himself as Queensrÿche Come Sept. 1 Queensrÿche has posted a statement on its website, QueensrycheOfficial.com , that sheds more light on the settlement agreement it entered with former singer Geoff Tate. It also took the time to announce that a new…

  20. Skin in the Game: Leather and How Beyonce, Justin Bieber and More are Rocking It

    May 01, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Nothing comes between rock stars and their leather. And the truism seems even more so today than ever. Adidas' Music Gamble: Why They're Betting on Pharrell Williams and Kanye West Why? "Leather is just badass," says Jonny Cota, the designer of Skingraft, a 7-year-old,…

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