1. 'Rising Star': What to Expect During the Duels

    July 12, 2014 8:30 AM EDT After downloading the app, repeatedly checking in and casting real-time votes, America raised the Wall for 20 singers on “Rising Star.” 'Rising Star': The Billboard Cover Shoot Next up on the ABC singing show? The "duels," but don't be mistaken: the upcoming round isn…

  2. 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…

  3. Zero 7, 'Simple Science': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 10, 2014 11:28 AM EDT Listen to the title track from the U.K. group's upcoming EP. British electrip-hop duo Zero 7 are coming back with a four-song EP, "Simple Science," due Aug. 18 via Make Records. The announcement of their first outing since 2010's "Record" also happens to coincide…

  4. Taylor Swift Shares Optimistic View of the Music Industry In Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

    July 07, 2014 8:53 PM EDT Taylor Swift believes there’s still hope for the music industry. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard's 2014 Money Makers In fact, she’s “one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it's just coming alive,” the superstar wrote…

  5. Alt-J Releases 'Left Hand Free' Single: Listen

    July 07, 2014 11:44 AM EDT The second track, and first single, released from Alt-J's sophomore album "This Is All Yours" is called "Left Hand Free," and unlike the previously issued "Hunger Of The Pine," the song does not feature a Miley Cyrus sample . If you can survive that bit of…

  6. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  7. Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'

    July 02, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rises 3-2, Sam Smith takes over atop Digital Songs and Vine star Shawn Mendes debuts Iggy Azalea makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, rewrites the record for the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. With…

  8. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles at Staples Center In L.A.

    June 28, 2014 3:02 PM EDT The pair kick off BET Experience at L.A. Live’s three-night concert series “Are you feeling delicious tonight?” A resounding chorus of female screams gave Maxwell the unequivocal answer to his question Friday night (June 27) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  It was the ninth stop on the suave…

  9. 36 Hours With Steve Aoki: 'I'm Really Bad At Taking Directions'

    June 27, 2014 12:54 PM EDT The life of a superstar DJ isn’t for the faint of heart. Or a normal human being with a functioning immune system. Thirty-six hours with Steve Aoki? Be prepared to forgo the little things. Like sitting, or sleep. Aoki is in such demand that he averages 300 shows a year, and as one of the…

  10. Cody Simpson, MKTO Play Acoustic Set Sponsored By Hollister (Watch)

    June 20, 2014 3:40 PM EDT Cody Simpson recently stopped by the Hollister House in Santa Monica to meet some fans, soak up a lil' beachside sun and perform a stripped down gig for an excited audience packed in the swimming pool. Following openers MKTO, Simpson's set included old hits including "…

  11. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' No. 1 On Hot 100 For Fourth Week; PSY Debuts In Top 30

    June 18, 2014 1:41 PM EDT The Australian rapper rules again with "Fancy," while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's "Problem." Plus, Korean rap star PSY returns with Snoop Dogg on "Hangover" Iggy Azalea spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with …

  12. Bonnaroo 2014's Five Least Attended Acts: Which Ones Were Worth Watching?

    June 16, 2014 11:35 AM EDT We saw the five artists that were the least "checked-in" on the Bonnaroo app. Check our notes on the music discovery experience. While most music lovers head to Bonnaroo due to the pull of the main stage acts, the more intrepid concertgoers know to check out some of the small…

  13. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 4: Elton John Brings Out Ben Folds, Arctic Monkeys & Wiz Khalifa Shine

    June 16, 2014 4:13 AM EDT Even if it seemed like Kaskade’s late night Saturday set was barely over, Bonnaroo cruised into its final day (June 15) with the approaching Elton John finale giving everyone a little extra incentive to power on. But before the piano legend made his first-ever American festival appearance, an…

  14. Bonnaroo 2014: 15 Things You Need In A Festival RV

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Board games, boots and BSB: how the Billboard crew is surviving the 'Roo. Billboard has once again invaded Bonnaroo, and this year, we did it in style. A crew of fearless reporters (and a few of thier trusted friends) drove down from the New York area to Manchester, Tenn. in a 10…

  15. Dear Daddy Playlist: 25 Songs for Father's Day

    June 12, 2014 3:05 PM EDT With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to think of the man that stood tall in your life from day one. Of course, not all us us are so lucky to have had ones. So from Jay Z and Stevie Wonder showing love to their newborn daughters to Tupac Shakur giving his pops the…

  16. Woman Reads Beyonce Lyrics as Dramatic Monologues

    June 12, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Everybody knows Beyoncé’s classic songs " Irreplaceable ," " If I Were a Boy ," and " Mine ." But what if they were performed as dramatic monologues? Actress/writer Nina Millin answers this question in her new web series, “The Beyoncelogues,” with hilarious…

  17. Gene Watson: 'People Are Starved for Traditional Country Music'

    June 11, 2014 10:20 PM EDT Since arriving on the charts almost four decades ago with the classic "Love In The Hot Afternoon," Gene Watson has remained one of the format's most distinctive stylists. Hits like "Farewell Party," Fourteen Carat Mind" and "Got No Reason Now For Goin'…

  18. Beyond PSY & Snoop: 5 More K-Pop/Hip-Hop Collaborations ft. Kanye West, Missy Elliot & More

    June 11, 2014 9:13 PM EDT "Hangover" is the latest pairing after years of successful collabs between the two scenes. With nearly 40 million YouTube views in less than 72 hours, it's pretty safe to say that PSY and Snoop Dogg's collective "Hangover" is a success.  POLL: Fave PSY Song? But…

  19. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, Paramore Score First Pop Radio No. 1s

    June 09, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Azalea's 'Fancy' crowns Pop Songs, while Paramore tallies its first airplay chart leader with 'Ain't It Fun.' Plus, new No. 1s for Katy Perry, Three Days Grace and Tito 'El Bambino' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  20. Lil' Kim Names Her Baby Girl Royal Reign

    June 09, 2014 4:12 PM EDT The self-coronated Queen of Rap is a new mom. Hip-hop veteran Lil' Kim , 39, gave birth to a baby girl named Royal Reign on Monday morning at a hospital in New Jersey, according to multiple outlets that track this sort of thing. The rapper's rep told E! Online that RR entered…

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