1. The Juice Podcast 7/11/14: The-Dream's 'Royalty: The Prequel' EP, Meek Mill & Wale's Beef

    July 11, 2014 1:00 PM EDT For this week's 11th episode of The Juice podcast, I'm joined by Tracy Garraud (Sirius XM's Sway In the Morning, BET), Nile " Low Key " Ivey ( You Heard That New , KWL Management) and this week's co-host, my co-worker Jason Lipshutz (Billboard’s Pop Editor).(I e…

  2. The-Dream Releases 'Royalty: The Prequel' EP: Listen

    July 08, 2014 1:14 PM EDT As promised, The-Dream releases his new EP, "Royalty: The Prequel." The 7-song EP features The-Dream doing what he does best: singing and writing about the bad, the good and the ugly of love. "Royalty" reunites Terius Nash with longtime collaborator, producer/songwriter…

  3. The-Dream Announces 'Royalty: The Prequel' EP, Launches Contra-Paris Label

    July 07, 2014 12:16 PM EDT The singer-songwriter/producer got married on 4th of July weekend. A week after releasing the powerful music video for his song, "Black," The-Dream announces the release of his new EP, "Royalty: The Prequel." The singer-songwriter/producer premiered the album cover and…

  4. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "x" opens with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is Sheeran's second full-length effort, and was released June 23 through Atlantic…

  5. Jennifer Lopez's 'A.K.A.' Debut: An Icon Reaches a Crossroads

    June 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT With a lackluster sales debut for her latest album, Lopez should consider a musical makeover. Jennifer Lopez is an icon. We knew that long before she won the Icon Award last month . But musically, Lopez sounds trapped in a different era.   Her eighth studio album, "A.K.A.," starts…

  6. Seether Song Premieres: Hear 'Turn Around' & 'Burn The World'

    June 30, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Singer Shaun Morgan discusses his harrowing experience creating new album "Isolate and Medicate." Anger and anxiety, insult and injury all contributed to the dark lyrical tone of Seether's sixth album, "Isolate and Medicate." Frontman Shaun Morgan tells Billboard…

  7. Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70

    June 27, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer Bobby Womack, whose music was covered by, among others, the Rolling Stones, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the news of his passing this morning to The Hollywood Reporter. He was suffering from…

  8. 'Smooth' at 15: Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas Reflect on Their Billboard Hot 100 Smash

    June 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Back in 1971, guitarist Carlos Santana hit No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Black Magic Woman.” It would take him nearly three decades to make the top 10 again, but what a comeback it was. “Smooth,” featuring Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on vocals, topped the chart for a stunning…

  9. 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…

  10. Lyricist Gerry Goffin Dies: Carole King's Songwriting Partner Was 75

    June 19, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Lyricist Gerry Goffin , who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," ''Halfway to Paradise" and "The Loco-Motion," died Thursday at…

  11. Jennifer Lopez Works Her Ass Off on 'A.K.A.' Album, Powerhouse Brand (Cover Story)

    June 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has a lot of titles on her business card these days. At this point in a career stretching back more than two decades, she's less a musician or actress than a walking lifestyle brand, and a hyper-productive one at that. On today's schedule: an interview and photo shoot…

  12. 15 Sonar 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Plastikman, Trentemøller & More

    June 13, 2014 1:07 PM EDT On Thursday (June 12), Sonar kicked off the first of its three full days of special artist showcases and cutting edge music technology events with a nuanced show by German pianist Nils Frahm, Machinedrum’s new high-octane live set, Trentemøller’s hybrid band brilliance, and a spellbinding…

  13. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. With Pride Month here, Billboard reflects on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT…

  14. Calvin Harris Heats Up Hot 100 With Latest 'Summer' Hit

    June 07, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The EDM star's new hit is the 23rd Hot 100 top 10 with the word 'summer' in its title Calvin Harris heats up the Billboard Hot 100, where his latest hit "Summer" sizzles 12-9 . The EDM star adds to the list of top 10s with the word "summer" in their titles…

  15. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  16. Justin Bieber Loses Again: How His Racist Jokes Will Impact His Career

    June 05, 2014 5:40 PM EDT The leaked videos are a short-term disaster for Bieber -- but don't necessarily spell doom for his long-term outlook. Remember when Justin Bieber was a precocious pop star, peddling inoffensive hooks and religious-leaning autobiographies , lookalike dolls and tween-friendly fragrances ?…

  17. Ringo Starr Producing His New Album; Talks Tour, Beatles & His 'Incredible Year'

    June 05, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Ringo Starr has had a ball celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in America this year as well as some of his own honors. But, he says, it's put a bit of a crimp in plans for his next album. Starr tells Billboard that he's "probably two-thirds through…

  18. Rewinding The Charts: 20 Years Ago, The Beastie Boys Came Roaring Back

    May 31, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Blending rap, punk and more, the trio's fourth album, 1994's 'Ill Communication,' was the right sound at the right time In 1994, the world caught up to the Beastie Boys. The now iconic rap trio surprised the industry when its fourth album, "Ill Communication,"…

  19. Nicole Scherzinger Returns With 'Your Love' Single: Listen

    May 29, 2014 12:44 PM EDT To say that Nicole Scherzinger has struggled to sustain a solo career in the United States since the dissolution of the best-selling girl group the Pussycat Dolls is a gross understatement; the 35-year-old still has yet to release a solo album in the U.S., nearly five years after PCD…

  20. Rolling Stones No. 1 on List of Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990

    May 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT They began steamrolling their way through arenas four decades ago, creating the live business as it is known today. And they've never stopped. More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade away, including The Rolling Stones,…

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