1. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges, Memphis Soul Songwriter & Guitar Great, Dead at 68

    June 24, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who played a significant role in shaping the sound of Memphis music, has died due to complications from emphysema. He was 68.  Born June 3, 1946 in Germantown, Tennessee, Hodges was always bound to find his place in a…

  2. Pearl Jam Take On 'Frozen' Hit 'Let It Go': Watch

    June 22, 2014 4:43 PM EDT As a father of two girls, even Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is not immune to the cultural phenomenon that is "Frozen."  Pearl Jam Announces Fall U.S. Tour Almost like an inside joke, at a show Friday in Milan, Italy, during an extended riff on their song "Daughter,"…

  3. Mourners Hear Casey Kasem's Voice at Private Memorial

    June 22, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Casey Kasem's family and close friends celebrated him in the same way much of America did - by listening to his unmistakable radio voice. Remembering Casey Kasem: Regional Hero, National Treasure Casey Kasem Remembered (1932-2014) Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82 Mourners at a…

  4. Lorde Responds to Iggy Azalea’s Criticism of Her Nirvana Rock Hall Tribute

    June 21, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Lorde has responded to critical comments made by Iggy Azalea to Billboard about her performance with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April. Iggy Azalea On Lorde's Nirvana Rock Hall Tribute: 'She Is Not Kurt Cobain's…

  5. Russell Simmons Shooting TV Pilot, Producing Rap Opera & Spending Millions on Movies

    June 20, 2014 11:38 AM EDT The hip-hop mogul looks to "reintegrate Hollywood" Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat. The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles early in 2014. Now, he is…

  6. Electric Daisy Carnival Preview: Organizer Says 2014 Will Be 'One For The Record Books'

    June 20, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella discusses what makes EDC unique, how they will minimize drug use and the progress of a dance awards show. Since making its Sin City debut in 2011, Insomniac's flagship Electric Daisy Carnival festival in Las Vegas has become a musical holiday that many…

  7. Firefly 2014: Organizers Promise 'Bigger & Better' Festival

    June 19, 2014 1:30 PM EDT There’s a new theme to the upcoming third annual Firefly Music Festival in the lush Woodlands behind the Dover International Speedway in Delaware: “Bigger and better,” says festival director Greg Bostrom. He’s not kidding. In addition to adding a fourth day in 2014, which subsequently means…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,"…

  10. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  11. Fantasia Q&A: 'Still Full of Joy' Ten Years In, Talks Fifth Album & 'After Midnight'

    June 18, 2014 11:15 AM EDT It's been a busy seven months for Fantasia . The singer/songwriter began starring in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "After Midnight," which bowed last November. Then she and the cast — with Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle —  opened the Tony Awards . "I was so happy…

  12. 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…

  13. The Gaslight Anthem Sets Summer Release Date For Fifth Album ‘Get Hurt’

    June 16, 2014 3:03 PM EDT New Jersey rock band the Gaslight Anthem has announced that its fifth album, “Get Hurt,” will be released on Aug. 19 through Island Records. The Gaslight Anthem Readies First Major-Label Debut The new set follows the group’s 2012 major-label debut, “Handwritten,” which peaked at No. 3 on…

  14. Billy Idol to Release First New Album In Nearly A Decade

    June 16, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Punk rock veteran Billy Idol will release his first new album of original material in October through his own BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services. Produced by Trevor Horn, the as-yet untitled album will be released around the same time as “Dancing with Myself," Idol’s self-penned…

  15. NWA Biopic Casts Its Dr. Dre, Eazy-E (Sources)

    June 16, 2014 7:50 AM EDT After more than five years, four writers and a tough-to-please trio that holds cast and script veto power, Universal's N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is finally getting the green light. Sources say the studio has assembled its leading threesome to tackle the roles of…

  16. Kasabian's '48:13' Arrives at No. 1 in U.K.

    June 16, 2014 6:55 AM EDT British rock staples Kasabian notched their fourth U.K. No. 1 album as “48:13” (Columbia/Sony) debuted at the top with 70,000 sales on Sunday (15), according to Official Charts Company data. 2012 “X Factor” contestant Ella Henderson scored an instant No. 1 single with “Ghost” (Syco Music/Sony…

  17. Casey Kasem’s Death: Musicians and Celebrities React on Twitter

    June 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT With the sad news that legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem died on Sunday (June 15) at the age of 82, musicians and celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the American Top 40 radio who brought them great music for nearly four decades. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82…

  18. Rick Rubin Says He’s Working on Kanye West's Seventh Album

    June 14, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Producer Rick Rubin has confirmed that he’s working with Kanye West on the rapper’s follow-up album to 2013’s “Yeezus,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Kanye West's 2014 Album: Everything We Know So Far Rubin told BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe that he’s currently "…

  19. Rita Ora Breaks Silence on Calvin Harris Breakup

    June 12, 2014 2:07 PM EDT Less than a week after Scottish producer Calvin Harris announced on Twitter that he and Rita Ora had officially ended their romantic relationship, the 23-year-old British singer has addressed the breakup on her own Twitter account . Calvin Harris Confirms Split with Rita Ora: ‘I Wish Her All…

  20. Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson Join Forces In Recording Studio

    June 12, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Pop stars Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson recently joined forces in the recording studio and wrote a wrote a “beautiful guitar track,” according to a tweet from Simpson, who described the experience as a “chill studio session.” chill studio session last night with @justinbieber . wrote a…

Pages