1. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Return to Form with 'Hypnotic Eye': Track-by-Track Review

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As Tom Petty told us three decades and 10 albums ago, on Southern Accents , he’s got his “own way of talking.” He doesn’t drawl quite like the other Floridians, and among the words he pronounces in a wholly unique fashion is “town.” It comes up a lot in his songs -- often when he’s singing…

  2. Parker Ighile On His Forthcoming Artist Album: ‘I’ve Taken The Time To Perfect It’

    July 29, 2014 6:01 AM EDT Parker Ighile is a relaxed character. He won’t be rushed. The British-Nigerian producer, songwriter and protégé of Nicki Minaj has been honing his first extended artist release, and he's been at it for some time now. It’ll come when it’s ready. “I’m still an active producer and I’ve been…

  3. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Bleachers, Lil Wayne & Drake Score New No. 1s

    July 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Pop Songs, Bleachers rise to No. 1 on Alternative Songs and Lil Wayne and Drake's collab crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  4. 'Voice' Winner Tessanne Chin on Album's Quiet Release: 'We Couldn't Help That' (Q&A)

    July 28, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The season-five champ remains hopeful about her debut album, 'Count On My Love.' It's been a whirlwind of a year for Tessanne Chin -- in December, the season-five champ of The Voice won viewers over with power ballads and reggae-rock songs while under Adam Levine's wing,…

  5. Are 'Body Positive' Music Videos All That Positive? (Opinion)

    July 28, 2014 3:08 PM EDT Colbie Caillat, John Legend & Meghan Trainor point out the focus on women's apparance...by focusing on women's appearance. In two recently released music videos -- Colbie Caillat 's "Try" and John Legend 's "You & I" -- women of diverse ages,…

  6. What's Your Favorite Hilary Duff Single? Vote Now!

    July 28, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "Come Clean"? "So Yesterday"? "Wake Up"? Cast your vote for your signature Duff jam. This week, Hilary Duff makes her long-awaited return to music with the new single "Chasing The Sun," which precedes her first album since 2007's "Dignity"…

  7. 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…

  8. Watch 5 Seconds of Summer Impersonate Target Employees to Help Sell Their Album

    July 28, 2014 12:22 PM EDT Well, this could be one way to increase sales. By all accounts, boy band of the moment 5 Seconds of Summer are set to have a huge opening week for their self-titled album -- but the group wanted to have a little assurance. So over the weekend, they dressed up as Target employees and went to a…

  9. Exclusive: Fences Teams Up with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on New Single 'Arrows'

    July 28, 2014 12:18 PM EDT The song premieres Tuesday, July 29, and could catapult Fences into Hot 100 territory. Fences, a Seattle alt-pop band helmed by Christopher Mansfield , is gearing up to release a new album in October, and Tuesday, July 29, they'll premiere the project's lead single "Arrows"…

  10. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  11. Charli XCX's 'Boom Clap' Remix Premiere: Listen To The Full Remix EP

    July 28, 2014 10:59 AM EDT Check out the premiere of the Punk Party Remix of "Boom Clap," as well as the remix EP in full. Following her success as a featured artist on Icona Pop's "I Love It" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," U.K. songwriting phenom Charli XCX has a solo hit on her…

  12. Here's That (Fake!) Full-Frontal Nude Liam Payne Picture You Wanted

    July 28, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Good prank? While band buddy Zayn Malik was busy making headlines for tweeting support for Palestine , Liam Payne was indulging in simpler pleasures: Hanging out on a boat, tweeting out blurry photos where he pretended to be naked. "Damn that was my last pair!" he wrote next to the…

  13. Bingo Players' Big Comeback: Exclusive Interview

    July 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The group's Maarten Hoogstraten talks about the loss of his friend and bandmate and coming back to 'Knock You Out' When Bingo Players returned to Boom, Belgium for the Tomorrowland festival, it was a homecoming of sorts for the group’s Maarten Hoogstraten. In 2013, Hoogstraten&…

  14. Global Indie Rights Body Merlin Lowers Fee for Members

    July 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights agency for the indie label sector, has announced it is lowering the administration fees it charges for its services.  More on Merlin Merlin Doubles Earnings, Digital Accounts for Half of Members' Revenue Merlin's CEO Charles Caldas on Indies, Streaming and…

  15. This Week In Billboard Chart History: 'N Sync Tops Hot 100 With 'It's Gonna Be Me'

    July 28, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Fourteen years ago this week, the boy band landed its first and only Hot 100 No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Eminem, Neil Diamond and Los Del Rio Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 28, 2007 Plain White…

  16. Ed Sheeran, Cheryl Cole Top U.K. Charts

    July 28, 2014 6:57 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fifth week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (July 27) to secure the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on the survey since’s Adele’s “21” in 2011. Cheryl Cole’s “Crazy Stupid Love” (Polydor/Universal), featuring Tinie Tempah, debuted at No. 1…

  17. '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…

  18. Ariana Grande's ‘Problem’ Gets Spoofed By Rumer Willis In Sunscreen PSA: Watch

    July 27, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Move over, “Weird Al.” Ariana Grande's hit song “Problem” has gotten the parody treatment from the funny folks at entertainment production company The Battery Company. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Top Pop, Rhythmic Songs Charts With 'Problem' The latest spoof from Jake Wilson,…

  19. 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 .…

  20. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and counting - of Billboard's hallmark…

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