1. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  2. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  3. 'Glee' Recap: New York Gets Grand Send-Off In Season Finale

    May 14, 2014 4:21 AM EDT Season 5 was rough for "Glee," but “The Untitled Rachel Berry Project” made it feel easy. There’s no changing the hardships that "Glee" as a show faced this year with the loss of Cory Monteith , but in the fictional world at least, everything got to make sense by the end.…

  4. Nash the Slash, Mysterious Canadian Experimental Musician, Dead at 66

    May 13, 2014 6:55 PM EDT He was a mystery until the end who few knew by face. Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once declared “is the kind of opening act that makes…

  5. Miranda Lambert: Country's Gun-Slinging Tough Chick Reveals a 'Softer' Side (Cover Story)

    May 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Springtime has a firm hold on Tishomingo, Okla. The storm clouds are gone, and Miranda Lambert is having a very good day. She spent the morning astride her Gypsy Vanner purebred horse, a gift from her husband, Blake Shelton, for her 30th birthday last November. Lambert has been taking…

  6. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Tom Petty's 'Fever' Rises

    May 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Twenty-five years ago this week, his first solo album began its Billboard 200 climb (and wouldn't back down). Plus, remembering key chart feats for Hunter Hayes, Janet Jackson, and R.E.M. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard…

  7. Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre's Success: From Eminem to Beats by Dre to Selling to Apple

    May 10, 2014 10:53 AM EDT They truly are marching to the beat of their own drum. It's as though anything Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre touches turns to gold: The dynamic duo marked epic-level success when they introduced Eminem to the music world 15 years ago, and their lucrative Beats by Dre business reached…

  8. Bubbling Under: DJ Cassidy Previews All-Star Album With R. Kelly, Robin Thicke & More

    May 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: DJ Cassidy, Chasin' Crazy and Vado   DJ Cassidy Veteran New York spinner DJ Cassidy has garnered some A-list friends over the years,…

  9. Adorable Twin Girls Zony & Yony Dance to K-Pop on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show': Watch

    May 08, 2014 11:14 PM EDT Taiwan's Zony & Yony performed the kooky choreography to Crayon Pop's "Bar Bar Bar" Ladies and gentleman, get to know Zony & Yony. The unbelievably adorable twin sisters from Taiwan who are going viral with their adorable cover of a K-pop hit that even caught…

  10. DJ Cassidy, 'Calling All Hearts' Remix ft. Robin Thicke & Jessie J: Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 08, 2014 10:50 AM EDT In anticipation of his forthcoming album, "Paradise Royale," DJ Cassidy drops a dance remix to the album's lead single, "Calling All Hearts." Check out a stream of the Robin Thicke and Jessie J-assisted song below, exclusively premiered here on The Juice: "…

  11. Lady Gaga's artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Shape-Shifts Through Atlanta

    May 07, 2014 11:02 AM EDT "Atlanta, how weird can you make us?" Gaga asked her screaming arena. Then, things got weird. Lady Gaga is a post-pop musician with a serious oral fixation. Her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball, which opened earlier this week in Fort Lauderdale before stopping at Atlanta's Philips…

  12. Rich Homie Quan Hospitalized After Having Seizures (Report)

    May 06, 2014 11:35 PM EDT UPDATE 5/8: In new statements, Rich Homie Quan and his publicist deny the rapper experienced seizures. "I fainted and hit my head," he says. Get the full story here . Rising rapper Rich Homie Quan has been reportedly hospitalized after suffering two seizures while shooting a…

  13. Top 50 Forgotten Gems From The Now! Series

    May 06, 2014 4:42 PM EDT "Now That's What I Call Music! 50" has just been released. Let's stroll through some of the underrated cuts from the hit series' lengthy back catalogue. Since its debut in 1998, the "Now That's What I Call Music!" album series has dutifully gathered…

  14. Bringing Michael Jackson Back: The Inside Story of 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT L.A. Reid and an all-star cast of producers re-imagine archival tracks by the King of Pop A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built,"…

  15. Bruce Springsteen Leaves Fans Wanting More at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    May 04, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band returned to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday, giving thousands of fans the show they hoped for, but some left wanting more. He kicked off his three-hour set with "High Hopes," the title track of his latest album, before…

  16. Flaming Lips Drummer Says He Was Fired for Criticizing Wayne Coyne's Friend

    May 02, 2014 4:46 PM EDT But a current member insists the band and Scurlock "parted ways because of the usual band musical differences. The rest has been blown way out" New information on the March firing of Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock is exposing an alleged dark side of frontman Wayne Coyne. A…

  17. Bubbling Under: My Crazy Girlfriend Not Scaring Away Pop Radio

    May 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: My Crazy Girlfriend, Propain and Strand of Oaks   My Crazy Girlfriend My Crazy Girlfriend approaches the Pop Songs radio airplay chart with…

  18. Nas to Headline Essence Festival Kickoff

    May 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Trey Songz, K. Michelle, Jazmine Sullivan also on the bill for the Essence "Now Playing" concert Nas has been tapped to kick off the 20th anniversary Essence Festival weekend as headliner of the Essence "Now Playing" concert. Being staged at the Louisiana Superdome in New…

  19. Mariah Carey Announces 14th Album, 'Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse'

    May 01, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Mariah Carey has unveiled the title, cover, release date and tracklist for her 14th album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” which arrives at digital and physical retail on May 27. Carey, who appears on the cover of this week’s magazine, told Billboard that the album took its title…

  20. Erykah Badu Under Fire for Swazi King Birthday Performance

    April 30, 2014 7:19 PM EDT Erykah Badu’s recent performance at the birthday party of Swaziland's King Mswati III has earned her criticisms from human rights activists.  “She owes us all an explanation. The king is a kleptocrat who lives in the lap of obscene luxury while most of his countrymen toil in abject…

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