1. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  2. 'No Cameras Allowed' Filmmaker Talks Music Festival Break-Ins, Branding

    July 29, 2014 12:52 PM EDT James Marcus Haney snuck into everything from Glastonbury to the Grammys. James Marcus Haney is a USC dropout who has snuck into nearly 50 music festivals over the past four years by hitching rides via Craiglist, recreating tech-equipped wristbands and walking in through press entrances while…

  3. Are 'Body Positive' Music Videos All That Positive? (Opinion)

    July 28, 2014 3:08 PM EDT Colbie Caillat, John Legend & Meghan Trainor point out the focus on women's appearance...by focusing on women's appearance. In two recently released music videos -- Colbie Caillat 's "Try" and John Legend 's "You & I" -- women of diverse ages,…

  4. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  5. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Avicii, Dillon Francis, Kygo & More

    July 26, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Tomorrowland kicked off its second weekend honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary on Friday (July 25). Boasting one of the deepest talent pools and arguably the most impressive production value that dance music has to offer, Tomorrowland is an immersive and at times overwhelming experience…

  6. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  7. Tiny Cameras Lead to Big Chart Gains for Andrea Bocelli and Rammstein

    July 11, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Viral GoPro fireworks video sends "Time to Say Goodbye" back onto chart, while Russian dashboard cam wedding proposal video pumps gain for Rammstein. Tiny cameras are making a big impact on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart this week, as two songs earn high debuts thanks to two…

  8. Chase Rice Talks 'Ready Set Roll': 'I Finally Got a Plaque to Hang on the Wall’

    July 11, 2014 3:10 PM EDT No pun intended, but Chase Rice is on quite the “Roll” these days. The singer recently celebrated the fact that his “Ready Set Roll” single has been certified gold. While not the first plaque Rice has received (he was one of the co-writers of Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”), having his own…

  9. Dave Grohl On New Foo Fighters Album: 'It's All About Reinventing The Process'

    July 11, 2014 12:22 AM EDT Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl brought a rock n' roll sensibility to the usually buttoned-down atmosphere of the summer TV critics' tour. His enthusiasm for his new HBO project "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" was evident with F-bombs sprinkled throughout his description…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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