1. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger, Funny or Die's VP of production and…

  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. Smokey Robinson Records Duets Album With Elton John, James Taylor & More Friends

    May 14, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Helmed by Randy Jackson and set for a September release, "Smokey & Friends" will feature new versions of Robinson's signature songs, including "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Ain't That Peculiar" Smokey Robinson is partnering with an all-star slate of…

  4. Michael Jackson's 'Xscape': Track-By-Track Review

    May 13, 2014 1:29 PM EDT To answer your first question: Yes, it is any good. And about your second: Better than you think.   To be sure, it's a strange project: a Michael Jackson record of vocals out of the vault and all-new music from Timbaland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Stargate, Rodney…

  5. Miranda Lambert Leads Nominees for CMT Music Awards (See Complete List)

    May 05, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan tie for second with five nominations each Miranda Lambert has turned a diverse, productive year of music into an impressive set of nominations at the 2014 CMT Music Awards. Lambert leads the field with six nominations-- two for her independent work, two for…

  6. David Byrne's 'Here Lies Love' Reopens Off-Broadway, Bringing Fatboy Slim Show to London

    May 03, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The disco beat of David Byrne goes on and on at New York’s Public Theater, where "Here Lies Love" -- the musical based on Byrne’s and Fatboy Slim’s 2010 concept album of the same name about the life of Filipino leader Imelda Marcos -- kicked off its commercial run on Thursday…

  7. Mick Jagger Sings Bob Dylan's 'Just Like a Woman' at L'Wren Scott Memorial (Updated)

    May 02, 2014 7:01 PM EDT Poems were also shared by Scott's niece, Hannah Bambrough, and Jagger's son, James Jagger. Mick Jagger sang Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" at a celebrity-filled memorial service Friday for his longtime companion, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who committed…

  8. Randy Rogers Band Releases 'Homemade' Live Album, Talks 'Endless Tour'

    May 02, 2014 2:34 PM EDT The Randy Rogers Band have a new album on the market. Titled "Homemade Tamales: Live At Florres," the CD / DVD combination is a long time coming. "It's been ten years since our last [live album], and we wanted to put a stamp on where we're at. We've done four…

  9. Decades of Grand Ole Opry Hits Highlighted in New Collection

    May 01, 2014 1:27 PM EDT For almost 90y years, the Grand Ole Opry has come to symbolize the best of what is associated with country music. A brand new four-CD set shines the spotlight on some of that illustrious musical history with the release of Grand Ole Opry By The Decades – a collection that is available…

  10. Mariah Carey's Journey to a New Album: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After waiting five years between albums, Mariah explains the struggle behind her next release: "This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here's the album" Mariah Carey is having a Case of the Mondays. It's the day after Easter, and…

  11. NBA Playoffs 2014 Playlist: 16 Songs For Round 1

    April 18, 2014 4:03 PM EDT From Daft Punk soundtracking Charlotte to Jennifer Lopez reaping the Clippers, check out the anthems that best describe this year's playoff teams. The NBA regular season is finally over and the postseason finally begins on Saturday (Apr. 19), with the Miami Heat trying for a third…

  12. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  13. Randy Houser Talks 'Kiss' Success, Tees Up Next Single 'Like a Cowboy'

    April 17, 2014 9:21 PM EDT Randy Houser is in the midst of the hottest streak of his career. The Stoney Creek recording artist has notched back-to-back chart toppers with "How Country Feels" and "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," and with his latest, "Goodnight Kiss," sitting at No. 2 on the…

  14. Wale, Raekwon Heap Praise on Nas at 'Illmatic' Tribeca Premiere: 'My Hat Tips Off to Him'

    April 17, 2014 7:43 PM EDT "Time Is Illmatic" opened the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night, just days before the twentieth anniversary of Nas' breakthrough album, Illmatic. While the ten-track 1994 release has been lauded as one of the most influential and important albums of hip hop -…

  15. Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic': An Inside Look At the Tribeca Film Fest Premiere, Concert

    April 17, 2014 3:35 PM EDT "Time Is "Illmatic," the documentary about Nas' 1994 debut album, lived up to its name last night. Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted that "Illmatic" would be here, at New York's legendary Beacon Theater for the TriBeCa Film Festival's…

  16. ACM Awards: Merle Haggard Honored in Tribute From George Strait, Miranda Lambert

    April 06, 2014 10:59 PM EDT Merle Haggard was honored with a special tribute from George Strait and Miranda Lambert at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday. Lambert and Strait performed "I'm A Lonesome Fugitive" and "Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down" in a tribute medley to…

  17. Tegan and Sara Win, Justin Bieber Booed at Canada's Juno Awards

    March 31, 2014 3:05 AM EDT With only six awards given out on the televised awards, it looked like there could be no big winner at the 43rd annual Juno Awards, which concluded at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre Sunday evening for the two-hour televised broadcast. The 35 awards given out the night before all went to single winners…

  18. Juno Awards 2014: Serena Ryder, Arcade Fire, Drake, Tegan and Sara Win Early Awards

    March 30, 2014 8:44 AM EDT Serena Ryder won Artist of the Year at the first night of the 43rd annual Juno Awards honoring Canadian music, Saturday night in Winnipeg, beating out category-mates Drake, Michael Bublé, Robin Thicke and Céline Dion. The majority of the 41 awards — 35 in all — were given out at the private…

  19. Luke Bryan, Randy Houser Crack Hot Country Songs Top 10

    March 27, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The singers score their 15th and fourth top 10s, respectively. Plus, moves for Dan + Shay, Brantley Gilbert, Jo Dee Messina and more Luke Bryan and Randy Houser freshen up the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart , as Bryan's "Play It Again" flies 18-9 and Houser&…

  20. RIP Oderus Urungus: Metal Community Remembers Gwar's Dave Brockie

    March 24, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Members of Insane Clown Posse, Five Finger Death Punch & more weigh in The death of Gwar shock-rocker Dave Brockie , known as Oderus Urungus, has been met with sadness from the heavy metal community. Members of Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed and Hatebreed are among the first…

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