1. 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Review: Tupac Musical Is A 'Tiring Two-Plus Hours'

    June 27, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Tupac Shakur’s life was filled with events a playwright wouldn’t dare invent. His mother was a Black Panther who was in prison while pregnant with him; he signed to Suge Knight’s Death Row Records while in prison for felony abuse; he miraculously survived one shooting, only to be taken down…

  2. 36 Hours With Steve Aoki: 'I'm Really Bad At Taking Directions'

    June 27, 2014 12:54 PM EDT The life of a superstar DJ isn’t for the faint of heart. Or a normal human being with a functioning immune system. Thirty-six hours with Steve Aoki? Be prepared to forgo the little things. Like sitting, or sleep. Aoki is in such demand that he averages 300 shows a year, and as one of the…

  3. Angaleena Presley Announces Debut Solo Album 'American Middle Class'

    June 27, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Kentucky native Angaleena Presley first made waves as one-third of Pistol Annies along with Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert. Now, the traditional stylist will follow in the paths of her Annies partners with the release of her very first solo album, "American Middle Class," on…

  4. Chiquis Rivera Debuting New Single on Univision’s ‘Premios Juventud’ Award Show

    June 25, 2014 6:52 PM EDT Chiquis Rivera, the daughter of the late regional Mexican star Jenni Rivera, will premiere a new single to her upcoming album on Univision’s “Premios Juventud" award show July 17.  “Premios Juventud" awards those in film, music, sports, fashion and pop culture. Rivera is nominated…

  5. Prince's 'Purple Rain' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky. Had Prince run for president that year, he would have certainly carried his native Minnesota—the only state Ronnie lost—and he probably would’ve cleaned up most other places. The…

  6. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  7. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Clockwork & More

    June 23, 2014 2:06 PM EDT The third and final day of EDC was not for the feint of heart. After a brief respite during day 2, the energy was cranked up to 11 for the grand finale. The Las Vegas Speedway was flooded with thousands of attendees to see the likes of Paul van Dyk, GTA, Zeds Dead and R3hab rumble through…

  8. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

  9. Nick Cave's '20,000 Days' Hits the Road, Australasia Concerts Announced

    June 23, 2014 12:54 AM EDT Nick Cave had an immediate reaction when filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard pitched the idea of a rock documentary. "I couldn't think of anything worse," Cave said. "Because of all the other rock `n' roll documentaries out there that are just such a yawn, that…

  10. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: A-Trak, Kaskade, Tiesto, Carl Cox & More

    June 22, 2014 1:55 PM EDT After an exhausting opening day of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, the event’s second day on June 21 was slightly more laid back as festival-goers recharged their batteries. But it didn’t take away from the fact that the crowd appeared to grow overnight. While the party was still…

  11. Julian Lennon Set to Release First Box Set

    June 20, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Julian Lennon is set to release his first-ever box set with "Everything Changes" (Music from Another Room, Ltd.)," arriving on his mother Cynthia’s birthday, September 10. The four-disc set includes three editions of his recent studio release, "Everything Changes,"…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,"…

  14. Joe, 'Bridges': Exclusive Album Premiere

    June 18, 2014 1:38 PM EDT A year after the release of "DoubleBack: Evolution of R&B," Joe returns with "Bridges." His 11th studio album has garnered attention with the success of its lead single, "Love & Sex Pt. 2," featuring Kelly Rowland. Below, check out an exclusive premiere…

  15. Nico & Vinz Goes Top 10: Norwegian Duo On The Making of 'Am I Wrong'

    June 17, 2014 2:44 PM EDT "We always knews it was possible to reach outside of Norway with our music," says Nico Sereba. Nico & Vinz's pop smash is called "Am I Wrong," but so far the song can only do right. The Norwegian duo's debut chart entry leapfrogged into the top 10 of the…

  16. Chicago, 'Now': Exclusive Song & Video Premiere

    June 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Chicago singer, keyboardist and co-founder Robert Lamm says that sticking the word "Now" at the front of "Chicago XXXVI's" title is no insignificant detail. And ahead of the album, due next month, Billboard exclusively premieres not only the title track but also its…

  17. Madonna Attends Preview of Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical

    June 17, 2014 12:19 AM EDT One of Tupac Shakur's old friends celebrated his birthday by seeing a new play inspired by his music. Madonna attended a preview of "Holler If Ya Hear Me" in New York City on Monday, which would have been the rapper's 43rd birthday. Shakur died in 1996 at age 25. Tupac…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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