1. Dexter Roberts Exits 'American Idol' Live Tour

    July 11, 2014 4:16 AM EDT Dexter Roberts, the seventh-place American Idol finisher, has been missing from the live tour since July 1, and according to his fellow Alabama Idols CJ Harris and Jess Meuse, the singer is fighting an unknown illness. In an official statement, a publicist confirmed that Roberts is not…

  2. Kesha's Honest Essay for Elle UK on Rehab, Body Issues, Pressure in the Music Industry

    July 10, 2014 8:06 PM EDT There had been a lot of speculation over Kesha's two-month stint in rehab earlier this year. While she admitted herself for an eating disorder , many publicly wondered whether that might be a euphemism for substance abuse. Now the "Rising Star" expert and "We R Who We R…

  3. 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson on Enation, Songwriter Co-Stars and Avery's Fate (Q&A)

    July 10, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The angst-ridden rocker talks about filming the ABC country music drama that's somewhat critical of the major labels his band has never tried to chase. ABC's country music drama 'Nashville' continues to center on a handful of musicians, each uniquely struggling for their…

  4. 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…

  5. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  6. Nikki Lane Talks 'Vulnerable' New Dan Auerbach-Produced Album 'All or Nothin'

    July 09, 2014 4:38 PM EDT Nikki Lane has been getting some rave reviews for her latest disc, "All or Nothin'," and the singer-songwriter admitted to Billboard that it definitely beats the alternative. “It’s a good thing to be on the good side of the press,” she said. “It’s been flattering to see the way…

  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. Trey Songz Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Trigga'

    July 09, 2014 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Trey Songz secures his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Trigga" debuts atop the list. The set, which was released on July 1, sold 105,000 copies in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Songz also saw his last album, 2012's "…

  10. Madonna Reveals 'Messiah' Artwork. Maybe?

    July 09, 2014 8:39 AM EDT Madonna's Instagram teaser campaign for her new song "Messiah" continues with today's picture of what could very possibly be the single's artwork. Then again, it could just be a cheeky ruse.   The image is of Madonna wearing a chainmail face mask that resembles a…

  11. Fun.’s Andrew Dost Scores Song to Soothe Anxious Canines

    July 08, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Score one for the dogs. DogTV, the 2-year-old television network for dogs, asked Grammy-winning musician Andrew Dost of the pop-rock band fun. to write some psychoacoustic music for the network. Fun.'s Andrew Dost Talks Scoring New MTV Series 'Faking It' (Exclusive) The unnamed…

  12. Jerrod Niemann Talks Pitbull Collaboration & New Single 'Buzz Back Girl'

    July 08, 2014 5:25 PM EDT There was definitely something familiar to Jerrod Niemann about the demo of what has become his latest single, “Buzz Back Girl,” as he tells The 615. “Lee Brice was one of the writers on it, and it was pretty funny. I saw the title, heard the intro, and thought it was cool. Then, on the first…

  13. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Association International have announced the inductees into the NSAI Hall of Fame, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and…

  14. 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,…

  15. Fifth Harmony Show Off Their Swagger In 'Bo$$' Video: Watch

    July 08, 2014 12:37 PM EDT "Shut your mouth/Boy I think you know who run this house," Fifth Harmony command in unison on their hard-nosed new single "Bo$$." The track reflects a marked maturation from last year's "Better Together" EP, and in the music video, which was released on…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Covered by Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) with Crosby, Stills & Nash

    July 08, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Charli XCX may have appeared on "Late Night WIth Seth Meyers" last night, but the No. 1 song she guests on was given a ridiculous cover treatment by none other than Jimmy Fallon. If you just stumbled upon last night's "Tonight Show" while channel surfing, you might…

  19. Madonna Does New York City Jury Duty, Briefly

    July 07, 2014 6:32 PM EDT Madonna has spent a little time living in the judicial world. The pop superstar turned up for jury duty Monday at a New York City courthouse. Madonna Posts 'Messiah' Lyrics On Instagram Madonna Teases New Song 'Messiah' Disclosure Talks Madonna Collaboration Rumors She…

  20. Becky G's 'Shower': 10 Things You Need To Know

    July 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT From music video cameos to the fan army name, here's what you need to know about Becky G's instantly appealing new hit. Becky G, a 17-year-old Mexican-American artist who has been trying to break into the mainstream over the past year, may have found her golden ticket in the…

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