1. Demi Lovato Backs Same-Sex Marriage for Online Campaign: Watch

    July 10, 2014 12:04 AM EDT Singer Demi Lovato is voicing support for same-sex marriage in a new web video. The former Disney Channel star and judge on Fox's canceled The X Factor is the face of a re-launch of the Human Rights Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality . HRC promises more celebrity…

  2. 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,…

  3. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  4. Would You Take Robin Thicke Back?: 10 Female Music Critics Answer

    July 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT From begging during performances to recording and titling his new album after Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has been trying hard—publicly, at least—to get his estranged wife back. Will the public campaign, including his album, help repair their marriage of nine years? Only time will tell.…

  5. Latin Grammy Academy Honoring Willy Chirino, Los Lobos and Others

    July 01, 2014 7:27 AM EDT Cuban singer/songwriter Willy Chirino, Chicano rock band Los Lobos and Argentinean songstress/actress Valeria Lynch are among the honorees receiving special lifetime achievement awards by the Latin Recording Academy.   The special awards will be given during Latin Grammy week on Nov. 19, a…

  6. Eminem's Daughter Hailie Graduates High School With Honors

    June 28, 2014 12:43 PM EDT “My baby girl keeps getting older, I watch her grow up with pride,” Eminem sings in “Hailie's Song,” the ode to his daughter from 2002’s “The Eminem Show.” Eminem First to Receive Two RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards With an impressive list of achievements, the rapper is surely proud…

  7. Judas Priest On Fall U.S. Tour: 'We're Ready To Go'

    June 27, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Frontman Rob Halford says the legendary metal group is "reconstructing the way we tour." With a 21-date U.S. tour announced for the fall, it's clear that reports of Judas Priest's touring demise after its 2011-12 Epitaph World Tour were greatly exaggerated. The iconic…

  8. Demi Lovato Invades L.A. Pride in 'Really Don't Care' Video: Watch

    June 26, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Demi Lovato called on some famous pals -- Cher Lloyd! Travis Barker! Perez Hilton! -- and made some new ones at L.A. Pride for the official "Really Don't Care" video. Watch the grin-inducing clip for the song, which is currently at No. 1 on our Trending 140 chart ,…

  9. Demi Lovato Reveals Grandfather Was Gay at 'Trailblazer Awards'

    June 25, 2014 10:56 AM EDT Musician Demi Lovato has always been a strong supporter of gay rights and the LGBT community, making appearances at both Los Angeles’ and New York’s Pride Parades. This week, Lovato deepened the connection by revealing that her grandfather was gay. At Logo TV’s “Trailblazers Awards”, Lovato…

  10. Jeff Bridges on Touring, Austin City Limits, and His 'Pretty Eclectic Show'

    June 24, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Jeff Bridges is going on the road. The actor, famous for roles in films such as "Crazy Heart," "The Big Lebowski," and "True Grit," is taking his music to fans in the midwest and the east coast this summer, along with his band, The Abiders. The tour, which…

  11. 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…

  12. Steamy One Direction Fan Fiction Being Shopped to Hollywood

    June 13, 2014 12:57 PM EDT A 25-year-old Texan just landed a six-figure book deal for her wildly popular fan-fic starring Harry Styles and the boy band. What's next? If One Direction fan Anna Todd wrote her own lyrics to the group's hit "Story of My Life," it would sound like a fairytale. The…

  13. 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…

  14. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. With Pride Month here, Billboard reflects on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT…

  15. '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…

  16. Hunter Hayes Performs Surprise Show, Hits Studio With John Legend

    June 08, 2014 7:05 AM EDT Quite a bit of what fans see during the CMA Music Festival is scripted and planned. However, there are always a few surprises that filter into the week's worth of activities. Hunter Hayes definitely gave his fans a little something extra on Friday with a surprise performance downtown.…

  17. Macklemore, Ryan Lewis Partner With Mothers and Sons on Broadway for 30/30 Project

    June 03, 2014 7:19 PM EDT The Seattle rap duo is heading to Broadway for a fundraiser to aid Construction for Change, an organization that helps build medical centers for victims of HIV. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, whose 30/30 Project raised more than $152,000 on Kickstarter to build healthcare centers worldwide, are…

  18. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  19. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On?

    May 30, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Instead of the sound of contemporary Brazil, it's the same old Samba for World Cup songs. "The Girl From Ipanema" turns 50 this year, and Verve/Universal is celebrating with a reissue of "Getz/Gilberto," the Grammy-winning Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto album that…

  20. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Hootie & The Blowfish Enjoy 'View' From The Top

    May 26, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1995, the Darius Rucker-fronted band ruled the Billboard 200. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Irene Cara, Gretchen Wilson and the Beatles Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history May 26, 1984 Give it up for…

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