1. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' Turns 20: Darius Rucker Q&A

    July 03, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Reminiscing on a breakthrough Letterman performance, competing with grunge and a big assist from Garth Brooks This weekend (July 5) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Cracked Rear View” – the Atlantic debut from Hootie & The Blowfish. The album changed the lives of…

  2. Taylor Swift's Red Wraps as All-Time Country Tour

    July 03, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift has smashed the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist with the final stats reported from her Red tour that played arenas and stadiums in four continents during a 15-month span.  According to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, the tour’s overall gross of $150…

  3. Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night': 'It Was Mad, But It Was Incredible'

    July 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Four guys from Liverpool making a movie -- it was so great," says the Beatles of the 50th anniversary of the film. Fifty years later, and even with a solid IMDB entry to his credit, "A Hard Day's Night" remains a surreal experience for Ringo Starr. "I mean, we…

  4. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  5. John Mellencamp, 'Small Town': Exclusive Premiere from His New 'Trouble No More' Live Album

    July 03, 2014 10:12 AM EDT July 4 is almost here and an all-American rock and roller is premiering a brand new cut from his upcoming live album: John Mellencamp. Billboard presents a raw, stripped-down live version of Mellencamp's heartland rock essential "Small Town," performed before a crowd of only 1…

  6. Ariana Grande Drops Zedd-Produced Single 'Break Free' (Listen)

    July 02, 2014 8:52 PM EDT Right on time, Ariana Grande has shared "Break Free," the second single off her forthcoming record "My Everything," ahead of her performance of the song later this summer at the MTV Video Music Awards . The song, which was produced by Zedd and finds Grande…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Johnny Orr on New EP 'Down South' & How Music Cost Him His Marriage

    July 02, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Johnny Orr admits that his formative musical years were quite diverse. In addition to country that was so prevalent around his home in North Carolina, he was exposed to a wide variety of music. “I was a big John Cougar and Bryan Adams fan in my younger days. Then, I became a big fan of Edwin…

  8. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Beyonce's self-titled surprise album is far-and-away the year's biggest selling R&B/hip-hop set. As we reach the half way mark of 2014, we take a moment to glance at the biggest selling R&B/hip-hop albums and digital songs through the sales week that ended June 29. '…

  9. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

  10. What's Your Favorite Film Soundtrack? 'Guardians,' 'Purple Rain,' 'Almost Famous' & More (Poll)

    July 02, 2014 2:31 PM EDT The tracklist for the official soundtrack of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" just dropped and it's awesomely different than your typical superhero movie soundtrack. There are no fine-tuned collaborations from Top 40 artists and, as a matter of fact, there's not any…

  11. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "x" opens with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is Sheeran's second full-length effort, and was released June 23 through Atlantic…

  12. CHVRCHES Respond to Diss From Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda (Video)

    July 02, 2014 10:37 AM EDT "I don't really like being called a corporate sellout by the man that wrote the music for the MTV VMAs." Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda had some harsh words for the indie synthpop band, CHVRCHES, in an interview with Noisey . The LP rapper linkened them (along with Haim and…

  13. Trey Songz's 'Na Na' Translated for Old People on 'Kimmel' (Video)

    July 02, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Last night, R&B pretty boy Trey Songz came on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" so Kimmel could tell everyone how good Songz is at sex. Well, that's not exactly what the plan was, but that's how it turned out. As part of the segment "New Lyrics For Old People," Songz…

  14. Robin Thicke Takes On His Critics During 'Paula' Twitter Q&A

    July 01, 2014 10:00 PM EDT Robin Thicke hasn’t been shy about wanting to win back Paula Patton . The singer has been quite public about trying to get back together with the actress, including public pleas in music videos and live performances, since the couple announced their separation in February. And fans wanted…

  15. Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll)

    July 01, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Robin Thicke is relentless. The singer-songwriter has put his public campaign – to get Paula Patton back – into overdrive. Today (July 1), on the same day as the release of his album, "Paula," Thicke debuts the music video for " Still Madly Craz y" on "GMA." The…

  16. G-Eazy, Linkin Park To Perform At MTV Fan Fest, mtvU Fandom Awards During Comic-Con (Exclusive)

    July 01, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Rising rapper G-Eazy, the 25-year-old self-proclaimed “Young Elvis” , will perform at MTV’s mtvU Fandom Awards and MTV Fan Fest during Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 24 from San Diego’s Petco Park. G-Eazy joins a bill that also includes Linkin Park, with highlights to air during…

  17. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM 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. Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events,…

  18. 2014 Hasn't Been Half Bad

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT A look at the biggest chart headlines, from Pharrell Williams, Michael Jackson, Iggy Azalea and more, from the first half of 2014 Fourteen chart headlines from the first half of 2014: Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J) wins the race to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot…

  19. Thursday & Lostprophets Ex-Members Form No Devotion, Premiere Debut Single 'Stay'

    July 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Frontman Geoff Rickly will release the new band's material through his Collect Records label When Lostprophets dissolved last year after their lead singer was convicted of sex crimes , the band's other five members found their careers in limbo. Enter Geoff Rickly -- the former…

  20. Adam Levine Faces Death in Maroon 5's New 'Maps' Video: Watch

    July 01, 2014 9:51 AM EDT The music video from Maroon 5's brand new single "Maps" is here. Adam Levine puts his acting skills to the test in the clip, as he retraces his footsteps in a disastrous night that ends in a hospital emergency room. The video follows a backwards narrative format, beginning with…

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