1. Not So 'Fancy': Magic's 'Rude' Rises to No. 1 on Hot 100

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Maybe this will finally impress the father in the song. Magic's "Rude," the Canadian pop/reggae group's tale of a groom-to-be who won't be denied despite his potential father-in-law's disapproval, rises 2-1 on the Bil ...

  2. Tiesto on 'Wasted' Hot 100 Success, John Legend Remix & EDM's Nex Trend

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT You've been a recording artist since 2001 and a trance DJ since the late 1990s. How does it feel to have your biggest hit with "Wasted," featuring Matthew Koma? I never expected to have a crossover pop/indie-rock track like "Wa ...

  3. Hot 100 News: Florida Georgia Line's 'Dirt'

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT FGL's debut is the highest by a country duo in the Hot 100's history. On Hot Country Songs, the single, the first from the duo's upcoming second LP, blasts 40-1.   News Magazine ...

  4. Summer's Top Songs, So Far

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) departs the Billboard Hot 100's summit (1-2) but remains in the lead for the honor of Billboard's top summer song. At the season's midway mark, the single tops the Songs of ...

  5. Hot 100 News: Echosmith's 'Cool Kids'

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Highlighted in Billboard 's "Tomorrow's Hits" column nine months ago, the sibling quartet enters the Hot 100. The breezy pop-rock song bullets on Adult Top 40 (No. 29) and Mainstream Top 40 (No. 38). News Magazine ...

  6. Hot 100 News: Fifth Harmony's 'Bo$$'

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The girl group lands its highest Hot 100 rank and best sales week (75,000) with the first single from its upcoming debut full-length. Its prior entry, last year's "Miss Movin' On," peaked at No. 76, selling 37,000 in its best f ...

  7. And the Flop of the Year Is...Robin Thicke & The Desperate Rollout of 'Paula'

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The desperate rollout of 'Paula' - which included a disastrous Twitter Q&A, creepy TV performances and an incoherent promotion plan - took the singer from hero to zero Remember summer 2013, when Robin Thicke, 37,was riding high with ...

  8. 3 Ways to Avoid a Twitter Disaster Like Robin Thicke's 'Paula' Q&A

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Exposure has to take a back seat to timing and circumstances 1. Avoid direct interaction on social media during controversy Case in point: Chris Brown's no-interview policy didn't hurt sales of his last two post-Rihanna albums, 2011' ...

  9. Is Garth Brooks Still a Worldwide Superstar?

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT With a Sony deal secured and a global tour soon to launch,does the country singer still carry the cachet of a worldwide superstar? Garth Brooks' July 10 reveal of a new deal with Sony Music (an album on Pearl/RCA Nashville is due around Black ...

  10. Midyear Record Labels Market Share: Indies Tip the Scale

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Universal Music Group leads so far in 2014, but factoring in distribution widens the gap Do the three major labels "misrepresent" their market-share figures to extract a disproportionate amount of copyright-related revenue from the marke ...

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

    July 18, 2014 10:01 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 Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the buzzing Bri ...

  12. Beatport's New Boss Looks to Boost Biz: Q&A With Lloyd Starr

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Starr rises from COO to president of the EDM online hub You could say Lloyd Starr, 35, was primed to be president of Beatport. As the 10-year-old company's former COO, there was nowhere to go but up. With Matt Addell's June 24 exit, the ...

  13. Death Grips to the Majors: Drop Dead!

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The infamous band's latest middle finger to the industry: breaking up When noise collective Death Grips, anchored by drummer Zach Hill and vocalist MC Ride but with an always rotating roster, called it quits - announcing the news on July 2 wi ...

  14. Lou Reed's $30M Fortune: A Breakdown

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The iconic rocker, who died in October, left a treasure trove of tunes and a newly revealed, wisely invested estate (bequeathed to wife Laurie Anderson) Real Estate Reed owned a home in Southampton and a West Village duplex, which Nest Seekers ...

  15. Is the Pitchfork Festival Cursed?

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Unexpected illnesses, mental exhaustion and a relapse taint the indie fest's track record Death Grips called off all touring plans, including a July 20 set at Chicago's Pitchfork Festival. Curiously, the annual event has seen a few unfor ...

  16. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The numbers don't lie: Country music is the most robust sector of a booming touring industry. Today, some 15 country stars have reached headlining status - more than ever before - with at least that many poised to take the next step. As presi ...

  17. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - Garth Brooks

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Garth Brooks Sept. 4, Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill., $65.50 On July 14, Brooks, country's all-time top ticket seller, revealed that Chicago would be the first stop of a three-year tour. In a risky (but confident) strategy, Brooks will announ ...

  18. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - Eric Church

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Eric Church Aug. 2 and 16, Sixes, Ore., and Brownsville, Ore., $47-$77 Before starting his tour in September, Church headlines the first Cape Blanco Country Music Festival on Aug. 2 and the Willamette Country Music Festival on Aug. 16, both sponso ...

