1. Common Returns to No. 1, 'No Flex Zone' Flies Into Top 20

    July 31, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Common leads Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'Nobody's Smiling,' while newcomers Rae Sremmurd hit the top 20 on Hot Rap Songs with 'No Flex Zone!!' Common commandeers the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Nobody's Smiling enters with 24,000 units sold…

  2. SESAC Gets New Leadership, Plans to Greatly Expand

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT "SESAC has big plans," says the organization's new chairman and CEO. SESAC, which has been under majority ownership by private equity firm Rizvi Traverse since December 2012, is ready to grow. That's the word coming out of the organization, which just picked John Josephson…

  3. Figure in '80s Payola Scandal Now Faces Mob-Linked Charges

    July 30, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Onetime record promoter Joe Isgro is back in court. He's been one of the nation's most influential record promoters, the producer of an Oscar-nominated movie, a defendant who successfully fought racketeering charges in a high-profile payola case, and an admitted loan shark who shook…

  4. R. Kelly Dropped From Ohio Festival After Protests

    July 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT The musician was slated to appear on the opening day of the Labor Day weekend event, but complaints poured in via social media, mostly about his legal history and charges of being a sexual predator, and bands and vendors pulled out of the festival. R. Kelly has been dropped from the lineup of…

  5. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Bleachers, Lil Wayne & Drake Score New No. 1s

    July 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Pop Songs, Bleachers rise to No. 1 on Alternative Songs and Lil Wayne and Drake's collab crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  6. 'Voice' Winner Tessanne Chin on Album's Quiet Release: 'We Couldn't Help That' (Q&A)

    July 28, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The season-five champ remains hopeful about her debut album, 'Count On My Love.' It's been a whirlwind of a year for Tessanne Chin -- in December, the season-five champ of The Voice won viewers over with power ballads and reggae-rock songs while under Adam Levine's wing,…

  7. The 10 Commandments of Love Within Destiny's Child's 'The Writing's On the Wall'

    July 28, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Destiny's Child -- as a group and as solo artists -- have taught us a thing or two about love. The group's sophomore studio album, The Writing's on the Wall , is laced with stories on temptation and trust, or a lack thereof. Gender roles are reversed; what men can do, women…

  8. Newport Jazz Fest Founder Looks to the Future on 60th Anniversary

    July 27, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals. That's why the 88-year-old Wein is celebrating the milestone by adding a third day of music…

  9. Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Turns 25: Here's What Critics Said About the Classic Back Then

    July 25, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Between the Beastie Boys ' boundless wordplay, the Dust Brothers' genre-melding production and more samples than anyone could afford to put on an album in 2014, Paul's Boutique is now considered an inarguable classic. It's not just the Beastie's magnum opus -- it'…

  10. Exclusive: Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of Reba McEntire's Video for 'Pray For Peace'

    July 25, 2014 11:45 AM EDT On Monday, Reba McEntire released the video for her song "Pray For Peace." Now Billboard has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the clip, which also features Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn and Caroline Kole. Check out the exclusive video below:   Since sharing the…

  11. Angus & Julia Stone Release Video For Rick Rubin-Produced ‘Get Home’: Watch

    July 25, 2014 3:10 AM EDT Angus & Julia Stone have shared the video for “Get Home,” the second single lifted from their forthcoming Rick Rubin-produced album.  The new clip, shot by longtime creative collaborator Jessie Hill, features Angus riding on his vintage motorbike, exploring remote Mexican towns and…

  12. Country Act LiveWire Revs Up With Video for New Single 'Drivin' You Outta My Mind' (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Today in The 615 spotlight, we bring you the world premiere of the video for the new single "Drivin’ You Outta My Mind" from rising country group LiveWire. "It all came together pretty quickly. We wrote it in Nashville -- Danny Bell and myself in a hotel room. He was just…

  13. YouTube's Music Industry Liaison Chris LaRosa to Depart for Startup

    July 23, 2014 1:38 PM EDT It's still full steam ahead for YouTube's music service, however. Chris LaRosa, a product manager responsible for liaising with publishers and labels on behalf of YouTube, has left YouTube/Google, a source has confirmed to Billboard. LaRosa was with YouTube for seven years,…

  14. 15 Sensational Superhero Songs

    July 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Put on your bat-suits and rejoice, for today (July 23) is National Batman Day ! As part of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics is celebrating with comic giveaways and movie showings around the country. The festivities continue tomorrow when comic-book fans from all over descend…

  15. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  16. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Tinashe Tally First Airplay No. 1s

    July 21, 2014 6:15 PM EDT The acts reign with 'Rude' and '2 On,' respectively. Plus, new No. 1s for Daft Punk, Prince Royce and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  17. Meek Mill Dealt Setback in Getting Out of Jail

    July 21, 2014 4:31 PM EDT His new album is due Sept. 9, though he may still be behind bars then Earlier this month, Philadelphia-born Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to three to six months in jail for violating probation. His chances of getting out early were dealt a blow two days ago, when a judge…

  18. Wiz Khalifa Releases 'You And Your Friends,' Feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Snoop Dogg & DJ Mustard

    July 21, 2014 4:24 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa & Ty Dolla $ign also appear on Juicy J's "Shell Shock," the "Teenage Mutant Ninga Turtle" theme song. Wiz Khalifa recruited DJ Mustard – one of today's most sought after producers in hip-hop – for his new single, "You and Your Friends." …

  19. Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: The Indie-Rock Dad Awards

    July 21, 2014 11:10 AM EDT From "Worst Manners" to "Festival MVP," check out what Pitchfork Fest's resident father (& his son) thought of this year's fest. On the crowded subway ride home from the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival, a kid in glasses, gauges and a D.A.R.E. shirt asked my…

  20. Disney Channel Stars Team to Cover 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman?' from 'Frozen'

    July 20, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Stars of the Disney Channel and Disney XD have teamed up to sing a pop version of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" from the hit film "Frozen."  The Disney Circle of Stars rendition features lead vocals by: Sabrina Carpenter and Rowan Blanchard of "Girl Meets World,…

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