1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  2. ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele Not Pregnant, Twitter Account Gets Hacked

    July 04, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Fans of “Glee” star Lea Michele received some exciting news Friday morning (July 4) after reading on her Twitter account that she’s expecting a baby boy. Soon after the tweet went out, Michele’s representatives quickly pointed out that her account had been hacked and that she’s not pregnant.…

  3. Gerardo Ortiz Denied Mexican Hometown Concert By Public Officials

    July 04, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Regional Mexican star Gerardo Ortiz, who began touring in Mexico this year after nearly being killed there three years ago, was not allowed to perform several scheduled shows, according to a spokesperson for the singer.   Published reports indicate that public officials in the northwestern…

  4. Plácido Domingo Talks Passion For Soccer Ahead of World Cup Performance

    July 04, 2014 10:45 AM EDT For Placido Domingo, opera and soccer go hand in hand. The Spanish tenor has performed during almost every World Cup since 1990 and plans a July 11 concert in Rio de Janeiro, just two days before the city hosts the final game. Shakira Confirmed to Perform 'La La La' at World Cup…

  5. Rolf Harris Jailed For Five Years And Nine Months For Sex Assaults

    July 04, 2014 9:04 AM EDT Australian-born, British-based entertainer and musician Rolf Harris has been jailed for a total of five years and nine months for indecently assaulting four girls and young women - including one who was aged just 7 or 8.  The disgraced 84-year-old star was convicted of 12 counts of indecent…

  6. Hi-Five Singer Russell Neal In Custody After Wife Found Dead

    July 04, 2014 3:57 AM EDT Russell Neal, vocalist with 1990s R&B Group Hi-Five, is under police custody following the death of his wife.  According to reports, Neal voluntarily walked into the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas, on the evening of Wednesday July 2 and told police that his wife, identified…

  7. Andre 3000 Tackles Jimi Hendrix: Watch The 'All Is By My Side' Trailer

    July 03, 2014 8:32 PM EDT The trailer for the Jimi Hendrix biopic, "Jimi: All Is By My Side," starring Andre 3000 was released today (July 3). And in it viewers are transported back to 1966 and 1967 just as the guitar legend finds fame and fortune. The film, from Oscar-winning writer/director John Ridley (…

  8. Chris Martin Reveals He's No Longer Vegetarian

    July 03, 2014 7:27 PM EDT Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin has made a major announcement. He is no longer a vegetarian. He confirmed the news during an interview with  BBC Radio 2 's Steve Wright in the Afternoon. "Well, I eat meat. It depends on where you draw the line. I was vegetarian for quite a long…

  9. Katy Perry, John Legend Lead 2014 Mid-Year Streaming Chart

    July 03, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Six months into the year, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" leads the pack as 2014's most-streamed track in the U.S., according to Nielsen BDS. Since January, the title has received more than 188 million plays across streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, YouTube and more. MID…

  10. Billboard + Twitter Realtime Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    July 03, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Spoon, Smallpools and more artists popping up on the Emerging Artists Chart. This week, we have chosen three artists whose music will have listeners celebrating in time for the fourth of July weekend. The artists, who spurred fan engagement as a result of the release of their recent music…

  11. Drake's '0 to 100' Surges to No. 2 on Twitter Top Tracks Chart Thanks to Remixes

    July 03, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Also: Beyonce charges up the Social 50 chart following the launch of her On the Run tour with Jay Z Following the June 1 release of Drake's song "O to 100," more than 80 remixes of the song have surfaced online -- according to Vice's Noisey -- helping the track zoom back…

  12. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' Turns 20: Darius Rucker Q&A

    July 03, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Reminiscing on a breakthrough Letterman performance, competing with grunge and a big assist from Garth Brooks This weekend (July 5) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Cracked Rear View” – the Atlantic debut from Hootie & The Blowfish. The album changed the lives of…

  13. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  14. John Mellencamp, 'Small Town': Exclusive Premiere from His New 'Trouble No More' Live Album

    July 03, 2014 10:12 AM EDT July 4 is almost here and an all-American rock and roller is premiering a brand new cut from his upcoming live album: John Mellencamp. Billboard presents a raw, stripped-down live version of Mellencamp's heartland rock essential "Small Town," performed before a crowd of only 1…

  15. CODE Guest Playlist: Arty

    July 02, 2014 4:35 PM EDT CODE caught up with Arty this week to discuss his new album and premiere his new single, as well as provide a glimpse into the music he’s currently listening to. Here are the young Russian’s playlist picks. Arty, 'Up All Night': Exclusive Premiere Pharrell ft. Jay Z (Disclosure Re…

  16. 'Frozen,' Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Beyonce, Katy Perry also have big showings at 2014's half-way point. With the year half over, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively,…

  17. '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…

  18. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Beyonce's self-titled surprise album is far-and-away the year's biggest selling R&B/hip-hop set. As we reach the half way mark of 2014, we take a moment to glance at the biggest selling R&B/hip-hop albums and digital songs through the sales week that ended June 29. '…

  19. What's Your Favorite Film Soundtrack? 'Guardians,' 'Purple Rain,' 'Almost Famous' & More (Poll)

    July 02, 2014 2:31 PM EDT The tracklist for the official soundtrack of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" just dropped and it's awesomely different than your typical superhero movie soundtrack. There are no fine-tuned collaborations from Top 40 artists and, as a matter of fact, there's not any…

  20. Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'

    July 02, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rises 3-2, Sam Smith takes over atop Digital Songs and Vine star Shawn Mendes debuts Iggy Azalea makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, rewrites the record for the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. With…

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