1. Bobby Brown Exits New Edition Tour to Focus on Health

    July 12, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Bobby Brown is leaving a reunion tour with the group New Edition to focus on his health. A spokeswoman for the R&B group said group members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant wish the 45-year-old singer a speedy recovery. No other details were…

  2. Mary Sarah Calls On Country Legends For Debut Album 'Bridges'

    July 10, 2014 2:15 AM EDT What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah. Sarah's debut album, "Bridges," features duets with their original performers including Parton and Nelson on their well-known…

  3. Jennifer Lopez's 'A.K.A.' Debut: An Icon Reaches a Crossroads

    June 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT With a lackluster sales debut for her latest album, Lopez should consider a musical makeover. Jennifer Lopez is an icon. We knew that long before she won the Icon Award last month . But musically, Lopez sounds trapped in a different era.   Her eighth studio album, "A.K.A.," starts…

  4. Remembering Quiet Riot’s Kevin Dubrow … on ‘Real Housewives of Orange County?’

    June 29, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Terry Dubrow, brother of the late “Bang Your Head” rocker, keeps his memory alive with the help of reality TV. A recent episode of Bravo’s "Real Housewives of Orange County" featured one real-life househusband bragging not about fancy cars or expensive houses but Billboard chart…

  5. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  6. The Rolling Stones Pay Tribute to Late Soul Singer Bobby Womack

    June 28, 2014 4:01 PM EDT The Rolling Stones wrote that Bobby Womack “was a huge influence on us” in a message posted on their website The Rolling Stones have posted a message on their website in honor of legendary soul singer Bobby Womack, who died on Friday at the age of 70 after suffering from colon cancer and…

  7. Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70

    June 27, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer Bobby Womack, whose music was covered by, among others, the Rolling Stones, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the news of his passing this morning to The Hollywood Reporter. He was suffering from…

  8. Beatles' Mono LPs Given a First Listen: Catalog Box Set Preview

    June 26, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Five years after the Beatles' mono recordings were released on CD, Capitol Records and Universal Music are fostering the notion that to hear the Beatles music the way John, Paul, George and Ringo did in the 1960s, a mono LP is mandatory listening.   To illuminate that point,…

  9. Prince's 'Purple Rain' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky. Had Prince run for president that year, he would have certainly carried his native Minnesota—the only state Ronnie lost—and he probably would’ve cleaned up most other places. The…

  10. Jennifer Lopez Works Her Ass Off on 'A.K.A.' Album, Powerhouse Brand (Cover Story)

    June 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has a lot of titles on her business card these days. At this point in a career stretching back more than two decades, she's less a musician or actress than a walking lifestyle brand, and a hyper-productive one at that. On today's schedule: an interview and photo shoot…

  11. Jennifer Lopez's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About J.Lo's Busy Life

    June 13, 2014 11:53 AM EDT Her sitting style on this week's cover of Billboard aside, Jennifer Lopez is no slouch. The 44-year-old multi-hyphenate is increasingly serious about the business of her brand, as she releases her eighth album ("A.K.A."), tours and grabs the big booty ($52 million in just…

  12. Governors Ball 2014: Foster The People Get Their 'Kicks' (Video)

    June 09, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Foster & co. rock the big stage with a little help from Capital Cities' Spencer Ludwig. Oh, what “Pumped Up Kicks” hath wrought. Foster the People played the big stage at Governor’s Ball last night (June 8), packing in a crowd who was mostly there to hear one song. But Mark Foster…

  13. 15 Hot Governors Ball Moments: Axwell & Ingrosso, Vampire Weekend, Interpol Run Day 3

    June 09, 2014 4:52 AM EDT Governors Ball 2014 's three days of music came to a close Sunday (June 8) with a fun set from Jack Antonoff's new project Bleachers, a member of Capital Cities onstage with Foster the People, Vampire Weekend's sound system battling a neighboring DJ's, Interpol rocking a…

  14. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Top Music Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Performer Neil Patrick Harris wins leading actor while Jessie Mueller takes home leading actress for her portrayal of Carole King in 'Beautiful.' The show also featured onstage turns by Sting, Carole King, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight. It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have…

  15. 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…

  16. 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'…

  17. John Mayer's Beyonce Cover Soars Onto Hot Rock Songs Chart

    June 06, 2014 12:05 PM EDT Mayer's folk-rock take on 'XO' launches at No. 13. Plus, chart action for Foster the People, Neil Young, Jack White and Sharon Van Etten John Mayer's rendition of Beyoncé's "XO" starts at No. 13 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart with 46,000 downloads…

  18. Governors Ball Emerges From the Mud: Fest's Booker Talks 'Cracking' NYC, Weather Prep

    June 05, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Prior to the successful launch of Governors Ball in 2011, some in the music industry had lost hope that New York could have a large-scale music festival to call its own. “Our business had grown accustomed to saying that a music festival could not succeed in New York City,” Tom Windish,…

  19. Why White Sea Is More Than An M83 Side Project

    June 03, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Morgan Kibby discusses her monumental new album and future with M83. While M83 diehards anxiously await the follow-up to the 2011 double-disc triumph "Hurry Up, We're Dreaming," which included the breakout single "Midnight City," fans of epic…

  20. Pete Wentz Q&A: On New Fall Out Boy Songs, State of Music & Favorite Child Actors

    June 02, 2014 5:12 PM EDT We are backstage at KROQ Weenie Roast when we catch up with Fall Out Boy 's Pete Wentz. Having known him for years the conversation starts very casually, "What is new?" "Same old same old," he says. But that is definitely not the case, as Wentz, who was just working…

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