1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  2. Trey Songz's 'Na Na' Translated for Old People on 'Kimmel' (Video)

    July 02, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Last night, R&B pretty boy Trey Songz came on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" so Kimmel could tell everyone how good Songz is at sex. Well, that's not exactly what the plan was, but that's how it turned out. As part of the segment "New Lyrics For Old People," Songz…

  3. Snoop Dogg Hosts 'Plizzanet Earth' on 'Kimmel'

    July 01, 2014 11:57 AM EDT It looks like Snoop Dogg is taking up a new profession: narrator of a nature show. Last night, on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the rapper premiered a new skit, “Plizzanet Earth.” “I'm fascinated by the planet and all the creatures that crawl all over it,” Kimmel told the audience. "That&…

  4. Spoon Perform 'Rent I Pay' and 'Rainy Taxi' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' (Watch)

    June 27, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Last night (June 26), Spoon performed two songs off their upcoming album, “They Want My Soul,” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” After a brief introduction, the band launched into their new single, the Rolling Stones-esque “Rent I Pay” and finished with a web-exclusive performance of “Rainy Taxi.” …

  5. Angaleena Presley Announces Debut Solo Album 'American Middle Class'

    June 27, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Kentucky native Angaleena Presley first made waves as one-third of Pistol Annies along with Ashley Monroe and Miranda Lambert. Now, the traditional stylist will follow in the paths of her Annies partners with the release of her very first solo album, "American Middle Class," on…

  6. Jean Shepard Reflects on Her Life 'Down Through The Years'

    June 26, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard is in a reflective mood these days, and much of that stems from releasing her long-awaited autobiography, "Down Through The Years." She admitted to Billboard that it has been a work in progress – for a while. “I’ve been working on it…

  7. Bleachers Bring 'I Wanna Get Better' & 'Shadow' to 'Kimmel' (Video)

    June 26, 2014 10:26 AM EDT With the release of their debut album fast-approaching, Bleachers brought their peppy electro-pop to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night for a two-song performance. The quintet led by frontman Jack Antonoff played a pair of songs from the forthcoming debut album "Strange Desire,…

  8. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 25, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The minute Dave Chappelle walked out on stage at Radio City Music Hall, the sold-out audience smiled, cheered loudly, and laughed. These are the reactions to feelings we have when we’re reunited with a long lost friend, and to many, that is who Chappelle is to us: A friend we have missed…

  9. Kanye West's Entire Cannes Interview: On Jay Z, Beats By Dre & Twitter

    June 24, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Kanye West's candid interview during last week's "Technology, Culture and Consumer Adoption: Learning To Read The Cultural Landscape" seminar at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has finally arrived online in full. Watch Yeezus discuss the Beats-Apple…

  10. Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Dies at 86

    June 22, 2014 1:03 PM EDT The Grand Ole Opry vet died on June 21 following a brief illness at age 86 Country music has lost one of its veteran entertainers with the passing of Grand Ole Opry performer Jimmy C. Newman. The performer died on June 21 in a Nashville hospital following a brief illness. He was 86.…

  11. 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…

  12. Lionel Richie Gets 65th Birthday Tribute From Kid Rock at Concert Near Detroit

    June 21, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Lionel Richie turned 65 in style on Friday night (June 20), with Kid Rock in the flesh and a bunch of his other friends via video. The veteran pop icon had just finished the main portion of his set at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in the Detroit suburb of Independence Township when crew and…

  13. Cody Simpson, MKTO Play Acoustic Set Sponsored By Hollister (Watch)

    June 20, 2014 3:40 PM EDT Cody Simpson recently stopped by the Hollister House in Santa Monica to meet some fans, soak up a lil' beachside sun and perform a stripped down gig for an excited audience packed in the swimming pool. Following openers MKTO, Simpson's set included old hits including "…

  14. Linkin Park Perform 'Guilty All The Same', 'Until It's Gone,' and 'Wastelands' on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!'

    June 20, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Last night, Linkin Park took to the stage to perform three songs off of their newly released album, “The Hunting Party”, on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The performances were part of iHeartRadio’s album release party, an hour-long set that was streamed online. The band opened with their new single, …

  15. Pitbull Addresses His Short Pants, Plays 'Giant Beer Pong' on 'Tonight Show'

    June 20, 2014 11:32 AM EDT Last night, musician Pitbull appeared on the ‘Tonight Show’ and brought his now infamous short pants with him. Pitbull sat down to talk with host Jimmy Fallon about his upcoming star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his recent World Cup performance with Jennifer Lopez. “Who would have…

  16. Tomorrow's Hits: Meg Myers' 'Desire' Grows At Alternative; Jungle, RaeLynn Rise

    June 20, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Meg Myers, Jungle and RaeLynn Meg Myers Having charted her debut Atlantic EP "Make a Shadow" on Heatseekers Albums in March,…

  17. Fun. Debuts Anthemic New Song 'Harsh Lights' on 'Tonight Show'

    June 19, 2014 9:58 AM EDT fun. are back with a new song from their forthcoming third album called "Harsh Lights." The members of fun. had been discussing their new album in interviews, so many predicted they'd share a new song when their name appeared as musical guest on "The Tonight Show with…

  18. 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…

  19. The Roots Join Jimmy Fallon in 80s 'Dance Avenue' Sketch on 'Tonight Show' (Video)

    June 18, 2014 9:48 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon has been on a roll lately with dance-related sketches. A week after facing off against Jennifer Lopez in a tight pants dance-off , he's resurrected some funky 80s vibes for another installment in his "Dance Avenue" series. In this sketch, filmed as part of the …

  20. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit of it in deeply moral terms. For Jobs, that…

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