1. 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…

  2. Billboard + Twitter Realtime Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    July 18, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Kilo Kish, Audio Push and more artists popping up on the Emerging Artists Chart. To celebrate the middle of summer, Billboard has picked the top trending music videos for the July 26 charting week that have appeared on this week's Twitter Emerging Artists Chart . As long as each artist…

  3. 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'…

  4. Does Garth Brooks Still Have Country Superstar Clout?

    July 18, 2014 4:36 PM EDT This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Garth Brooks’ July 10 reveal of a new deal with Sony Music (an album on Pearl/RCA Nashville is due around Black Friday, and will be sold digitally on his own site, sidestepping iTunes) and an upcoming global tour had…

  5. Alexandra Shipp to Play Aaliyah in Lifetime Biopic

    July 18, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Wendy Williams to executive produce. Lifetime is back in business with its Aaliyah biopic. Nickelodeon actress Alexandra Shipp has been tapped to play the R&B singer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Wendy Williams, who has boarded the TV movie as an executive producer, first…

  6. The Sales Domination of 'Frozen,' In One Chart

    July 18, 2014 3:45 PM EDT This year's U.S. music sales would be almost uneventful if not for the "Frozen" soundtrack. Purchases are down across the board -- even digital albums and tracks. Releases by superstars have stumbled . One album has bucked the trends and is doing brisk business, however.…

  7. Jeremih & Shlohmo Release 'No More' EP: Listen

    July 18, 2014 3:41 PM EDT Ever since Shlohmo remixed Jeremih's song "Fuck U All The  Time" in 2013, we've been waiting for a collaborative project from the two. It's finally here: Jeremih released his long-awaited EP "No More," with the L.A.-based producer on his birthday, Thursday …

  8. Lady Antebellum's '747' Album Will Take Off On...

    July 18, 2014 3:39 PM EDT Country trio announce September release date, full track list Lady Antebellum's fifth album is almost ready for takeoff: "747" is due Sept. 30 via Capitol Records Nashville. The set is preceded by fast-rising lead single "Bartender," which bullets to No. 36 on the Hot…

  9. Gregg Allman Biopic Filmmakers Say Crew Member's Death "Was Not a Crime"

    July 18, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The producer-director duo behind the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” have broken their silence following the entering of a not guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing . “In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people…

  10. How Ed Sheeran Topped The Most Confusing Music List Ever

    July 18, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Someone placed Ed at the top of a black and urban music power list, and entered the Trolling Hall of Fame. It's taken us nearly a full week to recover from BBC Radio 1Xtra's Power List, a collection of artist names that has ruffled some feathers and blown some minds since being…

  11. Katy Perry Throws Shade at VMAs After 'Roar' Snub

    July 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT "Roar" has "the eye of the tiger" but zero MTV VMA nominations Katy Perry nabbed two MTV VMA nominations this year, but surprisingly, the awards show showed no love for her massive hit "Roar." Shortly after the VMA nominees were revealed, the "Prism"…

  12. Punk's Quiet Visionary: Debbie Harry, Tommy Stinson, Danny Fields and More on Tommy Ramone

    July 18, 2014 3:11 PM EDT In 1974, Thomas Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone. The last surviving original member of the band is remembered as the odd man out who helped shaped the sound and look of punk rock's founding fathers. This feature first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . DANNY FIELDS…

  13. Judas Priest Debut At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    July 18, 2014 2:23 PM EDT The rock icons concurrently notch their first top 10 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action for the Dirty Heads, alt-J, Counting Crows and Paul McCartney After 40 years and 17 studio albums, Judas Priest score their highest-charting set. "Redeemer of Souls" marks the British heavy…

  14. The Juice Podcast 7/18/14: Drake Hosts ESPYs & His Top 25 Moments In Sports; ItsTheReal Co-Host

    July 18, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Drake killed it as the host at this year's ESPY Awards, which took place on Wednesday (July 16). ESPYs Host Drake Lights Up Global Twitter Streams, Causes More than 11 Million Tweets Some of the show's highlights include Chris Brown joining Drake and Blake Griffin in one of the…

  15. ESPYs Host Drake Lights Up Global Twitter Streams Causing More Than 1.1 Million Tweets

    July 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT On Wednesday (July 16), the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards (or ESPYs) on ESPN lit up Twitter feeds around the globe, with more than 1.1 million tweets sent during the show. The show was hosted by Drake – Toronto Raptors global ambassador and recording artist – whose parody…

  16. First Look at Neil Patrick Harris' Replacement in 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch'

    July 18, 2014 1:31 PM EDT Andrew Rannells from 'The Book of Mormon' takes over the role this fall Break out your most sparkly eyeliner -- the first look at Andrew Rannells in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is here. The poster, featuring Rannells in glam, messy makeup, gives fans the first image of…

  17. Nelson Mandela: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

    July 18, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela's legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals…

  18. How Robin Thicke Went From Hero to Zero -- and How He Could Rebound

    July 18, 2014 12:33 PM EDT Remember summer 2013, when Robin Thicke, 37, was riding high with “Blurred Lines,” the longest-charting No. 1 of the season? Its accompanying album became his first Billboard 200 No. 1, with sales of 177,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. What a difference a year…

  19. Britney Spears, PARTYNEXTDOOR & Naughty Boy: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 7

    July 18, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy…

  20. Death Grips Post-Mortem: Better to Slash-and-Burn Out Than Fade Away

    July 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT When noise collective Death Grips, anchored by drummer Zach Hill and vocalist MC Ride but with an always rotating roster, called it quits — announcing the news on July 2 with a note handwritten on a napkin — it was only the latest in a string of shocking (some might say self-sabotaging) moves…

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