1. The Sun Sets On ‘Californication’: David Duchovny Discusses the Show’s Rock n’ Roll Connection (Q&A)

    June 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT This Sunday night (June 29th at 9:30p ET/PT), after seven memorable seasons, Hank Moody and his very distinctive ‘Californication’ crew will say farewell. When the credits come up on that last episode of the popular Showtime series, it will also mark the end of one of the most authentically…

  2. Scars on 45 Song Premiere: Listen To New Single 'Crazy For You'

    June 27, 2014 12:07 PM EDT This fall, British alt-pop collective Scars on 45 will release their sophomore album, "Safety In Numbers," through new label Nettwerk. Lead single "Crazy For You" is set to be released digitally on July 15, but you can hear the song in full now, exclusively on Billboard…

  3. Mike Will Made It, Ne-Yo, Jermaine Dupri Top Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 27, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Warner/Chappell wins publisher of the year for first time in 13 years. Last evening (June 26) was a big night for Mike Will Made It and Warner/Chappell Music. The songwriter/producer was named songwriter of the year and his publishing firm was crowned publisher of the year at the 27 th annual…

  4. Katy Perry Becomes the RIAA's All-Time Top Digital Artist

    June 26, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Perry has sold over 72 million digital singles to date Yesterday (June 25), Katy Perry was presented with yet another award in her record-setting three-album career. The Recording Industry Association of America named Perry its highest-selling digital act in the history of Gold and…

  5. Beatles' Mono LPs Given a First Listen: Catalog Box Set Preview

    June 26, 2014 3:14 PM EDT Five years after the Beatles' mono recordings were released on CD, Capitol Records and Universal Music are fostering the notion that to hear the Beatles music the way John, Paul, George and Ringo did in the 1960s, a mono LP is mandatory listening.   To illuminate that point,…

  6. Michael Jackson's Singles Sell 4 Million U.K. Copies In 5 Years

    June 25, 2014 11:19 PM EDT In a tribute to Michael Jackson, who died five years ago Wednesday, British music sales tracking firm The Official Charts Company on Wednesday disclosed sales information for "The King of Pop" since his death. "His British fans have downloaded nearly 4 million copies of his…

  7. Katy Perry Takes A Selfie With Vice President Joe Biden

    June 25, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Is Katy Perry’s next stop the White House? Probs not, but the pop star has been making some friends in the political arena. Just last week, the California girl posted a pic with Hillary Clinton and offered to write a campaign theme song for her; but it was yesterday’s #selfie that was next…

  8. Bill and Hillary Clinton Musical to Make U.S. Debut

    June 25, 2014 5:59 AM EDT Bill and Hillary Clinton are headed to New York City—in a musical. The former president and first lady are the center of a production that is set to open for a week of performances in mid-July, as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Hillary Clinton Praises Pussy Riot As ‘Strong …

  9. Mocking Mick Jagger's Losing World Cup Picks, A New Brazilian Tradition

    June 24, 2014 8:55 PM EDT The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger can't get no soccer satisfaction. In what's becoming something of a modern World Cup tradition, Brazilians are closely following every team the 70-year-old rock star supports with an eye at mocking him for apparently casting bad spells on his…

  10. 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…

  11. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It's a Blast, Isn't It?'

    June 23, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Six out of ten acts successfully raised the Wall on the first episode of "Rising Star," but the performer with the brightest smile after the ABC show's premiere was none other than the friendly expert, Brad Paisley. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works &…

  12. U.K. Singles Chart To Incorporate Music Streams For First Time

    June 23, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The United Kingdom's Official Singles Chart is to undergo one of the biggest shake-ups in its 62-year history next month when it begins incorporating audio streams for the first time The United Kingdom's Official Singles Chart is to undergo one of the biggest shake-ups in its 62…

  13. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

  14. Lana Del Rey’s 'Ultraviolence' Hits No. 1 in U.K.

    June 23, 2014 3:38 AM EDT Lana Del Rey’s sophomore set “Ultraviolence” (Polydor/Universal) made it two U.K. No. 1 albums in a row for the New York-born singer-songwriter, as the new sales charts were unveiled Sunday (June 22). Former “X Factor” contestant Ella Henderson started a second week atop the singles list with…

  15. 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." …

  16. NBC's Beatles Series Tripped Up Over Music Rights, Competing Project

    June 20, 2014 12:23 PM EDT News leaked June 13 that NBC has a team developing an eight-part mini-series on The Beatles . At the outset, it has two big challenges: no music rights and a competing project at Sony Pictures Television. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, publisher of all but six of…

  17. One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Buys English Soccer Club

    June 19, 2014 7:01 PM EDT One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is the new co-owner of English soccer club Doncaster Rovers. The team plays in the so-called League One, the soccer league two levels below the top-flight English Premier League. Financial details weren't disclosed. Steamy One Direction Fan Fiction…

  18. D'Angelo's Album Will Be Out in 2014, Touring in October, Manager Insists

    June 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT It's been so long, with so many false alarms, you start to lose track. D'Angelo 's long-awaited follow-up to his classic 2000 album "Voodoo" was supposed to come out in 2007. Then 2009. Then 2010. Then he started touring, for the first time in 10 years, in 2011 and…

  19. 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…

  20. BBC to Reunite Genesis for Documentary

    June 16, 2014 4:25 PM EDT The BBC on Monday unveiled an ambitious music strategy, including new shows, partnerships and other initiatives, such as a music awards show.  The U.K. public broadcaster said its plans, which also include a Genesis documentary that will reunite the band's original members for the first…

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