1. M.I.A. Goes for 'Gold' on Partysquad Track

    July 24, 2014 8:40 PM EDT M.I.A. has emerged with a shiny new song. The rapper-singer partners with The Partysquad on "Gold," a relentless 1:47-long track off The Partysquad Summer Mixtape .  "Show me your gold, do what you're told / No time for games, put on your blindfold," she breathlessly…

  2. Prince Royce's 'Soy El Mismo' Hits No. 1, Premios Juventud Spurs Digital Sales

    July 24, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Plus: Romeo Santos' 'Eres Mia' rises on Hot Latin Songs, J Balvin climbs with '6 AM' and Jenni Rivera's daughter makes a No. 1 debut Shooting 6-1 on Tropical Airplay , Prince Royce 's "Soy El Mismo" grants the 25-year-old bachata singer his ninth…

  3. Pandora Beats Revenue Expectations, But Falls Short of Profit

    July 24, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Pandora Media topped 5 billion listener hours for the first time during the second quarter of 2014. Pandora Media topped 5 billion listener hours for the first time during the second quarter of 2014, while beating its own revenue expectations but posting a wider loss than the same period last…

  4. Jacob Latimore's 'Heartbreak Heard Around The World' Ascends Trending 140

    July 24, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The teenager's buzzy single features T-Pain. Jacob Latimore has come a long way, from being featured on Radio Disney as a 9-year-old in 2006 to a recent starring role in a major motion picture. The now 17-year-old Milwaukee-native has re-emerged onto the music scene with a new single, …

  5. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

  6. Marsha Ambrosius Debuts on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 24, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Also: Iggy Azalea's 'Widow' rises, Drake speeds onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'O to 100/The Catch Up.' Marsha Ambrosius claims the Hot Shot Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 2 with her sophomore set Friends & Lovers , moving 17,000 units in the week…

  7. Benoit & Sergio's 'Your Darkness' EP: Exclusive Video Premiere and Q&A

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT A new Benoit & Sergio release is always an event for the deep house world. While their contemporaries typically value dance floor fluency over nuanced narrative, the DC and Berlin-based duo consistently incorporate a songwriting sensibility in their tracks, rendering them equally suited…

  8. Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Weird Al Yankovic Atop Billboard Artist 100

    July 24, 2014 11:43 AM EDT The British singer/songwriter reigns again, ahead of Azalea, who holds at No. 2, and newly-arriving Yankovic at No. 3. Sam Smith leads the new Billboard Artist 100 chart for a second week, fending off Iggy Azalea at No. 2 and new Billboard 200 leader Weird Al Yankovic at No. 3. The list,…

  9. Kidz Bop Charts 40th Album

    July 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Those darn Kidz are at it again. The Kidz Bop Kids, that is. The franchise scores its 40th charting album on the Billboard 200 as Kidz Bop 26 bows at No. 4 with 46,000 sold in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop Series The latest effort…

  10. John Mellencamp, Neil Young & Dave Matthews to Play 2014 Farm Aid

    July 24, 2014 4:46 AM EDT Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina. The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. It features performances by Nelson, who is Farm Aid president and co-founder, along with fellow board members John…

  11. Facebook Eyes Record High Stock on Exceptional Second Quarter Earnings

    July 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often. The company's shares climbed nearly 4 percent in extended trading after the results…

  12. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' No. 1 On Hot 100, Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Surges

    July 23, 2014 2:18 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group spends a second week at the summit, while Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' lifts 5-3 after it became available for streaming on Spotify Not to be rude … but enough introduction. Let's get right into our weekly rundown of the Hot 100's top 10…

  13. Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Wages

    July 23, 2014 11:33 AM EDT Apple faces another expansive legal battle after a California court granted a three-year-old lawsuit over labor codes class-action status. The original suit, filed by four hourly employees in 2011 , claims the company failed to provide appropriate lunch and rest breaks as required by state…

  14. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a…

  15. INFINITE Comes 'Back' With Orchestra-Pop Sound, Ass-Kicking Video: Watch

    July 22, 2014 9:56 PM EDT The septet pair their dramatic new single with an equally dramatic visual Just two months after dropping the '80s-inspired "Last Romeo," INFINITE brings a swift follow up in the K-pop scene with "Back." The boy band's latest opens quietly with a simple piano runs…

  16. La Roux Finds Peace on 'Trouble In Paradise': Track-By-Track Review

    July 22, 2014 6:05 PM EDT When La Roux arrived in 2009 with its Grammy-winning self-titled debut album, the U.K. duo's music smacked of the future. Sure, the songs were rooted in British synth-pop, but the steely beats and singer Elly Jackson's unflappability suggested that mainstream music was morphing…

  17. Netflix Points a Way Forward for Streaming's Success (Analysis)

    July 22, 2014 5:11 PM EDT How does a streaming company turn a profit? There's one good example: Netflix, which released second-quarter earnings Monday. Netflix is the only publicly traded company that deals almost entirely in the streaming of licensed digital media. Streaming accounted for 85.5% of the company&…

  18. Hozier Gains Following With 'Church'

    July 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Hozier, the Irish singer Ryan Tedder wishes he signed, hits new high notes. 'This dude can outsing anybody,' Tedder marvels Last September, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier posted his first video on YouTube, for the bluesy ballad "Take Me to Church," and it went viral. The…

  19. Spotify, MTV Partner on Playlists, Editorial

    July 22, 2014 12:05 PM EDT "Spotify and Viacom have announced an editorial partnership that will bring MTV, VH1 and CMT's apps and curatorial voice to the Spotify platform in the U.S. The partnership will be U.S.-focused at the outset, with it likely to expand to Europe and beyond in the future. Jorge Espinel…

  20. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

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