1. Nicki Minaj Releases 'No Flex Zone' Remix: Listen

    July 15, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Nicki Minaj released a freestyle over Rae Sremmurd's "No Flex Zone" "just 4 da fuq of it."   #NickiFreestyle 30 mins away just 4 da fuq of it http://t.co/OwMiha240p — PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 15, 2014   Minaj spits a boastful verse over the Mike WiLL Made…

  2. Joe Nichols No. 1 On Country Airplay; Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Hit Top 10, Florida Georgia Line Debuts

    July 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT 'Yeah' is Nichols' fifth leader, McGraw and Hill score their fifth top 10 duet and FGL's 'Dirt' blasts in at No. 16 Joe Nichols nabs his fifth career leader and completes his first set of two straight No. 1s on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay…

  3. Pop Art By Robert Christgau: In It For The Art

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we'll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five…

  4. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Victorious On Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    July 14, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The pair adds to its multi-format domination with its debut hit, Plus, notable chart action for Bingo Players, the Black Keys, Joe Nichols, Florida Georgia Line and Elvis Crespo Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  5. Greg Bates on Performing at NAMM: 'It's Just Fun To Go Sit and Play Guitars'

    July 14, 2014 4:51 PM EDT This week promises to be an exciting one in Nashville with Summer NAMM, to be held July 17-19 at the Music City Center. Many of the most well-known companies in the business will be showcasing their wares for musicians, industry professionals, and the fans. The fans are allowed at a NAMM show…

  6. The Hudson Project Festival's First Year Had a Good Start, Got Muddy, Canceled Final Day

    July 14, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The inaugural Hudson Project, a music festival in New York's Hudson Valley inspired by Woodstock, experienced an eerily similar finale as the infamous '94 fest. It was the first music festival to be held on Winston Farm in Saugerties since "Mudstock" was held twenty years…

  7. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 2

    July 14, 2014 1:00 PM EDT UPDATE: Round 3 is now open! CLICK HERE TO VOTE . UPDATE: Round 2 Is now closed. Come back on July 21 for Round 3! Which fan army is the strongest? Billboard hopes to answer that question with the Fan Army Face-Off, a bracket-style tournament in which various fan armies will…

  8. Para One Talks Party-Starting New LP 'Club,' Favorite Rappers & More

    July 14, 2014 11:34 AM EDT As chart-topping EDMers continue to gain clout with major labels, doors are opening for global stars still looking to break through in America. Enter Para One -- the brainchild of French DJ Jean-Baptiste de Laubier. When to making music, the 35-year old de Laubier is nothing new, as he's…

  9. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Don Henley's 'End Of The Innocence' Begins

    July 14, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week 25 years ago, the Eagle's landmark solo set debuted. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, Soundgarden and Miley Cyrus Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 14, 1990 "Holding you I…

  10. Will.i.am Celebrates 'Birthday' No. 1 in U.K., Ed Sheeran's 'X' Retains Albums Crown

    July 14, 2014 5:52 AM EDT will.i.am has landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as headline artist and tenth overall. “It’s My Birthday” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Cody Wise, arrived at the summit yesterday (July 13), as Ed Sheeran began a third week atop the album chart with “X” (Asylum/Warner Music). “It’s My…

  11. Justice Crew’s Australian Record-Breaking Chart Reign Ends

    July 14, 2014 4:11 AM EDT Justice Crew’s record-breaking run at the top of the Australian singles chart with “Que Sera” has been halted at nine weeks by Joel and Benji Madden. The Madden brothers’ “We Are Done” (Capitol/EMI) climbed into the top spot on the latest chart, published on the weekend, to nudge the…

  12. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  13. Trey Songz and Robin Thicke Take Top Two on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 12, 2014 7:23 PM EDT Plus: Busta Rhymes and Eminem debut with "Calm Down," Lil Wayne's "Believe" hits No. 1 Trey Songz crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his newest set "Trigga," opening with 105,000 copies sold in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The…

  14. LeeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian's VH1 Show is On

    July 12, 2014 6:12 PM EDT BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Tabloid targets LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are jumping into the fray with their own reality show, although the couple plans to keep Cibrian's two children out of it. Cibrian's two sons -- ages 11 and seven -- with ex-wife Brandi Glanville don't…

  15. Jay Z & Beyonce’s On the Run Tour: The 5 Best Things About their New Jersey Concert

    July 12, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Jay Z and Beyonce brought their On the Run tour to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium for the first of two evenings on Friday (July 11). Jay Z & Beyonce "On The Run": Opening Night in Miami Photos The Brooklyn rapper and Houston R&B queen came ready, with umpteen hit…

  16. Ariana Grande's 'Break Free' Flies onto Billboard's Social Charts

    July 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Grande had a big week online as her newest single, "Break Free," dropped on Wednesday, July 2. On July 2, pop princess Ariana Grande premiered her new single, "Break Free," on a special rebooted edition of MTV's "Total Request Live" (or, in this case, Total…

  17. 'Rising Star': What to Expect During the Duels

    July 12, 2014 8:30 AM EDT After downloading the app, repeatedly checking in and casting real-time votes, America raised the Wall for 20 singers on “Rising Star.” 'Rising Star': The Billboard Cover Shoot Next up on the ABC singing show? The "duels," but don't be mistaken: the upcoming round isn…

  18. Tommy Ramone, Ramones Drummer, Dies at 65

    July 12, 2014 2:14 AM EDT Born Erdelyi Tamas, he would go on to work as a producer after leaving the influential band. Tommy Ramone, the last surviving founding member of the groundbreaking punk band The Ramones, has died. He was 65. Tommy Ramone: Life in Photos The Ramones official Twitter account…

  19. Cash Cash Talks Growing Up, Dishes on Hit 'Take Me Home' With Bebe Rexha

    July 11, 2014 10:19 PM EDT Billboard’s Andrew Hampp interviewed Cash Cash for the second installation of Samsung Shape Summer Mix Series Wednesday night, Billboard’s Senior Branding Correspondent Andrew Hampp lead an interview with Big Beat/Atlantic production trio Cash Cash at the Mondrian Soho in New York City. …

  20. Tiny Cameras Lead to Big Chart Gains for Andrea Bocelli and Rammstein

    July 11, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Viral GoPro fireworks video sends "Time to Say Goodbye" back onto chart, while Russian dashboard cam wedding proposal video pumps gain for Rammstein. Tiny cameras are making a big impact on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart this week, as two songs earn high debuts thanks to two…

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