1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Linkin Park All Have Super Sales Week Ahead

    June 13, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Next week's No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 seems secure, as industry forecasters say Jack White's "Lazaretto" should bow atop the list without competition. But, look to the following week's list, and the tally should be flush with major sales -- and major stars. On…

  4. 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 ……

  5. 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…

  6. Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson Join Forces In Recording Studio

    June 12, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Pop stars Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson recently joined forces in the recording studio and wrote a wrote a “beautiful guitar track,” according to a tweet from Simpson, who described the experience as a “chill studio session.” chill studio session last night with @justinbieber . wrote a…

  7. 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…

  8. Members of Soundgarden, OFF! and Queens of the Stone Age at Work on New Band

    June 10, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd, Dimitri Coats of Off! and Alain Johannes -- formerly of Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures -- have joined forces for what Coats calls a "fun little side project" that will hopefully have some music ready for…

  9. G-Eazy Talks 'These Things Happen' Album; Releases A$AP Ferg Collaboration

    June 10, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Sold-out shows, screaming fans, big co-signs, but still no major-label deal: Is G-Eazy the next indie rap sensation? The teenagers spy him from across a coffee shop in San Francisco's SOMA district. "Excuse me. Are you G-Eazy?" The Berkeley, Calif.-bred rapper in the…

  10. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, Paramore Score First Pop Radio No. 1s

    June 09, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Azalea's 'Fancy' crowns Pop Songs, while Paramore tallies its first airplay chart leader with 'Ain't It Fun.' Plus, new No. 1s for Katy Perry, Three Days Grace and Tito 'El Bambino' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  11. BET, Louder Than Life Partner For 'Music Matters' Compilation Series

    June 09, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Miguel, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Mack Wilds, The Internet among featured acts BET Networks and its new artist program Music Matters has partnered with Louder Than Life/Red Associated Labels to launch the new compilation album series, "BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1." Featuring…

  12. Governors Ball 2014: Top 10 Best Performances

    June 09, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Jack White, Chance The Rapper, Disclosure and Interpol all brought their A-games. But who ranks no. 1? The 2014 edition of the Governors Ball Music Festival was a weekend punctuated by stellar performances and non-stop surprises, spread across the four stages constructed on New York's…

  13. Governors Ball 2014: Bleachers Bring Fun in the Sun, Jack Antonoff Talks New Album (Video)

    June 09, 2014 11:50 AM EDT The Governors Ball 2014 crowd wasn't overly packed yet for the early 1:30 Bleachers set on Sunday (June 8). The dudes of Bleachers, led by fun.'s Jack Antonoff, ran onstage with Antonoff sporting a red ball cap, skinny jeans rolled up and high socks, in a nerd-meets-rock star look…

  14. Rewinding The Charts: 56 Years Ago, Johnny Mathis' 'Hits' Hit The Top

    June 09, 2014 10:05 AM EDT The singer's 1958 album reigned ... and introduced 'greatest hits' to the music biz lexicon Chances are (pun intended) the term "greatest hits" would not have become a familiar phrase had it not been for the runaway success of Johnny Mathis' 1958 album, "…

  15. Governors Ball 2014: Chance the Rapper Blazes Through Mixtape Favorites, ‘Arthur’ Cover (Video)

    June 08, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Chicago hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper’s Saturday set at Governors Ball on Randall’s Island in New York was overflowing with fans — including many tweens — in the Gotham tent. Sporting a Chicago White Sox jersey over a Superman T-shirt, the energetic rapper blazed through hits from his…

  16. 'Ghostbusters' At 30: A Soundtrack Appreciation

    June 08, 2014 9:10 AM EDT It's spooky and it's kooky...and, no, we're not talking about the Addams Family. Thirty years ago this weekend on June 8, 1984, the world got its first taste of "Ghostbusters" -- the Ivan Reitman film starring Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis (who co-wrote the script) as…

  17. Hot 97 Co-Hosts Respond to Chuck D’s Harsh Criticism of Summer Jam

    June 06, 2014 9:16 PM EDT In a wide-ranging stream of tweets that began by calling Hot 97’s Summer Jam a “sloppy fiasco” on June 2 and has continued as recently as Thursday evening, Chuck D’s timeline has been scattered with the remnants of a conversation about hip-hop, social activism and radio business. Hot 97 on…

  18. Mike Myers Pulls Back the Curtain on 'Supermensch' Shep Gordon

    June 06, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Shep Gordon knows more secrets about Hollywood than anybody on the planet, says his good friend Mike Myers, but he has never heard him gossip. The actor, producer and writer of Wayne's World and Shrek chose the personal manager of such talent as Alice Cooper, Groucho Marx, Raquel Welch…

  19. Lupe Fiasco Compares Justin Bieber's Racist Comments to Donald Sterling: Video

    June 06, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Recently, the likes of Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, Birdman and Floyd Mayweather have come to defense of Justin Bieber, following the leaking of racist videos from the singer's younger days. But Lupe Fiasco isn't so sure.   In a recent interview with MTV, the rapper compared Bieber'…

  20. 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…

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