1. Lorde to Curate 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Soundtrack and Contribute Single

    July 31, 2014 11:04 AM EDT From one "pure heroine" to another: Lorde will hand-pick the artists for the soundtrack to  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1  and provide the lead single for the album, which will be released this fall. The film version of  Mockingjay -- Part 1  hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2014.…

  2. Ludacris Tapped As BMI President’s Award Honoree

    July 30, 2014 1:21 PM EDT The honor will be presented during BMI’s annual R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges will be presented with the President’s Award at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Aug. 22. This year’s annual ceremony, which also honors the songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  3. Hard Working Americans' Frontman Todd Snider Keeps It Real on the Road

    July 29, 2014 12:36 PM EDT Hard Working Americans singer Todd Snider just wants to keep it real with their audience -- wherever they are. “I try to remind myself that any one venue is not more special than where I’ll be next month," he tells Billboard. "It’s all a microphone to me. You open your heart…

  4. Toby Keith, Taylor Swift Top Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Country Artists

    July 28, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Other acts on Forbes' Country Cash Kings 2014 tally include Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney Toby Keith tops Forbes’ annual list of country music’s highest paid artists for the second year in a row, pulling in an estimated $65 million. Beyonce Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List, Springsteen,…

  5. How 'Get On Up' Nailed the James Brown Look

    July 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Film's production and costume designers lead Billboard through the film's many times and places. Harlem's Apollo Theater, where James Brown recorded his legendary live album in 1962, was built in a middle school auditorium in Natchez, Miss., for Get On Up. "We got lucky,…

  6. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  7. Hundreds See James Brown Film Premiere In Augusta

    July 26, 2014 11:12 AM EDT Filmmakers and stars of the new James Brown movie have given the soul singer's hometown a first look at their finished work. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic The Augusta Chronicle reports the director and stars of the…

  8. Code Picks of the Week: deadmau5, Sander Kleinenberg, Ali Love & More

    July 25, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Sander Kleinenberg,"We-R-Superstars" [Spinnin'] The Dutch dance star completes his comeback this week with the release of his…

  9. Wiz Khalifa Talks Working with Ty Dolla $ign & Clearance Issues Behind Miley Cyrus Collabo

    July 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has a signature laugh that he puts on records. It's a few beats long — maybe written as eight "ha's" and can come before or after a verse. For the 26-year-old rapper, it's a trademark of sorts, a reminder of his smoke-filled good times that's injects…

  10. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  11. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

  12. iHeartRadio Music Festival: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande Lead 2014 Lineup

    July 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore and Iggy Azalea are also part of the fourth annual lineup. The iHeartRadio Music Festival makes its fourth trip to Las Vegas on September 19 and 20, and this year's lineup is appropriately star-studded. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher,…

  13. 'Get On Up' Star Chadwick Boseman Initially 'Didn't Want to Try' Playing James Brown

    July 22, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The "42" star took on the daunting task of playing the Godfather of Soul by working hard and taking things "one step at a time," his co-stars and director Tate Taylor told THR at the Universal biopic's debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater. To play James Brown, the…

  14. Taylor Swift Reminds Us That Selena Gomez Is Feelin' 22

    July 22, 2014 12:32 PM EDT We don't know about you, but Selena Gomez is definitely feelin' 22, and who better to remind us than BFF T. Swift? Selena Gomez on Controversial ‘Pray for Gaza’ Instagram Post: 'I Am Not Picking Any Sides’ Taylor Swift posted a picture to Instagram wearing a gold "S"…

  15. Nashville Rockers Sol Cat Happy to Call Music City Their Home

    July 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Nashville Dancin', the summer concert series in downtown Nashville, is starting to wind down its Thursday night run with shows over the next two weeks. This upcoming week's line-up includes Space Capone, Lettuce and Music City's own Sol Cat. The band's vocalist Brett…

  16. Metallica Releases Bloopers from ESPN Segment: Watch

    July 20, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Following last week's clever ESPN clip showing Metallica trying to fill a void left open by the 2013 retirement of New York Yankees Mariano Rivera, who used "Enter Sandman" for his on-field entrance music, the heavy metal band has now released a blooper reel that's about…

  17. Mick Jagger Opens Up About L'Wren Scott Death, Saying It's Been a 'Very Hard Year’

    July 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Apart from releasing a statement shortly after the death of his longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger has remained mostly silent about her suicide in March. Mick Jagger Sings Bob Dylan's 'Just Like a Woman' at L'Wren Scott Memorial (Updated)…

  18. Sunny Sweeney 'So Happy' With Latest Album 'Provoked'

    July 18, 2014 6:10 PM EDT It's been three years since the last album from Sunny Sweeney, and the songstress hopes that her fans are looking forward to the August 5 release of her third disc, "Provoked," as much as she is. "I am about to bust, I'm so happy," she exclaims to Billboard. …

  19. How Shawn Mendes Is Turning Vine Fame Into a Music Career

    July 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Shawn Mendes — a sweet-voiced, dreamy-faced 15-year-old Canadian singer whose name, at the moment, is inextricably connected with the words "Vine sensation" — sits on a stool in a rehearsal room on Manhattan's West side. Tom Jackson, a long-haired veteran "performance…

  20. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets 'Handy' in Parody of Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX's 'Fancy' (Watch)

    July 17, 2014 12:29 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic's eight-videos-in-eight-days marathon continues with a parody of Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX's former No. 1 song "Fancy" -- and it's a parody that would make Bob Vila and Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor proud. Check out the music…

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