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. BBC to Reunite Genesis for Documentary

    June 16, 2014 4:25 PM EDT The BBC on Monday unveiled an ambitious music strategy, including new shows, partnerships and other initiatives, such as a music awards show.  The U.K. public broadcaster said its plans, which also include a Genesis documentary that will reunite the band's original members for the first…

  3. ‘After Midnight’ To Close on Broadway By End of June

    June 16, 2014 12:06 AM EDT The Broadway musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem is dancing into history: It will play its final show June 29. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number "After Midnight," a candy…

  4. Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88

    June 13, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Jimmy Scott, the jazz star whose small stature, romantic phrasing and distinctly high voice helped make him one of the most unique vocal stylists of his era, died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. The singer was 88. His death was confirmed by his biographer, David Ritz,…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 &…

  7. 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…

  8. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number

    June 08, 2014 9:28 PM EDT The Tony Awards kicked off with a high-energy song-and-dance spectacle on the Radio City Music Hall stage, featuring Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Barrino and the cast of “After Midnight.” Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star…

  9. George Strait's Final Show Breaks Attendance Record

    June 08, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Known for his easygoing manner and everyman's appeal, country music legend George Strait strolled from the floor of the Dallas Cowboys' lavish stadium onto the custom-built stage Saturday night in a blue plaid shirt, Wrangler jeans, a silver belt buckle and a black cowboy hat,…

  10. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  11. Pharrell Williams Apollo Concert Live Stream Video: Watch Tonight (June 3)

    June 03, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Right here, watch Pharrell Williams perform at the Apollo beginning at 9pm ET! Polymath music phenom Pharrell Williams is performing at Apollo Theater tonight (June 3) as part of the American Express Unstaged series, and right here, you can watch the chart-topping singer/songwriter…

  12. BlackHawk, 'Heart With A View' Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 03, 2014 12:38 PM EDT BlackHawk, the group with one of country's most recognizable sounds of the '90s, returns with the song, "Heart With A View," which Billboard exclusively premieres today (June 3). Have a listen below. The single is from BlackHawk's forthcoming "Brothers of the…

  13. 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…

  14. Justin Bieber Caught Using N-word While Telling Racist Joke on Video

    June 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A new video has surfaced of a 15-year-old Justin Bieber telling a racist joke to his friends. In the clip, which was reportedly shot as part of his 2011 documentary “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” the pop star asks his friends, “Why are black people afraid of chain saw?” Despite being…

  15. Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Releases New Songs Ahead of Opening: Listen

    May 31, 2014 2:47 PM EDT "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur, is only days away from beginning previews at New York’s Palace Theatre on June 2. 'Slam' Star Saul Williams Cast In Tupac Musical To help stir up buzz, three tracks from the Broadway show have been…

  16. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Soar Onto Hot Country Songs In Top Five

    May 29, 2014 11:40 AM EDT The divas blast onto the chart following their performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus, moves for Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Worthington As previously reported , Brantley Gilbert scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as his third studio album,…

  17. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

  18. Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Take America: Inside Their TV Special, Tour (Cover Story)

    May 27, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Katy Perry is practically naked. Dress rehearsal for "Crossroads," the June 13 CMT special that pairs the pop star with country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, is an hour away, but all Perry can think about is getting undressed. Recently arrived at her trailer on-site at Sony'…

  19. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Passes Bruno Mars For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Solo Males

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Timberlake tallies his seventh leader - and debuts with Michael Jackson on 'Love Never Felt So Good.' Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  20. Ask Billboard: Michael Jackson, 'Back' To The Beginning

    May 26, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Including his hits with the Jackson 5, the King of Pop has hit the Hot 100's top 10 in six different decades As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city…

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