1. Judas Priest Hell Bent for First Top 10 Album

    July 11, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Veteran rock band is aiming for its first top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with new release "Redeemer of Souls." Rockers Judas Priest could nab its first top 10 album ever on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources forecast the group's new set, "Redeemer…

  2. CODE First Play: Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill, “Gecko (Overdrive)” (Kaz James Remix)

    July 11, 2014 11:36 AM EDT After conquering the UK singles chart, “Gecko (Overdrive)” now gets the festival treatment courtesy of Australia’s Kaz James. The soulful crossover hit by Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill became the top-selling single in the UK last month and has been a club staple this summer. James adds…

  3. 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…

  4. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  5. John Spinks, Guitarist and Songwriter for The Outfield, Dead at 60

    July 09, 2014 8:25 PM EDT John Spinks, guitarist and songwriter for British pop rock trio The Outfield, died Wednesday following a fight with liver cancer. He was 60.  The Outfield charted eight Billboard Hot 100 hits in 1986-92, led by its No. 6 debut smash "Your Love." The band's debut album, "…

  6. Sia Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 09, 2014 4:34 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Sia is aiming for her first No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 chart with her new album "1000 Forms of Fear." Industry forecasters say the set, which was released on July 8, may sell around 50,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on July 13. The…

  7. Guns N' Roses' Dizzy Reed Laughs Off Breakup Rumors, Talks New Music

    July 09, 2014 2:24 PM EDT "It'll come out when it comes out, when it's ready," Reed says of the legendary group's next batch of material. Guns N' Roses is in the midst of an open-ended break while the new "Appetite For Democracy 3D: Live at the Hard Rock Casino -- Las Vegas"…

  8. Beck Announces 'Song Reader' Album with Jack White, Jack Black & More

    July 09, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Beck's quirky sheet music project is about to come to life Back in 2012, Beck released a little experiment "album" that existed solely in the form of sheet music. Now, two years later, "Song Reader" is getting a proper release, with an impressive, genre-hopping cast…

  9. 15-Year-Old Missing After Warped Tour Stop in Toronto

    July 08, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Concert-goers, promoters, crew, vendors and bands from Toronto’s Vans Warped Tour stop July 4 are being asked to come forward if they remember seeing someone fitting the description of Hannah Batty, or to check their cell phones for inadvertently snapped photos or videos that she…

  10. Aerosmith's Joe Perry Talks Touring With Slash, Next Album

    July 08, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Aerosmith's Joe Perry isn't expecting any sort of replay of the group's notorious 1988 tour with Guns N' Roses when it hits the road Thursday (July 10) in Wantagh, N.Y., for a summer tour with Slash and his Conspirators. "That was a long time ago," guitarist Joe…

  11. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  12. Morrissey’s ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’: Track-by-Track Review

    July 08, 2014 12:26 PM EDT To paraphrase Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, if we don’t know Morrissey by now, we will never, ever, ever know Morrissey. Last year, the famously self-absorbed former Smiths frontman released the memoir “Autobiography,” his 457-page attempt to let fans into the weird little world he…

  13. Judas Priest Shares The Story Behind 'Redeemer of Souls': Video Premiere

    July 08, 2014 10:26 AM EDT "Most of this music is very classic Priest," says Rob Halford. Rob Halford and his bandmates wanted to "reinvestigate the roots of (Judas) Priest" for "Redeemer of Souls," the Metal Gods' 17th studio album and first set of new material since the concept…

  14. 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…

  15. The Trp & Michael Tousana, 'YAHUDA': Exclusive LP Premiere

    July 07, 2014 1:21 PM EDT The mysterious trio, The Trp – who prefer to remain anonymous – are gradually garnering buzz for their soundscapes: a fusion of tropical electronic, soul and trippy hip-hop. The Trp – pronounced The Trip – continue to impress, this time teaming up with Michael "Dos Global" Tousana…

  16. Brett Eldredge Talks Second Straight No. 1 Single 'Beat of the Music'

    July 07, 2014 1:21 PM EDT Brett Eldredge is on an amazing high these days. “Beat Of The Music,” his follow-up to last year’s chart-topping “Don’t Ya,” became his second straight number one recently on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. During a recent interview with Billboard in Nashville, the soulful singer said…

  17. Josh Groban Jams with 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Musical Sidekick Reggie Watts: Exclusive (Watch)

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Reggie Watts, the comedian and musician who plays sidekick to Scott Aukerman on IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” took a rare step away from the keyboards to let Josh Groban display a rarely seen skill. Groban’s not only a sharp pianist, his style has nothing in common with the music he sings.   …

  18. 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…

  19. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  20. Robin Thicke Hires Cute Kids to Woo in 'Still Madly Crazy' Video (Watch)

    July 05, 2014 4:57 PM EDT As everyone who's ever seen "The Little Rascals" knows, there are few success strategies more surefire than getting your message across via a bunch of children dressing and talk like adults. And, as he's shown over the past few weeks, Robin Thicke will stop at no cliché in…

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