1. 'Weird Al' Yankovic On Getting Pharrell's Permission: 'He Could Not Have Been Nicer'

    July 15, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "This is the first time where I've gotten everybody that I wanted, and I couldn't be happier about it," says Yankovic of new album "Mandatory Fun." "Weird Al" Yankovic is pleased to report that he had no issues with the artists whose songs he parodies…

  2. Pop Art By Robert Christgau: In It For The Art

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we'll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five…

  3. Drake Announces Fourth Album: 'Views From The 6' (Exclusive)

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Drake hasn’t even begun recording his fourth album in earnest, but it already has a title: “Views From The 6.” Drake was set to confirm the album title Tuesday morning (July 15) as part of an exhaustive roster of upcoming projects. The first arrives tomorrow (July 16), when the 27-year…

  4. Pharrell Williams To Curate 'NBA 2K15' Soundtrack: 'I'm Pumped & Excited'

    July 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT "I couldn't believe my name got tossed in the hat!" the "Happy" creator exclaimed during a press conference about the game. Pharrell Williams is putting on yet another hat -- that of a video game soundtrack curator. The "Happy" singer/producer has been…

  5. PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake Commit on 'Recognize': Listen

    July 14, 2014 10:09 PM EDT PARTYNEXTDOOR's recruited his OVO label boss, Drake, for a guest verse on his new love-ode "Recognize" that sees the two Canadian MCs whispering promises to their ladies.  The song's off OVO Sound signee’s forthcoming "PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO" that will be out July 29.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Drake Talks LeBron James, Plans For ESPYs: 'I'll Be Lint-Free That Night'

    July 11, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Drake woke up shortly before his 1 p.m. PST conference call Friday afternoon to talk his hosting gig at next week's ESPY Awards (airing Wednesday, July 16 on ESPN at 9 p.m. EST), so he was still processing the news of his friend LeBron James' decision to return to the Cleveland…

  10. 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…

  11. LeBron James' Cleveland Playlist: 15 Songs For His Homecoming

    July 11, 2014 1:11 PM EDT From Diddy-Dirty Money to Cleveland rocking to the Who announcing "You are forgiven," blast these 15 songs to celebrate LBJ's return. On Friday (July 11), LeBron James shocked the NBA, hoops diehards and even casual basketball fans by announcing that he will return to the…

  12. Seether Scores Second No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    July 11, 2014 12:25 PM EDT The band bows with 'Isolate and Medicate.' Plus, Vance Joy hits the top 10 and AWOLNATION's 'Sail' tops Rock Streaming Songs at last Seether scores its second No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as "Isolate and Medicate" starts with 37,000 first…

  13. CODE First Play: Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill, “Gecko (Overdrive)” (Kaz James Remix)

    July 11, 2014 11:36 AM EDT After conquering the UK singles chart, “Gecko (Overdrive)” now gets the festival treatment courtesy of Australia’s Kaz James. The soulful crossover hit by Oliver Heldens & Becky Hill became the top-selling single in the UK last month and has been a club staple this summer. James adds…

  14. 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…

  15. 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson on Enation, Songwriter Co-Stars and Avery's Fate (Q&A)

    July 10, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The angst-ridden rocker talks about filming the ABC country music drama that's somewhat critical of the major labels his band has never tried to chase. ABC's country music drama 'Nashville' continues to center on a handful of musicians, each uniquely struggling for their…

  16. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  17. 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…

  18. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  19. AC/DC Completes New Album, Malcolm Young Hospitalized

    July 10, 2014 6:02 AM EDT AC/DC has reportedly completed work on a new album. The veteran Australian rock group had entered a recording studio in Vancouver earlier this year to work on the follow-up to 2008’s global hit “Black Ice.”  The album is now finished. And the band members are apparently happy with the fruits…

  20. Vance Joy Releases ‘Mess Is Mine’ Video Ahead of Debut Album: Watch

    July 10, 2014 3:53 AM EDT Vance Joy’s awaited debut album now has a name, a lead single, and a release date.  The Australian singer-songwriter’s “Dream Your Life Away” will arrive Sept. 5 in his homeland, via Mushroom Group label Liberation Music. The album should also land this September in the U.S. and U.K./Europe,…

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