1. Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed & More, Dies at 71

    July 30, 2014 4:50 PM EDT 'Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman,' Kiss' Gene Simmons says. Dick Wagner, the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who worked with Alice Cooper , Lou Reed , Kiss and Aerosmith , among others, died Wednesday (July 30) at the age of 71 in Phoenix. Wagner, who was…

  2. Lollapalooza Preview: C3's Charlies Jones Talks Repeat Headliners, 10th Anniversary & More

    July 30, 2014 3:08 PM EDT As Lollapalooza in Chicago approaches its 10th anniversary, there's still one tradition that Charlie Jones of C3 Presents, which produces the annual music festival, looks forward to most each year. "One of my favorite parts of the entire weekend is Friday morning at 11 a.m. before…

  3. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Welcomes Baby Girl

    July 29, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Congratulations are in order for Maynard James Keenan, the frontman for Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, who announced on Tuesday the birth of his daughter. A Perfect Circle's Best-of Collection 'Nice, Nostalgic Walk Down Memory Lane,' Guitarist Says The musician and his…

  4. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  5. Paul McCartney Reissue Includes John Bonham/Wings Collaboration

    July 28, 2014 4:22 PM EDT A version of 'Beware My Love' features the Led Zeppelin drummer. Two more Wings albums have been added to the ongoing reissue series of classic Paul McCartney albums, and one of them includes a major unreleased treat -- a Wings recording featuring Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.…

  6. Watch Kristen Bell as a Musical (And Political) Mary Poppins

    July 24, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Actress advocates for raising the federal minimum wage in Funny or Die clip. A spoonful of sugar has nothing on raising the federal minimum wage. That's the message of a new Funny or Die political parody starring Frozen and Veronica Mars fave Kristen Bell as one fed-up Mary Poppins. …

  7. Hilary Duff Signs to RCA Records

    July 23, 2014 7:29 PM EDT First single, "Chasing the Sun," set to bow July 29, album due out in fall. Following in the footsteps of her former Disney labelmate Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff has signed a recording deal with RCA Records. Her first single "Chasing the Sun," written by Colbie Caillat,…

  8. Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Late Grandpa on Twitter

    July 23, 2014 7:02 PM EDT Singer gets condolences during 'Good Morning America' appearance Early Wednesday, Ariana Grande announced on Twitter that her grandfather, Frank, had died. The pop star stuck to her busy schedule, appearing on "Good Morning America" just after sharing the news. Grande…

  9. Britney Spears Models Her New Lingerie Line

    July 23, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The next Agent Provocateur? It'll only be a matter of time until we find out Gone are the days of Britney Spears' "...Baby One More Time" school girl uniforms. On Wednesday, the singer announced that she's jumping into the lingerie game. The pop star tweeted a photo…

  10. 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…

  11. Why Linda Perry Decided to 'Make or Break' It on Reality TV

    July 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT The former 4 Non Blondes singer and hitmaking songwriter tells Billboard why she's trying her hand at a new VH1 competition show -- and putting her uncompromising attitude on display "Sometimes I’ll look back at old pictures where I’m a little heavy and dressed funny and think, …

  12. Nashville Rockers Sol Cat Happy to Call Music City Their Home

    July 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Nashville Dancin', the summer concert series in downtown Nashville, is starting to wind down its Thursday night run with shows over the next two weeks. This upcoming week's line-up includes Space Capone, Lettuce and Music City's own Sol Cat. The band's vocalist Brett…

  13. From Pearl Jam to Christina Bianco: 5 Best 'Frozen' Covers (So Far)

    July 21, 2014 12:35 PM EDT The "Frozen" hot streak isn’t slowing down any time soon -- at least, not if Disney has anything to say about it. Over the weekend, Disney Channel premiered a "Frozen weekend" and debuted a music video for the latest iteration of Disney Channel's Circle of Stars …

  14. Selena Gomez on Controversial ‘Pray for Gaza’ Instagram Post: 'I Am Not Picking Any Sides’

    July 19, 2014 4:03 PM EDT Rihanna, Swizz Beatz and others have also weighed in on the Israel-Palestine conflict Selena Gomez is the latest artist to weigh in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — and, of course, things got a little heated on social media. Rihanna, Swizz Beatz & More Weigh In on Israel-Palestine…

  15. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Vents Frustrations, Channels Pixies in ‘First World Problems’ Music Video

    July 19, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Wi-Fi troubles, itchy cotton sheets, Amazon shipping fees, forgetting the gardener’s name — these are just a few of life’s small annoyances that "Weird Al" Yankovic addresses over Pixies-inspired music in his latest video “First World Problems.” 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming…

  16. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  17. The Sales Domination of 'Frozen,' In One Chart

    July 18, 2014 3:45 PM EDT This year's U.S. music sales would be almost uneventful if not for the "Frozen" soundtrack. Purchases are down across the board -- even digital albums and tracks. Releases by superstars have stumbled . One album has bucked the trends and is doing brisk business, however.…

  18. CODE Guest Playlist: Michael Brun

    July 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Billboard CODE featured rising Haitian star Michael Brun last week and gave him a shot at compiling his influences into a compelling guest playlist. Brun did not disappoint, showcasing the unique blend of modern dance music and Caribbean sounds that will characterize his new Kid Coconut…

  19. Hiding No More: Kiesza Crashes Top 10 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Chart

    July 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The singer climbs with her debut hit 'Hideaway.' Plus, action for Borgore, Martin Garrix, Bingo Players and Christian music icon Amy Grant. Kiesza enters the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs top 10, as her breakthrough hit "Hideaway" hikes 11-9. The Calgary native's early-&…

  20. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 10 Funniest Songs: 'Eat It,' 'Pretty Fly For a Rabbi' & More

    July 16, 2014 4:31 PM EDT An (unofficial) ranking of "Weird Al's" most gut-busting moments, from "White & Nerdy" to "Living With a Hernia." With his new album "Mandatory Fun," "Weird Al" Yankovic is up to his usual hijinks -- selecting some of the most…

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