1. Garth Brooks Taps Chicago for Start of Tour

    July 15, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Garth Brooks announced the first date this morning for his upcoming world tour: Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago, a market Brooks hasn't played in 17 years. There is no word on when the rest of the tour will be announced, but it appears the door has been…

  2. 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…

  3. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  4. Hurray for the Riff Raff's Political Americana Brings Genre Back to Its Roots

    February 12, 2014 12:30 PM EST Led by a Bronx-raised, Puerto Rican ex-punk rocker, Hurray for the Riff Raff is bringing folk back home Just a few years ago, Alynda Lee Segarra, the engaging frontwoman for New Orleans folk outfit Hurray for the Riff Raff, was hitching freight trains, playing washboard in a French Quarter…

  5. Daft Punk Sends 'Dance' Into Top 10 on Dance Chart, Gaga's 'Applause' Remains at No. 1

    September 06, 2013 6:07 PM EDT The duo follows "Get Lucky" with another Pharrell-featuring anthem. Plus, Lady Gaga reigns, Krewella debuts and dance vets Kylie Minogue and Howard Jones add to their chart histories. Daft Punk zooms into the top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "Lose…

  6. Rachel Holder Embraces 'Lord Help Me' Single, Courtesy of a Famous Trio

    August 16, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Katrina Elam, Ashley Monroe and Carrie Underwood co-wrote the Curb artist's rocking new single Curb recording artist Rachel Holder -- who made an appearance in the 615 Spotlight in 2012 -- has a new single out entitled "Lord Help Me." The release is noteworthy for several…

  7. Lil Wayne Releases 'God Bless Amerika' Video

    July 16, 2013 10:08 AM EDT Lil Wayne's bleak video for "God Bless Amerika," released by the rapper on Monday night, is filled with scenes of urban devastation in his native Hollygrove, New Orleans. There are closeup views of poverty, decked-out riot police and abandoned homes, one with "They…

  8. Panic! At The Disco Returns with New Album, 'Miss Jackson' Single

    July 15, 2013 1:20 PM EDT Alt-rock group will join Fall Out Boy on tour following headlining dates. Panic! At The Disco is back a new album and a single to preview its fourth studio full-length. On Monday (July 15), the group released the official music video for "Miss Jackson," the first single off…

  9. Lil Wayne Dances On American Flag in 'God Bless Amerika' Video

    June 17, 2013 2:30 PM EDT Even before the premiere of the music video for new single "God Bless Amerika," Lil Wayne has already sparked controversy after behind-the-scenes footage from song's video leaked earlier today (June 17). Shot in his hometown of New Orleans, the footage features Weezy singing…

  10. Kanye West: How the Rapper Grew From 'Dropout' to 'Yeezus'

    June 14, 2013 11:40 AM EDT The college dropout is now an icon. Read up on Kanye's musical journey to "Yeezus." It's been nearly a decade since Kanye West--elite artist and at times social pariah--released his debut album "The College Dropout," a soulful multi-platinum album. Since then…

  11. 'American Idol': Top 12 Moments of Season 12

    May 16, 2013 6:10 PM EDT It's between Kree Harrison and Candice Glover for the "American Idol" season 12 crown. But remember, two came out of thousands who auditioned to begin with, giving viewers plenty of performances and moments throughout the year that made this season of "Idol"…

  12. Burnell Taylor Eliminated as 'American Idol' Judges Avoid Save Again

    April 04, 2013 11:19 PM EDT Ever since its introduction in season eight, the "American Idol" judges save has been a major player in each season once fan voting comes into play. Matt Giraud got the save in season eight during the top seven show, with Michael Lynche earning redemption in season nine while nine…

  13. Britain Counts On Bonnie Tyler to Play Eurovision Hero

    March 08, 2013 5:08 AM EST After years of abject failure, insipid pop singers and an infamous “nil points” effort, Britain is betting on a veteran to cure its Eurovision heartache. Husky-voiced ‘80s pop singer Bonnie Tyler has been chosen to represent the nation at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, to be held…

  14. The Seed: Pitbull, Big K.R.I.T., Kid Cudi and More

    March 02, 2013 10:41 PM EST Welcome to the second installment of the Seed, the Juice’s weekly R&B /Hip-Hop round-up.   Making news this week was Pitbull with his “Welcome to Dade County” remix to Baauer’s Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Harlem Shake.” The Cuban party rapper takes aim at Lil Wayne on the track as retribution…

  15. 'American Idol' Recap: Burnell Taylor, Charlie Askew Amaze

    January 25, 2013 12:00 PM EST It looks like "American Idol" is finally focusing on the reason it's around to begin with: its contestants. It looks like "American Idol" is finally focusing on the reason it's around to begin with: its contestants.   After three episodes of cutting away to judge…

  16. 'The Voice' Final Six Talk Song Choices: Watch Latest Performances

    December 04, 2012 3:35 PM EST The six finalists on "The Voice" got their first chance to perform two songs in one show and four of them took similar plans of attack: Perform one song in strict accordance with the original and tweak the other by altering the tempo and arrangement. Naturally, there were mixed…

  17. Beyonce Set for Super Bowl Halftime

    October 16, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Update : Beyoncé confirms Super Bowl XLVII participation with a gorgeous photo of herself with the event's date in eye black, via her official site . All the single ladies will be watching the upcoming Super Bowl along with football lovers. That's because Beyoncé is the halftime…

  18. Harry Shearer Enlists Jane Lynch, Dr. John on New Album

    July 24, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Harry Shearer's politically pointed new album, "Can't Take a Hint," is considerably different than anything he's done before, either on his own or with Spinal Tap and the Folksmen from "A Mighty Wind." The 13-track set -- which comes out Aug. 27 -- is the…

  19. Cash Money: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 29, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Read an excerpt from the cover story of Billboard's Urban Power issue Spend any time talking to Bryan "Birdman" Williams about his business these days and you'll quickly come to understand that he has two immediate goals: Releasing 100 albums in one calendar year and…

  20. 'The Voice' Winner Crowned in Shocking Finale

    May 08, 2012 11:30 PM EDT The second chapter of "The Voice" came to a shocking close on Tuesday night during a star-studded live event on NBC. Guest performances from Hall & Oates, Lady Antebellum and a young up-and-comer named Justin Bieber only delayed what the night was really about: choosing a winner…

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