1. Billboard Cover Story Sneak Peek: 5 Revelations From Sinead O'Connor

    August 07, 2014 6:32 PM EDT   Sinead O'Connor photographed by Nicole Nodland on July 17, 2014 at Brunswick Studios in London.  Nicole Nodland Sinead O'Connor is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, fearless and iconoclastic musicians of our time, but the last few years have found more people focusing on…

  2. Journey, Steve Miller Band Lead Hot Tours With Summer Run

    August 07, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Journey and the Steve Miller Band take the top ranking in the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the final box office stats reported from their summertime trek through North America. The veteran rock bands joined forces in mid-May to co-headline an 11-week tour, playing primarily at outdoor…

  3. Jazz Musician Plans Tribute Album to Daughter Killed in Sandy Hook Shooting

    August 07, 2014 11:38 AM EDT After his 6-year-old daughter was killed in the Newtown school shooting, Jimmy Greene found a homemade book on her desk titled "Ana's flower book for Dad." The book was filled with page after page of beautifully drawn flowers in different colors and shapes. "It's a…

  4. Max Schneider Charts on Billboard Twitter Trending 140 With 'Mug Shot'

    August 06, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Singer-songwriter and YouTube star Max Schneider charts on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140  this week after releasing a tour compilation video for his single, “Mug Shot.”  During his “Say Max” tour, Max and his team filmed the crowd in more than 24 cities each singing a different line of…

  5. Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    August 06, 2014 11:14 AM EDT After a nearly 37-year wait, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers earn their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 . The band's new Hypnotic Eye arrives atop the chart, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best debut sales…

  6. 'Portlandia' Star Carrie Brownstein to Complete Unfinished Nora Ephron Script

    August 05, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Portlandia 's Carrie Brownstein -- taking on her first feature writing project -- will complete the late Nora Ephron 's unfinished adapted script of U.K. television miniseries Lost in Austen for Columbia Pictures. Good Universe has come aboard to produce the movie with Columbia and…

  7. Play on Brian Epstein's Final Night Makes London Debut

    August 05, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Monday’s (August 4) press night of Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles , a play about the ill-starred manager who guided the Beatles to global domination, brought a warm response from an audience including such celebrities as Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason and Paul McCartney ’s brother Mike McGear…

  8. Al Jarreau Salutes George Duke on New Star-Packed Album

    August 05, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The late musician’s influential legacy is saluted on 'My Old Friend,' featuring guests Lalah Hathaway, Dianne Reeves, Gerald Albright and more. It’s a year to the day (Aug. 5) since the untimely death of revered Grammy-winning keyboardist, composer and producer George Duke .…

  9. Exclusive: Benny Benassi & John Legend, 'Dance the Pain Away' (Eelke Kleijn Remix)

    August 05, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Italian electro house institution Benny Benassi tested pop waters in collaborating with Grammy Award-winning crooner John Legend last year. The result was “Dance the Pain Away,” the first vocal single off his forthcoming album Back to the Pump . Now Rotterdam native Eelke Kleijn has given the…

  10. Bass Drum of Death, 'Left for Dead': Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 05, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Oxford, Miss. garage-rock band Bass Drum of Death was once the solo project of John Barrett , a former Fat Possum employee who in his spare time made demos fueled by swaggering guitars and rough-hewn drums, his voice emerging from the wreckage of noise like a driver from a smoldering pileup.…

  11. The Civil Wars Break Up: Hear Farewell Song & Read Their Goodbye Messages

    August 05, 2014 12:19 PM EDT Although they had been on hiatus since 2012, the inevitable is now confirmed: the Civil Wars are no more. The folk duo broke the news Tuesday via press release, along with quotes from band members Joy Williams and John Paul White. Additionally, the duo shared one final song, a cover of “You…

  12. Drake Welcomes Usher, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill And Many More To Fifth Annual OVO Fest

    August 05, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Drake’s OVO Festival is like hip-hop Christmas in Toronto – you anticipate it every year but you never know what you’re gonna get. