1. Groundbreaking Producer Beardyman's New Album Is Surprisingly Human

    March 05, 2015 2:27 PM EST The pioneering multi-instrumentalist is bringing his revolutionary Beardytron machine on tour to 12 U.S. cities, but know this: He can sing. Beardyman, a legendary beatboxing champion and pioneering multi-instrumentalist (real name: Darren Foreman), is perhaps best known for his charismatic…

  2. Method Man Says Waiting 88 Years for Wu-Tang Clan's 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' Is 'Stupid'

    March 04, 2015 6:49 PM EST The Wu-Tang Clan 's getting a lot of attention for its announcement that the secret, one-of-a-kind, Cher - featuring Once Upon a Time in Shaolin album won't be available for the public to purchase for 88 years . But member Method Man is of the opinion that the idea of waiting…

  3. The 10 Best Songs from 'Empire,' In Order

    March 04, 2015 2:49 PM EST When it was announced that Timbaland would be executive music producer for FOX's hip-hop-inspired soap opera, Empire, expectations were high. Longtime fans of the producer could assume if the show wasn't going to be great, at least the music would be. But as Empire heads into its…

  4. Exclusive: Local H Premieres New Song 'Mansplainer' and Talks 25th Anniversary

    March 04, 2015 1:04 PM EST Local H's Scott Lucas acknowledges he may have leaped before he looked into committing to make the group's new album, Hey, Killer , an 11-track set which comes out April 14. "We kinda made it happen," Lucas tells Billboard. "In November I was kinda like, 'Alright…

  5. 5 Questions with Scott B. Murphy, Founder of the Australian & American Music Prizes

    March 04, 2015 6:07 AM EST When the freakishly talented Remi won the Australian Music Prize on Wednesday, he wasn't the only victor. Organizers of the annual award could be excused for feeling they'd climbed their own mountain; the AMP has just turned 10. Founded by Scott B. Murphy , the Aussie honor is…

  6. Rolf Harris Stripped of CBE

    March 04, 2015 1:05 AM EST Disgraced Australian entertainer Rolf Harris has now been stripped of the CBE he was awarded by the Queen. Harris, a convicted pedophile, had his royal honor annulled on Tuesday at the behest of the Queen Elizabeth II. The Western Australia-born recording artist and broadcaster was  appointed…

  7. Madonna To Launch 'Rebel Heart' World Tour in August

    March 02, 2015 1:00 AM EST Madonna will embark on an international tour in support of her new album Rebel Heart , an all-arena trek that will take the artist to territories she hasn't visited in decades, if ever, Billboard has learned. An announcement from tour producer Live Nation is expected today. The…

  8. Madonna Hacker Indicted in Israel

    February 27, 2015 4:10 AM EST The Israeli arrested on suspicion of hacking into Madonna 's computer and leaking unreleased music has been formally indicted. Five weeks after his arrest in Tel Aviv, 39-year-old Adi Lederman, who three years ago auditioned for Israel's then leading TV singing competition, Kochav…

  9. Jonathan Groff to Star in 'Hamilton'

    February 26, 2015 4:09 PM EST Hamilton has found its King George. Jonathan Groff will step into the key supporting role in Lin-Manuel Miranda's wildly acclaimed bio-musical about immigrant founding father Alexander Hamilton, beginning performances on March 3. Jonathan Groff Q&A: On 'Looking' Season 2, &…

  10. 'Hamilton' Plans Swift Move to Broadway

    February 25, 2015 2:27 AM EST The founding fathers will be rapping on Broadway this summer. After opening on Feb. 17 to some of the strongest New York reviews in years for a new musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton will move directly from its off-Broadway world premiere at the Public Theater to Broadway's…

  11. Bobby Brown Cancels Australian Tour to Spend Time with Bobbi Kristina

    February 24, 2015 5:10 PM EST Ticketek, the Australia and New Zealand-based ticketing company founded in 1979, has announced the cancellation of Bobby Brown 's planned tour of Oz. The notice reads in part: Bobby Brown's upcoming Australian Tour featuring special guests Treach and Kay-Gee from Naughty By Nature,…

  12. Big Sean, 'Dark Sky Paradise': Track-by-Track Review

    February 23, 2015 3:00 PM EST Close to a year ago, things weren't looking so good for Big Sean . The G.O.O.D. Music rapper was in the midst of a breakup with former fiance and Glee star Naya Rivera ; it seemed to be on the verge of getting very public and very ugly. Kendrick Lamar 's verse off "Control…

  13. 'The Voice' Season 8 Preview: The Pros & Cons

    February 23, 2015 9:00 AM EST One of the riskiest and most rewarding of any audition in The Voice 's previous seven seasons occurs Monday night at the end of the two-hour season debut: A 15-year-old farmer sings a song from the public domain and wows the coaches despite his style falling far outside the known ranges…

  14. Chris Robinson Talks Black Crowes Breakup: 'Never Had Much of a Relationship' With Brother Rich

    February 20, 2015 5:53 PM EST Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson appeared on HuffPost Live on Friday (Feb. 20), confirming what fans had feared -- that the rock act is officially no more. "The Black Crowes have broken up," elder Robinson brother says, responding to Rich Robinson 's breakup talk from last…

  15. Eric Church Welcomes Newborn Son, Tennessee Hawkins

    February 19, 2015 8:14 PM EST Eric Church and his wife Katherine welcomed a new baby son into the world last weekend, naming him Tennessee Hawkins Church.   Grammys 2015: Eric Church Performs 'Give Me Back My Hometown' The littlest Church was born Sunday and weighed 6 lbs. and 12 ounces, the country star…

  16. Guest Post: Miley and Britney's Manager Larry Rudolph on Van Toffler, MTV's 'Real Visionary'

    February 19, 2015 5:57 PM EST On Feb. 19, Viacom announced that Doug Herzog would succeed outgoing Head of Music Van Toffler as chief of the newly formed Music and Entertainment Group, which will include MTV, MTV2, CMT, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike and other networks. Toffler, a 28-year veteran of the company, was a key…

  17. Gabe Tesoriero Named EVP of Media, Publicity at Def Jam

    February 19, 2015 1:01 PM EST Def Jam has named longtime staffer Gabe Tesoriero as its new executive vice president, media and artist relations, CEO Steve Bartels announced today (Feb. 19). Tesoriero, based in New York, will be responsible for media, publicity and advertising across the label's East and West Coast…

  18. Amber Rose Gets Book Deal for 'How to Be a Bad Bitch'

    February 18, 2015 9:08 PM EST Model Amber Rose will write How to Be a Bad Bitch , Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books announced Wednesday (Feb. 18). The book, scheduled for publication on Oct. 27, 2015, will share Amber's secrets on how to be successful, covering love, beauty, fashion, finances and a…

  19. Sony Splitting Video-and-Sound Divisions, Will Focus on Games, Music for Growth

    February 18, 2015 8:52 AM EST Money-losing Sony will spin off its video-and-sound business into a separate company and shrink its headquarters as part of a three-year turnaround plan to speed up decision-making and become profitable again. The company is targeting an operating profit of 500 billion yen ($4.2 billion) and…

  20. The Mavericks on Making 'Mono,' Life on the Road & More

    February 17, 2015 3:58 PM EST In this day and age of technical advancement, the Mavericks are proud to announce they are going Mono . But it's not what you think: It's just the title of the CMA Award-winning band's second album for the Valory Music Co., released Tuesday (Feb. 17). After almost a decade…

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