1. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  2. Kitty Cash & SZA, 'Moodring': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The DJ announces 'Love The Free II' mixtape, featuring SZA, Yuna, Dev Hynes & more. It's slated to drop on July 22. A year after turning heads with her debut mixtape, "Love The Free," Kitty Cash preps its sequel, "Love The Free II." The 24-year-old DJ…

  3. Nothing More: Texas Rockers Persevere With Hit Single 'This Is The Time (Ballast)'

    July 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When Nothing More singer/percussionist Jonny Hawkins was in grade school, his tiny class of a dozen students all tried out for the choir. When only Hawkins and one other child weren't accepted, it made a painful impression on him. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm not a…

  4. Jessica Simpson Marries Eric Johnson in California

    July 05, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Felicitations are in order for Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson: the couple of four years, 33 and 34 respectively, married earlier tonight in an outdoor ceremony in Santa Barbara County. Jessica Simpson Gives Birth to Second Baby "We are overwhelmed with complete happiness and love…

  5. Paris Hilton Sits On Diamonds For 'Come Alive' Cover Art

    July 03, 2014 6:52 PM EDT Paris Hilton shines bright like a diamond on the cover art for her new single, "Come Alive." The heiress and pop singer released the photo today (July 3) on her  website . On it, she dressed in a blush-colored bodysuit, fishnet tights and sparkly heels. She is lounging on a bed of…

  6. Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Vault To No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    July 03, 2014 12:05 PM EDT With 'Somethin' Bad,' the stars score the first No. 1 by teamed-up solo women in more than two decades. Plus, Kenny Chesney achieves his 45th top 10 with 'American Kids' Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood put on an impressive display of girl power on Billboard'…

  7. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead SoundScan Mid-Year Country Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:20 PM EDT These are the top selling country albums & digital songs of 2014 so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The mid-year sales stats give Luke Bryan plenty of reason to flash his trademark ivory smile once more -- he's featured on the two most-downloaded country songs thus far in 2014,…

  8. Trove of Bob Dylan Acetates, ca. 1969-70, Found in NYC Closet

    July 02, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Most people discover a rogue sock or a handful of wire hangers when emptying a closet during a move. One music historian ended up with much, much more this spring, when two boxes jammed with rare Bob Dylan acetates turned up in a New York City apartment building once used by the rock 'n&…

  9. Beck Opens For Himself After Support Act Drops Out of Detroit Concert

    June 29, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Beck gave his Detroit fans more than they expected over the weekend, and a very different show than what he's been doing during his current tour — and rest assured no one was complaining. After opener The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger dropped out of the Fox Theatre concert (no explanation…

  10. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

  11. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 On Top Country Albums In 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longest for a living artist, Willie Nelson…

  12. One Direction's Louis Tomlinson Buys English Soccer Club

    June 19, 2014 7:01 PM EDT One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is the new co-owner of English soccer club Doncaster Rovers. The team plays in the so-called League One, the soccer league two levels below the top-flight English Premier League. Financial details weren't disclosed. Steamy One Direction Fan Fiction…

  13. Full Moon Festival: Le Youth, The Knocks, Delorean Heading to Governors Island

    June 19, 2014 6:57 PM EDT The upcoming 4th annual Full Moon Festival , set to take over Governor's Island on August 8, has taken to Instagram to share the announcement of the first round of performers for their upcoming beach-themed mini-festival, which takes its inspiration from the full moon parties of…

  14. Remixing Rock's Style Roots: Where to Find Johnny Cash & Elvis-Inpired Jackets

    June 18, 2014 5:40 PM EDT E-tailer Phoenix Project brings the 1950s style of legends Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash back to life. Don't step on his blue suede shoes, but you MAY be able to step into them, thanks to Phoenix Project - an e-tailer dedicated to replicating the clothing of 20th-century icons. An Elvis…

  15. Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Debuts New Song, Duets with Mark Lanegan, in London

    June 17, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme capped the band's European tour by playing a rare solo acoustic show as part of James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival in London yesterday (June 16), during which he debuted a new song called "Villains of Circumstance." The dark,…

  16. Katy Perry, Die Antwoord No. 1 On Dance Charts

    June 13, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Die Antwoord achieves the best sales week of its career and first Dance/Electronic Albums No. 1 with the arrival of "Donker Mag" (7,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The South African "zef"-stylized group (akin to hip-hop's subculture elements), on tour in…

  17. Bonnaroo 2014: 15 Things You Need In A Festival RV

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Board games, boots and BSB: how the Billboard crew is surviving the 'Roo. Billboard has once again invaded Bonnaroo, and this year, we did it in style. A crew of fearless reporters (and a few of thier trusted friends) drove down from the New York area to Manchester, Tenn. in a 10…

  18. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  19. CMA Music Festival Covers the Gamut of Country Artists

    June 10, 2014 3:33 PM EDT It’s two events in one. The Country Music Association’s annual CMA Music Festival brought an estimated 80,000 people to downtown Nashville for four consecutive days, June 5-8, as fans from around the nation and more than 20 foreign countries chose from hundreds of opportunities to soak up…

  20. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

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