1. Casey Kasem Widow 'Right Out of a Raymond Chandler Novel,' Says Daughter's Private Investigator

    July 19, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Casey Kasem's body is missing — and the private detective for the late DJs daughter alleges Kasem's widow took it to hide signs of elder abuse. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82 Kasem, who died June 15 at 82, was taken from a Tacoma funeral home despite a restraining order…

  2. Does Garth Brooks Still Have Country Superstar Clout?

    July 18, 2014 4:36 PM EDT This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Garth Brooks’ July 10 reveal of a new deal with Sony Music (an album on Pearl/RCA Nashville is due around Black Friday, and will be sold digitally on his own site, sidestepping iTunes) and an upcoming global tour had…

  3. Lance Bass Among Producers of 'Kidnapped for Christ,' Trailer Arrives Online (Watch)

    June 24, 2014 4:55 AM EDT Former 'N Sync member Lance Bass is one of the executive producers behind the award-winning documentary Kidnapped for Christ, set to premiere on Showtime on Thursday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). 5 Things To Know About Lance Bass The film chronicles the controversial Escuela Caribe, a…

  4. 'Frozen' Character Gains Popularity as Baby Name

    June 19, 2014 3:40 AM EDT "Frozen" is a big hit—in the maternity ward. Elsa, the ice queen played by Idina Menzel in the Disney animated hit, is gaining popularity as a name for newborns, according to parenting website Babycentre.co.uk . The character name has broken into their top 100 name list for the…

  5. Tamar Braxton Talks New Album, Motherhood & 'Braxton Family Values' Show (Exclusive)

    June 02, 2014 12:02 PM EDT A busy reality TV show schedule -- with, count 'em, three programs -- isn't keeping Tamar Braxton out of the studio. The youngest member of the singing Braxton family tells Billboard she's "more than thinking about" her follow-up to 2012's "Love and War,…

  6. Austrian Drag Queen Conchita Wurst Wins Eurovision Song Contest

    May 10, 2014 8:41 PM EDT The Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst won the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with a James Bond-inspired power ballad that had unleashed a wave of protests in eastern Europe before the competition. The song, "Rise Like a Phoenix," helped Wurst --…

  7. Toni Braxton Cast as Darlene Love in OWN Telepic

    April 03, 2014 3:30 PM EDT The Oprah Winfrey Network announced its upfront slate on Thursday morning, making officially its plans for a first-time miniseries and finding a lead for recently announced telepic "My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story." Octavia Spencer, the "Help" Oscar winner, will…

  8. 615 Spotlight: North 40 Have 'Lived Through It All'

    March 19, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Growing up in Arizona, North 40's Paige Logan has memories of listening to her favorite songs on 8-track tapes. "I remember listening to Credence Clearwater Revival, and I was a huge Boz Scaggs fan," she says, allowing that her father also played the music of country acts such…

  9. Eric Church's Superstar Moment: 'The Outsiders' Signals Radio, Touring Breakthroughs

    February 21, 2014 1:19 PM EST "I felt it was the right time for us to go to some places creatively that we hadn't been," Church says of the new No. 1 LP. Eric Church's "The Outsiders" proved to be the ultimate insider this week as it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a resounding…

  10. Sting Musical Heading to Broadway

    February 12, 2014 8:30 PM EST "The Last Ship" will premiere Oct. 26, with previews beginning Sept. 30 Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" has found a nice berth on Broadway. Producer Jeffrey Seller said Wednesday that the show -- inspired by Sting's memories of growing up in…

  11. Lance Bass Talks New Music, Moving Beyond 'N Sync and Wedding Plans (Exclusive Video)

    January 23, 2014 4:20 PM EST The first thing Lance Bass did after performing his new single for friends and family was to walk up to his boyfriend. It was a tender embrace that capped off a night in celebration of his single "Walking On Air."   The gathering at Pearl's Liquor Bar on the Sunset Strip…

  12. Logan Brill, 'Scars': Exclusive Video Premiere

    September 30, 2013 12:15 PM EDT Billboard is excited to premiere the video for "Scars," a cut from singer-songwriter Logan Brill's debut album "Walking Wires," coming Oct. 15 via Carnival Music. Brill says she and co-writer Jordan Dean approached the song with a break-up in mind. "Jordan came…

  13. 'The Voice' Is Back With Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo and Blind Auditions

    September 24, 2013 10:11 AM EDT NBC's "The Voice" is back, reunited and feelin' so good, especially after winning the Emmy for best reality competition program (making it the second show to ever beat out "The Amazing Race"). Christina Aguilera has returned with a short bob and slim bod, and…

  14. Sting's 'The Last Ship' Musical To Set Sail For Broadway

    September 19, 2013 11:58 PM EDT Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" will sail onto a Broadway stage after a stop in Chicago. Producers said Thursday that the show - inspired by Sting's memories of growing up in a shipbuilding community in northeast England - will appear on Broadway in the fall of 2014…

  15. Alabama Gets More Love With 'High Cotton' Tribute: Listen to Full Album

    September 09, 2013 6:00 PM EDT It seems that the legendary group Alabama is making musical news in a way that is similar to their glory days of the 1980s and 1990s. They are in the middle of their first tour in close to a decade, and will soon embark upon the high seas on the Alabama & Friends Festival At Sea cruise…

  16. Fantasy Boy Band Draft 2013: Vote For The Best Dream Lineup

    August 21, 2013 1:35 PM EDT The Billboard team conducted a fantasy draft of boy band members. Check out the full action below, and vote for your favorite dream team! The NFL football season is fast approaching, which means that it's currently the season for fantasy football drafts. Across the globe, friends…

  17. Big Time Rush Plays 'How Well Do You Know Your Band Mates?': Video

    July 26, 2013 1:50 PM EDT Big Time Rush has continued its successful split between television and music responsibilities by guiding its third studio album, "24/Seven," to a No. 4 debut on the Billboard 200 chart last month as Nickelodeon's "Big Time Rush" series kept rolling through…

  18. Emmy Noms Salute 'The Voice,' HBO Music Biopics and Composers

    July 18, 2013 10:55 AM EDT "The Voice," the talk shows of Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel and Ryan Seacrest received Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning for their work in the 2012-2013 TV season. In addition "Crossfire Hurricane," the documentary celebrating the Rolling Stones' 50th…

  19. John Conlee Looks Back Through 'Rose Colored Glasses'

    July 11, 2013 4:00 PM EDT Thirty-five years ago this summer, country music audiences first became acquainted with one of the genre’s most distinctive song stylists in John Conlee, and his breakthrough hit "Rose Colored Glasses." It was a song that forever changed both his life and career. "It’s hard…

  20. Sting Launching 'Ship' Album With Series of Benefit Concerts

    July 09, 2013 6:15 PM EDT As a sampler of his first album of new material in 10 years, and the forthcoming theater production of the same name, Sting will perform songs from "The Last Ship" in a series of 10 benefit concerts at the Public Theater in the fall. The shows, titled An Evening With Sting, are…

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