1. Drake Talks LeBron James, Plans For ESPYs: 'I'll Be Lint-Free That Night'

    July 11, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Drake woke up shortly before his 1 p.m. PST conference call Friday afternoon to talk his hosting gig at next week's ESPY Awards (airing Wednesday, July 16 on ESPN at 9 p.m. EST), so he was still processing the news of his friend LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland…

  2. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 77

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, a legendary jazz bassist and original member of the Ornette Coleman Quartet, died on Friday (July 11) after a prolonged battle with an undisclosed illness. Born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and raised on a farm, Haden helped to revolutionize double bass playing in jazz music as…

  3. Siblings Jenni and Lupillo Rivera Make Top 10 Debuts With New Albums

    July 11, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Also: Romeo Santos scores his eighth No. 1 on Tropical Airplay with "Eres Mia" On Top Latin Albums , Jenni Rivera debuts at No. 1 with "1969-Siempre — En Vivo Desde Monterrey: Parte 2," selling 10,000 copies in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundSCan. Rivera…

  4. Chase Rice Talks 'Ready Set Roll': 'I Finally Got a Plaque to Hang on the Wall’

    July 11, 2014 3:10 PM EDT No pun intended, but Chase Rice is on quite the “Roll” these days. The singer recently celebrated the fact that his “Ready Set Roll” single has been certified gold. While not the first plaque Rice has received (he was one of the co-writers of Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”), having his own…

  5. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    July 11, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Before you hear "Mandatory Fun," listen to the 10 biggest hits so far in the parody master's amazing career. As pop music evolves and artists come and go, one man has endured over the past three decades: the one making fun of everyone else. "Weird Al" Yankovic has…

  6. Ariana Grande, Zedd, Shakira Soar On Dance Charts

    July 11, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The stars surge with 'Break Free' and 'Dare,' respectively. Plus, chart action for David Guetta, Coldplay and Zeds Dead Ariana Grande grabs her first Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart entry, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd, launches at No. 4. The song starts with…

  7. Garth Brooks Talks Co-Headlining with Trisha Yearwood & Competing Against Younger Stars

    July 11, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Putting the final touches on his comeback, the country superstar tells Billboard, "I've waited 14 years, and it seems like the last two months are going to be the longest wait of all." And, just like that, Garth Brooks is back: the country icon announced his return to touring…

  8. Ariana Grande, Alt-J & 5 Seconds of Summer: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 6

    July 11, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  9. Dexter Roberts Exits 'American Idol' Live Tour

    July 11, 2014 4:16 AM EDT Dexter Roberts, the seventh-place American Idol finisher, has been missing from the live tour since July 1, and according to his fellow Alabama Idols CJ Harris and Jess Meuse, the singer is fighting an unknown illness. In an official statement, a publicist confirmed that Roberts is not…

  10. 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…

  11. Bono's Daughter Eve Hewson Ready To Make Her Mark In Showbiz

    July 10, 2014 11:38 PM EDT Those unusual, and sometimes wacky, names given by celebrities to their offspring don't always work in the real world. Just ask Eve Hewson, the 23-year-old daughter of U2 lead singer Bono. She simplified things during her school years instead of using her given name: Memphis Eve Sunny…

  12. Kesha's Honest Essay for Elle UK on Rehab, Body Issues, Pressure in the Music Industry

    July 10, 2014 8:06 PM EDT There had been a lot of speculation over Kesha's two-month stint in rehab earlier this year. While she admitted herself for an eating disorder , many publicly wondered whether that might be a euphemism for substance abuse. Now the "Rising Star" expert and "We R Who We R…

  13. 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson on Enation, Songwriter Co-Stars and Avery's Fate (Q&A)

    July 10, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The angst-ridden rocker talks about filming the ABC country music drama that's somewhat critical of the major labels his band has never tried to chase. ABC's country music drama 'Nashville' continues to center on a handful of musicians, each uniquely struggling for their…

  14. Indigo Girls To Enter Studio In The Fall

    July 10, 2014 5:51 PM EDT Indigo Girls hope to make "something that's different and pushes us a little bit" when the duo hits the studio this fall to work on a new album, the duo's follow-up to 2011's "Beauty Queen Sister." "We're writing," the group's Amy Ray…

  15. Azealia Banks Leaves Record Label: 'I'm Gonna Have A Fresh Start'

    July 10, 2014 5:07 PM EDT Two and a half years after Azealia Banks signed to Universal Music, the controversial female rapper has departed the label without ever releasing a proper album. Banks gleefully shared news of the split on Thursday afternoon (July 10). "IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!…

  16. Kanye West's 'Rant Setlist': Read Funny Or Die's 'Yeezus' Parody

    July 10, 2014 4:35 PM EDT From Seth Rogen to Jimmy Kimmel to the writers of "Saturday Night Live" , Kanye West has long been a target of comedians. He's got plenty of valid points to be made about injustice in the world today, but his tendency to fly off the handle has made him susceptible to spoofs,…

  17. 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…

  18. Garth Brooks Eyeing Black Friday Album Release, To Go Digital at 'A Stupid Price'

    July 10, 2014 3:30 PM EDT The country star discussed new music and the Dublin show cancellations during a Thursday press conference. Besides the acknowledgement that Garth Brooks is about to announce a major tour and that he has signed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville to release his new album, the big news…

  19. Garth Brooks' Top 25 Billboard Hits

    July 10, 2014 3:05 PM EDT In honor of his pending return, a look at his top 25 Hot Country Songs hits Garth Brooks announced today that he's ready to return to the country music spotlight , revealing that he'll release a new album, offer his music digitally for the first time and embark on a world tour. His…

  20. Godsmack's Sully Erna Talks '1000hp,' Unveils Track List: Exclusive

    July 10, 2014 1:21 PM EDT The frontman says that the hard rock group is "stronger now than it's ever been" after some recent turmoil. Godsmack frontman Sully Erna acknowledges that between 2010's chart-topping "Oracle" and the upcoming "1000hp," due out Aug. 5 through…

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