1. Ariana Grande's 'Break Free' Flies onto Billboard's Social Charts

    July 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Grande had a big week online as her newest single, "Break Free," dropped on Wednesday, July 2. On July 2, pop princess Ariana Grande premiered her new single, "Break Free," on a special rebooted edition of MTV's "Total Request Live" (or, in this case, Total…

  2. Tiny Cameras Lead to Big Chart Gains for Andrea Bocelli and Rammstein

    July 11, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Viral GoPro fireworks video sends "Time to Say Goodbye" back onto chart, while Russian dashboard cam wedding proposal video pumps gain for Rammstein. Tiny cameras are making a big impact on Billboard's Streaming Songs chart this week, as two songs earn high debuts thanks to two…

  3. Meek Mill Sentenced To 3 To 6 Months in Jail: Report

    July 11, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Meek Mill will reportedly spend three to six months behind bars after violating his probation. According to a report from Philadelphia's Fox 29 , the Philly rapper (real name: Robert Williams) is currently in custody, after prosecutors were concerned about "a number of recent…

  4. 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…

  5. Ken Thorne, Oscar-Winning Composer, Dies at 90

    July 11, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Oscar-winning composer Ken Thorne died Tuesday, according to the funeral home handling his final arrangements. He was 90. Thorne won an Oscar for scoring the 1966 musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and earned a Grammy nomination for writing the incidental score…

  6. Britney Spears Surges Up Trending 140 After Auto-Tune-Free 'Alien' Session Leaks: Listen

    July 10, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Due to a recent controversy over a leaked studio session of Britney Spears' song “Alien,” a cut from her 2013 album "Britney Jean," Britney Spears is trending on the Billboard Twitter Realtime Charts. The cut, which can be heard below, features Spears without any vocal…

  7. 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&…

  8. 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.…

  9. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  10. Green Day's Mike Dirnt to Produce Indie Film 'Crickets'

    July 09, 2014 11:29 PM EDT Mike Dirnt is best known as the bassist of popular punk rock group Green Day, but now he's stepping into a new role: movie producer. Dirnt, along with Green Day's longtime manager Pat Magnarella, will produce Crickets from a script by Alfredo Botello. The story, by Botello and Jack…

  11. 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…

  12. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014 Coroner's Report Reveals Attendee's Death as Ecstasy Overdose

    July 09, 2014 9:47 PM EDT A 24-year-old California man who was found unresponsive in the parking lot of last month's Electric Daisy Carnival died of an Ecstasy overdose, authorities in Las Vegas said Wednesday. Clark County coroner's officials ruled the death of San Leandro resident Montgomery Tsang an…

  13. Pierce Fulton's 'Runaway' Hits No. 1 on Billboard Twitter Trending 140

    July 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Pierce Fulton, a Brooklyn-based beatmaker with just over than 11,000 followers to his name on Twitter, has hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 with his track "Runaway." The title, which was originally released back in March on Soundcloud and on iTunes …

  14. 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…

  15. Stevie Nicks Joining 'The Voice' As Adviser

    July 08, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Stevie Nicks is joining "The Voice" as an adviser to Adam Levine's team for the upcoming season. 'The Voice': First Season 7 Promo Debuts With Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams (Watch) 'American Idol,' 'The Voice' Finales Suffer Sharp Ratings Decline…

  16. 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…

  17. The Monstercat Label Model: From YouTube Channel to One Million Record Sales

    July 08, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Monstercat CEO and founder Mike Darlington never intended to make a record label. “People don’t need record labels anymore,” he says. “Artists can do everything on their own. So we either had to do it for them better or provide a platform and marketing tool they can’t find on their own.…

  18. Usher, Nicki Minaj Re-Team On Pharrell-Produced 'She Came To Give It To You'

    July 08, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Usher and Nicki Minaj had a hit in 2010 with "Lil Freak," and Pharrell Williams produced "Twisted," one of the strongest cuts on Usher's 2012 album "Looking 4 Myself." On "She Came To Give It To You," the three artists team up, with startlingly…

  19. 5 Questions With Cozz, J. Cole's New Dreamville Artist

    July 07, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Due to a tweet from J. Cole, Los Angeles-based rapper Cozz’s track "Dreams" comes in at No. 2 on Billboard + Twitter's weekly Emerging Artist chart due to the high volume of conversation that occurred about the track on Twitter. Welcome to Dreamville @cody_macc May all of your…

  20. Meek Mill Announces 'Dreams Worth More Than Money' Release Date

    July 07, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Meek Mill took to Twitter today (July 7) to announce the release date for his new album, "Dreams Worth More Than Money." The rapper will debut his sophomore album on September 9. The announcement follows the release of the full-length's first single, "I Don't Know,…

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