1. How 5 Seconds of Summer Perfected One Direction's Rock-First Formula

    July 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT What happens when a male pop group doesn't have to be called a "boy band"? Big sales, as 5SOS is proving. On this week's Billboard 200 chart, 5 Seconds of Summer easily debuts at No. 1 with its first album, as the self-titled full-length moves 259,000 copies in its first…

  2. Singer Who Sold Investors on Fake Project With Springsteen, Pearl Jam Sentenced to Prison

    July 25, 2014 12:28 PM EDT Kasey Anderson bilked investors out of nearly $600,000 for various projects, including a non-existent benefit album for the "West Memphis Three." A federal court in Washington state has sentenced a singer-songwriter to nearly four years in prison for various schemes that tricked…

  3. Happy 5th Anniversary, 4Minute! K-Pop Girl Group's Top 5 Music Videos

    July 24, 2014 10:09 PM EDT HyunA, Gayoon, Jihyun, Jiyoon and Sohyun have spent half a decade making eye-popping visuals. The past couple of weeks have been exciting for fans of 4Minute. In late June, the K-pop girl group celebrated its five-year anniversary (appropriately thanking fans with the video "Thank You :)…

  4. Beyoncé Sings New Version of 'Crazy In Love' in 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer

    July 24, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Turns out Beyoncé is 'Crazy in Love' with Christian Grey Calling all Naughty Girls: The first official trailer for sexy book-to-film phenomenon "Fifty Shades of Grey" is here. More importantly? New, sexy Beyoncé! Okay, she doesn't actually appear in the film (Yet!…

  5. Snoop Dogg Claims He Smoked Up in the White House

    July 22, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Truly the highest office in the land At this point in Snoop Dogg's life, it's safe to say there isn't much he hasn't done. In fact, it's starting to seem like the Doggfather has done everything imaginable. Record a reggae album ? Check. Make a song with Psy ? Done.…

  6. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

  7. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Hoping to beat Lana Del Rey to the No. 1 spot in first-week sales, Capitol Music Group took significant risk in betting against streaming. A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at…

  8. Casey Kasem Widow 'Right Out of a Raymond Chandler Novel,' Says Daughter's Private Investigator

    July 19, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Casey Kasem's body is missing — and the private detective for the late DJs daughter alleges Kasem's widow took it to hide signs of elder abuse. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82 Kasem, who died June 15 at 82, was taken from a Tacoma funeral home despite a restraining order…

  9. YouTube Blocks Original RickRoll Video

    July 18, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Rick Astley, you said you wouldn't desert us. YouTube has restricted access to a seven-year-old video upload that spawned the still-popular RickRoll meme, in which people trick others into watching Astley shimmy in his cheesy "Never Gonna Give You Up" clip. Simply titled "…

  10. Drake Announces Fourth Album: 'Views From The 6' (Exclusive)

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Drake hasn’t even begun recording his fourth album in earnest, but it already has a title: “Views From The 6.” Drake was set to confirm the album title Tuesday morning (July 15) as part of an exhaustive roster of upcoming projects. The first arrives tomorrow (July 16), when the 27-year…

  11. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length statements.…

  12. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  13. 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,…

  14. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Beyonce Scores First Solo No. 1

    July 07, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2003, Beyonce landed her first of five solo Hot 100 leaders with 'Crazy in Love.' Plus, remembering key chart feats for Prince, Starland Vocal Band and Duran Duran Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  15. Lifetime Faces Skeptical Fans, Angry Family For Aaliyah, Whitney Houston Biopics

    June 27, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Lifetime is hoping fans of the late Aaliyah and Whitney Houston will deliver ratings gold when the network airs biopics about the singers’ lives and tragic deaths in the coming year. Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, 17, best known for her work on the hit Disney show "Shake It Up"…

  16. Arctic Monkeys Conquer America: Alex Turner Q&A

    June 27, 2014 3:50 PM EDT Frontman Alex Turner discusses the band's Stateside stardom, moving to America and the prospect of new music In 2014, America finally went ape for Arctic Monkeys. At home, in England, where all five of their albums have topped the charts, the four lads from Sheffield have been revered…

  17. The Sun Sets On ‘Californication’: David Duchovny Discusses the Show’s Rock n’ Roll Connection (Q&A)

    June 27, 2014 12:59 PM EDT This Sunday night (June 29th at 9:30p ET/PT), after seven memorable seasons, Hank Moody and his very distinctive ‘Californication’ crew will say farewell. When the credits come up on that last episode of the popular Showtime series, it will also mark the end of one of the most authentically…

  18. 36 Hours With Steve Aoki: 'I'm Really Bad At Taking Directions'

    June 27, 2014 12:54 PM EDT The life of a superstar DJ isn’t for the faint of heart. Or a normal human being with a functioning immune system. Thirty-six hours with Steve Aoki? Be prepared to forgo the little things. Like sitting, or sleep. Aoki is in such demand that he averages 300 shows a year, and as one of the…

  19. Katy Perry Takes A Selfie With Vice President Joe Biden

    June 25, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Is Katy Perry’s next stop the White House? Probs not, but the pop star has been making some friends in the political arena. Just last week, the California girl posted a pic with Hillary Clinton and offered to write a campaign theme song for her; but it was yesterday’s #selfie that was next…

  20. Ed Sheeran, 'x': Track-By-Track Review

    June 23, 2014 6:36 PM EDT From the start, Ed Sheeran has demonstrated a skill for shrugging off the conventions of mainstream pop while still managing to enjoy its successes: His breakthrough radio single focused on a crack-addled prostitute. "The A Team," from Sheeran's debut album, "+" …

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