1. 'Opie and Anthony' Fans Lash Out at SiriusXM for Firing Host

    July 06, 2014 11:00 AM EDT A number of “Opie and Anthony” fans have lashed out at SiriusXM after the satellite radio company fired Anthony Cumia on July 3 for racist comments he tweeted earlier in the week. Cumia's supporters have launched a Twitter campaign, using the hashtag #CancelSiriusXM, to encourage the…

  2. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events,…

  3. Bonnaroo 2014: Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr Shares Sound of Band’s New Album (Video)

    June 15, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Blackberry Smoke, which made its Bonnaroo debut at this year’s festival, is working on the follow-up to its 2012 album, "The Whippoorwill," the group’s first project for Zac Brown's Southern Ground Artists imprint. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More…

  4. Foo Fighters Agree to Play Crowdfunded, Fan-Requested Richmond Show

    June 14, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Earlier this year, four Foo Fighters fans in Richmond, Virginia, noticed that their favorite band hadn't played in their hometown -- and frontman Dave Grohl's home state -- since 1998. Intent upon changing that, they decided to wage a campaign to bring them back. Foo Fighters…

  5. Rodriguez Label Chief: 'Our Dealings with Clarence Avant Were Always Positive'

    June 13, 2014 3:40 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, 38, is a true believer. The head of Light in the Attic, the reissue label he founded in 2003 with partner Joe Wright in Seattle, released Sixto Rodriguez’s two albums, his 1970 debut, Cold Fact, and the 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality, in August 2008 and May 2009, just about…

  6. 50 Cent Nabs Fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    June 12, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Nick Minaj's 'Pills N Potions' hits top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Big Smo Debuts 50 Cent debuts atop Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his first album in five years, "Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win," which opens with 47,000 copies sold in the week…

  7. Adore Delano Sets 'Drag Race' Record

    June 12, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Drag queen Adore Delano has brought the "Party" to Billboard's charts. The "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant sees his "Till Death Do Us Party" album log the biggest sales week of any "Drag Race" competitor, as the set debuts with 5,000 copies…

  8. 'Searching for Sugar Man': Where Is Sixto Rodriguez Today?

    June 12, 2014 1:55 AM EDT The Oscar-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" helped launch a brand-new career for its subject, Sixto Rodriguez, 71, who went from obscurity in his native U.S. to playing 5,000-seat arenas like L.A.'s Greek Theatre. Since the film opened, Rodriguez's two albums -…

  9. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers Bring Taste of California to Nashville

    June 10, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Thursday marks the kickoff for the 2014 season of Nashville Dancin' the annual concert series held on Nashville's Riverfront Park, and the night promises some interesting talent. The Kernal & His New Strangers and Los Colognes will be on the bill, as will headliner Houndmouth.…

  10. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  11. George Strait's Final Show Breaks Attendance Record

    June 08, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Known for his easygoing manner and everyman's appeal, country music legend George Strait strolled from the floor of the Dallas Cowboys' lavish stadium onto the custom-built stage Saturday night in a blue plaid shirt, Wrangler jeans, a silver belt buckle and a black cowboy hat,…

  12. 'Sugar Man' Singer Rodriguez Holds Down Los Angeles Gig

    June 02, 2014 4:41 PM EDT The unfathomable story line of the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” which culminates with a series of South Africa arena concerts in 1998, appears to be playing out in similar fashion in the United States. Two years after “Sugar Man's” subject, Sixto Rodriguez, was playing solo…

  13. Becky G, Dr. Luke Land First Latin No. 1 With 'Can't Get Enough'

    May 29, 2014 4:27 PM EDT The teen singer and writer/producer extraordinaire's collab takes over Latin Rhythm Airplay. Plus, Optimo and Luis Fonsi make notable moves Newcomer Becky G climbs to No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay with "Can't Get Enough" (featuring Pitbull), marking the 17-year…

  14. 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…

  15. Tiesto 'Lights' Up Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart With Two Top 10s

    May 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Tiesto takes a second track into the top 10 of Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, as "Wasted" (13-10) joins "Red Lights" (7-5). "Wasted," featuring Matthew Koma, rides a 22 percent sales increase (11,000 downloads in the week ending May 18,…

  16. 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…

  17. Keith Urban's 'Fuse' Surges on Country Albums Chart After 'Idol' Performance

    May 08, 2014 4:26 PM EDT The star, and 'American Idol' judge, surges following his performance on the show's May 1 episode With its first top 10 rank in six months, Keith Urban's "Fuse" rockets 21-6 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart following a May 1 performance of the set&…

  18. Enrique Iglesias Scores 25th No. 1 With 'Bailando'

    May 07, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias is a force to be reckoned with. He holds the record for most songs to ever top the Hot Latin Songs chart, and now scores his 25th No. 1 with the ever catchy "Bailando" featuring his co-writer on the song, Descemer Bueno, and the Havana-based reggaeton duo Gente…

  19. Avril Lavigne's 'Hello Kitty' Claws Onto Hot 100 Chart

    May 01, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Controversy translates to chart action for Avril Lavigne, whose "Hello Kitty" debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 75 following the track’s Vevo video debut on April 23. It’s her second-highest charted song from her recent self-titled album; "Here's to Never Growing Up,…

  20. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Hits No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs Chart

    April 24, 2014 7:03 PM EDT Coinciding with the April 22 release of her debut full-length album "The New Classic," Iggy Azalea's single "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) jumps 4-1 on Hot Rap Songs to end the reign of Pitbull's "Timber" (featuring Ke$ha) after 15 weeks. The last time…

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