1. Roscolusa Songwriters Festival: 'It's How Music Begins'

    May 20, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Founder and singer/songwriter Kimberly Paige previews the May 24 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., festival: 'Music begins with a song. Songwriters plant the seed' On Saturday (May 24), music fans of all genres will gather at (likely sunny) Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., near Jacksonville, for the…

  2. Nas to Record On Mass Appeal Records; Will Release 'Lost Tapes 2' & Posthumous Pimp C Album

    May 16, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Juicy J, Mike Will Made It and DJ Mustard on deck to produce posthumous Pimp C album. Nas, who turned hip-hop on its ear 20 years ago with his groundbreaking debut album "Illmatic," is going independent. The venerated rapper, 40, is launching Mass Appeal Records, an independent…

  3. Comedy Issue: The Next Generation of Comics Answer Our Questions

    May 16, 2014 12:21 PM EDT Tig Notaro, Chris D'Elia, Nikki Glaser, Rory Scovel, Rikki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Michael Che, and Nick Kroll may have started out on the club circuit, but now they have Hollywood hot for them — and a slew of NSFW war stories. They answer a few of our questions below. Who are your comic…

  4. Director of Nina Simone Film Sues Over Production Company's Hijacking

    May 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Cynthia Mort is taking legal action after being cut out of decision-making on a biopic about legendary jazz singer Nina Simone that she spent years trying to develop. Although Nina still is being credited to her, Mort is unhappy she's being associated with a movie starring Zoe Saldana…

  5. Jay Z's Camp Will Not Press Charges For Extortion Plot: Report

    May 14, 2014 4:09 PM EDT Close to a month after police reportedly confiscated a collection of stolen old Jay Z master recordings, TMZ reports that Jay Z's camp will not press criminal extortion charges against engineer Chauncey Mahan. In April, Mahan was detained by police for allegedly stealing and holding for…

  6. Joe Walsh Records With Foo Fighters, Talks Eagles & Blues Album

    May 14, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Joe Walsh was on hand to honor Ozzy Osbourne at the MAP MusiCares benefit in Los Angeles, though given the pair's notorious partying ways back in the day Walsh couldn't say how long the two had been friends.  "Neither of us really know for sure, but we have been able to…

  7. K Camp Rides Online Meme Up The Charts

    May 13, 2014 1:05 PM EDT 'I don't follow rules,' asserts the Atlanta rapper, who's scaling R&B/hip-hop charts with 'Cut Her Off' "I've made hits before, but it never seemed like it was my turn yet. Now it is — and about time." So says 24-year-old Atlanta rapper K Camp,…

  8. Ray LaMontagne's 'Supernova' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    May 08, 2014 5:16 PM EDT The folk-rocker lands his third leader on the list. Plus, chart action for Whitechapel, Grateful Dead, Pixies and Coldplay Ray LaMontagne notches his third No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, and second leader on Folk Albums , with "Supernova," which opens with 40,000…

  9. Billy Joel Tries 'Strong American Medicine' in 1987 Russia: Exclusive DVD Clip (Video)

    May 08, 2014 10:43 AM EDT When Billy Joel rocked Russia in in 1987, he "gave it all away," he says in an exclusive clip from his forthcoming DVD documenting the tour, "A Matter of Trust - The Bridge to Russia," which Bilboard premieres below. In fact he gave so much in his performances, he lost his…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. '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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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