1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. John Spinks, Guitarist and Songwriter for The Outfield, Dead at 60

    July 09, 2014 8:25 PM EDT John Spinks, guitarist and songwriter for British pop rock trio The Outfield, died Wednesday following a fight with liver cancer. He was 60.  The Outfield charted eight Billboard Hot 100 hits in 1986-92, led by its No. 6 debut smash "Your Love." The band's debut album, "…

  4. 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…

  5. Guns N' Roses' Dizzy Reed Laughs Off Breakup Rumors, Talks New Music

    July 09, 2014 2:24 PM EDT "It'll come out when it comes out, when it's ready," Reed says of the legendary group's next batch of material. Guns N' Roses is in the midst of an open-ended break while the new "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino -- Las Vegas"…

  6. 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,…

  7. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 1

    July 07, 2014 1:00 PM EDT In 2014, it's easier than ever for fans of different pop stars to connect with each other. With the explosion of social media making it simpler than ever to find other fanatics of your favorite artist, "fan armies" have become a shorthand for singers' most dedicated…

  8. 'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour

    July 04, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Is Caleb Johnson the Jack White of “American Idol”? The season 13 winner will release his new album, “Testify,” on Aug. 12, marking the fastest turnaround in “Idol” history (the album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes ). “It’s been crazy,” says Johnson of shuttling back-and-forth…

  9. Rolf Harris Jailed For Five Years And Nine Months For Sex Assaults

    July 04, 2014 9:04 AM EDT Australian-born, British-based entertainer and musician Rolf Harris has been jailed for a total of five years and nine months for indecently assaulting four girls and young women - including one who was aged just 7 or 8.  The disgraced 84-year-old star was convicted of 12 counts of indecent…

  10. Hi-Five Singer Russell Neal In Custody After Wife Found Dead

    July 04, 2014 3:57 AM EDT Russell Neal, vocalist with 1990s R&B Group Hi-Five, is under police custody following the death of his wife.  According to reports, Neal voluntarily walked into the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas, on the evening of Wednesday July 2 and told police that his wife, identified…

  11. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Vault To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 03, 2014 12:05 PM EDT With 'Somethin' Bad,' the stars score the first No. 1 by teamed-up solo women in more than two decades. Plus, Kenny Chesney achieves his 45th top 10 with 'American Kids' Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood put on an impressive display of girl power on Billboard'…

  12. Daft Punk, DJ Snake & Lil Jon Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Dance/Electronic Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:08 PM EDT At the mid-way point of 2014, more than a year after its release, Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" reigns as the top selling dance/electronic album according to Nielsen SoundScan. Through the week ending June 29 -- the mid-way point of the 2014 SoundScan tracking year -- …

  13. Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'

    July 02, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rises 3-2, Sam Smith takes over atop Digital Songs and Vine star Shawn Mendes debuts Iggy Azalea makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, rewrites the record for the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. With…

  14. Baauer Releases New Track, 'Clang,' with 'Body Percussion' Samples

    July 01, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Brooklyn DJ and producer Baauer, he of eternal "Harlem Shake" fame, has released a new track that's a little bit of a departure from his earlier material. "Clang," which was posted to his official website , samples '70s German artist Buedi Siebert's "…

  15. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events,…

  16. 2014 Hasn't Been Half Bad

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT A look at the biggest chart headlines, from Pharrell Williams, Michael Jackson, Iggy Azalea and more, from the first half of 2014 Fourteen chart headlines from the first half of 2014: Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J) wins the race to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot…

  17. Ariana Grande's 'My Everything' Track List: The Weeknd, Big Sean, A$AP Ferg & More

    June 30, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Ariana Grande announced her hotly anticipated sophomore album "My Everything" over the weekend , and while that title is the name of an underrated 98 Degrees single , it is also the name of an album with a whole lot of hip-hop guest artists. Along with Iggy Azalea…

  18. Beyonce Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List, Springsteen, Calvin Harris Also Make the Cut

    June 30, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Queen B reigns supreme in Forbes Celebrity 100 list, which was released Monday. Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Katy Perry were also in the top 10 on the list that rates the cultural icons success and influence against one another.  Beyonce runs the show after a year that included 95 massive gigs…

  19. Guns N' Roses Premiere 'Sweet Child O' Mine' Live Video From 'Appetite For Democracy' DVD

    June 30, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Guns N' Roses are reliving the glory days with a brand new live film and Billboard has an exclusive early look at one of its most iconic performances. Below, watch Axl Rose rock through the 1987 rock and roll classic "Sweet Child O' Mine," as it appears on the new film …

  20. Bobby Womack's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    June 27, 2014 9:43 PM EDT The late Bobby Womack left a great impression on an array of Billboard's charts -- tallying hits on the R&B, pop, gospel, alternative and even dance/electronic tallies. Womack, who died on Friday, June 27 at age 70, notched 45 hit singles on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop…

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