1. Bad Suns Talk Fast Rise of 'Cardiac Arrest,' Silencing the Doubters

    June 25, 2014 10:58 AM EDT There's more to a buzz band than meets the eye. Bad Suns are a Californian quartet whose slick neo-new wave hooks earned them a deal with Vagrant Records, an opening slot for the 1975 and -- if you'll forgive the plug -- an appearance in Billboard's ever-prestigious charts…

  2. Chris Brown's D.C. Trial Trip Cost More Than $4,000

    June 25, 2014 12:02 AM EDT He didn't fly first class and his hotels weren't five-star. Still, when singer Chris Brown was moved from a Los Angeles jail to Washington for what was to have been the start of his trial on an assault charge, the cost to taxpayers was more than $4,000. The breakdown of the April…

  3. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  4. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  5. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  6. Ed Sheeran Plays New ‘x’ Songs, Shares Stories at iHeartRadio Theater LA Album Release Party

    June 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT How did a Passover dinner lead to Ed Sheeran in the studio with Pharrell, Diplo and Skrillex? Ed Sheeran Announces 'x' Album Release Party, IHeartRadio Festival Performance When Sheeran took to the stage at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles on June 17 for a Pepsi-sponsored release…

  7. Shakira's World Cup-Inspired 'La La La' Storms Charts

    June 20, 2014 6:12 PM EDT Shakira's "Dare (La La La)" makes great gains on Billboard's charts this week, thanks to the surging popularity of its World Cup-inspired remix and music video.  It rises 32-5 on Latin Airplay, 33-18 on Streaming Songs and jumps 83-53 on the Billboard Hot 100. (On the…

  8. Ab-Soul Talks About the Duality of 'These Days' Album & Danny Brown's Advice

    June 20, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Ab-Soul is focused on his own — in between jugs of cough syrup, mid-conversation naps and fights with his own label. His raps frequently evoke higher consciousness, but Ab-Soul is only half-awake — if that. It's 11:15 a.m. on a Saturday and the self-described "Black Lip Bastard…

  9. D'Angelo's Album Will Be Out in 2014, Touring in October, Manager Insists

    June 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT It's been so long, with so many false alarms, you start to lose track. D'Angelo 's long-awaited follow-up to his classic 2000 album "Voodoo" was supposed to come out in 2007. Then 2009. Then 2010. Then he started touring, for the first time in 10 years, in 2011 and…

  10. 'Honeymoon in Vegas' Coming to Broadway

    June 19, 2014 5:30 AM EDT Following its well-received tryout last year at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse, "Honeymoon in Vegas" has booked a Broadway opening for this winter. Tony Danza, Rob McClure and Brynn O'Malley will star in the roles played by James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica…

  11. Remixing Rock's Style Roots: Where to Find Johnny Cash & Elvis-Inpired Jackets

    June 18, 2014 5:40 PM EDT E-tailer Phoenix Project brings the 1950s style of legends Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash back to life. Don't step on his blue suede shoes, but you MAY be able to step into them, thanks to Phoenix Project - an e-tailer dedicated to replicating the clothing of 20th-century icons. An Elvis…

  12. 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,…

  13. Jennifer Lopez, 'A.K.A.': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 17, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has long been a jack-of-all-trades, excelling in acting rolls, as an on-stage entertainer and in her assorted business ventures.  “A.K.A.” marks the eighth studio album for the songstress, and first with Capitol Records.  An eclectic mix of sounds ring throughout the set as she…

  14. Sam Smith, 'In the Lonely Hour': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 17, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Not even Disclosure's rise to fame as trendsetters for last year's U.K. garage revival could overshadow Sam Smith, who lent soulful vocals to the Lawrence brother's whiplashing hit "Latch." It was impossible not to notice Smith's heart-rending range, which seemed…

  15. 'Uncle' Si Robertson Releases 'Smokin Hot' EP, Talks 'Duck Dynasty'

    June 17, 2014 10:06 AM EDT After the amazing success of the 2013 holiday collection "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas," it should come as no surprise that one of TV's most popular families have ventured into the studio once again. This time, the musical spotlight shines brightly upon "…

  16. Brian Williams 'Raps' Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' on 'Fallon' (Video)

    June 17, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon debuted the latest mashup Monday as the late-night talk show kicked off a week in Orlando. Brian Williams’ latest rap opened the Tonight Show’s weeklong stint in Orlando, Fla. — and it was a doozy. Two months after Williams’ “Gin and Juice” mashup, Jimmy Fallon unveiled a the…

  17. Zendaya Coleman to Play Aaliyah in Biopic

    June 16, 2014 5:39 PM EDT Lifetime is loading up on R&B biopics. Shortly after getting the gears in motion for a telepic based on the life of the late Whitney Houston, the cable network has announced plans for a project on the short-lived career of '90s phenom Aaliyah. The Juice Podcast 5/23/14: Aaliyah'…

  18. Chart Highlights: Brett Eldredge's 'Music' No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 16, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second leader. Plus, Godsmack and Rise Against roar back onto Rock Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  19. Swizz Beatz Becomes Muse for Kehinde Wiley Portrait

    June 16, 2014 1:53 PM EDT On set with the art-obsessed hitmaker and artist, Wiley. "Eyes on the camera, lean in, look up." Artist Kehinde Wiley spits out directions so fast that it's hard for a spectator to keep up, let alone one of his models. On an ordinary day the 37-year-old's subject might be…

  20. Tink Talks Working With Sleigh Bells, Timbaland; Premieres 'Used 2 Know' Video

    June 16, 2014 12:23 PM EDT With a Timbaland-produced album on the way, and collaborations with Jeremih, Kelela and Sleigh Bells under her belt, Tink has come across a huge rush of success recently. It's safe to say the 19-year old Chicago rapper has begun to carve out a space for herself. But to Tink, she's…

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