1. As Aaliyah's Family Looks to Halt Biopic Release, Star Zendaya: 'I Can't Please Everybody' (Video)

    June 18, 2014 7:17 PM EDT "If you want something done right, you have to get it done yourself." — that was the mindset of 17-year-old Zendaya Coleman  as she auditioned for the role of Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic . Now that she's nabbed the lead, the goal is perfection. Zendaya Coleman to…

  2. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  3. Fantasia Q&A: 'Still Full of Joy' Ten Years In, Talks Fifth Album & 'After Midnight'

    June 18, 2014 11:15 AM EDT It's been a busy seven months for Fantasia . The singer/songwriter began starring in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "After Midnight," which bowed last November. Then she and the cast — with Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle —  opened the Tony Awards . "I was so happy…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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 ……

  7. 2NE1, Girls' Generation & f(x) Featured in NYLON Magazine's Music Issue

    June 10, 2014 8:42 PM EDT The K-pop stars snag glossy, U.S. press alongside Haim, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and more In a major move for K-pop's international invasion, NYLON magazine has devoted two features in their new music issue to spotlight three top Korean acts.  Record-breaking girl group  2NE1 are…

  8. Pair Charged in Miley Cyrus Burglary, Car Theft

    June 10, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Los Angeles County prosecutors say an Arizona man and woman have pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing a Maserati, jewelry, purses and clothes from the home of Miley Cyrus. Miley Cyrus' Stolen Maserati Recovered By Police Miley Cyrus’ House Burglarized, New Maserati Stolen…

  9. Katy Perry Soaks Up Some Sun in a Yellow Bikini

    June 10, 2014 12:18 PM EDT Summer is (unofficially) here, because when Katy Perry shares a tropical swimsuit pic, it only heats things up. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Outfits: Roberto Cavalli, Jeremy Scott & More Talk Designing The pop singer took some (well-deserved) time off to relax and take some time off…

  10. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  11. Casey Kasem's Daughter Blasts His Wife: 'She Tortured Him'

    June 07, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Kerri Kasem accuses her stepmother of endangering the DJ's life, a charge Jean Kasem's attorney calls "fiction." Casey Kasem's daughter Kerri says her father has suffered torment at the hands of his wife, Jean, and that his health is declining. "She tortured him,…

  12. Casey Kasem in Critical Condition With Bedsore

    June 06, 2014 4:36 PM EDT Ailing radio personality Casey Kasem was in critical condition with an infected bedsore at a Washington state hospital, as his daughter and wife headed to court for another hearing in a dispute over his care. The 82-year-old Kasem was receiving intravenous antibiotics and other care Thursday…

  13. Tuatara's New Album Features Peter Buck, Mike McCready; Song Premiere (Listen)

    June 05, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Tuatara, the long-running project led by Mad Season/Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin and rounded out by a rotating cast of all-stars that includes R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, returns for its first record in six years, "Underworld."…

  14. 615 Spotlight: Carissa Leigh Wants a 'Bad Boy'

    June 05, 2014 1:26 PM EDT It's a magical time for country newcomer Carissa Leigh: the Canada native has a new single, "Bad Boy," her first release in the U.S. "I'm one of those people that if I see an opportunity, I go for it," she tells Billboard. "Music has always been something I…

  15. Scooter Braun Responds to Justin Bieber's Racist Videos

    June 04, 2014 7:50 PM EDT It's been a rough few days for Justin Bieber's team, following now two videos of the pop idol making racist jokes have been released to the public. In response to criticisms, Bieber's manager Scoot Braun took to Instagram today to some words on the subject.  Justin Bieber…

  16. ‘Frozen’ Songwriting Team Prepare New Show

    June 04, 2014 3:38 AM EDT Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez - the Oscar-winning husband-and-wife team behind the film "Frozen" - are preparing an original romantic comedy for the stage called "Up Here." The influential California theater company La Jolla Playhouse said Tuesday that the show…

  17. Casey Kasem Can Go Home to Wife If Doctors Approve, Judge Says

    June 03, 2014 1:15 AM EDT Ailing radio personality Casey Kasem can return to the Washington state home where he's been staying with his wife if doctors approve, a judge said Monday. The ruling came a day after Kasem, 82, was taken by ambulance to a medical facility after an argument between his wife and one of…

  18. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed)

    June 02, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Trent Reznor will remain with Beats Music once Apple completes its acquisition of the fledgling digital music service, Billboard has confirmed. The Nine Inch Nails frontman is currently the company's chief creative officer. Spokespersons for Reznor and for Beats have already said a…

  19. 615 Spotlight: Jill & Julia Talk 'Wildfire' Single, Vegas Life

    May 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT No pun intended, but the Nevada-based sister duo known as Jill and Julia have caused a "Wildfire" with their latest single. OK, that just happens to be the title of their brand new single release. The duo's Jill told The 615 that they are happy with the attention the song has…

  20. Apple Buys Beats for $3 Billion; Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine Join Executive Team

    May 28, 2014 4:35 PM EDT After nearly three weeks of waiting and speculation, Apple has officially announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music in a $3 billion deal. Beats founders -- Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop producer Dr Dre -- will be joining Apple in…

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