1. Trey Songz and Robin Thicke Take Top Two on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 12, 2014 7:23 PM EDT Plus: Busta Rhymes and Eminem debut with "Calm Down," Lil Wayne's "Believe" hits No. 1 Trey Songz crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his newest set "Trigga," opening with 105,000 copies sold in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The…

  2. 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…

  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. Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 For Seventh Week, Maroon 5's 'Maps' Finds Top 10

    July 09, 2014 2:48 PM EDT "Fancy" moves up among the longest Hot 100 reigns by women this decade. Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, continues its Billboard Hot 100 command, spending a seventh week at No. 1. Meanwhile, Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" crowns the Radio…

  5. The Monstercat Label Model: From YouTube Channel to One Million Record Sales

    July 08, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Monstercat CEO and founder Mike Darlington never intended to make a record label. “People don’t need record labels anymore,” he says. “Artists can do everything on their own. So we either had to do it for them better or provide a platform and marketing tool they can’t find on their own.…

  6. 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,…

  7. Judas Priest Shares The Story Behind 'Redeemer of Souls': Video Premiere

    July 08, 2014 10:26 AM EDT "Most of this music is very classic Priest," says Rob Halford. Rob Halford and his bandmates wanted to "reinvestigate the roots of (Judas) Priest" for "Redeemer of Souls," the Metal Gods' 17th studio album and first set of new material since the concept…

  8. 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…

  9. Despite Hits, No Radio Love Yet For Country Rap

    July 05, 2014 2:17 PM EDT "I think rap gets treated like a dirty word," Clear Channel's Clay Hunnicutt says. When Jason Brown came to Nashville to start his career as the country artist Colt Ford, he couldn't find songwriters who would write for his singing style. No surprise. Ford was bringing an…

  10. Born in the U.S.A.: The Top 50 Artists by State

    July 03, 2014 12:52 PM EDT From Billy Joel's New York state of mind to the Beach Boys being synonymous with sunny California, each state has given us some amazing music. A clever entry on the website "Thinking Pseudogeographically," entitled "50 States, 50 Television Shows," considered…

  11. Pharrell's 'Happy' Is Radio's Most-Played Song of 2014 (So Far)

    July 03, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Radio never sounded more "Happy" than it did in the first half of 2014.   Pharrell Williams' "Happy" leads Nielsen BDS' mid-year report of the most-played songs in the first half of the year on U.S. terrestrial radio stations. The track, which topped…

  12. 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,…

  13. 615 Spotlight: Johnny Orr on New EP 'Down South' & How Music Cost Him His Marriage

    July 02, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Johnny Orr admits that his formative musical years were quite diverse. In addition to country that was so prevalent around his home in North Carolina, he was exposed to a wide variety of music. “I was a big John Cougar and Bryan Adams fan in my younger days. Then, I became a big fan of Edwin…

  14. Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'

    July 02, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rises 3-2, Sam Smith takes over atop Digital Songs and Vine star Shawn Mendes debuts Iggy Azalea makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, rewrites the record for the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. With…

  15. Ryan Adams Announces New Self-Titled Album

    July 02, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Singer/songwriter releases new solo set Sept. 9. First single “Gimme Something Good” now streaming on Spotify. Ryan Adams will release his self-titled 14th solo album on September 9. The 11-track self-produced album was recorded at Adams’ Pax-Am Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and…

  16. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  17. 2014 Hasn't Been Half Bad

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT A look at the biggest chart headlines, from Pharrell Williams, Michael Jackson, Iggy Azalea and more, from the first half of 2014 Fourteen chart headlines from the first half of 2014: Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J) wins the race to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot…

  18. Adam Levine Faces Death in Maroon 5's New 'Maps' Video: Watch

    July 01, 2014 9:51 AM EDT The music video from Maroon 5's brand new single "Maps" is here. Adam Levine puts his acting skills to the test in the clip, as he retraces his footsteps in a disastrous night that ends in a hospital emergency room. The video follows a backwards narrative format, beginning with…

  19. The Band Perry, Wynonna Judd Lift Williams Syndrome Campers' Lives at Country Music Camp

    June 30, 2014 7:39 PM EDT Last week was a special one for 30 campers from across the country, who descended upon Nashville for the Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives Music Camp. Held June 23-27, the five-day event provided music enrichment through performance and education for campers who have been diagnosed with…

  20. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Top Pop, Rhythmic Songs Charts With 'Problem'

    June 30, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Grande grabs her first No. 1 on each tally, while Azalea earns the honor of replacing herself at the top of each ranking Ariana Grande's "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea," rises 2-1 on both the Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs radio airplay charts,…

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