1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  2. Paul Horn, Grammy-Winning Jazz Player, Dead at 84

    July 03, 2014 9:57 PM EDT Paul Horn, the Grammy-winning jazz flutist and New Age music pioneer, has died at the age of 84. Horn's son Marlen said his father died Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia, after a brief illness. He declined to provide further details. "He passed away very peacefully and did not…

  3. Disclosure Teases Usher Collaboration

    July 02, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Oh, those feisty Disclosure lads. Less than a week after gracing the cover of Billboard, Howard and Guy Lawrence have hinted at their latest superstar collaboration by putting their signature white outline over Usher's face. The Instagram post, which includes the caption "Tomorrow…,…

  4. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead SoundScan Mid-Year Country Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:20 PM EDT These are the top selling country albums & digital songs of 2014 so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The mid-year sales stats give Luke Bryan plenty of reason to flash his trademark ivory smile once more -- he's featured on the two most-downloaded country songs thus far in 2014,…

  5. 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…

  6. Trey Songz's 'Na Na' Translated for Old People on 'Kimmel' (Video)

    July 02, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Last night, R&B pretty boy Trey Songz came on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" so Kimmel could tell everyone how good Songz is at sex. Well, that's not exactly what the plan was, but that's how it turned out. As part of the segment "New Lyrics For Old People," Songz…

  7. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  8. Wiz Khalifa To Release 'Blacc Hollywood' On August 19

    June 30, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has finally announced the release date for his album, "Blacc Hollywood."  The rapper will unleash his third major label studio album on August 19. Wiz also unveiled the album cover for "Blacc Hollywood," which features him shirtless and letting out a puff of…

  9. 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…

  10. Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz Cap BET Experience Concert Series

    June 30, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Staples Center lineup also features Jennifer Hudson, Mack Wilds, Sevyn Streeter and TGT Mary J. Blige exuberantly and defiantly underscored why she still remains one of music’s top entertainers as she closed out BET Experience at L.A. Live’s (June 27-29) concert series at Los Angeles’ Staples…

  11. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  12. Disclosure on Songwriting & More: 'We Thought 'Latch' Was Too Weird for the Radio' (Cover Story)

    June 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Not long ago, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence were home in England, mixing demos of original songs filled with love and longing. Then came their top 20 hit, "Latch," with Sam Smith, and a different EDM sound. It has been a couple of years since Disclosure's Howard and Guy…

  13. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  14. Drake, Beyonce, Jay Z Atop BET Awards Nominees

    June 29, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Could this year be a repeat for Drake at the BET Awards? Last year the rapper won video of the year and two more awards, and he could do the same Sunday, where he is nominated for five honors. The only difference: He'll actually be in attendance this year. Man Stabbed at BET Awards Pre…

  15. BET Experience 2014: Outkast, A$AP Rocky & Rick Ross Pack the House on Day 2

    June 29, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Duo headlines second night of BET Experience concerts, joined by A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, August Alsina and more It was all about Outkast Saturday night (June 28) as the pair brought their 20th anniversary celebration to Los Angeles. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles…

  16. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles at Staples Center In L.A.

    June 28, 2014 3:02 PM EDT The pair kick off BET Experience at L.A. Live’s three-night concert series “Are you feeling delicious tonight?” A resounding chorus of female screams gave Maxwell the unequivocal answer to his question Friday night (June 27) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  It was the ninth stop on the suave…

  17. Tomorrow's Hits: Kiesza Moves Front And Center With 'Hideaway'

    June 27, 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. Up this week: Kiesza, Ella Henderson and Justin Quiles Kiesza Kiesza has gone from code breaker for the Royal Canadian Navy (yes, really) to…

  18. J.Lo Tops R&B/Hip Hop Albums, T.I. & Iggy Team Up for a Top 10 Hit

    June 26, 2014 8:04 PM EDT JLO, A.K.A. CHART LEADER: Jennifer Lopez crowns the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with "A.K.A.," which arrives with 33,000 copies sold in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The entrance marks her third No. 1 on the chart (and eighth top 10). She…

  19. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan — her best sales week yet.   Del Rey&…

  20. Clean Bandit Puts Classical Music In The House With 'Rather Be'

    June 24, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The British quartet hits the Hot 100 with its former four week U.K. No. 1, an unlikely mix of live strings and dance beats "We try not to see boundaries between genres. We believe you can just do whatever you want," says Jack Patterson, multi-instrumentalist of Clean Bandit. For the…

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