1. 'American Idol' Auditionee Nabs a Slow-Dance With Jennifer Lopez: Watch

    August 11, 2014 1:59 AM EDT An American Idol hopeful trying out in Nashville got something better than just a golden ticket. The series released a clip on Thursday that shows a brave soul, who remains anonymous but auditioned with "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith , scored a slow dance with Jennifer Lopez . "…

  2. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Edges Closer to No. 1

    August 08, 2014 9:50 PM EDT Plus: Jeremih has his biggest hit in years with 'Down On Me,' Coldplay returns to the top 40, and Echosmith reaches the top 50. As previously reported , MAGIC! leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week with "Rude" while Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass…

  3. Godsmack Aiming for Sixth Top 10 Album on Billboard 200

    August 08, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Rock band Godsmack seems set to secure its sixth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with its new album 1000HP . Industry forecasters suggest the set, which was released on Aug. 5, could sell around 50,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Aug. 10. The Billboard 200'…

  4. Beyonce, Nicki Minaj & Nick Jonas: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 10

    August 08, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  5. Exclusive: Stream Blues Legend Ironing Board Sam's Newest 'Jam'

    August 08, 2014 3:43 PM EDT Ironing Board Sam has had a legendary sixty years: Jimi Hendrix briefly played in his band, he's played shows under water, he's shared a club residency with the Jackson 5 , he's played inside human-sized jukeboxes. And you've almost certainly never heard of him. I hadn&…

  6. Not Made In The U.S.A.: Where Today's Hits Are Coming From

    August 08, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Fans and execs are looking globally for new hitmakers. There's a new British invasion on the Hot 100 . And, an Australian Invasion. A Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish one, too. The upper ranks of the Hot 100 of late have belonged to acts from outside the U.S., from Canada ( MAGIC! &…

  7. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  8. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Debut Atop Artist 100

    August 07, 2014 2:42 PM EDT The group’s historic week continues after finally reaching the top of the Billboard 200 for the first time in its illustrious career. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 breaks into the Artist 100 top 10. 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers debut at No. 1 on the…

  9. Soul Legend Sam Moore Takes on Bluegrass With New Song 'Jesus & Jones'

    August 06, 2014 11:58 PM EDT During the years between 1965 and 1968, the R&B duo known as Sam & Dave embarked on what turned out to be a magical period. Seven of their Stax singles found a home in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at the time, including the classics “Hold On, I’m Comin',” …

  10. Album Review: Electronic Producer Porter Robinson's Dramatic 'Worlds' Is Ideal Headphone Music

    August 06, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Porter Robinson’s Worlds is the product of EDM exhaustion. The 22-year-old electronic producer played nearly every major music festival in 2011 and 2012, delivering well-manicured, crowd-pleasing bangers to the masses. But the used-up arrangements of big-room house and an increasingly…

  11. MAGIC! Maintains No. 1 Perch on Hot 100; 'Bang Bang,' Meghan Trainor Soar Into Top 10

    August 06, 2014 3:14 PM EDT While "Rude" rules for a fourth week and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" jumps to No. 2, the top 10 is shaken up by the arrival of a super-trio and a chart newcomer. "Rude's" ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 continues for a fourth week as MAGIC!'…

  12. Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 06, 2014 11:14 AM EDT After a nearly 37-year wait, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . The band's new Hypnotic Eye arrives atop the chart, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best debut sales…

  13. 'Portlandia' Star Carrie Brownstein to Complete Unfinished Nora Ephron Script

    August 05, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Portlandia 's Carrie Brownstein -- taking on her first feature writing project -- will complete the late Nora Ephron 's unfinished adapted script of U.K. television miniseries Lost in Austen for Columbia Pictures. Good Universe has come aboard to produce the movie with Columbia and…

  14. James Brown's Band 'Get On Up' for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert: The Inside Story

    August 05, 2014 12:10 AM EDT To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up , executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to…

  15. Chart Highlights: 'Bang Bang' Debuts, Sia, Billy Currington & Big Data Score New No. 1s

    August 04, 2014 8:13 PM EDT Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fly onto multiple airplay lists as the trio's "Bang Bang" bounds onto Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs and Rap Airplay. Meanwhile, an array of acts -- including Sia and Hozier -- notch new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select…

  16. Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook Dishes on 'Day Drinking' and TV Hosting Jitters

    August 04, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Country music will be taking over ABC on Tuesday with the premiere of CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock , a three-hour special documenting the 2014 CMA Music Festival in June. Little Big Town, the CMA vocal group of the year, were tapped for hosting duties for the second consecutive…

  17. Exclusive: Elijah Blake Premieres '6' / 'Fallen' Video; Talks Upcoming 'Drift' EP

    August 04, 2014 11:54 AM EDT The singer-songwriter will release his 'Drift' EP in September. It takes bravery to be as transparent as Elijah Blake is in his new single, "6." The first single off the singer-songwriter's upcoming EP, Drift , sheds light on the gloom that hovers over Blake's…

  18. 'Rising Star' Recap: The Wall Looms Large As New Solo Round Begins

    August 04, 2014 6:42 AM EDT No matter the show, no matter the judges, no matter their chairs’ ability to spin or rise…it always comes down to song choice, doesn’t it?  Alas, in the first round of solo performances following the Duels, the contestants of Rising Star couldn’t choose a song that suited their voice and the…

  19. Eric Clapton, Shawn Mendes Aiming for Top Five Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 01, 2014 8:00 PM EDT The legendary guitarist is heading for his 14th top 10 album, while YouTube phenom Mendes’ debut is set for a handsome bow. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton is aiming for his 14th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 , as The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale , should debut in the top…

  20. Code Picks of the Week: The Weeknd, Sam Smith & More

    August 01, 2014 3:10 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. The Weeknd, "Often" (Kygo Remix) Debuted during his smash Tomorrowland set, Kygo’s official remix for the Weeknd marks a well-timed…

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