1. 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…

  2. The Janoskians Unleash 'This Freakin' Song' Video

    July 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Just don't call them a boy band. Australian viral pranksters/anti-boy-band singers The Janoskians have released another music video, following their Internet hit " Real Girls Eat Cake ." "This Freakin Song" follows the well-worn formula of song lyrics that talk about…

  3. 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")…

  4. Watch: Twista Tackles Domestic Abuse In 'Got Away' Video

    July 30, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Twista tackles some serious issues in the latest video for his single, "Got Away." The Scott Emo-directed video follows a couple involved in domestic abuse and infidelity. "This video is supposed to have a lot of meaning and to help soothe one's pain after experiencing any…

  5. Viacom Spent Millions After T.I. Reality Show Airs Dead Man's Body

    July 30, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Media giant turns to its insurer to foot the costs of a lawsuit over 'T.I's Road to Redemption.' From the annals of reality show nightmares comes the tale of how Viacom had to spend millions of dollars after the MTV reality series, T.I's Road to Redemptio n, showed a dead…

  6. 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…

  7. Lily Allen on New Touring Partner Miley Cyrus: 'I Feel Proud of Her'

    July 30, 2014 2:49 PM EDT The U.K. pop star says of the Bangerz tour, "It's one of the best shows that I've seen in years." Last May, Lily Allen called Miley Cyrus a " fearless bitch " during her first New York performance in five years; less than three months later, the British singer…

  8. Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella Fires Back at Tom Petty's Dismissal of Dance

    July 30, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Will fans see Tom Petty at Nocturnal Wonderland this year? He now has an open invitation, thanks to Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella . Let's back up: A few days ago, Petty gave an interview with  USA Today , where he was asked about Electric Daisy Carnival and EDM. Petty…

  9. 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…

  10. Watch Country Star Brett Eldredge Celebrate His No. 1 Single...By Swimming With Sharks

    July 30, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Cue the Jaws theme song! When country singer Brett Eldredge recently celebrated his second consecutive No. 1 single, "Beat of the Music," he didn't just have a big bash. Instead, he went on a shark-diving adventure off the coast of the Bahamas. “It is crazy. Some people think I…

  11. Iggy Azalea to Make Cameo In 'Fast & Furious 7,’ Vin Diesel Says

    July 29, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Vin Diesel revealed a juicy piece of information during a recent interview to promote his new Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy : rapper Iggy Azalea will be making a cameo in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 . Iggy Azalea Named MTV's 'House of Style' Host The news slipped…

  12. James Mercer's Pre-Shins Band Getting a Reissue

    July 29, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Flake Music's debut is the Shins album you've never heard. Before the Shins, there was Flake Music. No, it's not a great name for a band by any stretch of the imagination, but don't let that throw you. Their sole album, 1997's  When You Land Here, It's Time to…

  13. 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…

  14. Perry Farrell Q&A: Lollapalooza Headliners, Building a Festival Lineup & More

    July 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT "Eminem really takes care of all the aspects -- he assaults every sense up there," says the festival mastermind. Starting this Friday (Aug. 1), as they have every weekend since 2005, bands and fans will make the pilgrimage to Chicago's Grant Park to attend Lollapalooza. Started…

  15. Fan Armies in Their Own Words: Aliens, Echelon, VIPs & More Sound Off

    July 29, 2014 3:40 PM EDT As Billboard's Fan Army Face-Off continues its fourth round -- Tokio Hotel's Aliens are battling it out with Thirty Seconds to Mars' Echelon, and Skillet's Panheads are taking on BIGBANG's VIP --  we've asked prominent members of several fan armies to tell us why…

  16. A Breakdown of DMX's Epic Sling Shot Video

    July 29, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Today's free laugh for the blogosphere is brought to you by DMX . On Tuesday (July 29), TMZ posted a video of the rapper and his friend riding the Sling Shot in Orlando. Let's break down the 1:36-minute video, which I wish was longer: 1. DMX yells out his signature ad-libs before…

  17. Sugarland's Kristian Bush Makes His Solo Debut With "Trailer Hitch" Single

    July 29, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Let's get the preliminaries out of the way. Yes, Kristian Bush is from Sugarland, the award-winning country duo that made Jennifer Nettles a household name. No, though both artists are currently promoting solo music, they do not hate other -- or have bitterness toward the other in any…

  18. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts: This Week's Emerging Picks Include Jamie T, Perfume Genius

    July 29, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Billboard has chosen four artists this week from the real-time Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart who have stood out as a result of newly-released music videos. Jamie Alexander Treays, more commonly known to his 33,000 Twitter followers as Jamie T , charted on the Emerging Artists…

  19. Common & No I.D. Talk 'Resurrection' Anniversary & Making of 'Nobody's Smiling': Exclusive Q&A

    July 29, 2014 1:40 PM EDT It's been twenty years since Common 's sophomore LP, Resurrection , shook up the rap industry and gave hip-hop fans the classic ode "I Used to Love H.E.R." The rapper/actor hasn't slowed down since. Last week, via producer and Def Jam Executive Vice President No I.D.&…

  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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