1. 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…

  2. Insane Clown Posse Loses FBI 'Gang' Lawsuit

    July 09, 2014 7:27 AM EDT 'This is not the end,' says Insane Clown Posse member Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J The federal government can't be blamed for any fallout from a 2011 FBI report that put a gang tag on fans of the music group Insane Clown Posse, a judge has said. U.S. District Judge Robert…

  3. Chart Highlights: Usher Lands Lucky 13th No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

    July 07, 2014 5:35 PM EDT The crooner ties Drake for the most leaders in the list's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Shakira, Seether and Jake Owen, while Justin Moore countrifies Motley Crue ... with Vince Neil Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  4. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  5. Bassnectar Makes 'Noise' At No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums

    July 03, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Bassnectar bangs out his first No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart, as "Noise vs. Beauty," his eighth charted album, debuts with 13,000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The bow marks Bassnectar's best sales week in more than two years; "Vava…

  6. John Mellencamp, 'Small Town': Exclusive Premiere from His New 'Trouble No More' Live Album

    July 03, 2014 10:12 AM EDT July 4 is almost here and an all-American rock and roller is premiering a brand new cut from his upcoming live album: John Mellencamp. Billboard presents a raw, stripped-down live version of Mellencamp's heartland rock essential "Small Town," performed before a crowd of only 1…

  7. Daft Punk, DJ Snake & Lil Jon Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Dance/Electronic Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:08 PM EDT At the mid-way point of 2014, more than a year after its release, Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" reigns as the top selling dance/electronic album according to Nielsen SoundScan. Through the week ending June 29 -- the mid-way point of the 2014 SoundScan tracking year -- …

  8. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events,…

  9. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 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 below. All…

  10. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  11. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Sizzles To No. 1 On Hot Dance/Electronic Songs

    June 27, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Calvin Harris nabs his first leader on the list, while Deadmau5 and Tiesto soar onto Dance/Electronic Albums Calvin Harris kicks off the first official week of summer by capturing his first No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs , as "Summer" heats up with a 2-1 climb.   The anthem…

  12. Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Invited to Join Academy Awards Group

    June 26, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Eddie Vedder, Pharrell Williams and this year’s Oscar winners for song and score are among the 271 artists and executives invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik is among the executives invited. Oscars Alter Music Campaign…

  13. Hollywood's 10 Favorite Music Films: 'Wizard of Oz,' 'Almost Famous,' 'Lion King' & More

    June 25, 2014 4:22 PM EDT There are plenty of great films and almost just as many lists of great films. So The Hollywood Reporter set out to do one better -- for the July 4 issue, they surveyed over two thousand distinguished members of the movie industry for the ultimate insiders list. What resulted is Hollywood&…

  14. Ask Billboard: With Nico & Vinz, Norway Continues U.S. Chart Invasion

    June 24, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The duo's 'Am I Wrong' continues an unprecedented run of U.S. success for Norwegian musical exports. Plus, an Imagine Dragons feat, Linkin Park sales and remembering Casey Kasem As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to…

  15. Robert Plant Drops Uplifting New Song 'Rainbow' (Listen)

    June 24, 2014 10:35 AM EDT There may be no chance of a Led Zeppelin reunion anytime soon, but Robert Plant has new music on the way. The singer-songwriter shared an optimistic new track called "Rainbow" from his forthcoming, grammatically-daring solo album "lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar." Built…

  16. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big At APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year and pop work of the categories for his…

  17. Lorde Responds to Iggy Azalea’s Criticism of Her Nirvana Rock Hall Tribute

    June 21, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Lorde has responded to critical comments made by Iggy Azalea to Billboard about her performance with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April. Iggy Azalea On Lorde's Nirvana Rock Hall Tribute: 'She Is Not Kurt Cobain's…

  18. Remembering Casey Kasem: Regional Hero, National Treasure

    June 21, 2014 11:13 AM EDT I first remember hearing the smooth, dulcet tones of Casey Kasem in the summer of 1963 on the Pasadena-based radio station KRLA, where the disc jockey shared the dial with Bob Eubanks, Dave Hull and Jimmy O‘Neill. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82 During a six-year tenure at the Top…

  19. '22 Jump Street' Soundtrack Makes Top 5 Chart Debut on Dance Chart

    June 20, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The soundtrack to the box office champion “22 Jump Street” debuts at No. 4 on Dance/Electronic Albums with 2,000 units sold in the week ending June 15, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The companion album to the action comedy, starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube, is chock full of…

  20. Carnegie Hall Concert Honors Black History

    June 19, 2014 11:39 AM EDT In a rehearsal room near Times Square this week, some two dozen men with Broadway-honed voices huddled to strategize. They were practicing choral work ahead of a landmark concert Monday at the mighty Carnegie Hall, and creator-producer Chapman Roberts knew what those voices will be facing. …

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