1. George Hamilton IV, Grand Ole Opry Star, Dies at 77

    September 18, 2014 1:50 AM EDT If you look at the career of George Hamilton IV , one might be prone to label him as simply a stalwart of the Grand Ole Opry and one of traditional country music’s most durable artists. However, Hamilton -- who passed away Wednesday (Sept. 17) at a Nashville hospital at the age of 77 -- was…

  2. Jay Z Wants Lawsuit Over Alleged One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

    September 16, 2014 1:18 PM EDT Jay Z and Rihanna 's hit song "Run This Town" is in the news again, but this time it doesn't involve Rihanna saying "f-ck you" to a major TV network . As the singer unleashes her fury to CBS for pulling the song from last week's Thursday Night Football, her…

  3. Kem Says He's 'Keeping the Light On for R&B'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Motown artist will tour with Charlie Wilson in 2015; scores third week at No. 1 with 'It's You.' Fresh off scoring a third week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B chart with "It's You" -- not to mention debuting a week before at No. 3 on the Billboard 200…

  4. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Leads To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The band rewrites the record for the most No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Linkin Park, Kenny Chesney, MercyMe & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  5. Curren$y, P. Reign & Lil Bibby: Free Music Round Up

    September 05, 2014 5:45 PM EDT This week's free music includes an EP from Curren$y , who is currently sitting at No. 13 on Billboard's Trending 140 chart, a mixtape from Drake 's friend P. Reign and Lil Bibby 's follow-up to his acclaimed mixtape Free Crack . Curren$y, Saturday Night Car Tunes (EP) In…

  6. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  7. Tomorrow's Hits: Jukebox the Ghost, Knox Hamilton & Tre Buggs

    August 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Jukebox the Ghost Together for more than a decade, Washington, D.C., trio Jukebox the Ghost is rising with what could be its first Adult Alternative…

  8. Sam Smith to Perform at MTV VMAs

    August 20, 2014 11:55 PM EDT Last, but definitely not least? For the MTV Video Music Awards, it's Sam Smith . The network announced Tuesday that the final performer of this year's awards show — which will be held at Inglewood, Calif.'s renovated venue The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24 — is the "Stay With…

  9. Maxwell Recruits Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Robert Glasper & More for 2015 Cruise

    August 18, 2014 6:31 PM EDT Singer's inaugural Maxwell + The 7 Seas Caribbean cruise commences May 2015. Erykah Badu , Anthony Hamilton , Ledisi , Robert Glasper , Chrisette Michele , Eric Roberson and Boney James are among the headliners who will join Maxwell on the singer's inaugural Maxwell + the 7 Seas…

  10. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  11. Robert Ellis, Hamilton Leithauser, Caitlin Rose Heading to Deer Tick's Newport Folk Fest Afterparties (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For the past several years, Deer Tick takes over the town of Newport, R.I.'s Blues Cafe for their legendary Newport Folk Festival afterparties, which have featured such luminaries as Jackson Browne, Jim James, and Dawes. They're doing it again this weekend, bringing with them…

  12. John Legend's Viral Video for 'You' Spurs Big Chart Debut

    July 17, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: Mike Stud debuts at No. 1 on Rap Albums, Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow" continues to gain, and Usher & Nicki Minaj's new single makes a splashy debut. LEGEND'S 'YOU' CLIPS STIRS BIG DEBUT: John Legend's "You & I (Nobody In the World)…

  13. Fifth Harmony Name-Drops Michelle Obama, Kanye West on Confident New Single ’Bo$$’: Listen

    July 06, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Fifth Harmony is letting everyone know who’s “Bo$$.” After teasing the confident new single — the first from Fifth Harmony’s upcoming debut album — through Instagram on July 4, the “X Factor” finalists released “Bo$$” in full through MTV.com on Sunday. Fifth Harmony To Focus on Finishing…

  14. Paul Horn, Grammy-Winning Jazz Player, Dead at 84

    July 03, 2014 9:57 PM EDT Paul Horn, the Grammy-winning jazz flutist and New Age music pioneer, has died at the age of 84. Horn's son Marlen said his father died Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, after a brief illness. He declined to provide further details. "He passed away very peacefully and did not…

  15. Bob Dylan Set To Play Sydney Opera House

    June 23, 2014 4:01 AM EDT Bob Dylan’s upcoming tour of Australia will include a special date at the Sydney Opera House. The wordsmith’s trek this August and September already features three shows at the Sydney State Theatre, and now a fourth show has been announced in Australia’s most populous city.  Bob Dylan's …

  16. Alt-J Samples Miley Cyrus on 'Hunger Of The Pine': Listen

    June 18, 2014 4:22 PM EDT Alt-J has previewed its hotly anticipated second album, "This Is All Yours," with a song that samples… Miley Cyrus! Listen to "Hunger of the Pine," which premiered on Wednesday (June 18), below: The Cyrus song that the British indie rockers nicked is "4x4," a non…

  17. Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party': Track-by-Track Review

    June 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT There's a war going down on the new Linkin Park album, the band's first since 2003 not produced by Rick Rubin. Without the guidance of their bearded generalissimo, these Cali rap-rock commandos go rogue, flinging missiles in all directions. They attack record companies,…

  18. 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…

  19. Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles Perform on ‘PFC3: Songs Around the World’: Album Premiere (Exclusive)

    June 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and songstress Sara Bareilles are among the musicians throwing their considerable skills behind “PFC3: Songs Around the World,” the third instalment of the Playing for Change project. Billboard has an exclusive stream of the new album below. Pre-Order…

  20. Alt-J Announces New Album, International Tour Dates

    June 09, 2014 11:27 PM EDT Alt-J, one of the most promising rock bands on the planet, are set to release their eagerly awaited sophomore album. "This Is All Yours," the follow-up to the British now-trio’s million-selling "An Awesome Wave," is available to pre-order now, and will be released Sept.…

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