1. Mastodon's 'Sun' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    July 03, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The band scores its first No. 1 on the survey and highest rank on the Billboard 200. Also, chart action for Phish, KONGOS and Imagine Dragons Mastodon notches its first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 6), as "Once More 'Round the Sun"…

  2. Ariana Grande Poll: Is 'Problem' Or 'Break Free' Your Favorite New Single?

    July 03, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Vote now! On Wednesday night, Ariana Grande finally released "Break Free," the second single from her upcoming sophomore album "My Everything" and her debut collaboration with EDM maestro Zedd. "Break Free" has already made an impact on the Billboard Twitter…

  3. Jose Feliciano Records New Single With 'The Madonna or Lady Gaga of Serbia'

    July 03, 2014 12:50 PM EDT The legendary "Light My Fire" artist talks about working on new music: "I'm always trying to reinvent myself." It's been 50 years since Jose Feliciano's first album, but even at 68, the Puerto Rican-born artist of "Light My Fire" and "Feliz…

  4. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' Turns 20: Darius Rucker Q&A

    July 03, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Reminiscing on a breakthrough Letterman performance, competing with grunge and a big assist from Garth Brooks This weekend (July 5) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of “Cracked Rear View” – the Atlantic debut from Hootie & The Blowfish. The album changed the lives of…

  5. Taylor Swift's Red Wraps as All-Time Country Tour

    July 03, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift has smashed the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist with the final stats reported from her Red tour that played arenas and stadiums in four continents during a 15-month span.  According to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, the tour’s overall gross of $150…

  6. Pop Shop Podcast: Robin Thicke, Sam Smith, Charli XCX & More

    July 03, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  7. 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…

  8. Styx and Foreigner Tour Buses Damaged By Fire in Philadelphia

    July 02, 2014 9:21 PM EDT Tour buses belonging to summer tourmates Styx and Foreigner caught fire today in Philadelphia, where they were parked ahead of the bands' performance in town tomorrow night (July 3). CBS reports that the flames ignited around noon today while the vehicles were parked in a tour bus…

  9. Death Grips Announce Breakup

    July 02, 2014 8:27 PM EDT Over the four years of their existence, Death Grips have been nothing if not totally unpredictable: one month after dropping a surprise album, "Niggas on the Moon," the duo have reminded their fans of that fact by posting a photo on their Facebook page earlier today announcing that…

  10. 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…

  11. Ariana Grande to 'Break Free' at MTV VMAs

    July 02, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Ariana Grande took over MTV’s New York studio July 2 to announce she will be perform her new single “Break Free” at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24. Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande Perform at Billboard Music Awards Grande appeared on a special edition of MTV’s former hit “TRL,” re…

  12. Enrique Iglesias, Romeo Santos Dominate Mid-Year SoundScan Latin Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:54 PM EDT Romeo Santos' 'Formula: Vol. 2' leads as Latin's biggest selling album, while Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' is the top selling song. Romeo Santos easily outpaces the rest of the Latin industry at the top of the mid-year Latin Nielsen SoundScan sales charts.…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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 -- …

  15. Lorde, Bastille Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Rock Charts

    July 02, 2014 5:55 PM EDT Bastille's breakthrough hit 'Pompeii' perks up mid-year rock sales lists, while Lorde's 'Pure Heroine' is still red-hot. At the mid-year mark, Lorde's "Pure Heroine" album and Bastille's "Pompeii" lead as 2014's top-selling…

  16. 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…

  17. '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,…

  18. 'Bangerz' Creative Director Previews Miley Cyrus TV Special: 'Intense and Wild'

    July 02, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Miley Cyrus is bringing her headline-grabbing "Bangerz" tour to a living room near you this Fourth of July weekend . The "We Can't Stop" singer kicked off the trek back in February, and with nearly every stop, she's managed to raise eyebrows with her onstage…

  19. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Beyonce's self-titled surprise album is far-and-away the year's biggest selling R&B/hip-hop set. As we reach the half way mark of 2014, we take a moment to glance at the biggest selling R&B/hip-hop albums and digital songs through the sales week that ended June 29. '…

  20. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

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