1. '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 &…

  2. ‘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…

  3. '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…

  4. G-Eazy's Hot Rap Songs Debut, Jeremih Returns With 'Don't Tell 'Em'

    June 19, 2014 6:13 PM EDT G-Eazy scores first Hot Rap Songs hit with 'Lotta That,' Jeremih debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'Don't Tell 'Em' California rapper G-Eazy makes his Hot Rap Songs debut with "Lotta That," featuring A$AP Ferg and Danny Seth, arriving at No. 21.…

  5. Capitol to Sign 'Rising Star' Winner (Exclusive)

    June 18, 2014 6:35 PM EDT A recording contract with Capitol Records will be the grand prize for the winner of  “Rising Star,” ABC’s singing competition show that starts airing June 22. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley and Kesha on Their 'Terrifying' New Job (Video) The all-live show begins with 30…

  6. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' No. 1 On Hot 100 For Fourth Week; PSY Debuts In Top 30

    June 18, 2014 1:41 PM EDT The Australian rapper rules again with "Fancy," while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's "Problem." Plus, Korean rap star PSY returns with Snoop Dogg on "Hangover" Iggy Azalea spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with …

  7. '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"…

  8. Brian Williams 'Raps' Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' on 'Fallon' (Video)

    June 17, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon debuted the latest mashup Monday as the late-night talk show kicked off a week in Orlando. Brian Williams’ latest rap opened the Tonight Show’s weeklong stint in Orlando, Fla. — and it was a doozy. Two months after Williams’ “Gin and Juice” mashup, Jimmy Fallon unveiled a the…

  9. Bonnaroo: 10 Most Legendary Moments

    June 11, 2014 12:01 PM EDT From Beck's puppetry to D'Angelo's comeback to Macca's epic set, these are the 10 most unforgettable moments from the Tennessee fest. The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival , another weekend of heat, porta-potties and hopefully great rock moments out in a field in…

  10. Ask Billboard: Sam Smith Triples Up In The Top 40

    June 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Is the pop singer/songwriter the first British act to place three songs in the top 40 at back-to-back-to-back ranks? A trip through Hot 100 history reveals the answer As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  11. A Day on the Real-Time Charts: Tyga Drops New Single, Ne-Yo Returns to Music

    May 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Early this morning (May 28), Tyga dropped his latest single, “Real Deal,” which debuts on the Trending 140 at No. 3 by 1pm and currently resides in the No. 2 position. The Young Money-signed rapper is readying for the debut of what is to be his fourth album, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty,…

  12. Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 With 'Fancy,' Matches Beatles' Historic Mark

    May 28, 2014 1:05 PM EDT As the Australian rapper rises 2-1 with 'Fancy' and 3-2 as a guest on Ariana Grande's 'Problem,' Azalea joins the Beatles as the only artists to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits It's a fab week for Iggy Azalea,…

  13. Brad Paisley Traveling with President Obama to Visit U.S. Troops In Afghanistan

    May 25, 2014 12:44 PM EDT President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war. Brad Paisley's New Album Has a Name: 'Moonshine In the Trunk' (Exclusive) Air Force…

  14. 'Rising Star' Will Be Cutthroat, Says Kesha, Ludacris, Paisley & Groban (Video)

    May 20, 2014 5:06 PM EDT The stars of ABC's "Rising Star" were on hand to discuss the upcoming TV sing-off on the red carpet of the Billboard Music Awards. Billboard caught up with the unlikely, genre-hopping cast comprised of Brad Paisley, Josh Groban, Kesha and Ludacris. Watch: "Your career…

  15. Chart Highlights: Enrique Iglesias Extends Latin Airplay No. 1s Record

    May 19, 2014 5:55 PM EDT The superstar scores his 26th topper, doubling the total of runner-up Ricky Martin. Plus, new No. 1s for DJ Snake & Lil Jon, Luke Bryan and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  16. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Madonna 'Vogue's To Top Of Hot 100

    May 19, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1990, the Material Girl struck a pose at No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Usher and Mariah Carey Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history May 19, 1990 Madonna had been inspired by…

  17. Jackson Family Reacts & More Backstage Moments at Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2014 1:22 AM EDT Check out the scene backstage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Epic Records chairman L.A. Reid said the BBMA premiere of Michael Jackson 's "Slave to Rhythm" did not necessarily mean it would be the follow-up single to "Love Never Felt So Good." "It's…

  18. Billboard Music Awards Fashion Poll: Who Ruled The Red Carpet?

    May 18, 2014 8:37 PM EDT Vote now! The 2014 Billboard Music Awards brought the biggest names in music to Las Vegas on Sunday night (May 18), and before all the action went down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the stars were shining bright on the red carpet. From Nicki to Austin to J. Lo to our host Luda, so…

  19. Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet Live Stream: Watch the Live Webcast

    May 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Jordin Sparks, Lance Bass, Ted Stryker and more host the stream of the “Samsung Red Carpet LIVE!" 6-8pm ET. Watch live as the biggest names in music arrive at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on the red carpet! Jordin Sparks, Lance Bass and more host the webcast of the …

  20. Luke Bryan Talks ‘Play It Again’ Success, Writing Process for ‘Spring Break’ EPs at Billboard Music Awards: Watch

    May 18, 2014 2:04 PM EDT During rehearsals for his performance at the Billboard Music Awards , country star Luke Bryan chatted about the success of his hit single “Play It Again.” “The fact that ‘Play It Again’ has been rocking and at the top of the charts is pretty special,” Bryan told Billboard, describing the…

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