1. Snoop Dogg Claims He Smoked Up in the White House

    July 22, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Truly the highest office in the land At this point in Snoop Dogg's life, it's safe to say there isn't much he hasn't done. In fact, it's starting to seem like the Doggfather has done everything imaginable. Record a reggae album ? Check. Make a song with Psy ? Done.…

  2. La Roux Streams 'Trouble In Paradise' Album, Sets Fall Tour Dates

    July 15, 2014 4:23 PM EDT La Roux's sophomore album "Trouble In Paradise" is due out next Tuesday (July 22), but is now streaming in full at iTunes . Elly Jackson's synth-pop project has also announced a fall North American tour to follow her handful of summer live dates, which continue next month…

  3. Nine Inch Nails Opener Oneohtrix Point Never Talks 'Cyberdrones,' Slimescapes, and Whammy Bars

    July 15, 2014 2:26 PM EDT When Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor tapped Daniel Lopatin, an experimental sound collagist known for his project Oneohtrix Point Never's ambient dronescapes and mind-bendingly abstract visuals, to replace the now-defunct Death Grips as his tour opener, Lopatin had decided not to play…

  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. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (July 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across our most…

  6. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  7. Garth Brooks' Five Dublin Shows Canceled

    July 08, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The country icon must refund 400,000 tickets for the Ireland dates. After Garth Brooks and the Dublin City Council engaged in some back-and-forth regarding the country superstar's planned five-night run at the city's Croke Park from July 25-29, the City Council has summarily …

  8. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Covered by Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Crosby, Stills & Nash

    July 08, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Charli XCX may have appeared on "Late Night WIth Seth Meyers" last night, but the No. 1 song she guests on was given a ridiculous cover treatment by none other than Jimmy Fallon. If you just stumbled upon last night's "Tonight Show" while channel surfing, you might…

  9. Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran Backed By The Roots at Philly 4th of July Jam

    July 05, 2014 12:09 PM EDT The Roots worked as the house band for top-selling acts like Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran for its annual free concert Friday in Philadelphia celebrating Independence Day. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show The Roots Join…

  10. Justin Bieber Sued Over 2013 Sunset Strip Ferrari Accident

    June 25, 2014 9:28 PM EDT Justin Bieber is being sued for allegedly striking a pedestrian with his Ferrari as he left the Laugh Factory on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood a year ago. The lawsuit was filed at the Superior Court of Los Angeles on Wednesday by Walter Damon Lee, who claims he was injured when the 20-year…

  11. Prince's 'Purple Rain' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky. Had Prince run for president that year, he would have certainly carried his native Minnesota—the only state Ronnie lost—and he probably would’ve cleaned up most other places. The…

  12. 615 Spotlight: Lera Lynn Debuts 'La Di Da' Off Next Album (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, Billboard is excited to debut "La Di Da" from Lera Lynn. It's the lead track from her upcoming project The Avenues, which is set for a Sept. 9 release. "It's a song I started writing really late one night a couple of years ago,"…

  13. The Roots Join Jimmy Fallon in 80s 'Dance Avenue' Sketch on 'Tonight Show' (Video)

    June 18, 2014 9:48 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon has been on a roll lately with dance-related sketches. A week after facing off against Jennifer Lopez in a tight pants dance-off , he's resurrected some funky 80s vibes for another installment in his "Dance Avenue" series. In this sketch, filmed as part of the …

  14. St. Lucia Debuts Three New Tracks, Announces Fall Tour: Exclusive Quote

    June 17, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Fresh off a headlining North American tour that saw them selling out all 23 shows, Brooklyn-based electro-pop band St. Lucia has re-issued debut "When The Night" with three new tracks. The deluxe edition, out today on iTunes and other digital services, features the propulsive,…

  15. Sia Seeks Revenge on Awful Dry Cleaner, Tweets Phone Number

    June 17, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Pop singer-songwriter Sia has a few simple, understandable personal requests: she wants to swing from the chandelier, she wants to live like tomorrow doesn't exist, but perhaps most importantly, she wants a competent dry cleaner. Sadly, Sia did not receive the latter pleasure recently,…

  16. M83's Anthony Gonzalez Buys L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Home

    June 17, 2014 3:48 AM EDT Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has sold his Silver Lake home to M83 member Anthony Gonzalez, reports the Los Angeles Times . The 4,000-square-foot Hidalgo Avenue home includes six bedrooms and five bathrooms, plus an open living room, dining room, media room, home office, and a kitchen with…

  17. G-Eazy Talks 'These Things Happen' Album; Releases A$AP Ferg Collaboration

    June 10, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Sold-out shows, screaming fans, big co-signs, but still no major-label deal: Is G-Eazy the next indie rap sensation? The teenagers spy him from across a coffee shop in San Francisco's SOMA district. "Excuse me. Are you G-Eazy?" The Berkeley, Calif.-bred rapper in the…

  18. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  19. ‘Frozen’ Songwriting Team Prepare New Show

    June 04, 2014 3:38 AM EDT Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez - the Oscar-winning husband-and-wife team behind the film "Frozen" - are preparing an original romantic comedy for the stage called "Up Here." The influential California theater company La Jolla Playhouse said Tuesday that the show…

  20. America's Music: How Country Popped Its Way Into the Mainstream

    June 02, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As country music fans from around the world descend upon Nashville for the 2014 CMA Music Festival, the genre seems to be in a pretty good spot right now. The nightly concerts at LP Field have long been sold out, and the artists and songs coming from Music Row seem to be more plugged into the…

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