1. Australia’s Big Day Out Fest Canceled for 2015, Owners Promise ‘We Will Be Back’

    June 26, 2014 5:55 AM EDT Australia’s once mighty Big Day Out has been scrapped for 2015. But its new sole owners, the U.S. live event promoters C3 Presents, insist it’ll return in future in some configuration.  Execs at Austin, Texas-based C3, which produces Lollapalooza, say BDO will take a year off to rejig the…

  2. Chris Brown's Plea Deal Negotiations Fall Apart

    June 25, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Singer Chris Brown was close to resolving his assault case in a deal that would have kept him out of jail, but talks fell apart Wednesday when attorneys couldn't agree on what Brown would acknowledge happened during a scuffle that led to his arrest. Brown was arrested in October and…

  3. Imagine Dragons Discuss 'Battle Cry,' Breaking Records & Making New Music (Q&A)

    June 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT “I remember two years ago we played this same festival and we were thrilled to get a 12:30pm slot,” says Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon, reminiscing about the band’s 2012 appearance at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival . “When we play tonight, we’re going on before Outkast.…

  4. Jay Brannan, 'Blue-Haired Lady': Exclusive Video Premiere

    June 25, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Jay Brannan's "Blue-Haired Lady" is a sparse and intimate song off the singer-songwriter's new album, "Always, Then, & Now," which will be released July 15. As the ballad chronicles a woman's final days, its new video shows Brannan playing the peaceful…

  5. Bill and Hillary Clinton Musical to Make U.S. Debut

    June 25, 2014 5:59 AM EDT Bill and Hillary Clinton are headed to New York City—in a musical. The former president and first lady are the center of a production that is set to open for a week of performances in mid-July, as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Hillary Clinton Praises Pussy Riot As ‘Strong …

  6. Norah Jones' 'It Was The Last Thing On Your Mind' Video From 'They Came Together' (Exclusive)

    June 24, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Norah Jones provides the musical centerpiece of the romantic-comedy spoof “They Came Together” that opens Friday (June 27) in theaters and on demand and stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Rudd and Poehler tap the rom-com clichés in the film, scenes of which pepper the new music video for "…

  7. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  8. 'The Voice': First Season 7 Promo Debuts With Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams (Watch)

    June 21, 2014 6:09 PM EDT Returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton also appear alongside the new additions in the 30-second clip, set to Stefani's "Holla Back" hit The first promo for season seven of The Voice has debuted, with Gwen Stefani front and center. The 30-second clip, which debuted…

  9. Jane Lynch Talks ‘Glee,’ New Cabaret Act

    June 19, 2014 12:19 AM EDT Jane Lynch has zipped off the tracksuit and left the Cheerios behind. The "Glee" star is going cabaret. The Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winner makes her nightclub debut this week with a four-night stand in front of a three-piece band at 54 Below, a club in the cellar of what was a…

  10. Casey Kasem’s Death: Musicians and Celebrities React on Twitter

    June 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT With the sad news that legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem died on Sunday (June 15) at the age of 82, musicians and celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the American Top 40 radio who brought them great music for nearly four decades. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82…

  11. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  12. 615 Spotlight: Steven Padilla Releases Debut 'Good At Goodbye'

    June 12, 2014 7:08 PM EDT The debut album from newcomer Steven Padilla, "Good At Goodbye," has been released, and the talented newcomer tells The 615 that he is glad to finally have it out for his fans. That being said, the singer admitted to Billboard that one person who definitely isn’t listening to the…

  13. Irving Azoff Signs Gwen Stefani, No Doubt (Exclusive)

    June 11, 2014 12:02 PM EDT In his second major move of the week, Irving Azoff has signed Gwen Stefani and No Doubt for management, Billboard has learned. On Tuesday (June 10) it was announced that Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE) -- the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Company -…

  14. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. With Pride Month here, Billboard reflects on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT…

  15. 'Fault In Our Stars' Soundtrack Surges With Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Birdy

    June 09, 2014 1:06 PM EDT The epic tearjerker about two cancer patients topped the weekend box office with $48.2 million in sales Can a song change your life? So read the original title of the forthcoming music-themed rom-com "Begin Again," set for national release July 11 and starring Keira Knightley and…

  16. Adam Levine's Label To Release Soundtrack To His Film Debut ‘Begin Again’

    June 09, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Adam Levine’s 222 Records has formed a distribution partnership with Interscope Records that kicks in with the release of the soundtrack to Levine's first film, "Begin Again." "Begin Again," which features songs co-written by Gregg Alexander, Danielle Brisebois, Glen…

  17. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Top Music Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Performer Neil Patrick Harris wins leading actor while Jessie Mueller takes home leading actress for her portrayal of Carole King in 'Beautiful.' The show also featured onstage turns by Sting, Carole King, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight. It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have…

  18. Tonys: Neil Patrick Harris Gives Sting a Lap Dance During 'Hedwig' Performance

    June 08, 2014 11:31 PM EDT Neil Patrick Harris was back on the CBS airwaves during Sunday's Tony Awards broadcast -- in high heels. Introduced by RuPaul and alongside co-star Lena Hall, who won the Tony for best actress in a featured role in a musical, Harris treated Orlando Bloom a "car wash" by…

  19. Governors Ball 2014: Jenny Lewis Discusses First Solo Album In Six Years, Upcoming Tour (Watch)

    June 07, 2014 1:54 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis paid a visit to Governors Ball on Friday to perform new songs from her third solo album, “The Voyager, due July 29 through Warner Bros. Records. Governors Ball 2014: Videos, Photos and More The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman sat down with Billboard at the New York…

  20. Calvin Harris Heats Up Hot 100 With Latest 'Summer' Hit

    June 07, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The EDM star's new hit is the 23rd Hot 100 top 10 with the word 'summer' in its title Calvin Harris heats up the Billboard Hot 100, where his latest hit "Summer" sizzles 12-9 . The EDM star adds to the list of top 10s with the word "summer" in their titles…

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