1. NBC's Beatles Series Tripped Up Over Music Rights, Competing Project

    June 20, 2014 12:23 PM EDT News leaked June 13 that NBC has a team developing an eight-part mini-series on The Beatles . At the outset, it has two big challenges: no music rights and a competing project at Sony Pictures Television. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, publisher of all but six of…

  2. Carnegie Hall Concert Honors Black History

    June 19, 2014 11:39 AM EDT In a rehearsal room near Times Square this week, some two dozen men with Broadway-honed voices huddled to strategize. They were practicing choral work ahead of a landmark concert Monday at the mighty Carnegie Hall, and creator-producer Chapman Roberts knew what those voices will be facing. …

  3. Paul Oakenfold Covers Trance Classics on 'Trance Mission' Album: Listen to Mini-Mix (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Paul Oakenfold has never suffered from a shortage of ambition. The English dance veteran brought acid house to Ibiza and helped turn an obscure Iberian backwater into a global clubbing mecca. He became the first DJ to play the main stage at Glastonbury, and his chart-conquering remixes have…

  4. Remixing Rock's Style Roots: Where to Find Johnny Cash & Elvis-Inpired Jackets

    June 18, 2014 5:40 PM EDT E-tailer Phoenix Project brings the 1950s style of legends Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash back to life. Don't step on his blue suede shoes, but you MAY be able to step into them, thanks to Phoenix Project - an e-tailer dedicated to replicating the clothing of 20th-century icons. An Elvis…

  5. Charges Against Paul Simon, Edie Brickell Dropped

    June 17, 2014 1:36 PM EDT A Connecticut prosecutor is dropping a disorderly conduct case against Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell. The 72-year-old Simon and 48-year-old Brickell had been scheduled to be in court Tuesday, but they did not appear. Police say the couple fought during an April 26 argument inside a…

  6. Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett Surprise NYC School on Last Day of Classes

    June 16, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City Monday, performing and hosting a master class in the school’s Tony Bennett Concert Hall.  Bennett opened the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in 2001 in his hometown of…

  7. Swizz Beatz Becomes Muse for Kehinde Wiley Portrait

    June 16, 2014 1:53 PM EDT On set with the art-obsessed hitmaker and artist, Wiley. "Eyes on the camera, lean in, look up." Artist Kehinde Wiley spits out directions so fast that it's hard for a spectator to keep up, let alone one of his models. On an ordinary day the 37-year-old's subject might be…

  8. Paul van Dyk Collabs with TOMS for Shoe & Eyewear Line

    June 16, 2014 12:06 PM EDT Trance icon Paul van Dyk is dancing into a new world: fashion. Tomorrow (June 17), he’ll release a collaborative collection with California cool brand TOMS. The TOMS x Paul van Dyk shoe The shoes and eyewear collab will feature a galaxy-inspired design with Paul’s signature triangle logo.…

  9. Kasabian's '48:13' Arrives at No. 1 in U.K.

    June 16, 2014 6:55 AM EDT British rock staples Kasabian notched their fourth U.K. No. 1 album as “48:13” (Columbia/Sony) debuted at the top with 70,000 sales on Sunday (15), according to Official Charts Company data. 2012 “X Factor” contestant Ella Henderson scored an instant No. 1 single with “Ghost” (Syco Music/Sony…

  10. Bonnaroo 2014: Elton John Triumphantly Closes Fest with Hits & Casey Kasem Tribute

    June 16, 2014 4:09 AM EDT The Sunday headliner also brought out Ben Folds as a special guest at Bonnaroo. On a day when a man who helped count down weekly hit singles, American Top 40 radio host Casey Kasem, passed away at the age of 82 , Elton John took a moment during his Sunday night headlining performance at…

  11. Industry Reacts to Casey Kasem's Death

    June 15, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Just as some "Star Trek" viewers were inspired to follow science as a career or become astronauts, some of Casey Kasem’s most avid listeners pursued their dreams of working in radio. Billboard reached out to some key industry folks to find out what Kasem meant to their lives and…

  12. Casey Kasem’s Death: Musicians and Celebrities React on Twitter

    June 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT With the sad news that legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem died on Sunday (June 15) at the age of 82, musicians and celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the American Top 40 radio who brought them great music for nearly four decades. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Bonnaroo 2014: Cake, First Aid Kit Among Early Saturday Highlights

    June 14, 2014 6:42 PM EDT With festival goers still recovering from a late night of dancing to Skrillex, rapping along with Chance The Rapper and head-banging to Meshuggah, Bonnaroo brought the heat early Saturday (June 14) with artists like Cake, First Aid Kit, Seasick Steve and HAERTS performing while the…

  16. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  17. Adore Delano Sets 'Drag Race' Record

    June 12, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Drag queen Adore Delano has brought the "Party" to Billboard's charts. The "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestant sees his "Till Death Do Us Party" album log the biggest sales week of any "Drag Race" competitor, as the set debuts with 5,000 copies…

  18. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  19. Bonnaroo: 10 Most Legendary Moments

    June 11, 2014 12:01 PM EDT From Beck's puppetry to D'Angelo's comeback to Macca's epic set, these are the 10 most unforgettable moments from the Tennessee fest. The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival , another weekend of heat, porta-potties and hopefully great rock moments out in a field in…

  20. 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…

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