1. Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer Added To MTV VMAs Lineup

    July 09, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Usher and Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer are headed to the MTV Video Music Awards. Both will perform at this year's awards ceremony Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, at Inglewood, Calif.'s recently renovated venue The Forum. Usher, a two-time VMA winner, returns after a…

  2. Brett Eldredge Talks Second Straight No. 1 Single 'Beat of the Music'

    July 07, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Brett Eldredge is on an amazing high these days. “Beat Of The Music,” his follow-up to last year’s chart-topping “Don’t Ya,” became his second straight number one recently on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. During a recent interview with Billboard in Nashville, the soulful singer said…

  3. Bassnectar Makes 'Noise' At No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums

    July 03, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Bassnectar bangs out his first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as "Noise vs. Beauty," his eighth charted album, debuts with 13,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bow marks Bassnectar's best sales week in more than two years; "Vava…

  4. G-Eazy, AB-Soul Claim Top Debuts on Rap Albums, Despite Lack of Airplay

    July 03, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Neither G-Eazy or AB-Soul have charted a hit on the Rap Airplay chart, yet their albums debut at Nos. 1 and 2 on Rap Albums. Independently-distributed rapper G-Eazy -- who has yet to notch a hit single on the Rap Airplay chart -- enters the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts at…

  5. Pharrell's 'Happy' Is Radio's Most-Played Song of 2014 (So Far)

    July 03, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Radio never sounded more "Happy" than it did in the first half of 2014.   Pharrell Williams' "Happy" leads Nielsen BDS' mid-year report of the most-played songs in the first half of the year on U.S. terrestrial radio stations. The track, which topped Billboard&…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 3rd Bass Rapper Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

    July 02, 2014 3:45 AM EDT Peter Nash, whose stage name was 'Prime Minister Pete Nice,' pleaded guilty in Albany County Court to failing to pay state income taxes. ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A rapper from the 1990s hip-hop group 3rd Bass has pleaded guilty in Albany County Court to failing to pay state income taxes…

  9. Univision Ratings Scandal: 'Someone Needs to Put These Cheaters In Check'

    June 27, 2014 3:01 PM EDT A Univision radio executive manipulated Nielsen’s ratings devices, upending the lucrative Los Angeles market. The damage control is in full swing, and rivals are circling. The West Coast radio world was rocked in mid-June by revelations that a Univision executive had manipulated the ratings…

  10. 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…

  11. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 On Top Country Albums In 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longest for a living artist, Willie Nelson…

  12. Dozens Hospitalized After Avicii Concert in Boston

    June 26, 2014 1:40 AM EDT An Avicii concert at Boston's TD Gardens ended with multiple people taking trips to the hospital, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Roughly 38 people, many of them teenagers, were hospitalized after using dangerous substances, The Boston Globe reports. The victims were treated for…

  13. Michael Jackson's Top 50 Billboard Hits

    June 25, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On the 5th anniversary of his death, we look back at the music that made Michael Jackson the undisputed King of Pop In a career that spanned almost all 50 years of his life, Michael Jackson became a mainstay on the Billboard charts. It was his dominance on the weekly Billboard Hot…

  14. Nicki Minaj, John Legend & More To Perform At 2014 BET Awards

    June 19, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Tracy Morgan will not be attending the award show following his accident. He's recovering. After killing her performance at Hot 97's Summer Jam on June 1, Nicki Minaj will grace the stage at the 2014 BET Awards. The Juice Podcast 6/13/14: Nicki Minaj's 'The Pink Print,&…

  15. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' No. 1 On Hot 100 For Fourth Week; PSY Debuts In Top 30

    June 18, 2014 1:41 PM EDT The Australian rapper rules again with "Fancy," while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's "Problem." Plus, Korean rap star PSY returns with Snoop Dogg on "Hangover" Iggy Azalea spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with …

  16. Sia Seeks Revenge on Awful Dry Cleaner, Tweets Phone Number

    June 17, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Pop singer-songwriter Sia has a few simple, understandable personal requests: she wants to swing from the chandelier, she wants to live like tomorrow doesn't exist, but perhaps most importantly, she wants a competent dry cleaner. Sadly, Sia did not receive the latter pleasure recently,…

  17. Tracy Morgan Now in Fair Condition After Crash

    June 17, 2014 9:16 AM EDT Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has been upgraded to fair condition following the New Jersey highway crash that badly injured him and killed one of his friends, his spokesman said Monday. "His personality is certainly starting to come back as well," spokesman Lewis Kay said. The 45…

  18. Bonnaroo 2014: Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr Shares Sound of Band’s New Album (Video)

    June 15, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Blackberry Smoke, which made its Bonnaroo debut at this year’s festival, is working on the follow-up to its 2012 album, "The Whippoorwill," the group’s first project for Zac Brown's Southern Ground Artists imprint. Bonnaroo 2014 Full Coverage: Photos, Video & More…

  19. Foo Fighters Agree to Play Crowdfunded, Fan-Requested Richmond Show

    June 14, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Earlier this year, four Foo Fighters fans in Richmond, Virginia, noticed that their favorite band hadn't played in their hometown -- and frontman Dave Grohl's home state -- since 1998. Intent upon changing that, they decided to wage a campaign to bring them back. Foo Fighters…

  20. Bonnaroo 2014: 15 Things You Need In A Festival RV

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Board games, boots and BSB: how the Billboard crew is surviving the 'Roo. Billboard has once again invaded Bonnaroo, and this year, we did it in style. A crew of fearless reporters (and a few of thier trusted friends) drove down from the New York area to Manchester, Tenn. in a 10…

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