1. 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…

  2. Trey Songz Aiming for Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 02, 2014 7:55 PM EDT R&B Singer Trey Songz should easily score his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters suggest the artist's new set, "Trigga" -- which was released on July 1 -- could sell between 90,000 to 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking…

  3. 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,…

  4. Katy Perry 'Witchcraft,' Kendrick Lamar Sampling Spark New Copyright Lawsuits

    July 02, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Katy Perry and Kendrick Lamar are both facing new lawsuits claiming they've misappropriated songs in hit releases. The copyright action targeting Perry in Michigan federal court is the one that's most entertaining. It comes from Christian rapper Flame(bornMarcus Grey) and his…

  5. 'Frozen,' Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Beyonce, Katy Perry also have big showings at 2014's half-way point. With the year half over, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively,…

  6. 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…

  7. Lucy Hale: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Audition Was 'Awkward'

    July 02, 2014 10:56 AM EDT Lucy Hale recently talked to MTV News about auditioning for raunchy novel-turned-movie, “Fifty Shades of Grey," explaining that it was "awkward." “It was unlike any audition I have ever done before in my life,” Hale said. “It was like a two-page monologue of dialogue of…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  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. Alabama Shakes: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:40 AM EDT Take a closer look at Alabama Shakes, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . It took only three years for Alabama Shakes to go from after-school music project to veritable stars. Formed by singer…

  12. Young the Giant: MB Evolution Tour Artist Spotlight

    July 01, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Take a closer look at Young The Giant, one of three artists headlining the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour this summer & fall. See our full MB Evolution Tour hub here . Formed in Irvine, California in 2004, Young the Giant were originally known as the Jakes, a combination of the first letter…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Ice-T's Grandson, 19, Arrested in Accidental Shooting Death

    June 28, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Elyjah Marrow, 19, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his roommate in Georgia Rapper/actor Ice-T's grandson Elyjah Marrow, 19, was arrested in Marietta, Georgia, Tuesday afternoon and charged with involuntary manslaughter, among several other charges, following the…

  17. G-Eazy Heading for No. 3 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    June 27, 2014 10:31 PM EDT Rapper could see his 'These Things Happen' album also hit No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop chart Rapper G-Eazy is on course for a top 10 start on the Billboard 200 with "These Things Happen." Industry sources suggest the set, which was released on June 23, might sell around 45…

  18. Willie Nelson Drops 'Band of Brothers,' His Best Album in Over a Decade (Review)

    June 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT What does an 81-year old country music legend do to keep life interesting for himself? Go back to something he’s good at: writing songs. This is, astonishingly, the first Willie Nelson album to be dominated by self-penned material since the one-two punch of "Spirit" and "Teatro…

  19. 'Smooth' at 15: Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas Reflect on Their Billboard Hot 100 Smash

    June 27, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Back in 1971, guitarist Carlos Santana hit No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with “Black Magic Woman.” It would take him nearly three decades to make the top 10 again, but what a comeback it was. “Smooth,” featuring Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas on vocals, topped the chart for a stunning…

  20. 36 Hours With Steve Aoki: 'I'm Really Bad At Taking Directions'

    June 27, 2014 12:54 PM EDT The life of a superstar DJ isn’t for the faint of heart. Or a normal human being with a functioning immune system. Thirty-six hours with Steve Aoki? Be prepared to forgo the little things. Like sitting, or sleep. Aoki is in such demand that he averages 300 shows a year, and as one of the…

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