1. Drake White on Making New Music: 'I'm Typically the Kind Who Likes to Get Things Done'

    June 23, 2014 5:43 PM EDT This Thursday (June 26 marks the third week for Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General in downtown Music City, and the summer concert series will feature a bit of country flavor with Will Hoge and Drake White. For White, it’s  a concert experience that he is looking forward to. “We’re…

  2. Jana Kramer Talks 'Love,' Songwriting and a New Album This Summer

    June 20, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Two years ago, Jana Kramer was enjoying her initial run up Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Why Ya Wanna." A couple of weeks later, the Elektra Nashville recording artist released the first single from her upcoming sophomore project, "Love," which is sitting…

  3. Avett Brothers Prepping New Album, Expect to Record With Rick Rubin in November

    June 19, 2014 9:09 PM EDT Seth Avett says he and older brother Scott are "sitting on about 30 songs right now" for the Avett Brothers eighth album, which will be the follow-up to 2013's Top 5 "Magpie and the Dandelion."  The Avett Brothers Q&A and LIVE at Bonnaroo 2014 Avett adds that…

  4. Kate Upton, Tony Hale Duel Over Drinks in Lady Antebellum's 'Bartender' Video: Watch

    June 19, 2014 7:28 PM EDT Kate Upton is challenged to chug whatever Tony Hale can manage to mix in the music video for "Bartender," Lady Antebellum's lead single off their upcoming fifth album. The breakup anthem—written by the country trio's Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott with co…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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."…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. ‘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…

  18. 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…

  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. Katy Perry's Prismatic Tour Outfits: Roberto Cavalli, Jeremy Scott & More Talk Designing

    May 28, 2014 1:50 PM EDT When Katy Perry began plotting the Prismatic tour - her worldwide jaunt in support of her "Prism" album and the follow-up outing to 2011's candy-coated California Dreams tour - one thing was clear: "We went into this tour knowing the costumes had to be bigger and better…

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