1. 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…

  2. Michael Brun On Helping His Homeland & Kid Coconut Label: Exclusive

    July 10, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Michael Brun doesn’t speak like a typical 21-year-old. There’s maturity in the Haitian artist’s voice that belies his years, perhaps drawn from an adolescence spent surrounded by his Caribbean country's endemic poverty. Though Brun grew up on the green side of Port Au Prince’s deep…

  3. 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…

  4. Yelle Announces New Dr. Luke-Produced LP 'Completement Fou,' Shares New Song & Tour Dates

    July 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The LP drops Sept. 30 via Luke's Kemosabe imprint Just about any pop act in America would be dying to work with Lukasz Gottwald -- aka Dr. Luke -- the producer behind some of the biggest hits from Katy Perry, Kesha and others. But when Dr. Luke reached out to the French synthpop trio…

  5. Jerrod Niemann Talks Pitbull Collaboration & New Single 'Buzz Back Girl'

    July 08, 2014 5:25 PM EDT There was definitely something familiar to Jerrod Niemann about the demo of what has become his latest single, “Buzz Back Girl,” as he tells The 615. “Lee Brice was one of the writers on it, and it was pretty funny. I saw the title, heard the intro, and thought it was cool. Then, on the first…

  6. 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,…

  7. Chart Highlights: Usher Lands Lucky 13th No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

    July 07, 2014 5:35 PM EDT The crooner ties Drake for the most leaders in the list's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Shakira, Seether and Jake Owen, while Justin Moore countrifies Motley Crue ... with Vince Neil Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  8. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Beyonce Scores First Solo No. 1

    July 07, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2003, Beyonce landed her first of five solo Hot 100 leaders with 'Crazy in Love.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for Prince, Starland Vocal Band and Duran Duran Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  9. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  10. Robin Thicke Hires Cute Kids to Woo in 'Still Madly Crazy' Video (Watch)

    July 05, 2014 4:57 PM EDT As everyone who's ever seen "The Little Rascals" knows, there are few success strategies more surefire than getting your message across via a bunch of children dressing and talk like adults. And, as he's shown over the past few weeks, Robin Thicke will stop at no cliché in…

  11. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  12. Would You Take Robin Thicke Back?: 10 Female Music Critics Answer

    July 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT From begging during performances to recording and titling his new album after Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has been trying hard—publicly, at least—to get his estranged wife back. Will the public campaign, including his album, help repair their marriage of nine years? Only time will tell.…

  13. 'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour

    July 04, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Is Caleb Johnson the Jack White of “American Idol”? The season 13 winner will release his new album, “Testify,” on Aug. 12, marking the fastest turnaround in “Idol” history (the album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes ). “It’s been crazy,” says Johnson of shuttling back-and-forth…

  14. 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…

  15. 'Bangerz' Creative Director Previews Miley Cyrus TV Special: 'Intense and Wild'

    July 02, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Miley Cyrus is bringing her headline-grabbing "Bangerz" tour to a living room near you this Fourth of July weekend . The "We Can't Stop" singer kicked off the trek back in February, and with nearly every stop, she's managed to raise eyebrows with her onstage…

  16. 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…

  17. The Band Perry, Wynonna Judd Lift Williams Syndrome Campers' Lives at Country Music Camp

    June 30, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Last week was a special one for 30 campers from across the country, who descended upon Nashville for the Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives Music Camp. Held June 23-27, the five-day event provided music enrichment through performance and education for campers who have been diagnosed with…

  18. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  19. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  20. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles at Staples Center In L.A.

    June 28, 2014 3:02 PM EDT The pair kick off BET Experience at L.A. Live’s three-night concert series “Are you feeling delicious tonight?” A resounding chorus of female screams gave Maxwell the unequivocal answer to his question Friday night (June 27) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  It was the ninth stop on the suave…

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