1. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as a pretext for an unprecedented land grab of rights…

  2. 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,…

  3. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: A discounted Eminem charges back onto the chart, 'Now 50' crosses the half-million mark and the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack takes a bow. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop…

  4. 5 Seconds of Summer Sales Sizzle: No. 1-Bound on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The Australian band set to rock the top of the Billboard 200 chart with debut full-length self-titled album. Pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer are set to charge in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with their self-titled full-length debut album. Industry sources suggest the set…

  5. Pharrell to Leave ASCAP for Irving and Grimmet's Global Music Rights

    July 25, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Global Music Rights , the boutique performance rights organization being built by Irving Azoff and Randy Grimmett under the Azoff MSG Entertainment banner, has just signed another big name songwriter/producer/ artist in Pharrell Williams , sources have confirmed. He joins stable mate Ryan…

  6. Bose Accuses Beats of Patent Infringement

    July 25, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Bose has brought a complaint against Beats Electronics in Delaware today (July 25th), where both companies are incorporated -- Bose also names Beats Electronic International Limited, an arm of the company incorporated in Ireland, a common tactic for businesses to lower their tax burden --…

  7. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the most overused trope in music writing ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  8. Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

    July 25, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Riding high with 'Mandatory Fun,' his first career No. 1, the king of parodies rewrites the rule book. "Weird Al" equals big business. The comedian’s latest album, Mandatory Fun , which tops the Aug. 2 Billboard 200, is his 15th chart entry in a career that spans 30 years…

  9. 'Weird Al' Yankovic: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 8

    July 25, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  10. Watch a Speechless 'Weird Al' Yankovic Receive His Framed Billboard No. 1 Album Chart

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The comedy legend has a moment on "Tom Green Live" After countless classic parodies and more than 30 years on the charts, "Weird Al" Yankovic scored the first Billboard No. 1 Album of his career with Mandatory Fun this week . And when the comedy legend swung by AXS TV'…

  11. Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, 'Weird Al' Yankovic Atop Billboard Artist 100

    July 24, 2014 11:43 AM EDT The British singer/songwriter reigns again, ahead of Azalea, who holds at No. 2, and newly-arriving Yankovic at No. 3. Sam Smith leads the new Billboard Artist 100 chart for a second week, fending off Iggy Azalea at No. 2 and new Billboard 200 leader "Weird Al" Yankovic at No. 3.…

  12. Pop Shop Podcast: Jack Antonoff Interview, 5 Seconds of Summer, 'Weird Al' & More

    July 24, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  13. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' No. 1 On Hot 100, Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Surges

    July 23, 2014 2:18 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group spends a second week at the summit, while Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' lifts 5-3 after it became available for streaming on Spotify Not to be rude … but enough introduction. Let's get right into our weekly rundown of the Hot 100's…

  14. 'Weird Al' Yankovic on His No. 1 Album, and Only Releasing Singles From Now On: 'I'd Still Do Videos for Them'

    July 23, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Weird Al Yankovic’s “eight videos in eight days” strategy paid off with a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as “Mandatory Fun” sold 104,000 copies in the week that ended July 19. It is Weird Al’s first No. 1 album in his 31-year recording career. The marketing strategy, which included…

  15. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a…

  16. 'SNL' Star Jay Pharoah Avoids Tongues, Blood, Teeth on 'Bad Kisser' (Video)

    July 23, 2014 10:29 AM EDT If you're sad that Weird Al's video parody blitzkrieg has passed, look no further than "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jay Pharoah's reimagining of Usher's "Good Kisser." It's called -- wait for it -- "Bad Kisser." Sasheer Zamata Joins …

  17. Westboro Baptist Church SoundCloud Full of Terrible Pun Parodies

    July 22, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Enjoy seven hours of musical hellfire and brimstone Can't get enough of the Westboro Baptist Church cover band, which has taken it upon themselves to reimagine Lorde's "Royals," Lady Gaga's "Telephone" ( "Ever Burn" ) and Panic! at the Disco's…

  18. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Reflects On His Weirdly Successful Week

    July 22, 2014 3:23 AM EDT Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, "…

  19. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Announces His 'Mission Statement' in Final Video

    July 21, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Yankovic spoofs corporate culture in Crosby, Stills & Nash-style track After "Tacky," "Foil," "Word Crimes" and more, it's about time "Weird Al" Yankovic released a "Mission Statement." For his last video release off new album "…

  20. U.S.-Based Iraqi Metal Band Acrassicauda Raises Funds on Kickstarter to Record Debut Album

    July 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT When Acrassicauda drummer Marwan Hussein found out on July 9 that his heavy-metal band had successfully raised $37,383 via Kickstarter to record its first full-length album, he says his reaction was elation tempered by “a sense of guilt.”   The elation: Acrassicauda’s three original members…

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