1. Insane Clown Posse Loses FBI 'Gang' Lawsuit

    July 09, 2014 7:27 AM EDT 'This is not the end,' says Insane Clown Posse member Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J The federal government can't be blamed for any fallout from a 2011 FBI report that put a gang tag on fans of the music group Insane Clown Posse, a judge has said. U.S. District Judge Robert…

  2. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  3. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  4. Would You Take Robin Thicke Back?: 10 Female Music Critics Answer

    July 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT From begging during performances to recording and titling his new album after Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has been trying hard—publicly, at least—to get his estranged wife back. Will the public campaign, including his album, help repair their marriage of nine years? Only time will tell.…

  5. 20 Awesome 'America' Songs

    July 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT It's impossible to live in the 50 states and not know about schoolhouse classics like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land," but those famous patriotic odes aren't the only way to give a musical shout-out to America. To celebrate the 4th of…

  6. Steelism on New Album's Influences: 'We Kind of Have Two Sides to What We Do'

    June 30, 2014 5:06 PM EDT For Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum – who comprise the eclectic duo Steelism, their performance at Thursday (July 3) night’s Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General gives them a chance to play in their home city. “We are so thrilled to be playing at Riverfront,” Fetzer told Billboard. …

  7. 'I Expected a Backlash': Porter Robinson Talks 'Virtual' Music, Denouncing EDM, and Online Games

    June 30, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Porter Robinson still misses the digital worlds he grew up in. The 21-year-old breakout star of the post-EDM “beatsy” scene, as he describes it, spent most of his adolescence immersed in so-called massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) like Star Wars Galaxies and City of…

  8. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  9. Ariana Grande Announces Second Album ‘My Everything,’ Teases ‘Break Free’ Video: Watch

    June 29, 2014 11:47 AM EDT Ariana Grande’s sophomore album, “My Everything,” will be released on Aug. 25, the pop singer has announced on Twitter. My new album My Everything now available for preorder @ http://t.co/MuAuRETJ4z + exclusive access to my @iheartradio concert stream & more — Ariana Grande (…

  10. Rick Ross Arrested in North Carolina on Outstanding Warrant

    June 28, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Rapper Rick Ross was arrested last night (June 27) in Greenboro, N.C., following his performance at the 2014 SuperJam at the Greensboro Coliseum. The arrest stemmed from a year-old warrant for another North Carolina arrest related to marijuana possession; Ross reportedly failed to appear in…

  11. Corner Office: BET CEO Debra Lee Talks Classic BET Awards Moments, Chris Brown & More

    June 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Three decades is a mighty long timeto be in any industry, which makes Debra L. Lee, 58, chairman/CEO of BET Networks, even more of a wonder to behold, having survived and thrived while building the leading cable TV network targeting African-Americans. “I grew up with a small room and a little…

  12. Robin Thicke & Paula Patton: A Love Timeline Through His Music

    June 24, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Robin Thicke is determined to get Paula Patton, his estranged wife and high-school sweetheart, back. Yesterday (June 23), Thicke released the accompanying music video to his apologetic single, "Get Her Back," which portrays a text message conversation between Thicke and Patton about…

  13. Jane's Addiction to Headline the Sunset Strip Music Festival

    June 24, 2014 2:08 AM EDT Jane's Addiction, which first played on the Sunset Strip as the opener to Gene Loves Jezebel at The Roxy nearly two decades ago, is returning to West Hollywood in September as the king of the influential live-music scene. The L.A. rockers will headline the first day of the newly…

  14. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Axwell /\ Ingrosso, Calvin Harris, Clockwork & More

    June 23, 2014 2:06 PM EDT The third and final day of EDC was not for the feint of heart. After a brief respite during day 2, the energy was cranked up to 11 for the grand finale. The Las Vegas Speedway was flooded with thousands of attendees to see the likes of Paul van Dyk, GTA, Zeds Dead and R3hab rumble through…

  15. Bon Jovi Premieres 'Growin' Up the Hard Way' Demo from 'New Jersey' Deluxe Reissue: Listen

    June 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Bon Jovi is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and the band is opening up the vaults to mark the occasion. On July 1, Jon Bon Jovi and company will re-release the landmark 1988 album "New Jersey," which spent four consecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200 and spawned five…

  16. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: A-Trak, Kaskade, Tiesto, Carl Cox & More

    June 22, 2014 1:55 PM EDT After an exhausting opening day of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, the event’s second day on June 21 was slightly more laid back as festival-goers recharged their batteries. But it didn’t take away from the fact that the crowd appeared to grow overnight. While the party was still…

  17. Pete Seeger Honored at First Clearwater Festival Since His Death

    June 21, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Music luminaries honored Pete Seeger on the shore of the Hudson River at Saturday's Clearwater Festival, the first of the annual music and environmental program he started to be held after his death. Pete Seeger, Legendary Folk Singer, Dies at 94 Pete Seeger Taught Me We Only Move…

  18. 'Rising Star': Stakes Are High For Creator Keshet International

    June 20, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Following weeks of promotion for its upcoming singing competition show, ABC has a lot riding on this Sunday’s debut of "Rising Star." But stakes are ever higher for the format’s creators, Israel’s Keshet International. While for the Alphabet network this is the opportunity to get…

  19. Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Frozen in Time

    June 20, 2014 2:54 PM EDT From outside the gates of Neverland Ranch, it appears as if Michael Jackson 's former home and fantasyland has been frozen in time. The backyard circus is long gone, but heartfelt notes placed by saddened fans at the property's entrance remain intact five years after Jackson's…

  20. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

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