1. Jane's Addiction to Headline the Sunset Strip Music Festival

    June 24, 2014 2:08 AM EDT Jane's Addiction, which first played on the Sunset Strip as the opener to Gene Loves Jezebel at The Roxy nearly two decades ago, is returning to West Hollywood in September as the king of the influential live-music scene. The L.A. rockers will headline the first day of the newly…

  2. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Clockwork & More

    June 23, 2014 2:06 PM EDT The third and final day of EDC was not for the feint of heart. After a brief respite during day 2, the energy was cranked up to 11 for the grand finale. The Las Vegas Speedway was flooded with thousands of attendees to see the likes of Paul van Dyk, GTA, Zeds Dead and R3hab rumble through…

  3. Ab-Soul Talks About the Duality of 'These Days' Album & Danny Brown's Advice

    June 20, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Ab-Soul is focused on his own — in between jugs of cough syrup, mid-conversation naps and fights with his own label. His raps frequently evoke higher consciousness, but Ab-Soul is only half-awake — if that. It's 11:15 a.m. on a Saturday and the self-described "Black Lip Bastard…

  4. The Shins Soundtrack Another Zach Braff Movie with 'So Now What'

    June 20, 2014 1:33 PM EDT For the copious amount of gorgeous music they've released over the past decade-plus, the Shins owe a heck of a debt to Zach Braff, who featured the band on the best-selling soundtrack to his 2004 film "Garden State." A decade later, Braff is back with his second film, "…

  5. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's New Album: 10 Song Parodies We'd Like To Hear

    June 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT From Jennifer Lawrence shout-outs to donut odes, here are 10 suggestions for "Weird Al's" upcoming opus. On July 15, master spoofer "Weird Al" Yankovic will return with "Mandatory Fun," his 14th studio album and first full-length since 2011's "…

  6. 615 Spotlight: Lera Lynn Debuts 'La Di Da' Off Next Album (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, Billboard is excited to debut "La Di Da" from Lera Lynn. It's the lead track from her upcoming project The Avenues, which is set for a Sept. 9 release. "It's a song I started writing really late one night a couple of years ago,"…

  7. deadmau5, 'while(1 <2)': Track-By-Track Review

    June 17, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Joel Zimmerman – aka deadmau5 – has seen his fair share of strife and success in the two years since his last album release. From a tumultuous ended engagement with tattoo artist Kat Von D to a new record deal with Astralwerks, change has been the only constant for the globetrotting Canadian…

  8. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  9. Ted Nugent Premieres 'Never Stop Believing' Song, Preps Next Album 'Everything': Exclusive (Listen)

    June 16, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Ted Nugent loud 'n' proud about a new album? Now THERE'S a surprise. But the Motor City Madman is even prouder (if that's possible) that there's more where next month's "ShutUp&Jam!," his first new album in seven years. But first, Billboard has…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  14. The Juice Podcast 6/13/14: Nicki Minaj's 'The Pink Print,' 'Pills N Potions,' Evolution & 50 Cent's Sales

    June 13, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Nicki Minaj's reign is unstoppable. This week, the singer/rapper earns her 17th top 10 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as "Pills N Potions" moves from the No. 11 slot to No. 10. 50 Cent Nabs Fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums The climb extends her record for…

  15. 615 Spotlight: Steven Padilla Releases Debut 'Good At Goodbye'

    June 12, 2014 7:08 PM EDT The debut album from newcomer Steven Padilla, "Good At Goodbye," has been released, and the talented newcomer tells The 615 that he is glad to finally have it out for his fans. That being said, the singer admitted to Billboard that one person who definitely isn’t listening to the…

  16. 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…

  17. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  18. Stevie J of VH1's ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Released On Bond, Denies Child Support Claims

    June 12, 2014 3:00 AM EDT An attorney for music producer Stevie J denies prosecutors' allegations that his client owes $1 million in child support, and the reality star says he's happy to be home on bond. The star of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," whose real name is Steven Jordan, was…

  19. Casey Kasem's Daughter Denies Stepmother's Porn, Scientology Accusations

    June 11, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Jean Kasem, the wife of ailing DJ Casey Kasem, filed a declaration in court June 9 accusing Casey Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem of working in porn and scheming to give her father's fortune (estimated at $80 million) to Scientology. "In addition to her conversion to Scientology…

  20. Stevie J From VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Owes $1M in Child Support

    June 11, 2014 12:47 AM EDT New York prosecutors say a cast member on VH1's "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" has been arrested and charged with failing to pay over $1 million in child support. The cast member, 40-year-old Steven Jordan, known as "Stevie J," is also a Grammy-winning record producer.…

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