1. 'Rising Star' Recap: Kesha Brings the Whimsy As Duel Round Kicks Off

    July 14, 2014 6:26 AM EDT What’s the saying—every party has a pooper, and every reality singing competition has a frontrunner? (Something like that.) It seems Rising Star’s frontrunner is Jesse Kinch, and this party’s pooper is the judges' voting power in the Duel rounds. That these “duels” are actually two side…

  2. Simon Cowell's Lucky Streak Rolls On

    July 13, 2014 11:37 PM EDT Life is good these days for Simon Cowell. "America's Got Talent," which he created and produces, reigns as summer's top-rated program and was renewed Sunday for a 10th season by NBC. It's part of a "Got Talent" franchise seen in 62 countries which, according…

  3. Jay Z & Beyonce’s On the Run Tour: The 5 Best Things About their New Jersey Concert

    July 12, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Jay Z and Beyonce brought their On the Run tour to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium for the first of two evenings on Friday (July 11). Jay Z & Beyonce "On The Run": Opening Night in Miami Photos The Brooklyn rapper and Houston R&B queen came ready, with umpteen hit…

  4. 'Rising Star': What to Expect During the Duels

    July 12, 2014 8:30 AM EDT After downloading the app, repeatedly checking in and casting real-time votes, America raised the Wall for 20 singers on “Rising Star.” 'Rising Star': The Billboard Cover Shoot Next up on the ABC singing show? The "duels," but don't be mistaken: the upcoming round isn…

  5. Tiny Cameras Lead to Big Chart Gains for Andrea Bocelli and Rammstein

    July 11, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Viral GoPro fireworks video sends "Time to Say Goodbye" back onto chart, while Russian dashboard cam wedding proposal video pumps gain for Rammstein. Tiny cameras are making a big impact on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart this week, as two songs earn high debuts thanks to two…

  6. Drake Talks LeBron James, Plans For ESPYs: 'I'll Be Lint-Free That Night'

    July 11, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Drake woke up shortly before his 1 p.m. PST conference call Friday afternoon to talk his hosting gig at next week's ESPY Awards (airing Wednesday, July 16 on ESPN at 9 p.m. EST), so he was still processing the news of his friend LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland…

  7. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    July 11, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Before you hear "Mandatory Fun," listen to the 10 biggest hits so far in the parody master's amazing career. As pop music evolves and artists come and go, one man has endured over the past three decades: the one making fun of everyone else. "Weird Al" Yankovic has…

  8. The Juice Podcast 7/11/14: The-Dream's 'Royalty: The Prequel' EP, Meek Mill & Wale's Beef

    July 11, 2014 1:00 PM EDT For this week's 11th episode of The Juice podcast, I'm joined by Tracy Garraud (Sirius XM's Sway In the Morning, BET), Nile " Low Key " Ivey ( You Heard That New , KWL Management) and this week's co-host, my co-worker Jason Lipshutz (Billboard’s Pop Editor).(I e…

  9. Kesha's Honest Essay for Elle UK on Rehab, Body Issues, Pressure in the Music Industry

    July 10, 2014 8:06 PM EDT There had been a lot of speculation over Kesha's two-month stint in rehab earlier this year. While she admitted herself for an eating disorder , many publicly wondered whether that might be a euphemism for substance abuse. Now the "Rising Star" expert and "We R Who…

  10. Kanye West's 'Rant Setlist': Read Funny Or Die's 'Yeezus' Parody

    July 10, 2014 4:35 PM EDT From Seth Rogen to Jimmy Kimmel to the writers of "Saturday Night Live" , Kanye West has long been a target of comedians. He's got plenty of valid points to be made about injustice in the world today, but his tendency to fly off the handle has made him susceptible to spoofs,…

  11. 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…

  12. Godsmack's Sully Erna Talks '1000hp,' Unveils Track List: Exclusive

    July 10, 2014 1:21 PM EDT The frontman says that the hard rock group is "stronger now than it's ever been" after some recent turmoil. Godsmack frontman Sully Erna acknowledges that between 2010's chart-topping "Oracle" and the upcoming "1000hp," due out Aug. 5 through…

  13. 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.…

  14. Beyonce, Iggy Azalea Rule Billboard.com's 2014 Mid-Year Music Poll

    July 10, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus & Lady Gaga also score big wins in the annual mid-year poll. Females once again dominated Billboard.com's annual Mid-Year Music Poll, with two very different divas -- Beyonce and Iggy Azalea -- rising to the top after the first six months of the year. Mid…

  15. Mary Sarah Calls On Country Legends For Debut Album 'Bridges'

    July 10, 2014 2:15 AM EDT What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah. Sarah's debut album, "Bridges," features duets with their original performers including Parton and Nelson on their well-known…

  16. Demi Lovato Backs Same-Sex Marriage for Online Campaign: Watch

    July 10, 2014 12:04 AM EDT Singer Demi Lovato is voicing support for same-sex marriage in a new web video. The former Disney Channel star and judge on Fox's canceled The X Factor is the face of a re-launch of the Human Rights Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality . HRC promises more celebrity…

  17. John Spinks, Guitarist and Songwriter for The Outfield, Dead at 60

    July 09, 2014 8:25 PM EDT John Spinks, guitarist and songwriter for British pop rock trio The Outfield, died Wednesday following a fight with liver cancer. He was 60.  The Outfield charted eight Billboard Hot 100 hits in 1986-92, led by its No. 6 debut smash "Your Love." The band's debut album, "…

  18. 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…

  19. Bruce Springsteen Releases Short Film, 'Hunter of Invisible Game'

    July 09, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen and his documentarian Thom Zimny shot a 10-minute film for "Hunter of Invisible Game" that was posted at www.brucespringsteen.net Wednesday (July 9). With nearly six minutes of Springsteen-composed score added to the track from his most recent album, "High…

  20. Trey Songz Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Trigga'

    July 09, 2014 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Trey Songz secures his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Trigga" debuts atop the list. The set, which was released on July 1, sold 105,000 copies in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Songz also saw his last album, 2012's "…

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