1. Drake Talks LeBron James, Plans For ESPYs: 'I'll Be Lint-Free That Night'

    July 11, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Drake woke up shortly before his 1 p.m. PST conference call Friday afternoon to talk his hosting gig at next week's ESPY Awards (airing Wednesday, July 16 on ESPN at 9 p.m. EST), so he was still processing the news of his friend LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland…

  2. 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,…

  3. Kiesza Stuns With 'Hideaway' Performance on 'David Letterman': Watch

    July 11, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Kiesza's single "Hideaway" has been surging on the Dance Club Songs chart , and might get a few more spins after the Canadian dance-pop artist made her network television debut on Thursday night (July 10) with a tremendously entertaining performance of the track on "The…

  4. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    July 11, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Before you hear "Mandatory Fun," listen to the 10 biggest hits so far in the parody master's amazing career. As pop music evolves and artists come and go, one man has endured over the past three decades: the one making fun of everyone else. "Weird Al" Yankovic has…

  5. LeBron James' Cleveland Playlist: 15 Songs For His Homecoming

    July 11, 2014 1:11 PM EDT From Diddy-Dirty Money to Cleveland rocking to the Who announcing "You are forgiven," blast these 15 songs to celebrate LBJ's return. On Friday (July 11), LeBron James shocked the NBA, hoops diehards and even casual basketball fans by announcing that he will return to the…

  6. The Juice Podcast 7/11/14: The-Dream's 'Royalty: The Prequel' EP, Meek Mill & Wale's Beef

    July 11, 2014 1:00 PM EDT For this week's 11th episode of The Juice podcast, I'm joined by Tracy Garraud (Sirius XM's Sway In the Morning, BET), Nile " Low Key " Ivey ( You Heard That New , KWL Management) and this week's co-host, my co-worker Jason Lipshutz (Billboard’s Pop Editor).(I e…

  7. Babyface Working On New Album, Eyeing Valentine's Day Release

    July 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT "It's not necessarily a completely slow album. It's got a groove to it," the R&B legend tells Billboard. Hot off his successful collaboration with Toni Braxton on "Love, Marriage & Divorce," Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is readying his first solo…

  8. Garth Brooks Talks Co-Headlining with Trisha Yearwood & Competing Against Younger Stars

    July 11, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Putting the final touches on his comeback, the country superstar tells Billboard, "I've waited 14 years, and it seems like the last two months are going to be the longest wait of all." And, just like that, Garth Brooks is back: the country icon announced his return to touring…

  9. Indigo Girls To Enter Studio In The Fall

    July 10, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Indigo Girls hope to make "something that's different and pushes us a little bit" when the duo hits the studio this fall to work on a new album, the duo's follow-up to 2011's "Beauty Queen Sister." "We're writing," the group's Amy Ray…

  10. Azealia Banks Leaves Record Label: 'I'm Gonna Have A Fresh Start'

    July 10, 2014 5:07 PM EDT Two and a half years after Azealia Banks signed to Universal Music, the controversial female rapper has departed the label without ever releasing a proper album. Banks gleefully shared news of the split on Thursday afternoon (July 10). "IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…

  11. 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&…

  12. Godsmack's Sully Erna Talks '1000hp,' Unveils Track List: Exclusive

    July 10, 2014 1:21 PM EDT The frontman says that the hard rock group is "stronger now than it's ever been" after some recent turmoil. Godsmack frontman Sully Erna acknowledges that between 2010's chart-topping "Oracle" and the upcoming "1000hp," due out Aug. 5 through…

  13. Pop Shop Podcast: Shawn Mendes Interview, Sia, Trey Songz & More

    July 10, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  14. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length statements.…

  15. BOY/FRIEND, 'I Do That': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 10, 2014 12:30 PM EDT BOY/FRIEND has garnered attention for his seductive songwriting and soundscapes. With two projects under his belt – "Leather Weather" and "Leather Weather Worldwide: The Remixes" – the unsigned R&B artist is prepping his sophomore EP, "Low Key." BOY/FRIEND is…

  16. 10 Best Songs of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Check out the songs that Billboard's staff has been blasting so far this year, from "Good Kisser" to "Problem." With six months past in 2014, it's already extremely difficult trying to cobble together a best-of songs list for the year. Seriously, how can the…

  17. Beyonce, Iggy Azalea Rule Billboard.com's 2014 Mid-Year Music Poll

    July 10, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus & Lady Gaga also score big wins in the annual mid-year poll. Females once again dominated Billboard.com's annual Mid-Year Music Poll, with two very different divas -- Beyonce and Iggy Azalea -- rising to the top after the first six months of the year. Mid…

  18. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  19. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (July 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across our most…

  20. Demi Lovato Backs Same-Sex Marriage for Online Campaign: Watch

    July 10, 2014 12:04 AM EDT Singer Demi Lovato is voicing support for same-sex marriage in a new web video. The former Disney Channel star and judge on Fox's canceled The X Factor is the face of a re-launch of the Human Rights Campaign's Americans for Marriage Equality . HRC promises more celebrity…

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