1. Universal Distances Itself From 'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Call

    July 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film. The company said in a statement late Thursday that "the filmmakers ... did not approve and do not condone the information in this casting…

  2. Lady Gaga's Former Assistant Writing Tell-All Book

    July 18, 2014 3:51 AM EDT Lady Gaga’s former assistant Jennifer O’Neill has signed with Atria Books to write a tell-all book about the musician. Page Six first reported news of the deal, which an Atria spokesperson confirmed. Lady Gaga, Ex-Assistant Lawsuit Ends in Settlement O’Neill worked for Gaga from 2009-11, when…

  3. Faith Evans Signs New Deal, Releases Track 'I Deserve It': Listen

    July 18, 2014 2:51 AM EDT R&B Grammy winner Faith Evans has signed a worldwide exclusive publishing and BMG Artist Services deal with BMG Chrysalis U.S. for her first new studio album in four years, "Incomparable," which will come out this fall. Her eighth studio album features the lead single, "I…

  4. Tim McGraw Didn't Slap a Female Fan, Rep Says

    July 17, 2014 10:17 PM EDT While a TMZ video from Tim McGraw's concert in Atlanta over the weekend purported to show the country star slapping a female fan in the crowd, his rep told Billboard on Thursday that he was just swatting away the forward fan's hand to keep the show moving. In the video, shot from…

  5. Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande & More Pick Up New Teen Choice Awards Nominations

    July 17, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The second wave of Teen Choice Awards nominees was unleashed late Thursday, and just like Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart, Iggy Azalea leads the pack . The Australian rapper picked up five more nominations, in addition to her previous nod for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist. Ariana…

  6. The Roots' Manager & Producer, Richard Nichols, Dies (Updated)

    July 17, 2014 6:33 PM EDT UPDATE: The Roots have issued the following statement on Nichols' death: The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception…

  7. Selena Gomez Reveals New Tattoo in Arabic

    July 17, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Even if Selena Gomez has been  linking up with Justin Bieber  as of late, the "Come and Get It" singer is still putting herself first -- and she's got the permanent ink to prove it. Gomez recently revealed a new tattoo just below her right shoulder. The four-inch inscription…

  8. What Brooklyn Girls Really Think of 'Brooklyn Girls'

    July 17, 2014 5:12 PM EDT We asked real-life Brooklyn ladies what they thought of the 'Brooklyn Girls' video Internet infamy officially achieved, Catey Shaw. Yesterday, Catey Shaw's video for her song "Brooklyn Girls," went viral, a mere two days after she posted it on YouTube. The video was…

  9. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  10. Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

    July 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Elaine Stritch, the tough and salty broad whose throaty singing voice and torrid Broadway performances made a New York legend, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.,…

  11. Attention, Country Music Hall of Fame Voters: Here's Who You Need to Induct

    July 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT To: The Voters for the Country Music Hall of Fame First of all, I understand the responsibility that you have to the industry and to the Hall as you go through your voting process each year. It seems that with each selection you make, the cries get louder for others to be inducted. It is a…

  12. New James Blake Song Debuted by The xx's Jamie xx: Listen

    July 17, 2014 10:30 AM EDT James Blake has a lot of new music on the way. His third studio album is nearing completion and at Bonnaroo last month, he told Billboard he's been collaborating with Kanye West and Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. More on James Blake: Governors Ball 2014: James Blake Entrances the Crowd…

  13. Beyoncé Leads MTV VMAs With 8 Nominations

    July 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Beyoncé has received eight nominations for the 2014 MTV VMAs, including a nod for Video of the Year for "Drunk In Love" with her husband Jay Z, as well as Best Female and Best Choreography for “Partition.” “Drunk in Love” is also up for Best Collaboration. Eminem and Iggy Azalea…

  14. Blues Guitar Icon Johnny Winter Dead at 70

    July 17, 2014 8:38 AM EDT Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in…

  15. The Seeds 'Pushin' Too Hard' Documentary Set For August Premiere

    July 17, 2014 3:21 AM EDT "The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard," the longform documentary about the classic L.A. garage-punk band, directed by Neil Norman, will have its premiere Aug. 16 at the Egyptian Theatre at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood. Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia and audio, and…

  16. Jason Mraz Announces '5 Boroughs' Tour of New York

    July 17, 2014 3:05 AM EDT Jason Mraz is in a New York state of mind. The Grammy-winning pop singer announced Wednesday that he will tour the five boroughs of New York in September. Mraz said at a press conference at the Empire State Building that he will kick off the tour Sept. 17 at the Brooklyn Center for the…

  17. The Five Best Drake Moments At The ESPY Awards

    July 16, 2014 11:45 PM EDT From a Chris Brown cameo to a 'Frozen' cover, here are Drake's five best moments as host of the 2014 ESPY Awards Normal 0 0 1 106 607 5 1 745 11.1539 0 0 0 Started from the bottom and now Drake’s hosting the ESPYs.  Drake put his considerable charisma on display Wednesday…

  18. Chris Brown Crashes Drake's ESPYs Hosting Gig: Watch

    July 16, 2014 9:55 PM EDT Chris Brown and Drake don't have the smoothest history. Between their on-and-off relationships with Rihanna, mutual dis tracks, and that bottle-breaking club brawl back in 2012, they just haven't seen eye-to-eye. But at Wednesday night's ESPY Awards, where Drake served as first…

  19. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  20. Florida Georgia Line's 'Dirt' Plows To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 16, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The duo blasts 40-1 and debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 11 with the first single from its sophomore album Florida Georgia Line cleans up with its highly-anticipated new single, "Dirt," the new No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The song rockets from No. 40 to No. 1…

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