1. 15 Surprising Artists Without a No. 1 Album

    August 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT What do David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and Kiss have in common? They've all failed to crack the top spot on the Billboard 200. In light of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ achievement of earning its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 -- after a nearly 37-year wait -- what other…

  2. Rick Springfield Nixes Australia Tour To Make Movie

    August 10, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Rick Springfield’s long-awaited homecoming tour of Australia has been canceled because of his acting commitments.  Springfield, the artist behind such hits as "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart," was originally due to…

  3. Outside Lands 2014 Friday Highlights: Kanye West, Disclosure, Kacey Musgraves and More

    August 09, 2014 10:40 AM EDT There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don’t worry,…

  4. Billy Gilman Grows Up: From 'One Voice' to 'Say You Will'

    August 08, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Billy Gilman is back. The former child country star -- best known for 2000's tender "One Voice" -- has just released a brand new single, "Say You Will." It's the first solo single from Gilman in over five years, though he did spearhead the 2012 charity release …

  5. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rides Country Wave to Top of the Publishing Heap

    August 08, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Round Hill and King of Crunk both break into the top 10 and Pharrell Williams hits No. 1 as Billboard's second-quarter rankings reveal a twang-fueled momentum. Sony/ATV encores as king of the hill among U.S. publishers in the second quarter, with a 32.2 percent slice of the top 100 radio…

  6. Exclusive: Hear Dr. John's 'Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen' ft. Ledisi & The McCrary Sisters

    August 08, 2014 11:32 AM EDT Need some new music to kick off your weekend mix? Billboard has an exclusive listen to Dr. John's latest, a cover of "Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen" feat. Ledisi & The McCrary Sisters, off his upcoming album Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch . "Everybody rose to…

  7. Soul Legend Sam Moore Takes on Bluegrass With New Song 'Jesus & Jones'

    August 06, 2014 11:58 PM EDT During the years between 1965 and 1968, the R&B duo known as Sam & Dave embarked on what turned out to be a magical period. Seven of their Stax singles found a home in the top 10 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart at the time, including the classics “Hold On, I’m Comin',” …

  8. Rick Springfield Joins Meryl Streep's Band in 'Ricki and the Flash'

    August 06, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Meryl Steep will have a musician with more than four decades of experience appearing by her side in her upcoming film, Ricki and the Flash. Rick Springfield , the musician behind hits like "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart,…

  9. Al Jarreau Salutes George Duke on New Star-Packed Album

    August 05, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The late musician’s influential legacy is saluted on 'My Old Friend,' featuring guests Lalah Hathaway, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Albright and more. It’s a year to the day (Aug. 5) since the untimely death of revered Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke .…

  10. Watch Chris Pratt's Perfect Performance of Eminem's 'Forgot About Dre' Rap

    August 05, 2014 9:50 AM EDT Please welcome a guardian of great ideas He's a TV star, a movie star, and now, apparently, a rap star -- is there anything Chris Pratt can't do? The actor stopped by DJ Whoo Kid's  The Whoolywood Shuffle  radio show this week to talk up  Guardians of the Galaxy,  but he…

  11. Brad Paisley Dedicates Song To Doctor Infected with Ebola

    August 04, 2014 6:22 AM EDT Brad Paisley was so "moved" by the selfless actions of a doctor infected with the Ebola virus, he's dedicated a song to him. The country artist has tweeted to his followers to pray for Dr. Kent Brantly, who he described as “one of those brave souls who risks his life to save…

  12. Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes: Lollapalooza Security Guards Assaulted Me

    August 01, 2014 11:32 PM EDT Singer-producer claims he was "jumped by three security guards" following his festival performance. Update :  Lollapalooza has released the following statement regarding Friday night's incident: "Late Friday night, we learned of an incident involving an artist and a…

  13. Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Deceased Slipknot Bassist's Doctor

    August 01, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Three months after Dr. Daniel Baldi was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, an Iowa judge has dismissed another lawsuit filed against Baldi by Gray's widow, according to the Des Moines Register . Brenna Gray filed suit against Baldi in…

  14. 33 Dead After Guinea Rap Concert Stampede

    July 31, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Hundreds of people leaving a late-night rap concert on a beach in Guinea rushed to leave through a single exit, creating a stampede that killed at least 33 people, officials said Wednesday. The victims included children as young as 10, and most bodies brought to an overflowing morgue in the…

  15. Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs

    July 31, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round of layoffs is taking place at Beats, saying there have been no layoffs (save for about five performance-based terminations) at the recently acquired company and that all employees…

  16. Reports of Significant Layoffs at Beats Following Apple Acquisition

    July 31, 2014 10:03 AM EDT This is a developing story -- Billboard will update as more information becomes available. The merging of Beats into Apple following the latter's $3 billion acquisition of the former has arrived at a difficult stage, as a rumored 200 employees are to be let go from Beats due to…

  17. These Sci-Fi Headphones Don't Need a Phone, Know What You Want to Hear

    July 30, 2014 1:58 PM EDT They use cellular or wi-fi, they know what you're nodding at, and they're aiming at Beats. Carl Thomas came up with the idea for web-connected "smart headphones" after a couple of unfortunate workouts at the gym. "I was constantly getting tangled in the wires, so I…

  18. N.W.A Biopic Casts MC Ren & DJ Yella Roles

    July 29, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. round out the 'Straight Outta Compton' cast. Universal's N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is rounding out the cast, adding Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. They'll join O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason…

  19. Common & No I.D. Talk 'Resurrection' Anniversary & Making of 'Nobody's Smiling': Exclusive Q&A

    July 29, 2014 1:40 PM EDT It's been twenty years since Common 's sophomore LP, Resurrection , shook up the rap industry and gave hip-hop fans the classic ode "I Used to Love H.E.R." The rapper/actor hasn't slowed down since. Last week, via producer and Def Jam Executive Vice President No I.D.&…

  20. Apple's Beats Deal OK'd By European Union

    July 29, 2014 10:42 AM EDT The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services. More Beats/Apple Bose Accuses Beats of Patent Infringement Apple Reports Mixed Sales, But Doesn’t Signal Beats’ Future…

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