1. Alicia Keys Signs with Guy Oseary and Ron Laffitte

    July 18, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Grammy-winning singer had been represented by Red Light Management since 2010. Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys has signed with Ron Laffitte and Guy Oseary at Maverick for management. Laffitte, whose clients include Pharrell Williams and OneRepublic, and Oseary, who’s been guiding…

  2. Billboard + Twitter Realtime Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    July 18, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Kilo Kish, Audio Push and more artists popping up on the Emerging Artists Chart. To celebrate the middle of summer, Billboard has picked the top trending music videos for the July 26 charting week that have appeared on this week's Twitter Emerging Artists Chart . As long as each artist…

  3. Does Garth Brooks Still Have Country Superstar Clout?

    July 18, 2014 4:36 PM EDT This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Garth Brooks’ July 10 reveal of a new deal with Sony Music (an album on Pearl/RCA Nashville is due around Black Friday, and will be sold digitally on his own site, sidestepping iTunes) and an upcoming global tour had…

  4. The Sales Domination of 'Frozen,' In One Chart

    July 18, 2014 3:45 PM EDT This year's U.S. music sales would be almost uneventful if not for the "Frozen" soundtrack. Purchases are down across the board -- even digital albums and tracks. Releases by superstars have stumbled . One album has bucked the trends and is doing brisk business, however.…

  5. How Ed Sheeran Topped The Most Confusing Music List Ever

    July 18, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Someone placed Ed at the top of a black and urban music power list, and entered the Trolling Hall of Fame. It's taken us nearly a full week to recover from BBC Radio 1Xtra's Power List, a collection of artist names that has ruffled some feathers and blown some minds since being…

  6. Judas Priest Debut At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    July 18, 2014 2:23 PM EDT The rock icons concurrently notch their first top 10 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action for the Dirty Heads, alt-J, Counting Crows and Paul McCartney After 40 years and 17 studio albums, Judas Priest score their highest-charting set. "Redeemer of Souls" marks the British heavy…

  7. The Best Headphones Under $15: Which Pairs Make the Grade?

    July 18, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Apple has just taken Beats Electronics under its wing , so these days, there is plenty of funding attached to Beats by Dre and those iconic white earbuds everyone seems to have a pair of somewhere in their drawer. But what about headphones on a budget? Surely there must be some decent options…

  8. Beyonce Fashion Exhibit to Debut at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

    July 18, 2014 9:54 AM EDT A fashion exhibit centered on Beyoncé will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers. The Rock Hall announced Friday that outfits from Beyoncé's Super Bowl performance and music videos will debut Tuesday in the Ahmet…

  9. 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)…

  10. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  11. 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…

  12. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  13. 'Weird Al' vs Jason Mraz For No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart

    July 16, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Two artists are vying for their first No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, as both Jason Mraz and "Weird Al" Yankovic are aiming for the top slot next week. Industry forecasters project Mraz's "Yes!" and Yankovic's "Mandatory Fun" to each sell…

  14. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Tops Hot 100; Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Falls to No. 2

    July 16, 2014 12:06 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group ends Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign with 'Fancy.' Plus, Disclosure's 'Latch,' featuring Sam Smith, reaches the top 10 Maybe this will finally impress the father in the song?   MAGIC!'s "Rude," the Canadian pop…

  15. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The longevity of The Ramones, X, Nick Cave and New Order belies the genre's supposed short-lived appeal. It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement,…

  16. R. Kelly Announces Upcoming House Music Album

    July 15, 2014 6:06 PM EDT While working on his follow-up to "Black Panties," appropriately titled "White Panties," R.Kelly is also recording a house music album. "I'm working on a house album right now and I want y'all to know, it's coming," he told those in attendance at…

  17. Bleachers' Jack Antonoff Hosts Fake Call-In Telethon: Watch

    July 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT Bleachers, the new project from fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, released its debut album "Strange Desire" on Tuesday (July 15) through RCA Records, and continued a delightfully zany promo campaign by… putting on a fake call-in telethon! That has already surreptitiously aired on cable…

  18. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 'Mandatory Fun': Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 15, 2014 3:26 PM EDT It's hard out there for a professional parodist: nowadays, any idiot with a webcam can post his or her version of "Fancy" on YouTube, and if a master idiot like "Weird Al" Yankovic wants to get us tweeting about his send-ups, he'd better make them extra…

  19. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Sends Up Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' with 'Word Crimes': Watch

    July 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT After kicking off his eight-videos-in-eight-days campaign on Monday (July 14), "Weird Al" Yankovic has celebrated Tuesday's release of new album "Mandatory Fun" with a brand new clip, this time for the "Blurred Lines" parody "Word Crimes":…

  20. Polaris Prize 2014: Drake, Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre Make Short List

    July 15, 2014 11:19 AM EDT The short list for the 2014 Polaris Prize was revealed in Toronto on Tuesday, with a mix of commercial hits via Arcade Fire and Drake, as well as indie favorites by Timber Timbre ("Hot Dreams") and Mac DeMarco ("Salad Days") among the ten acts in the running for Canada&…

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