1. Ken Thorne, Oscar-Winning Composer, Dies at 90

    July 11, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Oscar-winning composer Ken Thorne died Tuesday, according to the funeral home handling his final arrangements. He was 90. Thorne won an Oscar for scoring the 1966 musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and earned a Grammy nomination for writing the incidental score…

  2. 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson on Enation, Songwriter Co-Stars and Avery's Fate (Q&A)

    July 10, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The angst-ridden rocker talks about filming the ABC country music drama that's somewhat critical of the major labels his band has never tried to chase. ABC's country music drama 'Nashville' continues to center on a handful of musicians, each uniquely struggling for their…

  3. Britney Spears Surges Up Trending 140 After Auto-Tune-Free 'Alien' Session Leaks: Listen

    July 10, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Due to a recent controversy over a leaked studio session of Britney Spears' song “Alien,” a cut from her 2013 album "Britney Jean," Britney Spears is trending on the Billboard Twitter Realtime Charts. The cut, which can be heard below, features Spears without any vocal…

  4. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  5. 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.…

  6. '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…

  7. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  8. Pierce Fulton's 'Runaway' Hits No. 1 on Billboard Twitter Trending 140

    July 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Pierce Fulton, a Brooklyn-based beatmaker with just over than 11,000 followers to his name on Twitter, has hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 with his track "Runaway." The title, which was originally released back in March on Soundcloud and on iTunes …

  9. Iggy Azalea Tops Hot 100 For Seventh Week, Maroon 5's 'Maps' Finds Top 10

    July 09, 2014 2:48 PM EDT "Fancy" moves up among the longest Hot 100 reigns by women this decade. Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, continues its Billboard Hot 100 command, spending a seventh week at No. 1. Meanwhile, Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" crowns the Radio…

  10. 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 "…

  11. Courtney Love Heading to ‘Sons of Anarchy’ for Final Season

    July 08, 2014 7:59 PM EDT Courtney Love is joining the cast of FX drama "Sons of Anarchy" in a recurring role for the show’s final season, which airs this fall. Marilyn Manson Joins 'Sons of Anarchy' to Make His Father Proud The Hole singer has been tapped to play a preschool teacher for the…

  12. Stevie Nicks Joining 'The Voice' As Adviser

    July 08, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Stevie Nicks is joining "The Voice" as an adviser to Adam Levine's team for the upcoming season. 'The Voice': First Season 7 Promo Debuts With Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams (Watch) 'American Idol,' 'The Voice' Finales Suffer Sharp Ratings Decline…

  13. Jerrod Niemann Talks Pitbull Collaboration & New Single 'Buzz Back Girl'

    July 08, 2014 5:25 PM EDT There was definitely something familiar to Jerrod Niemann about the demo of what has become his latest single, “Buzz Back Girl,” as he tells The 615. “Lee Brice was one of the writers on it, and it was pretty funny. I saw the title, heard the intro, and thought it was cool. Then, on the first…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. Usher, Nicki Minaj Re-Team On Pharrell-Produced 'She Came To Give It To You'

    July 08, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Usher and Nicki Minaj had a hit in 2010 with "Lil Freak," and Pharrell Williams produced "Twisted," one of the strongest cuts on Usher's 2012 album "Looking 4 Myself." On "She Came To Give It To You," the three artists team up, with startlingly…

  17. 5 Questions With Cozz, J. Cole's New Dreamville Artist

    July 07, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Due to a tweet from J. Cole, Los Angeles-based rapper Cozz’s track "Dreams" comes in at No. 2 on Billboard + Twitter's weekly Emerging Artist chart due to the high volume of conversation that occurred about the track on Twitter. Welcome to Dreamville @cody_macc May all of your…

  18. 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…

  19. Meek Mill Announces 'Dreams Worth More Than Money' Release Date

    July 07, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Meek Mill took to Twitter today (July 7) to announce the release date for his new album, "Dreams Worth More Than Money." The rapper will debut his sophomore album on September 9. The announcement follows the release of the full-length's first single, "I Don't Know,…

  20. 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…

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