1. 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…

  2. CODE First Play: The Chainsmokers, '#SELFIE (Botnek Remix)'

    June 10, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Remixing a chart-topping viral hit like “#SELFIE” is a tough undertaking. Canadian duo Botnek knew they had to come up with a clever twist as soon as The Chainsmokers approached them to reinterpret the No. 1 Dance/Electronic track. #Selfie Made Men: Chainsmokers Draw Interest from Across…

  3. Lena Dunham Performs Sia's 'Chandelier' on 'Seth Meyers': Watch

    June 10, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Since Sia does not perform live (or, at least, perform while facing an audience or camera), the pop singer-songwriter has needed some assistance while performing her Hot 100 hit "Chandelier" on television. After music video star Maddie Ziegler helped her out on "Ellen,"…

  4. '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…

  5. Summer of Iggy Azalea: 'Fancy' Rapper Defends Her Cred, Talks Lorde (Cover Story)

    June 09, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The say-anything, foulmouthed, lightning rod rapper suddenly owns summer as she ties a Beatles chart record (but she doesn't even care): "I'd rather be the Stones" Late one early-summer Saturday night, Iggy Azalea , one of the hottest pop stars on the planet,…

  6. Tonys: Neil Patrick Harris Gives Sting a Lap Dance During 'Hedwig' Performance

    June 08, 2014 11:31 PM EDT Neil Patrick Harris was back on the CBS airwaves during Sunday's Tony Awards broadcast -- in high heels. Introduced by RuPaul and alongside co-star Lena Hall, who won the Tony for best actress in a featured role in a musical, Harris treated Orlando Bloom a "car wash" by…

  7. 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…

  8. Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star

    June 07, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Stephen Trask is adamant. "It's not stunt casting!" the composer affirms over and over about bringing the musical ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to Broadway with headliner Neil Patrick Harris. "There are plenty of people that if we just wanted to do stunt casting, we could…

  9. Governors Ball 2014: Bastille Covers TLC's 'No Scrubs'

    June 07, 2014 9:06 AM EDT UK group Bastille took the stage in a toned down mostly black look, with lead singer Dan Smith rocking a gray wolf hoodie - before promptly removing it due to the especially warm Friday sun. Smith let the songs speak for themselves, launching into hits from their Bad Blood LP, with each…

  10. Royksopp & Robyn's 'Again,' Idina Menzel's Remixed 'Go' Crown Dance Charts

    June 05, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Norwegian duo Royksopp (Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland) and Swedish singer Robyn team up for each act's first Dance/Electronic Albums No. 1, as the EP "Do It Again" bows with 15,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, the set's title cut single…

  11. Ringo Starr Producing His New Album; Talks Tour, Beatles & His 'Incredible Year'

    June 05, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Ringo Starr has had a ball celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America this year as well as some of his own honors. But, he says, it's put a bit of a crimp in plans for his next album. Starr tells Billboard that he's "probably two-thirds through…

  12. CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win

    June 05, 2014 12:26 AM EDT With thousands of country music fans in town for the CMA Music Festival, it's only right that the week needed a kick-off party – and as always, the fan-voted CMT Music Awards fit the bill offering a high-energy telecast that got the week started on the right foot, especially for Carrie…

  13. 2014's Most Anticipated Dance Festival: Whose Lineup is Most Exciting? (Poll)

    June 04, 2014 2:28 PM EDT With Mysteryland USA, Movement and EDC New York in the books, summer festival season is officially upon us. Following EDC Las Vegas' lineup announcement last week, CODE takes a peek at some of the most highly anticipated upcoming festivals and offers you an opportunity to pick which…

  14. Shawn Mendes, Vine Superstar, Signs with Island Records: Exclusive

    June 04, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Last August, Shawn Mendes noticed that of all the six-second videos uploaded to the sharing service Vine -- from a tutorial on making steak tartare  to RiFF RaFF's ode to his shampoo bottle -- no one had uploaded a clip of a simple song. Sensing an opportunity, the Toronto 15-year-old,…

  15. Coldplay Chills For Second Week At No. 1, Mariah Carey Debuts At No. 3

    June 04, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Austin Mahone and Crowder also score Top 10 debuts on the albums chart Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while the top debut is Mariah Carey's "Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse" at No. 3. "Ghost…

  16. Casey Kasem's First Wife on Meat-Tossing Second Wife Jean Kasem: 'She Is Absolutely Crazy'

    June 03, 2014 11:12 PM EDT DJ Casey Kasem, 82, who suffers from dementia and is worth $80 million, was taken from a friend's home in Silverdale, Wash., to a hospital on June 1 as his wife, Jean Kasem, angrily hurled hamburger meat, muttering about King David and dogs. Her macabre outburst, meant to satirize the…

  17. How Marty Friedman Went From Megadeth to the 'Ryan Seacrest Of Japan'

    June 03, 2014 11:37 AM EDT "Chubo desu yo!" translates into English as “It's the Kitchen!,” and it's a mainstay of Japanese TV. Each week the show's jovial host Masaaki Sakai, a singer-comedian and household name, cooks a meal while engaging guests in humorous off-topic banter. Tonight's…

  18. Chart Highlights: John Legend's 'All Of Me' Crowns Fifth Airplay Chart

    June 02, 2014 4:35 PM EDT As it rises 2-1 on Adult Contemporary, the ballad becomes one of an elite group of songs to dominate at least five singular-format radio airplay charts. Plus, new No. 1s for Justin Timberlake, Idina Menzel and Billboard Hot 100 leader Iggy Azalea Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a…

  19. 'American Idol' Alum David Archuleta to Fans: 'I'm Not Dead' (Watch)

    June 02, 2014 1:55 AM EDT American Idol alum David Archuleta has a message for his fans: “I’m not dead.” The season seven runner-up, who recently returned from a mission in Chile with his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted a new vlog on YouTube to discuss his new path in the music…

  20. Ask Billboard: Sam Smith Triples Up In The Top 40

    June 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Is the pop singer/songwriter the first British act to place three songs in the top 40 at back-to-back-to-back ranks? A trip through Hot 100 history reveals the answer As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

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