1. Eurovision Spotlight Falls On Austria's Bearded Drag Queen

    May 08, 2014 4:00 AM EDT When Austria's entry takes the stage Thursday at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, the spotlight will slowly reveal a lone figure with wide sensual eyes, glossy painted lips, high cheekbones - and a man's full dark beard. Conchita Wurst - the alter ego of 25-year-old…

  2. Kim Kardashian Wants You to Know She and Kanye West Aren't Married

    May 07, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Did you hear Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have tied the knot? That they had a civil ceremony in the U.S. because they can't legally be married in France, where a lavish ceremony (with 1,600-plus guests!) will take place? That it's all going to be on "Keeping Up With the…

  3. 'Frozen' Spends Lucky 13th Week At No. 1, Lindsey Stirling Bows At No. 2

    May 07, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Ray LaMontagne also debuts in the Top 5, while Ariana Grande's "Problem" nets a huge digital debut. As expected, Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" refuses to budge from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. The set spends a lucky 13th nonconsecutive week at No. 1…

  4. Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat Announce Fall Arena Tour

    May 06, 2014 1:55 PM EDT This fall's Five Finger Death Punch and Volbeat co-headlining tour has been "years" in the making, according to FFDP guitarist Zoltan Bathory.  "We've tried to do this, actually for two years now," Bathory tells Billboard. We've been playing festivals in…

  5. Bruce Springsteen Leaves Fans Wanting More at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

    May 04, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band returned to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Saturday, giving thousands of fans the show they hoped for, but some left wanting more. He kicked off his three-hour set with "High Hopes," the title track of his latest album, before…

  6. Flaming Lips Drummer Says He Was Fired for Criticizing Wayne Coyne's Friend

    May 02, 2014 4:46 PM EDT But a current member insists the band and Scurlock "parted ways because of the usual band musical differences. The rest has been blown way out" New information on the March firing of Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock is exposing an alleged dark side of frontman Wayne Coyne. A…

  7. Paul Simon Made 911 Call After 'Breaking' Edie Brickell's Heart

    May 01, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Paul Simon made the 911 call that led to the  arrests last week of him and his wife , singer Edie Brickell, on disorderly conduct charges, according to a police report. The police report indicates that Brickell, 48, and Simon, 72, became physical with each other Saturday during an argument…

  8. 615 Spotlight: David Fanning Drops Justin Timberlake-Penned First Single

    April 30, 2014 6:26 PM EDT There's a very good reason if David Fanning's debut single, "Drink You Away," sounds familiar: The song was written and originally recorded by superstar Justin Timberlake for his "The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2" album. "It's the craziest thing to think…

  9. Celebrate Brooklyn! Sets 2014 Season: Nick Cave, Janelle Monáe, Nickel Creek + More

    April 30, 2014 12:17 PM EDT St. Vincent, Amos Lee and Shovel & Rope will also play free shows in Brooklyn's Prospect Park; Ticketed dates include The National, Neutral Milk Hotel Amos Lee, Nickel Creek and St. Vincent are among the headliners announced this morning for the Celebrate Brooklyn! performing arts…

  10. Elvis Costello To Make Carnegie Hall Debut June 24, 25

    April 29, 2014 9:05 PM EDT Elvis Costello will make his headlining Carnegie Hall debut June 24 and 25 with two solo shows dubbed "The Last Year of My Youth”.  It’s expected Costello may play more than fifty different songs between the two shows, of his own popular catalogue, deep cuts and covers. During his 19…

  11. Prince: A Guide to His Complex Web of Label, Internet and Distribution Deals

    April 29, 2014 4:56 PM EDT This is an expanded version of an article originally published as a companion piece to an  article  on Prince getting ownership of his original Warner Brothers' masters which ran in the  May 3rd issue of Billboard  . Since Prince left Warner Bros. Records in 1996 -- after an 18-year run…

  12. Chart Highlights: Lorde's 'Tennis Court' Nets Adult Pop Songs Debut

    April 28, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The teen singer/songwriter debuts the third single from her debut album, 'Pure Heroine.' Plus, new No. 1s for Mariah Carey and Hillsong UNITED, and Chrissie Hynde previews her solo debut Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find…

  13. Paul Simon, Edie Brickell Hold Hands in Court Following Arrest for Family Dispute

    April 28, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, were arrested on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute, but the couple held hands in court Monday and said they did not feel threatened by the other. Simon told a Norwalk Superior Court judge that he had a rare argument…

  14. Justin Bieber Drops New Song ‘Hard2FaceReality’: Listen

    April 27, 2014 2:39 AM EDT Just before 9 p.m. pacific on Saturday, Justin Bieber unexpectedly dropped the new heartfelt slow-jam “Hard2FaceReality” (featuring Pooh Bear) to his millions of followers on Twitter. Me and @poobear singing https://t.co/qJb4jWDs5h @CrazyKhalil you left your soundcloud open so i used it —…

  15. OutKast, 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Hip Hop in 1994, for the most part, was akin to the same government that it was at war with. You had the East Coast acting as the Republican party, leaning on classical sounds and ideologies, while the West Coast promoted the more Democratic, liberal side of things. Then you had the South…

  16. Jared Leto On Leaving Virgin, Thirty Seconds To Mars Doc 'Artifact'

    April 25, 2014 7:19 PM EDT Jared Leto is a free agent. Fresh off his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor last month, the singer/actor is feeling freshly confident about his day job as frontman of rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars. 30STM has recently parted ways for good with Virgin Records/EMI, Leto confirms to…

  17. Blur’s 'Parklife' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    April 25, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Because Oasis wrote songs reminiscent of “Hey Jude” and “Let It Be,” they went over huge in America. Blur, their chief rivals in the Britpop wars of the mid-‘90s, were more like the Beatles in terms of inventiveness and musical ability, but they didn’t write universal anthems everyone could…

  18. Rewinding The Charts: In 1987, U2 Beat The Beastie Boys

    April 25, 2014 9:05 AM EDT On this date 27 years ago, U2 broke through with its first Billboard 200 No. 1 album U2 went from respected rock band to worldwide superstars in 1987, thanks to the blockbuster success of "The Joshua Tree." The group's fifth album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 dated…

  19. Alternative Press Announces Inaugural AP Music Awards, Nominees

    April 24, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Punk mag Alternative Press has announced it will host the inaugural AP Music Awards on July 21 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame And Museum in Cleveland.  The night will include performances by Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Misfits, A Day To Remember, All Time Low,…

  20. Justin Bieber's Shrine Visit Angers Korea, Twice

    April 24, 2014 12:30 PM EDT While South Korea remains heavily focused on a devastating ferry disaster, that didn’t stop local media and fans from noticing Justin Bieber’s visit to a controversial Japanese shrine -- and his failure to mention Korea in his apology statement afterwards. While in Tokyo this week, Bieber…

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