1. Listen to the Exclusive Stream of Country Newcomer Risa Binder's Debut EP

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT New York City might not necessarily seem like a hotbed for country music, but newcomer Risa Binder has found a big appetite for it in the Big Apple. “There are so many country fans in New York that it would surprise you,” the Brooklyn-based singer tells Billboard. “Whenever a major act comes…

  2. Stephen Bryan, 17-Year Veteran of Warner Music, Heading to SoundCloud

    July 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT The executive will play a large role in developing SoundCloud's corporate ties. Stephen Bryan , a 17-year veteran of Warner Music Group who was a key player in the company's digital development, has been announced as SoundCloud's newest senior vice president of Business…

  3. Music Agent Terry Rhodes Leaving Jeff Berg's Resolution: Sources

    July 30, 2014 8:52 AM EDT Veteran music agent Terry Rhodes is leaving Jeff Berg 's Resolution, according to sources. Rhodes, whose clients have included Bryan Adams and the Beach Boys , is the latest to transition out of the young agency founded by former ICM chairman Berg. Steve Alexander left Resolution earlier…

  4. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  5. Luke Bryan Announces Farm Tour 2014

    July 29, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Luke Bryan is once again hitting the road. The country superstar will embark on his sixth annual Farm Tour, where he travels to smaller Southeastern cities. A portion of proceeds from the shows will go to college scholarships for teens in farming families along the tour's route. Last…

  6. Toby Keith, Taylor Swift Top Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Country Artists

    July 28, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Other acts on Forbes' Country Cash Kings 2014 tally include Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney Toby Keith tops Forbes’ annual list of country music’s highest paid artists for the second year in a row, pulling in an estimated $65 million. Beyonce Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List, Springsteen,…

  7. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Bleachers, Lil Wayne & Drake Score New No. 1s

    July 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Pop Songs, Bleachers rise to No. 1 on Alternative Songs and Lil Wayne and Drake's collab crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  8. 5 Seconds of Summer's Influences: 10 Acts That Shaped Their Sound

    July 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Seconds of Summer wants you to know they're a rock band. Sure, you'll see One Direction play some guitars in concert, and yes the rock band look was part of the Jonas Brothers' act, but it's been a long time since a boy band truly pulled off the vibe. With their debut…

  9. Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Unlocking the Truth Gets Documentary Treatment

    July 27, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Unlocking the Truth, the teenage Brooklyn band who signed a $1.7 million contract with Sony Music, including a $60,000 advance on a two-album deal with an option for four more records, will be the subjects of a feature documentary. Black Label Media and SeeThink Films will finance and…

  10. 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sharon Van Etten & More: Watch Their Late Night Performances

    July 25, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Check out a rousing performance of "She Looks So Perfect" and much more 5 Seconds of Summer's debut album dropped earlier this week, so be prepared to hear plenty from the Australian heartthrobs in the weeks to come. The outdoor crowd at Jimmy Kimmel Live got in on the action,…

  11. 5 Seconds of Summer Scores With Debut Album: Track-By-Track Review

    July 22, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Seconds of Summer is not One Direction -- the Australian four-piece, despite being pals with the best-selling boy band, eschews 1D's pop focus and stresses the fact that they play their own instruments. However, 5 Seconds of Summer is also not Blink-182 or any other traditional "…

  12. 5 Seconds of Summer Performs on 'She Looks So Perfect' on the 'Today' Show

    July 22, 2014 11:50 AM EDT The pop-punk band makes their 'Today' show debut It's a rite of passage for modern-day teen idols: Make your "Today" show summer concert series debut; have hundreds of fans (mostly teenage girls) camp out in Rockefeller Center to get a glimpse of your performance.…

  13. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Tinashe Tally First Airplay No. 1s

    July 21, 2014 6:15 PM EDT The acts reign with 'Rude' and '2 On,' respectively. Plus, new No. 1s for Daft Punk, Prince Royce and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  14. Basement Jaxx Unveil Twerking Robots in 'Never Say Never' Video (Watch)

    July 21, 2014 3:32 PM EDT The song is from the upcoming album 'Junto,' due Aug. 25 Imagine a dystopian future where 98% of humans no longer dance. Basement Jaxx couldn't bear to envision such a planet, so they set out to fix that problem in their latest music video for "Never Say Never," off…

  15. Sunny Sweeney 'So Happy' With Latest Album 'Provoked'

    July 18, 2014 6:10 PM EDT It's been three years since the last album from Sunny Sweeney, and the songstress hopes that her fans are looking forward to the August 5 release of her third disc, "Provoked," as much as she is. "I am about to bust, I'm so happy," she exclaims to Billboard. …

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Faith Evans Signs New Deal, Releases Track 'I Deserve It': Listen

    July 18, 2014 2:51 AM EDT R&B Grammy winner Faith Evans has signed a worldwide exclusive publishing and BMG Artist Services deal with BMG Chrysalis U.S. for her first new studio album in four years, "Incomparable," which will come out this fall. Her eighth studio album features the lead single, "I…

  19. Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande & More Pick Up New Teen Choice Awards Nominations

    July 17, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The second wave of Teen Choice Awards nominees was unleashed late Thursday, and just like Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart, Iggy Azalea leads the pack . The Australian rapper picked up five more nominations, in addition to her previous nod for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist. Ariana…

  20. Florida Georgia Line's 'Dirt' Plows To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 16, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The duo blasts 40-1 and debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 11 with the first single from its sophomore album Florida Georgia Line cleans up with its highly-anticipated new single, "Dirt," the new No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The song rockets from No. 40 to No. 1…

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