  19. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - Miranda Lambert

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Miranda Lambert Aug. 8, Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Wheatland, Calif., $29-$64 Lambert kicks off her amphitheater run in earnest in August with a stop in Wheatland. O'Connell says her ticket counts are "great" heading into the tour� ...

  20. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - Dierks Bentley

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Dierks Bentley July 23, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colo., $31-$63 One of O'Connell's most successful innovations is the Megaticket promotion, which allows fans to buy a season pass for all Live Nation country shows in a given mark ...

  21. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - Country Thunder

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Country Thunder July 24-27, Twin Lakes, Wis., $99-$220 (4-day pass) One of the most successful brands in country is Country Thunder, a pair of festivals that take place in Twin Lakes, Wis., and Florence, Ariz. This year's Twin Lakes edition h ...

  22. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - George Strait

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT George Strait June 7, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, $69.50 and up Country legend Strait said farewell to the stage in style. The Cowboy Rides Away Tour grossed $100 million, with 996,583 tickets sold for 44 shows. His final performance, at A ...

  23. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - Faster Horses

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Faster Horses July 18-20, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich., $180 (3-day pass) The second annual Faster Horses featured stars like Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Darius Rucker, and surpassed last year's numbers, per O'Connell ...

  24. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - Jason Aldean

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Jason Aldean July 18, Progressive Field, Cleveland, $30-$75 On July 18, Aldean, with Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert, sold out Progressive Field in one of eight country shows that Live Nation will bring to Cleveland via Megaticket this ye ...

  25. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - Luke Bryan

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Luke Bryan Aug. 15, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, $30-$74 Due to the expense of stadium shows, Bryan typically opts for doubles at amphitheaters. Not so in Foxborough, Mass., and Philly, where he will split expenses with One Direction, wh ...

  26. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - CMA Music Festival

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT CMA Music Festival June 5-8, LP Field, Nashville, $177 (4-day pass) CMA Fest traces its roots back to 1972's Fan Fair, which drew 5,000 fans. This year, superstars including Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Brad Paisle ...

  27. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - Blake Shelton

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Blake Shelton Aug. 1, Madison Square Garden, New York, $30-$75 Voice coach Shelton began the summer leg of his 2014 tour with his first headlining stadium gig on July 19 at Chicago's Wrigley Field. Next up: A sellout at Madison Square Garden, ...

  28. Music Touring: Country Kills the Competition - Watershed Music Festival

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Watershed Music Festival Aug. 1-3, The Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Wash., $175 (3-day pass) The third Watershed Music Festival sold out in 10 minutes this year, according to producer O'Connell. The fest boasts Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, Jak ...

  29. 5 Things Graham Nash Wants You to Know About CSNY's New Live Album

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT In 1974, The Allman Brothers Band, Chicago and Wings led the Billboard 200, but none were playing stadiums. That breakthrough fell to David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young, whose 1974 tour was their first together since 1970. CS ...

  30. Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' TV Special: Its Own Wrecking Ball

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Miley Cyrus licked and gyrated for TV viewers on July 6 when Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour aired on NBC, but most Americans tuned out her onstage antics. The special delivered 2 million viewers - a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49. It's not a rating ...

  31. 'Boyhood''s Sync Blitz: From Bob Dylan to Arcade Fire

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Linklater's latest indie doesn't skimp on syncs The number most commonly associated with the movie Boyhood is 12 - as in, how many years Dazed and Confused director Richard Linklater spent shooting four actors to tell the story of a fami ...

  32. Next Up for Ron Howard: Jay Z and Beatles Music Docs

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The Oscar-winning director takes on two ambitious subjects After directing 22 films - among them Rush , A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 - and winning two Oscars, Ron Howard has turned his attention to documenting music. His first foray, Made in Ame ...

  33. Corner Office: Scott Greenstein, President/Chief Content Officer of SiriusXM

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The satellite vet on firing an 'Opie & Anthony' host, adding EDM channels and sharing data Running programming for 140- channel-strong satellite radio service SiriusXM calls for always thinking on one's feet. Scott Greenstein, 5 ...

  34. SiriusXM's Dance Card: The Radio Provider's Channel Lineup

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT SiriusXM execs boast that the company was "earliest" on EDM. A look at the satellite radio provider's four-channel lineup BPM (Channel 51) Launched in 2001 and programmed by Geronimo, SiriusXM's flagship dance station plays mai ...

  35. Noted: July 7 - July 16

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT June 7 Schoolboy Records/SB Projects CEO Scooter Braun wed Yael Cohen, founder/CEO of F--- Cancer, in Whistler, British Columbia. Guests included Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ed Sheeran and Tom Hanks. Former Girls Aloud singer and X Factor UK ...

