1. Eric Clapton, Shawn Mendes Aiming for Top Five Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 01, 2014 8:00 PM EDT The legendary guitarist is heading for his 14th top 10 album, while YouTube phenom Mendes’ debut is set for a handsome bow. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton is aiming for his 14th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 , as The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale , should debut in the top…

  2. Oregon's Pickathon Points the Way to Music Festivals Going Green

    August 01, 2014 4:45 PM EDT When the stage goes quiet at the close of any summer music festival, there comes a new kind of chorus known to anyone who's tromped back to a campsite alongside 10,000 other weary music lovers: the crunch of a sea of disposed water bottles. From California’s Coachella to New York City’s…

  3. A Tribute to Country Crooner Jim Reeves on the 50th Anniversary of His Death

    August 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Jim Reeves was at the top of his game. He was moving up the charts with his latest RCA Victor single, ‘I Guess I’m Crazy,” and was returning from a business trip to Batesville, Ark., on July 31, 1964. At the controls of his Beechcraft Debonair, he made contact with airport officials, telling…

  4. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Pharrell's 'Bae' Bounds Into Top 40

    August 01, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Williams' follow-up to his 10-week No. 1 'Happy' blasts 60-23 after the release of its video. Plus, moves for Meghan Trainor, Iggy Azalea and more As previously reported, MAGIC! tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week with "Rude" and Sia lights up the top 10 with…

  5. La Roux Lights Up With No. 1 Debut

    August 01, 2014 2:45 PM EDT The now-solo act debuts atop Dance/Electronic Albums with 'Trouble In Paradise.' Plus: chart action for Lil Jon, Clean Bandit and Basement Jaxx, and Dave Aude says that Andy Bell is his "favorite vocalist of all time." La Roux follows her Grammy Award-winning, self-titled…

  6. 'Fashion Rocks' Returns From Five-Year Hiatus Sept. 9, Mazda Unveils Music-Themed Campaign

    August 01, 2014 2:13 PM EDT After a six-year, recession-induced hiatus, “Fashion Rocks” returns Sept. 9, resurrected as New York Fashion Week’s opening act. With a new media partner (Time Inc. replacing Conde Nast), network (CBS) and parent company (creator Richard Beckman and his Three Lions Entertainment, with Ron…

  7. The Juice Podcast: Jeremih Talks 'Late Nights' Album, 'N.O.M.A.' Mixtape & Collabos

    August 01, 2014 1:55 PM EDT Jeremih moves discreetly. Within the four years between his sophomore album All About You and his upcoming album, Late Nights: The Album (due out Sept.  30), the singer-songwriter/producer has been working steadily, releasing his Late Nights with Jeremih mixtape and his collaborative project…

  8. Exclusive: Watch Us the Duo High-Five, Pray, and Take 'Five Minutes to the Stage'

    August 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Myspace series Five Minutes to the Stage captures exactly that: the intimate, rarely recorded time before a musician steps onstage. The media platform has followed artists including Miguel, Courtney Love, Diplo, and Ty Dolla $ign, and their wide varieties of pre-show rituals. Their latest…

  9. 5 Seconds of Summer's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the 'Perfect' Band

    August 01, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Calum Hood, Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings and Ashton Irwin of 5 Seconds of Summer photographed on June 29, 2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Milan by Miller Mobley. Miller Mobley 5 Seconds of Summer couldn't have asked for a more perfect few days. The Australian pop-punk quartet is…

  10. Lollapalooza's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See)

    August 01, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Eminem or the Arctic Monkeys? Calvin Harris or OutKast? Here's our expert advice. If you’re a pro at the music festival game, you know you’ve got to come prepared. Lollapalooza 2014: Wall-to-Wall Coverage from Billboard Once strictly an alt-rock festival, Lolla now offers a refined…

  11. See a Bloodied & Buff Nick Jonas in 'Kingdom' Trailer

    July 31, 2014 8:42 PM EDT MMA drama premieres on DirecTV's Audience Network on Oct. 8. If you've ever hoped for a Disney Channel and UFC crossover, this is the show for you. Kingdom , a mixed martial arts drama coming to DirecTV's Audience Network on Oct. 8, stars middle JoBro Nick Jonas as a jacked-up…

  12. 'American Idol' Alum Constantine Maroulis Returns to 'Rock of Ages'

    July 31, 2014 6:25 PM EDT The season four alum talks about the return to the role he created in the '80s rock musical, making new music and what he has in common with Adam Lambert. It's mid-July, and Constantine Maroulis is getting ready to return to Broadway in one of his most beloved roles -- Drew, the…

  13. Bleachers Sit Comfortably Atop Alternative Songs

    July 31, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the chart with more than one group. Plus, action for Weezer and Crown the Empire. As Bleachers rise 2-1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "I Wanna Get Better," frontman Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the…

  14. 5 Seconds of Summer Soar to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    July 31, 2014 3:44 PM EDT The group takes over at the top, fueled by No. 1 start on the Billboard 200. Also jumping: OneRepublic and Jason Aldean. 5 Seconds of Summer jump 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, dethroning Sam Smith , who slips to No. 2 after two weeks at the top. The list, which launched three weeks…

  15. Jason Aldean Makes Record Vault to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    July 31, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Aldean's 'Burnin' It Down' makes a record 42-1 blast. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Joe Nichols, Kenny Chesney and more. After debuting last week based solely on two days of airplay, Jason Aldean 's "Burnin' It Down" soars 42-1 on Billboard's Hot…

  16. Chronixx Tops Reggae Album Chart Following 'Tonight Show' & Central Park Performances

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Two recent high-profile performances in New York City by Jamaica's most talked about reggae artist, Chronixx, have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay. Chronixx (b. Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence…

  17. Listen to the Exclusive Stream of Country Newcomer Risa Binder's Debut EP

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT New York City might not necessarily seem like a hotbed for country music, but newcomer Risa Binder has found a big appetite for it in the Big Apple. “There are so many country fans in New York that it would surprise you,” the Brooklyn-based singer tells Billboard. “Whenever a major act comes…

  18. 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…

  19. Deadmau5 and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Get Caffeinated in ‘Coffee Run’ Video: Watch

    July 31, 2014 12:00 AM EDT Deadmau5 is doing the rounds in a video of a different sort. The EDM superstar has taken Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford for a thrill ride, some freewheeling banter and serves of super-strength coffee. And it’s all captured on film. The 30-minute video could be mistaken as a screen-test for an Odd…

  20. Wonder Girls' Yenny Returns as Soloist HA:TFELT With Intense 'Ain't Nobody' Video

    July 30, 2014 9:49 PM EDT Under a pseudonym, the K-pop starlet returns to the spotlight with a Sia-like vocal performance with this dubstep-trap hybrid. Without a doubt, Wonder Girls are one of K-pop's most beloved acts, helping spread the scene far beyond South Korea. But since their hiatus early last year ,…

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