1. Michael Jackson Documentary Featuring 'Private' Footage Triggers Lawsuit

    June 28, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Craig Williams seeks to confirm his company has valid rights on unseen footage from a 2007 photo shoot. The production company behind “Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot” has filed a lawsuit against the executors of the late singer's estate. At the center of this dispute is never…

  2. 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…

  3. 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Review: Tupac Musical Is A 'Tiring Two-Plus Hours'

    June 27, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Tupac Shakur’s life was filled with events a playwright wouldn’t dare invent. His mother was a Black Panther who was in prison while pregnant with him; he signed to Suge Knight’s Death Row Records while in prison for felony abuse; he miraculously survived one shooting, only to be taken down…

  4. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

  5. Chart Moves: Michael Jackson Tops Adult R&B; Kenny Chesney Soars Onto Hot Country Songs; Michelle Williams' Destiny's Child Reunion Leads Hot Gospel Songs

    June 27, 2014 1:09 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, while MAGIC! (No. 3) takes over atop Digital Songs with "Rude." Who else makes moves on Billboard song charts this week? -- Enrique Iglesias: The…

  6. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Sizzles To No. 1 On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    June 27, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Calvin Harris nabs his first leader on the list, while Deadmau5 and Tiesto soar onto Dance/Electronic Albums Calvin Harris kicks off the first official week of summer by capturing his first No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs , as "Summer" heats up with a 2-1 climb.   The anthem…

  7. Mike Will Made It, Ne-Yo, Jermaine Dupri Top Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 27, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Warner/Chappell wins publisher of the year for first time in 13 years. Last evening (June 26) was a big night for Mike Will Made It and Warner/Chappell Music. The songwriter/producer was named songwriter of the year and his publishing firm was crowned publisher of the year at the 27 th annual…

  8. The Vamps Make Billboard Chart Debut on Social 50

    June 26, 2014 6:26 PM EDT As Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer rises 5-2 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, their British counterparts the Vamps debut at No. 34. It's the first appearance on any U.S. Billboard chart for the Vamps. While both acts are not your standard boy band -- since they are actual bands…

  9. Producer: Tupac Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Not Ending This Weekend

    June 26, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The producer of "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the Broadway musical based on Tupac Shakur's lyrics, has denied rumors that the show would be closing this Sunday due to low ticket sales. Madonna Attends Preview of Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical Tupac Shakur Musical 'Holler If Ya…

  10. Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Invited to Join Academy Awards Group

    June 26, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams and this year’s Oscar winners for song and score are among the 271 artists and executives invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik is among the executives invited. Oscars Alter Music Campaign…

  11. Jean Shepard Reflects on Her Life 'Down Through The Years'

    June 26, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard is in a reflective mood these days, and much of that stems from releasing her long-awaited autobiography, "Down Through The Years." She admitted to Billboard that it has been a work in progress – for a while. “I’ve been working on it…

  12. Ryn Weaver's 'OctaHate' Tweets A Loud Debut

    June 25, 2014 5:07 PM EDT New York and Los Angeles based singer Ryn Weaver’s song “OctaHate”, which premiered on Soundcloud late yesterday afternoon, is heating up the Twitter Charts . The track, which is the first single from her upcoming yet-to-be-named release, experienced quite a bit of love online with tweets…

  13. Iggy Azalea Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week, Maroon 5 Debuts In Top 20

    June 25, 2014 2:51 PM EDT The Australian rapper reigns again with 'Fancy,' while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Digital Songs and Maroon 5 debuts. Iggy Azalea notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100…

  14. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  15. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  16. Sam Smith Apologizes For Canceling U.K. Fest Set Over Vocal Issues

    June 23, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "This is the first show I've ever had to cancel and I am praying that it is the last," writes the "Stay With Me" singer. An extremely busy schedule surrounding the release of Sam Smith's debut album "In the Lonely Hour" apparently caught up with the…

  17. Robin Thicke Sends Apologetic Texts In 'Get Her Back' Video: Watch

    June 23, 2014 10:34 AM EDT Robin Thicke is willing to do everything in his power to get his estranged wife, Paula Patton, back. Robin Thicke Debuts 'Get Her Back' at Billboard Music Awards (Video) After debuting his apologetic single, "Get Her Back," at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, the singer…

  18. Disney's 'Newsies' To End Broadway Run, Gets Ready For the Road

    June 23, 2014 12:25 AM EDT After a 2½ year run that defied initial expectations to become the fastest-recouping show in Disney Theatrical's history, Newsies will conclude its Broadway stay on Aug. 24 before embarking on a national tour. The decision comes as something of a surprise given that the show continues to…

  19. Fall Out Boy & Paramore 'Save Rock and Roll' at New York Monumentour Stop

    June 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT The Monumentour’s second date sails into Long Island, N.Y.’s Jones Beach Theater June 21 Fall Out Boy and Paramore have a lot common. Sure, they’re tag-team repping pop-punk in the mainstream almost singlehandedly, but their likeness these days runs deeper than that. They’re two bands…

  20. 'The Voice': First Season 7 Promo Debuts With Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams (Watch)

    June 21, 2014 6:09 PM EDT Returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton also appear alongside the new additions in the 30-second clip, set to Stefani's "Holla Back" hit The first promo for season seven of The Voice has debuted, with Gwen Stefani front and center. The 30-second clip, which debuted…

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