1. Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea, Calls 'Fancy' A 'Game-Changer' For Hip-Hop

    July 24, 2014 6:16 AM EDT Questlove is calling it: Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” is the song of the summer. And he’s also calling BS on the controversy surrounding the Australian-born rapper’s extraordinary rise, her all-American accent, and her potty mouth.  Speaking to Time , Questlove lays it right out. “I’m caught in…

  2. 'Get On Up' Star Chadwick Boseman Initially 'Didn't Want to Try' Playing James Brown

    July 22, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The "42" star took on the daunting task of playing the Godfather of Soul by working hard and taking things "one step at a time," his co-stars and director Tate Taylor told THR at the Universal biopic's debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater. To play James Brown, the…

  3. Interpol on Becoming a Trio & Maintaining Harmony: 'It's a Hard Thing to Do'

    July 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT 'Psychologically, it's just bedlam,' says Interpol frontman Paul Banks about the relationship among a group of guys as the quartet becomes a trio after a four-year hiatus Interpol frontman Paul Banks walks onto the deck of the Frying Pan, an antique ship that’s now a floating…

  4. The Weeknd Charts At No. 1 On Trending 140 With 'King Of The Fall'

    July 21, 2014 1:23 PM EDT This morning (July 21), The Weeknd charts at No. 1 on Billboard's Trending 140 chart with the debut of his new song, "King Of The Fall." "King Of The Fall" stays within The Weeknd's realm of compelling and progressive R&B/soul, with scintillating production.…

  5. 'Rising Star' Recap: Lessons In Humility Dished Out as Duel Round Continues

    July 21, 2014 5:18 AM EDT In cloudy, smoke monster letters, "Rising Star" informs us that each of the contestants tonight are getting the chance to, “Write. Their. Future.” And what an odd future "Rising Star" writes for itself from week to week. After some annoyance regarding the judges’ 7% votes…

  6. Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Continues Streak Atop U.K. Albums Chart

    July 21, 2014 4:47 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fourth week at the top yesterday (July 20) to become the longest-running No. 1 of the year on the U.K.’s artist album chart. Manchester four-piece Rixton went straight to the singles summit with “Me and My Broken Heart” (Interscope/Universal).…

  7. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Beck, SZA, Giorgio Moroder and More Day 1 Highlights

    July 19, 2014 9:27 AM EDT Now in its ninth year in Chicago's Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a hodgepodge of alternative music approved by the long-running reviews hub, but the 2014 incarnation boasts perhaps the most diverse lineup ever. Although the opening night of Pitchfork Fest only took…

  8. J Dilla Recording Equipment Headed to the Smithsonian

    July 18, 2014 8:37 PM EDT Detroit producer's Moog synthesizer and MPC donated to National Museum of African American History and Culture J Dilla was only 32 years old when he died in 2006 , but in his too-short life, the prolific producer worked with hip-hop icons including Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, The Roots,…

  9. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  10. How Shawn Mendes Is Turning Vine Fame Into a Music Career

    July 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Shawn Mendes — a sweet-voiced, dreamy-faced 15-year-old Canadian singer whose name, at the moment, is inextricably connected with the words "Vine sensation" — sits on a stool in a rehearsal room on Manhattan's West side. Tom Jackson, a long-haired veteran "performance…

  11. How Ed Sheeran Topped The Most Confusing Music List Ever

    July 18, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Someone placed Ed at the top of a black and urban music power list, and entered the Trolling Hall of Fame. It's taken us nearly a full week to recover from BBC Radio 1Xtra's Power List, a collection of artist names that has ruffled some feathers and blown some minds since being…

  12. Judas Priest Debut At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    July 18, 2014 2:23 PM EDT The rock icons concurrently notch their first top 10 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action for the Dirty Heads, alt-J, Counting Crows and Paul McCartney After 40 years and 17 studio albums, Judas Priest score their highest-charting set. "Redeemer of Souls" marks the British heavy…

  13. Nelson Mandela: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

    July 18, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela's legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals…

  14. Roméo Testa, 'Still Misunderstood' (Acoustic), Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 18, 2014 10:30 AM EDT "'Still Misunderstood' is one of the most personal songs I've ever written," Roméo Testa tells Billboard. "It's for the people who have been bullied or made to feel like an outcast. It's to let people know that there are other people who can relate and…

  15. Katy Tiz on Debut Album Aims: 'I Want to Be Known As a Vocalist'

    July 17, 2014 3:38 PM EDT "The Big Bang" singer hit New York for a Q&A with Billboard's Andrew Hampp and an acoustic live performance Aside from a Miley Cyrus-starring music video and being the theme song to VH1's "Mob Wives," Rock Mafia's uber-catchy "The Big Bang" got…

  16. Sam Smith Tops Billboard Artist 100

    July 17, 2014 11:36 AM EDT The British singer/songwriter rises 2-1, fueled by continued strong album sales and another Hot 100 top 10 Sam Smith takes over atop the landmark new Billboard Artist 100 chart, rising 2-1.  The list, which launched last week, provides the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to…

  17. Alt-J Releases Video For 'Hunger of the Pine': Watch

    July 17, 2014 1:12 AM EDT You could say the hero in the new music video for alt-J’s “Hunger of the Pine” suffers from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Featuring a guy running through a forest and getting shot through by arrows, the clip — leading up to the Sept. 22 release of the band’s eagerly anticipated…

  18. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 10 Funniest Songs: 'Eat It,' 'Pretty Fly For a Rabbi' & More

    July 16, 2014 4:31 PM EDT An (unofficial) ranking of "Weird Al's" most gut-busting moments, from "White & Nerdy" to "Living With a Hernia." With his new album "Mandatory Fun," "Weird Al" Yankovic is up to his usual hijinks -- selecting some of the most…

  19. Sia Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with '1000 Forms of Fear'

    July 16, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Sia nabs her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and her best sales week ever — as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuts atop the list. The new album, released on Monkey Puzzle through RCA Records, sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to…

  20. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

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