1. 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…

  2. Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban Confirmed To Join Harry Connick Jr., Ryan Seacrest in 'American Idol' Return

    June 24, 2014 2:28 AM EDT American Idol has locked down talent for its upcoming 14th season. The long-running singing competition series is bringing back its trio of judges, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban, along with host Ryan Seacrest. The news follows the April announcement that Fox’s reality…

  3. Over 5 Million Vote on 'Rising Star' Premiere

    June 23, 2014 8:09 PM EDT More than 5 million votes were cast in real-time during Sunday night’s two-hour premiere of ABC's "Rising Star," ushering in a new era of interactive television. The " Rising Star" app that enables a viewer to vote was downloaded 1 million times on iTunes. '…

  4. Katy Perry Offers to Write Hillary Clinton Campaign Theme Song

    June 22, 2014 9:25 PM EDT Maybe Hillary Clinton will take up Katy Perry's offer to write a campaign theme song. The former Secretary of State, currently on a media tour to promote her book "Hard Choices," replied to the pop star's Friday offer, mentioning Perry's hit song "Roar." …

  5. 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…

  6. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake Among Initial 'Teen Choice 2014' Nominees

    June 17, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, One Direction and Beyoncé are among the first round of nominees for the "Teen Choice 2014" awards, which will air live on Fox August 10.  The celebration of teen icons includes celebrities across entertainment realms including music, movies,…

  7. 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…

  8. Ask Billboard: MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Revives Reggae

    June 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last…

  9. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Röyksopp & Robyn, Jon Hopkins, James Murphy & More

    June 14, 2014 5:42 PM EDT Sonar’s second day on June 13 boasted a staggering array of talent at both its By Day and By Night editions, including Röyksopp & Robyn’s electro-pop tour de force, a career performance by Jon Hopkins and stellar showings from German supergroup Moderat and French artist Gesaffelstein. The…

  10. Spice Girl Mel B Joining 'X Factor' U.K.

    June 11, 2014 9:04 AM EDT Former Spice Girl Mel B has been named as the fourth judge for the 11th season of the "X Factor" U.K. Mel B told the U.K. press she is "so excited" to be joining the show. She reportedly signed a deal worth $1.67  million (£1 million). The 39-year-old signer served as a…

  11. 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…

  12. Jamie Lynn Spears, Florida Georgia Line Crack Hits at City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

    June 08, 2014 9:54 AM EDT Team Opry edges Team iHeart with 13-11 victory at the 24th annual match during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Chase Rice, Scotty McCreery, Jana Kramer and Bobby Bones also hit the field Chase Rice is currently making waves these days with his current EP Ready Set Roll, but should he…

  13. Chris Daughtry 'Embarrassed and Ashamed' for D-Day Snub on 'Fox and Friends’: Watch

    June 08, 2014 7:00 AM EDT An appearance by “American Idol” alum Chris Daughtry on the morning show Fox & Friends has triggered backlash and a videotaped apology by the singer. The season-five finalist had performed as part of the program's All-American Summer Concert Series and when asked by the show's…

  14. Linkin Park to Headline MTV's First Fan Festival, Awards Show at Comic-Con

    June 06, 2014 5:33 AM EDT MTV Networks is going all in at Comic-Con. MTV is expanding its presence at the annual geekfest this July with its first fan-centric awards show and festival, tapping Linkin Park to headline the event, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The mtvU Fandom Awards and the Linkin Park-fronted…

  15. 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…

  16. 50 Cent: G-Unit To Release New Album 'By Late November'

    June 04, 2014 5:45 PM EDT After reuniting at Hot 97's Summer Jam on Sunday (June 1), 50 Cent announces the coming of a new album from G-Unit. Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne at Summer Jam 2014: Live Blog While stopping through Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia," 50 Cent said fans can expect a new G…

  17. Gwar's Dave Brockie Died of Heroin Overdose

    June 03, 2014 4:11 PM EDT The Virginia medical examiner's office says Dave Brockie, the frontman for the heavy metal band Gwar, died of an accidental heroin overdose. More Gwar Weird Merch: Gwar Gets Into the E-Cig Business PHOTOS: Gwar Through The Years Gwar's Top 5 Mainstream Moments: Fox News, '…

  18. Coldplay Collects Third No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    May 29, 2014 5:40 PM EDT With "Ghost Stories," Coldplay returns to an old haunt, the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart for a third time, as the set starts with 383,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As previously reported , the album arrives as the group's fourth leader…

  19. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Soar Onto Hot Country Songs In Top Five

    May 29, 2014 11:40 AM EDT The divas blast onto the chart following their performance at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus, moves for Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann and Jake Worthington As previously reported , Brantley Gilbert scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as his third studio album,…

  20. Luis Coronel, Enrique Bunbury Win at Inaugural Premios Los Angeles

    May 29, 2014 10:06 AM EDT The inaugural Premios Los Angeles awarded trophies to some of the most trending musical acts in Mexican music including Luis Coronel, the popular 18-year-old singer who was crowned the newcomer of the year. "I want to thank all of the L.A. fans," Coronel said, as he picked up his…

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