1. Singer-Songwriter Dale Watson: Trucking Music Isn't Dead

    July 28, 2014 4:20 PM EDT If you're thinking of calling Dale Watson a country singer, think again. On the cover of the singer-songwriter's recently released 3-CD box set entitled  The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy  is a sticker that says “File Under Ameripolitan.” So, what exactly does that mean? “I don’t even…

  2. Ed Sheeran Is Not Feeling Facebook's New App for VIPs

    July 28, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Facebook has a new app called Mentions that aims to make it a breeze for celebrities and other public figures to interact with fans on the 800 million-strong social network. Announced earlier this month, Facebook Mentions allows anyone to download the app, but only participating public…

  3. The 10 Commandments of Love Within Destiny's Child's 'The Writing's On the Wall'

    July 28, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Destiny's Child -- as a group and as solo artists -- have taught us a thing or two about love. The group's sophomore studio album, The Writing's on the Wall , is laced with stories on temptation and trust, or a lack thereof. Gender roles are reversed; what men can do, women…

  4. 'Rising Star' Recap: Contestants Begin to Shine As Head-To-Head Duels Round Wraps

    July 28, 2014 4:28 AM EDT Say what you will about Rising Star and its ragtag team of genre-diverse judges, somebody is doing some work with these contestants behind the scenes. Whether that’s the “Groban-ator” throwing in some off-camera mentoring to make sure this gig doesn’t tarnish his credible musician resume…

  5. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  6. Pharrell to Leave ASCAP for Irving and Grimmet's Global Music Rights

    July 25, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Global Music Rights , the boutique performance rights organization being built by Irving Azoff and Randy Grimmett under the Azoff MSG Entertainment banner, has just signed another big name songwriter/producer/ artist in Pharrell Williams , sources have confirmed. He joins stable mate Ryan…

  7. Shaq Comes Out of Rap Retirement to Get on Pharrell's 'NBA 2K15' Soundtrack

    July 25, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Could a 'Kazaam' sequel be next? When Pharrell Williams said he was "pumped and excited" to be curating the NBA 2K15 soundtrack, he probably didn't realize he'd be getting a very special submission from one Shaquille O'Neal. The artist responsible for a…

  8. Why Bass Coast Festival Banned Native American Headdresses

    July 25, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Canadian fest's security will not allow attendees to wear the controversial apparel. Attendees at this year's Bass Coast Festival will not be allowed to wear Native American-style headdresses and war bonnets when the EDM fest hits Merrit, British Columbia, Aug. 1-4. Pharrell Sparks…

  9. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the most overused trope in music writing ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  10. Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

    July 25, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Riding high with 'Mandatory Fun,' his first career No. 1, the king of parodies rewrites the rule book. "Weird Al" equals big business. The comedian’s latest album, Mandatory Fun , which tops the Aug. 2 Billboard 200, is his 15th chart entry in a career that spans 30 years…

  11. Tomorrow's Hits: Bobby Shmurda, Priory & Anzel

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Bobby Shmurda Twenty-year-old Brooklyn native, and new Epic signee, Bobby Shmurda is heating up with "Hot N---a." The song rises 4-1 on the…

  12. Jacob Latimore's 'Heartbreak Heard Around The World' Ascends Trending 140

    July 24, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The teenager's buzzy single features T-Pain. Jacob Latimore has come a long way, from being featured on Radio Disney as a 9-year-old in 2006 to a recent starring role in a major motion picture. The now 17-year-old Milwaukee-native has re-emerged onto the music scene with a new single, …

  13. Pharrell Williams Goes for Knockout Win in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    July 23, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Marvin Gaye's family "smelled money," says a motion for summary judgment that argues that last year's summer hit isn't substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." One year ago, the world was grooving to "Blurred Lines" when the song of the summer…

  14. Pharrell Williams Recruits Miley Cyrus & Many Models for 'Come Get It Bae' Video (Watch)

    July 23, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Although "Happy" is still playing on repeat in the nation's collective consciousness, Pharrell Williams is currently pushing the funky "Come Get It Bae" as the latest single from "G I R L." This morning, the joyous jam got a music video featuring guest…

  15. 'America's Got Talent' Earth Harpist William Close Signs to Nettwerk Music Group

    July 22, 2014 8:56 PM EDT You’ve seen him on "America’s Got Talent," where he finished third, but now William Close will bring his unique instrumental inventions to the recording studio after signing a deal with the Nettwerk Music Group. The experimental musician and innovator has developed over 100 new…

  16. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  17. Ray J Charged With Sexual Battery, 3 More Misdemeanors

    July 22, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Charges stem from May 30 arrest, when the singer was accused of grabbing a woman's butt and smashing a patrol car window Ray J has been charged with four misdemeanors, including sexual battery, stemming from his May 30 arrest at a Beverly Hills hotel , the Los Angeles district attorney…

  18. Drake & Lil Wayne Channel 'Street Fighter' In Tour Trailer (Watch)

    July 22, 2014 3:52 PM EDT Drake and Lil Wayne are hitting the road Aug. 8 for their co-headlining Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour , and the YMCMB rumble is going down "Street Fighter" style. The tour's Capcom-themed trailer shows Lil Wayne as Sage preparing to battle Drake as Protégé. Maybe the tour will…

  19. Jack White's Third Man Records Launches Publishing Arm, Third Man Books

    July 22, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jack White's Third Man Records has launched a publishing arm, fittingly (if somewhat unimaginatively) titled Third Man Books. Its first release, "Language Lessons: Volume 1," will be commercially available Aug. 5.  Jack White Covers Jay Z's '99 Problems': Watch…

  20. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

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