1. Lady Gaga Bares Nipples In NYC

    June 13, 2014 8:01 PM EDT The performer brought out her "little monsters" while traipsing the streets on Thursday. From Miley Cyrus' support of the Free the Nipple film to Rihanna's see-through CFDA dress , it's clear that music's biggest names have no problem going topless. So it comes…

  2. Top Ten Alternative 2014 World Cup Songs

    June 13, 2014 6:53 PM EDT With the opening of the global tournament, competition is heating up not only on the soccer field but in that of futebol-related songs too, with the tones of these rallying tunes ranging from synth-rock reflections to dance floor raves, satiric selections to protest songs, and the many…

  3. Meet Erykah Badu's Favorite Jewelry Designer, Lillian Shalom

    June 13, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Picture this: You're a jewelry designer who displays her work on Instagram, and a famous singer-songwriter's friend stumbles across your account and starts following you. Then, that particular pal shows your photos to her friend, who happens to be Erykah Badu , and it turns out she&…

  4. 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…

  5. Bonnaroo 2014: 15 Things You Need In A Festival RV

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Board games, boots and BSB: how the Billboard crew is surviving the 'Roo. Billboard has once again invaded Bonnaroo, and this year, we did it in style. A crew of fearless reporters (and a few of thier trusted friends) drove down from the New York area to Manchester, Tenn. in a 10…

  6. 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 ……

  7. Jennifer Lopez's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About J.Lo's Busy Life

    June 13, 2014 11:53 AM EDT Her sitting style on this week's cover of Billboard aside, Jennifer Lopez is no slouch. The 44-year-old multi-hyphenate is increasingly serious about the business of her brand, as she releases her eighth album ("A.K.A."), tours and grabs the big booty ($52 million in just…

  8. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 1: Pusha T Reigns, Banks Beams & Rob Ford's Head Floats

    June 13, 2014 4:22 AM EDT Bonnaroo 2014 kicked off in Manchester, Tenn. on Thursday afternoon (June 12) with a half-day's worth of music and general madness. As campers settled in, rising artists like Banks, Real Estate and MS MR welcomed the crowds to the fest with strong performances, and as always, lots of…

  9. Rodriguez Label Chief: 'Our Dealings with Clarence Avant Were Always Positive'

    June 13, 2014 3:40 AM EDT Matt Sullivan, 38, is a true believer. The head of Light in the Attic, the reissue label he founded in 2003 with partner Joe Wright in Seattle, released Sixto Rodriguez’s two albums, his 1970 debut, Cold Fact, and the 1971 follow-up Coming From Reality, in August 2008 and May 2009, just about…

  10. Katy Perry Backs Education: 'Knowledge Is Power, Especially For Females'

    June 13, 2014 1:03 AM EDT As Katy Perry returns stateside to kick off the North American leg of her Prismatic World Tour, she's reflecting on the hard work that got her here and preparing to pay it forward. "I'm an American girl that had a dream, executed a dream, came from nothing - and that really is…

  11. Birdy Flies Onto Top Rock Albums Chart

    June 12, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Birdy's 'Fire Within' heats up Top Rock Albums, while synchs spike download sales for Jamie N Commons and X Ambassadors Birdy's "Fire Within" scores the week's highest debut on Top Rock Albums (No. 5), selling 12,000 copies, with digital downloads accounting…

  12. Dear Daddy Playlist: 25 Songs for Father's Day

    June 12, 2014 3:05 PM EDT With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to think of the man that stood tall in your life from day one. Of course, not all us us are so lucky to have had ones. So from Jay Z and Stevie Wonder showing love to their newborn daughters to Tupac Shakur giving his pops the…

  13. Legendary Actress Ruby Dee Dies at 91

    June 12, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ruby Dee, an Oscar nominated actress whose career in film spanned four decades, died on Wednesday, her agent Michael Livingston confirms to The Hollywood Reporter . She was 91. In the course of her accomplished career, Dee collected acclaim and awards including an Emmy and a Grammy. Dee…

  14. Amazon Launches Prime Music Streaming Service

    June 12, 2014 9:45 AM EDT When Amazon launched its Amazon Prime music subscription service this morning, it immediately became one of the largest paid interactive music services in the U.S., if you're measuring by subscriber base. While Amazon hasn't admitted how many subscribers its Amazon Prime service…

  15. The Verve Pipe, 'Overboard', Co-Written by Jeff Daniels: Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 12, 2014 9:18 AM EDT "I just helped him focus it a little bit," says the actor of working with frontman Brian Vander Ark The Verve Pipe is back with its first proper rock album in 13 years, “Overboard,” due out June 17. Listen to the title track, co-written by acclaimed actor Jeff Daniels below.  On the…

  16. Shakira Takes to Instagram to Rally World Cup Supporters

    June 12, 2014 6:17 AM EDT Global pop icon Shakira is looking to stir up interest in the World Cup 2014 soccer tourney which kicks off Thursday in Brazil with the host nation taking on Croatia in the opening match. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On? Pitbull, Lopez World Cup Song a Flop? World Cup Panel…

  17. Bonnaroo: 10 Most Legendary Moments

    June 11, 2014 12:01 PM EDT From Beck's puppetry to D'Angelo's comeback to Macca's epic set, these are the 10 most unforgettable moments from the Tennessee fest. The 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival , another weekend of heat, porta-potties and hopefully great rock moments out in a field in…

  18. Brian Wilson Tells Doubters to Back Off, It ‘Kind Of Bums Me Out’

    June 11, 2014 5:32 AM EDT Brian Wilson doesn’t dig negativity. It kind of, well, bums him out. The Beach Boys great has hit back at detractors who’re putting out bad vibes on his current recording project. According to a Rolling Stone article re-published by Wilson on his official Website , the new album is tipped to…

  19. Jennifer Lopez Will Kick Off The World Cup

    June 11, 2014 4:11 AM EDT Not so fast: J.Lo is performing at the World Cup after all. World Cup: Why Can't Brazil Get Its Groove On? Pitbull, Lopez World Cup Song a Flop? World Cup Panel at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference Jennifer Lopez said in an interview with The Associated Press that she is flying to…

  20. 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…

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