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. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  3. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT The country star is expected to announce a deal with Sony Nashville at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of…

  4. Vance Joy Releases ‘Mess Is Mine’ Video Ahead of Debut Album: Watch

    July 10, 2014 3:53 AM EDT Vance Joy’s awaited debut album now has a name, a lead single, and a release date.  The Australian singer-songwriter’s “Dream Your Life Away” will arrive Sept. 5 in his homeland, via Mushroom Group label Liberation Music. The album should also land this September in the U.S. and U.K./Europe,…

  5. 'Opie and Anthony' Fans Lash Out at SiriusXM for Firing Host

    July 06, 2014 11:00 AM EDT A number of “Opie and Anthony” fans have lashed out at SiriusXM after the satellite radio company fired Anthony Cumia on July 3 for racist comments he tweeted earlier in the week. Cumia's supporters have launched a Twitter campaign, using the hashtag #CancelSiriusXM, to encourage the…

  6. SiriusXM Fires ‘Opie & Anthony’ Host Over ‘Racially-Charged’ Tweets

    July 04, 2014 11:30 AM EDT SiriusXM has fired "Opie and Anthony" host Anthony Cumia after he posted a series of racist remarks on Twitter earlier this week. Patrick Reilly, senior VP of communications at the satellite radio company, wrote in a statement that the 53-year-old DJ's posts were "…

  7. Gregg Allman Biopic Director Indicted For Fatal Crash

    July 04, 2014 7:39 AM EDT Randall Miller, the director of troubled Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider,” and two of the film’s producers have been indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges following a fatal train crash on the film’s Georgia set, which led to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Seven other…

  8. 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…

  9. Trey Songz Aiming for Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 02, 2014 7:55 PM EDT R&B Singer Trey Songz should easily score his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters suggest the artist's new set, "Trigga" -- which was released on July 1 -- could sell between 90,000 to 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 'Frozen,' Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Beyonce, Katy Perry also have big showings at 2014's half-way point. With the year half over, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" and Pharrell Williams' "Happy" lead as the year's biggest-selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively,…

  13. 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…

  14. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  15. Ice-T's Grandson, 19, Arrested in Accidental Shooting Death

    June 28, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Elyjah Marrow, 19, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his roommate in Georgia Rapper/actor Ice-T's grandson Elyjah Marrow, 19, was arrested in Marietta, Georgia, Tuesday afternoon and charged with involuntary manslaughter, among several other charges, following the…

  16. Aretha Franklin Talks Working With Andre 3000, Covering 'Rolling In The Deep'

    June 25, 2014 3:59 PM EDT The legendary singer says of her new covers album, "We're going to give you exactly what you're expecting and what you're not expecting." Aretha Franklin is "more than happy" with the progress of her upcoming divas covers album, but she acknowledges that…

  17. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It's a Blast, Isn't It?'

    June 23, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Six out of ten acts successfully raised the Wall on the first episode of "Rising Star," but the performer with the brightest smile after the ABC show's premiere was none other than the friendly expert, Brad Paisley. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works &…

  18. Tracy Morgan Transferred to Rehab

    June 20, 2014 3:27 PM EDT Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility as he recovers from a serious auto accident, his spokesman said Friday. The former star of "30 Rock" is showing signs of improvement but has a long road to full recovery, spokesman Lewis Kay said…

  19. 615 Spotlight: Lera Lynn Debuts 'La Di Da' Off Next Album (Exclusive)

    June 19, 2014 10:20 AM EDT This week in The 615 Spotlight, Billboard is excited to debut "La Di Da" from Lera Lynn. It's the lead track from her upcoming project The Avenues, which is set for a Sept. 9 release. "It's a song I started writing really late one night a couple of years ago,"…

  20. Jack White's 'Lazaretto' Debuts at No. 1, Sets Vinyl Sales Record

    June 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rocker Jack White claims his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Lazaretto" bows in the top slot with 138,000 sold in the week ending June 15, according to NielsenSoundScan.   The effort follows his solo debut, "Blunderbuss," which also opened atop the…

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