1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  2. Remmy Valenzuela Debuts At No. 1 On Top Latin Albums Chart

    July 06, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Remmy Valenzuela claims the No. 1 spot on Top Latin Albums with "De Alumno A Maestro," selling 3,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 23-year-old regional Mexican newcomer also bullets at its No. 6 peak to date on Regional Mexican Songs with "Te Toco…

  3. Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet For Country Rap

    July 05, 2014 2:17 PM EDT "I think rap gets treated like a dirty word," Clear Channel's Clay Hunnicutt says. When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn't find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an…

  4. Would You Take Robin Thicke Back?: 10 Female Music Critics Answer

    July 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT From begging during performances to recording and titling his new album after Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has been trying hard—publicly, at least—to get his estranged wife back. Will the public campaign, including his album, help repair their marriage of nine years? Only time will tell.…

  5. Hi-Five Singer Russell Neal In Custody After Wife Found Dead

    July 04, 2014 3:57 AM EDT Russell Neal, vocalist with 1990s R&B Group Hi-Five, is under police custody following the death of his wife.  According to reports, Neal voluntarily walked into the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas, on the evening of Wednesday July 2 and told police that his wife, identified…

  6. Life Term Upheld for Killer of Guitarist Dave Navarro’s Mother

    July 04, 2014 2:07 AM EDT A state appeals court has upheld the life sentence for a man who killed two Southern California women three decades ago, including the mother of guitarist Dave Navarro. City News Service says the 2nd District Court of Appeal upheld John Riccardi's sentence Thursday. Riccardi was…

  7. Robin Thicke's 'Paula' May Sell 20,000 Copies In Its First Week

    July 03, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Robin Thicke's new album, "Paula," is off to a tepid sales start. Industry forecasters say the R&B singer, who hit a career high a year ago with his No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Blurred Lines," might sell around 20,000 to 25,000 copies of "Paula" by…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Mastodon's 'Sun' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    July 03, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The band scores its first No. 1 on the survey and highest rank on the Billboard 200. Also, chart action for Phish, KONGOS and Imagine Dragons Mastodon notches its first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 6), as "Once More 'Round the Sun"…

  11. Ariana Grande Poll: Is 'Problem' Or 'Break Free' Your Favorite New Single?

    July 03, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Vote now! On Wednesday night, Ariana Grande finally released "Break Free," the second single from her upcoming sophomore album "My Everything" and her debut collaboration with EDM maestro Zedd. "Break Free" has already made an impact on the Billboard Twitter…

  12. Shakira Confirmed to Perform 'La La La' at World Cup Closing Ceremony

    July 03, 2014 1:31 PM EDT Shakira has confirmed she’ll perform “La La La (Brazil 2014)” featuring Brazilian artist Carlinhos Brown at the closing ceremony of the FIFA World Cup. The track, which has been billed as this year’s official World Cup anthem (not to be confused with the official SONG, which is “We Are One,”…

  13. Born in the U.S.A.: The Top 50 Artists by State

    July 03, 2014 12:52 PM EDT From Billy Joel's New York state of mind to the Beach Boys being synonymous with sunny California, each state has given us some amazing music. A clever entry on the website "Thinking Pseudogeographically," entitled "50 States, 50 Television Shows," considered…

  14. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' Turns 20: Darius Rucker Q&A

    July 03, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Reminiscing on a breakthrough Letterman performance, competing with grunge and a big assist from Garth Brooks This weekend (July 5) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Cracked Rear View” – the Atlantic debut from Hootie & The Blowfish. The album changed the lives of…

  15. 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…

  16. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Vault To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 03, 2014 12:05 PM EDT With 'Somethin' Bad,' the stars score the first No. 1 by teamed-up solo women in more than two decades. Plus, Kenny Chesney achieves his 45th top 10 with 'American Kids' Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood put on an impressive display of girl power on Billboard'…

  17. Ariana Grande to 'Break Free' at MTV VMAs

    July 02, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Ariana Grande took over MTV’s New York studio July 2 to announce she will be perform her new single “Break Free” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24. Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande Perform at Billboard Music Awards Grande appeared on a special edition of MTV’s former hit “TRL,” re…

  18. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead SoundScan Mid-Year Country Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:20 PM EDT These are the top selling country albums & digital songs of 2014 so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The mid-year sales stats give Luke Bryan plenty of reason to flash his trademark ivory smile once more -- he's featured on the two most-downloaded country songs thus far in 2014,…

  19. Lorde, Bastille Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Rock Charts

    July 02, 2014 5:55 PM EDT Bastille's breakthrough hit 'Pompeii' perks up mid-year rock sales lists, while Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' is still red-hot. At the mid-year mark, Lorde's "Pure Heroine" album and Bastille's "Pompeii" lead as 2014's top-selling…

  20. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Beyonce's self-titled surprise album is far-and-away the year's biggest selling R&B/hip-hop set. As we reach the half way mark of 2014, we take a moment to glance at the biggest selling R&B/hip-hop albums and digital songs through the sales week that ended June 29. '…

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