1. When I First Met Casey Kasem: A Personal Tribute

    June 15, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As a teenager, I listened to Casey Kasem, but not on American Top 40. Before he came up with the idea of doing a national countdown, he was a local DJ on KRLA, one of the two leading Top 40 stations in Los Angeles, along with KFWB. In the summer of 1963, Pasadena-based KRLA introduced Kasem…

  2. Bonnaroo 2014: Lauryn Hill Jams to ‘Miseducation’ & Fugees Favorites

    June 15, 2014 4:08 AM EDT Lauryn Hill's sets may still be based in old songs, but the songs that the hip-hop legend and her ace backing band burned through at Bonnaroo on Saturday night (June 14) sounded anything but familiar. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More For a live act known for her…

  3. Bonnaroo 2014: Sam Smith on Losing Bet with Manager, Performing for Largest U.S. Crowd (Video)

    June 14, 2014 11:22 AM EDT How did 22-year old British singer-songwriter Sam Smith feel after playing in front of his largest U.S. crowd to date at the 2014 Bonnaroo on Friday afternoon? Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More Bonnaroo 2014 • PHOTOS: Live at Bonnaroo! • 20 Hot Moments Say 2: Kanye,…

  4. Sam Smith on Love: 'I'll Be Excited When I Get My Heart Broken Properly'

    June 13, 2014 2:54 PM EDT After publicly coming out to the press, the soul singer arrives in the United States with an unfailingly 
frank album full of melancholy. Maybe it’s the sunshine on this unseasonably warm mid-May day in London, or maybe it’s just a gnarly hangover, but Sam Smith is having a little trouble…

  5. Bonnaroo 2014: 15 Things You Need In A Festival RV

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Board games, boots and BSB: how the Billboard crew is surviving the 'Roo. Billboard has once again invaded Bonnaroo, and this year, we did it in style. A crew of fearless reporters (and a few of thier trusted friends) drove down from the New York area to Manchester, Tenn. in a 10…

  6. Rodriguez Label Chief: 'Our Dealings with Clarence Avant Were Always Positive'

    June 13, 2014 3:40 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, 38, is a true believer. The head of Light in the Attic, the reissue label he founded in 2003 with partner Joe Wright in Seattle, released Sixto Rodriguez’s two albums, his 1970 debut, Cold Fact, and the 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality, in August 2008 and May 2009, just about…

  7. 5 Seconds of Summer and Diddy Hit New Highs on Social 50 Chart

    June 12, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Diddy notches his best week yet on the three-and-a-half-year old Social 50 chart, as a teaser for his new video “I Want the Love” spurs a re-entry for the hip-hop mogul at No. 23. The Social 50 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions of fans across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and…

  8. Miranda Lambert Scores Record Fifth Career-Opening No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart

    June 12, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The singer passes Carrie Underwood, who's begun with four No. 1s. Plus, moves for Florida Georgia Line and Little Big Town. As "Platinum" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with 180,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Miranda Lambert becomes the…

  9. Dear Daddy Playlist: 25 Songs for Father's Day

    June 12, 2014 3:05 PM EDT With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to think of the man that stood tall in your life from day one. Of course, not all us us are so lucky to have had ones. So from Jay Z and Stevie Wonder showing love to their newborn daughters to Tupac Shakur giving his pops the…

  10. Grouplove, Portugal. The Man Headline Expanded Honda Civic Tour

    June 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Grouplove and Portugal. The Man are among the performers booked for the 2014 Honda Civic Tour, which this year evolves into a triple threat with three successive tours, each with a distinct music flavor. The alternative rock outfits are billed as summer co-headliners, with Tokyo Police Club…

  11. Miranda Lambert Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of "Platinum." The set — her fifth release — sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is Lambert's best sales week yet,…

  12. 'Nine Days and Nights of Ed Sheeran': 9 Things to See in MTV's Docuseries Premiere (Video)

    June 10, 2014 9:08 PM EDT MTV's docuseries "Nine Days and Nights" kicks off on Tuesday night with its first subject: Ed Sheeran, the hit singer-songwriter whose latest turn for a touch of hip-hop has him nervous about whether he will "be a career artist, or [the guy who] had a very big album in…

  13. Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers Bring Taste of California to Nashville

    June 10, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Thursday marks the kickoff for the 2014 season of Nashville Dancin' the annual concert series held on Nashville's Riverfront Park, and the night promises some interesting talent. The Kernal & His New Strangers and Los Colognes will be on the bill, as will headliner Houndmouth.…

  14. Go Behind the Scenes at Bonnaroo, From Bringing Kanye Back to 'Surprises' On the Ground

    June 10, 2014 3:21 PM EDT This 700-acre farm in rural Manchester, Tenn., will be swarmed with 80,000 euphoric Bonnaroovians by Thursday, but right now it’s a hub of productivity as Jonathan Mayers, president of Bonnaroo co-producer Superfly Presents, assesses the situation for Billboard. “It’s great to see the crew,…

  15. G-Eazy Talks 'These Things Happen' Album; Releases A$AP Ferg Collaboration

    June 10, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Sold-out shows, screaming fans, big co-signs, but still no major-label deal: Is G-Eazy the next indie rap sensation? The teenagers spy him from across a coffee shop in San Francisco's SOMA district. "Excuse me. Are you G-Eazy?" The Berkeley, Calif.-bred rapper in the…

  16. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  17. Pawws 'Sugar' EP Premiere: Stream The U.K. Electro-Pop Artist's Debut Release

    June 09, 2014 12:04 PM EDT In January , Pop Shop profiled Lucy Taylor, the enchanting pop singer-songwriter who is now playing under the name Pawws after performing as a backing musician for MGMT and Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. After releasing her debut single, "Time To Say Goodbye/Slow Love," last year…

  18. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Lady Gaga Makes Her 'Way' To No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 09, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2011, 'Born This Way' bowed atop the tally. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Diddy Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 9, 2007 Seven years ago today…

  19. Tony Awards: 10 Things Seen and Heard on the Radio City Red Carpet

    June 08, 2014 11:37 PM EDT "Musical theater is not dead," declared "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" co-writer Steven Lutvak -- just one of the Broadway luminaries who spoke to Billboard at the star-studded event. Sunday's Tony Awards, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, was a…

  20. Tracy Morgan Recovering After Surgery Following Crash

    June 08, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The actor and comedian, who hosted the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, remained in critical condition but was "more responsive" Sunday Tracy Morgan was recovering Sunday, but was expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks after having surgery on a broken leg suffered in a deadly…

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