1. Lana Del Rey Explains Her Song 'F—ked My Way Up to the Top'

    July 22, 2014 6:06 PM EDT When Lana Del Rey titled one of the tracks on her second album "F--ked My Way Up to the Top," she knew what you were going to think about her. Now, in an interview with Complex, the "Ultraviolence" songstress finally explains her intentions behind the loaded song title. As…

  2. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Hoping to beat Lana Del Rey to the No. 1 spot in first-week sales, Capitol Music Group took significant risk in betting against streaming. A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at…

  3. Backstreet Boys Cancel Israel Concerts Amid Hostilities

    July 20, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Israeli promoter Tal Sherf clarified that alternative dates will be examined for a future tour leg next year. Following recent cancellations by Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka , now the Backstreet Boys are officially calling off their end of July three sold out shows in Israel due…

  4. Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel Join Brian Wilson in the Studio

    July 19, 2014 3:27 PM EDT A onetime Beach Boy returns to his girl-group roots for a new album. Since the untimely end to the Beach Boys' last tour after longtime nemesis Mike Love pulled the plug, Brian Wilson is back in the studio working on a new studio album, slated for release in the fall by Capitol Records.…

  5. 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…

  6. Britney Spears, PARTYNEXTDOOR & Naughty Boy: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 7

    July 18, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy…

  7. Jessie Ware's New Album: Check Out the Cover Art & Title

    July 17, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Sentimental R&B siren Jessie Ware will gloss the cover of her highly anticipated sophomore album staring longingly out a window, love no doubt on her mind. At least that's what we can gather from the freshly-released artwork for her new album, which will share the title of its first…

  8. Beyoncé Leads MTV VMAs With 8 Nominations

    July 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Beyoncé has received eight nominations for the 2014 MTV VMAs, including a nod for Video of the Year for "Drunk In Love" with her husband Jay Z, as well as Best Female and Best Choreography for “Partition.” “Drunk in Love” is also up for Best Collaboration. Eminem and Iggy Azalea…

  9. Sia Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with '1000 Forms of Fear'

    July 16, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Sia nabs her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and her best sales week ever — as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuts atop the list. The new album, released on Monkey Puzzle through RCA Records, sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to…

  10. Radiohead, Biz Markie, Mumford & Sons Get Mariachi Makeovers in 'The Book of Life'

    July 14, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Radiohead's "Creep," Biz Markie's "Just a Friend" and Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" are given mariachi and norteño makeovers in Fox's animated film "The Book of Life." The film also features two originals by Gustavo Santaolalla,…

  11. Siblings Jenni and Lupillo Rivera Make Top 10 Debuts With New Albums

    July 11, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Also: Romeo Santos scores his eighth No. 1 on Tropical Airplay with "Eres Mia" On Top Latin Albums , Jenni Rivera debuts at No. 1 with "1969-Siempre — En Vivo Desde Monterrey: Parte 2," selling 10,000 copies in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundSCan. Rivera…

  12. Ariana Grande, Alt-J & 5 Seconds of Summer: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 6

    July 11, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  13. Pop Shop Podcast: Shawn Mendes Interview, Sia, Trey Songz & More

    July 10, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  14. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length statements.…

  15. Best Music of 2014 So Far: Watch Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Interpol & More Stars Weigh In

    July 10, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The year is only half over but it's already been chocked full of great music, so Billboard asked dozens of stars including Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Janelle Monae, Interpol, Zedd, Jack Antonoff what their favorite tunes and albums of 2014 so far have been, and we captured their responses…

  16. Beyonce, Iggy Azalea Rule Billboard.com's 2014 Mid-Year Music Poll

    July 10, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus & Lady Gaga also score big wins in the annual mid-year poll. Females once again dominated Billboard.com's annual Mid-Year Music Poll, with two very different divas -- Beyonce and Iggy Azalea -- rising to the top after the first six months of the year. Mid…

  17. Trey Songz Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Trigga'

    July 09, 2014 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Trey Songz secures his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Trigga" debuts atop the list. The set, which was released on July 1, sold 105,000 copies in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Songz also saw his last album, 2012's "…

  18. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  19. Pop Shop Podcast: Robin Thicke, Sam Smith, Charli XCX & More

    July 03, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  20. Busta Rhymes & Eminem, Shawn Mendes: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep.5

    July 03, 2014 11:06 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

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