  36. Noted Overheard: T.I., Iggy Azalea & DJ Mustard's 'No Mediocre' Is Truce Track & More Gossip

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Who cut the Mustard? T.I. is back in the spotlight and on the Billboard Hot 100 with "No Mediocre," featuring white-hot protege Iggy Azalea and producer du jour DJ Mustard. While the song's A&R bonafides seem like a no-brainer, ...

  37. Noted: Birthdays - July 18-July 23

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT July 18 Ryan Cabrera (32) Richard Branson (64) July 19 Queen's Brian May (67) July 20 Julianne Hough (26) Chris Cornell (50) Carlos Santana (67) July 21 Damian Marley (36) Cat Stevens (66) July 22 Rufus Wainwright (41) Don Henley (67) July 23 ...

  38. Remembering Tommy Ramone: Punk's Quiet Visonary (1949-2014)

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT In 1974, Thomas Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone. The last surviving original member of the band is remembered as the odd man out who helped shape the sound and look of punk rock's founding fathers. Danny Fields Ramones manager, 1975–1980 Tommy wa ...

  39. The Beat at The ESPY Awards in Los Angeles (July 16)

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT If music doesn't work out for Drake, he always has comedy to fall back on. The rapper showed off his hosting skills with an elaborate comedic routine at the 22nd annual ESPY Awards at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles. Drake helped bridge th ...

  40. Crazy in Sweat: Cardio Dance Class Inspired by Beyonce Keeps New Yorkers Wait-Listed

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Beyoncé and Jay Z's On the Run Tour has Yoncé fans coveting the pop singer's dance moves from afar, but Broadway Bodies, a dance-cardio workout studio based in New York and Los Angeles, is bringing a bit of the performer's sexy chor ...

  41. Ringly Is the Super-Handy Tech Gadget

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Wearable technology hits a high fashion note in the form of Ringly, the company that recently launched four semiprecious, 18 karat gold cocktail rings ($145-$260) that are also Bluetooth LE-enabled. After the jewelry is hooked up to Ringly's ...

  42. Style: Janelle Monae, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora & More Eschew Girliness for Tomboy

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Instead of singing about running with the boys, musicians like Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding and Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches are spelling it out with Tomboy, a collection by Portland, Ore.-based retailer Wildfang. "Tomboy is a spirit, an attitude, ...

  43. Hip-Hop's Embrace of the Escalade: Jhene Aiko Takes a Spin in Cadillac's Revamped 2015 SUV

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Jhene Aiko stands around 5 feet tall and weighs perhaps as much as a decaf macchiato; the 2015 Cadillac Escalade stretches 18-and-a-half feet and tips the scales at nearly 6,000 pounds. Right now, the buzz-building singer-rapper - she has performe ...

  44. Tom Petty on Catholicism-Slamming Track 'Playing Dumb': 'Catholics, Don't Write Me'

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT During his hard-fought, ascendant career, Tom Petty has often been labeled as intense. The artist wouldn't disagree - and a corrosive new track called "Playing Dumb" won't change anyone's mind. Though the song didn't ...

  45. The Billboard Cover Story -Tom Petty: This Time It's Personal

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hed ...

  46. Tom Petty & The Band Before the Heartbreakers

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT If you excavate the history of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, you'll eventually hit the story of Mudcrutch. This Gainesville, Fla., rock band emerged in 1970 from Petty's primordial combos, The Sundowners and The Epics. And somehow, ...

  47. Linda Perry Puts Her Talent, Uncompromising Attitude on 'Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project'

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT "I'll look back at old pictures where I'm a little heavy and dressed funny and think, 'How did I get chicks all the time?'" Linda Perry is not sharing this personal insight with a close friend. Rather, she's addr ...

  48. Vh1 Prime Time Brings the Drama: 'Love & Hip Hop,' 'Hit the Floor' & 'Hollywood Exes'

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT In a crowded cable market, the network finds a winning formula with scripted and reality programs LOVE & HIP HOP The stories of women involved with such rappers as Lil Scrappy, Yung Joc and Waka Flocka Flame has become the most tweeted show on ...

  49. Interpol Becomes a Trio After Four-Year Hiatus: 'Psychologically, It's Just Bedlam'

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT So says Interpol frontman Paul Banks about the relationship among a group of guys as the quartet becomes a trio after a four-year hiatus Paul Banks walks onto the deck of the Frying Pan, an antique ship that's now a floating bar and grill doc ...

  50. Shawn Mendes: Music's First Vine Star

    July 18, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The 15-year-old started with a six-second cover of a Bieber hit - and now sells 214,000 downloads a week Shawn Mendes - a sweet-voiced, dreamy-faced 15-year-old Canadian singer who's considered the first Vine sensation - sits in a rehearsal r ...

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