1. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

  2. Dire Straits Keyboardist Eyes New Music

    July 24, 2014 4:43 PM EDT "We've got an album, definitely," says Alan Clark current member of the Straits. If Alan Clark has his way, there will be more Dire Straits music in the future -- though not necessarily by Dire Straits. Clark, the group's keyboardist from 1980 until its dissolution in 1992…

  3. Robin Thicke Trades Paula for Jaime Pressly in Movie Debut (Watch)

    July 23, 2014 9:17 PM EDT 'Making the Rules' quietly hit DVD in May No, this is not a Funny or Die spoof of a rom-com. This is Robin Thicke wooing Jaime Pressly in a real movie called "Making the Rules," which went straight to DVD and On Demand in May. In the film — shot in 2012, a year before…

  4. Nas Finds His 'Roots' in PBS Series, Discovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

    July 23, 2014 8:39 PM EDT When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "…

  5. Facebook Eyes Record High Stock on Exceptional Second Quarter Earnings

    July 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often. The company's shares climbed nearly 4 percent in extended trading after the results…

  6. Beatport's New President Lloyd Starr on Download Farms, What EDM Even Is (Q&A)

    July 23, 2014 2:48 PM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . You could say Lloyd Starr, 35, was primed to be president of Beatport. As the 10-year-old company's former COO, there was nowhere to go but up. With Matthew Addell's June 24 exit, the door opened…

  7. Baek Z Young Announces Two U.S. Concerts

    July 22, 2014 9:12 PM EDT The Korean "ballad queen" will charm Los Angeles and New York before summer's end As more Korean boy bands and girl groups hold concerts in America, rarely do U.S. fans get to see singers in the ultra-popular ballad genre live. But K-pop's "ballad queen" Baek Z…

  8. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  9. Westboro Baptist Church SoundCloud Full of Terrible Pun Parodies

    July 22, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Enjoy seven hours of musical hellfire and brimstone Can't get enough of the Westboro Baptist Church cover band, which has taken it upon themselves to reimagine Lorde's "Royals," Lady Gaga's "Telephone" ( "Ever Burn" ) and Panic! at the Disco's…

  10. Jack White's Third Man Records Launches Publishing Arm, Third Man Books

    July 22, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jack White's Third Man Records has launched a publishing arm, fittingly (if somewhat unimaginatively) titled Third Man Books. Its first release, "Language Lessons: Volume 1," will be commercially available Aug. 5.  Jack White Covers Jay Z's '99 Problems': Watch…

  11. Beyonce & Jay Z's 'On the Run' Tour Coming to HBO On...

    July 22, 2014 2:57 PM EDT No tickets to "On the Run"? You'll still be able to watch Beyoncé and Jay Z's drunk in love concert extravaganza — and sooner than expected (provided you have HBO).  The premium cable channel announced that Beyoncé and Jay Z's "On the Run" tour will…

  12. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

  13. Reggaeton Star Yandel Signs With CAA (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 11:31 AM EDT Reggaetón star Yandel has signed with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for worldwide representation in all areas, Billboard has learned. The move is the latest in Yandel’s solo career bid, which he officially launched a year ago when he and longtime collaborator Wisin decided to each go solo…

  14. Vulfpeck's Half-Joke 'Silent Album' Made Some Serious Cash

    July 22, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Los Angeles groove band Vulfpeck’s silent album ‘Sleepify’ may have been a mere prank intended to rack up play counts and royalties, or perhaps it was a more sophisticated act of digital performance art. It's definitely been a rocky road -- but either way, the inaudible ten-track…

  15. Rewinding The Charts: In 1995, We Got To 'Know' Alanis Morissette

    July 22, 2014 8:05 AM EDT 'You Oughta Know' rose to No. 1 on Alternative Songs … even if she didn't remember recording her U.S. breakthrough "When I was writing it, it was so subconscious. I wasn't aware of what was coming out of me," 21-year-old Alanis Morissette told Billboard shortly…

  16. Jason Aldean: 'Burn It Down' Tour Review

    July 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean’s “Burn It Down” tour gives the singer a chance to do things in a big way – and he took full advantage of that on Saturday (July 19) night at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a bill that saw a possible trio of nominees for the upcoming CMA Entertainer of…

  17. The Weeknd Charts At No. 1 On Trending 140 With 'King Of The Fall'

    July 21, 2014 1:23 PM EDT This morning (July 21), The Weeknd charts at No. 1 on Billboard's Trending 140 chart with the debut of his new song, "King Of The Fall." "King Of The Fall" stays within The Weeknd's realm of compelling and progressive R&B/soul, with scintillating production.…

  18. Kanye West Will Release New Album 'Most Likely in September'; Readies 'All Day' Single

    July 21, 2014 12:38 PM EDT New music from Kanye West is on the horizon. During his cover story interview with GQ magazine , Kanye West reveals that we can expect his seventh studio album "most likely in September." But, he doesn't seem 100% sure of the release date: "I go back and forth. Like,…

  19. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Hoping to beat Lana Del Rey to the No. 1 spot in first-week sales, Capitol Music Group took significant risk in betting against streaming. A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at…

  20. Maroon 5, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer to Headline iTunes Festival in London

    July 21, 2014 2:30 AM EDT The iTunes festival returns to London this fall with Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris and Chrissie Hynde scheduled to perform at the Roundhouse in Camden. Over 60 acts will be featured at the festival, the eighth to…

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