1. Australia’s Big Day Out Fest Canceled for 2015, Owners Promise ‘We Will Be Back’

    June 26, 2014 5:55 AM EDT Australia’s once mighty Big Day Out has been scrapped for 2015. But its new sole owners, the U.S. live event promoters C3 Presents, insist it’ll return in future in some configuration.  Execs at Austin, Texas-based C3, which produces Lollapalooza, say BDO will take a year off to rejig the…

  2. Jeff Bridges on Touring, Austin City Limits, and His 'Pretty Eclectic Show'

    June 24, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Jeff Bridges is going on the road. The actor, famous for roles in films such as "Crazy Heart," "The Big Lebowski," and "True Grit," is taking his music to fans in the midwest and the east coast this summer, along with his band, The Abiders. The tour, which…

  3. Robert Plant Drops Uplifting New Song 'Rainbow' (Listen)

    June 24, 2014 10:35 AM EDT There may be no chance of a Led Zeppelin reunion anytime soon, but Robert Plant has new music on the way. The singer-songwriter shared an optimistic new track called "Rainbow" from his forthcoming, grammatically-daring solo album "lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar." Built…

  4. Julian Casablancas Announces Punky New Album With Backing Band The Voidz, 'Tyranny'

    June 23, 2014 8:51 PM EDT The Strokes' frontman Julian Casablancas has announced a new album he'll release Sept. 23 with backing band The Voidz. It's called "Tyranny" and the announcement comes with an explanative anti-corporate statement.  Julian Casablancas + The Voidz LIVE at Governors Ball…

  5. Fantasia Q&A: 'Still Full of Joy' Ten Years In, Talks Fifth Album & 'After Midnight'

    June 18, 2014 11:15 AM EDT It's been a busy seven months for Fantasia . The singer/songwriter began starring in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical "After Midnight," which bowed last November. Then she and the cast — with Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle —  opened the Tony Awards . "I was so happy…

  6. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake Among Initial 'Teen Choice 2014' Nominees

    June 17, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, One Direction and Beyoncé are among the first round of nominees for the "Teen Choice 2014" awards, which will air live on Fox August 10.  The celebration of teen icons includes celebrities across entertainment realms including music, movies,…

  7. ‘After Midnight’ To Close on Broadway By End of June

    June 16, 2014 12:06 AM EDT The Broadway musical celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem is dancing into history: It will play its final show June 29. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number "After Midnight," a candy…

  8. 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…

  9. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  10. Drake & Lil Wayne Announce 31-City Co-Headlining Tour

    June 12, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Drake and Lil Wayne are going on tour together, finally. The two Young Money rappers will embark on a co-headlining  U.S. tour on August 8 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY. The Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour, which will stop through 31 cities, will run through September 27…

  11. Sam Smith's Google+ Hangout With Billboard

    June 11, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Watch again! Sublime British vocalist Sam Smith chatted live with Billboard and guests June 18 at 7pm ET. The day after Sam Smith both drops his highly anticipated debut album "In the Lonely Hour" and makes his Apollo Theater debut, the suave Brit singer-songwriter will join…

  12. Saba, 'Butter': Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 11, 2014 12:36 PM EDT Saba is up next, part of a crop of new talent from Chicago. The 19-year old rapper/producer, from Chicago’s Westside, began experimenting with music at 9-years old, and soon became a member of the rap collective, Pivot Gang. He's currently working on his second mixtape "COMFORTzone…

  13. Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles Perform on ‘PFC3: Songs Around the World’: Album Premiere (Exclusive)

    June 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and songstress Sara Bareilles are among the musicians throwing their considerable skills behind “PFC3: Songs Around the World,” the third instalment of the Playing for Change project. Billboard has an exclusive stream of the new album below. Pre-Order…

  14. New Pornographers Announce 'Brill Bruisers' Album, Share New Song & Tour Dates

    June 10, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The New Pornographers are finally back. Four years since the release of their last album (2010's "Together") the power-popping supergroup today announced plans to release its sixth studio album -- titled "Brill Bruisers" -- Aug. 26 via Matador. Check out the title…

  15. '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…

  16. Tonys: Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Open Show With 'After Midnight' Number

    June 08, 2014 9:28 PM EDT The Tony Awards kicked off with a high-energy song-and-dance spectacle on the Radio City Music Hall stage, featuring Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Fantasia Barrino and the cast of “After Midnight.” Tonys: How the 'Hedwig' Team Turned Neil Patrick Harris Into a Bona Fide Rock Star…

  17. Sara Evans Talks 'Frustrating' Lack of Women on Country Radio

    June 08, 2014 5:33 PM EDT It's been a return "home" for Sara Evans this week. Though she lives with her family two hours south in Birmingham, Alabama, the singer says the CMA Music Festival is important because the fans are right in the heart of Music City. "I love CMA Fest week because we travel…

  18. Kanye West Receives ‘Yeezus’ Cake from Kim Kardashian on 37th Birthday

    June 08, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Happy birthday, Kanye West! In celebration of his 37th birthday on Sunday, the rapper received a pretty cool birthday cake from his new wife , Kim Kardashian. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Marry In Italy Kardashian posted an Instagram photo of the cake, which spells out “Yeezus,” the title of…

  19. Austin Mahone On Those Justin Bieber Comparisons: ‘It's Kind Of Obnoxious’

    June 06, 2014 12:18 AM EDT Austin Mahone is over the Justin Bieber comparisons. Like Bieber, Mahone got his start on YouTube and catapulted to teen heartthrob status with his female-centric pop sound and dance moves. But the 18-year-old says enough is enough. "I can kind of see where they're coming from, but…

  20. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Dominate Billboard's Twitter & Social Charts

    June 05, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Ariana Grande takes the lead of the first weekly Twitter Top Tracks chart as "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, comes in as the most shared song on the social service for the week. Azalea's own "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX starts at No. 8. "Problem"…

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