1. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT The former college QB huddles in the chart's upper ranks with his debut EP. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, FGL & Darius Rucker. Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song,…

  2. WME Board Member Peter Grosslight Dies at 68

    August 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Grosslight most recently served as the agency’s global head of music. WME board member  Peter Grosslight  died today after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. He was 68. A 20-year veteran of the agency, Grosslight was most recently its Global Head…

  3. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  4. Listen to Ice-T Narrate a 'Dungeons & Dragons' Audiobook

    August 18, 2014 11:53 AM EDT "This guy got a talking sword!" If you’ve been following Ice-T’s podcast , you know that the he’s been dabbling in audiobooks lately. What sort of audiobooks? Dungeons and Dragons, which he admits is quote the pronunciation challenge.  Well, now we’ve got hard evidence that Ice-T&…

  5. 'Anything Goes' For Florida Georgia Line's Sophomore Album

    August 18, 2014 12:56 AM EDT Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of country dude duo Florida Georgia Line know all eyes on Music Row are on them as they prepare to release their second album, Anything Goes,  on Oct. 14. Everybody wants to see if country's favorite party boys can keep the festivities rolling, and Kelley…

  6. Rick Parashar, Producer For Pearl Jam & Alice in Chains, Dies at 50

    August 17, 2014 1:22 PM EDT Veteran Seattle music producer Rick Parashar, who produced Peal Jam’s seminal 1991 album Ten , died of natural causes on Aug. 14. He was 50. Parashar passed away from natural causes stemming from a pulmonary embolism in his lower extremities at his home in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood,…

  7. 10 Things You Will (and Won't) Hear on a No. 1 Summer Hit

    August 15, 2014 3:59 PM EDT While "Problem," "Fancy" and "Rude" vie for the position of 2014's Song of the Summer, we got to thinking about the previous decade of smash hits -- from 2003's "Crazy In Love" to 2013's "Blurred Lines" -- to earn the No. 1 Song…

  8. Billboard + Twitter Real-time Charts: Emerging Picks for the Week feat. Fences, Young Kato, Years & Years

    August 15, 2014 2:21 PM EDT Our Emerging Artists picks for the Aug. 23 chart week are notable for two reasons: each video is not only thought-provoking, but adds to the overall context of the song, making this week's picks well-worth a peek. Fences featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, "Arrows" :…

  9. CODE Picks of the Week: Flume, Howling, Netsky & More

    August 15, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Arcade Fire, “Afterlife” (Flume Remix) Sydney native Flume continues to demonstrate why he’s one of dance music’s most exciting talents with a…

  10. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  11. Tim McGraw Scores 50th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    August 14, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The star marks a major milestone, while wife Faith Hill makes a triumphant return to the top 10 herself. As Tim McGraw 's "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," featuring wife Faith Hill , jumps 11-7 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, each artist celebrates notable…

  12. Exclusive: Kenny Rogers Reflects on Tribute Exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 14, 2014 5:20 PM EDT On Friday, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil Kenny Rogers: Through The Years , a new exhibit that pays tribute to the legendary entertainer. The 2013 Hall of Fame inductee's career will be celebrated with a wide array of artifacts, including a Tony Alamo denim outfit…

  13. Come Inside Arcade Fire’s Bedroom in ‘You Already Know’ Video

    August 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Arcade Fire has returned with a more innocuous video for the Reflektor track, "You Already Know," after causing controversy with their preceding "We Exist" music video. The band merrily rocks along to the new wave track in a sun-drenched bedroom, that's livened by…

  14. Michael Jackson’s ‘A Place With No Name’ Premieres On Twitter: Watch

    August 14, 2014 5:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson’s latest video has premiered on Twitter.  The promo for “A Place With No Name” was tweeted overnight from the late pop star's official account. A message tells Jackson’s 1.5 million followers, “It’s time! The first ever premiere of "A Place With No Name" right…

  15. Watch Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora Channel 'Kill Bill' in 'Black Widow' Video

    August 13, 2014 12:01 PM EDT They are just a pair of black widows. The video for Iggy Azalea 's "Black Widow" featuring Rita Ora made its debut Wednesday (Aug. 13). The video finds the pair channeling Kill Bill (by way of the Lady Gaga/Beyonce "Telephone" video) as two women out for…

  16. Hilary Duff Releases 'All About You' Single: Listen

    August 12, 2014 1:32 PM EDT Hilary Duff just released her comeback single "Chasing The Sun" two weeks ago, and while that song debuted at No. 79 on last week's Hot 100 chart and has logged 15 million YouTube views, the pop singer is already rolling out more new music. Listen to "All About You,…

  17. Outside Lands 2014 Sunday Highlights: The Killers, Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis & More

    August 11, 2014 1:10 PM EDT An estimated 200,000 people showed up in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this weekend for the seventh installment of Outside Lands. Acts like Spoon , The Flaming Lips and The Killers placed the festival’s closing day firmly in rock territory. It was also a day of girl power, with strong…

  18. Mike Doughty Premieres New Hip-Hop-Influenced Song, Announces New Album & Tour

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty is back with a brand new album that’s a sharp left turn from anything he’s released lately. It’s fan-funded, heavily influenced by alternative hip-hop, and led by a track with a killer banjo riff. Check out the premiere of new song “Light Will Keep…

  19. 'Rising Star' Recap: Brad Get Serious, Contestants Culled On Quarter-Finals Night

    August 11, 2014 4:57 AM EDT In the quarter-finals of Rising Star , Josh Groban -- in addition to wearing a very dangerous pair of barracuda socks -- kept telling us that eight singers would be competing for our votes tonight, but what he probably should have been saying is, “Three singers are competing for your votes,…

  20. Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ Continues U.K. Chart Streak, Nico & Vinz Score Top Single

    August 11, 2014 2:27 AM EDT Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have become the first act from that country to score a U.K. No. 1 single since A-ha , more than 28 years ago. Their “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) raced from No. 52 to top Sunday’s (Aug. 10) new Official Charts Company survey. On the album chart, there…

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