1. Tink Talks Working With Sleigh Bells, Timbaland; Premieres 'Used 2 Know' Video

    June 16, 2014 12:23 PM EDT With a Timbaland-produced album on the way, and collaborations with Jeremih, Kelela and Sleigh Bells under her belt, Tink has come across a huge rush of success recently. It's safe to say the 19-year old Chicago rapper has begun to carve out a space for herself. But to Tink, she's…

  2. Jennifer Lopez Works Her Ass Off on 'A.K.A.' Album, Powerhouse Brand (Cover Story)

    June 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has a lot of titles on her business card these days. At this point in a career stretching back more than two decades, she's less a musician or actress than a walking lifestyle brand, and a hyper-productive one at that. On today's schedule: an interview and photo shoot…

  3. Bonnaroo 2014's Five Least Attended Acts: Which Ones Were Worth Watching?

    June 16, 2014 11:35 AM EDT We saw the five artists that were the least "checked-in" on the Bonnaroo app. Check our notes on the music discovery experience. While most music lovers head to Bonnaroo due to the pull of the main stage acts, the more intrepid concertgoers know to check out some of the small…

  4. Casey Kasem: The Man Who Made Countdowns “Coast To Coast"

    June 15, 2014 7:14 PM EDT “American Top 40,” the syndicated program currently heard worldwide on hundreds of radio stations, has been around so long that it’s easy to assume all countdowns began with the show co-created and hosted by Casey Kasem starting in 1970. Kasem, who died today at 82 after a long battle with…

  5. 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…

  6. Foo Fighters Agree to Play Crowdfunded, Fan-Requested Richmond Show

    June 14, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Earlier this year, four Foo Fighters fans in Richmond, Virginia, noticed that their favorite band hadn't played in their hometown -- and frontman Dave Grohl's home state -- since 1998. Intent upon changing that, they decided to wage a campaign to bring them back. Foo Fighters…

  7. Bonnaroo 2014: Jake Bugg Talks Love of Writing on the Road, Opening for the Black Keys (Video)

    June 14, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Folk/rock singer-songwriter Jake Bugg has a lengthy touring schedule ahead of him before opening select dates on the Black Keys fall North American arena tour. But the 20-year-old singer is looking forward to being the support act for a change. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video …

  8. Wade Hayes Shares Good News on Cancer Fight, Begins Work on New Album

    June 13, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Wade Hayes was still barely a newcomer on the charts when he filmed the video for his third single, "Don't Stop," back in the spring of 1995. Though he had made videos for his prior two singles – this one was a little different. The clip required some flirtatious scenes with an…

  9. Meet Erykah Badu's Favorite Jewelry Designer, Lillian Shalom

    June 13, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Picture this: You're a jewelry designer who displays her work on Instagram, and a famous singer-songwriter's friend stumbles across your account and starts following you. Then, that particular pal shows your photos to her friend, who happens to be Erykah Badu , and it turns out she&…

  10. Sam Smith on Love: 'I'll Be Excited When I Get My Heart Broken Properly'

    June 13, 2014 2:54 PM EDT After publicly coming out to the press, the soul singer arrives in the United States with an unfailingly 
frank album full of melancholy. Maybe it’s the sunshine on this unseasonably warm mid-May day in London, or maybe it’s just a gnarly hangover, but Sam Smith is having a little trouble…

  11. Jennifer Lopez's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About J.Lo's Busy Life

    June 13, 2014 11:53 AM EDT Her sitting style on this week's cover of Billboard aside, Jennifer Lopez is no slouch. The 44-year-old multi-hyphenate is increasingly serious about the business of her brand, as she releases her eighth album ("A.K.A."), tours and grabs the big booty ($52 million in just…

  12. Rodriguez Label Chief: 'Our Dealings with Clarence Avant Were Always Positive'

    June 13, 2014 3:40 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, 38, is a true believer. The head of Light in the Attic, the reissue label he founded in 2003 with partner Joe Wright in Seattle, released Sixto Rodriguez’s two albums, his 1970 debut, Cold Fact, and the 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality, in August 2008 and May 2009, just about…

  13. Neil Patrick Harris Exiting 'Hedwig' on Broadway

    June 13, 2014 12:03 AM EDT Neil Patrick Harris will leave hit Broadway show "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and Andrew Rannells will slip into his old wigs. Producers of the Tony Award-winning show said Thursday that Harris will play his final performance at the Belasco Theatre on Aug. 17. Rannells will take…

  14. World Cup Brazil: Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull Perform at Opening Ceremony (Video)

    June 12, 2014 3:41 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez sambaed on the stage of the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil Thursday afternoon (June 12), accompanying Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte during a performance of the official song "We Are One." Leitte, a star in Brazil,…

  15. Barbra Streisand Visits Capitol Hill For Women's Heart Disease Funding

    June 12, 2014 2:02 AM EDT Barbra Streisand appealed Wednesday to lawmakers on Capitol Hill for more funding and research devoted to women and heart disease, calling it the No. 1 killer of women even as most research into the disease focuses on men. "A woman's heart is different from a man's, yet women&…

  16. 'Searching for Sugar Man': Where Is Sixto Rodriguez Today?

    June 12, 2014 1:55 AM EDT The Oscar-winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man" helped launch a brand-new career for its subject, Sixto Rodriguez, 71, who went from obscurity in his native U.S. to playing 5,000-seat arenas like L.A.'s Greek Theatre. Since the film opened, Rodriguez's two albums -…

  17. Mastodon, 50 Cent First Mainstream Acts to Accept Bitcoin Payments

    June 11, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Heavy metal outfit Mastodon has announced it will accept payments in the form of bitcoin for its upcoming album, “Once More ‘Round the Sun.” Bitcoin payment service provider BitPay is handling transactions. Last week, 50 Cent announced he would accept Bitcoin payments for his new album, …

  18. Bonnaroo's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See) 

    June 11, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Frank Ocean or Flaming Lips? Zedd or Lauryn Hill? Here are the most painful set overlaps, and which artist to see. Picture this: it's Friday night at Bonnaroo. The daytime heat has broken and you just filled your stomach with something from a nearby food truck that's healthy,…

  19. Go Behind the Scenes at Bonnaroo, From Bringing Kanye Back to 'Surprises' On the Ground

    June 10, 2014 3:21 PM EDT This 700-acre farm in rural Manchester, Tenn., will be swarmed with 80,000 euphoric Bonnaroovians by Thursday, but right now it’s a hub of productivity as Jonathan Mayers, president of Bonnaroo co-producer Superfly Presents, assesses the situation for Billboard. “It’s great to see the crew,…

  20. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. With Pride Month here, Billboard reflects on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT…

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