1. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  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. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT The country star is expected to announce a deal with Sony Nashville at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of…

  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. Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 For Seventh Week, Maroon 5's 'Maps' Finds Top 10

    July 09, 2014 2:48 PM EDT "Fancy" moves up among the longest Hot 100 reigns by women this decade. Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, continues its Billboard Hot 100 command, spending a seventh week at No. 1. Meanwhile, Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" crowns the Radio…

  6. 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…

  7. George Michael, Arctic Monkeys and Katie Melua Implicated In Tax Avoidance Scheme

    July 09, 2014 6:48 AM EDT A number of high profile music figures, including George Michael and all four members of British band Arctic Monkeys, are among 1,600 people who collectively tried to shelter £1.2 billion ($2 billion) in a tax avoidance scheme, reports The Times .  Investors in the Liberty tax strategy also…

  8. f(x) Solidifies Brand of Quirky, Hipster Pop With 'Red Light' Album

    July 08, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The girl group bring hip-hop chants, animal noises, twinkling synths, horror-movie screams and more on their new LP Last July, f(x) dropped new single "Rum Pum Pum Pum" – a mix of samba, funk and yuletide carols that (somehow brilliantly) blended to give the girl group its first No.…

  9. Courtney Love Heading to ‘Sons of Anarchy’ for Final Season

    July 08, 2014 7:59 PM EDT Courtney Love is joining the cast of FX drama "Sons of Anarchy" in a recurring role for the show’s final season, which airs this fall. Marilyn Manson Joins 'Sons of Anarchy' to Make His Father Proud The Hole singer has been tapped to play a preschool teacher for the…

  10. 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 Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, 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 Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  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. 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…

  13. Nothing More: Texas Rockers Persevere With Hit Single 'This Is The Time (Ballast)'

    July 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When Nothing More singer/percussionist Jonny Hawkins was in grade school, his tiny class of a dozen students all tried out for the choir. When only Hawkins and one other child weren't accepted, it made a painful impression on him. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm not a…

  14. 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…

  15. Kanye West Rants Some More at London’s Wireless Festival Day 2 (Video)

    July 07, 2014 3:13 AM EDT Rapper compares himself to angry porcupine and blowfish at second London show. Having succeeded in alienating an entire crowd on July 4, Kayne West's second headline show at London's Wireless festival once again saw the rapper deliver an impassioned monologue against the paparazzi…

  16. Billy Ray Cyrus Calls Slain Nevada Teacher 'Hero'

    July 06, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus honored a Nevada teacher killed by a 12-year-old student in a schoolyard shooting last year, calling him a "true American hero." Cyrus praised Michael Landsberry and presented a memorial plaque to his widow, Sharon, during a concert Saturday night in…

  17. Remmy Valenzuela Debuts At No. 1 On Top Latin Albums Chart

    July 06, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Remmy Valenzuela claims the No. 1 spot on Top Latin Albums with "De Alumno A Maestro," selling 3,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 23-year-old regional Mexican newcomer also bullets at its No. 6 peak to date on Regional Mexican Songs with "Te Toco…

  18. CODE Picks of the Week: Usher, Alt-J, Mark Knight & More

    July 04, 2014 1:32 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your long Fourth of July weekend. Usher, “Good Kisser” (Disclosure Remix) The British boys have outdone themselves on their latest rework for Usher, giving…

  19. 'American Idol' Winner Caleb Johnson on New Album, Summer Tour

    July 04, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Is Caleb Johnson the Jack White of “American Idol”? The season 13 winner will release his new album, “Testify,” on Aug. 12, marking the fastest turnaround in “Idol” history (the album is currently available for pre-order on iTunes ). “It’s been crazy,” says Johnson of shuttling back-and-forth…

  20. Robin Thicke's 'Paula' May Sell 20,000 Copies In Its First Week

    July 03, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Robin Thicke's new album, "Paula," is off to a tepid sales start. Industry forecasters say the R&B singer, who hit a career high a year ago with his No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit "Blurred Lines," might sell around 20,000 to 25,000 copies of "Paula" by…

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