1. Samsung's Milk Music Joins the Premium Radio Service Race

    July 31, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Samsung has added a premium tier to its streaming service, Milk Music, making it the latest company to roll out an inexpensive, radio-like streaming service. For $3.99 per month, Milk Premium adds offline listening and unlimited song skipping to the regular offering of 200 stations and a…

  2. Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed & More, Dies at 71

    July 30, 2014 4:50 PM EDT 'Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman,' Kiss' Gene Simmons says. Dick Wagner, the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who worked with Alice Cooper , Lou Reed , Kiss and Aerosmith , among others, died Wednesday (July 30) at the age of 71 in Phoenix. Wagner, who was…

  3. 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…

  4. Vans Warped Tour's Nashville Stop Illustrates an Evolving Fest

    July 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys hit Nashville yesterday, where about 12,000 turned out to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to see upwards of 100 bands. Tour founder/producer Kevin Lyman tells Billboard that attendance will hit about 520,000 this year, on a par with some of the tour&…

  5. Nocturnal Wonderland 2014 Lineup: Martin Garrix, Glitch Mob & Flux Pavilion Among Performers

    July 29, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Martin Garrix, the Glitch Mob, Flux Pavilion and Nicky Romero, among many others, will perform at the 2014 Nocturnal Wonderland festival, to be held Sept. 5-6 at San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds in San Bernardino, Calif. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014: Photos from Vegas! This year’s 19th…

  6. 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…

  7. Are Investors Losing Patience With Pandora?

    July 29, 2014 1:04 PM EDT While the Internet radio company has grown in many areas, investors are still waiting to see profits. Critics are circling Internet radio company Pandora after shares fell as much as 14.5 percent and closed down 10.3 percent Friday following the company's second-quarter earnings release …

  8. Exclusive Song Premiere: Listen to Billy Joe Shaver's 'The Git Go'

    July 29, 2014 10:36 AM EDT Billy Joe Shaver is bringing out his new album, "Long in the Tooth," with some welcome momentum. The veteran Americana singer and songwriter and Outlaw Country icon is back on the charts thanks to Willie Nelson 's version of Shaver's "Hard to Be an Outlaw" on his…

  9. Rewinding The Charts: On July 29, 1967, The Doors' 'Fire' Lit Up The Hot 100

    July 29, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On this date 47 years ago, the band's legendary 'Light My Fire' burned a path to No. 1 With his skintight leather pants, come-hither looks and sex appeal, The Doors frontman, Jim Morrison, was the quintessential rock god of the late '60s. And on July 29, 1967, acolytes of…

  10. Larry David to Launch Citi Comedy Series in L.A.

    July 29, 2014 7:00 AM EDT 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' mastermind will sit down with David Steinberg on Sept. 28. Larry David will make a rare public appearance when he sits down for a conversation with fellow comedian David Steinberg, exclusive to Citi cardmembers, on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. PT in the Theatre at Ace…

  11. How 'Get On Up' Nailed the James Brown Look

    July 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Film's production and costume designers lead Billboard through the film's many times and places. Harlem's Apollo Theater, where James Brown recorded his legendary live album in 1962, was built in a middle school auditorium in Natchez, Miss., for Get On Up. "We got lucky,…

  12. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  13. Antique Instrument Parts Successfully 3-D Printed by UConn

    July 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make…

  14. Apple to Buy Pandora-Like Radio App Swell: Report

    July 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Apple is set to purchase Swell , an algorithm-based iOS app for talk radio, for about $30 million, according to tech news site Re/code . Launched in June 2013, Swell touts itself as a Pandora-like experience for news and information podcasts that "learns as you listen" and delivers…

  15. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: A discounted Eminem charges back onto the chart, 'Now 50' crosses the half-million mark and the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack takes a bow. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop…

  16. David Byrne Talks Artists' Rights, Spotify & Touring

    July 25, 2014 2:16 PM EDT 'Artists in general can be given more agency regarding what happens to their work,' Byrne tells Billboard. Recording artist, songwriter, label founder, producer, author, actor: David Byrne , 62, has seen the entertainment business from many sides during his four-decade career. Amid…

  17. Lionel Richie to Be Named Legend of Live at Billboard Touring Awards

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Lionel Richie will be named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, to be held Nov. 20 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. The reception is the culmination of the annual  Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , now in its 11th year.  Billboard's highest accolade…

  18. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

  19. Is There a Backlash Against Summer Songs?

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ross on Radio: The summer song is in danger of becoming more like New Year's Eve, a time of mandated enjoyment that feels forced to some people Remember when everybody loved "Blurred Lines"? It was barely more than a year ago. "Blurred Lines" was still exciting – not…

  20. John Mellencamp, Neil Young & Dave Matthews to Play 2014 Farm Aid

    July 24, 2014 4:46 AM EDT Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina. The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. It features performances by Nelson, who is Farm Aid president and co-founder, along with fellow board members John…

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