1. 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,…

  2. Rewinding The Charts: 54 Years Ago, Connie Francis Became 'Somebody'

    July 02, 2014 10:35 AM EDT On this date in 1960, the then-21-year-old Jersey girl scored the first-ever Hot 100 No. 1 by a female artist, just one of her 53 career hits Nearly two years into the Billboard Hot 100's existence, the top of the chart was essentially a boys' club. Starting with Ricky Nelson'…

  3. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  4. Thursday & Lostprophets Ex-Members Form No Devotion, Premiere Debut Single 'Stay'

    July 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Frontman Geoff Rickly will release the new band's material through his Collect Records label When Lostprophets dissolved last year after their lead singer was convicted of sex crimes , the band's other five members found their careers in limbo. Enter Geoff Rickly -- the former…

  5. 'Rising Star': Josh Groban Talks Hosting, Mentoring and Yelling Backstage

    June 30, 2014 8:14 PM EDT Josh Groban's new gig: juggling. The singer dons a sleek suit and a pair of eyeglasses to host "Rising Star" on Sunday evenings, but also spends the week alongside a grand piano to mentor the weekend's upcoming auditionees. 'Rising Star': Kesha on Not Swearing on…

  6. The Band Perry, Wynonna Judd Lift Williams Syndrome Campers' Lives at Country Music Camp

    June 30, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Last week was a special one for 30 campers from across the country, who descended upon Nashville for the Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives Music Camp. Held June 23-27, the five-day event provided music enrichment through performance and education for campers who have been diagnosed with…

  7. 'Rising Star': Kesha on Not Swearing on Live TV or 'Shitting on People's Dreams'

    June 30, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Ludacris reveals why rappers have less of a chance of success on the ABC show, and Brad Paisley advises upcoming hopefuls to go with a hot Disney track. Of the three "Rising Star" experts, Kesha seems much more constrained in her commentary in comparison to Ludacris and Brad Paisley…

  8. '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…

  9. G-Dragon Announced for KCON 2014, See Full Festival Lineup (Exclusive)

    June 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The singer/rapper joins fellow headliner Girls' Generation along with SPICA, CNBLUE, IU and more in L.A. this summer Billboard can exclusively reveal that K-pop superstar G-Dragon is the latest act performing at KCON, America's premiere K-pop festival featuring concerts,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Erykah Badu Awkwardly Interrupts Live TV News Report on Shia LaBeouf Arrest: Watch

    June 29, 2014 3:48 PM EDT News reporter Mario Diaz of New York station PIX 11 was caught off guard by Erykah Badu while doing a live television broadcast about the recent arrest of actor Shia LaBeouf. Erykah Badu Reunites with Dave Chappelle at Radio City: Live Review As seen in the video below, Diaz was reporting on…

  13. 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…

  14. Lifetime Faces Skeptical Fans, Angry Family For Aaliyah, Whitney Houston Biopics

    June 27, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Lifetime is hoping fans of the late Aaliyah and Whitney Houston will deliver ratings gold when the network airs biopics about the singers’ lives and tragic deaths in the coming year. Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, 17, best known for her work on the hit Disney show "Shake It Up"…

  15. Corner Office: BET CEO Debra Lee Talks Classic BET Awards Moments, Chris Brown & More

    June 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Three decades is a mighty long timeto be in any industry, which makes Debra L. Lee, 58, chairman/CEO of BET Networks, even more of a wonder to behold, having survived and thrived while building the leading cable TV network targeting African-Americans. “I grew up with a small room and a little…

  16. Colt Ford on His New Album: 'I Think It's The Best One I've Made'

    June 27, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Colt F ord is diversifying a little bit these days. Next Tuesday (July 1), the popular entertainer will be releasing two projects – a new album entitled "Thanks For Listening," as well as a 64-page full-color comic book called "The Average Joes" – a take off on the name of…

  17. Australia’s Big Day Out Fest Canceled for 2015, Owners Promise ‘We Will Be Back’

    June 26, 2014 5:55 AM EDT Australia’s once mighty Big Day Out has been scrapped for 2015. But its new sole owners, the U.S. live event promoters C3 Presents, insist it’ll return in future in some configuration.  Execs at Austin, Texas-based C3, which produces Lollapalooza, say BDO will take a year off to rejig the…

  18. Justin Bieber Sued Over 2013 Sunset Strip Ferrari Accident

    June 25, 2014 9:28 PM EDT Justin Bieber is being sued for allegedly striking a pedestrian with his Ferrari as he left the Laugh Factory on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood a year ago. The lawsuit was filed at the Superior Court of Los Angeles on Wednesday by Walter Damon Lee, who claims he was injured when the 20-year…

  19. Bill and Hillary Clinton Musical to Make U.S. Debut

    June 25, 2014 5:59 AM EDT Bill and Hillary Clinton are headed to New York City—in a musical. The former president and first lady are the center of a production that is set to open for a week of performances in mid-July, as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Hillary Clinton Praises Pussy Riot As ‘Strong …

  20. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

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