1. KROQ Weenie Roast 2014: Avicii, Capital Cities Infuse Dance Music Into Annual Alternative Fest

    June 01, 2014 3:07 PM EDT Avicii, Capital Cities, Fitz and the Tantrums, Beck and more show the new blend of dance and alternative at Weenie Roast Given Los Angeles radio station KROQ’s lofty status in the broadcasting pantheon, its annual summertime kick-off show, the Weenie Roast, is usually a pretty strong…

  2. Kris Kristofferson to Play Andrew Jackson in History Miniseries

    May 30, 2014 5:44 PM EDT History's "Texas Rising" has cast its president. Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson has been tapped to play President Andrew Jackson in the eight-hour miniseries, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The event series, from A+E Studios and ITV Studios America and produced by…

  3. Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill & Robin Thicke Debut In Top 40 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 30, 2014 11:54 AM EDT Nicki Minaj debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 13, taking the Hot Shot Debut prize with her latest single "Pills N Potions."  The song – from her upcoming "The Pink Print" album – opens with 84,000 digital downloads sold in the week ending May 25 (according to…

  4. Billy Corgan Sues Distributor for Back Royalties

    May 29, 2014 4:13 AM EDT Billy Corgan is suing a Los Angeles-based distributor, alleging he was not properly paid for revenues from his music. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the Smashing Pumpkins frontman says he signed a deal effective Jan. 1, 2010, giving Rocket Science Inc., Skyrocket…

  5. Billy Idol Autobiography Gets Release Date

    May 29, 2014 1:56 AM EDT Billy Idol was there at the birth of punk-rock in the U.K., and now he’s telling his story for the first time. "Dancing with Myself," Idol’s self-penned autobiographical memoir, is set for publication on Oct. 7, on Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint. The book recounts Idol’s…

  6. Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Returns To Hot 100; Legend Lands 50th Hit

    May 28, 2014 5:44 PM EDT The late King of Pop's 1983 smash returns thanks to a viral video. Plus, 'Slave to the Rhythm' debuts, marking Jackson's milestone 50th Hot 100 hit A week after becoming the first artist to reach the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in five different decades (and…

  7. Poet Maya Angelou Dies at 86

    May 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Maya Angelou, an American author and poet who documented her life in seven autobiographies and recited her poem "On the Pulse of the Morning" at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration, has died at age 86. Angelou's publicist told CNN that the renowned poet died at…

  8. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

  9. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Wedding: Beyonce, Diddy & More Celebrities React Online

    May 24, 2014 7:31 PM EDT It's only been a few hours since their private wedding in Florence earlier today (May 24), but Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have already begun receiving some digital well-wishes from family, friends and fellow celebrities.  KimYe's Wedding Playlist: Kanye West's 10 Most…

  10. Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan Covers Paws Chicago

    May 23, 2014 1:29 PM EDT Meow, Billy Corgan, meOW! Paws Chicago is the city’s “largest No Kill humane organization, focused on solutions to end the killing of homeless pets” so why not have Smashing Pumpkins frontman cover the mag. I mean, he did adopt both his kittens from PAWS. It’s nice to know that when Corgan’s…

  11. Top 30 Summer Songs

    May 22, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Chart Article The sun is shining, and the beaches will soon be crowded, which can only mean one thing: Summer is underway. To celebrate the return of our favorite season, we've scoured the Billboard chart archives and updated this definitive list of the most popular songs about…

  12. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  13. Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' Gets High School Talent Show Treatment, Goes Viral: Watch

    May 22, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Pitman High School in Turlock, Calif. recently hosted a talent rally that was highlighted by one young lad absolutely nailing a re-creation of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" dance. Even holograms don't have moves like this dude. The performance, which starts around…

  14. 'Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: To the Maks!

    May 21, 2014 4:53 AM EDT “It’s just plastic, but it means so much.” In that one sparkle-teary sentence, Maks summed up both his FINALLY completed quest to win the coveted mirrorball trophy and loyal viewers’ commitment to “Dancing With the Stars” itself. This one’s for all of us: Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy…

  15. Quincy Jones On Michael Jackson's 'Xscape': 'It's About Money'

    May 21, 2014 2:34 AM EDT Quincy Jones has a blunt assessment on the latest posthumous Michael Jackson album release, “Xscape” -- "It's about money." The music legend's comments were broadcast Tuesday in an interview on Jian Ghomeshi's "Q" talk show on CBC Radio . Jones, the…

  16. 'Dancing With the Stars': And the Winner Is ...

    May 20, 2014 11:19 PM EDT "Dancing With the Stars" has crowned a new winner. Meryl Davis and professional dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were named champions of the ABC dancing competition show's 18th season during Tuesday's live results show. "It is just plastic, but it means so much,…

  17. Lance Bass Talks 'Fallon' Skit, New Music at Billboard Music Awards (Video)

    May 19, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Last year, former 'N Sync member Lance Bass got back into a recording studio for the first time in over a decade. On the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards, he spoke to us about what he has in the works. "We're now calling that the teaser," Bass says, speaking about…

  18. Ask Billboard: How 'Good' Is Michael Jackson?!

    May 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The King of Pop - ahead of what's sure to be a highlight of the Billboard Music Awards - is back and adding to his legacy on Billboard charts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  19. Family Matters: Ben Harper and His Mother Ellen Debut on Billboard 200

    May 17, 2014 10:14 AM EDT The son/mother team of Ben & Ellen Harper debut on the Billboard 200 at No. 43 with "Childhood Home," the pair's first collaborative album. Music runs in the Harper family. In 1958, Ellen's parents, Charles and Dorothy Chase, opened the Folk Music Center in Claremont,…

  20. Comedy Issue: A Timeline Of Musical Humor Milestones

    May 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Comedians and satirists have made their mark with music on the Billboard charts and at the Grammys since at least the 1950s.  Here’s a timeline of laugh-inducing musical landmarks. 1959 — Folk music duo Bud & Travis, Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson, record its first album, interspersing…

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