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. Westboro Baptist Church SoundCloud Full of Terrible Pun Parodies

    July 22, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Enjoy seven hours of musical hellfire and brimstone Can't get enough of the Westboro Baptist Church cover band, which has taken it upon themselves to reimagine Lorde's "Royals," Lady Gaga's "Telephone" ( "Ever Burn" ) and Panic! at the Disco's…

  3. Attention, Country Music Hall of Fame Voters: Here's Who You Need to Induct

    July 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT To: The Voters for the Country Music Hall of Fame First of all, I understand the responsibility that you have to the industry and to the Hall as you go through your voting process each year. It seems that with each selection you make, the cries get louder for others to be inducted. It is a…

  4. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  5. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  6. Mary Sarah Calls On Country Legends For Debut Album 'Bridges'

    July 10, 2014 2:15 AM EDT What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah. Sarah's debut album, "Bridges," features duets with their original performers including Parton and Nelson on their well-known…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. '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…

  10. Cole Porter's 'The Ambassador Revue' to be Staged In New York City

    June 16, 2014 12:56 PM EDT For the first time later this month, a few lucky people will get to hear what no one in America has - a collection of lost Cole Porter songs. The one-night-only June 27 premiere of "The Ambassador Revue" at The Town Hall near Times Square will mark the first time the 1929 show has…

  11. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 2: Kanye West's a 'Motherf---ing Rock Star,' Sam Smith Covers Arctic Monkeys

    June 14, 2014 4:50 AM EDT Skrillex brings out a special guest, Phoenix can't wait to see Kanye, and more from the first full day at the 'Roo. After Bonnaroo 2014 commenced with a half-day of music on Thursday, Friday (June 13) was an epic assortment of artists that began in the early afternoon and…

  12. Willie Nelson In a Writing Mood: Releases Album of Originals, With Another Set for Fall

    June 12, 2014 11:43 AM EDT "Band of Brothers" arrives June 17. The prolific artist will be releasing another originals-heavy album, "December Day," recorded with his band, in the fall Willie Nelson says he only had to look as far as "Band of Brothers" producer Buddy Cannon to get him…

  13. George Strait's Final Show Breaks Attendance Record

    June 08, 2014 12:06 AM EDT Known for his easygoing manner and everyman's appeal, country music legend George Strait strolled from the floor of the Dallas Cowboys' lavish stadium onto the custom-built stage Saturday night in a blue plaid shirt, Wrangler jeans, a silver belt buckle and a black cowboy hat,…

  14. Tuatara's New Album Features Peter Buck, Mike McCready; Song Premiere (Listen)

    June 05, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Tuatara, the long-running project led by Mad Season/Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin and rounded out by a rotating cast of all-stars that includes R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, returns for its first record in six years, "Underworld."…

  15. CMT Music Awards: John Legend, ZZ Top, Lzzy Hale Storm Nashville

    June 04, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Though Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards signified the kickoff of the massive CMA Music Festival, there were plenty of non-country artists shaking things up throughout the evening. This was apparent from the beginning of the telecast, as ZZ Top took to the stage first with some…

  16. Tamar Braxton Talks New Album, Motherhood & 'Braxton Family Values' Show (Exclusive)

    June 02, 2014 12:02 PM EDT A busy reality TV show schedule -- with, count 'em, three programs -- isn't keeping Tamar Braxton out of the studio. The youngest member of the singing Braxton family tells Billboard she's "more than thinking about" her follow-up to 2012's "Love and War,…

  17. Vince Staples & Bad Rabbits Team Up For 'Made': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT 'Made' is the first single off Converse' upcoming EP, 'Cons EP Vol. 2' Vince Staples and Bad Rabbits have teamed up for "Made," the first single off Converse' upcoming EP, "Cons EP Vol. 2." The progressive track blends the best of both acts:…

  18. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick Nuciforo, who heads up the comedy…

  19. Motley Crue Reveals 'Dirt' Movie Details, Previews Final Tour & New Music

    May 15, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Tommy Lee talks new Crue song, band's final tour, leaving the door open to more music in the future, plus other pursuits, like drumming for Smashing Pumpkins. "These are like epic, goose-bump songs" Motley Crue is saying a well-publicized farewell to the road starting this…

  20. Bleachers To Release 'Strange Desire' Album in July

    May 15, 2014 2:52 PM EDT The debut album from Bleachers, the new project from fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, will be arriving this summer, as promised. "Strange Desire" is due out on July 15 through RCA Records, following the project's announcement last February. "I was very conscious about making…

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