1. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  2. Casey Kasem: The Man Who Made Countdowns “Coast To Coast"

    June 15, 2014 7:14 PM EDT “American Top 40,” the syndicated program currently heard worldwide on hundreds of radio stations, has been around so long that it’s easy to assume all countdowns began with the show co-created and hosted by Casey Kasem starting in 1970. Kasem, who died today at 82 after a long battle with…

  3. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at St. Anthony's Hospital in Gig Harbor, Wash…

  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. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall

    June 12, 2014 11:43 AM EDT "Band of Brothers" arrives June 17. The prolific artist will be releasing another originals-heavy album, "December Day," recorded with his band, in the fall Willie Nelson says he only had to look as far as "Band of Brothers" producer Buddy Cannon to get him…

  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. 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…

  8. The Juice Podcast: Trey Songz Plays Love Doctor; Talks 'Trigga' Album, Nicki Minaj & Justin Bieber

    June 06, 2014 2:23 PM EDT The singer-songwriter shares that he's five songs into his next album and hints on its title. For this week's episode of The Juice Podcast, Trey Songz stopped by the Billboard NYC studio to offer love and sex advice and insight on his upcoming album, "Trigga" (July 1).…

  9. Justin Bieber Loses Again: How His Racist Jokes Will Impact His Career

    June 05, 2014 5:40 PM EDT The leaked videos are a short-term disaster for Bieber -- but don't necessarily spell doom for his long-term outlook. Remember when Justin Bieber was a precocious pop star, peddling inoffensive hooks and religious-leaning autobiographies , lookalike dolls and tween-friendly fragrances ?…

  10. Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, Tegan and Sara Confirmed for LGBT ‘Trailblazers’ Special

    June 04, 2014 7:03 AM EDT Against Me! singer/songwriter Laura Jane Grace and Tegan and Sara are among the artists confirmed to appear on Logo TV’s "Trailblazers" special, an hour-long program that honors pioneers in the fight for LGBT rights. Brooklyn Nets’ basketballer Jason Collins -- the first male…

  11. 'Sugar Man' Singer Rodriguez Holds Down Los Angeles Gig

    June 02, 2014 4:41 PM EDT The unfathomable story line of the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” which culminates with a series of South Africa arena concerts in 1998, appears to be playing out in similar fashion in the United States. Two years after “Sugar Man's” subject, Sixto Rodriguez, was playing solo…

  12. Melissa Etheridge Marries Partner Linda Wallem

    May 31, 2014 9:44 PM EDT The couple of four years tie the knot in an intimate ceremony in Montecito, California Melissa Etheridge married Linda Wallem, her partner of four years, in an intimate outdoor ceremony Saturday night (May 31). People reports that the ceremony, which included Etheridge's four children,…

  13. Dolly Parton Longs for 'Home' in Playful Video (Watch)

    May 29, 2014 9:07 AM EDT Dolly Parton has just released a new video, "Home," from her hit "Blue Smoke" album. The playful video follows Parton as she prepares for a photo shoot. True to form, her wardrobe is colorful throughout, and she even breaks out the banjo for part of the clip. The…

  14. Russia Launches Song Contests As 'Alternative' To Eurovision

    May 27, 2014 12:13 AM EDT In the wake of this year's Eurovision win by cross-dresser Conchita Wurst, Russia's defense ministry is running a children and youth song contest, billed as "an alternative to bearded Eurovision," while another song contest, seen as having a similar mission, will take…

  15. Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Responds to Laura Jane Grace’s Criticism of ‘We Exist’ Video

    May 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler has responded to criticism from Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace about a music video for Arcade Fire’s gay-rights anthem "We Exist," starring Andrew Garfield as a transgender woman who finds peace while rocking out on onstage with the band at…

  16. Beyonce's Memorial Day Playlist Is Full of Classic Summer Soul

    May 25, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Now, don't ever say the Queen Bey never did anything for you There's a crazed thirst that befalls this country on Memorial Day weekend. It's a thirst that can only be quenched by sunlight, grilled food items, and music -- not just any music, but the kind that can't help…

  17. Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Criticizes Arcade Fire For 'We Exist' Video

    May 22, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Grace calls out the band for not using "an actual 'Trans' actor instead of Spider-Man." Last week , Arcade Fire released a music video for their gay-rights anthem "We Exist," starring Andrew Garfield as a transgender woman who finds peace while rocking out on…

  18. D'Angelo's Voodoo Still Transfixing at Red Bull Music Academy: Review

    May 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Over 14 years after his last album, the seminal neo-soul text, "Voodoo," defined an era, D'Angelo sauntered on stage in a classroom-sized theater at the Brooklyn Museum – as if he hadn't been gone a day. His signature cornrows dangled beneath a black fedora, cocked to the…

  19. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  20. The Black Keys Earn First No. 1 Album, Michael Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    May 21, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Rascal Flatts also score a Top 5 debut, while Dolly Parton scoops up just her second Top 10 album with "Blue Smoke" Rock duo the Black Keys collect its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Turn Blue" debuting at No. 1, while Michael Jackson's …

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