1. Ariana Grande, Zedd, Shakira Soar On Dance Charts

    July 11, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The stars surge with 'Break Free' and 'Dare,' respectively. Plus, chart action for David Guetta, Coldplay and Zeds Dead Ariana Grande grabs her first Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart entry, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd, launches at No. 4. The song…

  2. CODE First Play: Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill, “Gecko (Overdrive)” (Kaz James Remix)

    July 11, 2014 11:36 AM EDT After conquering the UK singles chart, “Gecko (Overdrive)” now gets the festival treatment courtesy of Australia’s Kaz James. The soulful crossover hit by Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill became the top-selling single in the UK last month and has been a club staple this summer. James adds…

  3. Dexter Roberts Exits 'American Idol' Live Tour

    July 11, 2014 4:16 AM EDT Dexter Roberts, the seventh-place American Idol finisher, has been missing from the live tour since July 1, and according to his fellow Alabama Idols CJ Harris and Jess Meuse, the singer is fighting an unknown illness. In an official statement, a publicist confirmed that Roberts is not…

  4. 10 Best Songs of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Check out the songs that Billboard's staff has been blasting so far this year, from "Good Kisser" to "Problem." With six months past in 2014, it's already extremely difficult trying to cobble together a best-of songs list for the year. Seriously, how can the…

  5. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  6. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (July 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across our most…

  7. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  8. Sia Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 09, 2014 4:34 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Sia is aiming for her first No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart with her new album "1000 Forms of Fear." Industry forecasters say the set, which was released on July 8, may sell around 50,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on July 13. The…

  9. Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 For Seventh Week, Maroon 5's 'Maps' Finds Top 10

    July 09, 2014 2:48 PM EDT "Fancy" moves up among the longest Hot 100 reigns by women this decade. Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, continues its Billboard Hot 100 command, spending a seventh week at No. 1. Meanwhile, Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" crowns the Radio…

  10. Beck Announces 'Song Reader' Album with Jack White, Jack Black & More

    July 09, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Beck's quirky sheet music project is about to come to life Back in 2012, Beck released a little experiment "album" that existed solely in the form of sheet music. Now, two years later, "Song Reader" is getting a proper release, with an impressive, genre-hopping cast…

  11. Jeff Koons' Controversial Michael Jackson Sculpture: The Story Behind It

    July 08, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As a major retrospective of the artist's work rolls into New York, the artist talks about the making of one of his most iconic pieces: a larger-than-life rendering of the King of Pop and his beloved pet chimpanzee. Weeks after Michael Jackson's virtual performance at the Billboard…

  12. Aerosmith's Joe Perry Talks Touring With Slash, Next Album

    July 08, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Aerosmith's Joe Perry isn't expecting any sort of replay of the group's notorious 1988 tour with Guns N' Roses when it hits the road Thursday (July 10) in Wantagh, N.Y., for a summer tour with Slash and his Conspirators. "That was a long time ago," guitarist Joe…

  13. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  14. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Covered by Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Crosby, Stills & Nash

    July 08, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Charli XCX may have appeared on "Late Night WIth Seth Meyers" last night, but the No. 1 song she guests on was given a ridiculous cover treatment by none other than Jimmy Fallon. If you just stumbled upon last night's "Tonight Show" while channel surfing, you might…

  15. Pink Floyd Confirms October Release of ‘The Endless River,’ Describes Album as ‘Mainly Ambient’

    July 07, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Pink Floyd has confirmed that the band will release its first new album in 20 years. The new set, titled “The Endless River,” will be released in October, according to a statement from Columbia Records. New Pink Floyd Album 'The Endless River' Out in October: Report “Work is…

  16. Madonna Does New York City Jury Duty, Briefly

    July 07, 2014 6:32 PM EDT Madonna has spent a little time living in the judicial world. The pop superstar turned up for jury duty Monday at a New York City courthouse. Madonna Posts 'Messiah' Lyrics On Instagram Madonna Teases New Song 'Messiah' Disclosure Talks Madonna Collaboration Rumors She…

  17. Chart Highlights: Usher Lands Lucky 13th No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

    July 07, 2014 5:35 PM EDT The crooner ties Drake for the most leaders in the list's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Shakira, Seether and Jake Owen, while Justin Moore countrifies Motley Crue ... with Vince Neil Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  18. New Pink Floyd Album 'The Endless River' Out in October: Report

    July 05, 2014 5:46 PM EDT Pink Floyd may be releasing a new record this fall, according to guitarist David Gilmour's wife Polly Samson, who tweeted (and possibly leaked?) the news earlier this morning. Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick…

  19. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  20. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' Turns 20: Darius Rucker Q&A

    July 03, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Reminiscing on a breakthrough Letterman performance, competing with grunge and a big assist from Garth Brooks This weekend (July 5) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Cracked Rear View” – the Atlantic debut from Hootie & The Blowfish. The album changed the lives of…

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