1. Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & More at Summer Jam 2014: Live Blog

    June 01, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Summer Jam – New York radio station Hot 97's annual celebration of hip-hop and R&B – is just getting under way at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The concert series, historically never short on big surprises, will be live-blogged here, so keep checking back for…

  2. Spotlight On Big Smo

    June 01, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For someone as down-home as Big Smo, his story is as 21st century as it gets. He’s a rural-Tennessee native raised equally on country and rap; he’s a family man, a party animal and a road warrior; he’s a dirt-under-the-fingernails rocker whose paths to success were both blacktop and fiber…

  3. KROQ Weenie Roast 2014: Avicii, Capital Cities Infuse Dance Music Into Annual Alternative Fest

    June 01, 2014 3:07 PM EDT Avicii, Capital Cities, Fitz and the Tantrums, Beck and more show the new blend of dance and alternative at Weenie Roast Given Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s lofty status in the broadcasting pantheon, its annual summertime kick-off show, the Weenie Roast, is usually a pretty strong…

  4. Justin Bieber Caught Using N-word While Telling Racist Joke on Video

    June 01, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A new video has surfaced of a 15-year-old Justin Bieber telling a racist joke to his friends. In the clip, which was reportedly shot as part of his 2011 documentary “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” the pop star asks his friends, “Why are black people afraid of chain saw?” Despite being…

  5. Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Releases New Songs Ahead of Opening: Listen

    May 31, 2014 2:47 PM EDT "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur, is only days away from beginning previews at New York’s Palace Theatre on June 2. 'Slam' Star Saul Williams Cast In Tupac Musical To help stir up buzz, three tracks from the Broadway show have been…

  6. 15& Show Major Promise, Talent on 'Sugar' Album

    May 30, 2014 9:02 PM EDT The teenage K-pop duo's extraordinary vocals shine brighest when tracks are kept more simple Last month , female K-pop duo 15& revealed new song "Can't Help It" via a slew of live TV performances. Despite no music video, the slick, '90s R&B-inspired single hit…

  7. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On?

    May 30, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Instead of the sound of contemporary Brazil, it's the same old Samba for World Cup songs. "The Girl From Ipanema" turns 50 this year, and Verve/Universal is celebrating with a reissue of "Getz/Gilberto," the Grammy-winning Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto album that…

  8. Miranda Lambert Tackles Tabloid 'Craziness' In New Song 'Priscilla'

    May 30, 2014 3:07 PM EDT The fifth studio album from Miranda Lambert, "Platinum," on next Tuesday, and she says that she took the creative process for the set very seriously. "I felt like I have a responsibility as a female artist and a songwriter... to keep re-inventing, and keep things fresh and do…

  9. Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill & Robin Thicke Debut In Top 40 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 30, 2014 11:54 AM EDT Nicki Minaj debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 13, taking the Hot Shot Debut prize with her latest single "Pills N Potions."  The song – from her upcoming "The Pink Print" album – opens with 84,000 digital downloads sold in the week ending May 25 (according to…

  10. Skrillex Talks Diplo, Dubstep & Adding 'Craziest Skrillex Sounds' to 'Transformers' Movie

    May 30, 2014 8:59 AM EDT Skrillex has "a lot of stuff coming" in the, he hopes, near future. But the EDM majordomo says he doesn't necessarily feel pressure to do another full-fledged album like this year's "Recess." "In the electronic world, it's not as necessary to just…

  11. 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Original Broadway Cast Recording To Get July Release

    May 30, 2014 2:17 AM EDT Neil Patrick Harris is adding another credit to his resume: Broadway recording artist. The Tony-nominated actor and former How I Met Your Mother star will be featured on the original cast album for the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, in which Harris plays the title character,…

  12. How Eels Got Steve Perry to Sing Live Again: 'It Was Such a Beautiful Moment'

    May 28, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Eels leader Mark Oliver "E" Everett says he's "trying to get used to my new role as Neal Schon" after former Journey frontman Steve Perry's surprise performance with the group over Memorial Day Weekend. Perry sang a pair of Journey hits -- "Open Arms"…

  13. 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…

  14. Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 With 'Fancy,' Matches Beatles' Historic Mark

    May 28, 2014 1:05 PM EDT As the Australian rapper rises 2-1 with 'Fancy' and 3-2 as a guest on Ariana Grande's 'Problem,' Azalea joins the Beatles as the only artists to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 hits It's a fab week for Iggy Azalea,…

  15. Maya Angelou Dead: Beyonce, Rihanna, Common Pay Tribute to Iconic Poet

    May 28, 2014 12:22 PM EDT As news broke that author Maya Angelou -- who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page -- died on Wednesday morning at 86 , the music world paid tribute via social media. Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Common and Ryan Seacrest took…

  16. O-Town Returns With 'Skydive' Single, Sets August Album Release

    May 28, 2014 10:44 AM EDT O-Town's decade-long hiatus from recorded music officially ends on Wednesday (May 28) with the comeback single "Skydive," from the forthcoming album "Lines & Circles." Listen to the guys give it their all -- or nothing at all -- below: The "Liquid Dreams…

  17. Richie Sambora Highlights Drug Abuse with New Song 'Lighthouse' (Watch)

    May 28, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora drew on his own past in debuting a song at a forum on drug abuse Tuesday. The event, at a high school arena, was aimed at raising awareness about the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers along the Jersey shore. Sambora, a New Jersey native,…

  18. 2NE1 on Breaking Chart Records, Turning 5 (Exclusive Video Interview)

    May 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The K-pop phenoms sit down with Billboard to reveal their favorite videos, memories 2NE1 shot to mega-superstardom from their thumping, debut single "Fire" and continued to release a rush of hit singles, collecting over half a billion views on their official YouTube channel,…

  19. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

  20. Katy Perry & Kacey Musgraves Take America: Inside Their TV Special, Tour (Cover Story)

    May 27, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Katy Perry is practically naked. Dress rehearsal for "Crossroads," the June 13 CMT special that pairs the pop star with country newcomer Kacey Musgraves, is an hour away, but all Perry can think about is getting undressed. Recently arrived at her trailer on-site at Sony'…

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