1. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The longevity of The Ramones, X, Nick Cave and New Order belies the genre's supposed short-lived appeal. It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement,…

  2. RayLand Baxter on His Nashville Dancin' Homecoming

    July 15, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Being raised in Bon Aqua, Tennessee – a stone’s throw from Nashville makes Thursday’s (July 17)  performance as part of the summer concert series Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General a homecoming of sorts for performer RayLand Baxter. “I enjoy the fact that I am living and performing…

  3. Nick Carter & Jordan Knight's Debut Single 'One More Time' Is A Funky Ray of Sunshine

    July 15, 2014 5:09 PM EDT The Backstreet Boy and the New Kid on the Block go Maroon 5 on their sprightly first offering. Naysayers be damned—boy band lightning can strike twice. "One More Time," the first offering from Nick Carter and Jordan Knight's side project Nick & Knight, is a straight-up…

  4. Young the Giant Challenges Weezer to Frisbee Battle: Whose Catch Was Better? (Vote)

    July 15, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Young the Giant has thrown down the gauntlet against Weezer. No, there isn't beef between the alternative rock elder statesmen and newcomers -- in fact their differences are over just about the tamest topic possible: Who has the illest frisbee skills? Weezer made the first move in a…

  5. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 'Mandatory Fun': Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 15, 2014 3:26 PM EDT It's hard out there for a professional parodist: nowadays, any idiot with a webcam can post his or her version of "Fancy" on YouTube, and if a master idiot like "Weird Al" Yankovic wants to get us tweeting about his send-ups, he'd better make them extra…

  6. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

  7. Latin Heavy Metal Supergroup De La Tierra Announce U.S. Tour

    July 15, 2014 11:51 AM EDT Members of Sepultura, Maná, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and A.N.I.M.A.L. to play seven cities De La Tierra, the heavy metal super group formed by members of Sepultura, Maná, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and A.N.I.M.A.L., will start their first U.S. tour on August 31 in Los Angeles.   “We all come from…

  8. Polaris Prize 2014: Drake, Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre Make Short List

    July 15, 2014 11:19 AM EDT The short list for the 2014 Polaris Prize was revealed in Toronto on Tuesday, with a mix of commercial hits via Arcade Fire and Drake, as well as indie favorites by Timber Timbre ("Hot Dreams") and Mac DeMarco ("Salad Days") among the ten acts in the running for Canada&…

  9. Pop Art By Robert Christgau: In It For The Art

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we'll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five…

  10. Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge: 'There Will Be A New Album'

    July 15, 2014 6:36 AM EDT Take off your pants and jacket...and celebrate. Work on a seventh Blink-182 studio album is underway.   Frontman Tom DeLonge confirmed the news with a post July 14 from his Instagram account. In typical form, Tom grabbed his followers’ attention with a happy-snap of the trio as teens, each…

  11. Dwight Yoakam Confirms Return To Warner, Releases New Single

    July 14, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam has signed a new worldwide recording deal with Warner Bros./Reprise Records, marking a return to the label and a reunion with company head Cameron Strang, who originally inked him to indie New West Records. The artist had discussed the re-signing to the label at last month’s…

  12. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Victorious On Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    July 14, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The pair adds to its multi-format domination with its debut hit, Plus, notable chart action for Bingo Players, the Black Keys, Joe Nichols, Florida Georgia Line and Elvis Crespo Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  13. Eddie Money Hopes To Release New Album 'Within The Next Six Months'

    July 14, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Titled "Shake That Thing," the album may also lead to a revival of his "Two Tickets To Paradise" stage show. Eddie Money may lament that "I can't sing the Beatles' 'When I'm 64' anymore" now that he's turned 65, but he hardly…

  14. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  15. Conor Oberst Rape Accuser Admits She Lied; Read Her Statement

    July 14, 2014 4:02 PM EDT What has proven to be a sad, disturbing episode involving Bright Eyes frontman/solo act Conor Oberst has (hopefully) come to an end. Today the woman who last year accused him of raping her admitted that the entire account was made up. Sued by Oberst earlier this year, Joan Elizabeth Harris…

  16. 5 Seconds of Summer, The Vamps, Rixton: Which Male Pop Group Is Your New Favorite?

    July 14, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Vote now! In 2014, several all-male groups have made cases for pop supremacy, leaning on pristine hooks and smoldering good looks while doing everything possible to avoid the "boy band" tag. 5 Seconds of Summer, the Vamps and Rixton are just a few of the latest male groups to…

  17. Rome Ramirez Talks Sublime, Solo Album & Linkin Park Twitter Feud

    July 14, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "I'm not new to the band, standing next to my idols, anymore," he says of Sublime With Rome's next project. Currently on the road, Sublime With Rome is planning a November return to the studio to record a follow-up to its 2011 album "Yours Truly." "We…

  18. Garfunkel & Oates Sets 14-Date U.S. Tour (Exclusive)

    July 14, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Garfunkel & Oates are hitting the road. The comedy music duo of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome have teamed with Live Nation for a 14-date U.S. trek that kicks off Aug. 22 in Dallas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Monster Energy and Idol Roc Entertainment are producing the tour. Under…

  19. Kenny Chesney Unveils 'The Big Revival' Album Cover: Exclusive

    July 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "I wanted an album cover that was surprising," says the country giant on his new album. Country superstar Kenny Chesney will return this September with a new studio album, "The Big Revival," and the veteran singer-songwriter has revealed the upcoming full-length's…

  20. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Don Henley's 'End Of The Innocence' Begins

    July 14, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week 25 years ago, the Eagle's landmark solo set debuted. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, Soundgarden and Miley Cyrus Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 14, 1990 "Holding you I…

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