1. Jason Aldean Makes Record Vault to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    July 31, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Aldean's 'Burnin' It Down' makes a record 42-1 blast. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Joe Nichols, Kenny Chesney and more. After debuting last week based solely on two days of airplay, Jason Aldean 's "Burnin' It Down" soars 42-1 on Billboard's Hot…

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: Hilary Duff Discusses New Album, Ed Sheeran & Her Seven-Year Break

    July 31, 2014 10:00 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 pop…

  3. Tom Petty Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    July 30, 2014 6:23 PM EDT Veteran rock act Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are aiming for their first No. 1 album, as  Hypnotic Eye  could debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters suggest the set -- which was released on July 29 through Reprise/Warner Bros. Records -- may sell around 100…

  4. Ludacris Tapped As BMI President’s Award Honoree

    July 30, 2014 1:21 PM EDT The honor will be presented during BMI’s annual R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges will be presented with the President’s Award at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Aug. 22. This year’s annual ceremony, which also honors the songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  5. 5 Seconds Of Summer Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 30, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Pop band 5 Seconds of Summer crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as the Australian group's self-titled full-length debut album arrives atop the list. The set sold 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan, following the album's release on July…

  6. 'Girls' Star Allison Williams Playing 'Peter Pan' in NBC's Live Production

    July 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The network's "Sound of Music" follow-up will be broadcast live Dec. 4. NBC has found its Peter Pan: Allison Williams.  The Girls actress will star in the title role of the live The Sound of Music follow-up, which NBC will broadcast on Dec. 4, NBC announced Wednesday morning…

  7. Boston Man Arrested for Allegedly Raping Girl During Keith Urban Concert

    July 29, 2014 9:53 PM EDT An 18-year-old Boston man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl during a Keith Urban concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., on July 26. Keith Urban Fans Taken to Hospital During Massachusetts Concert The teenage girl was was allegedly sexually assaulted on…

  8. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  9. Rewinding The Charts: On July 29, 1967, The Doors' 'Fire' Lit Up The Hot 100

    July 29, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On this date 47 years ago, the band's legendary 'Light My Fire' burned a path to No. 1 With his skintight leather pants, come-hither looks and sex appeal, The Doors frontman, Jim Morrison, was the quintessential rock god of the late '60s. And on July 29, 1967, acolytes of…

  10. 'Danny Elfman's Music From the Films of Tim Burton' Adds Second L.A. Show

    July 28, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Elfman, along with 87-piece Hollywood Studio Symphony and 45-member choir, will perform Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. " Danny Elfman 's Music From the Films of Tim Burton" has added a second performance in Los Angeles. Elfman and the 87-piece Hollywood…

  11. Toby Keith, Taylor Swift Top Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Country Artists

    July 28, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Other acts on Forbes' Country Cash Kings 2014 tally include Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney Toby Keith tops Forbes’ annual list of country music’s highest paid artists for the second year in a row, pulling in an estimated $65 million. Beyonce Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List, Springsteen,…

  12. Jenny Lewis on Rocking Out, Ryan Adams and Saying Goodbye to Rilo Kiley

    July 28, 2014 1:17 PM EDT "I just stumbled out of my Ford Focus in these mules,” says Jenny Lewis, pointing to her purple-bowed footwear. Settling into an airy cafe near her Laurel Canyon home in Los Angeles, the one-time child actor who turned indie rock “It” girl evokes a glam version of Seinfeld ’s Elaine:…

  13. Exclusive: Fences Teams Up with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on New Single 'Arrows'

    July 28, 2014 12:18 PM EDT The song premieres Tuesday, July 29, and could catapult Fences into Hot 100 territory. Fences, a Seattle alt-pop band helmed by Christopher Mansfield , is gearing up to release a new album in October, and Tuesday, July 29, they'll premiere the project's lead single "…

  14. Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Remix Premiere: Listen To The Full Remix EP

    July 28, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Check out the premiere of the Punk Party Remix of "Boom Clap," as well as the remix EP in full. Following her success as a featured artist on Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," U.K. songwriting phenom Charli XCX has a solo hit on her…

  15. Keith Urban Fans Taken to Hospital During Massachusetts Concert

    July 27, 2014 11:14 AM EDT Emergency service workers from six towns responded to numerous reports of illness at a Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, Mass. Officials said alcohol consumption was the likely cause. Ambulances arrived from Eaton, Foxboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Norton and Plainville to help private…

  16. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: A discounted Eminem charges back onto the chart, 'Now 50' crosses the half-million mark and the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack takes a bow. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop…

  17. 5 Seconds of Summer Sales Sizzle: No. 1-Bound on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The Australian band set to rock the top of the Billboard 200 chart with debut full-length self-titled album. Pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer are set to charge in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with their self-titled full-length debut album. Industry sources suggest the set…

  18. Exclusive: Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of Reba McEntire's Video for 'Pray For Peace'

    July 25, 2014 11:45 AM EDT On Monday, Reba McEntire released the video for her song "Pray For Peace." Now Billboard has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the clip, which also features Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn and Caroline Kole. Check out the exclusive video below:   Since sharing the…

  19. Ohio State Fires Leader of Viral Marching Band

    July 24, 2014 10:33 PM EDT Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts. Jonathan Waters had led the…

  20. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

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