1. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  2. Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70

    June 27, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer Bobby Womack, whose music was covered by, among others, the Rolling Stones, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the news of his passing this morning to The Hollywood Reporter. He was suffering from…

  3. Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid Announces Engagement to Courteney Cox

    June 27, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid will hear wedding bells in their future. McDaid, the multi-talented Snow Patrol member, and Cox released simultaneous statements announcing the engagement yesterday (June 26). "I'm engaged to her!," McDaid tweeted . “I’m engaged to him!” Cox…

  4. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Premiere Video for 'Somethin' Bad'

    June 26, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood’s new video for “Somethin’ Bad” premiered Wednesday (June 25) on CMT’s website. The hard-rocking video features the two singers in a mock-movie trailer as bandits Priscilla Parker and Belle Boyd. The single, off of Lambert’s latest album, “Platinum,”…

  5. Oscars Alter Music Campaign Rules

    June 25, 2014 2:44 PM EDT Just a few months after the Oscar music campaign became a fiercely competitive battle that included a disqualification, private concerts and considerable glad-handing, the Academy has silenced the campaigning. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Music Branch members may not attend…

  6. School of Seven Bells Cover Joey Ramone on Elegiac Final Recording

    June 25, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Before Joey Ramone died in 2001 of lymphoma, he had been working on a solo record on and off for several years. That record, "Don't Worry About Me," got a posthumous release a year later, containing the undeterrably positive song "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)…

  7. The Shins' James Mercer: Zach Braff Soundtrack Song 'One Of The Best Things I've Ever Done'

    June 24, 2014 12:20 PM EDT The Shins leader discusses the "So Now What" and the status of the "Port of Morrow" follow-up. James Mercer says the invitation to write for another Zach Braff movie offered a chance to do something with the Shins while his schedule has been dominated by Broken Bells, his…

  8. Kanye West, Foo Fighters To Headline Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful Festival

    June 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT More than 50 acts will perform the stage during the three-day fest, scheduled for Oct. 24 to 26. The Life Is Beautiful music festival, returning for its second year to Downtown Las Vegas, has announced the lineup for the 2014 edition. Scheduled for October 24 through 26, the festival…

  9. Firefly 2014 Sunday Highlights: Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, World Cup Fever & More

    June 23, 2014 7:51 AM EDT After four days of nearly non-stop tunes and entertainment, the third annual Firefly Music Festival was finally extinguished on Sunday evening (June 22). But before the lights went out, event organizers Red Frog made sure that the 80,000 folks in attendance made a few more memories in the…

  10. John Fullbright Stripped Down for 'Songs'

    June 20, 2014 3:41 PM EDT The title of John Fullbright 's latest album is pretty much says it all – "Songs." In an interview with Billboard, the Grammy-nominated singer says that it all begins and ends with the lyrical content. "If you don't start with a song, you're not going to end up…

  11. Firefly 2014: Organizers Promise 'Bigger & Better' Festival

    June 19, 2014 1:30 PM EDT There’s a new theme to the upcoming third annual Firefly Music Festival in the lush Woodlands behind the Dover International Speedway in Delaware: “Bigger and better,” says festival director Greg Bostrom. He’s not kidding. In addition to adding a fourth day in 2014, which subsequently means…

  12. '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…

  13. Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party': Track-by-Track Review

    June 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT There's a war going down on the new Linkin Park album, the band's first since 2003 not produced by Rick Rubin. Without the guidance of their bearded generalissimo, these Cali rap-rock commandos go rogue, flinging missiles in all directions. They attack record companies,…

  14. 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…

  15. Jennifer Lopez, 'A.K.A.': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 17, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has long been a jack-of-all-trades, excelling in acting rolls, as an on-stage entertainer and in her assorted business ventures.  “A.K.A.” marks the eighth studio album for the songstress, and first with Capitol Records.  An eclectic mix of sounds ring throughout the set as she…

  16. Tink Talks Working With Sleigh Bells, Timbaland; Premieres 'Used 2 Know' Video

    June 16, 2014 12:23 PM EDT With a Timbaland-produced album on the way, and collaborations with Jeremih, Kelela and Sleigh Bells under her belt, Tink has come across a huge rush of success recently. It's safe to say the 19-year old Chicago rapper has begun to carve out a space for herself. But to Tink, she's…

  17. Hedley, Drake Dominate Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 16, 2014 4:17 AM EDT Hedley, a Vancouver rock band that headlines arenas in Canada and has just released their new album in the U.S., not only kicked off the 25th anniversary broadcast of the MuchMusic Video Awards with a performance of their latest single, “Crazy For You,” but took home the most trophies of the…

  18. ‘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…

  19. Industry Reacts to Casey Kasem's Death

    June 15, 2014 6:07 PM EDT Just as some "Star Trek" viewers were inspired to follow science as a career or become astronauts, some of Casey Kasem’s most avid listeners pursued their dreams of working in radio. Billboard reached out to some key industry folks to find out what Kasem meant to their lives and…

  20. Casey Kasem: 4 Video Moments to Remember

    June 15, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Casey Kasem made his voice famous by counting down the top 40 hit songs on the radio. But his numerous TV appearances, as well as his stint hosting "America's Top 10," made his face just as recognizable. Casey Remembered | Baba Booey Reflects | Ryan Seacrest Reminisces…

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