1. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  2. Babyface Working On New Album, Eyeing Valentine's Day Release

    July 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT "It's not necessarily a completely slow album. It's got a groove to it," the R&B legend tells Billboard. Hot off his successful collaboration with Toni Braxton on "Love, Marriage & Divorce," Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is readying his first solo…

  3. Kanye West's 'Rant Setlist': Read Funny Or Die's 'Yeezus' Parody

    July 10, 2014 4:35 PM EDT From Seth Rogen to Jimmy Kimmel to the writers of "Saturday Night Live" , Kanye West has long been a target of comedians. He's got plenty of valid points to be made about injustice in the world today, but his tendency to fly off the handle has made him susceptible to spoofs,…

  4. Courtney Love Heading to ‘Sons of Anarchy’ for Final Season

    July 08, 2014 7:59 PM EDT Courtney Love is joining the cast of FX drama "Sons of Anarchy" in a recurring role for the show’s final season, which airs this fall. Marilyn Manson Joins 'Sons of Anarchy' to Make His Father Proud The Hole singer has been tapped to play a preschool teacher for the…

  5. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Association International have announced the inductees into the NSAI Hall of Fame, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and…

  6. Jeff Koons' Controversial Michael Jackson Sculpture: The Story Behind It

    July 08, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As a major retrospective of the artist's work rolls into New York, the artist talks about the making of one of his most iconic pieces: a larger-than-life rendering of the King of Pop and his beloved pet chimpanzee. Weeks after Michael Jackson's virtual performance at the Billboard…

  7. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  8. J-Lo, Versace Lead Paris' Haute Couture Revival

    July 07, 2014 1:57 AM EDT Just a few years ago it was on the brink of extinction. Now, haute couture - the 150-year-old Parisian tradition of making unique, astronomically-priced handmade gowns - is back. The fall-winter 2014/15 collections started with brio Sunday with the Atelier Versace show, graced by Jennifer…

  9. Rich Homie Quan Slaps Fan at Wisconsin Concert: Watch

    July 06, 2014 8:05 PM EDT Things got a little out of hand during a Rich Homie Quan concert on July 4 at 3 Monkeys in Racine, Wis., where the rapper slapped a fan during his set. The following day, Quan posted on Twitter that despite footage of him being held back by a bodyguard on stage, nobody helped him during the…

  10. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  11. SiriusXM Fires ‘Opie & Anthony’ Host Over ‘Racially-Charged’ Tweets

    July 04, 2014 11:30 AM EDT SiriusXM has fired "Opie and Anthony" host Anthony Cumia after he posted a series of racist remarks on Twitter earlier this week. Patrick Reilly, senior VP of communications at the satellite radio company, wrote in a statement that the 53-year-old DJ's posts were "…

  12. Katy Perry, John Legend Lead 2014 Mid-Year Streaming Chart

    July 03, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Six months into the year, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" leads the pack as 2014's most-streamed track in the U.S., according to Nielsen BDS. Since January, the title has received more than 188 million plays across streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, YouTube and more. MID…

  13. Mick Jagger Calls Monty Python 'Wrinkly Old Men'

    July 02, 2014 3:23 AM EDT Rolling Stones singer appears alongside Charlie Watts in hilarious tongue-in-cheek sketch to mark comedy troupe’s reunion Sir Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmate Charlie Watts have released a hilarious tongue-in-cheek video to mark the long-awaited return of British comedy group Monty…

  14. Wiz Khalifa To Release 'Blacc Hollywood' On August 19

    June 30, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has finally announced the release date for his album, "Blacc Hollywood."  The rapper will unleash his third major label studio album on August 19. Wiz also unveiled the album cover for "Blacc Hollywood," which features him shirtless and letting out a puff of…

  15. 10 Things Seen and Heard at the 2014 BET Awards

    June 30, 2014 1:03 AM EDT From Lionel Riche’s tribute to Nicki Minaj’s onstage bunny co-star, Billboard runs down what you didn’t see on TV. The BET Awards red carpet was hot—literally—at about 80 degrees, but that didn’t stop the entertainment industry from sashaying in style and looking mighty fab -- from…

  16. BET Experience 2014: Outkast, A$AP Rocky & Rick Ross Pack the House on Day 2

    June 29, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Duo headlines second night of BET Experience concerts, joined by A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, August Alsina and more It was all about Outkast Saturday night (June 28) as the pair brought their 20th anniversary celebration to Los Angeles. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles…

  17. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles at Staples Center In L.A.

    June 28, 2014 3:02 PM EDT The pair kick off BET Experience at L.A. Live’s three-night concert series “Are you feeling delicious tonight?” A resounding chorus of female screams gave Maxwell the unequivocal answer to his question Friday night (June 27) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  It was the ninth stop on the suave…

  18. Corner Office: BET CEO Debra Lee Talks Classic BET Awards Moments, Chris Brown & More

    June 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Three decades is a mighty long timeto be in any industry, which makes Debra L. Lee, 58, chairman/CEO of BET Networks, even more of a wonder to behold, having survived and thrived while building the leading cable TV network targeting African-Americans. “I grew up with a small room and a little…

  19. The Juice Podcast: Charlie Murphy Talks Chappelle, Prince & Michael Jackson's Impact & Beyoncé Jokes

    June 27, 2014 4:23 PM EDT For this week's episode of The Juice podcast, we celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Prince's "Purple Rain" album and the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's passing (June 25). VIBE's deputy editor Clover Hope and writer Keith Murphy (VIBE, Myspace,…

  20. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

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