1. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  2. Johnny Ramone Tribute in Hollywood Marks 10 Year Anniversary of Guitarist's Death

    June 27, 2014 8:34 PM EDT September 15 will mark 10 years since the death of iconic guitarist Johnny Ramone, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's legacy will be celebrated with an event on August 24 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where the late axeman was buried in 2004 at the age of 55. Johnny's…

  3. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

  4. 'Jersey Boys,' Frankie Valli Surge On Billboard 200

    June 27, 2014 2:35 PM EDT All things 'Jersey Boys' are red-hot, as two titles featuring the legendary sound storm the chart, with Valli and the 4 Seasons scoring their highest rank in decades The stage musical about Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons and its recently-released film adaptation stir sales gains on…

  5. 'Smooth' at 15: Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas Reflect on Their Billboard Hot 100 Smash

    June 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Back in 1971, guitarist Carlos Santana hit No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Black Magic Woman.” It would take him nearly three decades to make the top 10 again, but what a comeback it was. “Smooth,” featuring Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on vocals, topped the chart for a stunning…

  6. 36 Hours With Steve Aoki: 'I'm Really Bad At Taking Directions'

    June 27, 2014 12:54 PM EDT The life of a superstar DJ isn’t for the faint of heart. Or a normal human being with a functioning immune system. Thirty-six hours with Steve Aoki? Be prepared to forgo the little things. Like sitting, or sleep. Aoki is in such demand that he averages 300 shows a year, and as one of the…

  7. Teen Top, B1A4 and VIXX Added to KCON 2014

    June 27, 2014 7:46 AM EDT The K-pop boy bands will join Girls' Generation, CNBLUE and more at the L.A.festival this summer A slew of K-pop boy bands have been added to this year's KCON, America's biggest K-pop convention. After recent stateside performances, VIXX, B1A4 and Teen Top Each will all return…

  8. The Vamps Make Billboard Chart Debut on Social 50

    June 26, 2014 6:26 PM EDT As Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer rises 5-2 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, their British counterparts the Vamps debut at No. 34. It's the first appearance on any U.S. Billboard chart for the Vamps. While both acts are not your standard boy band -- since they are actual bands…

  9. Katy Perry Becomes the RIAA's All-Time Top Digital Artist

    June 26, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Perry has sold over 72 million digital singles to date Yesterday (June 25), Katy Perry was presented with yet another award in her record-setting three-album career. The Recording Industry Association of America named Perry its highest-selling digital act in the history of Gold and…

  10. Beyonce & Jay Z's Street-Fab 'On the Run' Tour Opens in Miami: Review

    June 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Erotica, glamour, swagger, street cred, and finally, a peek at marriage and family bliss all came together during Beyonce and Jay Z’s “On the Run” tour, which opened in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium last night (June 25). It was over two hours of tightly choreographed showmanship that was timed…

  11. Iggy Azalea Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week, Maroon 5 Debuts In Top 20

    June 25, 2014 2:51 PM EDT The Australian rapper reigns again with 'Fancy,' while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Digital Songs and Maroon 5 debuts. Iggy Azalea notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100…

  12. Casey Kasem Reached The Stars: A Tribute

    June 25, 2014 11:39 AM EDT From my days as a young boy pressing my nose against the studio glass and watching Alan Freed--in overdrive --giving rock and roll the fuel to become the most important and powerful music in broadcast history, I was fortunate to have witnessed and taken part in the development of the golden…

  13. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  14. Robin Thicke & Paula Patton: A Love Timeline Through His Music

    June 24, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Robin Thicke is determined to get Paula Patton, his estranged wife and high-school sweetheart, back. Yesterday (June 23), Thicke released the accompanying music video to his apologetic single, "Get Her Back," which portrays a text message conversation between Thicke and Patton about…

  15. How Grown-Up Beliebers Influenced Ed Sheeran's Pop Stardom

    June 24, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Years after the Biebs' breakthrough, are his teen fans turning to a new male artist? Exploring the similarities between Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. Ed Sheeran released his second full-length album, "x" (as in "multiply") in the U.S. on Monday (June 23), and…

  16. ScHoolboy Q Concert Shooting: Dispatch 911 Audio Released

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Police scanner audio from the shooting involving ScHoolboy Q last Thursday (June 19) has been released, via TMZ . In the calls between dispatchers and the police, one can hear police say that eight cop cars were en route to the scene and were "rifle ready." A dispatcher mentions two…

  17. 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…

  18. The Go-Gos, Pink Martini, Kristin Chenoweth Inducted Into Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame

    June 24, 2014 12:18 AM EDT Before a capacity house of about 17,000, Pink Martini, fronted by singer China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, started off the night with standards including Amado Mio and Sympathique in concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Lauderdale took a moment on stage to recall how the band…

  19. Bon Jovi Premieres 'Growin' Up the Hard Way' Demo from 'New Jersey' Deluxe Reissue: Listen

    June 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Bon Jovi is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and the band is opening up the vaults to mark the occasion. On July 1, Jon Bon Jovi and company will re-release the landmark 1988 album "New Jersey," which spent four consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 and spawned five…

  20. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

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