1. Cody Bryan Band on the 'Dangerous Love' Behind Their 'Wreck Me' Album

    August 06, 2014 6:29 PM EDT The Cody Bryan Band's latest album, Wreck Me , has been out for a few months now, but the Texas-based band's frontman said they have really picked up the pace of promoting it. "We put out our first single, and we did our first radio tour through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and…

  2. HARD Summer 2014: Top 10 Performances

    August 05, 2014 1:12 PM EDT For a certain sect of dance music fans, namely those who favor hip hop influences over pop-leaning EDM, HARD Summer is like Christmas. Over the weekend, the annual music festival drew roughly 40,000 people to Los Angeles for a bill that included superstar DJs Skrillex , Diplo and…

  3. Jason Aldean Named Top Digital Male Country Artist (Ever) By RIAA

    August 05, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Jason Aldean now owns the distinction of being the most downloaded dude in country music history. On Monday (Aug. 4), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that the star has notched over 21.5 million certified digital song downloads or on-demand streams, making him…

  4. Cee Lo Green, Megadeth Nix Israel Concerts

    August 05, 2014 5:34 AM EDT Following recent concert cancellations by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Paul Anka and Backstreet Boys, former The Voice judge Cee Lo Green’s show in Israel is off. Local promoters confirmed that the Aug. 19 concert will not take place. Green’s inaugural visit to the Holy Land was supposed…

  5. William Orbit Working on Queen Project

    August 05, 2014 4:08 AM EDT For his next project, William Orbit is working with musical royalty -- Queen.   Though the British producer is keeping mum on details, the recording project is expected to involve an album with previously unheard tracks featuring the vocals of late frontman Freddie Mercury.  Orbit, who…

  6. 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…

  7. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'If Anyone Puts Us Down, We Don’t Care'

    August 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT They’d rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music’s sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm. It’s not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying while on tour in Milan: Just follow the screams. Ten floors…

  8. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Guns N' Roses Celebrate 'Sweet' Success

    August 04, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1988, the rockers ruled with their breakthrough classic. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rick Nelson, Selena and Bryan Adams Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug. 4, 1958 Happy 56th birthday,…

  9. Brad Paisley Dedicates Song To Doctor Infected with Ebola

    August 04, 2014 6:22 AM EDT Brad Paisley was so "moved" by the selfless actions of a doctor infected with the Ebola virus, he's dedicated a song to him. The country artist has tweeted to his followers to pray for Dr. Kent Brantly, who he described as “one of those brave souls who risks his life to save…

  10. Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande To Kick-Off NFL Season

    August 04, 2014 12:44 AM EDT Pharrell is bringing "Happy" to the NFL. The platinum-selling musician will perform outside of CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sept. 4 before the Seattle Seahawks play the Green Bay Packers as the NFL kicks off its 95th season. Pop singer Ariana Grande will sing the national…

  11. Usher & Stevie Wonder Play Multimillion-Dollar Fan Wedding

    August 02, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Best rehearsal dinner ever? That award might go to Kaily Smith and Adam Westbrook, the couple whose carnival-themed, pre-wedding bash in Dana Point, California, last night included live performances from not one but two multi-platinum artists: Usher and Stevie Wonder. Usher’s New Look…

  12. Trinidad James Dropped From Def Jam

    August 02, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Trinidad James has been dropped from Def Jam Recordings, the Atlanta rapper tweeted on Aug. 1. Exclusive: Trinidad James Signs With Def Jam “I should tell yall. I got dropped by the Label. My Album is now free. If u hear ur beat or verse on it. I hope u want dap cuz i got no money,” he wrote…

  13. 12 Things Witnessed in Iggy Azalea's Lollapalooza Audience

    August 02, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Puking, twerking and prosthetic arms: it was all there for the "Fancy" star's set. Iggy Azalea's performance at Lollapalooza was one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend, and easily the most well-attended outside of the main stage performers on Friday (Aug. 1…

  14. Oregon's Pickathon Points the Way to Music Festivals Going Green

    August 01, 2014 4:45 PM EDT When the stage goes quiet at the close of any summer music festival, there comes a new kind of chorus known to anyone who's tromped back to a campsite alongside 10,000 other weary music lovers: the crunch of a sea of disposed water bottles. From California’s Coachella to New York City’s…

  15. Israel Conflict Turns a Promising Touring Summer Grim, to the Tune of $20 Million

    August 01, 2014 12:27 PM EDT The conflict in Gaza and insurance challenges have made for a cruel summer for promoters. Neil Young and Backstreet Boys have postponed shows -- are Gaga and Lana next? “This looked like it was going to be one of the best summers in Israel’s history when it came to international acts, but now…

  16. Lollapalooza's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See)

    August 01, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Eminem or the Arctic Monkeys? Calvin Harris or OutKast? Here's our expert advice. If you’re a pro at the music festival game, you know you’ve got to come prepared. Lollapalooza 2014: Wall-to-Wall Coverage from Billboard Once strictly an alt-rock festival, Lolla now offers a refined…

  17. 'American Idol' Alum Constantine Maroulis Returns to 'Rock of Ages'

    July 31, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The season four alum talks about the return to the role he created in the '80s rock musical, making new music and what he has in common with Adam Lambert. It's mid-July, and Constantine Maroulis is getting ready to return to Broadway in one of his most beloved roles -- Drew, the…

  18. Billy Joel Hits Hot Tours Home Run on Ballpark Run

    July 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Joel's D.C. show is followed by Michael Buble & New Kids on the Block on the chart. Billy Joel makes his second appearance of the summer at No. 1 on the weekly listing of Hot Tours, with sales reported from his third sold-out concert at a Major League Baseball stadium. He leads this…

  19. Katy Perry's 'This Is How We Do' Video Is Pop Art & Vintage Fashion

    July 31, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Katy Perry's "This Is How We Do" video is here, and it's an explosion of pop art, vintage fashion and twerking ice cream cones.  While her backup dancers are dressed like Pee-wee Herman, Katy wears everything from Yves Saint Laurent's iconic Mondrian dress to a…

  20. Exclusive: Keys N Krates Announce New EP and Major U.S. Tour

    July 31, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Preview the livetronica trio's new single, "Are We Faded," here. Keys N Krates , the Toronto electronica trio known for pairing drums and keyboard with a live turntablist, will hit the road this fall for a major tour promoting their new EP, Every Nite . The six track…

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