1. 'Rising Star': 'It's 'Hunger Games' Meets the Coliseum in Rome' (Cover Story)

    June 20, 2014 8:00 AM EDT With ratings for reality-based performance shows on the decline, how can ABC's Rising Star hope to succeed? The answer may be in its eclectic and unpredictable band of on-air talent — Ludacris, Kesha, Josh Groban and Brad Paisley — and a new format. In 2012, Avi Nir had a problem. A…

  2. Jack White's 'Lazaretto' Debuts at No. 1, Sets Vinyl Sales Record

    June 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rocker Jack White claims his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Lazaretto" bows in the top slot with 138,000 sold in the week ending June 15, according to NielsenSoundScan.   The effort follows his solo debut, "Blunderbuss," which also opened atop the…

  3. Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake Among Initial 'Teen Choice 2014' Nominees

    June 17, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, One Direction and Beyoncé are among the first round of nominees for the "Teen Choice 2014" awards, which will air live on Fox August 10.  The celebration of teen icons includes celebrities across entertainment realms including music, movies,…

  4. Bonnaroo 2014: The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne Dishes Working With Miley Cyrus & Kesha (Video)

    June 15, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne no doubt has some interesting stories to tell about hanging out with his new buddy Miley Cyrus, but “the craziest ones I’m not allowed to really speak about,” he tells Billboard at this year’s Bonnaroo. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More…

  5. Miranda Lambert Scores Record Fifth Career-Opening No. 1 on Top Country Albums Chart

    June 12, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The singer passes Carrie Underwood, who's begun with four No. 1s. Plus, moves for Florida Georgia Line and Little Big Town. As "Platinum" debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with 180,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Miranda Lambert becomes the…

  6. Miranda Lambert Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of "Platinum." The set — her fifth release — sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is Lambert's best sales week yet,…

  7. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  8. Nicki Minaj Releases Video For ‘Pills N Potions’ (Watch)

    June 10, 2014 3:50 AM EDT Nicki Minaj has dropped the official video for "Pills N Potions," the first track lifted from her upcoming studio album “The Pink Print.” The hip hop star is in sultry, sex-kitten mode as she tokes from a cigarette and works her cleavage with her eyes pointed skyward. In one moment,…

  9. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, Paramore Score First Pop Radio No. 1s

    June 09, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Azalea's 'Fancy' crowns Pop Songs, while Paramore tallies its first airplay chart leader with 'Ain't It Fun.' Plus, new No. 1s for Katy Perry, Three Days Grace and Tito 'El Bambino' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  10. Governors Ball 2014: Empire of the Sun's Luke Steele on Feeling Like a 'Prince' Backstage (Watch)

    June 09, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Governors Ball 2014 • PHOTOS: Live at Governors Ball! • Backstage Gov Ball Photo Gallery • Vampie Weekend's Taut Sunday Set • Axwell & Ingrosso Debut Songs • 15 Hot Governors Ball Moments Sunday • Interpol Aces Gov Ball • Jack White's Red Hot Saturday Set • GOVERNORS BALL FULL…

  11. 15 Hot Governors Ball Moments: Axwell & Ingrosso, Vampire Weekend, Interpol Run Day 3

    June 09, 2014 4:52 AM EDT Governors Ball 2014 's three days of music came to a close Sunday (June 8) with a fun set from Jack Antonoff's new project Bleachers, a member of Capital Cities onstage with Foster the People, Vampire Weekend's sound system battling a neighboring DJ's, Interpol rocking a…

  12. Bon Jovi Banned in Buffalo Over Bills Buyout Rumors

    June 07, 2014 6:40 PM EDT BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Livin' on a prayer isn't part of the plan for Buffalo Bills fans. Not content to sit back and hope for the best as their beloved NFL team is sold, they are doing everything they can to influence the next owner to keep the franchise in Buffalo. Jon Bon Jovi…

  13. Led Zeppelin Reissues Set for Splashy Return to Billboard 200 Chart

    June 06, 2014 6:27 PM EDT Cent heading for sixth top 10, “If/Then” cast album set for big debut Reissues of Led Zeppelin's first three albums are set to storm back onto the Billboard 200 chart next week. The three titles should re-enter the chart within the top 15, and have a chance at all hitting the top 10.…

  14. Luke Bryan Talks 'Roller Coaster' Of a Next Single

    June 06, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Prior to his performance on Thursday night at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Luke Bryan reflected to the media about the big night he enjoyed on the 2014 CMT Music Awards, where he won a pair of trophies, and also performed twice - his most recent chart-topper "Play It Again,"…

  15. Jimmy Iovine's 'Secret iPod': How 'Jungle' Became the New Beats Song

    June 05, 2014 5:25 PM EDT While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and a dizzying array of the globe's biggest soccer stars are featured in the new Beats promotional film short entitled “The Game Before the Game” released today, the real star of the clip, as is the case with most Beats promotional spots, is the song. The…

  16. Luke Bryan No. 1 'Again' On Hot Country Songs, Lee Brice 'Dance's Into Top 10

    June 05, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Bryan extends the reign of 'Play It Again' to eight weeks. Plus, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Blake Shelton and Jana Kramer soar Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" logs an eighth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, marking the fourth-most weeks at the…

  17. 615 Spotlight: Carissa Leigh Wants a 'Bad Boy'

    June 05, 2014 1:26 PM EDT It's a magical time for country newcomer Carissa Leigh: the Canada native has a new single, "Bad Boy," her first release in the U.S. "I'm one of those people that if I see an opportunity, I go for it," she tells Billboard. "Music has always been something I…

  18. Governors Ball Emerges From the Mud: Fest's Booker Talks 'Cracking' NYC, Weather Prep

    June 05, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Prior to the successful launch of Governors Ball in 2011, some in the music industry had lost hope that New York could have a large-scale music festival to call its own. “Our business had grown accustomed to saying that a music festival could not succeed in New York City,” Tom Windish,…

  19. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Parody Jay Z's Elevator Fight at CMT Awards (Video)

    June 05, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Jay Z and the Knowles family appear to have moved on from their infamous elevator brawl, but last night, the CMT Music Awards wouldn't let them forget it. During host Kristen Bell's opening routine, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard spoofed…

  20. CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert Win

    June 05, 2014 12:26 AM EDT With thousands of country music fans in town for the CMA Music Festival, it's only right that the week needed a kick-off party – and as always, the fan-voted CMT Music Awards fit the bill offering a high-energy telecast that got the week started on the right foot, especially for Carrie…

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