1. Kanye West Debuts New Song ‘God Level’ In Adidas Commercial: Watch

    May 24, 2014 12:11 PM EDT Less than three weeks ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Adidas has released a new advertisement for its "The Dream: All In or Nothing" campaign that features new music by Kanye West, who married Kim Kardashian in Florence on Saturday. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Marry In…

  2. Mariah Carey, 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse': Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT In the nearly five years since Mariah Carey's last proper studio album, the singer has given birth to twins, served a stint on "American Idol," and reaffirmed her acting skills with a couple of films thankfully not called "Glitter II." She's also logged a ton…

  3. Summer Music Album Preview 2014: 30 Must-Hear LPs

    May 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT As hot as the season, these are the albums set to scorch this summer. As the weather warms and the debate over the "song of the summer" starts to rage, the new season is already jam-packed with great albums on the horizon. There are the returns of J. Lo and Mariah, highly…

  4. Kanye West's 2014 Album: Everything We Know So Far

    May 22, 2014 2:13 PM EDT "Yeezy season approaching/ Fuck whatever y'all been hearing." Last year, Kanye West dropped his left-field, sixth studio album, "Yeezus" with little notice and minimal marketing. Since November, when West first shared his plans to release his seventh studio album…

  5. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  6. Quincy Jones On Michael Jackson's 'Xscape': 'It's About Money'

    May 21, 2014 2:34 AM EDT Quincy Jones has a blunt assessment on the latest posthumous Michael Jackson album release, “Xscape” -- "It's about money." The music legend's comments were broadcast Tuesday in an interview on Jian Ghomeshi's "Q" talk show on CBC Radio . Jones, the…

  7. Fun Fun Fun Fest: Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab for Cutie Headlining

    May 20, 2014 9:28 AM EDT This year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin looks hell bent on being a good time. The lineup for the 9th annual festival was announced Tuesday, with heavy metal legends Judas Priest tee'd up as one of the headliners. FFF Fest takes over Auditorium Shores and Butler Park from Nov. 7-9. …

  8. Jason Mraz Shouts 'Yes!' on July Album: Hear The First Single

    May 19, 2014 3:08 PM EDT Jason Mraz is back with a resounding "Yes!" -- as in, that's the emphatic title of the pop singer-songwriter's fifth studio album. The full-length is due out on July 15, and Mraz kicked off a 'Mraz Mondays' weekly release series with the debut of the album's…

  9. R.E.M. Has a 'Lot of Stuff in the Vaults'

    May 19, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The defunct band packages its complete "Unplugged" sessions, with plans to make future releases special. "I mean, if we've been sitting on stuff for this long, why go cheap with it now?" says Mike Mills A continuing series of vault-trolling archival releases, with…

  10. 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…

  11. Michael Jackson Hologram Rocks Billboard Music Awards: Watch & Go Behind the Scenes

    May 18, 2014 9:29 PM EDT The Michael Jackson performance on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards was the result of nearly half a year of planning, choreography and filming, not to mention the development of new technology. Producers of the Billboard Music Awards did not see even a portion of the film until…

  12. Michael Jackson, Black Keys Vie for No. 1

    May 16, 2014 7:03 PM EDT Rascal Flatts, Dolly Parton and Tori Amos Heading for Top 10 There's a race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as both Michael Jackson's "Xscape" and the Black Keys' "Turn Blue" have their sights set on the top slot.  Industry sources suggest…

  13. How the F--- Do You Market a Band Called F---ed Up?

    May 16, 2014 3:59 PM EDT This is an extended version of an article first published in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Many bands second-guess their names, especially when the musicians have matured beyond the juvenile or inebriated inspiration that first sparked their nomenclatorial creativity. Yet the…

  14. Phoenix, The Strokes to Headline LA's FYF Fest

    May 16, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Indie and alternative rock fans in southern California have plenty to look forward to when FYF Fest comes to Los Angeles this August. The two-day festival, set for Aug. 23-24 at its new location at LA Sports Arena & Exposition Park, just announced its 2014 lineup. More festival news:…

  15. Nas to Record On Mass Appeal Records; Will Release 'Lost Tapes 2' & Posthumous Pimp C Album

    May 16, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Juicy J, Mike Will Made It and DJ Mustard on deck to produce posthumous Pimp C album. Nas, who turned hip-hop on its ear 20 years ago with his groundbreaking debut album "Illmatic," is going independent. The venerated rapper, 40, is launching Mass Appeal Records, an independent…

  16. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

  17. Comedy Issue: The Next Generation of Comics Answer Our Questions

    May 16, 2014 12:21 PM EDT Tig Notaro, Chris D'Elia, Nikki Glaser, Rory Scovel, Rikki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Michael Che, and Nick Kroll may have started out on the club circuit, but now they have Hollywood hot for them — and a slew of NSFW war stories. They answer a few of our questions below. Who are your comic…

  18. 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…

  19. Rush Davis, 'Thousand Springs': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 16, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Rush Davis is an artist to watch. He's rightfully garnered a hefty co-sign from the legendary Lionel Richie, calling Davis a "once every twenty year" artist. A month after releasing his first single "Sin Pays The Bills," Davis premieres his R&B…

  20. Tech N9ne & Atmosphere Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    May 15, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Kansas City, Mo. rapper Tech N9ne scores his second Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums No. 1 as the fifth installment of his Tech N9ne Collabos series, "Strangeulation," opens with 36,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first chart-topper, the solo set "All 6's & 7's…

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