1. Common Returns to No. 1, 'No Flex Zone' Flies Into Top 20

    July 31, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Common leads Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'Nobody's Smiling,' while newcomers Rae Sremmurd hit the top 20 on Hot Rap Songs with 'No Flex Zone!!' Common commandeers the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Nobody's Smiling enters with 24,000 units sold…

  2. SESAC Gets New Leadership, Plans to Greatly Expand

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT "SESAC has big plans," says the organization's new chairman and CEO. SESAC, which has been under majority ownership by private equity firm Rizvi Traverse since December 2012, is ready to grow. That's the word coming out of the organization, which just picked John Josephson…

  3. Florida Woman Charged with Stalking Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

    July 30, 2014 9:16 PM EDT A woman has been arrested for allegedly stalking and harassing Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and his family. Jessica Robbins of Tampa Bay, Fla., was taking into custody on July 25 after sending numerous social media messages that caused Cornell and his family to fear for their lives, an…

  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. Vans Warped Tour's Nashville Stop Illustrates an Evolving Fest

    July 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys hit Nashville yesterday, where about 12,000 turned out to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to see upwards of 100 bands. Tour founder/producer Kevin Lyman tells Billboard that attendance will hit about 520,000 this year, on a par with some of the tour&…

  6. Telemundo Will Produce a Spanish-Language American Music Awards in 2015

    July 30, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bulking up on live special events, the Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo has secured licensing rights from Dick Clark Productions to produce a Spanish-language version of the American Music Awards for fall 2015. Telemundo is leaning on new live events, a major investment in sports, a new…

  7. Bob Hine, Founder of U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, Dies

    July 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT 'He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years,' producer Robin Millar says. Bob Hine, a founder of the Music Producers Guild, died Saturday in New Milton, U.K., after a two-year struggle with cancer, according to the…

  8. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts: This Week's Emerging Picks Include Jamie T, Perfume Genius

    July 29, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Billboard has chosen four artists this week from the real-time Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart who have stood out as a result of newly-released music videos. Jamie Alexander Treays, more commonly known to his 33,000 Twitter followers as Jamie T , charted on the Emerging Artists…

  9. Primus Take on 'Willy Wonka' Songs For New Album & Tour With 'Classic' Lineup

    July 29, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Les Claypool also sips some haterade on Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka' remake. In a very Flaming Lips-ian move, zany prog-rockers Primus have decided to dedicate an album, tour and band reunion to the 1971 culinary classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory . The "classic…

  10. Are Investors Losing Patience With Pandora?

    July 29, 2014 1:04 PM EDT While the Internet radio company has grown in many areas, investors are still waiting to see profits. Critics are circling Internet radio company Pandora after shares fell as much as 14.5 percent and closed down 10.3 percent Friday following the company's second-quarter earnings release …

  11. It's Official: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Album, Premiere 'Anything Goes' Video

    July 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The main G.U.Y. in Lady Gaga's life these days? Tony Bennett.  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett made their long-in-the-works project official today, announcing the album  Cheek to Cheek --  a collection of jazz standards including "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),"…

  12. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Return to Form with 'Hypnotic Eye': Track-by-Track Review

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As Tom Petty told us three decades and 10 albums ago, on Southern Accents , he’s got his “own way of talking.” He doesn’t drawl quite like the other Floridians, and among the words he pronounces in a wholly unique fashion is “town.” It comes up a lot in his songs -- often when he’s singing…

  13. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Paul Kalkbrenner, Markus Schulz & Maceo Plex

    July 28, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Tomorrowland wrapped up its second weekend in fitting fashion on Sunday (July 27). A few hours of rainfall did nothing to dampen the 10-year anniversary party in Boom, Belgium, where techno and trance dominated the schedule outside of the main stage. Capping off a weekend of coverage,…

  14. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Bleachers, Lil Wayne & Drake Score New No. 1s

    July 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Pop Songs, Bleachers rise to No. 1 on Alternative Songs and Lil Wayne and Drake's collab crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  15. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  16. Moogfest Skips Another Year, Will Return in 2016

    July 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT 'We need a year off to focus on Moog Music, our primary business,' brand director tells Billboard. Moogfest , the celebration of art, technology and music in Asheville, N.C., will not return until 2016, says parent company Moog Music. Moog Music invested 3 million into this year&…

  17. Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Turns 25: Here's What Critics Said About the Classic Back Then

    July 25, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Between the Beastie Boys ' boundless wordplay, the Dust Brothers' genre-melding production and more samples than anyone could afford to put on an album in 2014, Paul's Boutique is now considered an inarguable classic. It's not just the Beastie's magnum opus -- it'…

  18. Baseballer-Turned-Rapper Mike Stud Hits a Home Run With His No. 1 Album 'Closer'

    July 25, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Eight months after launching 300 Entertainment, principals Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz and Kevin Liles are toasting their first No. 1 album:  Closer  by 25-year-old Mike Stud. The college baseball pitcher-turned-rapper surprised chart-watchers when he topped Billboard’s Rap Albums tally in the…

  19. Wiz Khalifa Talks Working with Ty Dolla $ign & Clearance Issues Behind Miley Cyrus Collabo

    July 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has a signature laugh that he puts on records. It's a few beats long — maybe written as eight "ha's" and can come before or after a verse. For the 26-year-old rapper, it's a trademark of sorts, a reminder of his smoke-filled good times that's injects…

  20. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

Pages