1. Oh Honey Charm with Earnest Folk Pop, '90s Covers at New York City Performance

    August 01, 2014 6:27 PM EDT Oh Honey 's Danielle Bouchard and Mitchy Collins knew they'd get along when they discovered each knew all the words to R. Kelly's "Pregnant." The Brooklyn folk-pop duo broke into a spontaneous a cappella rendition of the song following a round of “‘90s goodness,”…

  2. Israel Conflict Turns a Promising Touring Summer Grim, to the Tune of $20 Million

    August 01, 2014 12:27 PM EDT The conflict in Gaza and insurance challenges have made for a cruel summer for promoters. Neil Young and Backstreet Boys have postponed shows -- are Gaga and Lana next? “This looked like it was going to be one of the best summers in Israel’s history when it came to international acts, but now…

  3. Why a '70s Mixtape Propels the Plot of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    August 01, 2014 12:19 PM EDT Director James Gunn promises to share the full mixtape with fans soon Guardians of the Galaxy  features a tree-like creature named Groot, a talking raccoon and an electronic device just as alien to children of the digital age: a Sony Walkman containing a mixtape packed with '70s pop hits…

  4. Former MTV Head Judy McGrath Elected to Amazon Board of Directors

    August 01, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath has been elected to Amazon's board of directors. An SEC filing for the appointment, which goes into effect on Oct. 1, says that Amazon will assign McGrath to the board's Leadership Development and Compensation Committee. More on Amazon Billy…

  5. One Direction Guides U.K. to Take 13% of Global Album Sales

    August 01, 2014 8:19 AM EDT U.K. artists have had the top-selling global album for six of the last seven years. One in every eight artist albums sold around the world in 2013 -- totaling 13% of the global market -- was by a U.K. act, according to a new report from British labels trade body the BPI. The popularity of…

  6. Dionne Warwick Knows Her Way to San Jose, Where Honors Await

    August 01, 2014 1:08 AM EDT In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song. But after the iconic singer recorded "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" and the song became a huge hit, the 73-year old singer says with a laugh that she "cried all the way to the bank.…

  7. Exclusive: The Band Perry to Play High School Concerts to Promote Safe Teen Driving

    August 01, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Winners of State Farm's Celebrate My Drive campaign will be treated to Band Perry shows. The Band Perry will be touring all fall in support of 2013's Pioneer , both on their own headlining dates and as part of Blake Shelton 's Ten Times Crazier Tour. But the country trio will…

  8. Bleachers Sit Comfortably Atop Alternative Songs

    July 31, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the chart with more than one group. Plus, action for Weezer and Crown the Empire. As Bleachers rise 2-1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "I Wanna Get Better," frontman Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the…

  9. Exclusive: Keys N Krates Announce New EP and Major U.S. Tour

    July 31, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Preview the livetronica trio's new single, "Are We Faded," here. Keys N Krates , the Toronto electronica trio known for pairing drums and keyboard with a live turntablist, will hit the road this fall for a major tour promoting their new EP, Every Nite . The six track…

  10. Fired OSU Band Leader Says He Was Fixing 'Sexualized Culture'

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ohio State University's fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture "in dire need of change" before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. The university fired Jonathan Waters last week after the two-month investigation…

  11. Fitz and The Tantrums To Headline U.S. Open Concert

    July 31, 2014 12:21 AM EDT Fitz and The Tantrums and 3 Winans Brothers will be the headlining acts for the opening ceremony at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. Fitz and The Tantrums, whose songs include "The Walker," is scheduled to perform three songs in Arthur Ashe Stadium before the night session at…

  12. Brian Eno Addresses Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Passionate Letter on David Byrne’s Website

    July 30, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Brian Eno has shared his feelings about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a passionate letter that has been published on David Byrne’s website. “I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno,” Byrne wrote on his site. “I shared it with my office and we all felt a great…

  13. A$AP Rocky Previews Instrumental Album In 'SVDDXNLY' Documentary

    July 30, 2014 6:04 PM EDT It started from emptiness -- empty beds, really, on  A$AP Rocky 's tour bus while globetrotting as the opener on Rihanna's Diamonds tour, and Vice Media's music channel Noisey had its first feature-length film. The documentary, titled SVDDXNLY (pronounced "Suddenly")…

  14. Did Morrissey Ask a Security Guard to Attack a Fan Site Leader?

    July 30, 2014 4:29 PM EDT 'The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money,' Morrissey says, vehemently denying lawsuit claims. Morrissey can be a salty fellow, but one former security guard has accused him of being downright violent -- something the 55-year-old singer…

  15. MAGIC! No. 1 On Hot 100, Sia Swings Into Top 10

    July 30, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The pop/reggae group rules for a third week with 'Rude,' while Sia scores her first top 10 as a lead artist with 'Chandelier.' MAGIC!'s "Rude" reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, while Sia notches her first top 10 as a lead artist with the…

  16. Music Agent Terry Rhodes Leaving Jeff Berg's Resolution: Sources

    July 30, 2014 8:52 AM EDT Veteran music agent Terry Rhodes is leaving Jeff Berg 's Resolution, according to sources. Rhodes, whose clients have included Bryan Adams and the Beach Boys , is the latest to transition out of the young agency founded by former ICM chairman Berg. Steve Alexander left Resolution earlier…

  17. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  18. Beck & Warby Parker Glasses Now Available

    July 29, 2014 8:52 PM EDT The eyewear company partners with the singer for a pair of limited-edition frames. No stranger to creating cool capsule collections -- from  Man of Steel -inspired   frames  to a recent collab with Victoria's Secret angel Karlie Kloss -- Warby Parker is back at it again with a new…

  19. N.W.A Biopic Casts MC Ren & DJ Yella Roles

    July 29, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. round out the 'Straight Outta Compton' cast. Universal's N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is rounding out the cast, adding Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. They'll join O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason…

  20. Hard Working Americans' Frontman Todd Snider Keeps It Real on the Road

    July 29, 2014 12:36 PM EDT Hard Working Americans singer Todd Snider just wants to keep it real with their audience -- wherever they are. “I try to remind myself that any one venue is not more special than where I’ll be next month," he tells Billboard. "It’s all a microphone to me. You open your heart…

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