1. The Sales Domination of 'Frozen,' In One Chart

    July 18, 2014 3:45 PM EDT This year's U.S. music sales would be almost uneventful if not for the "Frozen" soundtrack. Purchases are down across the board -- even digital albums and tracks. Releases by superstars have stumbled . One album has bucked the trends and is doing brisk business, however.…

  2. Tomorrow's Hits: The Griswolds, Meghan Trainor & Chase Bryant

    July 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: alt rockers the Griswolds, pop singer/songwriter Trainor and rising country singer Bryant The Griswolds Australian band the Griswolds,…

  3. Long-Disputed Early Jimi Hendrix Masters to Go to Legacy Recordings

    July 17, 2014 6:08 PM EDT After decades of litigation a deal has finally been struck between Experience Hendrix LLC, the Hendrix family music company which owns and administers the Jimi Hendrix music rights, and Legacy Recordings, the catalog wing of Sony Music Entertainment, in respect of some early Jimi Hendrix…

  4. Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

    July 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles as a live act, tracing their days from the clubs of Liverpool, England, and Hamburg, Germany, to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse…

  5. Bleachers' Jack Antonoff Hosts Fake Call-In Telethon: Watch

    July 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT Bleachers, the new project from fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, released its debut album "Strange Desire" on Tuesday (July 15) through RCA Records, and continued a delightfully zany promo campaign by… putting on a fake call-in telethon! That has already surreptitiously aired on cable…

  6. 'Weird Al' Yankovic On Getting Pharrell's Permission: 'He Could Not Have Been Nicer'

    July 15, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "This is the first time where I've gotten everybody that I wanted, and I couldn't be happier about it," says Yankovic of new album "Mandatory Fun." "Weird Al" Yankovic is pleased to report that he had no issues with the artists whose songs he parodies…

  7. Joe Nichols No. 1 On Country Airplay; Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Hit Top 10, Florida Georgia Line Debuts

    July 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT 'Yeah' is Nichols' fifth leader, McGraw and Hill score their fifth top 10 duet and FGL's 'Dirt' blasts in at No. 16 Joe Nichols nabs his fifth career leader and completes his first set of two straight No. 1s on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay…

  8. Will.i.am Celebrates 'Birthday' No. 1 in U.K., Ed Sheeran's 'X' Retains Albums Crown

    July 14, 2014 5:52 AM EDT will.i.am has landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as headline artist and tenth overall. “It’s My Birthday” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Cody Wise, arrived at the summit yesterday (July 13), as Ed Sheeran began a third week atop the album chart with “X” (Asylum/Warner Music). “It’s My…

  9. Lorin Maazel, World-Renowned Conductor, Dead at 84

    July 13, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Lorin Maazel, a world-renowned conductor whose prodigious career included seven years at the helm of the New York Philharmonic, died Sunday at his home in Virginia. He was 84. Maazel died at Castleton Farms from complications following pneumonia, according to a statement by The Castleton…

  10. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  11. New Kids on the Block After Dark Las Vegas Concert: The Top 10 Moments

    July 11, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Donnie Wahlberg has a mouth like a sailor and an affinity for sparkly sneakers. Joey McIntyre possesses a remarkable sense of balance and loves him a V-neck tee. Jonathan Knight is a pro at weak-kneeing the ladies, his brother Jordan can still give it to you with those dance moves and Danny…

  12. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  13. Future Releases Nicki Minaj Collaboration, 'Rock Star': Listen

    July 09, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Future's collaboration with Nicki Minaj, "Rock Star," was one of the most anticipated songs off Future's latest album, "Honest." The rapper reportedly faced troubles clearing the sample (George Michael's "Carless Whisper"), therefore the song didn&…

  14. George Michael, Arctic Monkeys and Katie Melua Implicated In Tax Avoidance Scheme

    July 09, 2014 6:48 AM EDT A number of high profile music figures, including George Michael and all four members of British band Arctic Monkeys, are among 1,600 people who collectively tried to shelter £1.2 billion ($2 billion) in a tax avoidance scheme, reports The Times .  Investors in the Liberty tax strategy also…

  15. 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 Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, 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 Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  16. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  17. Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night': 'It Was Mad, But It Was Incredible'

    July 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Four guys from Liverpool making a movie -- it was so great," says the Beatles of the 50th anniversary of the film. Fifty years later, and even with a solid IMDB entry to his credit, "A Hard Day's Night" remains a surreal experience for Ringo Starr. "I mean, we…

  18. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  19. Dolly Parton Draws Biggest BBC TV Audience at Glastonbury Festival

    June 30, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Dolly Parton's performance at England's Glastonbury music festival drew the biggest TV ratings for the BBC during the annual event. The TV coverage Sunday night peaked with an audience of 2.6 million, or a share of 13.4 percent of people watching TV in the U.K. at the time, at 6:40…

  20. Disclosure on Songwriting & More: 'We Thought 'Latch' Was Too Weird for the Radio' (Cover Story)

    June 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Not long ago, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence were home in England, mixing demos of original songs filled with love and longing. Then came their top 20 hit, "Latch," with Sam Smith, and a different EDM sound. It has been a couple of years since Disclosure's Howard and Guy…

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