1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Disclosure's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the UK Dance Duo

    June 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Disclosure's Guy and Howard Lawrence on the cover of Billboard, out now. It’s been a slow-cooker, but electro-soul dance duo Disclosure’s “Latch” is officially a hit record at No. 12 on the Hot 100 chart. Brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are on the cover of this week's Billboard as…

  4. Robin Thicke, Sam Smith & FKA Twigs: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 4 (Watch)

    June 27, 2014 11:00 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,…

  5. Linkin Park Gets 'Party' Started At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    June 26, 2014 5:34 PM EDT The band scores its fourth leader on the list, while OK Go and Arctic Monkeys ride new videos to chart advances Linkin Park's "The Hunting Party" starts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart with 110,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  6. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 On Top Country Albums In 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longest for a living artist, Willie Nelson…

  7. Man vs. Machine: Richie Hawtin on the Return of Plastikman

    June 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT No pomp or ceremony can be seen on the bustling streets of Barcelona. But within the half-shaved head of one of our times’ foremost electronic musicians, a changing of the guard is underway. Reclining on a leather sofa every bit as black as his clothing, Richie Hawtin may not look like a man…

  8. Pop Shop Podcast: Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & More

    June 26, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  9. Beyonce & Jay Z's Street-Fab 'On the Run' Tour Opens in Miami: Review

    June 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Erotica, glamour, swagger, street cred, and finally, a peek at marriage and family bliss all came together during Beyonce and Jay Z’s “On the Run” tour, which opened in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium last night (June 25). It was over two hours of tightly choreographed showmanship that was timed…

  10. Ariana Grande, MTV Revive 'TRL' for One Day

    June 25, 2014 9:42 PM EDT The network is reviving the popular format for a July 2 special with Ariana Grande. MTV is bringing back the popular music video countdown show "Total Request Live" — but there's a twist: It's only for one day. The Viacom-owned network announced Wednesday that it will…

  11. 615 Spotlight: Kaitlyn Baker & Her Debut Single 'Burn'

    June 25, 2014 6:45 PM EDT Things are definitely going at a quick pace for newcomer Kaitlyn Baker as of late. The songstress has just released her debut single, “Burn,” which hit iTunes Tuesday (June 24). She’s taken to the airwaves to promote it. “We had a TV interview this morning in Nashville, and did two songs…

  12. Iggy Azalea Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week, Maroon 5 Debuts In Top 20

    June 25, 2014 2:51 PM EDT The Australian rapper reigns again with 'Fancy,' while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Digital Songs and Maroon 5 debuts. Iggy Azalea notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100…

  13. Casey Kasem Reached The Stars: A Tribute

    June 25, 2014 11:39 AM EDT From my days as a young boy pressing my nose against the studio glass and watching Alan Freed--in overdrive --giving rock and roll the fuel to become the most important and powerful music in broadcast history, I was fortunate to have witnessed and taken part in the development of the golden…

  14. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan — her best sales week yet.   Del Rey&…

  15. Michelle Obama to Deliver Keynote At Grammy Museum Luncheon in L.A.

    June 25, 2014 6:10 AM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama will be back in Los Angeles on July 16 as the keynote speaker for the Grammy Museum's first inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, which recognizes teachers who make outstanding use of music in their classroom instruction. The award was created by the…

  16. How Grown-Up Beliebers Influenced Ed Sheeran's Pop Stardom

    June 24, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Years after the Biebs' breakthrough, are his teen fans turning to a new male artist? Exploring the similarities between Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber. Ed Sheeran released his second full-length album, "x" (as in "multiply") in the U.S. on Monday (June 23), and…

  17. Alex & Sierra's 'Scarecrow': Acoustic Video Premiere

    June 24, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Watch the acoustic version of the "X Factor" champs' debut single. Before the U.S. version of "The X Factor" was placed on permanent hiatus, the singing competition discovered the lovely pop-rock duo Alex & Sierra, who became the first group to win a…

  18. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges, Memphis Soul Songwriter & Guitar Great, Dead at 68

    June 24, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who played a significant role in shaping the sound of Memphis music, has died due to complications from emphysema. He was 68.  Born June 3, 1946 in Germantown, Tennessee, Hodges was always bound to find his place in a…

  19. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  20. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

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