1. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Name-Drops Tons of Celebrities in ‘Lame Claim to Fame’ Video (Watch)

    July 20, 2014 12:44 PM EDT Here’s a little-known fact about “Weird Al” Yankovic: “I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows Kevin Bacon." 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart At least that's what he claims in his celeb…

  2. Backstreet Boys Cancel Israel Concerts Amid Hostilities

    July 20, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Israeli promoter Tal Sherf clarified that alternative dates will be examined for a future tour leg next year. Following recent cancellations by Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka , now the Backstreet Boys are officially calling off their end of July three sold out shows in Israel due…

  3. Pemberton Music Festival: Police Investigating Suspicious Death of Young Man (Updated)

    July 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Homicide cops in Pemberton, British Columbia, are investigating the death of a young man who died at the Pemberton Music Festival on Friday. The victim, identified as 21-year-old Nick Phongsavath, was discovered near a row of portable toilets on Friday, according to the Toronto Sun . His body…

  4. Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel Join Brian Wilson in the Studio

    July 19, 2014 3:27 PM EDT A onetime Beach Boy returns to his girl-group roots for a new album. Since the untimely end to the Beach Boys' last tour after longtime nemesis Mike Love pulled the plug, Brian Wilson is back in the studio working on a new studio album, slated for release in the fall by Capitol Records.…

  5. Paul Anka Cancels Israel Concert Amid Hostilities

    July 18, 2014 11:43 PM EDT The singer hopes to reschedule the date for the near future, with his rep saying 'he will be there with the latest version of his fantastic performance.' Following escalating security tensions due to Operation Protective Edge and Israeli Defense Forces launching a military ground…

  6. 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…

  7. Tom Petty's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the Rock Icon

    July 18, 2014 11:15 AM EDT In the latest Billboard cover story, Tom Petty discusses the passion, outrage and drive -- he's not wasting any energy on partying these days -- that birthed the latest entry in his classic catalog. Check out five things we learned about the legendary rocker. "HYPNOTIC EYE"…

  8. Teen Metal Band Just Signed to Sony Now Releasing Book

    July 18, 2014 9:12 AM EDT The teen metal band Unlocking the Truth, which recently signed a multi-album deal with Sony , plans to release a book next year. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group (USA), said Friday that it would publish a book written by the Brooklyn trio chronicling the…

  9. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  10. Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

    July 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Elaine Stritch, the tough and salty broad whose throaty singing voice and torrid Broadway performances made a New York legend, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.,…

  11. Blues Guitar Icon Johnny Winter Dead at 70

    July 17, 2014 8:38 AM EDT Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in…

  12. The Seeds 'Pushin' Too Hard' Documentary Set For August Premiere

    July 17, 2014 3:21 AM EDT "The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard," the longform documentary about the classic L.A. garage-punk band, directed by Neil Norman, will have its premiere Aug. 16 at the Egyptian Theatre at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood. Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia and audio, and…

  13. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  14. Adrian Marcel, 'Weak After Next': Exclusive Mixtape Stream

    July 16, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Adrian Marcel first swooned listeners with his 2013 mixtape, "7 Days of Weak," which featured the singer-songwriter overcoming heartbreak. A year after its release, Raphael Saadiq's protégé returns with his sophomore mixtape, "Weak After Next." The follow-up features…

  15. 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…

  16. Foster the People Mural Saved by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

    July 15, 2014 9:53 PM EDT In the final hours before it was to be painted over, Foster the People received word from the office of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti that their "Supermodel" mural would not be covered up as scheduled yesterday, only six months after its creation. After a Los Angeles Times story…

  17. Join B1A4 in Video Game-Themed 'Solo Day' Video

    July 15, 2014 8:37 PM EDT The boy band play a delightful cast characters in the geekiest K-pop video of the year After snagging their first Top 10 hit with melancholic ballad "Lonely," K-pop boy band B1A4 return to a fun, pop-leaning style for their latest single "Solo Day." The guys'…

  18. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The longevity of The Ramones, X, Nick Cave and New Order belies the genre's supposed short-lived appeal. It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement,…

  19. Young the Giant Challenges Weezer to Frisbee Battle: Whose Catch Was Better? (Vote)

    July 15, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Young the Giant has thrown down the gauntlet against Weezer. No, there isn't beef between the alternative rock elder statesmen and newcomers -- in fact their differences are over just about the tamest topic possible: Who has the illest frisbee skills? Weezer made the first move in a…

  20. '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…

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