1. 615 Spotlight: Johnny Orr on New EP 'Down South' & How Music Cost Him His Marriage

    July 02, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Johnny Orr admits that his formative musical years were quite diverse. In addition to country that was so prevalent around his home in North Carolina, he was exposed to a wide variety of music. “I was a big John Cougar and Bryan Adams fan in my younger days. Then, I became a big fan of Edwin…

  2. The Band Perry, Wynonna Judd Lift Williams Syndrome Campers' Lives at Country Music Camp

    June 30, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Last week was a special one for 30 campers from across the country, who descended upon Nashville for the Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives Music Camp. Held June 23-27, the five-day event provided music enrichment through performance and education for campers who have been diagnosed with…

  3. This Week In Billboard Chart History: New Kids On The Block 'Step' To No. 1

    June 30, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1990, the boy band completed its five-step program to the summit. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, Katy Perry and Phil Collins Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 30, 1990…

  4. Casey Kasem Reached The Stars: A Tribute

    June 25, 2014 11:39 AM EDT From my days as a young boy pressing my nose against the studio glass and watching Alan Freed--in overdrive --giving rock and roll the fuel to become the most important and powerful music in broadcast history, I was fortunate to have witnessed and taken part in the development of the golden…

  5. 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…

  6. Mourners Hear Casey Kasem's Voice at Private Memorial

    June 22, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Casey Kasem's family and close friends celebrated him in the same way much of America did - by listening to his unmistakable radio voice. Remembering Casey Kasem: Regional Hero, National Treasure Casey Kasem Remembered (1932-2014) Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82 Mourners at a…

  7. Remembering Casey Kasem: Regional Hero, National Treasure

    June 21, 2014 11:13 AM EDT I first remember hearing the smooth, dulcet tones of Casey Kasem in the summer of 1963 on the Pasadena-based radio station KRLA, where the disc jockey shared the dial with Bob Eubanks, Dave Hull and Jimmy O‘Neill. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82 During a six-year tenure at the Top…

  8. Casey Kasem's Children to Hold Memorial Service in Secret Location

    June 18, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The children of DJ Casey Kasem's first wife have announced they will hold their own memorial service in the legend's honor on Saturday, June 21. "Kerri, Mike and Julie Kasem will hold a private memorial service for family and friends on Saturday," said Danny Deraney,…

  9. Casey Kasem's Widow to Handle DJ's Burial, Estate

    June 17, 2014 1:37 AM EDT In the wake of Casey Kasem’s death, his wife Jean Kasem will handle his estate and burial plans for the late DJ, a rep for Kasem’s children tells The Hollywood Reporter. The rep, Danny Deraney, said he had not heard of plans for a funeral or memorial service for the radio host, who died on…

  10. Bonnaroo 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 16, 2014 1:25 PM EDT From Sam Smith's breakout moment to Lionel Richie playing hits all night long, these were the 10 must-see moments at Bonnaroo. Over the four days of Bonnaroo 2014, festival goers down on the biggest gathering in Manchester, Tenn. were treated to stellar performances on the five…

  11. X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons ‘Jungle’ Video: Exclusive Premiere

    June 16, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Watch the exclusive premiere of the video for "Jungle," co-directed by Emile Rafael & Alex Da Kid. If “Jungle” seems familiar, you’re not wrong. Right now, the song is going strong via a string of crafty placements. X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons’ thumping track has featured…

  12. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 4: Elton John Brings Out Ben Folds, Arctic Monkeys & Wiz Khalifa Shine

    June 16, 2014 4:13 AM EDT Even if it seemed like Kaskade’s late night Saturday set was barely over, Bonnaroo cruised into its final day (June 15) with the approaching Elton John finale giving everyone a little extra incentive to power on. But before the piano legend made his first-ever American festival appearance, an…

  13. Bonnaroo 2014: Elton John Triumphantly Closes Fest with Hits & Casey Kasem Tribute

    June 16, 2014 4:09 AM EDT The Sunday headliner also brought out Ben Folds as a special guest at Bonnaroo. On a day when a man who helped count down weekly hit singles, American Top 40 radio host Casey Kasem, passed away at the age of 82 , Elton John took a moment during his Sunday night headlining performance at…

  14. Shadoe Stevens Remembers Casey Kasem: A 'Genuine Man' in a 'Cynical World'

    June 15, 2014 8:23 PM EDT Shadoe Stevens, who took over the American Top 40 mantle from Casey Kasem in 1989, says the late DJ was genuinely the likeable guy you heard on the radio. Casey Kasem: The Man Who Made Countdowns “Coast To Coast" "It's a cynical world, and cynicism has become the mark of…

  15. Casey Kasem: The Man Who Made Countdowns “Coast To Coast"

    June 15, 2014 7:14 PM EDT “American Top 40,” the syndicated program currently heard worldwide on hundreds of radio stations, has been around so long that it’s easy to assume all countdowns began with the show co-created and hosted by Casey Kasem starting in 1970. Kasem, who died today at 82 after a long battle with…

  16. Industry Reacts to Casey Kasem's Death

    June 15, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Just as some "Star Trek" viewers were inspired to follow science as a career or become astronauts, some of Casey Kasem’s most avid listeners pursued their dreams of working in radio. Billboard reached out to some key industry folks to find out what Kasem meant to their lives and…

  17. When I First Met Casey Kasem: A Personal Tribute

    June 15, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As a teenager, I listened to Casey Kasem, but not on American Top 40. Before he came up with the idea of doing a national countdown, he was a local DJ on KRLA, one of the two leading Top 40 stations in Los Angeles, along with KFWB. In the summer of 1963, Pasadena-based KRLA introduced Kasem…

  18. How Casey Kasem Gave Billboard A Voice

    June 15, 2014 2:27 PM EDT From the first American Top 40 countdown in 1970, the late icon brought Billboard charts to music fans worldwide Billboard had existed for more than 75 years before Casey Kasem counted down the first "American Top 40" on the weekend of July 4, 1970, but it was then that he gave…

  19. Casey Kasem: 4 Video Moments to Remember

    June 15, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Casey Kasem made his voice famous by counting down the top 40 hit songs on the radio. But his numerous TV appearances, as well as his stint hosting "America's Top 10," made his face just as recognizable. Casey Remembered | Baba Booey Reflects | Ryan Seacrest Reminisces…

  20. Ryan Seacrest Reminisces About Casey Kasem: 'He’ll Be Greatly Missed’

    June 15, 2014 12:44 PM EDT Ryan Seacrest says the death of his radio role model, Casey Kasem, is a loss for radio listeners worldwide. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82 “Casey had a distinctive friendly on-air voice, and he was just as affable and nice if you had the privilege to be in his company,” Seacrest…

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