1. Taeyang Gives Track-By-Track Review of Record-Breaking 'Rise' Album (Exclusive Video)

    July 09, 2014 8:45 PM EDT In Billboard's first-ever track-by-track review for a K-pop album, the singer/rapper gets deep and reflects on his new tracks While fans around the world knew and loved Taeyang through his group BIGBANG, it wasn't until the release of his second solo album, "Rise," that…

  2. Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer Added To MTV VMAs Lineup

    July 09, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Usher and Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer are headed to the MTV Video Music Awards. Both will perform at this year's awards ceremony Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, at Inglewood, Calif.'s recently renovated venue The Forum. Usher, a two-time VMA winner, returns after a…

  3. Beck Announces 'Song Reader' Album with Jack White, Jack Black & More

    July 09, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Beck's quirky sheet music project is about to come to life Back in 2012, Beck released a little experiment "album" that existed solely in the form of sheet music. Now, two years later, "Song Reader" is getting a proper release, with an impressive, genre-hopping cast…

  4. Trey Songz Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Trigga'

    July 09, 2014 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Trey Songz secures his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Trigga" debuts atop the list. The set, which was released on July 1, sold 105,000 copies in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Songz also saw his last album, 2012's "…

  5. Yelle Announces New Dr. Luke-Produced LP 'Completement Fou,' Shares New Song & Tour Dates

    July 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The LP drops Sept. 30 via Luke's Kemosabe imprint Just about any pop act in America would be dying to work with Lukasz Gottwald -- aka Dr. Luke -- the producer behind some of the biggest hits from Katy Perry, Kesha and others. But when Dr. Luke reached out to the French synthpop trio…

  6. Madonna Reveals 'Messiah' Artwork. Maybe?

    July 09, 2014 8:39 AM EDT Madonna's Instagram teaser campaign for her new song "Messiah" continues with today's picture of what could very possibly be the single's artwork. Then again, it could just be a cheeky ruse.   The image is of Madonna wearing a chainmail face mask that resembles a…

  7. George Michael, Arctic Monkeys and Katie Melua Implicated In Tax Avoidance Scheme

    July 09, 2014 6:48 AM EDT A number of high profile music figures, including George Michael and all four members of British band Arctic Monkeys, are among 1,600 people who collectively tried to shelter £1.2 billion ($2 billion) in a tax avoidance scheme, reports The Times .  Investors in the Liberty tax strategy also…

  8. Robin Thicke's ‘Paula’ Sells Just 530 First-Week Copies in U.K.

    July 09, 2014 4:21 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s bad run continues with the news that his latest album “Paula” has sold just 530 first-week copies in the United Kingdom. The album, which is named after his estranged wife, actress Paula Patton, entered the Official U.K. albums chart at No. 200 and managed just 2% of the…

  9. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Jay Z, No Doubt To Headline

    July 09, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Carrie Underwood, fun. and more will also be heading to Central Park's Great Lawn in September. The third annual Global Citizen Festival will feature performances from Jay Z, No Doubt and more big names when it returns to the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on Saturday, Sept.…

  10. f(x) Solidifies Brand of Quirky, Hipster Pop With 'Red Light' Album

    July 08, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The girl group bring hip-hop chants, animal noises, twinkling synths, horror-movie screams and more on their new LP Last July, f(x) dropped new single "Rum Pum Pum Pum" – a mix of samba, funk and yuletide carols that (somehow brilliantly) blended to give the girl group its first No.…

  11. Solange Addresses Elevator Fight With Jay Z... Sort Of

    July 08, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Solange Knowles is opening up about the infamous "elevator incident" between herself and brother-in-law Jay Z at May's Met Gala afterparty — sort of. A joint statement made by the Knowles-Carter family immediately following the incident didn't quell public speculation…

  12. 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,…

  13. Idina Menzel, Imagine Dragons To Perform During MLB All-Star Weekend

    July 08, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Panic! at the Disco and Aloe Blacc will also show up during baseball's big weekend. Idina Menzel is bringing Broadway to baseball. The Tony-winning performer will sing the national anthem at the MLB All-Star Game on July 15 in Minneapolis. Menzel will also perform during the pre-game…

  14. Becky G's 'Shower': 10 Things You Need To Know

    July 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT From music video cameos to the fan army name, here's what you need to know about Becky G's instantly appealing new hit. Becky G, a 17-year-old Mexican-American artist who has been trying to break into the mainstream over the past year, may have found her golden ticket in the…

  15. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 1

    July 07, 2014 1:00 PM EDT In 2014, it's easier than ever for fans of different pop stars to connect with each other. With the explosion of social media making it simpler than ever to find other fanatics of your favorite artist, "fan armies" have become a shorthand for singers' most dedicated…

  16. Ariana Grande Tops First Ever Combined U.K. Singles Chart

    July 07, 2014 6:45 AM EDT Ariana Grande has earned a place in the pop music history books by becoming the first ever artist to have a No. 1 U.K. single based on combined sales and streaming.  Grande's “Problem” FT Iggy Azalea achieved chart sales of 113,000 copies, comprising 106,000 sales and 712,000 streams,…

  17. Dolly Parton Offers To Adopt Abandoned Glastonbury Dog

    July 07, 2014 5:52 AM EDT Dolly Parton has offered to adopt an abandoned dog that was found during the clean up from last weekend’s Glastonbury Festival.  Workers cleaning the 1,000 acre festival site discovered the fluffy white lurcher in an abandoned tent and christened it Dolly in honor of the country singer, who…

  18. Flavor Flav Cited By Police Over Fireworks Show

    July 06, 2014 10:42 PM EDT Police have cited rapper Flavor Flav over his annual Fourth of July fireworks show outside his Las Vegas home. Stars Celebrate the Fourth of July 2014: Photos The reality TV star has been accused of setting off thousands of dollars' worth of illegal fireworks at his holiday party since…

  19. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  20. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

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