1. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  2. Kanye West Buries Coinye With Lawsuit Victory

    July 27, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Coinye West, a whimsical addition to the cryptocurrency craze, whose founders hitched its name and logo to the wagon of one of the biggest stars in hip-hop, has officially died. In documents filed July 22 in New York , a U.S. District Court declared Kanye West the victor over most of Coinye&…

  3. Ariana Grande's ‘Problem’ Gets Spoofed By Rumer Willis In Sunscreen PSA: Watch

    July 27, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Move over, “Weird Al.” Ariana Grande's hit song “Problem” has gotten the parody treatment from the funny folks at entertainment production company The Battery Company. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Top Pop, Rhythmic Songs Charts With 'Problem' The latest spoof from Jake Wilson,…

  4. John Mellencamp, Neil Young & Dave Matthews to Play 2014 Farm Aid

    July 24, 2014 4:46 AM EDT Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina. The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. It features performances by Nelson, who is Farm Aid president and co-founder, along with fellow board members John…

  5. iHeartRadio Music Festival: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande Lead 2014 Lineup

    July 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore and Iggy Azalea are also part of the fourth annual lineup. The iHeartRadio Music Festival makes its fourth trip to Las Vegas on September 19 and 20, and this year's lineup is appropriately star-studded. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher,…

  6. Eric Clapton's 'Don't Wait' Feat. John Mayer Exclusive Premiere: Listen

    July 22, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Eric Clapton says there's more JJ Cale music in his future even after the July 29 release of his upcoming "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale."  The 16-track set -- which includes collaborations with fellow Cale admirers Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, John…

  7. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  8. Chase Rice Talks 'Ready Set Roll': 'I Finally Got a Plaque to Hang on the Wall’

    July 11, 2014 3:10 PM EDT No pun intended, but Chase Rice is on quite the “Roll” these days. The singer recently celebrated the fact that his “Ready Set Roll” single has been certified gold. While not the first plaque Rice has received (he was one of the co-writers of Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”), having his own…

  9. Ariana Grande, Zedd, Shakira Soar On Dance Charts

    July 11, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The stars surge with 'Break Free' and 'Dare,' respectively. Plus, chart action for David Guetta, Coldplay and Zeds Dead Ariana Grande grabs her first Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart entry, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd, launches at No. 4. The song…

  10. Mary Sarah Calls On Country Legends For Debut Album 'Bridges'

    July 10, 2014 2:15 AM EDT What does it take to get country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Merle Haggard on the same album? A 19-year-old newcomer named Mary Sarah. Sarah's debut album, "Bridges," features duets with their original performers including Parton and Nelson on their well-known…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. Latin Grammy Academy Honoring Willy Chirino, Los Lobos and Others

    July 01, 2014 7:27 AM EDT Cuban singer/songwriter Willy Chirino, Chicano rock band Los Lobos and Argentinean songstress/actress Valeria Lynch are among the honorees receiving special lifetime achievement awards by the Latin Recording Academy.   The special awards will be given during Latin Grammy week on Nov. 19, a…

  14. Colt Ford on His New Album: 'I Think It's The Best One I've Made'

    June 27, 2014 4:58 PM EDT Colt F ord is diversifying a little bit these days. Next Tuesday (July 1), the popular entertainer will be releasing two projects – a new album entitled "Thanks For Listening," as well as a 64-page full-color comic book called "The Average Joes" – a take off on the name of…

  15. Willie Nelson Drops 'Band of Brothers,' His Best Album in Over a Decade (Review)

    June 27, 2014 3:35 PM EDT What does an 81-year old country music legend do to keep life interesting for himself? Go back to something he’s good at: writing songs. This is, astonishingly, the first Willie Nelson album to be dominated by self-penned material since the one-two punch of "Spirit" and "Teatro…

  16. 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…

  17. Willie Nelson Scores First No. 1 On Top Country Albums In 28 Years

    June 26, 2014 5:33 PM EDT The icon ends the second-longest gap between leaders in the chart's archives. Plus, moves for Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and more With the second-longest span between No. 1s in the chart's 50-year history, and the longest for a living artist, Willie Nelson…

  18. Barbra Streisand Duets Album Almost Finished, Says Babyface

    June 26, 2014 1:24 PM EDT "It's a beautiful, beautiful record," says the legendary producer of the upcoming all-star album. Barbra Streisand's upcoming all-star duets album is nearing completion, according to one of its producers. "It took a long time to get it done, but we're…

  19. The Wild Night When Bon Jovi Met Michael Jackson

    June 25, 2014 7:10 PM EDT On the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, author Zack O'Malley Greenburg demonstrates the late superstar's work ethic with an anecdote from his new book, in which the Jersey rockers get a visit from Bubbles the Chimp. An unlikely encounter between the King of…

  20. Lana Del Rey Lands First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey captures her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Ultraviolence" bows atop the list. The album, which was released June 17, sold 182,000 in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan — her best sales week yet.   Del Rey&…

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