1. Lady Gaga and Katy Perry Singles Could 'Roar' Toward Digital Chart History

    August 12, 2013 8:24 PM EDT Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Katy Perry's "Roar" should each make big starts on the Billboard Digital Songs chart next week -- perhaps marking the first week with two 400,000+ download debuts. This week could be a historic one for digital song sales. New singles…

  2. Asking Alexandria & Tye Tribbett Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 10, 2013 10:00 AM EDT As previously reported, folk/rock duo the Civil Wars seem to be set for their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart week with their new self-titled release. Industry sources suggest the album might bow with 105,000 copies sold, through the week ending Sunday, Aug. 11. Behind the…

  3. Usher Keeps Primary Custody of Sons in Emotional Court Date

    August 09, 2013 10:07 PM EDT A judge ruled that Usher will maintain custody after the near-drowning of 5-year-old Usher Raymond V. Usher will maintain primary custody of his two sons after an emotional day in court. Ex-wife Tameka Foster filed an emergency request for primary custody after an incident on Monday that…

  4. A 'Heaven'-ly Return on the Billboard 200 Chart

    August 09, 2013 8:39 PM EDT Five Finger Death Punch's new album is the highest-charting effort in decades with "Heaven" in the title. "Heaven" is high atop the pop albums chart for the first time since 1960. The word heaven, that is. This week, "The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous…

  5. Icona Pop's 'I Love It' Gets a Cookie Monster Spoof

    August 08, 2013 9:33 PM EDT The "Sesame Street" Muppet has redone the breakthrough hit as an ode to self-control. Cookie Monster is learning a little self-control when it comes to his favorite snack food. The folks at "Sesame Street" have just released a video in which the Muppet spoofs Icona Pop&…

  6. Neil Young and Crazy Horse Cancel European Tour Dates

    August 08, 2013 8:26 PM EDT The band has cancelled its remaining seven dates due to an "accident," Young and Crazy Horse have announced. Neil Young and Crazy Horse have canceled their remaining European tour dates, the group announced on Young's website on Thursday. "Due to an accident involving…

  7. Avril Lavigne Reveals New Album Title, Cover Art

    August 08, 2013 7:37 PM EDT The "Here's to Never Growing Up" singer is front-and-center on the cover of "Avril Lavigne." Avril Lavigne's new album will be called "Avril Lavigne," the singer announced via Instagram on Thursday. The "Here's to Never Growing Up"…

  8. Leaked Lady Gaga Track Hints at 'Artpop,' Draws Criticism

    August 07, 2013 9:35 PM EDT A song known as "Aura" or "Burqa" has hit the web days before Lady Gaga's Aug. 19 release of single "Applause." A formal version of Lady Gaga's highly anticipated album ARTPOP is far from being released, but that hasn't stopped some "little…

  9. The Civil Wars Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    August 07, 2013 8:19 PM EDT The group, on a touring hiatus after "internal discord," looks to earn their first No. 1 with their sophomore set. Folk-rock duo the Civil Wars are heading for their first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest the act's self-titled…

  10. Bill Ward Too 'Overweight' For Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne Says

    August 06, 2013 11:24 PM EDT "A drummer has to be in shape," the Black Sabbath frontman says of his former drummer. According to Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward's health was one reason Black Sabbath didn't bring the drummer back for the group's reunion album and tour. "I don’t think he could have…

  11. Journey Talks Singer Arnel Pineda's Impact, September-Due PBS Doc

    August 06, 2013 10:48 PM EDT "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey," the story of the band's search for a new frontman, will air on the network on Sept. 30. The resurgence of Journey through the band's discovery of a new lead singer via the Internet gets a close-up look on a new…

  12. Ivete Sangalo: The Billboard Q&A

    August 06, 2013 10:26 PM EDT The Brazilian superstar talks to Billboard about her U.S. tour, Brazil's protest movement, and why she won’t do a World Cup song. Brazilian superstar Ivete Sangalo is a down-home diva. She includes her manicurist in conversation and humors her four-year-old son’s pleas to…

  13. Bad Things Talk Touring, Shaun White's Olympic Future

    August 05, 2013 10:28 PM EDT Watch Olympic athlete Shaun White explain how he picked up a guitar and formed rock act Bad Things. With Shaun White, everything leads back to snowboarding -- even a last-minute headlining set at Lollapalooza, which his band Bad Things performed this weekend. "I won a guitar at a…

  14. Rihanna Scores 20th No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Chart; Second-Most No. 1s Ever

    August 05, 2013 9:41 PM EDT Passing Janet Jackson, Rihanna now trails only Madonna for the all-time chart record. Rihanna's latest No. 1 smash on Dance/Club Play Songs, "Right Now," is a special one. It marks her 20th No. 1 on the chart, putting her alone in second place for the most No. 1s in the…

  15. Chart Highlights: Luke Bryan Scores His Highest Debut Ever on Country Airplay Chart

    August 05, 2013 8:43 PM EDT Bryan's "That's My Kind of Night" bows at No. 21 as Romeo Santos scores a big bow on the Latin Airplay chart. Luke Bryan scores his highest debut ever on Country Airplay, as 'That's My Kind of Night' bows at No. 21. Over on the Latin Airplay chart, Romeo…

  16. Five Finger Death Punch, Backstreet Boys Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 03, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Robin Thicke will land his first No. 1 as Five Finger Death Punch marks its best chart week yet. According to industry sources, Robin Thicke is seemingly a lock to earn his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. His latest set, "Blurred Lines," was released on…

  17. Los Bunkers, Babasonicos, Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas, Chico Trujillo: South American Winter Heats Up with New Music

    August 02, 2013 9:16 PM EDT Hear and see new music from Babasonicos' "La Lanza" to Chico Trujillo's new album. It’s winter in the Southern cone, and, musically, it’s getting pretty hot down there. The season has brought new songs and long-awaited albums from some of the region’s most popular…

  18. Taylor Swift's Childhood Home in Pa. on Market

    August 02, 2013 9:02 PM EDT Swift's parents rented the home prior to moving to Nashville for the then-teen star to begin her career. Taylor Swift's childhood home in Pennsylvania is on the market, but fans looking to "Begin Again" in Pennsylvania may be too late. Century 21 Gold agent Lisa Tiger…

  19. Jack White Denies Threatening Estranged Wife

    August 02, 2013 8:26 PM EDT White "does not want to be portrayed as something he is not," his lawyer writes. Jack White denies making any threats against his estranged wife in a court filing Friday that responds to her request for a temporary restraining order. British singer and model Karen Elson was…

  20. Larry Hernandez for 'Presidente?'

    August 02, 2013 8:17 PM EDT Regional Mexican star takes the White House in funny new video. Inaugurated to the tune of a mariachi band and guarded by Secret Service men in cowboy hats, corrido singer Larry Hernandez plays the Spanish-speaking “El Presidente” of the United States in a new video produced by Mun2,…

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