1. 'Weird Al' Yankovic On Getting Pharrell's Permission: 'He Could Not Have Been Nicer'

    July 15, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "This is the first time where I've gotten everybody that I wanted, and I couldn't be happier about it," says Yankovic of new album "Mandatory Fun." "Weird Al" Yankovic is pleased to report that he had no issues with the artists whose songs he parodies…

  2. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Sends Up Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' with 'Word Crimes': Watch

    July 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT After kicking off his eight-videos-in-eight-days campaign on Monday (July 14), "Weird Al" Yankovic has celebrated Tuesday's release of new album "Mandatory Fun" with a brand new clip, this time for the "Blurred Lines" parody "Word Crimes":…

  3. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Spoofs Pharrell's 'Happy' with 'Tacky': Watch

    July 14, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Margaret Cho, Jack Black, Kristen Schaal and more guest in the video to Yankovic's parody of Pharrell's No. 1 smash. "Weird Al" Yankovic is rolling out his new album, "Mandatory Fun," by releasing eight videos over the next eight days. The first one comes…

  4. Neil Young & Crazy Horse Tel Aviv Concert Canceled Over Security Crisis

    July 13, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their concert at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on July 17 because of the current security crisis in the region, according to a statement from Warner Bros. Records.  Neil Young, Jack White Cut a Vinyl Record on 'Tonight Show': Watch Neil Young…

  5. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    July 11, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Before you hear "Mandatory Fun," listen to the 10 biggest hits so far in the parody master's amazing career. As pop music evolves and artists come and go, one man has endured over the past three decades: the one making fun of everyone else. "Weird Al" Yankovic has…

  6. 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,…

  7. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  8. Jim Lauderdale Talks New Album 'I'm a Song' and Country Music: 'It's Constantly Evolving'

    July 01, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Once Jim Lauderdale started to record his latest album, "I’m A Song," he says it was hard to stop. The disc, released today (July 1), features twenty songs – more than he originally planned on. “I started it off two years ago. I went into the studio while a young man was doing a…

  9. Bob Dylan 'Like a Rolling Stone' Draft Sells For Record $2 Million

    June 24, 2014 9:17 PM EDT A draft of one of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," sold Tuesday for $2 million, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript. A working draft of the finished song in Dylan's own hand went to an…

  10. Mabon 'Teenie' Hodges, Memphis Soul Songwriter & Guitar Great, Dead at 68

    June 24, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Mabon "Teenie" Hodges, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who played a significant role in shaping the sound of Memphis music, has died due to complications from emphysema. He was 68.  Born June 3, 1946 in Germantown, Tennessee, Hodges was always bound to find his place in a…

  11. Julian Casablancas Announces Punky New Album With Backing Band The Voidz, 'Tyranny'

    June 23, 2014 8:51 PM EDT The Strokes' frontman Julian Casablancas has announced a new album he'll release Sept. 23 with backing band The Voidz. It's called "Tyranny" and the announcement comes with an explanative anti-corporate statement.  Julian Casablancas + The Voidz LIVE at Governors Ball…

  12. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's New Album: 10 Song Parodies We'd Like To Hear

    June 20, 2014 12:45 PM EDT From Jennifer Lawrence shout-outs to donut odes, here are 10 suggestions for "Weird Al's" upcoming opus. On July 15, master spoofer "Weird Al" Yankovic will return with "Mandatory Fun," his 14th studio album and first full-length since 2011's "…

  13. Weird Al Joins Epic Rap Battles of History as Sir Isaac Newton

    June 18, 2014 8:33 PM EDT With a new Weird Al album coming next month, we may be seeing the joke rocker more than usual in the coming days.  The parodist appeared this week in a new installment of "Epic Rap Battles of History." In it he trades in his trademark curls for, well, even more curls, going a few…

  14. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  15. Kasabian's '48:13' Arrives at No. 1 in U.K.

    June 16, 2014 6:55 AM EDT British rock staples Kasabian notched their fourth U.K. No. 1 album as “48:13” (Columbia/Sony) debuted at the top with 70,000 sales on Sunday (15), according to Official Charts Company data. 2012 “X Factor” contestant Ella Henderson scored an instant No. 1 single with “Ghost” (Syco Music/Sony…

  16. Casey Kasem’s Death: Musicians and Celebrities React on Twitter

    June 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT With the sad news that legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem died on Sunday (June 15) at the age of 82, musicians and celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the American Top 40 radio who brought them great music for nearly four decades. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82…

  17. New Weird Al Album, Possibly Soviet-Themed, Gets July 15 Release Date

    June 14, 2014 6:13 PM EDT After much teasing, Weird Al officially announced this afternoon via Twitter that his follow-up album to 2011's "Alpocalypse" will be released July 15. There's no title yet (unless the album is also improbably titled "July 15"), but if the promo photo is anything…

  18. Brian Wilson Tells Doubters to Back Off, It ‘Kind Of Bums Me Out’

    June 11, 2014 5:32 AM EDT Brian Wilson doesn’t dig negativity. It kind of, well, bums him out. The Beach Boys great has hit back at detractors who’re putting out bad vibes on his current recording project. According to a Rolling Stone article re-published by Wilson on his official Website , the new album is tipped to…

  19. Adult Swim's Single Series Features Giorgio Moroder, Future, Diarrhea Planet

    June 02, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Adult Swim Singles today announced its 2014 series, featuring a slate of artists new and old, including new tracks by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder, reformed stoner metal band Sleep and hip-hop artist Future, among others. For the series' fifth season, which begins June 9 with…

  20. 'Arsenio Hall Show' Canceled After One Season

    May 31, 2014 11:20 AM EDT "The Arsenio Hall Show" has been canceled because of low ratings, ending Hall's late-night comeback bid after a single season. Hall's bid to recreate the success he enjoyed 20 years ago failed to find a big enough audience in the ever-crowded TV market. Prince Debuts…

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