1. Conor Oberst Drops Lawsuit Against Rape Accuser

    July 21, 2014 1:57 PM EDT Not long after Conor Oberst accepted an apology from the woman who falsely accused him of rape, the indie singer-songwriter has dropped his lawsuit against her. Oberst's publicist confirmed to BuzzFeed that they asked the judge to dismiss their $700,000 complaint against Oberst's…

  2. Maroon 5, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer to Headline iTunes Festival in London

    July 21, 2014 2:30 AM EDT The iTunes festival returns to London this fall with Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris and Chrissie Hynde scheduled to perform at the Roundhouse in Camden. Over 60 acts will be featured at the festival, the eighth to…

  3. ‘American Idol' Has Lacked Engaging Contestants, Fox Admits

    July 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT "American Idol" needs to find contestants the audience cares about. That's a criticism Fox's chairman and CEO, Peter Rice, admitted to journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Dexter Roberts Exits 'American Idol' Live Tour '…

  4. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Beck, SZA, Giorgio Moroder and More Day 1 Highlights

    July 19, 2014 9:27 AM EDT Now in its ninth year in Chicago's Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a hodgepodge of alternative music approved by the long-running reviews hub, but the 2014 incarnation boasts perhaps the most diverse lineup ever. Although the opening night of Pitchfork Fest only took…

  5. How Shawn Mendes Is Turning Vine Fame Into a Music Career

    July 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Shawn Mendes — a sweet-voiced, dreamy-faced 15-year-old Canadian singer whose name, at the moment, is inextricably connected with the words "Vine sensation" — sits on a stool in a rehearsal room on Manhattan's West side. Tom Jackson, a long-haired veteran "performance…

  6. Conor Oberst Shares Sentimental 'You Are Your Mother's Child' Video: Watch

    July 18, 2014 4:38 PM EDT With the false rape accusations behind him , renowned songsmith Conor Oberst continues to promote this year's solo full length, "Upside Down Mountain." Today (July 18), Oberst shared a brand new music video, set to the warm, fuzzy acoustic number "You Are Your Mother'…

  7. Punk's Quiet Visionary: Debbie Harry, Tommy Stinson, Danny Fields and More on Tommy Ramone

    July 18, 2014 3:11 PM EDT In 1974, Thomas Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone. The last surviving original member of the band is remembered as the odd man out who helped shaped the sound and look of punk rock's founding fathers. This feature first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . DANNY FIELDS…

  8. First Look at Neil Patrick Harris' Replacement in 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch'

    July 18, 2014 1:31 PM EDT Andrew Rannells from 'The Book of Mormon' takes over the role this fall Break out your most sparkly eyeliner -- the first look at Andrew Rannells in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" is here. The poster, featuring Rannells in glam, messy makeup, gives fans the first image of…

  9. Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande & More Pick Up New Teen Choice Awards Nominations

    July 17, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The second wave of Teen Choice Awards nominees was unleashed late Thursday, and just like Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart, Iggy Azalea leads the pack . The Australian rapper picked up five more nominations, in addition to her previous nod for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist. Ariana…

  10. Beyoncé Leads MTV VMAs With 8 Nominations

    July 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Beyoncé has received eight nominations for the 2014 MTV VMAs, including a nod for Video of the Year for "Drunk In Love" with her husband Jay Z, as well as Best Female and Best Choreography for “Partition.” “Drunk in Love” is also up for Best Collaboration. Eminem and Iggy Azalea…

  11. Conor Oberst Accepts Rape Accuser's Apology: Read His Statement

    July 16, 2014 1:11 PM EDT This Monday, the woman who accused Bright Eyes frontman/singer-songwriter Conor Oberst of raping her in an XO Jane post last year finally admitted to fabricating the whole story. Today, Oberst accepted the apology of Joanie Faircloth (real name Joan Elizabeth Harris) in a public statement.…

  12. Drake's Top 25 Moments In Sports: Fair & Foul

    July 16, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Drake may never have accompanied a championship-contending boxer to the ring, but as a Jewish-Canadian rapper, he sure knows about being an underdog. Drake lives life like a guy who can walk again after being wheelchair-bound in high school. In an effort to make up for lost time and to…

  13. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Tops Hot 100; Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Falls to No. 2

    July 16, 2014 12:06 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group ends Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign with 'Fancy.' Plus, Disclosure's 'Latch,' featuring Sam Smith, reaches the top 10 Maybe this will finally impress the father in the song?   MAGIC!'s "Rude," the Canadian pop…

  14. Alesso Signs To Def Jam, Debuts 'Tear The Roof Up' Track

    July 15, 2014 4:32 PM EDT Rising EDM superstar DJ Alesso has signed with Def Jam / EMI UK for a recording contract, Billboard has learned. The 23-year-old Swedish DJ-producer also debuted a brand-new track, “Tear The Roof Up,” on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, which was named a “Future Exclusive” by the influential…

  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. Neil Young & Crazy Horse Tel Aviv Concert Canceled Over Security Crisis

    July 13, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their concert at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on July 17 because of the current security crisis in the region, according to a statement from Warner Bros. Records.  Neil Young, Jack White Cut a Vinyl Record on 'Tonight Show': Watch Neil Young…

  17. Tommy Ramone’s Death: The Music World Reacts on Twitter

    July 12, 2014 10:58 AM EDT As news broke of Ramones drummer and last surviving founding member Tommy Ramone’s death on Friday at the age of 65, the music world paid tribute via social media. Tommy Ramone, Ramones Drummer, Dies at 65 Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas in 1949, formed the Ramones with singer Jeffrey…

  18. Ariana Grande, Zedd, Shakira Soar On Dance Charts

    July 11, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The stars surge with 'Break Free' and 'Dare,' respectively. Plus, chart action for David Guetta, Coldplay and Zeds Dead Ariana Grande grabs her first Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart entry, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd, launches at No. 4. The song…

  19. Dexter Roberts Exits 'American Idol' Live Tour

    July 11, 2014 4:16 AM EDT Dexter Roberts, the seventh-place American Idol finisher, has been missing from the live tour since July 1, and according to his fellow Alabama Idols CJ Harris and Jess Meuse, the singer is fighting an unknown illness. In an official statement, a publicist confirmed that Roberts is not…

  20. 10 Best Songs of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Check out the songs that Billboard's staff has been blasting so far this year, from "Good Kisser" to "Problem." With six months past in 2014, it's already extremely difficult trying to cobble together a best-of songs list for the year. Seriously, how can the…

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