1. Casey Kasem’s Death: Musicians and Celebrities React on Twitter

    June 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT With the sad news that legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem died on Sunday (June 15) at the age of 82, musicians and celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the American Top 40 radio who brought them great music for nearly four decades. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82…

  2. Sam Smith on Love: 'I'll Be Excited When I Get My Heart Broken Properly'

    June 13, 2014 2:54 PM EDT After publicly coming out to the press, the soul singer arrives in the United States with an unfailingly 
frank album full of melancholy. Maybe it’s the sunshine on this unseasonably warm mid-May day in London, or maybe it’s just a gnarly hangover, but Sam Smith is having a little trouble…

  3. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  4. Sonar 2014 Preview: Lykke Li, Royksopp & Robyn and More

    June 12, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Sonar 2014 kicks off today (June 12) in Barcelona, offering attendees an awe-inspiring collection of artist talent and Sonar+D industry and technology panels. CODE takes a look at some of the concert and event highlights that the three-day Spanish festival has to offer this year. Thursday,…

  5. Iggy Azalea Continues Record-Tying Run Atop Hot 100; Sam Smith Soars Into Top 10

    June 11, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The rapper rules for third frame with 'Fancy,' while holding at No. 2 as a featured act on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, Sam Smith vaults to his first top 10 with 'Stay With Me' Iggy Azalea tallies a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. '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…

  9. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Lady Gaga Makes Her 'Way' To No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 09, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2011, 'Born This Way' bowed atop the tally. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Diddy Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 9, 2007 Seven years ago today…

  10. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Top Music Winners at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT Performer Neil Patrick Harris wins leading actor while Jessie Mueller takes home leading actress for her portrayal of Carole King in 'Beautiful.' The show also featured onstage turns by Sting, Carole King, Idina Menzel and Gladys Knight. It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have…

  11. Governors Ball 2014: Disclosure Performs Majority of Debut Album, Brings out AlunaGeorge (Video)

    June 08, 2014 1:22 PM EDT English dance duo Disclosure drew a sea of people to the Honda stage during its mid-afternoon on Saturday (June 7) at Governors Ball in New York. Governors Ball 2014 • PHOTOS: Live at Governors Ball! • Jack White's Red Hot Saturday Set • The Strokes Return to NYC • Skrillex Brings the…

  12. 13 Hot Governors Ball Moments: Skrillex Lifts Off, Jack White Reigns, The Strokes Rock Day 2

    June 08, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Watch video of key Governors Ball moments. Governors Ball 2014 rolled on Saturday (June 7) with another beautiful day on Randall's Island as Jack White brought the rock (and the singsongs), The Strokes brought out crowd favorites, Skrillex fired up the mothership, Childish Gambino and…

  13. Destiny's Child Almost Reunion: Michelle Williams on Recruiting Beyonce, Kelly Rowland For 'Say Yes'

    June 05, 2014 12:38 AM EDT Michelle Williams sent longtime fans into a tizzy on Monday with the debut of her new single, "Say Yes" but diehards had already heard the track a few weeks earlier when an unofficial version leaked. Blame former Destiny's Child groupmates Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland, who…

  14. Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige Team Up For New Version of 'Stay With Me': Listen

    June 02, 2014 11:53 AM EDT After Mary J. Blige gave Disclosure's "F For You" a makeover earlier this year, the R&B queen has stopped by Sam Smith's latest single, "Stay With Me," and contributed vocals to the gospel-tinged track. Listen to the new version, which premiered Monday…

  15. Ask Billboard: Sam Smith Triples Up In The Top 40

    June 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Is the pop singer/songwriter the first British act to place three songs in the top 40 at back-to-back-to-back ranks? A trip through Hot 100 history reveals the answer As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  16. 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Promoter Cites Low Ticket Sales for Arena Tour Cancellation: Update

    May 31, 2014 9:13 PM EDT "It became obvious the shows were in trouble, but we tried until the last moment to give it every chance to turn around" Following news last night that the star-studded, multimillion-dollar production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's "Jesus Christ Superstar"…

  17. One Direction Pot-Smoking Video 'In the Hands of Our Lawyers'

    May 28, 2014 3:26 PM EDT A representative for One Direction says the band's lawyers are dealing with a video showing two band members smoking what the singers referred to as an "illegal substance." British tabloid The Daily Mail posted the clip Tuesday of Zayn Malik smoking and speaking with…

  18. Maya Angelou Dead: Beyonce, Rihanna, Common Pay Tribute to Iconic Poet

    May 28, 2014 12:22 PM EDT As news broke that author Maya Angelou -- who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page -- died on Wednesday morning at 86 , the music world paid tribute via social media. Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Common and Ryan Seacrest took…

  19. One Direction Smoking Joint Before Show in Leaked Video: Watch

    May 27, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Video emerged Tuesday showing One Direction members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking a rolled up “joint”, as they joke about drug use.  In the video, obtained by the UK’s Daily Mail , Tomlinson shoots the video and narrates along in the back of a SUV as the pop stars drive…

  20. Luis Fonsi '8' Video Q&A: On New Album, Staying Young, Fans & More

    May 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT With the release of Luis Fonsi's new album "8," the Latin Pop singer gets candid in a video interview with Billboard behind the scenes at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference . In 1998, when Luis Fonsi was releasing his first album, he was being pitched as Universal’s…

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