1. 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…

  2. Jay Electronica Brings Out Jay Z, J. Cole, Mac Miller at Brooklyn Hip Hop Fest

    July 12, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Usually when performance times get pushed earlier it doesn't mean good things, but when it came to Jay Electronica's set at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest this afternoon -- which he asked to switch from last to second-to-last "as a sign of respect" to co-headliner Raekwon -- it…

  3. DIIV Dazzles with New Music at Hometown Brooklyn Show

    July 12, 2014 2:45 PM EDT DIIV are becoming a special band. Three years removed from playing hometown shows to small crowds of friends, the Brooklyn quintet is now the sort of act that can fill almost half a set with new, unrecorded songs and leave the crowd captivated with anticipation for LP number two. This was the…

  4. Laverne Cox Stars In Emotional John Legend Video 'You & I'

    July 12, 2014 2:01 PM EDT “Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox is among the diverse group of women John Legend tapped for his latest video. The video for "You & I (Nobody in the World)" dropped Thursday, the same day Cox made Emmys history as the first openly transgender acting nominee. She'll…

  5. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  6. Siblings Jenni and Lupillo Rivera Make Top 10 Debuts With New Albums

    July 11, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Also: Romeo Santos scores his eighth No. 1 on Tropical Airplay with "Eres Mia" On Top Latin Albums , Jenni Rivera debuts at No. 1 with "1969-Siempre — En Vivo Desde Monterrey: Parte 2," selling 10,000 copies in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundSCan. Rivera…

  7. New Kids on the Block After Dark Las Vegas Concert: The Top 10 Moments

    July 11, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Donnie Wahlberg has a mouth like a sailor and an affinity for sparkly sneakers. Joey McIntyre possesses a remarkable sense of balance and loves him a V-neck tee. Jonathan Knight is a pro at weak-kneeing the ladies, his brother Jordan can still give it to you with those dance moves and Danny…

  8. Dave Grohl On New Foo Fighters Album: 'It's All About Reinventing The Process'

    July 11, 2014 12:22 AM EDT Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl brought a rock n' roll sensibility to the usually buttoned-down atmosphere of the summer TV critics' tour. His enthusiasm for his new HBO project "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" was evident with F-bombs sprinkled throughout his description…

  9. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  10. Garth Brooks Eyeing Black Friday Album Release, To Go Digital at 'A Stupid Price'

    July 10, 2014 3:30 PM EDT The country star discussed new music and the Dublin show cancellations during a Thursday press conference. Besides the acknowledgement that Garth Brooks is about to announce a major tour and that he has signed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville to release his new album, the big news…

  11. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  12. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length statements.…

  13. AC/DC Completes New Album, Malcolm Young Hospitalized

    July 10, 2014 6:02 AM EDT AC/DC has reportedly completed work on a new album. The veteran Australian rock group had entered a recording studio in Vancouver earlier this year to work on the follow-up to 2008’s global hit “Black Ice.”  The album is now finished. And the band members are apparently happy with the fruits…

  14. Nikki Lane Talks 'Vulnerable' New Dan Auerbach-Produced Album 'All or Nothin'

    July 09, 2014 4:38 PM EDT Nikki Lane has been getting some rave reviews for her latest disc, "All or Nothin'," and the singer-songwriter admitted to Billboard that it definitely beats the alternative. “It’s a good thing to be on the good side of the press,” she said. “It’s been flattering to see the way…

  15. Interpol's 'All the Rage Back Home' Video: The Band Goes Surfing (Sort Of)

    July 09, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Suits and surfing may seem like an odd paring, but Interpol makes it work in its music video for new single "All the Rage Back Home." In the video, footage is split between the band thundering through "All the Rage" in a darkened space and images of surfers challenging…

  16. Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 For Seventh Week, Maroon 5's 'Maps' Finds Top 10

    July 09, 2014 2:48 PM EDT "Fancy" moves up among the longest Hot 100 reigns by women this decade. Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, continues its Billboard Hot 100 command, spending a seventh week at No. 1. Meanwhile, Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" crowns the Radio…

  17. Beck Announces 'Song Reader' Album with Jack White, Jack Black & More

    July 09, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Beck's quirky sheet music project is about to come to life Back in 2012, Beck released a little experiment "album" that existed solely in the form of sheet music. Now, two years later, "Song Reader" is getting a proper release, with an impressive, genre-hopping cast…

  18. 15-Year-Old Missing After Warped Tour Stop in Toronto

    July 08, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Concert-goers, promoters, crew, vendors and bands from Toronto’s Vans Warped Tour stop July 4 are being asked to come forward if they remember seeing someone fitting the description of Hannah Batty, or to check their cell phones for inadvertently snapped photos or videos that she…

  19. The Monstercat Label Model: From YouTube Channel to One Million Record Sales

    July 08, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Monstercat CEO and founder Mike Darlington never intended to make a record label. “People don’t need record labels anymore,” he says. “Artists can do everything on their own. So we either had to do it for them better or provide a platform and marketing tool they can’t find on their own.…

  20. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales 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,…

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