1. Godsmack's Sully Erna Talks '1000hp,' Unveils Track List: Exclusive

    July 10, 2014 1:21 PM EDT The frontman says that the hard rock group is "stronger now than it's ever been" after some recent turmoil. Godsmack frontman Sully Erna acknowledges that between 2010's chart-topping "Oracle" and the upcoming "1000hp," due out Aug. 5 through…

  2. Green Day's Mike Dirnt to Produce Indie Film 'Crickets'

    July 09, 2014 11:29 PM EDT Mike Dirnt is best known as the bassist of popular punk rock group Green Day, but now he's stepping into a new role: movie producer. Dirnt, along with Green Day's longtime manager Pat Magnarella, will produce Crickets from a script by Alfredo Botello. The story, by Botello and Jack…

  3. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Association International have announced the inductees into the NSAI Hall of Fame, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and…

  4. The Beef: Meek Mill Blasts Wale On Twitter, Wale Responds

    July 08, 2014 3:13 PM EDT There seems to be tension in the Maybach Music Group camp. Meek Mill took to Twitter today (July 8) to throw shots at Wale for not supporting him by promoting his upcoming album, "Dreams Worth More Than Money." "Wale just ain't gone tweet a thing about my album…. He'…

  5. 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…

  6. '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…

  7. Wiz Khalifa To Release 'Blacc Hollywood' On August 19

    June 30, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has finally announced the release date for his album, "Blacc Hollywood."  The rapper will unleash his third major label studio album on August 19. Wiz also unveiled the album cover for "Blacc Hollywood," which features him shirtless and letting out a puff of…

  8. Lifetime Faces Skeptical Fans, Angry Family For Aaliyah, Whitney Houston Biopics

    June 27, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Lifetime is hoping fans of the late Aaliyah and Whitney Houston will deliver ratings gold when the network airs biopics about the singers’ lives and tragic deaths in the coming year. Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, 17, best known for her work on the hit Disney show "Shake It Up"…

  9. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

  10. Why Is 'We Are One' A Flop?

    June 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT There’s been a lot of spirited debate on the merits (or not) of “ We Are One (Ole Ola),” the official FIFA World Cup Song , performed by Pitbull with guests Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian Claudia Leitte. Reviews of the track run the gamut, with some calling it spirited, festive and…

  11. Iggy Azalea Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week, Maroon 5 Debuts In Top 20

    June 25, 2014 2:51 PM EDT The Australian rapper reigns again with 'Fancy,' while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Digital Songs and Maroon 5 debuts. Iggy Azalea notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100…

  12. Dave Chappelle & Nas Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 24, 2014 5:10 PM EDT Dave Chappelle's hiatus has been evidently too long. So, him currently taking on a week-long stint at New York City's Radio City Music Hall — as a headliner for a series of stand-up sets and as an opener for a host of top-tier musicians — is a huge deal. Last night (June 24), the…

  13. Firefly 2014: Foo Fighters Cover Rolling Stones, Queen, Van Halen & More During Hit-Filled Set (Review)

    June 21, 2014 2:10 PM EDT At the start of the Foo Fighters headlining show on the Firefly Music Festival’s main stage, Dave Grohl promised the crowd that the band would play “until they tell us to shut the fuck up,” — and he kept his promise. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the…

  14. Electric Daisy Carnival Preview: Organizer Says 2014 Will Be 'One For The Record Books'

    June 20, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella discusses what makes EDC unique, how they will minimize drug use and the progress of a dance awards show. Since making its Sin City debut in 2011, Insomniac's flagship Electric Daisy Carnival festival in Las Vegas has become a musical holiday that many…

  15. Carnegie Hall Concert Honors Black History

    June 19, 2014 11:39 AM EDT In a rehearsal room near Times Square this week, some two dozen men with Broadway-honed voices huddled to strategize. They were practicing choral work ahead of a landmark concert Monday at the mighty Carnegie Hall, and creator-producer Chapman Roberts knew what those voices will be facing. …

  16. Top 10 Songs From World Cup Spots (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 5:59 AM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by McKinsey, with FIFA set take in $1.4 billion from…

  17. Ted Nugent Premieres 'Never Stop Believing' Song, Preps Next Album 'Everything': Exclusive (Listen)

    June 16, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Ted Nugent loud 'n' proud about a new album? Now THERE'S a surprise. But the Motor City Madman is even prouder (if that's possible) that there's more where next month's "ShutUp&Jam!," his first new album in seven years. But first, Billboard has…

  18. 25 Great Gay Moments In Music

    June 10, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is today's defining civil rights issue, but the music world has always played a significant role in LGBT progress. With Pride Month here, Billboard reflects on 25 musical moments that have been pivotal in advancing LGBT…

  19. CODE First Play: Justin Jay, 'Instincts'

    June 09, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Roundly considered one of dirtybird’s brightest talents, 21-year-old Justin Jay has readied his first original EP on the San Francisco label since last year’s breakout “Static.” Claude VonStroke & the Dirtybird Crew Talk New Members, Partying in Miami: Watch The release’s title track, …

  20. 'Top Model' Yaya DaCosta to Play Whitney Houston in Lifetime Biopic (Report)

    June 07, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Two years after her death, Whitney Houston's got yet another face: this time, according to a report, it's going to be "America's Next Top Model" alumnus Yaya DaCosta playing the late superstar in a previously announced  Lifetime biopic. Whitney Houston's 20…

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