1. 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…

  2. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  3. John Mellencamp, 'Small Town': Exclusive Premiere from His New 'Trouble No More' Live Album

    July 03, 2014 10:12 AM EDT July 4 is almost here and an all-American rock and roller is premiering a brand new cut from his upcoming live album: John Mellencamp. Billboard presents a raw, stripped-down live version of Mellencamp's heartland rock essential "Small Town," performed before a crowd of only 1…

  4. Drake, Beyonce, Jay Z Atop BET Awards Nominees

    June 29, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Could this year be a repeat for Drake at the BET Awards? Last year the rapper won video of the year and two more awards, and he could do the same Sunday, where he is nominated for five honors. The only difference: He'll actually be in attendance this year. Man Stabbed at BET Awards Pre…

  5. 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…

  6. Woody Guthrie Home Restoration Project In Trouble Over Financial Dispute

    June 20, 2014 3:00 AM EDT A dispute over the finances and control of a planned rebuild of folk legend Woody Guthrie's boyhood home in Oklahoma could put the project in jeopardy. The spat, an ironic turn considering Guthrie's songs that railed against greed, began after two Gibson guitars crafted with wood…

  7. N.W.A Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Shares Cast Photo & Release Date

    June 19, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Starring O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E, the Universal film takes the slot originally reserved for the next "Bourne" installment. Universal Pictures announced Wednesday that its N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta…

  8. Tracy Morgan Recovering After Surgery Following Crash

    June 08, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The actor and comedian, who hosted the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, remained in critical condition but was "more responsive" Sunday Tracy Morgan was recovering Sunday, but was expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks after having surgery on a broken leg suffered in a deadly…

  9. Cali Swag District Member Jayare Dies at 25

    June 07, 2014 11:43 AM EDT Jayare, a member of Inglewood, Calif., rap group Cali Swag District, died on Friday at 25 years old. Cali Swag District Spreads 'Dougie' Fever Jayare, whose real name was Cahron Childs, suffered from sickle cell anemia and was admitted to the hospital on Thursday night, according to…

  10. Lil Wayne, Pharrell & Drake to Perform at 2014 BET Awards

    June 03, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Some of music's biggest names will hit the stage at this year's BET Awards. Lionel Richie, Lil Wayne, Pharrell Williams, Drake, Usher, Trey Songz and Jennifer Hudson will perform. Comedians/actors, Kevin Hart and Tracy Morgan, will also take the stage. Lil Wayne, Drake and Trey…

  11. Skrillex Talks Diplo, Dubstep & Adding 'Craziest Skrillex Sounds' to 'Transformers' Movie

    May 30, 2014 8:59 AM EDT Skrillex has "a lot of stuff coming" in the, he hopes, near future. But the EDM majordomo says he doesn't necessarily feel pressure to do another full-fledged album like this year's "Recess." "In the electronic world, it's not as necessary to just…

  12. Doors Survivors Still Working on Ray Manzarek Tribute: 'We Don't Want It to Be Half-Assed'

    May 29, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Robby Krieger talks long-in-the-works tribute to the late keyboardist, plus his upcoming visit to Bonnaroo to play in Skrillex's Superjam set Robby Krieger says he and John Densmore still plan to pay musical tribute to their late Doors bandmate Ray Manzarek, but logistics have proven to…

  13. Marlon Wayans to Host MTV Africa Music Awards

    May 27, 2014 2:14 PM EDT MTV is bringing back an African music awards show after a three-year hiatus and is looking to give it a global push. Marlon Wayans will host the so-called MAMAs, short for the MTV Africa Music Awards, which will be held in the coastal resort of Durban, South Africa, on June 7. For the first…

  14. Ex-'American Idol' Contestant Corey Clark Loses $40M MTV Lawsuit

    May 26, 2014 3:20 AM EDT Corey Clark, who was disqualified as a contestant onAmerican Idol and later achieved notoriety for claiming to have had an affair with then-Idol judge Paula Abdul, has lost a $40 million defamation lawsuit against MTV and its parent company Viacom. He sued in July 2012 over various statements…

  15. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  16. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  17. Chris Rock to Host 2014 BET Awards

    May 15, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Shortly after revealing the nominations for the 2014 BET Awards yesterday (May 14), BET announces that Chris Rock is hosting the award show. "I watch the BET Awards every year. It's one of my favorite award shows combining people from movies, sports, TV and music," Chris Rock…

  18. Jennifer Lopez Talks 'A.K.A.' & Reflects On 'Selena' & 'On the 6' Album

    May 15, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has a handful of memorable "firsts;" From her first star role in "Selena" to her first studio album, "On the 6" (June 1999), both of which were wins for Latinos and catapulted her to stardom. It was only right to award JLO with this year's…

  19. Chad Smith Talks New Chili Peppers Album: 'We're Always Trying to Change and Grow'

    May 14, 2014 4:32 PM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers are early in the recording process for their follow-up to 2011's "I'm With You,"which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and hit No. 1 in 18 countries, including the U.K., Mexico, Ireland, Italy and Brazil. "It's only been a couple of…

  20. Beyonce & Jay Z Lead 2014 BET Awards

    May 14, 2014 10:42 AM EDT BET has announced the nominees for the 2014 BET Awards. Beyoncé and Jay Z take the lead with four nominations each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration ("Drunk In Love"), and Video of the Year twice ("Partition," "Drunk In…

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