1. Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Launches DIY-Focused Startup

    August 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT It took the Dillinger Escape Plan 's Ben Weinman a few years to figure out what he actually wanted to do with his own record label. Launched in 2009, Party Smasher Inc. was first and foremost a way for the mathcore minor deities to release their own music after finishing out their…

  2. ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' Musical Heading to Broadway

    August 08, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Looks like it’s time for a little twang on Broadway. With a book by Larry L. King and Pete Masterson , and music and lyrics by Carol Hall , The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is set to open in 2015 in a new production directed and choreographed by Tony, Emmy and Olivier winner Rob Ashford .…

  3. FCC Probes Complaints About 'Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour' Special

    August 06, 2014 10:16 PM EDT Although it only drew three complaints from the more than two million viewers, the Federal Communications Commission is in the process of determining if NBC's Fourth of July weekend special Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour violated its rules against broadcast indecency or profanity. The FCC…

  4. Nils Lofgren Talks Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young While Touting Massive Box Set

    August 06, 2014 7:28 PM EDT "I love being in bands," Nils Lofgren told a sold out crowd at the Grammy Museum Aug. 5, midway through stories about his experiences in Grin and groups that backed Neil Young , Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr . Most importantly, it's the live show aspect of being in a band. …

  5. Hear Mansions on the Moon Premiere Synthpop Banger 'Somewhere Else Tonight'

    August 06, 2014 10:19 AM EDT If you like the synth-heavy, festival-ready sounds of acts like Empire of the Sun, St. Lucia, and Foster the People, we’ve got a new jam for you. Introducing Mansions on the Moon, a California-based four-piece with an impressive resumé of collaborations, who are gearing up to release their…

  6. Rewinding The Charts: 20 Years Ago, Lisa Loeb Made History At No. 1

    August 06, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On Aug. 6, 1994, "Stay (I Missed You)," from the Gen X classic film "Reality Bites," made the bespectacled singer/songwriter the first unsigned artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 Lisa Loeb can thank U2 for playing an indirect, but indispensable, part of "Stay (I…

  7. Sherri Shepherd to Join Cast of Broadway's 'Cinderella'

    August 05, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Sherri Shepherd as a wicked stepmother? It's possible! The former  View  co-host will take over the role of Cinderella's stepmother, Madame, in  Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella  on Broadway beginning Sept. 9. This follows  yesterday's news  that Keke Palmer will…

  8. 'Get On Up' Gets James Brown's Manager Wrong

    August 03, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Warning: Spoilers ahead for the new Brown biopic. In a poignant scene in Get On Up , James Brown is shown shoveling dirt on his manager Ben Bart 's coffin. It’s a touching, rare moment in which Brown is shown caring for someone other than himself. Unfortunately, according to Bart’s son…

  9. Ben Folds to Vacate RCA Studio A on Music Row

    August 01, 2014 9:33 PM EDT He put up a good fight, but singer-songwriter Ben Folds announced on Friday he'll be leaving his recording space at the historic Studio A in Nashville's old RCA building after the property's brand-new owner raised the rent 124 percent. "Haha," Folds says in a  message…

  10. La Roux Lights Up With No. 1 Debut

    August 01, 2014 2:45 PM EDT The now-solo act debuts atop Dance/Electronic Albums with 'Trouble In Paradise.' Plus: chart action for Lil Jon, Clean Bandit and Basement Jaxx, and Dave Aude says that Andy Bell is his "favorite vocalist of all time." La Roux follows her Grammy Award-winning, self-titled…

  11. Why Wall Street Loves Live Nation

    August 01, 2014 1:18 PM EDT The booming concert industry, executive turnover at AEG and a little help from Irving Azoff fuel a healthy and diversified business that Wall Street loves. Investors like what they’re seeing from Live Nation. Shares of the world’s biggest concert promoter have risen 21 percent year to date…

  12. These Sci-Fi Headphones Don't Need a Phone, Know What You Want to Hear

    July 30, 2014 1:58 PM EDT They use cellular or wi-fi, they know what you're nodding at, and they're aiming at Beats. Carl Thomas came up with the idea for web-connected "smart headphones" after a couple of unfortunate workouts at the gym. "I was constantly getting tangled in the wires, so I…

  13. Telemundo Will Produce a Spanish-Language American Music Awards in 2015

    July 30, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bulking up on live special events, the Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo has secured licensing rights from Dick Clark Productions to produce a Spanish-language version of the American Music Awards for fall 2015. Telemundo is leaning on new live events, a major investment in sports, a new…

  14. Exclusive Video Premiere: TST & Moguai & Amba Shepherd, 'Real Life'

    July 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Earlier this month, Tiësto donned his TST alias and tapped close friend Hardwell ’ s “Apollo” accompaniment for a peppy big room production with fellow dance veteran Moguai. Featuring lingerie models seductively eating cereal and engaging in a ludicrous series of bowling and chess games, the…

  15. Jenny Lewis on Rocking Out, Ryan Adams and Saying Goodbye to Rilo Kiley

    July 28, 2014 1:17 PM EDT "I just stumbled out of my Ford Focus in these mules,” says Jenny Lewis, pointing to her purple-bowed footwear. Settling into an airy cafe near her Laurel Canyon home in Los Angeles, the one-time child actor who turned indie rock “It” girl evokes a glam version of Seinfeld ’s Elaine:…

  16. Magic Talks 'Rude' Success and What's Next for the Band

    July 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The power-pop band just shot to No. 1 with the year-old reggae-influenced
 song "Rude," the season’s catchiest anthem about rejection. 
How it will handle its second act is another matter entirely. It certainly didn’t take long for Magic to live 
up to its name. Virtually 
unknown…

  17. Jessie Ware Shares It All In New Song With The xx's Romy Madley-Croft (Listen)

    July 24, 2014 12:12 PM EDT You won't find this new Jessie Ware song on her upcoming album "Tough Love" (the standard edition, at least) but it's certainly worth a listen as her new music starts to trickle out. "Share It All" -- released today -- is a soothing helping of modern bedroom…

  18. Nas Finds His 'Roots' in PBS Series, Discovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

    July 23, 2014 8:39 PM EDT When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "…

  19. Tomorrowland 2014: Top Picks for Weekend Two

    July 23, 2014 2:44 PM EDT It’s halftime for Europe’s most hyped music festival. With the first weekend in the books, Tomorrowland gears up for its second round this weekend. Before heading to Boom, Belgium to check out the scene, Billboard makes artist picks for each day of Weekend Two in light of Weekend One’s best…

  20. James Murphy & Noah Baumbach Team For New Movie Soundtrack

    July 23, 2014 6:17 AM EDT James Murphy and Noah Baumbach are joining forces for another movie score.  Former LCD Soundsystem leader Murphy will soundtrack Baumbach’s next film project “While We’re Young,” which is tipped to star the likes of Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Drive and Beastie Boy Adam…

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