1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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&…

  6. 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&…

  7. Beck Announces 'Song Reader' Album with Jack White, Jack Black & More

    July 09, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Beck's quirky sheet music project is about to come to life Back in 2012, Beck released a little experiment "album" that existed solely in the form of sheet music. Now, two years later, "Song Reader" is getting a proper release, with an impressive, genre-hopping cast…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. Josh Groban Jams with 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Musical Sidekick Reggie Watts: Exclusive (Watch)

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reggie Watts, the comedian and musician who plays sidekick to Scott Aukerman on IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” took a rare step away from the keyboards to let Josh Groban display a rarely seen skill. Groban’s not only a sharp pianist, his style has nothing in common with the music he sings.   …

  12. Gregg Allman Biopic Director Indicted For Fatal Crash

    July 04, 2014 7:39 AM EDT Randall Miller, the director of troubled Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider,” and two of the film’s producers have been indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges following a fatal train crash on the film’s Georgia set, which led to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Seven other…

  13. Taylor Swift's Red Wraps as All-Time Country Tour

    July 03, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift has smashed the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist with the final stats reported from her Red tour that played arenas and stadiums in four continents during a 15-month span.  According to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, the tour’s overall gross of $150…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. The Who's Roger Daltrey: 'We're Lucky To Be Alive & Still Touring'

    July 01, 2014 2:14 PM EDT The legendary frontman discusses the just-announced dates for this fall's The Who Hits 50 tour. The Who will begin its 50th anniversary -- and perhaps final -- tour later this year on home turf. The group announced on Monday (June 30) that The Who Hits 50 trek will begin Nov. 26 at the…

  17. Meet Indiana, Your New Favorite Pop Artist

    July 01, 2014 1:41 PM EDT With the scorching single "Solo Dancing" already an overseas hit, the U.K. singer-songwriter is ready to break big. Indiana's "Solo Dancing" is a song about constant movement that eliminates heat from the physical equation. Ostensibly, it is a song about joyously…

  18. 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…

  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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