1. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

  2. Michael Jackson 'Hologram' Show Triggers New Lawsuit

    June 20, 2014 4:32 AM EDT It's now been a month since a Michael Jackson recreation at the Billboard Music Awards earned heavy buzz. In the days leading up to the spectacle, Hologram USA, owned by firebrand entrepreneur Alki David, attempted to stop it by claiming it infringed patented hologram technology that…

  3. Kanye West Retracts Negative Comments on Photographer Annie Leibovitz

    June 20, 2014 3:50 AM EDT Kanye West is back at it again, this time backtracking on recent comments he made about photographer Annie Leibovitz while speaking at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, claiming his remarks "have been taken out of context and sensationalized." He told the…

  4. 'Honeymoon in Vegas' Coming to Broadway

    June 19, 2014 5:30 AM EDT Following its well-received tryout last year at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, "Honeymoon in Vegas" has booked a Broadway opening for this winter. Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley will star in the roles played by James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica…

  5. Prince Royce, Cher Lloyd Ready for Pepsi Summer Solstice Concerts

    June 19, 2014 4:09 AM EDT Online music video site VEVO and Pepsi are teaming up for four separate streamed concerts taking place in different locations, featuring Timeflies, Kid Ink, Cher Lloyd and Prince Royce, this Saturday (June 21), the longest day of the year. Dubbed “Pepsi Summer Solstice Concerts,” all four…

  6. Capitol to Sign 'Rising Star' Winner (Exclusive)

    June 18, 2014 6:35 PM EDT A recording contract with Capitol Records will be the grand prize for the winner of  “Rising Star,” ABC’s singing competition show that starts airing June 22. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley and Kesha on Their 'Terrifying' New Job (Video) The all-live show begins with 30…

  7. The Beatles Get Back to Where They Once Belonged with Mono Vinyl Releases

    June 17, 2014 12:35 AM EDT Many purists will tell you mono is the only way to hear The Beatles' music the way it was meant to be by the band.  It’s how most listeners first heard the group back in the ‘60s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and…

  8. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  9. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash…

  10. 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…

  11. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  12. '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 -…

  13. Tom Petty's New Album 'Hypnotic Eye,' Now Available for Pre-Order

    June 10, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' upcoming new Reprise Records album, "Hypnotic Eye", is now available for pre-order at itTunes and www.TomPetty.com . All those who pre-order the album in any format from either of these outlets or are a member of the band's Highway…

  14. Eminem First to Receive Two RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards

    June 10, 2014 5:57 PM EDT His name is Eminem and he’s now the first artist to receive two RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards, marking sales and streams of more than 10 million. Slim Shady picked up the honor for “Not Afraid,” a track from his 2010 album Recovery, to go along with the 11x multi-platinum single “Love…

  15. Alt-J Announces New Album, International Tour Dates

    June 09, 2014 11:27 PM EDT Alt-J, one of the most promising rock bands on the planet, are set to release their eagerly awaited sophomore album. "This Is All Yours," the follow-up to the British now-trio’s million-selling "An Awesome Wave," is available to pre-order now, and will be released Sept.…

  16. 615 Spotlight: Carissa Leigh Wants a 'Bad Boy'

    June 05, 2014 1:26 PM EDT It's a magical time for country newcomer Carissa Leigh: the Canada native has a new single, "Bad Boy," her first release in the U.S. "I'm one of those people that if I see an opportunity, I go for it," she tells Billboard. "Music has always been something I…

  17. Cults, Jagwar Ma, Charles Bradley Headline Santa Monica Pier Concert Series

    June 05, 2014 1:43 AM EDT It’s probably the coolest thing you can do on a summer evening in Los Angeles. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier, which gets underway Thursday, July 10, with Cults and opening act James Supercave at 7 p.m. Other acts scheduled to…

  18. Leona Lewis Signs with Island Records

    June 03, 2014 7:05 PM EDT The former 'X Factor' U.K. winner segues to new label after seven years with Simon Cowell's Syco at Sony. Leona Lewis, winner of the third season of the U.K.'s "X Factor," who turned into a global, multi-platinum superstar, has signed a worldwide recording deal…

  19. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  20. Rock Hall of Fame: Dave Grohl on Nirvana Honors, Reuniting with Courtney Love: 'It Was Beautiful'

    June 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On a chilly night in April, 20 years to the month since the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl did what many people thought was unimaginable. Taking the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at New York's Barclays Center, the 43-year-old rocker embraced Courtney…

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