1. 'American Idol' Announces 2014 Tour Dates

    April 17, 2014 5:06 AM EDT Host Ryan Seacrest announced that tickets for the American Idol Summer Tour are going on sale on May 9. The 41-city tour will kick off June 24 in Binghamton, N.Y. and will wrap in Redmond, WA, on Aug. 23.  This summer's tour is a smaller affair than usual, foregoing typical stops at…

  2. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

  3. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  4. Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

    April 07, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized ball of energy who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business — has died. He was 93. Rooney's wife, Jan, told The Hollywood Reporter…

  5. 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Boast Nos. 1-5 On Billboard Hot 100

    April 04, 2014 5:05 AM EDT On the chart dated April 4, 1964, the Fab Four monopolized the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the only time one act has ever to locked up the region "Just about everyone is tired of the Beatles." So read the first line of a story on page 1 of the Billboard magazine…

  6. Jennifer Lopez Bests Sean 'Puffy' Combs in Bid for Fuse TV (Sources)

    April 03, 2014 11:02 PM EDT UPDATE: SiTV Media, parent company to the NUVOtv channel, has acquired the Fuse Network, the Madison Square Garden Company announced Friday. Earlier story: Jennifer Lopez has bested her ex-boyfriend Sean “Puffy” Combs in the contest to acquire cable music channel Fuse TV, say sources…

  7. Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughan Among Austin City Limits Hall Inductees

    March 31, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan are among the inaugural inductees to the new Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. As the TV concert series of the same name celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, it's creating the hall of fame to honor people who made significant contributions to the…

  8. Tribeca Film Festival: Music Docs Spotlight Nas, Bjork, James Brown + More

    March 28, 2014 9:51 AM EDT The Tribeca Film Festival has added music documentaries on James Brown and Bjork along with post-screening performances from rapper Nas, the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and a tribute to jazz trumpeter Clark Terry featuring Quincy Jones, trumpeter Roy Hargrove, singer Dianne Reeves, pianist…

  9. Dance Music's Next Generation: 10 Young EDM Stars to Watch

    March 24, 2014 3:10 PM EDT They make beats, rule the main stage and are climbing the charts, even if they aren't yet old enough to order a drink at the bar. As festival season kicks off with Ultra in Miami, meet the ­(mostly) under-21s who make up dance music's next generation. Washington has election…

  10. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  11. Terri Clark Enlists Fans' Help for New Album

    March 20, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Veteran country hitmaker Terri Clark is working on a brand new album – one that teams her with one of Nashville's top producers, Michael Knox. "I've known him for a long time," she told Billboard of the man behind the glass on hits by acts such as Jason Aldean and…

  12. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Sing Billboard Hits By Lady Gaga, One Direction, Avicii + More

    March 20, 2014 12:14 AM EDT From the beginning of the season, all eyes have been on Harry Connick Jr. as the judge to watch. During last night's "Billboard Hits" themed episode of "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez took center stage as she seriously stepped up her judging game, dispensing…

  13. Inside the Hendrix Film's Beatles Coup and Why They 'Bet the House' on Andre Benjamin

    March 09, 2014 4:46 PM EDT The Beatles, Cream, the Animals, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones play roles in the development of Jimi Hendrix in 1966 and 1967, a 12-month period that saw the guitarist emerge from Curtis Knight's rhythm section to form the Experience and take a starring role in the Monterey Pop…

  14. Lil Boosie Released From Louisiana Prison

    March 07, 2014 10:33 AM EST Rapper Lil' Boosie has been released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where he had been serving an eight-year sentence on drug charges. Warden Burl Cain says the 31-year-old rapper — whose real name is Torrence Hatch — left the prison just after 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 5…

  15. George Strait, Martina McBride Turn New Jersey Into Cowboy Country: Live Review

    March 03, 2014 5:51 PM EST The Prudential Center’s massive exterior LED screen announced “George Strait: Sold Out.” And the streets of Newark, N.J., have likely never seen so many cowboy hats, most pulled low against the cold March winds, as urban cowboys held their cowgirls close Saturday night and headed toward the…

  16. Casting Crowns Rock Live at Billboard, 'Thrive' as Christian Music's Biggest Band: Video

    March 03, 2014 2:08 PM EST Watch the band perform two songs, including "House of Their Dreams" from hit album "Thrive," at Billboard's studio. When a band is hammering out its record deal, it's not unusual to have the group's manager in the room and, likely, the act's…

  17. Kylie Minogue's Comeback 'Kiss': Pop Star Finds New Life with Sia, Pharrell & Roc Nation

    February 28, 2014 1:17 PM EST "I felt like I needed a new landscape," says the 45-year-old pop phenom ahead of the release for her "Kiss Me Once" album. Kylie Minogue played some of the biggest venues of her 26-year career in music on 2011's Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour, including a five-night…

  18. MNEK Readies Throwback Debut While Working with Kylie Minogue & Disclosure

    February 20, 2014 1:30 PM EST "I like collaborating, whether it's Rudimental, Sub Focus, Gorgon City, what have you," says the Londoon teen. For a 19-year-old who shares management with One Direction, MNEK uses a lot of very specific late-'80s and early-'90s references to describe his as-yet…

  19. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  20. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

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