1. Ed Sheeran, 'x': Track-By-Track Review

    June 23, 2014 6:36 PM EDT From the start, Ed Sheeran has demonstrated a skill for shrugging off the conventions of mainstream pop while still managing to enjoy its successes: His breakthrough radio single focused on a crack-addled prostitute. "The A Team," from Sheeran's debut album, "+" …

  2. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

  3. Insane Clown Posse Can't Sue Feds, Justice Dept. Says

    June 23, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The U.S. Justice Department is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by Insane Clown Posse, which objects to a report that describes its fans as a dangerous gang. The government says the rap-metal duo from the Detroit area and its fans have no standing to sue. It also says it's not liable…

  4. Disney's 'Newsies' To End Broadway Run, Gets Ready For the Road

    June 23, 2014 12:25 AM EDT After a 2½ year run that defied initial expectations to become the fastest-recouping show in Disney Theatrical's history, Newsies will conclude its Broadway stay on Aug. 24 before embarking on a national tour. The decision comes as something of a surprise given that the show continues to…

  5. Remembering Casey Kasem: Regional Hero, National Treasure

    June 21, 2014 11:13 AM EDT I first remember hearing the smooth, dulcet tones of Casey Kasem in the summer of 1963 on the Pasadena-based radio station KRLA, where the disc jockey shared the dial with Bob Eubanks, Dave Hull and Jimmy O‘Neill. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82 During a six-year tenure at the Top…

  6. Robin Thicke Releases 'Paula' Album Art, Track List

    June 18, 2014 9:40 PM EDT As we reported last week , at first impression Robin Thicke's upcoming album "Paula" seems very much like a public apology to his estranged wife, Paula Patton.  Robin Thicke Names His Next Album ‘Paula’ (Report) If performing the lead single "Get Her Back" at the…

  7. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Massive Attack, Lykke Li, CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers, Brodinski & More

    June 15, 2014 9:35 PM EDT On Saturday, June 14, Sonar’s 2014 edition finished strong with another exceptional assortment of diverse talents, including a signature performance by Massive Attack, Lykke Li’s emotional stage show and energetic DJ sets by Brodinski and Boys Noize. 6:50 p.m.: At the SonarPlanta art…

  8. Industry Reacts to Casey Kasem's Death

    June 15, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Just as some "Star Trek" viewers were inspired to follow science as a career or become astronauts, some of Casey Kasem’s most avid listeners pursued their dreams of working in radio. Billboard reached out to some key industry folks to find out what Kasem meant to their lives and…

  9. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 3: Jack White Rocks, Frank Ocean Soothes, Skrillex Superjam Rages

    June 15, 2014 5:14 AM EDT By the third day of Bonnaroo 2014, the festival and its fans were in top form. Though no act matched the scope of Kanye West’s controversial headlining set the previous night, a barrage of a-list sets made for some memorable performances… and some very tough scheduling decisions.  Frank…

  10. 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…

  11. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, Paramore Score First Pop Radio No. 1s

    June 09, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Azalea's 'Fancy' crowns Pop Songs, while Paramore tallies its first airplay chart leader with 'Ain't It Fun.' Plus, new No. 1s for Katy Perry, Three Days Grace and Tito 'El Bambino' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  12. Governors Ball 2014: Jack White Delivers Red Hot, Raucous Headliner Set

    June 08, 2014 8:51 AM EDT As the crowd readied for Jack White's headliner set at Governors Ball , the distinction between those who chose Skrillex, at the Honda stage, over the former White Stripes frontman and his glorious Nashville-proud band was palpable, and almost welcomed. The half moon burned bright…

  13. Slain Banda Singer Tito Torbellino Remembered

    June 03, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Tito Torbellino, a rising singer in banda music, will be remembered during a memorial service in his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., five days after the regional Mexican entertainer was fatally wounded in northern Mexico during a business meeting inside a restaurant. The service will take place…

  14. Jack White, 'Lazaretto': Track-By-Track Review

    June 03, 2014 1:15 PM EDT That rattle and clang can only mean one thing: Jack White 's comin' 'round the mountain, pushing his trusty rusty shopping cart of American musical artifacts and curiosities. This time, he's peddling his second solo album, "Lazaretto," the latest in a long line…

  15. The Strokes Deliver Passionate Set During First Concert Since 2011 at New York’s Capitol Theatre

    June 01, 2014 11:52 AM EDT It was easy to get skittish before the Strokes’ concert at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., on Saturday night (May 31), the band’s first performance since late 2011.  For one thing, the set list possibilities were completely up in the air. Would the Strokes focus, on material off…

  16. Jack White Apologizes For Comments About Black Keys and Meg White In Lengthy Letter

    May 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Jack White posted a lengthy note on his website Saturday (May 31) to apologize for comments he made in a recent Rolling Stones cover story about the Black Keys ripping off his sound and past creative frustrations with ex-White Stripes bandmate Meg White. “It seems like it’s becoming obvious…

  17. Banda Singer 'Tito Torbellino' Shot to Death in Sonora, Mexico

    May 30, 2014 9:25 PM EDT A U.S.-born singer of northern Mexican "banda" music has been shot to death at a restaurant in the border state of Sonora. State police in Sonora said Tomas Tovar Rascon was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and was shot several times at the restaurant in Ciudad Obregon. Tovar Rascon, 33,…

  18. Bret Michaels Suffers Medical Emergency During Concert

    May 30, 2014 9:34 AM EDT The singer, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a child, was abruptly dragged offstage during a gig in New Hampshire after his blood sugar became dangerously low. Singer Bret Michaels abruptly ended a concert in New Hampshire after suffering a medical emergency. Guitarist Pete Evick…

  19. X's Exene Cervenka Calls Santa Barbara Shootings a 'Hoax'

    May 29, 2014 3:00 PM EDT On Friday May 23, gunman Elliot Rodger killed six people and wounded 13 others during a rampage in Isla Vista, Calif., near the campus of University of California Santa Barbara. But Exene Cervenka, singer of the long-running punk band X, isn't completely convinced. Over the past several…

  20. Bono, The Edge Join Fender’s Board of Directors

    May 29, 2014 12:43 AM EDT Bono and the Edge have done their bit to shape popular music, and save lives with tunes. Now they’re helping guide the fortunes of Fender. The U2 founders have joined the board of directors for Fender Musical instruments Corporation, the company behind the legendary Fender guitar lines.…

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