1. Janet Jackson Reportedly Working on New Album

    August 01, 2014 10:15 AM EDT More than six years after her last record ( Discipline ), Janet Jackson is back in the studio at work on new music.  The news comes from vocal producer and engineer Ian Cross. Cross helped engineer Jackson's last three studio albums, and in  a new interview , he opened up about the…

  2. DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen Dies At 35

    August 01, 2014 5:55 AM EDT New York-based DJ and electronic music producer Jeffrey Tonnesen has died unexpected at the age of 35. Tonnesen was a familiar face behind the decks at New York’s top-end nightclubs, and he was equally at home playing for the catwalks; his blue-chip fashion clients included Prada, Tiffanys…

  3. Rewinding The Charts: On July 29, 1967, The Doors' 'Fire' Lit Up The Hot 100

    July 29, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On this date 47 years ago, the band's legendary 'Light My Fire' burned a path to No. 1 With his skintight leather pants, come-hither looks and sex appeal, The Doors frontman, Jim Morrison, was the quintessential rock god of the late '60s. And on July 29, 1967, acolytes of…

  4. How 'Get On Up' Nailed the James Brown Look

    July 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Film's production and costume designers lead Billboard through the film's many times and places. Harlem's Apollo Theater, where James Brown recorded his legendary live album in 1962, was built in a middle school auditorium in Natchez, Miss., for Get On Up. "We got lucky,…

  5. Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea, Calls 'Fancy' A 'Game-Changer' For Hip-Hop

    July 24, 2014 6:16 AM EDT Questlove is calling it: Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” is the song of the summer. And he’s also calling BS on the controversy surrounding the Australian-born rapper’s extraordinary rise, her all-American accent, and her potty mouth.  Speaking to Time , Questlove lays it right out. “I’m caught in…

  6. Beyonce & Jay Z's 'On the Run' Tour Coming to HBO On...

    July 22, 2014 2:57 PM EDT No tickets to "On the Run"? You'll still be able to watch Beyoncé and Jay Z's drunk in love concert extravaganza — and sooner than expected (provided you have HBO).  The premium cable channel announced that Beyoncé and Jay Z's "On the Run" tour will…

  7. 'Love & Mercy,' Biopic on Brian Wilson's Dark Years, to Premiere in September

    July 22, 2014 1:52 PM EDT “Love & Mercy,” Bill Pohlad’s film on Brian Wilson’s dark years spent under the care of Eugene Landy, will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.   The film, starring Paul Dano as Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack and Paul Giamatti, is set…

  8. Interpol on Becoming a Trio & Maintaining Harmony: 'It's a Hard Thing to Do'

    July 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT 'Psychologically, it's just bedlam,' says Interpol frontman Paul Banks about the relationship among a group of guys as the quartet becomes a trio after a four-year hiatus Interpol frontman Paul Banks walks onto the deck of the Frying Pan, an antique ship that’s now a floating…

  9. Why Linda Perry Decided to 'Make or Break' It on Reality TV

    July 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT The former 4 Non Blondes singer and hitmaking songwriter tells Billboard why she's trying her hand at a new VH1 competition show -- and putting her uncompromising attitude on display "Sometimes I’ll look back at old pictures where I’m a little heavy and dressed funny and think, …

  10. Kanye West Will Release New Album 'Most Likely in September'; Readies 'All Day' Single

    July 21, 2014 12:38 PM EDT New music from Kanye West is on the horizon. During his cover story interview with GQ magazine , Kanye West reveals that we can expect his seventh studio album "most likely in September." But, he doesn't seem 100% sure of the release date: "I go back and forth. Like,…

  11. Pitchfork Fest's 10 Best Performances: St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Beck & More

    July 21, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Celebrating its 9th year in Chicago's Union Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival once again proved to be a charming alternative to the bloated, behemoth events that litter the summer calendar. Featuring as assortment of 43 left-of-center acts across its three stages, Pitchfork offered a…

  12. Chris Brown & Quincy Host Celebrity Kickball Game in Los Angeles (Photos)

    July 20, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Chris Brown and actor/singer Quincy squared off in a celebrity kickball game at Los Angeles’ Glendale Sports Complex on July 19 to help raise money for charity. Chris Brown Crashes Drake's ESPYs Hosting Gig: Watch Chris Brown Surprises at 2014 BET Awards with 'Loyal' Chris…

  13. CODE Guest Playlist: Michael Brun

    July 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Billboard CODE featured rising Haitian star Michael Brun last week and gave him a shot at compiling his influences into a compelling guest playlist. Brun did not disappoint, showcasing the unique blend of modern dance music and Caribbean sounds that will characterize his new Kid Coconut…

  14. Paris Hilton Releases Colorful Video for 'Come Alive'

    July 16, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Great news for anyone who regularly quotes "If you show me real love baby/ I'll show you mine": Paris Hilton has released a video for her new single “Come Alive," off Cash Money Records. The pink explosion aesthetic of the video could easily be confused for a razor…

  15. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

  16. Lorin Maazel, World-Renowned Conductor, Dead at 84

    July 13, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Lorin Maazel, a world-renowned conductor whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, died Sunday at his home in Virginia. He was 84. Maazel died at Castleton Farms from complications following pneumonia, according to a statement by The Castleton…

  17. Dave Grohl On New Foo Fighters Album: 'It's All About Reinventing The Process'

    July 11, 2014 12:22 AM EDT Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl brought a rock n' roll sensibility to the usually buttoned-down atmosphere of the summer TV critics' tour. His enthusiasm for his new HBO project "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" was evident with F-bombs sprinkled throughout his description…

  18. HBO Lands Beyonce and Jay Z's 'On the Run' Concert Special

    July 10, 2014 6:27 PM EDT HBO is expanding its partnership with Beyonce and Jay Z. The duo is teaming with the premium cable network to bring a concert special for their current worldwide On the Run Tour. Beyonce Lands HBO Series of Mrs. Carter World Tour Concert Segments Filming for the "On the Run Tour: Beyonce…

  19. Jeff Koons' Controversial Michael Jackson Sculpture: The Story Behind It

    July 08, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As a major retrospective of the artist's work rolls into New York, the artist talks about the making of one of his most iconic pieces: a larger-than-life rendering of the King of Pop and his beloved pet chimpanzee. Weeks after Michael Jackson's virtual performance at the Billboard…

  20. The-Dream Releases 'Royalty: The Prequel' EP: Listen

    July 08, 2014 1:14 PM EDT As promised, The-Dream releases his new EP, "Royalty: The Prequel." The 7-song EP features The-Dream doing what he does best: singing and writing about the bad, the good and the ugly of love. "Royalty" reunites Terius Nash with longtime collaborator, producer/songwriter…

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