1. Ab-Soul Talks About the Duality of 'These Days' Album & Danny Brown's Advice

    June 20, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Ab-Soul is focused on his own — in between jugs of cough syrup, mid-conversation naps and fights with his own label. His raps frequently evoke higher consciousness, but Ab-Soul is only half-awake — if that. It's 11:15 a.m. on a Saturday and the self-described "Black Lip Bastard…

  2. 615 Spotlight: Lera Lynn Debuts 'La Di Da' Off Next Album (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, Billboard is excited to debut "La Di Da" from Lera Lynn. It's the lead track from her upcoming project The Avenues, which is set for a Sept. 9 release. "It's a song I started writing really late one night a couple of years ago,"…

  3. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  4. Ted Nugent Premieres 'Never Stop Believing' Song, Preps Next Album 'Everything': Exclusive (Listen)

    June 16, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Ted Nugent loud 'n' proud about a new album? Now THERE'S a surprise. But the Motor City Madman is even prouder (if that's possible) that there's more where next month's "ShutUp&Jam!," his first new album in seven years. But first, Billboard has…

  5. Shadoe Stevens Remembers Casey Kasem: A 'Genuine Man' in a 'Cynical World'

    June 15, 2014 8:23 PM EDT Shadoe Stevens, who took over the American Top 40 mantle from Casey Kasem in 1989, says the late DJ was genuinely the likeable guy you heard on the radio. Casey Kasem: The Man Who Made Countdowns “Coast To Coast" "It's a cynical world, and cynicism has become the mark of…

  6. How Casey Kasem Gave Billboard A Voice

    June 15, 2014 2:27 PM EDT From the first American Top 40 countdown in 1970, the late icon brought Billboard charts to music fans worldwide Billboard had existed for more than 75 years before Casey Kasem counted down the first "American Top 40" on the weekend of July 4, 1970, but it was then that he gave…

  7. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash…

  8. 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…

  9. The Juice Podcast 6/13/14: Nicki Minaj's 'The Pink Print,' 'Pills N Potions,' Evolution & 50 Cent's Sales

    June 13, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Nicki Minaj's reign is unstoppable. This week, the singer/rapper earns her 17th top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as "Pills N Potions" moves from the No. 11 slot to No. 10. 50 Cent Nabs Fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums The climb extends her record for…

  10. 615 Spotlight: Steven Padilla Releases Debut 'Good At Goodbye'

    June 12, 2014 7:08 PM EDT The debut album from newcomer Steven Padilla, "Good At Goodbye," has been released, and the talented newcomer tells The 615 that he is glad to finally have it out for his fans. That being said, the singer admitted to Billboard that one person who definitely isn’t listening to the…

  11. Stevie J of VH1's ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Released On Bond, Denies Child Support Claims

    June 12, 2014 3:00 AM EDT An attorney for music producer Stevie J denies prosecutors' allegations that his client owes $1 million in child support, and the reality star says he's happy to be home on bond. The star of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," whose real name is Steven Jordan, was…

  12. Casey Kasem's Daughter Denies Stepmother's Porn, Scientology Accusations

    June 11, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Jean Kasem, the wife of ailing DJ Casey Kasem, filed a declaration in court June 9 accusing Casey Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem of working in porn and scheming to give her father's fortune (estimated at $80 million) to Scientology. "In addition to her conversion to Scientology…

  13. Stevie J From VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Owes $1M in Child Support

    June 11, 2014 12:47 AM EDT New York prosecutors say a cast member on VH1's "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" has been arrested and charged with failing to pay over $1 million in child support. The cast member, 40-year-old Steven Jordan, known as "Stevie J," is also a Grammy-winning record producer.…

  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. Luke Bryan Talks 'Roller Coaster' Of a Next Single

    June 06, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Prior to his performance on Thursday night at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Luke Bryan reflected to the media about the big night he enjoyed on the 2014 CMT Music Awards, where he won a pair of trophies, and also performed twice - his most recent chart-topper "Play It Again,"…

  17. Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.' at 30: Classic Track-By-Track Album Review

    June 04, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen released the record that would become his biggest-selling album of all time thirty years ago on June 4, 1984. "Born In The U.S.A." would skyrocket Springsteen to global success, get misappropriated by a President, and turn his ass into an international icon…

  18. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony Debuts on HBO

    June 01, 2014 12:39 PM EDT The hullabaloo Kiss raised over the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony gave HBO an added bonus to promote its three-hour, 15-minute edited version of last month’s ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ROCK HALL CEREMONY • Review:   Debts Repaid at…

  19. Steven Tyler Spends Helsinki Weekend Jamming With Street Buskers (Watch)

    May 31, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Steven Tyler is having the best weekend, from the looks of several videos uploaded over the past 24 hours: it seems the Aerosmith singer has been using his downtime between performances on the band's world tour, which hit Helsinki last night, to exploring downtown streets, where he'…

  20. Foxes' Louisa Rose Allen Tapped for Appearance on BBC's 'Doctor Who'

    May 29, 2014 9:42 AM EDT The young songwriter, who won a Grammy this year and will support Pharrell Williams on his U.K. tour later this year, will perform a track and appear on an episode of the new season of the sci-fi hit. Young British singer-songwriter Foxes will perform a song and guest star in an episode of…

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