1. Paul McCartney’s ‘Early Days’ Hits No. 1 on Trending 140

    July 07, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Shortly after the 10 a.m. release of the music video for Paul McCartney’s “Early Days” on Monday morning, the track shot up to No. 2 on the Twitter Trending 140 chart . Paul McCartney Returns to Stage After Hospitalization Paul McCartney Plays Highest-Ever Concert in Ecuador Paul McCartney…

  2. Chart Highlights: Usher Lands Lucky 13th No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

    July 07, 2014 5:35 PM EDT The crooner ties Drake for the most leaders in the list's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Shakira, Seether and Jake Owen, while Justin Moore countrifies Motley Crue ... with Vince Neil Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  3. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  4. 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,…

  5. Jessica Simpson Marries Eric Johnson in California

    July 05, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Felicitations are in order for Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson: the couple of four years, 33 and 34 respectively, married earlier tonight in an outdoor ceremony in Santa Barbara County. Jessica Simpson Gives Birth to Second Baby "We are overwhelmed with complete happiness and love…

  6. Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet For Country Rap

    July 05, 2014 2:17 PM EDT "I think rap gets treated like a dirty word," Clear Channel's Clay Hunnicutt says. When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn't find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an…

  7. Life Term Upheld for Killer of Guitarist Dave Navarro’s Mother

    July 04, 2014 2:07 AM EDT A state appeals court has upheld the life sentence for a man who killed two Southern California women three decades ago, including the mother of guitarist Dave Navarro. City News Service says the 2nd District Court of Appeal upheld John Riccardi's sentence Thursday. Riccardi was…

  8. Andre 3000 Tackles Jimi Hendrix: Watch The 'All Is By My Side' Trailer

    July 03, 2014 8:32 PM EDT The trailer for the Jimi Hendrix biopic, "Jimi: All Is By My Side," starring Andre 3000 was released today (July 3). And in it viewers are transported back to 1966 and 1967 just as the guitar legend finds fame and fortune. The film, from Oscar-winning writer/director John Ridley (…

  9. Katy Perry, John Legend Lead 2014 Mid-Year Streaming Chart

    July 03, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Six months into the year, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" leads the pack as 2014's most-streamed track in the U.S., according to Nielsen BDS. Since January, the title has received more than 188 million plays across streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, YouTube and more. MID…

  10. G-Eazy, AB-Soul Claim Top Debuts on Rap Albums, Despite Lack of Airplay

    July 03, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Neither G-Eazy or AB-Soul have charted a hit on the Rap Airplay chart, yet their albums debut at Nos. 1 and 2 on Rap Albums. Independently-distributed rapper G-Eazy -- who has yet to notch a hit single on the Rap Airplay chart -- enters the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts at…

  11. Whose MAC Lipstick Is Best: Rihanna or Lorde? (Poll)

    July 03, 2014 2:13 PM EDT MAC are masters at partnering with music's most wanted, and creating a product that fits their essence. Artists from all genres have collaborated with M.A.C. including Liza Minneli, Diana Ross, Paulina Rubio, A Mei, Nicki Minaj , Lady Gaga , Beth Ditto , Azalea Banks , Hayley Williams ,…

  12. Pharrell's 'Happy' Is Radio's Most-Played Song of 2014 (So Far)

    July 03, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Radio never sounded more "Happy" than it did in the first half of 2014.   Pharrell Williams' "Happy" leads Nielsen BDS' mid-year report of the most-played songs in the first half of the year on U.S. terrestrial radio stations. The track, which topped…

  13. 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…

  14. Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night': 'It Was Mad, But It Was Incredible'

    July 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Four guys from Liverpool making a movie -- it was so great," says the Beatles of the 50th anniversary of the film. Fifty years later, and even with a solid IMDB entry to his credit, "A Hard Day's Night" remains a surreal experience for Ringo Starr. "I mean, we…

  15. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  16. John Mellencamp, 'Small Town': Exclusive Premiere from His New 'Trouble No More' Live Album

    July 03, 2014 10:12 AM EDT July 4 is almost here and an all-American rock and roller is premiering a brand new cut from his upcoming live album: John Mellencamp. Billboard presents a raw, stripped-down live version of Mellencamp's heartland rock essential "Small Town," performed before a crowd of only 1…

  17. 615 Spotlight: Johnny Orr on New EP 'Down South' & How Music Cost Him His Marriage

    July 02, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Johnny Orr admits that his formative musical years were quite diverse. In addition to country that was so prevalent around his home in North Carolina, he was exposed to a wide variety of music. “I was a big John Cougar and Bryan Adams fan in my younger days. Then, I became a big fan of Edwin…

  18. 'Frozen,' Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Beyonce, Katy Perry also have big showings at 2014's half-way point. With the year half over, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively,…

  19. 'Bangerz' Creative Director Previews Miley Cyrus TV Special: 'Intense and Wild'

    July 02, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Miley Cyrus is bringing her headline-grabbing "Bangerz" tour to a living room near you this Fourth of July weekend . The "We Can't Stop" singer kicked off the trek back in February, and with nearly every stop, she's managed to raise eyebrows with her onstage…

  20. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Beyonce's self-titled surprise album is far-and-away the year's biggest selling R&B/hip-hop set. As we reach the half way mark of 2014, we take a moment to glance at the biggest selling R&B/hip-hop albums and digital songs through the sales week that ended June 29. '…

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