1. Top Ten Alternative 2014 World Cup Songs

    June 13, 2014 6:53 PM EDT With the opening of the global tournament, competition is heating up not only on the soccer field but in that of futebol-related songs too, with the tones of these rallying tunes ranging from synth-rock reflections to dance floor raves, satiric selections to protest songs, and the many…

  2. 615 Spotlight: Steven Padilla Releases Debut 'Good At Goodbye'

    June 12, 2014 7:08 PM EDT The debut album from newcomer Steven Padilla, "Good At Goodbye," has been released, and the talented newcomer tells The 615 that he is glad to finally have it out for his fans. That being said, the singer admitted to Billboard that one person who definitely isn’t listening to the…

  3. Drake & Lil Wayne Announce 31-City Co-Headlining Tour

    June 12, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Drake and Lil Wayne are going on tour together, finally. The two Young Money rappers will embark on a co-headlining  U.S. tour on August 8 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY. The Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour, which will stop through 31 cities, will run through September 27…

  4. Bonnaroo's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See) 

    June 11, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Frank Ocean or Flaming Lips? Zedd or Lauryn Hill? Here are the most painful set overlaps, and which artist to see. Picture this: it's Friday night at Bonnaroo. The daytime heat has broken and you just filled your stomach with something from a nearby food truck that's healthy,…

  5. Iggy Azalea Continues Record-Tying Run Atop Hot 100; Sam Smith Soars Into Top 10

    June 11, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The rapper rules for third frame with 'Fancy,' while holding at No. 2 as a featured act on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, Sam Smith vaults to his first top 10 with 'Stay With Me' Iggy Azalea tallies a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "…

  6. Miranda Lambert Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of "Platinum." The set — her fifth release — sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is Lambert's best sales week yet,…

  7. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  8. Go Behind the Scenes at Bonnaroo, From Bringing Kanye Back to 'Surprises' On the Ground

    June 10, 2014 3:21 PM EDT This 700-acre farm in rural Manchester, Tenn., will be swarmed with 80,000 euphoric Bonnaroovians by Thursday, but right now it’s a hub of productivity as Jonathan Mayers, president of Bonnaroo co-producer Superfly Presents, assesses the situation for Billboard. “It’s great to see the crew,…

  9. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. With Pride Month here, Billboard reflects on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT…

  10. Keith Richards, Sara Bareilles Perform on ‘PFC3: Songs Around the World’: Album Premiere (Exclusive)

    June 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and songstress Sara Bareilles are among the musicians throwing their considerable skills behind “PFC3: Songs Around the World,” the third instalment of the Playing for Change project. Billboard has an exclusive stream of the new album below. Pre-Order…

  11. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  12. Shenandoah Just Misses Fiery Crash In Texas

    June 09, 2014 4:53 PM EDT The country group Shenandoah narrowly escaped a fiery crash when a vehicle carrying a fuel tank exploded in front of their tour bus in Southeast Texas. Shenandoah spokesman Don Murry Grubbs said Monday that no member of the band or crew was hurt in the early Saturday incident on the Neches…

  13. Demi Lovato Tells Seth Meyers Mermaids and Aliens Are Real (Video)

    June 05, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Demi Lovato appeared on  "Late Night with Seth Meyers" last night sounding like she'd just binge watched a load of History Channel documentaries. The self-described "huge fan of conspiracy theories" admitted that she not only thinks but "knows" aliens are…

  14. Iggy Azalea-Led Songs Of the Summer Chart Returns to Billboard

    June 05, 2014 11:54 AM EDT The annual warm-weather tally splashes back onto Billboard's charts menu, as the race officially begins for the top summer song of 2014 The speculation has been running rampant since seemingly the end of a bitter, icy winter (at least in much of the U.S.): What will be the top song of…

  15. CMT Music Awards: John Legend, ZZ Top, Lzzy Hale Storm Nashville

    June 04, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Though Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards signified the kickoff of the massive CMA Music Festival, there were plenty of non-country artists shaking things up throughout the evening. This was apparent from the beginning of the telecast, as ZZ Top took to the stage first with some…

  16. The Neighbourhood Q&A: 'Rock 'n' Roll Is Completely Dead'

    June 04, 2014 5:10 PM EDT Jesse Rutherford talks about the state of rock, his band's mixtape model, and working on a new full-length album "I just think that bands right now have no fucking idea what's going on," the Neighbourhood 's Jesse Rutherford tells Billboard bluntly on the state of…

  17. Iggy Azalea Remains Atop Hot 100 With 'Fancy'; MAGIC!, Calvin Harris Hit Top 10

    June 04, 2014 2:08 PM EDT The Australian rapper holds at No. 1 with 'Fancy' and No. 2 as a featured act on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC! and Calvin Harris reach the top 10 Iggy Azalea spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX…

  18. Jack White Rages in Chaotic 'Lazaretto' Video

    June 04, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Jack White is out to prove he can still rock hard and that his alleged imitators have nothing on him. In that spirit, he just shared the brand new video for the title track from his new album "Lazaretto," due June 10 via Third Man. In the back-and-white video, White injects some…

  19. Coldplay Chills For Second Week At No. 1, Mariah Carey Debuts At No. 3

    June 04, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Austin Mahone and Crowder also score Top 10 debuts on the albums chart Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while the top debut is Mariah Carey's "Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse" at No. 3. "Ghost…

  20. Don Henley Slams 'Arrogant' Frank Ocean for Using 'Hotel' Music

    June 04, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Don Henley is having a "Hey kids, get off-a my lawn!" moment. In a new interview, the Eagles frontman tweaks R&B singer Frank Ocean and indie band Okkervil River for using master tracks or covering two of his songs in recent years without permission. Henley's issue with…

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