1. Dexter Roberts Exits 'American Idol' Live Tour

    July 11, 2014 4:16 AM EDT Dexter Roberts, the seventh-place American Idol finisher, has been missing from the live tour since July 1, and according to his fellow Alabama Idols CJ Harris and Jess Meuse, the singer is fighting an unknown illness. In an official statement, a publicist confirmed that Roberts is not…

  2. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT The country star is expected to announce a deal with Sony Nashville at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of…

  3. Justin Bieber Pleads No Contest in Egg-Throwing Vandalism Case

    July 09, 2014 9:31 PM EDT Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home. Bieber also was ordered to complete five days of community labor and a 12-week anger-management program…

  4. Cookies, 'Music For Touching' Song Premiere: Hear Mobius Band's Ben Sterling's New Project

    July 09, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Cookies, the inscrutable new project from Mobius Band co-founder Ben Sterling, has a captivating debut track with "Music For Touching," the title track from its upcoming debut album. Take a listen to Cookies' "Music For Touching," premiering exclusively on Billboard…

  5. George Michael, Arctic Monkeys and Katie Melua Implicated In Tax Avoidance Scheme

    July 09, 2014 6:48 AM EDT A number of high profile music figures, including George Michael and all four members of British band Arctic Monkeys, are among 1,600 people who collectively tried to shelter £1.2 billion ($2 billion) in a tax avoidance scheme, reports The Times .  Investors in the Liberty tax strategy also…

  6. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  7. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  8. Disclosure Teases Usher Collaboration

    July 02, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Oh, those feisty Disclosure lads. Less than a week after gracing the cover of Billboard, Howard and Guy Lawrence have hinted at their latest superstar collaboration by putting their signature white outline over Usher's face. The Instagram post, which includes the caption "Tomorrow…,…

  9. Alabama Shakes: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:40 AM EDT Take a closer look at Alabama Shakes, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . It took only three years for Alabama Shakes to go from after-school music project to veritable stars. Formed by singer…

  10. 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…

  11. EDM Power Players: The DJs

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Skrillex DJ; founder, Owsla Skrillex At this point, Skrillex — born Sonny John Moore in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles — isn’t just…

  12. Disclosure Talks Madonna Collaboration Rumors

    June 30, 2014 5:48 PM EDT When Madonna turned up at a couple of Disclosure shows earlier this month -- and shared multiple Instagram photos of her encounters -- fans immediately began to speculate if the Queen of Pop was working with the British duo on her next album. After all, Madonna has been sharing numerous…

  13. Steelism on New Album's Influences: 'We Kind of Have Two Sides to What We Do'

    June 30, 2014 5:06 PM EDT For Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum – who comprise the eclectic duo Steelism, their performance at Thursday (July 3) night’s Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General gives them a chance to play in their home city. “We are so thrilled to be playing at Riverfront,” Fetzer told Billboard. …

  14. Disclosure on Songwriting & More: 'We Thought 'Latch' Was Too Weird for the Radio' (Cover Story)

    June 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Not long ago, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence were home in England, mixing demos of original songs filled with love and longing. Then came their top 20 hit, "Latch," with Sam Smith, and a different EDM sound. It has been a couple of years since Disclosure's Howard and Guy…

  15. Michael Jackson Documentary Featuring 'Private' Footage Triggers Lawsuit

    June 28, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Craig Williams seeks to confirm his company has valid rights on unseen footage from a 2007 photo shoot. The production company behind “Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot” has filed a lawsuit against the executors of the late singer's estate. At the center of this dispute is never…

  16. Disclosure's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the UK Dance Duo

    June 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Disclosure's Guy and Howard Lawrence on the cover of Billboard, out now. It’s been a slow-cooker, but electro-soul dance duo Disclosure’s “Latch” is officially a hit record at No. 12 on the Hot 100 chart. Brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are on the cover of this week's Billboard as…

  17. Rihanna Tweets Support For Germany in World Cup

    June 26, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Thousands -- nay, millions! -- are watching the USA-Germany World Cup match right now and rooting for the United States to win the match. Rihanna is not among those millions. The pop superstar decided to take to Twitter shortly after Germany took a 1-0 lead in the game, sending out a…

  18. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  19. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  20. Kanye West's Entire Cannes Interview: On Jay Z, Beats By Dre & Twitter

    June 24, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Kanye West's candid interview during last week's "Technology, Culture and Consumer Adoption: Learning To Read The Cultural Landscape" seminar at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has finally arrived online in full. Watch Yeezus discuss the Beats-Apple…

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