1. Madonna Attends Preview of Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical

    June 17, 2014 12:19 AM EDT One of Tupac Shakur's old friends celebrated his birthday by seeing a new play inspired by his music. Madonna attended a preview of "Holler If Ya Hear Me" in New York City on Monday, which would have been the rapper's 43rd birthday. Shakur died in 1996 at age 25. Tupac…

  2. NWA Biopic Casts Its Dr. Dre, Eazy-E (Sources)

    June 16, 2014 7:50 AM EDT After more than five years, four writers and a tough-to-please trio that holds cast and script veto power, Universal's N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is finally getting the green light. Sources say the studio has assembled its leading threesome to tackle the roles of…

  3. How Casey Kasem Gave Billboard A Voice

    June 15, 2014 2:27 PM EDT From the first American Top 40 countdown in 1970, the late icon brought Billboard charts to music fans worldwide Billboard had existed for more than 75 years before Casey Kasem counted down the first "American Top 40" on the weekend of July 4, 1970, but it was then that he gave…

  4. 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…

  5. Bonnaroo 2014: Lionel Richie Pokes Fun at Himself, Gets The Kids Dancing

    June 15, 2014 6:19 AM EDT Lionel Richie’s resume is probably triple the length of any other act playing the 8:00 pm time slot during Bonnaroo’s 2014 lineup, and in a lot of cases, Richie is twice the age of those other artists. He’s the old guy in the room. He gets it, and he takes it with stride and grace. To the…

  6. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 3: Jack White Rocks, Frank Ocean Soothes, Skrillex Superjam Rages

    June 15, 2014 5:14 AM EDT By the third day of Bonnaroo 2014, the festival and its fans were in top form. Though no act matched the scope of Kanye West’s controversial headlining set the previous night, a barrage of a-list sets made for some memorable performances… and some very tough scheduling decisions.  Frank…

  7. Rewinding The Charts: 17 Years Ago Diddy Toasted An Icon (And Friend)

    June 14, 2014 10:05 AM EDT 'I'll Be Missing You,' his tribute to The Notorious B.I.G., flew to No. 1 — and helped hip-hop grieve June 14, 1997 was a new day for rap. Fans still were mourning the unsolved March 9 murder of 24-year-old star The Notorious B.I.G. in Hollywood as the one-year anniversary of…

  8. 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…

  9. Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson Join Forces In Recording Studio

    June 12, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Pop stars Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson recently joined forces in the recording studio and wrote a wrote a “beautiful guitar track,” according to a tweet from Simpson, who described the experience as a “chill studio session.” chill studio session last night with @justinbieber . wrote a…

  10. BET, Louder Than Life Partner For 'Music Matters' Compilation Series

    June 09, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Miguel, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Mack Wilds, The Internet among featured acts BET Networks and its new artist program Music Matters has partnered with Louder Than Life/Red Associated Labels to launch the new compilation album series, "BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1." Featuring…

  11. 15 Hot Governors Ball Moments: Outkast Owns, Damon Albarn & De La Soul Team Up Day 1

    June 07, 2014 6:07 AM EDT Far from the mud-splattered ethos of last year's Governors Ball, the 2014 edition took over New York's Randall's Island Friday (June 6) in bright sunshine and ideal temps in 70s, perfect weather for the long-awaited NYC live return of Outkast, Britpop icon Damon Albarn (with…

  12. Chris Brown Celebrates His Release From Jail With Big Sean, T-Pain, Tyga & Karrueche

    June 06, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Chris Brown celebrated his release from jail with close friends and girlfriend, Karrueche, yesterday (Thursday, June 5). The singer/songwriter was thrown a homecoming party in Los Angeles yesterday where he was joined with friends such as Big Sean, Tyga, T-Pain and more. Humbled and Blessed —…

  13. Justin Bieber Loses Again: How His Racist Jokes Will Impact His Career

    June 05, 2014 5:40 PM EDT The leaked videos are a short-term disaster for Bieber -- but don't necessarily spell doom for his long-term outlook. Remember when Justin Bieber was a precocious pop star, peddling inoffensive hooks and religious-leaning autobiographies , lookalike dolls and tween-friendly fragrances ?…

  14. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Dominate Billboard's Twitter & Social Charts

    June 05, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Ariana Grande takes the lead of the first weekly Twitter Top Tracks chart as "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, comes in as the most shared song on the social service for the week. Azalea's own "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX starts at No. 8. "Problem"…

  15. Luke Bryan No. 1 'Again' On Hot Country Songs, Lee Brice 'Dance's Into Top 10

    June 05, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Bryan extends the reign of 'Play It Again' to eight weeks. Plus, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Blake Shelton and Jana Kramer soar Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" logs an eighth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, marking the fourth-most weeks at the…

  16. CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win

    June 05, 2014 12:26 AM EDT With thousands of country music fans in town for the CMA Music Festival, it's only right that the week needed a kick-off party – and as always, the fan-voted CMT Music Awards fit the bill offering a high-energy telecast that got the week started on the right foot, especially for Carrie…

  17. Iggy Azalea Remains Atop Hot 100 With 'Fancy'; MAGIC!, Calvin Harris Hit Top 10

    June 04, 2014 2:08 PM EDT The Australian rapper holds at No. 1 with 'Fancy' and No. 2 as a featured act on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC! and Calvin Harris reach the top 10 Iggy Azalea spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX…

  18. Chart Highlights: John Legend's 'All Of Me' Crowns Fifth Airplay Chart

    June 02, 2014 4:35 PM EDT As it rises 2-1 on Adult Contemporary, the ballad becomes one of an elite group of songs to dominate at least five singular-format radio airplay charts. Plus, new No. 1s for Justin Timberlake, Idina Menzel and Billboard Hot 100 leader Iggy Azalea Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a…

  19. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

  20. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

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