1. 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…

  2. 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&…

  3. Michael Brun On Helping His Homeland & Kid Coconut Label: Exclusive

    July 10, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Michael Brun doesn’t speak like a typical 21-year-old. There’s maturity in the Haitian artist’s voice that belies his years, perhaps drawn from an adolescence spent surrounded by his Caribbean country's endemic poverty. Though Brun grew up on the green side of Port Au Prince’s deep…

  4. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length statements.…

  5. Laidback Luke Reboots Mixmash Records; Listen to Blasterjaxx’s “Legend Comes to Life” (Exclusive)

    July 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT To celebrate his record label’s 10th anniversary, Laidback Luke is giving it a makeover. The Dutch dance star today (June 10) unveiled his reboot of Mixmash Records, providing both the new logo and its first new release exclusively to Billboard. Luke tapped Dutch duo and Mixmash mainstay…

  6. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (July 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across our most…

  7. 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…

  8. AC/DC Completes New Album, Malcolm Young Hospitalized

    July 10, 2014 6:02 AM EDT AC/DC has reportedly completed work on a new album. The veteran Australian rock group had entered a recording studio in Vancouver earlier this year to work on the follow-up to 2008’s global hit “Black Ice.”  The album is now finished. And the band members are apparently happy with the fruits…

  9. Denver Chive Fest Lineup Exclusive: Edward Sharpe, Cold War Kids & More

    July 10, 2014 12:01 AM EDT The inaugural edition of Denver's Chive Fest, hosted by entertainment photo web giant theCHIVE.com in association with C3 Presents, will include performances from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids, Talib Kweli and more, Billboard.com can exclusively announce. The…

  10. Taeyang Gives Track-By-Track Review of Record-Breaking 'Rise' Album (Exclusive Video)

    July 09, 2014 8:45 PM EDT In Billboard's first-ever track-by-track review for a K-pop album, the singer/rapper gets deep and reflects on his new tracks While fans around the world knew and loved Taeyang through his group BIGBANG, it wasn't until the release of his second solo album, "Rise," that…

  11. 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…

  12. Interpol's 'All the Rage Back Home' Video: The Band Goes Surfing (Sort Of)

    July 09, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Suits and surfing may seem like an odd paring, but Interpol makes it work in its music video for new single "All the Rage Back Home." In the video, footage is split between the band thundering through "All the Rage" in a darkened space and images of surfers challenging…

  13. 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…

  14. Robin Thicke's ‘Paula’ Sells Just 530 First-Week Copies in U.K.

    July 09, 2014 4:21 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s bad run continues with the news that his latest album “Paula” has sold just 530 first-week copies in the United Kingdom. The album, which is named after his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton, entered the Official U.K. albums chart at No. 200 and managed just 2% of the…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Jeff Koons' Controversial Michael Jackson Sculpture: The Story Behind It

    July 08, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As a major retrospective of the artist's work rolls into New York, the artist talks about the making of one of his most iconic pieces: a larger-than-life rendering of the King of Pop and his beloved pet chimpanzee. Weeks after Michael Jackson's virtual performance at the Billboard…

  18. 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…

  19. The Beef: Meek Mill Blasts Wale On Twitter, Wale Responds

    July 08, 2014 3:13 PM EDT There seems to be tension in the Maybach Music Group camp. Meek Mill took to Twitter today (July 8) to throw shots at Wale for not supporting him by promoting his upcoming album, "Dreams Worth More Than Money." "Wale just ain't gone tweet a thing about my album…. He'…

  20. Solange Addresses Elevator Fight With Jay Z... Sort Of

    July 08, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Solange Knowles is opening up about the infamous "elevator incident" between herself and brother-in-law Jay Z at May's Met Gala afterparty — sort of. A joint statement made by the Knowles-Carter family immediately following the incident didn't quell public speculation…

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