1. Corner Office: BET CEO Debra Lee Talks Classic BET Awards Moments, Chris Brown & More

    June 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Three decades is a mighty long timeto be in any industry, which makes Debra L. Lee, 58, chairman/CEO of BET Networks, even more of a wonder to behold, having survived and thrived while building the leading cable TV network targeting African-Americans. “I grew up with a small room and a little…

  2. Robin Thicke Reaches Out For 'Paula': Album Review

    June 27, 2014 2:58 PM EDT The begging begins about 55 seconds into "You're My Fantasy," the opening track on "Paula." Over gentle salsa strums, Robin Thicke pleads "please" seven times in a row to a woman whose absence feels ghostlike ("I can smell your perfume/-Your legs are…

  3. She & Him Signs With Columbia Records

    June 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A new album by the indie duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel is expected in the fall, a rep for the Sony label confirms. She & Him, the indie duo comprised of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, have just joined the majors. Columbia Records, the Sony Music subsidiary run by chairman Rob…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Crosby, Stills, & Nash To Resume Covers Project This Fall

    June 25, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Crosby, Stills & Nash will revive their “covers project” album soon after they finish third leg of their 36-date concert tour, which concludes Oct. 4 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. The project, begun in 2010 with producer Rick Rubin, came to an abrupt halt in the summer of 2012…

  7. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 25, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The minute Dave Chappelle walked out on stage at Radio City Music Hall, the sold-out audience smiled, cheered loudly, and laughed. These are the reactions to feelings we have when we’re reunited with a long lost friend, and to many, that is who Chappelle is to us: A friend we have missed…

  8. Chris Brown's D.C. Trial Trip Cost More Than $4,000

    June 25, 2014 12:02 AM EDT He didn't fly first class and his hotels weren't five-star. Still, when singer Chris Brown was moved from a Los Angeles jail to Washington for what was to have been the start of his trial on an assault charge, the cost to taxpayers was more than $4,000. The breakdown of the April…

  9. The Shins' James Mercer: Zach Braff Soundtrack Song 'One Of The Best Things I've Ever Done'

    June 24, 2014 12:20 PM EDT The Shins leader discusses the "So Now What" and the status of the "Port of Morrow" follow-up. James Mercer says the invitation to write for another Zach Braff movie offered a chance to do something with the Shins while his schedule has been dominated by Broken Bells, his…

  10. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  11. Firefly 2014 Sunday Highlights: Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, World Cup Fever & More

    June 23, 2014 7:51 AM EDT After four days of nearly non-stop tunes and entertainment, the third annual Firefly Music Festival was finally extinguished on Sunday evening (June 22). But before the lights went out, event organizers Red Frog made sure that the 80,000 folks in attendance made a few more memories in the…

  12. Nick Cave's '20,000 Days' Hits the Road, Australasia Concerts Announced

    June 23, 2014 12:54 AM EDT Nick Cave had an immediate reaction when filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard pitched the idea of a rock documentary. "I couldn't think of anything worse," Cave said. "Because of all the other rock `n' roll documentaries out there that are just such a yawn, that…

  13. Disney's 'Newsies' To End Broadway Run, Gets Ready For the Road

    June 23, 2014 12:25 AM EDT After a 2½ year run that defied initial expectations to become the fastest-recouping show in Disney Theatrical's history, Newsies will conclude its Broadway stay on Aug. 24 before embarking on a national tour. The decision comes as something of a surprise given that the show continues to…

  14. Tracy Morgan Transferred to Rehab

    June 20, 2014 3:27 PM EDT Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility as he recovers from a serious auto accident, his spokesman said Friday. The former star of "30 Rock" is showing signs of improvement but has a long road to full recovery, spokesman Lewis Kay said…

  15. Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Frozen in Time

    June 20, 2014 2:54 PM EDT From outside the gates of Neverland Ranch, it appears as if Michael Jackson 's former home and fantasyland has been frozen in time. The backyard circus is long gone, but heartfelt notes placed by saddened fans at the property's entrance remain intact five years after Jackson's…

  16. The Shins Soundtrack Another Zach Braff Movie with 'So Now What'

    June 20, 2014 1:33 PM EDT For the copious amount of gorgeous music they've released over the past decade-plus, the Shins owe a heck of a debt to Zach Braff, who featured the band on the best-selling soundtrack to his 2004 film "Garden State." A decade later, Braff is back with his second film, "…

  17. Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & Ab-Soul: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 3 (Watch)

    June 20, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  18. Michael Jackson 'Hologram' Show Triggers New Lawsuit

    June 20, 2014 4:32 AM EDT It's now been a month since a Michael Jackson recreation at the Billboard Music Awards earned heavy buzz. In the days leading up to the spectacle, Hologram USA, owned by firebrand entrepreneur Alki David, attempted to stop it by claiming it infringed patented hologram technology that…

  19. Firefly 2014: Organizers Promise 'Bigger & Better' Festival

    June 19, 2014 1:30 PM EDT There’s a new theme to the upcoming third annual Firefly Music Festival in the lush Woodlands behind the Dover International Speedway in Delaware: “Bigger and better,” says festival director Greg Bostrom. He’s not kidding. In addition to adding a fourth day in 2014, which subsequently means…

  20. Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley Set for 'Front & Center' Concert Specials

    June 19, 2014 11:03 AM EDT This fall, the Country Music Association and the critically-heralded public TV series "Front and Center" will partner up for two separate concert specials that will feature many of Music City's most talented artists doing what they do best. The shows will feature the music of…

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