1. X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons ‘Jungle’ Video: Exclusive Premiere

    June 16, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Watch the exclusive premiere of the video for "Jungle," co-directed by Emile Rafael & Alex Da Kid. If “Jungle” seems familiar, you’re not wrong. Right now, the song is going strong via a string of crafty placements. X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons’ thumping track has featured…

  2. 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…

  3. Wade Hayes Shares Good News on Cancer Fight, Begins Work on New Album

    June 13, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Wade Hayes was still barely a newcomer on the charts when he filmed the video for his third single, "Don't Stop," back in the spring of 1995. Though he had made videos for his prior two singles – this one was a little different. The clip required some flirtatious scenes with an…

  4. Meet Erykah Badu's Favorite Jewelry Designer, Lillian Shalom

    June 13, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Picture this: You're a jewelry designer who displays her work on Instagram, and a famous singer-songwriter's friend stumbles across your account and starts following you. Then, that particular pal shows your photos to her friend, who happens to be Erykah Badu , and it turns out she&…

  5. 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…

  6. Gene Watson: 'People Are Starved for Traditional Country Music'

    June 11, 2014 10:20 PM EDT Since arriving on the charts almost four decades ago with the classic "Love In The Hot Afternoon," Gene Watson has remained one of the format's most distinctive stylists. Hits like "Farewell Party," Fourteen Carat Mind" and "Got No Reason Now For Goin'…

  7. Plácido Domingo to Sing Before World Cup Final

    June 11, 2014 3:21 PM EDT Placido Domingo will sing before a World Cup final for the sixth time, announcing Wednesday he will perform at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena on July 11. The concert featuring the 73-year-old classic musical star will take place two days before the final at Maracana Stadium. The show also…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Darius Rucker Talks Kenny Rogers, Mötley Crüe & Recording His Next Album

    June 10, 2014 11:02 AM EDT For Darius Rucker, the CMA Music Festival is not only a chance to hang out with fans for a week, it also serves as a reminder that he is one. "When you're on the road a lot, you don't get to see a lot of shows. I still remember the first CMA event I came to with Brooks &…

  12. Little Big Town's 'Drinking' Song Is the 'Tip of the Iceberg' for New Album

    June 09, 2014 11:57 AM EDT Little Big Town has had a lot going on with the CMA Music Festival being this week in Nashville. On Wednesday, the award-winning vocal group debuted their new single "Day Drinking," on the CMT Music Awards, and also performed the song during their Saturday night LP Field performance…

  13. Chuck D Wants to 'Change the Face of Urban Radio' in Wake of Hot 97 'Fiasco'

    June 08, 2014 9:32 PM EDT "That shit is over," Chuck says of the liberal use of the n-word at Hot 97's Summer Jam. "If there was a festival and it was filled with anti-Semitic slurs... or racial slurs at anyone but black people, what do you think would happen?" Chuck D wants Urban radio to…

  14. Sara Evans Talks 'Frustrating' Lack of Women on Country Radio

    June 08, 2014 5:33 PM EDT It's been a return "home" for Sara Evans this week. Though she lives with her family two hours south in Birmingham, Alabama, the singer says the CMA Music Festival is important because the fans are right in the heart of Music City. "I love CMA Fest week because we travel…

  15. Jamie Lynn Spears, Florida Georgia Line Crack Hits at City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

    June 08, 2014 9:54 AM EDT Team Opry edges Team iHeart with 13-11 victory at the 24th annual match during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Chase Rice, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer and Bobby Bones also hit the field Chase Rice is currently making waves these days with his current EP Ready Set Roll, but should he…

  16. Hunter Hayes Performs Surprise Show, Hits Studio With John Legend

    June 08, 2014 7:05 AM EDT Quite a bit of what fans see during the CMA Music Festival is scripted and planned. However, there are always a few surprises that filter into the week's worth of activities. Hunter Hayes definitely gave his fans a little something extra on Friday with a surprise performance downtown.…

  17. Hot 97 Co-Hosts Respond to Chuck D’s Harsh Criticism of Summer Jam

    June 06, 2014 9:16 PM EDT In a wide-ranging stream of tweets that began by calling Hot 97’s Summer Jam a “sloppy fiasco” on June 2 and has continued as recently as Thursday evening, Chuck D’s timeline has been scattered with the remnants of a conversation about hip-hop, social activism and radio business. Hot 97 on…

  18. Luke Bryan Talks 'Roller Coaster' Of a Next Single

    June 06, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Prior to his performance on Thursday night at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Luke Bryan reflected to the media about the big night he enjoyed on the 2014 CMT Music Awards, where he won a pair of trophies, and also performed twice - his most recent chart-topper "Play It Again,"…

  19. Joe Nichols Gets 'Awkward' at CMA Week Event

    June 06, 2014 1:25 PM EDT The 2014 CMA Music Festival is off and running, with many artists already having held their annual fan club parties. For Red Bow recording artist Joe Nichols, the day marked an opportunity to get up close and personal with over 300 of his fans with a party at Nashville's The Listening…

  20. Jimmy Iovine's 'Secret iPod': How 'Jungle' Became the New Beats Song

    June 05, 2014 5:25 PM EDT While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and a dizzying array of the globe's biggest soccer stars are featured in the new Beats promotional film short entitled “The Game Before the Game” released today, the real star of the clip, as is the case with most Beats promotional spots, is the song. The…

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