1. 'Saturday Night Live' Actress Jan Hooks Dies at 57

    October 09, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Jan Hooks , best known for her work on Saturday Night Live , died on Thursday (Oct. 9) in New York at the age of 57, her representative, Lisa Lieberman, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No further details were immediately available. Jan Hooks Top 5 'SNL' Musical Moments On…

  2. Nikki Sixx Focusing on Sixx:A.M.'s First Headlining Tour as Motley Crue Comes to a Close

    October 08, 2014 11:15 AM EDT After seven years and three albums, Sixx:A.M. will do its first tour as a headliner -- though fans will have to wait another six months for the experience. Wrestling Nikki Sixx's commitments to Mötley Crüe 's farewell tour and Guns N' Roses' demands for DJ Ashba, Sixx:A…

  3. Indiegogo's Danae Ringelmann Announced as Midem 2015's First Keynote Speaker

    September 25, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Danae Ringelmann , co-founder and chief development officer of crowdfunding platform Indiegogo , will be the first keynote speaker for the annual music industry tradeshow Midem 2015 , organizer Reed MIDEM announced Thursday.  Berklee, Midem & IE Host Music Start-Up Competition As part…

  4. Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues

    September 16, 2014 9:56 AM EDT The ACME Creative Group , helmed by veteran music executive Jeff Bowers and TV On The Radio co-founder and producer Dave Sitek , officially launches today. Among the independent vinyl manufacturer, design and development company's first contracts is a deal for a catalog campaign with…

  5. Exclusive: Johnny Marr Drops North American Tour Dates, Talks New Solo Album ‘Playland’

    September 08, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The former Smiths guitarist also gives an update on his forthcoming autobiography. American fans will soon get a chance to watch the venerable Johnny Marr perform tracks from his forthcoming solo album, as well as some classic tracks from the Smiths and beyond. Playland , Marr’s new solo…

  6. The Secrets Behind 'Dick in a Box' & More: Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake on the Viral Hits of 'SNL'

    September 05, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In an exclusive excerpt from the newly updated  Saturday Night Live  book  Live From New York , Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and other key players break down two of the most iconic musical moments in the show’s history. 'LAZY SUNDAY' The first breakthrough Digital Short featured…

  7. How Jesse Kinch Won ‘Rising Star’

    August 26, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Four contestants braved the intimidating "Wall" of viewer votes on the season finale of Rising Star on Sunday night, but only one emerged victorious — 20-year-old rocker Jesse Kinch was named the series inaugural champion over worship leader Austin French , soulful crooner Dana…

  8. 'Rising Star' Recap: Season One Winner Crowned as Voting Proves its Worth

    August 25, 2014 5:35 AM EDT Tonight, a Capitol Records contract was awarded, and not even a West Coast save could have made its recipient anybody but Jesse Kinch . With 10 episodes under its belt, a few disappointed teenager in its wake, and hopefully not too much permanent follicle damage to Kesha’s hair, the Wall made…

  9. Aaliyah’s Afterlife: How the Singer Still Lives on in Music and Fashion

    August 22, 2014 4:36 PM EDT years after her death, the R&B star lives on with an astonishing influence over music and fashion On her aunt’s porch in Haines City, Fla., in 2001, you could find a 15-year-old Sevyn Streeter doing her best Aaliyah impression. She and her cousin would glide from side to side,…

  10. 'Rising Star' Recap: With a Record Contract Pending, Contestants Show Their True Artistic Colors

    August 18, 2014 3:46 AM EDT Tonight’s Rising Star began with Josh Groban accepting his official ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which makes sense, because this show is a lot like scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed: there’s a good bit of secondhand embarrassment, occasionally something is interesting enough to make you…

  11. Top 10 EDM/Rap Collaborations Of All Time

    August 15, 2014 2:20 PM EDT EDM and rap have been flirting with each other for decades. Countless EDM remixes of rap songs exist, and producers like Just Blaze and Kanye West have incorporated elements of electronic music into rap. Still, true collaborations between the two genres have been few and far between--until…

  12. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  13. 'Rising Star' Recap: Brad Gets Serious, Contestants Culled On Quarter-Finals Night

    August 11, 2014 4:57 AM EDT In the quarter-finals of Rising Star , Josh Groban -- in addition to wearing a very dangerous pair of barracuda socks -- kept telling us that eight singers would be competing for our votes tonight, but what he probably should have been saying is, “Three singers are competing for your votes,…

  14. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Best New Music at Lollapalooza & 'Flawless' Remix

    August 07, 2014 4:48 PM EDT With a lot of the Billboard staff still riding high off Lollapalooza 2014 , we made this week's (the second ever!) Must-Hear Music podcast a special Lolla-themed episode. No, we didn't buy overpriced water bottles or stop showering for three days -- we just chatted about Spoon,…

  15. Pop Shop Podcast: Live at Lollapalooza! Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Lorde & More

    August 04, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Listen to a special festival edition of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  16. 10 Reasons Why Chance The Rapper Won Lollapalooza

    August 04, 2014 10:45 AM EDT R. Kelly, "Arthur" and mud fights: congratulations Chance, you owned your hometown festival. No artist defined Lollapalooza 2014 quite like Chancelor Bennett, better known as Chicago MC Chance The Rapper, who performed in Grant Park on Sunday night (Aug. 3) to help close out the…

  17. 'Rising Star' Recap: The Wall Looms Large As New Solo Round Begins

    August 04, 2014 6:42 AM EDT No matter the show, no matter the judges, no matter their chairs’ ability to spin or rise…it always comes down to song choice, doesn’t it?  Alas, in the first round of solo performances following the Duels, the contestants of Rising Star couldn’t choose a song that suited their voice and the…

  18. Lollapalooza 2014's 10 Best Performances

    August 04, 2014 5:40 AM EDT Lollapalooza pulled out all the stops for its 10th year in Chicago’s Grant Park. More than 130 bands performed on the festivals eight stages over the course of the three-day extravaganza. You couldn’t see all of them if you wanted to, but we gave it a shot anyway. When all the dust settled…

  19. Vic Mensa Almost Died Trying to Sneak Into Lollapalooza

    August 03, 2014 8:11 PM EDT Chicago rapper Vic Mensa nearly died trying to get into Lollapalooza . How's that for a "most memorable" festival moment? Speaking to Billboard on Saturday, Mensa opened up about a terrifying, but spiritual, near-death experience a few years ago while trying to crash the…

  20. Lollapalooza 2014 Saturday Highlights: Outkast, Calvin Harris, Spoon Heat Up a Diverse Day 2

    August 03, 2014 1:42 AM EDT Temperatures rose, tank tops were on display and Chicago's Grant Park welcomed back the masses on Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2014 , which featured an even more diverse array of top-line talent on Saturday (Aug. 2). From rising rock artists to veteran MCs, from banging bass drops to quiet…

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