1. MTV VMAs 2014 Review: A Show That Distinguished Itself From Years Past

    August 25, 2014 1:19 AM EDT Glamor, humility and likeability gave the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards a unique flavor distinct from recent years in which the profane and the confused ruled alongside mediocrity. Lewdness, a hallmark of so many VMA telecasts, took a backseat on this night -- even Nicki Minaj's stripper…

  2. Michael A. Hoey, Producer, Director & Elvis Screenwriter, Dies at 79

    August 19, 2014 7:13 PM EDT Michael A. Hoey , who wrote the screenplays for a pair of  Elvis Presley films and was the architect behind the 1966 cult science-fiction movie The Navy vs. the Night Monsters , has died. He was 79. Hoey, the son of English actor  Dennis Hoey -- who played the bumbling Inspector Lestrade in…

  3. Robin Williams Dead at 63, Suicide Suspected

    August 11, 2014 7:41 PM EDT The Oscar-winning actor and comedian had been recently battling severe depression. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has died at age 63, according to police in Marin County, Calif. Robin Williams' Death: Music Stars React on Twitter The full statement is below. On…

  4. Paul McCartney Writing Score For First-Person Shooter Game (Seriously)

    August 11, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Over the past two years, Paul McCartney has been hard at work on the score for a first-person shooter game in the vein of Halo . No, we’re not kidding. Destiny — a new game from Bungie and Activision due Sept. 9 — will feature a full score and theme song from McCartney. In fact, the…

  5. Veteran Publicist Mack Newberry Dies at 89

    August 10, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The veteran publicist represented such music stars as Dolly Parton and John Denver. Mack Newberry, a veteran publicist who represented numerous music and TV stars and helped manage PR efforts for the Grammys, has died in St. Augustine, Florida. He was 89. Newberry spent over a decade at PR…

  6. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  7. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: 5 Revelations From Sinead O'Connor

    August 07, 2014 6:32 PM EDT   Sinead O'Connor photographed by Nicole Nodland on July 17, 2014 at Brunswick Studios in London.  Nicole Nodland Sinead O'Connor is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, fearless and iconoclastic musicians of our time, but the last few years have found more people focusing on…

  8. Who Will Join Beyonce For Her VMA Performance?

    August 07, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Bow down Everyone better have their freakum dress at the ready. The Internet turned in on itself earlier today, when it was announced  Beyonce would be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award and performing at the Video Music Awards. In the wake of some unfortunate tabloid rumors,…

  9. Stevie Nicks Confirms October Release For '24 Carat Gold’

    July 24, 2014 11:08 PM EDT Stevie Nicks will be releasing her new CD, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault , Oct. 7 on Warner Bros. Records. The set will include never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Nicks throughout her career. A special limited-edition double vinyl album will be released on Sept. 29. In addition,…

  10. Nas Finds His 'Roots' in PBS Series, Discovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

    July 23, 2014 8:39 PM EDT When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "…

  11. Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel Join Brian Wilson in the Studio

    July 19, 2014 3:27 PM EDT A onetime Beach Boy returns to his girl-group roots for a new album. Since the untimely end to the Beach Boys' last tour after longtime nemesis Mike Love pulled the plug, Brian Wilson is back in the studio working on a new studio album, slated for release in the fall by Capitol Records.…

  12. Chase Rice Talks 'Ready Set Roll': 'I Finally Got a Plaque to Hang on the Wall’

    July 11, 2014 3:10 PM EDT No pun intended, but Chase Rice is on quite the “Roll” these days. The singer recently celebrated the fact that his “Ready Set Roll” single has been certified gold. While not the first plaque Rice has received (he was one of the co-writers of Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”), having his own…

  13. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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…

  16. Jamie Lynn Spears, Florida Georgia Line Crack Hits at City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

    June 08, 2014 9:54 AM EDT Team Opry edges Team iHeart with 13-11 victory at the 24th annual match during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Chase Rice, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer and Bobby Bones also hit the field Chase Rice is currently making waves these days with his current EP Ready Set Roll, but should he…

  17. Doors Survivors Still Working on Ray Manzarek Tribute: 'We Don't Want It to Be Half-Assed'

    May 29, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Robby Krieger talks long-in-the-works tribute to the late keyboardist, plus his upcoming visit to Bonnaroo to play in Skrillex's Superjam set Robby Krieger says he and John Densmore still plan to pay musical tribute to their late Doors bandmate Ray Manzarek, but logistics have proven to…

  18. Brantley Gilbert In Emotional Visit to Arlington

    May 27, 2014 9:45 AM EDT The country star wraps a promotional trek for his new album "Just As I Am" with a somber visit to the national cemetery on Memorial Day Monday afternoon wrapped up the week-long promotional tour that Brantley Gilbert has been on for his just-released "Just As I Am" album,…

  19. 'American Idol' Season 13 Finale Ratings Down 28% in Key Demo

    May 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Though the Fox competition does get a big jump week-to-week, it's still down double digits from last year's finale -- as the CBS show ends its spring run on an atypical Wednesday. It was not the best week for signing competitions. After Tuesday night brought a low note for "The…

  20. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

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