1. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  2. The Rolling Stones Pay Tribute to Late Soul Singer Bobby Womack

    June 28, 2014 4:01 PM EDT The Rolling Stones wrote that Bobby Womack “was a huge influence on us” in a message posted on their website The Rolling Stones have posted a message on their website in honor of legendary soul singer Bobby Womack, who died on Friday at the age of 70 after suffering from colon cancer and…

  3. Bobby Womack Dead: CeeLo Green, Flea, Big Boi, Q-Tip Pay Tribute to Soul Legend

    June 27, 2014 10:20 PM EDT As news broke of legendary soul singer Bobby Womack's death Friday at the age of 70, the music world paid tribute via social media.  Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70 The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — who was signed to SAR Records by Sam Cooke at an early age and went on…

  4. Univision Ratings Scandal: 'Someone Needs to Put These Cheaters In Check'

    June 27, 2014 3:01 PM EDT A Univision radio executive manipulated Nielsen’s ratings devices, upending the lucrative Los Angeles market. The damage control is in full swing, and rivals are circling. The West Coast radio world was rocked in mid-June by revelations that a Univision executive had manipulated the ratings…

  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. Producer: Tupac Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Not Ending This Weekend

    June 26, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The producer of "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the Broadway musical based on Tupac Shakur's lyrics, has denied rumors that the show would be closing this Sunday due to low ticket sales. Madonna Attends Preview of Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya…

  7. Australia’s Big Day Out Fest Canceled for 2015, Owners Promise ‘We Will Be Back’

    June 26, 2014 5:55 AM EDT Australia’s once mighty Big Day Out has been scrapped for 2015. But its new sole owners, the U.S. live event promoters C3 Presents, insist it’ll return in future in some configuration.  Execs at Austin, Texas-based C3, which produces Lollapalooza, say BDO will take a year off to rejig the…

  8. Chris Brown's Plea Deal Negotiations Fall Apart

    June 25, 2014 7:25 PM EDT Singer Chris Brown was close to resolving his assault case in a deal that would have kept him out of jail, but talks fell apart Wednesday when attorneys couldn't agree on what Brown would acknowledge happened during a scuffle that led to his arrest. Brown was arrested in October and…

  9. Imagine Dragons Discuss 'Battle Cry,' Breaking Records & Making New Music (Q&A)

    June 25, 2014 4:15 PM EDT “I remember two years ago we played this same festival and we were thrilled to get a 12:30pm slot,” says Imagine Dragons guitarist Wayne Sermon, reminiscing about the band’s 2012 appearance at Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival . “When we play tonight, we’re going on before Outkast.…

  10. Jay Brannan, 'Blue-Haired Lady': Exclusive Video Premiere

    June 25, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Jay Brannan's "Blue-Haired Lady" is a sparse and intimate song off the singer-songwriter's new album, "Always, Then, & Now," which will be released July 15. As the ballad chronicles a woman's final days, its new video shows Brannan playing the peaceful…

  11. Michelle Obama to Deliver Keynote At Grammy Museum Luncheon in L.A.

    June 25, 2014 6:10 AM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama will be back in Los Angeles on July 16 as the keynote speaker for the Grammy Museum's first inaugural Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, which recognizes teachers who make outstanding use of music in their classroom instruction. The award was created by the…

  12. Bill and Hillary Clinton Musical to Make U.S. Debut

    June 25, 2014 5:59 AM EDT Bill and Hillary Clinton are headed to New York City—in a musical. The former president and first lady are the center of a production that is set to open for a week of performances in mid-July, as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Hillary Clinton Praises Pussy Riot As ‘Strong …

  13. Steve Aoki Spoofs 'Breaking Bad' in 'Free the Madness' Music Video (Watch)

    June 25, 2014 2:31 AM EDT If there were ever an EDM theme song for Breaking Bad, it would be "Free the Madness." The video for Steve Aoki's track with Machine Gun Kelly, off his forthcoming album Neon Future I, sees the two performers emulating the AMC show's meth-making duo, played by Bryan…

  14. Norah Jones' 'It Was The Last Thing On Your Mind' Video From 'They Came Together' (Exclusive)

    June 24, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Norah Jones provides the musical centerpiece of the romantic-comedy spoof “They Came Together” that opens Friday (June 27) in theaters and on demand and stars Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler. Rudd and Poehler tap the rom-com clichés in the film, scenes of which pepper the new music video for "…

  15. 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…

  16. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges, Memphis Soul Songwriter & Guitar Great, Dead at 68

    June 24, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who played a significant role in shaping the sound of Memphis music, has died due to complications from emphysema. He was 68.  Born June 3, 1946 in Germantown, Tennessee, Hodges was always bound to find his place in a…

  17. Firefly 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Foo Fighters, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys and Weezer all brought their A-games. But who ranks no. 1? Third time was indeed the charm for Delaware's Firefly Music festival. The 2014 edition of First State’s now-massive 4-day event was a weekend punctuated by stellar performances spread…

  18. The Man Behind Jay-Z and Mariah Carey's New Beverages: Going to 'Disrupt the Consumer Package Goods Market'

    June 22, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Jay-Z and Mariah Carey-brand drinks are coming to a Walgreens and Duane Reade store near you.  Carey's "Butterfly" pink lemonade and Jay-Z's "40/40" Arnold Palmer-like drink are hoping the "disrupt the consumer package goods market" says Kevin Liles of…

  19. 'The Voice': First Season 7 Promo Debuts With Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams (Watch)

    June 21, 2014 6:09 PM EDT Returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton also appear alongside the new additions in the 30-second clip, set to Stefani's "Holla Back" hit The first promo for season seven of The Voice has debuted, with Gwen Stefani front and center. The 30-second clip, which debuted…

  20. Firefly 2014: Foo Fighters Cover Rolling Stones, Queen, Van Halen & More During Hit-Filled Set (Review)

    June 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT At the start of the Foo Fighters headlining show on the Firefly Music Festival’s main stage, Dave Grohl promised the crowd that the band would play “until they tell us to shut the fuck up,” — and he kept his promise. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the…

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