1. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and counting - of Billboard's hallmark…

  2. Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 55th Anniversary

    July 26, 2014 10:33 AM EDT The Newport Folk Festival has kicked off three days of music to a sold-out crowd. The festival began Friday with a lineup that includes Ryan Adams, Jimmy Cliff and Band of Horses, along with some lesser-known acts including Rhode Island-based Death Vessel. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport…

  3. Baseballer-Turned-Rapper Mike Stud Hits a Home Run With His No. 1 Album 'Closer'

    July 25, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Eight months after launching 300 Entertainment, principals Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz and Kevin Liles are toasting their first No. 1 album:  Closer  by 25-year-old Mike Stud. The college baseball pitcher-turned-rapper surprised chart-watchers when he topped Billboard’s Rap Albums tally in the…

  4. The Unicorns Return: How Arcade Fire Brought The Cult Pop Group Back Together

    July 25, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "The three of us haven't been in the same room in six years," says frontman Nick Thorburn ahead of the arena-set reunion shows. In 2003, Canadian trio the Unicorns issued one of the weirdest, most wildly inventive pop debuts of the 00's -- and promptly broke up before ever…

  5. Nick Jonas Makes Solo Debut with 'Chains' Single

    July 24, 2014 2:37 PM EDT Nick Jonas is ready to move on the next phase of his music career following the disbandment of the Jonas Brothers, and on Thursday (July 24), the youngest JoBro dropped an intriguing preview of his forthcoming solo full-length. Click here to listen to new single "Chains," which…

  6. Chronixx, OK Go & Eli Young Band: Watch Late Night Performances (Video)

    July 23, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Plenty of the musical performances on last night's round of talk shows are worth another look -- beginning with a Jamaican artist making his U.S. television premiere. "The entire island of Jamaica is swelling with pride right now," Jimmy Fallon shouted as Chronixx took the…

  7. Shawn Mendes On Leap From Vine Star To Major Label Target: 'It Was Absolutely Insane'

    July 23, 2014 12:27 AM EDT Six seconds isn't a long time, but Vine superstar Shawn Mendes made the time count when posting cover songs on the social media platform. The teen singer says he would pick the hits he would cover - and the sections of the tracks - and post them on Vine to showcase his talents and grab…

  8. Hozier Gains Following With 'Church'

    July 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Hozier, the Irish singer Ryan Tedder wishes he signed, hits new high notes. 'This dude can outsing anybody,' Tedder marvels Last September, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier posted his first video on YouTube, for the bluesy ballad "Take Me to Church," and it went viral. The…

  9. Weezer's Lead Singles, Ranked Best to Worst: How Does 'Back to the Shack' Stack Up?

    July 21, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Today, Weezer shared the studio version of "Back to the Shack," the lead single from their ninth studio album, "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," due Sept. 30 on Republic. It's the ninth time the often-scrutinized California rockers have dropped a lead single…

  10. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Tinashe Tally First Airplay No. 1s

    July 21, 2014 6:15 PM EDT The acts reign with 'Rude' and '2 On,' respectively. Plus, new No. 1s for Daft Punk, Prince Royce and more 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…

  11. Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel Join Brian Wilson in the Studio

    July 19, 2014 3:27 PM EDT A onetime Beach Boy returns to his girl-group roots for a new album. Since the untimely end to the Beach Boys' last tour after longtime nemesis Mike Love pulled the plug, Brian Wilson is back in the studio working on a new studio album, slated for release in the fall by Capitol Records.…

  12. How Shawn Mendes Is Turning Vine Fame Into a Music Career

    July 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Shawn Mendes — a sweet-voiced, dreamy-faced 15-year-old Canadian singer whose name, at the moment, is inextricably connected with the words "Vine sensation" — sits on a stool in a rehearsal room on Manhattan's West side. Tom Jackson, a long-haired veteran "performance…

  13. Conor Oberst Shares Sentimental 'You Are Your Mother's Child' Video: Watch

    July 18, 2014 4:38 PM EDT With the false rape accusations behind him , renowned songsmith Conor Oberst continues to promote this year's solo full length, "Upside Down Mountain." Today (July 18), Oberst shared a brand new music video, set to the warm, fuzzy acoustic number "You Are Your Mother'…

  14. 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,…

  15. Is Pitchfork Fest Cursed? President Chris Kaskie Talks Lineup Setbacks

    July 18, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Even before Death Grips announced their break up July 2, Pitchfork's ninth annual Music Festival in Chicago had already experienced a few unfortunate setbacks to its lineup. On April 26, Chicago footwork pioneer DJ Rashad passed away from an apparent blood clot, leaving his Hyperdub…

  16. What Brooklyn Girls Really Think of 'Brooklyn Girls'

    July 17, 2014 5:12 PM EDT We asked real-life Brooklyn ladies what they thought of the 'Brooklyn Girls' video Internet infamy officially achieved, Catey Shaw. Yesterday, Catey Shaw's video for her song "Brooklyn Girls," went viral, a mere two days after she posted it on YouTube. The video was…

  17. Jason Mraz Announces '5 Boroughs' Tour of New York

    July 17, 2014 3:05 AM EDT Jason Mraz is in a New York state of mind. The Grammy-winning pop singer announced Wednesday that he will tour the five boroughs of New York in September. Mraz said at a press conference at the Empire State Building that he will kick off the tour Sept. 17 at the Brooklyn Center for the…

  18. Billy Joel’s Mother Dies At 92

    July 16, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Billy Joel's mother, who inspired him to write "Rosalinda's Eyes," has died in New York at age 92. Rosalind Nyman Joel died Sunday on Long Island, said Claire Mercuri, a spokeswoman for the singer and songwriter. The Billboard Cover Story - Billy Joel: A Song About Coming…

  19. Alesso Signs To Def Jam, Debuts 'Tear The Roof Up' Track

    July 15, 2014 4:32 PM EDT Rising EDM superstar DJ Alesso has signed with Def Jam / EMI UK for a recording contract, Billboard has learned. The 23-year-old Swedish DJ-producer also debuted a brand-new track, “Tear The Roof Up,” on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, which was named a “Future Exclusive” by the influential…

  20. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Victorious On Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    July 14, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The pair adds to its multi-format domination with its debut hit, Plus, notable chart action for Bingo Players, the Black Keys, Joe Nichols, Florida Georgia Line and Elvis Crespo Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

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