1. Trey Songz and Robin Thicke Take Top Two on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 12, 2014 7:23 PM EDT Plus: Busta Rhymes and Eminem debut with "Calm Down," Lil Wayne's "Believe" hits No. 1 Trey Songz crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his newest set "Trigga," opening with 105,000 copies sold in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The…

  2. 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…

  3. 'Rising Star': What to Expect During the Duels

    July 12, 2014 8:30 AM EDT After downloading the app, repeatedly checking in and casting real-time votes, America raised the Wall for 20 singers on “Rising Star.” 'Rising Star': The Billboard Cover Shoot Next up on the ABC singing show? The "duels," but don't be mistaken: the upcoming round isn…

  4. CODE First Play: Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill, “Gecko (Overdrive)” (Kaz James Remix)

    July 11, 2014 11:36 AM EDT After conquering the UK singles chart, “Gecko (Overdrive)” now gets the festival treatment courtesy of Australia’s Kaz James. The soulful crossover hit by Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill became the top-selling single in the UK last month and has been a club staple this summer. James adds…

  5. Beyonce, Iggy Azalea Rule Billboard.com's 2014 Mid-Year Music Poll

    July 10, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus & Lady Gaga also score big wins in the annual mid-year poll. Females once again dominated Billboard.com's annual Mid-Year Music Poll, with two very different divas -- Beyonce and Iggy Azalea -- rising to the top after the first six months of the year. Mid…

  6. Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer Added To MTV VMAs Lineup

    July 09, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Usher and Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer are headed to the MTV Video Music Awards. Both will perform at this year's awards ceremony Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, at Inglewood, Calif.'s recently renovated venue The Forum. Usher, a two-time VMA winner, returns after a…

  7. Future Releases Nicki Minaj Collaboration, 'Rock Star': Listen

    July 09, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Future's collaboration with Nicki Minaj, "Rock Star," was one of the most anticipated songs off Future's latest album, "Honest." The rapper reportedly faced troubles clearing the sample (George Michael's "Carless Whisper"), therefore the song didn&…

  8. 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 "…

  9. Yelle Announces New Dr. Luke-Produced LP 'Completement Fou,' Shares New Song & Tour Dates

    July 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The LP drops Sept. 30 via Luke's Kemosabe imprint Just about any pop act in America would be dying to work with Lukasz Gottwald -- aka Dr. Luke -- the producer behind some of the biggest hits from Katy Perry, Kesha and others. But when Dr. Luke reached out to the French synthpop trio…

  10. 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…

  11. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 1

    July 07, 2014 1:00 PM EDT UPDATE: Round 2 is closed and Round 3 is now open. CLICK HERE TO VOTE . UPDATE:  Round 1 is closed and Round 2 is now open. CLICK HERE TO VOTE . In 2014, it's easier than ever for fans of different pop stars to connect with each other. With the explosion of social media making it simpler…

  12. J-Lo, Versace Lead Paris' Haute Couture Revival

    July 07, 2014 1:57 AM EDT Just a few years ago it was on the brink of extinction. Now, haute couture - the 150-year-old Parisian tradition of making unique, astronomically-priced handmade gowns - is back. The fall-winter 2014/15 collections started with brio Sunday with the Atelier Versace show, graced by Jennifer…

  13. Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran Backed By The Roots at Philly 4th of July Jam

    July 05, 2014 12:09 PM EDT The Roots worked as the house band for top-selling acts like Nicki Minaj and Ed Sheeran for its annual free concert Friday in Philadelphia celebrating Independence Day. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show The Roots Join…

  14. Would You Take Robin Thicke Back?: 10 Female Music Critics Answer

    July 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT From begging during performances to recording and titling his new album after Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has been trying hard—publicly, at least—to get his estranged wife back. Will the public campaign, including his album, help repair their marriage of nine years? Only time will tell.…

  15. Katy Perry, John Legend Lead 2014 Mid-Year Streaming Chart

    July 03, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Six months into the year, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" leads the pack as 2014's most-streamed track in the U.S., according to Nielsen BDS. Since January, the title has received more than 188 million plays across streaming services such as Spotify, Rdio, YouTube and more. MID…

  16. The Juice Podcast 7/3/14: Robin Thicke, Trey Songz & Nicki Minaj's 2014 BET Awards Speech

    July 03, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Robin Thicke has been trying hard, publicly, to get back his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton. For this week's episode of the The Juice Podcast, I'm joined by Jozen Cummings (founder of Until I Get Married and NY Post Dating Reporter) and for the second time, Taj Rani (BET.com…

  17. Whose MAC Lipstick Is Best: Rihanna or Lorde? (Poll)

    July 03, 2014 2:13 PM EDT MAC are masters at partnering with music's most wanted, and creating a product that fits their essence. Artists from all genres have collaborated with M.A.C. including Liza Minneli, Diana Ross, Paulina Rubio, A Mei, Nicki Minaj , Lady Gaga , Beth Ditto , Azalea Banks , Hayley Williams ,…

  18. Pop Shop Podcast: Robin Thicke, Sam Smith, Charli XCX & More

    July 03, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  19. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  20. Ariana Grande to 'Break Free' at MTV VMAs

    July 02, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Ariana Grande took over MTV’s New York studio July 2 to announce she will be perform her new single “Break Free” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24. Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande Perform at Billboard Music Awards Grande appeared on a special edition of MTV’s former hit “TRL,” re…

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