1. How Casey Kasem Gave Billboard A Voice

    June 15, 2014 2:27 PM EDT From the first American Top 40 countdown in 1970, the late icon brought Billboard charts to music fans worldwide Billboard had existed for more than 75 years before Casey Kasem counted down the first "American Top 40" on the weekend of July 4, 1970, but it was then that he gave…

  2. Tom Hiddleston To Play Hank Williams in Biopic

    June 13, 2014 3:48 AM EDT Setting aside his villainous persona as "The Avengers’" Loki, Tom Hiddleston will play country western singer Hank Williams in Marc Abraham’s "I Saw the Light," which will chronicle the performer’s rise to fame and fame’s ultimately tragic effects. Abraham is directing…

  3. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall

    June 12, 2014 11:43 AM EDT "Band of Brothers" arrives June 17. The prolific artist will be releasing another originals-heavy album, "December Day," recorded with his band, in the fall Willie Nelson says he only had to look as far as "Band of Brothers" producer Buddy Cannon to get him…

  4. 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…

  5. Dr. Dre Lists Hollywood Hills Home for $35 Million

    June 10, 2014 11:57 PM EDT Dr. Dre has listed his former house in the "Bird Streets" of the Hollywood Hills for $35 million, according to Trulia real estate blog. The listing by the rapper, producer and headphones mogul arrives a week after he dropped $40 million on NFL quarterback Tom Brady's and…

  6. Tom Petty's New Album 'Hypnotic Eye,' Now Available for Pre-Order

    June 10, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' upcoming new Reprise Records album, "Hypnotic Eye", is now available for pre-order at itTunes and www.TomPetty.com . All those who pre-order the album in any format from either of these outlets or are a member of the band's Highway…

  7. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  8. 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…

  9. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  10. Death Grips Release Surprise EP Feat. Björk

    June 09, 2014 1:34 PM EDT Death Grips, as they do, dropped a bomb this morning in the form of a new EP which features Björk on every track. Sort of. The Sacramento-based band, which was signed and dropped from major label Epic after a bitter dispute that ended with a phallic middle finger and ro-shambo'd fans in…

  11. 'Fault In Our Stars' Soundtrack Surges With Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Birdy

    June 09, 2014 1:06 PM EDT The epic tearjerker about two cancer patients topped the weekend box office with $48.2 million in sales Can a song change your life? So read the original title of the forthcoming music-themed rom-com "Begin Again," set for national release July 11 and starring Keira Knightley and…

  12. '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…

  13. Tony Awards: 10 Things Seen and Heard on the Radio City Red Carpet

    June 08, 2014 11:37 PM EDT "Musical theater is not dead," declared "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" co-writer Steven Lutvak -- just one of the Broadway luminaries who spoke to Billboard at the star-studded event. Sunday's Tony Awards, held at New York's Radio City Music Hall, was a…

  14. Governors Ball 2014: Glitch Mob on Being ‘Oddballs’ of EDM, Hardcore Fanbase (Video)

    June 08, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Los Angeles electronic trio the Glitch Mob doesn’t like to be pigeonholed when it comes to where they fit into the world of electronic dance music. Governors Ball 2014 • PHOTOS: Live at Governors Ball! • Jack White's Red Hot Saturday Set • The Strokes Return to NYC • Skrillex Brings…

  15. Classic Rock Awards Heading to Hollywood in November (Exclusive)

    June 06, 2014 9:54 AM EDT The U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine is taking its show on the road and planting a flag in the U.S. Classic Rock will bring its 10th annual Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards across the pond for the first time ever on Nov. 4 at the Avalon in Hollywood. The gala will include the annual…

  16. Luke Bryan No. 1 'Again' On Hot Country Songs, Lee Brice 'Dance's Into Top 10

    June 05, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Bryan extends the reign of 'Play It Again' to eight weeks. Plus, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Blake Shelton and Jana Kramer soar Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" logs an eighth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, marking the fourth-most weeks at the…

  17. Governors Ball Emerges From the Mud: Fest's Booker Talks 'Cracking' NYC, Weather Prep

    June 05, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Prior to the successful launch of Governors Ball in 2011, some in the music industry had lost hope that New York could have a large-scale music festival to call its own. “Our business had grown accustomed to saying that a music festival could not succeed in New York City,” Tom Windish,…

  18. Michael Stipe Shares First New Music Since R.E.M.'s Breakup

    June 05, 2014 12:14 PM EDT The new piece is from the soundtrack of the Tom Gilroy film "The Cold Lands" For the first time since R.E.M. disbanded in 2011, ex-frontman Michael Stipe has shared new music with the world. Only it's not quite in the same vein of the seminal indie rock act -- the piece is…

  19. Cults, Jagwar Ma, Charles Bradley Headline Santa Monica Pier Concert Series

    June 05, 2014 1:43 AM EDT It’s probably the coolest thing you can do on a summer evening in Los Angeles. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier, which gets underway Thursday, July 10, with Cults and opening act James Supercave at 7 p.m. Other acts scheduled to…

  20. CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win

    June 05, 2014 12:26 AM EDT With thousands of country music fans in town for the CMA Music Festival, it's only right that the week needed a kick-off party – and as always, the fan-voted CMT Music Awards fit the bill offering a high-energy telecast that got the week started on the right foot, especially for Carrie…

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