1. Tomorrow's Hits: Kim Cesarion, Like a Storm & Sonia Leigh

    August 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Kim Cesarion With its daring pick-up line "I'll cover your body with my autograph," Kim Cesarion 's "Undressed" …

  2. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  3. 'American Idol' Champ Kris Allen Discusses New Album 'Horizons,' Remembers Michael Johns

    August 13, 2014 5:05 AM EDT It’s less than a week before the release date of his new album, Horizons , and American Idol season eight winner Kris Allen is like a kid on Christmas Eve. The 29-year old singer had just released a live stream of the collection on YouTube, and stayed up into the wee hours reading fan…

  4. Ariana Grande Reportedly Breaks Up with Boyfriend

    August 04, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Ariana Grande is back on the market. The singer has reportedly broken up with her 19-year-old boyfriend Jai Brooks. The 21-year-old singer is said to have ended things because Brooks wasn't there for her at the time of her grandfather's death, according to E! Online sources. Hear…

  5. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  6. UPDATED: 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Dies at 35

    August 02, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Michael Johns, a finalist on American Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle. The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 and came in eighth place. He followed with a…

  7. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  8. Meghan Trainor On 'All About That Bass': It's About 'Loving Your Body … And Your Booty' (Q&A)

    July 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The pop singer/songwriter talks her debut positive-body image hit: 'It's unreal that I'm kind of helping people' Meghan Trainor's debut hit "All About That Bass" is more than a pop song with an infectious beat. Its message of self-acceptance is also helping…

  9. Does Garth Brooks Still Have Country Superstar Clout?

    July 18, 2014 4:36 PM EDT This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Garth Brooks’ July 10 reveal of a new deal with Sony Music (an album on Pearl/RCA Nashville is due around Black Friday, and will be sold digitally on his own site, sidestepping iTunes) and an upcoming global tour had…

  10. How Ed Sheeran Topped The Most Confusing Music List Ever

    July 18, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Someone placed Ed at the top of a black and urban music power list, and entered the Trolling Hall of Fame. It's taken us nearly a full week to recover from BBC Radio 1Xtra's Power List, a collection of artist names that has ruffled some feathers and blown some minds since being…

  11. Cher Tour Grosses $55 Million (So Far)

    July 15, 2014 7:03 PM EDT   Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour is on track to become of the most successful treks of 2014, according to Billboard Boxscore. The diva's tour has grossed a reported $54.9 million through the end of its first leg on July 11. A total of 610,812 attendees went to the 49 shows -- all of…

  12. Garth Brooks Taps Chicago for Start of Tour

    July 15, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Garth Brooks announced the first date this morning for his upcoming world tour: Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago, a market Brooks hasn't played in 17 years. There is no word on when the rest of the tour will be announced, but it appears the door has been…

  13. Garth Brooks Issues Statement on Cancelled Dublin Shows

    July 14, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Following last week's cancellation of Garth Brooks' five shows at Croke Park in Dublin, the back-in-action country superstar has issued a statement announcing that the Dublin City Council cannot change its ruling. "To say I am crushed is an understatement," he said.  The…

  14. 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…

  15. Garth Brooks Talks Co-Headlining with Trisha Yearwood & Competing Against Younger Stars

    July 11, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Putting the final touches on his comeback, the country superstar tells Billboard, "I've waited 14 years, and it seems like the last two months are going to be the longest wait of all." And, just like that, Garth Brooks is back: the country icon announced his return to touring…

  16. Indigo Girls To Enter Studio In The Fall

    July 10, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Indigo Girls hope to make "something that's different and pushes us a little bit" when the duo hits the studio this fall to work on a new album, the duo's follow-up to 2011's "Beauty Queen Sister." "We're writing," the group's Amy Ray…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Garth Brooks' Top 25 Billboard Hits

    July 10, 2014 3:05 PM EDT In honor of his pending return, a look at his top 25 Hot Country Songs hits Garth Brooks announced today that he's ready to return to the country music spotlight , revealing that he'll release a new album, offer his music digitally for the first time and embark on a world tour. His…

  20. 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&…

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