1. 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…

  2. Tae Bo Playlist: Billy Blanks, Snoop Dogg, & More!

    June 23, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Spotify and The Echo Nest searched through their 24 million users and over one-and-a half-billion playlists -- and here is what you are listening to during your Tae Bo workout. You're clearly not the only person still doing Tae Bo. See the complete Tae Bo playlist below! Running Playlist…

  3. Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Frozen in Time

    June 20, 2014 2:54 PM EDT From outside the gates of Neverland Ranch, it appears as if Michael Jackson 's former home and fantasyland has been frozen in time. The backyard circus is long gone, but heartfelt notes placed by saddened fans at the property's entrance remain intact five years after Jackson's…

  4. Naked Ambition: 20 Bare-It-All Music Videos (NSFW)

    June 19, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's no secret that pop stars like to bare their bodies, whether it's on stage, on the red carpet, or in a music video. Big pop names like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Gotye left little to the imagination in their video hits, and we've also seen nudity (and controversy) pop…

  5. Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett Surprise NYC School on Last Day of Classes

    June 16, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City Monday, performing and hosting a master class in the school’s Tony Bennett Concert Hall.  Bennett opened the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in 2001 in his hometown of…

  6. Billy Idol to Release First New Album In Nearly A Decade

    June 16, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Punk rock veteran Billy Idol will release his first new album of original material in October through his own BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services. Produced by Trevor Horn, the as-yet untitled album will be released around the same time as “Dancing with Myself," Idol’s self-penned…

  7. 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,…

  8. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  9. Miranda Lambert Scores Record Fifth Career-Opening No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart

    June 12, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The singer passes Carrie Underwood, who's begun with four No. 1s. Plus, moves for Florida Georgia Line and Little Big Town. As "Platinum" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with 180,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Miranda Lambert becomes the…

  10. Dear Daddy Playlist: 25 Songs for Father's Day

    June 12, 2014 3:05 PM EDT With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to think of the man that stood tall in your life from day one. Of course, not all us us are so lucky to have had ones. So from Jay Z and Stevie Wonder showing love to their newborn daughters to Tupac Shakur giving his pops the…

  11. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall

    June 12, 2014 11:43 AM EDT "Band of Brothers" arrives June 17. The prolific artist will be releasing another originals-heavy album, "December Day," recorded with his band, in the fall Willie Nelson says he only had to look as far as "Band of Brothers" producer Buddy Cannon to get him…

  12. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  13. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  14. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Top Music Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Performer Neil Patrick Harris wins leading actor while Jessie Mueller takes home leading actress for her portrayal of Carole King in 'Beautiful.' The show also featured onstage turns by Sting, Carole King, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight. It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have…

  15. Bon Jovi Banned in Buffalo Over Bills Buyout Rumors

    June 07, 2014 6:40 PM EDT BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Livin' on a prayer isn't part of the plan for Buffalo Bills fans. Not content to sit back and hope for the best as their beloved NFL team is sold, they are doing everything they can to influence the next owner to keep the franchise in Buffalo. Jon Bon Jovi…

  16. Calvin Harris Heats Up Hot 100 With Latest 'Summer' Hit

    June 07, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The EDM star's new hit is the 23rd Hot 100 top 10 with the word 'summer' in its title Calvin Harris heats up the Billboard Hot 100, where his latest hit "Summer" sizzles 12-9 . The EDM star adds to the list of top 10s with the word "summer" in their titles…

  17. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  18. Classic Rock Awards Heading to Hollywood in November (Exclusive)

    June 06, 2014 9:54 AM EDT The U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine is taking its show on the road and planting a flag in the U.S. Classic Rock will bring its 10th annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards across the pond for the first time ever on Nov. 4 at the Avalon in Hollywood. The gala will include the annual…

  19. Michael Jackson Viral Dancer Brett Nichols Does 'Smooth Criminal' (Video)

    June 03, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Last week, the dance stylings of 17-year old phenom Brett Nichols brought Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" back into the Hot 100 thanks to a dazzling viral video. Yesterday (June 2), the high school junior was back at it again. With "Smooth Criminal" the…

  20. How Marty Friedman Went From Megadeth to the 'Ryan Seacrest Of Japan'

    June 03, 2014 11:37 AM EDT "Chubo desu yo!" translates into English as “It's the Kitchen!,” and it's a mainstay of Japanese TV. Each week the show's jovial host Masaaki Sakai, a singer-comedian and household name, cooks a meal while engaging guests in humorous off-topic banter. Tonight's…

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