1. Ken Thorne, Oscar-Winning Composer, Dies at 90

    July 11, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Oscar-winning composer Ken Thorne died Tuesday, according to the funeral home handling his final arrangements. He was 90. Thorne won an Oscar for scoring the 1966 musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and earned a Grammy nomination for writing the incidental score…

  2. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  3. 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…

  4. Woman's Hour Guitarist Talks 'Conversations' Album & The xx Comparisons

    June 30, 2014 1:09 PM EDT With an airtight dream-pop aesthetic and a handful of gorgeous visuals attached to debut album "Conversations," London four-piece Woman's Hour is slowly making its presence felt in the States. Their swooning sound has garnered comparisons to the xx -- an understandable parallel…

  5. 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…

  6. Greil Marcus Picks Favorite Punk Film Moments

    June 23, 2014 4:08 PM EDT A smash hit on the festival circuit, “We Are the Best!,” a Swedish movie about teenagers starting a band, has people buzzing about hardcore movies again. Legendary rock critic Greil Marcus picks his favorite moments in punk cinema. Some of the strongest punk movies have little or nothing to…

  7. Firefly 2014 Saturday Highlights: Outkast, Imagine Dragons, Tegan & Sara and More

    June 22, 2014 11:40 AM EDT “Dover, Delaware, on the first day of summer! I’m so excited I don’t know what to do,” said Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins as the band took the stage for their afternoon set at the third annual Firefly Music Festival.That sentiment was shared by the event’s 80,000 attendees on June…

  8. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's New Album: 10 Song Parodies We'd Like To Hear

    June 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT From Jennifer Lawrence shout-outs to donut odes, here are 10 suggestions for "Weird Al's" upcoming opus. On July 15, master spoofer "Weird Al" Yankovic will return with "Mandatory Fun," his 14th studio album and first full-length since 2011's "…

  9. Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony Finalize Divorce, Must Shield Children From Paparazzi

    June 18, 2014 7:32 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's divorce has been finalized nearly three years after the singers separated. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge John Sandoz finalized the couple's breakup Monday, awarding the former couple joint legal custody of their 6-year-old twin children, court…

  10. 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…

  11. Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88

    June 13, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Jimmy Scott, the jazz star whose small stature, romantic phrasing and distinctly high voice helped make him one of the most unique vocal stylists of his era, died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. The singer was 88. His death was confirmed by his biographer, David Ritz,…

  12. Tomorrow's Hits: Good Charlotte's Madden Brothers Return with Pharrell

    June 13, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Madden Brothers, Milky Chance and Mike Jay. The Madden Brothers After leading pop/punksters Good Charlotte to three top 10…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 'Ghostbusters' At 30: A Soundtrack Appreciation

    June 08, 2014 9:10 AM EDT It's spooky and it's kooky...and, no, we're not talking about the Addams Family. Thirty years ago this weekend on June 8, 1984, the world got its first taste of "Ghostbusters" -- the Ivan Reitman film starring Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis (who co-wrote the script) as…

  16. Governors Ball 2014: Jenny Lewis Discusses First Solo Album In Six Years, Upcoming Tour (Watch)

    June 07, 2014 1:54 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis paid a visit to Governors Ball on Friday to perform new songs from her third solo album, “The Voyager, due July 29 through Warner Bros. Records. Governors Ball 2014: Videos, Photos and More The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman sat down with Billboard at the New York…

  17. Soundgarden, Bastille, Boyz II Men & Twin Shadow: Watch Late Night Performances

    June 04, 2014 10:30 AM EDT There were plenty of music performances on last night's round of talk shows worth watching, led by Soundgarden's stop by "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." Out promoting the 20th anniversary deluxe reissue of "Superunknown," Chris Cornell and company played…

  18. Mariah Carey Dresses Up to Take Her Kids to a Public Park

    June 03, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Yes, Mariah Carey's still being Mariah Carey, even when she’s taking her twins to the park. You never know when a photo opp may arise, so it’s definitely important to dress to impress. Also, a solo lace glove is always a necessity for pushing your children on the swing. The Elusive…

  19. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  20. Brian Eno & Karl Hyde Roll Out Another New Album, Release Single ‘DBF’: Listen

    May 30, 2014 6:04 AM EDT Strike when the iron’s hot. That’s exactly what Brian Eno and Karl Hyde have done.  When the electronic music masters released a debut collaborative album earlier this month, “Someday World,” they found they were still smoking hot. So they struck again. The result is another new full-length…

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