1. Sia Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with '1000 Forms of Fear'

    July 16, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Sia nabs her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and her best sales week ever — as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuts atop the list. The new album, released on Monkey Puzzle through RCA Records, sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to…

  2. Bleachers' Jack Antonoff Hosts Fake Call-In Telethon: Watch

    July 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT Bleachers, the new project from fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, released its debut album "Strange Desire" on Tuesday (July 15) through RCA Records, and continued a delightfully zany promo campaign by… putting on a fake call-in telethon! That has already surreptitiously aired on cable…

  3. La Roux Streams 'Trouble In Paradise' Album, Sets Fall Tour Dates

    July 15, 2014 4:23 PM EDT La Roux's sophomore album "Trouble In Paradise" is due out next Tuesday (July 22), but is now streaming in full at iTunes . Elly Jackson's synth-pop project has also announced a fall North American tour to follow her handful of summer live dates, which continue next month…

  4. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 'Mandatory Fun': Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 15, 2014 3:26 PM EDT It's hard out there for a professional parodist: nowadays, any idiot with a webcam can post his or her version of "Fancy" on YouTube, and if a master idiot like "Weird Al" Yankovic wants to get us tweeting about his send-ups, he'd better make them extra…

  5. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

  6. '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…

  7. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Sends Up Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' with 'Word Crimes': Watch

    July 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT After kicking off his eight-videos-in-eight-days campaign on Monday (July 14), "Weird Al" Yankovic has celebrated Tuesday's release of new album "Mandatory Fun" with a brand new clip, this time for the "Blurred Lines" parody "Word Crimes":…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Eddie Money Hopes To Release New Album 'Within The Next Six Months'

    July 14, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Titled "Shake That Thing," the album may also lead to a revival of his "Two Tickets To Paradise" stage show. Eddie Money may lament that "I can't sing the Beatles' 'When I'm 64' anymore" now that he's turned 65, but he hardly…

  11. 5 Seconds of Summer, The Vamps, Rixton: Which Male Pop Group Is Your New Favorite?

    July 14, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Vote now! In 2014, several all-male groups have made cases for pop supremacy, leaning on pristine hooks and smoldering good looks while doing everything possible to avoid the "boy band" tag. 5 Seconds of Summer, the Vamps and Rixton are just a few of the latest male groups to…

  12. Rome Ramirez Talks Sublime, Solo Album & Linkin Park Twitter Feud

    July 14, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "I'm not new to the band, standing next to my idols, anymore," he says of Sublime With Rome's next project. Currently on the road, Sublime With Rome is planning a November return to the studio to record a follow-up to its 2011 album "Yours Truly." "We…

  13. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Spoofs Pharrell's 'Happy' with 'Tacky': Watch

    July 14, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Margaret Cho, Jack Black, Kristen Schaal and more guest in the video to Yankovic's parody of Pharrell's No. 1 smash. "Weird Al" Yankovic is rolling out his new album, "Mandatory Fun," by releasing eight videos over the next eight days. The first one comes…

  14. Ariana Grande's 'Sam & Cat' TV Show Canceled

    July 14, 2014 10:53 AM EDT "Sam & Cat," the Nickelodeon sitcom starring Ariana Grande, has been canceled after one season, the network confirmed on Sunday (July 13). The pop superstar wrote a lengthy note about the news on Sunday, expressing gratitude toward Nickelodeon, show-runner Dan Schneider…

  15. Kenny Chesney Unveils 'The Big Revival' Album Cover: Exclusive

    July 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT "I wanted an album cover that was surprising," says the country giant on his new album. Country superstar Kenny Chesney will return this September with a new studio album, "The Big Revival," and the veteran singer-songwriter has revealed the upcoming full-length's…

  16. Meek Mill Sentenced To 3 To 6 Months in Jail: Report

    July 11, 2014 6:33 PM EDT Meek Mill will reportedly spend three to six months behind bars after violating his probation. According to a report from Philadelphia's Fox 29 , the Philly rapper (real name: Robert Williams) is currently in custody, after prosecutors were concerned about "a number of recent…

  17. 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…

  18. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  19. Kiesza Stuns With 'Hideaway' Performance on 'David Letterman': Watch

    July 11, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Kiesza's single "Hideaway" has been surging on the Dance Club Songs chart , and might get a few more spins after the Canadian dance-pop artist made her network television debut on Thursday night (July 10) with a tremendously entertaining performance of the track on "The…

  20. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    July 11, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Before you hear "Mandatory Fun," listen to the 10 biggest hits so far in the parody master's amazing career. As pop music evolves and artists come and go, one man has endured over the past three decades: the one making fun of everyone else. "Weird Al" Yankovic has…

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