1. Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 55th Anniversary

    July 26, 2014 10:33 AM EDT The Newport Folk Festival has kicked off three days of music to a sold-out crowd. The festival began Friday with a lineup that includes Ryan Adams, Jimmy Cliff and Band of Horses, along with some lesser-known acts including Rhode Island-based Death Vessel. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport…

  2. Yoko Ono Publicist Kip Kouri Injured at NYC Restaurant, Alleges Homophobic Harassment

    July 25, 2014 6:00 PM EDT 'Our security guards had to intervene to preserve everybody's safety,' an Eataly spokeswoman says of the incident. Kip Kouri, founder of Tell All Your Friends PR, is one of the most familiar and well-liked faces on the New York indie-rock circuit, repping everyone from Yoko Ono…

  3. Moogfest Skips Another Year, Will Return in 2016

    July 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT 'We need a year off to focus on Moog Music, our primary business,' brand director tells Billboard. Moogfest , the celebration of art, technology and music in Asheville, N.C., will not return until 2016, says parent company Moog Music. Moog Music invested 3 million into this year&…

  4. Dept. of Justice Looks to Make Illegal Streaming a Felony

    July 25, 2014 5:01 PM EDT A Department of Justice office told a House Judiciary hearing Thursday he supports a felony penalty for illegal streaming.   Noting the rise of streaming, David Bitkower , Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, said tougher penalties would reflect the reality of today&…

  5. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the most overused trope in music writing ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  6. Jimmy Buffett Launches Margaritaville TV

    July 25, 2014 2:37 PM EDT 'It makes it a Parrothead world now, not just a nation,' he tells Billboard. Jimmy Buffett has found a new way to feed the Parrotheads this year: Margaritaville TV. The new online channel streams select Buffett concerts live and, Buffett tells Billboard, has netted about 10,000…

  7. Rise Against, Bleachers & Jenny Lewis Make Moves On Rock Charts

    July 25, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The punks score their second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums. Plus, chart action for Bleachers, Jenny Lewis, Vance Joy and more Rise Against notches its second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums , and fourth top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 3), as The Black Market debuts with 53,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  8. The Juice Podcast 7/25/14: ScHoolboy Q Talks Touring, New Album & Bucket Hats vs. Panties

    July 25, 2014 12:45 PM EDT ScHoolboy Q , in his comfy Footaction sweats, stops by Billboard's NYC office to guest on this week's episode of The Juice Podcast. Joined by co-hosts ItsTheReal 's Eric Rosenthal and Jeff Rosenthal, the four of us joke and talk about a range of topics: Hot 97's Peter…

  9. Does Run The Jewels Have a Case Against Apple's New MacBook Ad?

    July 25, 2014 11:24 AM EDT On July 22, Apple released a new "Stickers" ad for the MacBook Air. Soundtracked by Glasgow producer Hudson Mohawke 's latest banger, "Chimes," the clip whips through a series of short clips of some stock and recognizable images, with outlines of the Eiffel Tower and…

  10. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  11. President Obama Talks Tech, Election With Industry Players at Live Nation CEO's House

    July 25, 2014 9:49 AM EDT An assortment of entertainment industry executives and business leaders, as well as Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis , attended a roundtable discussion Thursday morning with President Barack Obama at the Mandeville Canyon home of Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino , sources told The Hollywood…

  12. Dire Straits Keyboardist Eyes New Music

    July 24, 2014 4:43 PM EDT "We've got an album, definitely," says Alan Clark current member of the Straits. If Alan Clark has his way, there will be more Dire Straits music in the future -- though not necessarily by Dire Straits. Clark, the group's keyboardist from 1980 until its dissolution in 1992…

  13. Janelle Monae Performs at Hollywood Fundraiser, 'Relaxed' Barack Obama Joins the Party

    July 24, 2014 2:26 AM EDT Barack Obama took the stage shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday at Shonda Rhimes' Hancock Park-area home, where the Scandal creator praised the president for "doing his job like a boss." "Nice-looking crowd," Obama joked, looking out into the star-studded audience. "…

  14. Bing Crosby’s Kids Recall Dad’s Surprise Duet With David Bowie

    July 23, 2014 11:26 PM EDT David Bowie's duet with Bing Crosby on the entertainer's 1977 Christmas television special left an indelible impression on Crosby's teenage children. Harry, Mary and Nathaniel Crosby were on set when Bowie arrived to tape his appearance. The mash-up between the cardigan-clad…

  15. Nas Finds His 'Roots' in PBS Series, Discovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

    July 23, 2014 8:39 PM EDT When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "…

  16. Elvis Presley's Cadillac (Or His Library Card) Could Be Yours in Auction

    July 23, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Chain he wore when meeting President Nixon also on the block Elvis Presley's last Cadillac is among 72 items being auctioned next month at Graceland during the annual celebration known as Elvis Week. Graceland announced details of the Aug. 14 auction on Tuesday. The items are being…

  17. 5 Seconds of Summer Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 23, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Self-titled debut expected to sell 250,000 copies Australian pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer is on course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources forecast the quartet's self-titled debut full-length album to sell perhaps 250,000 copies in the week…

  18. Justin Bieber & Miley Cyrus Disco Demolition Was 'Poking Fun' At Pop Stars, Says Team Rep

    July 23, 2014 3:42 PM EDT "There's a lot of popularity for those two, but there are plenty of people who don't like their music," says the minor league team's general manager of Miley and the Biebs. On Saturday night (July 23), nearly 6,000 people gathered to watch music from Justin Bieber and…

  19. Tomorrowland 2014: Top Picks for Weekend Two

    July 23, 2014 2:44 PM EDT It’s halftime for Europe’s most hyped music festival. With the first weekend in the books, Tomorrowland gears up for its second round this weekend. Before heading to Boom, Belgium to check out the scene, Billboard makes artist picks for each day of Weekend Two in light of Weekend One’s best…

  20. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' No. 1 On Hot 100, Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Surges

    July 23, 2014 2:18 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group spends a second week at the summit, while Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' lifts 5-3 after it became available for streaming on Spotify Not to be rude … but enough introduction. Let's get right into our weekly rundown of the Hot 100's…

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