1. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  2. Garth Brooks' Top 25 Billboard Hits

    July 10, 2014 3:05 PM EDT In honor of his pending return, a look at his top 25 Hot Country Songs hits Garth Brooks announced today that he's ready to return to the country music spotlight , revealing that he'll release a new album, offer his music digitally for the first time and embark on a world tour. His…

  3. Michael Brun On Helping His Homeland & Kid Coconut Label: Exclusive

    July 10, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Michael Brun doesn’t speak like a typical 21-year-old. There’s maturity in the Haitian artist’s voice that belies his years, perhaps drawn from an adolescence spent surrounded by his Caribbean country's endemic poverty. Though Brun grew up on the green side of Port Au Prince’s deep…

  4. Bruce Springsteen Releases Short Film, 'Hunter of Invisible Game'

    July 09, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen and his documentarian Thom Zimny shot a 10-minute film for "Hunter of Invisible Game" that was posted at www.brucespringsteen.net Wednesday (July 9). With nearly six minutes of Springsteen-composed score added to the track from his most recent album, "High…

  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. Insane Clown Posse Loses FBI 'Gang' Lawsuit

    July 09, 2014 7:27 AM EDT 'This is not the end,' says Insane Clown Posse member Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J The federal government can't be blamed for any fallout from a 2011 FBI report that put a gang tag on fans of the music group Insane Clown Posse, a judge has said. U.S. District Judge Robert…

  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. Jeff Koons' Controversial Michael Jackson Sculpture: The Story Behind It

    July 08, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As a major retrospective of the artist's work rolls into New York, the artist talks about the making of one of his most iconic pieces: a larger-than-life rendering of the King of Pop and his beloved pet chimpanzee. Weeks after Michael Jackson's virtual performance at the Billboard…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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,…

  11. Kansas Bible Company Talks Life as a 12-Man Band, Nashville Dancin' Gig

    July 07, 2014 5:58 PM EDT The Nashville band plans to release its third studio album in early 2015 Despite their name, the group known as the Kansas Bible Company is actually based in Nashville. That makes this Thursday’s appearance as part of  the downtown summer concert series Nashville Dancin’ (presented by Dollar…

  12. Nothing More: Texas Rockers Persevere With Hit Single 'This Is The Time (Ballast)'

    July 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When Nothing More singer/percussionist Jonny Hawkins was in grade school, his tiny class of a dozen students all tried out for the choir. When only Hawkins and one other child weren't accepted, it made a painful impression on him. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm not a…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Josh Groban, Ludacris and a Whole Load More Cat Banter Lights Up Episode 3

    July 07, 2014 9:43 AM EDT ABC hasn’t turned the lights off on Josh Groban, Kesha, Ludacris, Brad Paisley and their motley crew of wannabe stars, which means the wall must still rise, the sad background stories still abound, and the cat banter continue on until Kesha has locked down a fleet of felines and some sort of…

  16. '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…

  17. Would You Take Robin Thicke Back?: 10 Female Music Critics Answer

    July 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT From begging during performances to recording and titling his new album after Paula Patton, Robin Thicke has been trying hard—publicly, at least—to get his estranged wife back. Will the public campaign, including his album, help repair their marriage of nine years? Only time will tell.…

  18. ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele Not Pregnant, Twitter Account Gets Hacked

    July 04, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Fans of “Glee” star Lea Michele received some exciting news Friday morning (July 4) after reading on her Twitter account that she’s expecting a baby boy. Soon after the tweet went out, Michele’s representatives quickly pointed out that her account had been hacked and that she’s not pregnant.…

  19. 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 "…

  20. Plácido Domingo Talks Passion For Soccer Ahead of World Cup Performance

    July 04, 2014 10:45 AM EDT For Placido Domingo, opera and soccer go hand in hand. The Spanish tenor has performed during almost every World Cup since 1990 and plans a July 11 concert in Rio de Janeiro, just two days before the city hosts the final game. Shakira Confirmed to Perform 'La La La' at World Cup…

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