1. 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…

  2. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 4: Elton John Brings Out Ben Folds, Arctic Monkeys & Wiz Khalifa Shine

    June 16, 2014 4:13 AM EDT Even if it seemed like Kaskade’s late night Saturday set was barely over, Bonnaroo cruised into its final day (June 15) with the approaching Elton John finale giving everyone a little extra incentive to power on. But before the piano legend made his first-ever American festival appearance, an…

  3. Bonnaroo 2014: Sam Smith on Losing Bet with Manager, Performing for Largest U.S. Crowd (Video)

    June 14, 2014 11:22 AM EDT How did 22-year old British singer-songwriter Sam Smith feel after playing in front of his largest U.S. crowd to date at the 2014 Bonnaroo on Friday afternoon? Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More Bonnaroo 2014 • PHOTOS: Live at Bonnaroo! • 20 Hot Moments Say 2: Kanye,…

  4. Jimmy Scott, Iconic Jazz Stylist, Dead at 88

    June 13, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Jimmy Scott, the jazz star whose small stature, romantic phrasing and distinctly high voice helped make him one of the most unique vocal stylists of his era, died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. The singer was 88. His death was confirmed by his biographer, David Ritz,…

  5. Bonnaroo 2014: 15 Things You Need In A Festival RV

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Board games, boots and BSB: how the Billboard crew is surviving the 'Roo. Billboard has once again invaded Bonnaroo, and this year, we did it in style. A crew of fearless reporters (and a few of thier trusted friends) drove down from the New York area to Manchester, Tenn. in a 10…

  6. Justin Bieber’s Australia Tour Assistant Busted with Pot, Handed Good Behavior Bond

    June 13, 2014 3:55 AM EDT Justin Bieber's executive assistant on the pop star's most recent tour of Australia has been handed a 12-month good behavior bond after he was busted with pot at an airport. Terrence Reche Smalls, who no longer works for the Canadian singer, pleaded guilty via phone on Friday to two…

  7. Katy Perry Backs Education: 'Knowledge Is Power, Especially For Females'

    June 13, 2014 1:03 AM EDT As Katy Perry returns stateside to kick off the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour, she's reflecting on the hard work that got her here and preparing to pay it forward. "I'm an American girl that had a dream, executed a dream, came from nothing - and that really is…

  8. 615 Spotlight: Steven Padilla Releases Debut 'Good At Goodbye'

    June 12, 2014 7:08 PM EDT The debut album from newcomer Steven Padilla, "Good At Goodbye," has been released, and the talented newcomer tells The 615 that he is glad to finally have it out for his fans. That being said, the singer admitted to Billboard that one person who definitely isn’t listening to the…

  9. World Cup Brazil: Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull Perform at Opening Ceremony (Video)

    June 12, 2014 3:41 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez sambaed on the stage of the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil Thursday afternoon (June 12), accompanying Pitbull and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte during a performance of the official song "We Are One." Leitte, a star in Brazil,…

  10. Death From Above 1979 to Release First Album In a Decade In September

    June 11, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979 have announced their first full-length studio album in a decade.  The Toronto-based band will release "The Physical World" on Sept. 9 via Last Gang Records / Warner Bros. Records -- the home of their seminal 2004 debut, "You're a Woman,…

  11. Kelly Rowland Pregnant, Announces With Pint-Sized Sneakers on Instagram

    June 10, 2014 8:32 PM EDT Kelly Rowland took to Instagram Tuesday to announce she has a baby on the way. Posting an image of baby-sized Air Jordan sneakers beside a matching pair of adult-sized shoes with the caption, “I'll be stuntin like my daddy.....", the former Destiny’s Child singer let her fans put…

  12. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  13. 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…

  14. Taeyang's '1AM' Video: Watch the K-Pop Visual With a Rare 'Bed Scene'

    June 09, 2014 9:47 PM EDT The BIGBANG member also reuntied with bandmember G-Dragon for a performance of their new collaboration "Stay With Me" Any fan will tell you that K-pop videos typically skew more entertaining and wholesome rather than titillating and provocative. Even last year's sexiest K-pop…

  15. '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…

  16. 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,…

  17. Brad Paisley Talks Patriotism, Describes Soldiers As 'Our Most Important' People

    June 09, 2014 5:39 AM EDT While it's true patriotism means different things to different people in the U.S., Brad Paisley thinks we can all agree on one aspect: Military personnel should be treated with respect. This belief spurred two recent actions: Paisley joined President Barack Obama on a trip to Afghanistan…

  18. Governors Ball 2014: Sleigh Bells Rules Sunset With Relentless Set

    June 09, 2014 4:05 AM EDT As helicopters circled above the green at Governors Ball on Saturday (June 7), a flock of fans migrated from the Strokes on the main stage to the small Gotham stage ready in dark blues. As many walked through to catch Spoon on the Honda stage, those that stayed were rewarded with an ominous…

  19. Governors Ball 2014: Spoon Plays Old Favorites, New Song

    June 08, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Spoon are one of the most consistently awesome bands in indie rock, so it wasn’t too surprising that their just-after-dark set was a squeaky-clean collection of jams from their numerous standout records. Britt Daniel and company announced a new album (“They Want My Soul,” due Aug. 5) during…

  20. Bon Jovi Banned in Buffalo Over Bills Buyout Rumors

    June 07, 2014 6:40 PM EDT BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Livin' on a prayer isn't part of the plan for Buffalo Bills fans. Not content to sit back and hope for the best as their beloved NFL team is sold, they are doing everything they can to influence the next owner to keep the franchise in Buffalo. Jon Bon Jovi…

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