1. Tomorrow's Hits: Alex & Sierra, Dean Alexander & The Eeries

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Alex & Sierra After winning the third (and final) season of the U.S. version of Fox's The X Factor in December, Alex & Sierra near the…

  2. Lollapalooza's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See)

    August 01, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Eminem or the Arctic Monkeys? Calvin Harris or OutKast? Here's our expert advice. If you’re a pro at the music festival game, you know you’ve got to come prepared. Lollapalooza hits Chicago’s Grant Park today, and with eight stages of music to choose from this weekend, you’re going to…

  3. One Direction Guides U.K. to Take 13% of Global Album Sales

    August 01, 2014 8:19 AM EDT U.K. artists have had the top-selling global album for six of the last seven years. One in every eight artist albums sold around the world in 2013 -- totaling 13% of the global market -- was by a U.K. act, according to a new report from British labels trade body the BPI. The popularity of…

  4. Exclusive: The Band Perry to Play High School Concerts to Promote Safe Teen Driving

    August 01, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Winners of State Farm's Celebrate My Drive campaign will be treated to Band Perry shows. The Band Perry will be touring all fall in support of 2013's Pioneer , both on their own headlining dates and as part of Blake Shelton 's Ten Times Crazier Tour. But the country trio will…

  5. See a Bloodied & Buff Nick Jonas in 'Kingdom' Trailer

    July 31, 2014 8:42 PM EDT MMA drama premieres on DirecTV's Audience Network on Oct. 8. If you've ever hoped for a Disney Channel and UFC crossover, this is the show for you. Kingdom , a mixed martial arts drama coming to DirecTV's Audience Network on Oct. 8, stars middle JoBro Nick Jonas as a jacked-up…

  6. Kendrick Lamar-Inspired Short Film to Debut at Sundance's Next Fest

    July 31, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar is headed to Sundance, sorta. A new short film inspired by the acclaimed rapper's debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city , will debut at the Sundance Institute's first annual Next Fest at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Aug. 9. More Kendrick Watch: Childish Gambino Calls…

  7. Carlos Vives and Marc Anthony Team For Tropical No. 1

    July 31, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Plus: Jenni Rivera's daughter Chiquis nets second chart hit on Hot Latin Songs, Larry Hernandez earns top debut on Latin Albums. Colombian star Carlos Vives earns his fifth No. 1 single on Tropical Airplay , as "Cuando Nos Volvamos" jumps 2-1. The track features Marc Anthony ,…

  8. LL Cool J & Russell Simmons Visit NYC Jail

    July 31, 2014 7:53 PM EDT A group of young people at a New York City jail complex got some words of encouragement on Thursday from hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and rapper/actor LL Cool J . The two visited Rikers Island to mark the launch of a national anti-violence program from Simmons' RushCard, a prepaid debit…

  9. Common Returns to No. 1, 'No Flex Zone' Flies Into Top 20

    July 31, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Common leads Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'Nobody's Smiling,' while newcomers Rae Sremmurd hit the top 20 on Hot Rap Songs with 'No Flex Zone!!' Common commandeers the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Nobody's Smiling enters with 24,000 units sold…

  10. New Podcast Alert! Must-Hear Music: Chatting New Songs From Minaj, Gaga & More

    July 31, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Billboard is unveiling the debut episode of a new podcast, Must-Hear Music, where Billboard staffers sit down to chat compelling new songs that you must hear (thus the name, Must-Hear Music). Two-thirds of the people on this podcast are familiar faces (or rather, familiar voices): Jason…

  11. Bleachers Sit Comfortably Atop Alternative Songs

    July 31, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the chart with more than one group. Plus, action for Weezer and Crown the Empire. As Bleachers rise 2-1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "I Wanna Get Better," frontman Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the…

  12. Hear Ariana Grande & Cashmere Cat's Surprise Track 'Be My Baby'

    July 31, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Last Saturday at New York's PS1 art museum, Norwegian producer/DJ Cashmere Cat debuted a very unexpected collaboration: a track with mini-Mariah pop siren Ariana Grande . Entitled "Be My Baby," the track is a far cry from her brassy, in-your-face recent pop smashes like "…

  13. Ne-Yo: Ex-Manager Owes Me $8M

    July 31, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Ne-Yo wants $8 million from his ex-manager. The Daily News reports that the R&B singer-songwriter has sued onetime manager and confidant Kevin Foster in Manhattan federal court. Foster started handling Ne-Yo's finances in 2005. The lawsuit says Foster moved some of Ne-Yo's money…

  14. Billy Joel Hits Hot Tours Home Run on Ballpark Run

    July 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Joel's D.C. show is followed by Michael Buble & New Kids on the Block on the chart. Billy Joel makes his second appearance of the summer at No. 1 on the weekly listing of Hot Tours, with sales reported from his third sold-out concert at a Major League Baseball stadium. He leads this…

  15. Lollapalooza 2014: 10 Non-Headliners To Watch

    July 31, 2014 2:12 PM EDT With headliners playing against each other, a sprawling field that takes some practice to navigate and enough spectacular sights and sounds to cause sensory overload, Lollapalooza remains one of the U.S. festivals that's practically impossible to plan out ahead of time. Say you know you&…

  16. Exclusive: Fool's Gold to Release 'Draft Picks 2014' Compilation Through BitTorrent

    July 31, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Brooklyn label Fool's Gold has announced the release of a free BitTorrent Bundle,  Draft Picks 2014 , featuring unreleased tracks from new signees including Salva , Giraffage , and Troyboi . The compilation also features an assortment of demos, leaks, remixes, and remastered material. …

  17. SESAC Gets New Leadership, Plans to Greatly Expand

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT "SESAC has big plans," says the organization's new chairman and CEO. SESAC, which has been under majority ownership by private equity firm Rizvi Traverse since December 2012, is ready to grow. That's the word coming out of the organization, which just picked John Josephson…

  18. Chronixx Tops Reggae Album Chart Following 'Tonight Show' & Central Park Performances

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Two recent high-profile performances in New York City by Jamaica's most talked about reggae artist, Chronixx, have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay. Chronixx (b. Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence…

  19. Watch Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick & More Sing in 'Into The Woods' Trailer

    July 31, 2014 12:45 PM EDT If you know what you want, then make a wish Are you so happy? The first trailer for the highly anticipated film Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick, is here. The film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's beloved 1987 Broadway musical will hit theaters this…

  20. Katy Perry's 'This Is How We Do' Video Is Pop Art & Vintage Fashion

    July 31, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Katy Perry's "This Is How We Do" video is here, and it's an explosion of pop art, vintage fashion and twerking ice cream cones.  While her backup dancers are dressed like Pee-wee Herman, Katy wears everything from Yves Saint Laurent's iconic Mondrian dress to a…

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