1. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  2. Adele's Next Album and World Tour Confirmed? 'No Truth' in New Rumor

    July 16, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Adele's "25" is coming soon...or is it? Adele's hugely anticipated third album is widely expected to drop before the year's end. And a new rumor, sparked by the official Twitter account of The World Music Awards, is driving chatter about a surprise release for "…

  3. Billy Joel’s Mother Dies At 92

    July 16, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Billy Joel's mother, who inspired him to write "Rosalinda's Eyes," has died in New York at age 92. Rosalind Nyman Joel died Sunday on Long Island, said Claire Mercuri, a spokeswoman for the singer and songwriter. The Billboard Cover Story - Billy Joel: A Song About Coming…

  4. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

  5. Cam'ron, Nicki Minaj & Yummy Team Up For 'So Bad': Listen

    July 15, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Cam'ron revamps his 2012 collaboration with Yummy Bingham, "So Bad," by bringing Nicki Minaj into the mix. Minaj closes the song by claiming what's hers and putting Cam' in his place: "Ayo Cam', I'm the baddest bitch/ You were acting mad happy when you…

  6. Garth Brooks Taps Chicago for Start of Tour

    July 15, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Garth Brooks announced the first date this morning for his upcoming world tour: Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago, a market Brooks hasn't played in 17 years. There is no word on when the rest of the tour will be announced, but it appears the door has been…

  7. Pop Art By Robert Christgau: In It For The Art

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we'll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five…

  8. Tupac Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Meets Swift Demise on Broadway

    July 14, 2014 8:42 PM EDT After opening to disastrous business and poor reviews on June 19, the urban rap musical inspired by the lyrics and poetry of Tupac Shakur will close next Sunday. The 2014-15 Broadway season is barely underway, but it already has a major casualty that seems likely to earn a place among the…

  9. Garth Brooks Issues Statement on Cancelled Dublin Shows

    July 14, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Following last week's cancellation of Garth Brooks' five shows at Croke Park in Dublin, the back-in-action country superstar has issued a statement announcing that the Dublin City Council cannot change its ruling. "To say I am crushed is an understatement," he said.  The…

  10. Michael Brun On Helping His Homeland & Kid Coconut Label: Exclusive

    July 10, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Michael Brun doesn’t speak like a typical 21-year-old. There’s maturity in the Haitian artist’s voice that belies his years, perhaps drawn from an adolescence spent surrounded by his Caribbean country's endemic poverty. Though Brun grew up on the green side of Port Au Prince’s deep…

  11. Mick Jagger Branded Soccer Jinx After Brazil’s World Cup Humiliation

    July 09, 2014 5:30 AM EDT Brazilian soccer fans have dubbed Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger ‘pe frio' – loosely translated as the jinx – after backing the World Cup host nation ahead of their humiliating semi-final loss to Germany.  Jagger watched Brazil’s 7-1 capitulation from a VIP box at the Mineirao stadium…

  12. Jeff Koons' Controversial Michael Jackson Sculpture: The Story Behind It

    July 08, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As a major retrospective of the artist's work rolls into New York, the artist talks about the making of one of his most iconic pieces: a larger-than-life rendering of the King of Pop and his beloved pet chimpanzee. Weeks after Michael Jackson's virtual performance at the Billboard…

  13. Morrissey’s ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’: Track-by-Track Review

    July 08, 2014 12:26 PM EDT To paraphrase Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, if we don’t know Morrissey by now, we will never, ever, ever know Morrissey. Last year, the famously self-absorbed former Smiths frontman released the memoir “Autobiography,” his 457-page attempt to let fans into the weird little world he…

  14. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  15. Life Term Upheld for Killer of Guitarist Dave Navarro’s Mother

    July 04, 2014 2:07 AM EDT A state appeals court has upheld the life sentence for a man who killed two Southern California women three decades ago, including the mother of guitarist Dave Navarro. City News Service says the 2nd District Court of Appeal upheld John Riccardi's sentence Thursday. Riccardi was…

  16. Chris Martin Reveals He's No Longer Vegetarian

    July 03, 2014 7:27 PM EDT Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin has made a major announcement. He is no longer a vegetarian. He confirmed the news during an interview with  BBC Radio 2 's Steve Wright in the Afternoon. "Well, I eat meat. It depends on where you draw the line. I was vegetarian for quite a long…

  17. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Vault To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 03, 2014 12:05 PM EDT With 'Somethin' Bad,' the stars score the first No. 1 by teamed-up solo women in more than two decades. Plus, Kenny Chesney achieves his 45th top 10 with 'American Kids' Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood put on an impressive display of girl power on Billboard'…

  18. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  19. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

  20. Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'

    July 02, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rises 3-2, Sam Smith takes over atop Digital Songs and Vine star Shawn Mendes debuts Iggy Azalea makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, rewrites the record for the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. With…

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