1. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

  2. 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, …

  3. Eric Clapton's 'Don't Wait' Feat. John Mayer Exclusive Premiere: Listen

    July 22, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Eric Clapton says there's more JJ Cale music in his future even after the July 29 release of his upcoming "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale."  The 16-track set -- which includes collaborations with fellow Cale admirers Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, John…

  4. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry Explains His Heartbeat-Driven Classical Album

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry gets to the heart of the matter — literally — on his new classical album, "Music for Heart and Breath." While recording the 12 compositions for the set, Parry and co-producer Bryce Dessner of The National outfitted the musicians, from duos to a…

  5. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Reflects On His Weirdly Successful Week

    July 22, 2014 3:23 AM EDT Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, "…

  6. Weezer's Lead Singles, Ranked Best to Worst: How Does 'Back to the Shack' Stack Up?

    July 21, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Today, Weezer shared the studio version of "Back to the Shack," the lead single from their ninth studio album, "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," due Sept. 30 on Republic. It's the ninth time the often-scrutinized California rockers have dropped a lead single…

  7. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Tinashe Tally First Airplay No. 1s

    July 21, 2014 6:15 PM EDT The acts reign with 'Rude' and '2 On,' respectively. Plus, new No. 1s for Daft Punk, Prince Royce and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  8. Tom Petty Isn't 'Playing Dumb' About Church Sex Abuse Scandal on New Song

    July 21, 2014 2:46 PM EDT In a new track — and a blunt conversation — Petty won't back down when asked about a religious scandal During his hard-fought, ascendant career, Tom Petty has often been labeled as intense. The artist wouldn't disagree — and a corrosive new track called "Playing Dumb" won&…

  9. Hey Girl: Richard Marx Is Back

    July 21, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The guy who wrote the book on romance lands his highest-charting album, 'Beautiful Goodbye,' in 20 years Richard Marx could teach a class on hit love songs. The singer-songwriter has notched 29 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the majority of them uber-romantic — from his first No. 1 as an…

  10. Jason Aldean: 'Burn It Down' Tour Review

    July 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean’s “Burn It Down” tour gives the singer a chance to do things in a big way – and he took full advantage of that on Saturday (July 19) night at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a bill that saw a possible trio of nominees for the upcoming CMA Entertainer of…

  11. Kanye West Will Release New Album 'Most Likely in September'; Readies 'All Day' Single

    July 21, 2014 12:38 PM EDT New music from Kanye West is on the horizon. During his cover story interview with GQ magazine , Kanye West reveals that we can expect his seventh studio album "most likely in September." But, he doesn't seem 100% sure of the release date: "I go back and forth. Like,…

  12. U.S.-Based Iraqi Metal Band Acrassicauda Raises Funds on Kickstarter to Record Debut Album

    July 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT When Acrassicauda drummer Marwan Hussein found out on July 9 that his heavy-metal band had successfully raised $37,383 via Kickstarter to record its first full-length album, he says his reaction was elation tempered by “a sense of guilt.”   The elation: Acrassicauda’s three original members…

  13. Uncle Kracker's 'Endlessly': Exclusive Song Premiere (Listen)

    July 21, 2014 11:50 AM EDT The major label world is beckoning to Uncle Kracker again. The former Kid Rock hype man and Top 10 hitmaker ("Follow Me," "Drift Away," "Smile," "When the Sun Goes Down" with Kenny Chesney) has signed a new deal with Lava/Republic Records,…

  14. Pitchfork Fest's 10 Best Performances: St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Beck & More

    July 21, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Celebrating its 9th year in Chicago's Union Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival once again proved to be a charming alternative to the bloated, behemoth events that litter the summer calendar. Featuring as assortment of 43 left-of-center acts across its three stages, Pitchfork offered a…

  15. Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

    July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty, as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power. The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling…

  16. Becky G Added to People en Espanol Festival Lineup

    July 21, 2014 9:28 AM EDT Becky G is the latest addition to the lineup for the annual People en Español Festival, taking place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention center in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 30 and 31. Becky G will perform as part of the “Chicas Poderosas” (Powerful Girls) concert, presented by Disney, and also…

  17. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Jay-Z Debuts Atop Billboard 200

    July 21, 2014 8:05 AM EDT A year ago this week, Hova scored his lucky 13th leader. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Alice Cooper, Richard Marx and UB40 Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 21, 1990 Black Box flew to No. 1 on Dance Club…

  18. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes and More Day 3 Highlights

    July 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Following headlining sets by respected rock deities Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights respectively, the third and final day (July 20) of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival belonged to hip-hop kingpin Kendrick Lamar, who brought his A-game to Chicago’s Union Park to wind…

  19. 'Rising Star' Recap: Lessons In Humility Dished Out as Duel Round Continues

    July 21, 2014 5:18 AM EDT In cloudy, smoke monster letters, "Rising Star" informs us that each of the contestants tonight are getting the chance to, “Write. Their. Future.” And what an odd future "Rising Star" writes for itself from week to week. After some annoyance regarding the judges’ 7% votes…

  20. Eddie Vedder Covers John Lennon's 'Imagine' Live: Watch

    July 20, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Last week Eddie Vedder posted an unapologetic essay on the Pearl Jam website, which opened with the iconic quote from John Lennon's "Imagine" -- "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" -- and responded to criticisms that the singer was being…

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