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The Billboard Music Awards were held Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

How to judge Kelly Clarkson’s first time hosting an awards show?

Consider that the singer brought a touch of suspense — and a deep well of feeling — to an annual production whose predictable data-based prizes include one for the year’s top-selling album.

Welcoming viewers to Sunday’s Billboard...

Late Saturday night at Electric Daisy Carnival, Omar Marruto leaned against the side of a concrete pillar on the track of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. All around him, tens of thousands of young EDM fans, wearing illuminated boots, beard glitter and X’s of neon nipple tape bounded past hm on the...

As another school year draws to a close, it has to cross Taylor Swift’s mind that, on the road to being one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, she sacrified the formal education that most of her peers have experienced.

When you become a professional songwriter at 14, sign a recording contract...

The road to Tinashe's sophomore album, "Joyride," has been a rocky one and the singer-songwriter has proven to be as much an innovator in R&B as she is a survivor of the rigors of pop stardom.

For the past week, rumors have swirled that Troy Carter was planning to step down from his post as Spotify’s global head of creator services after pushing back on the streaming service’s newly launched Hate Content and Hateful Conduct public policy.

Last week, the streaming giant announced it was...

Last year the two electronic beat producers known as DJDS were forced to abandon the Westlake/MacArthur Park building where they created most of their two infectious dance albums and were in the process of creating a third, “Big Wave More Fire.”

Scorched by a fire in the neighboring lot, the facility...

The CEO of the world's largest music publisher, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, says things are looking up in his business again after a long period of drought.

"The biggest devil is me," Whitney Houston told Diane Sawyer in her most infamous interview.

It was an exchange confirming years of speculation that the pop superstar had struggled with substance abuse, a dependency that ultimately contributed to her death at age 48 in 2012.

By the time the interview...

John Prine has a number of ideas of what he thinks heaven might be, all of which are the focal point of one of 10 new songs on his first album of original material in a dozen years, “The Tree of Forgiveness.”

The veteran singer and songwriter, best known for such songs as “Hello in There,” “Angel...

What to do after reviving the 1980s? How about resurrecting the 1990s?

That’s one way to look at U2’s recently launched Experience + Innocence tour, which the veteran Irish band brought to the Forum on Tuesday night for the first of two dates.

Ostensibly designed to support U2’s 2017 album, “Songs...

Last month at the Hollywood Bowl, a sold-out crowd at the Korea Times Music Festival screamed its devotion to the legends of Korean pop music.

The visionary K-Pop idol Rain, balladeer Baek Ji-young and fast-rising girl group Red Velvet each had their full-throated partisans in the audience, one...

DJ Khaled and Kendrick Lamar lead the nominations for this year’s BET Awards.

Khaled is up for six trophies, with his hit collaborations “Wild Thoughts,” anchored by Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, and “Top Off,” which features Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé, leading the way. The producer is up for the night’s...

Those who study Southern California lowrider culture have likely cranked the East Los Angeles band Thee Midniters, whose garage-rock hit “Whittier Blvd.” has boomed from countless car stereos since its release in 1965.

Named for the 20-plus-mile thoroughfare that runs eastbound from downtown L.A....

Neil Young, “Roxy: Tonight’s the Night Live” (Warner Bros.). This just-issued live recording, which came out late last month, captures a particularly momentous night. Young can explain:

“In 1973, I drove my 1947 Buick Roadmaster, Black Queen, to L.A. from the North, accompanied by Ben Keith,” he...

The idea of a victory lap had already been firmly established by the time Kendrick Lamar rolled onstage Thursday night at the Forum in a race car surrounded by flapping checkered flags.

A hometown stop on what’s proudly billed as the Championship Tour, the gig brought together Compton-born Lamar...

Few performers have had to endure the kind of disruption that befell the Iranian singer Googoosh when, at the peak of her fame, the 1979 Islamic revolution upended her career.

Overnight, the magnetic singer and performer known and adored by millions could no longer express herself through music...

The body of missing Frightened Rabbit member Scott Hutchison has been found, according to police in Scotland.

The 36-year-old singer went missing in the early hours of Wednesday morning after leaving a hotel in South Queensferry, earlier this week, when he left a cryptic message on his Twitter:...

Gorgeously gritty guitar sounds waft through a north Santa Monica neighborhood on a recent morning. They emanate from a home studio and workshop, one where veteran musician Ry Cooder spends hours studiously making adjustments to his plethora of guitars, amplifiers and sonic accessories.

At this...

Earlier this week the prominent Southern California promoter Goldenvoice pulled the plug on the long-running, taste-making FYF Festival, which was to occur at Exposition Park on July 22-23 with headliners Janet Jackson and Florence & the Machine.

The promoter nixed the once-independent event, reportedly...