1. 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…

  2. 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…

  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. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead SoundScan Mid-Year Country Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:20 PM EDT These are the top selling country albums & digital songs of 2014 so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The mid-year sales stats give Luke Bryan plenty of reason to flash his trademark ivory smile once more -- he's featured on the two most-downloaded country songs thus far in 2014,…

  5. 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…

  6. Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'

    July 02, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rises 3-2, Sam Smith takes over atop Digital Songs and Vine star Shawn Mendes debuts Iggy Azalea makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, rewrites the record for the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. With…

  7. Rewinding The Charts: 54 Years Ago, Connie Francis Became 'Somebody'

    July 02, 2014 10:35 AM EDT On this date in 1960, the then-21-year-old Jersey girl scored the first-ever Hot 100 No. 1 by a female artist, just one of her 53 career hits Nearly two years into the Billboard Hot 100's existence, the top of the chart was essentially a boys' club. Starting with Ricky Nelson's…

  8. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. Latin Grammy Academy Honoring Willy Chirino, Los Lobos and Others

    July 01, 2014 7:27 AM EDT Cuban singer/songwriter Willy Chirino, Chicano rock band Los Lobos and Argentinean songstress/actress Valeria Lynch are among the honorees receiving special lifetime achievement awards by the Latin Recording Academy.   The special awards will be given during Latin Grammy week on Nov. 19, a…

  12. 'Rising Star': Josh Groban Talks Hosting, Mentoring and Yelling Backstage

    June 30, 2014 8:14 PM EDT Josh Groban's new gig: juggling. The singer dons a sleek suit and a pair of eyeglasses to host "Rising Star" on Sunday evenings, but also spends the week alongside a grand piano to mentor the weekend's upcoming auditionees. 'Rising Star': Kesha on Not Swearing on…

  13. 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…

  14. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  15. 'Rising Star': Kesha on Not Swearing on Live TV or 'Shitting on People's Dreams'

    June 30, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Ludacris reveals why rappers have less of a chance of success on the ABC show, and Brad Paisley advises upcoming hopefuls to go with a hot Disney track. Of the three "Rising Star" experts, Kesha seems much more constrained in her commentary in comparison to Ludacris and Brad Paisley…

  16. '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…

  17. G-Dragon Announced for KCON 2014, See Full Festival Lineup (Exclusive)

    June 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The singer/rapper joins fellow headliner Girls' Generation along with SPICA, CNBLUE, IU and more in L.A. this summer Billboard can exclusively reveal that K-pop superstar G-Dragon is the latest act performing at KCON, America's premiere K-pop festival featuring concerts,…

  18. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  19. Remembering Quiet Riot’s Kevin Dubrow … on ‘Real Housewives of Orange County?’

    June 29, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Terry Dubrow, brother of the late “Bang Your Head” rocker, keeps his memory alive with the help of reality TV. A recent episode of Bravo’s "Real Housewives of Orange County" featured one real-life househusband bragging not about fancy cars or expensive houses but Billboard chart…

  20. Mariachi USA Festival: Founder Rodri Rodriguez Talks Hollywood Bowl, New Day of the Dead Festival and Being Julio Iglesias’ Boss

    June 29, 2014 8:51 PM EDT Just as Rodri Rodriguez is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the producer is already busy making plans for an new festival themed around Day of the Dead.  The Cuban-born Rodriguez first made her mark in the music business in the mid-1970s when…

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