1. Sam Hunt Scores Highest Debut on Top Country Albums With 'X2C'

    August 21, 2014 4:22 PM EDT The former college QB huddles in the chart's upper ranks with his debut EP. Plus, moves for Luke Bryan, FGL & Darius Rucker. Former college football quarterback Sam Hunt snares Hot Shot Debut honors at No. 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with X2C , his four-song,…

  2. Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga Already Planning 'Cheek To Cheek' Sequel

    August 21, 2014 3:41 PM EDT "We'll be touring together for quite a while," Bennett also tells Billboard. Tony Bennett says he and Lady Gaga plan to spend more time joined at the musical hip -- or, if you prefer, cheek. With the pair's duets album, Cheek To Cheek , ready to come out Sept. 23 -- and…

  3. Exclusive: Ferry Corsten 'Hyper Love' Song Premiere

    August 21, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Dutch producer Ferry Corsten has been a fixture on Europe’s dance music scene for decades. Largely considered one of trance music’s pioneers, he helped usher the genre from its club roots to major festivals and arena shows. His new single, “Hyper Love," is a big, radio-friendly…

  4. Man Dies at Hank Williams Jr. Show Following Alleged Altercation

    August 20, 2014 9:38 PM EDT In a summer plagued by death, rape and arrests around country music events, a tragic accident has taken another life.  Keith Urban 'Horrified' by Alleged Rape at Concert Sunday night, before a Hank Williams Jr. concert, a 55-year-old man died after a fall in the concourse of the…

  5. Jake Miller Talks Twitter's Effect On 'First Flight Home'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT Florida hip-hop artist's new song has lit up Billboard's Twitter Trending 140. 'I went from the kid who was always listening to his iPod to the kid in other people's iPods.' "First Flight Home," Jake Miller 's latest song and video, has flown sky-high.…

  6. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  7. Mikky Ekko Talks Debut Album 'Time,' Previews New Tracks in Intimate Concert

    August 20, 2014 2:25 PM EDT "I feel like we took the time to put together a really, really strong album," says the "Stay" singer-songwriter. In many ways, Mikky Ekko couldn't have chosen a better title for his debut album than Time .   Set for release on RCA this fall, Time will arrive nearly…

  8. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Prime Minister David Cameron continues his push for explicit online content to be monitored. Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children…

  9. Sneaker Collection Inspired by Kid Cudi to Launch

    August 20, 2014 2:37 AM EDT Italian shoe designer  Giuseppe Zanotti has made some kicks inspired by   Kid Cudi . The first glimpse is this red Nappa leather high-top which has a touch of sci-fi about it. Imagine footwear for a pick-up basketball match on another planet. According to Nice Kicks, theGiuseppe Zanotti High…

  10. Charles M. Young, Punk Rock Journalist, Dead at 63

    August 19, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Rock journalist Charles M. Young, who joined Rolling Stone magazine in 1976 and championed New York's CBGB punk scene at its inception, died of cancer on Monday, Aug. 18. Young's passing follows a year-and-a-half battle with with a stage four brain tumor, he was 63.  At Rolling…

  11. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  12. Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood': Track-by-Track Review

    August 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Since the release of his mixtape in 2005, Wiz Khalifa has evolved from a rising Pittsburgh rapper to a pop icon. While his easygoing persona makes him come off like one of hip-hop's most casual rappers, his work ethic speaks otherwise, spanning from a ceaseless touring schedule to a…

  13. DJ Skee Debuts DASH Radio, Taps East Village Radio Co-Founder, L.A. Reid As Investors

    August 19, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Give Scott Keeney , a.k.a. DJ Skee , a minute to talk about his love for radio, and you’ll wind up getting five. That’s what Peter Ferraro , co-founder of East Village Radio, got on the day he announced the impending closure of his pioneering internet radio station. “At first I was like, …

  14. Kenny Chesney Preps for 'Big Revival' After Massive Flora-Bama Concert

    August 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Kenny Chesney only performed one concert this year -- this weekend's Flora-Bama-Jama -- but it proved to be the party of the summer. Chesney brought his hits to the legendary Flora-Bama Lounge in Pensacola on Saturday, attracting more than 40,000 people -- some coming from as far away as…

  15. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith's 'Stay' Hits No. 1 On Pop Songs

    August 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Another week, another tally topped by Smith's ballad. Plus, new leaders for Beyonce, Dierks Bentley and Danny Gokey 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.…

  16. Pharrell's 'Happy' Is Even Happier in Sign Language

    August 18, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Fan-made videos from around the world have brought Pharrell Williams to tears . Well, there's been another endearing rendition of "Happy," this one courtesy of the kids at Camp Mark Seven's Deaf Film Camp, which offers filmmaking instruction to deaf and hard-of-hearing…

  17. Nelly Talks Ferguson & Setting Up a Scholarship in Michael Brown's Name: 'We Need to Strategize'

    August 18, 2014 11:37 AM EDT The St. Louis rapper tells Billboard about setting up a scholarship fund with Brown's family. Nelly may have been thousands of miles from his hometown of St. Louis this past weekend, but the city was at the forefront of his mind while playing the Uforia festival in Los Angeles. During…

  18. MTV’s Van Toffler Talks Miley Cyrus, the FCC, Why Diddy’s Revolt Won’t Work

    August 18, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The MTV veteran on his 12 networks, the Aug. 24 VMAs, P. Diddy’s Revolt (“I can’t find it”) and constant reinvention. When Van Toffler first went to work at 1515 Broadway in the mid-1980s, starting in business development for Nickelodeon and eventually rising to GM, then president of MTV, the…

  19. Watch Linda Perry and Sara Gilbert Lampoon 'American Idol'

    August 18, 2014 4:46 AM EDT If Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, or Led Zeppelin were to audition for American Idol today, would any of them have earned a Golden Ticket to Hollywood? The short answer to that, according to hit songwriter Linda Perry , star of VH1's Make or Break : The Linda Perry Project , is a resounding …

  20. 'Rising Star' Recap: With a Record Contract Pending, Contestants Show Their True Artistic Colors

    August 18, 2014 3:46 AM EDT Tonight’s Rising Star began with Josh Groban accepting his official ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which makes sense, because this show is a lot like scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed: there’s a good bit of secondhand embarrassment, occasionally something is interesting enough to make you…

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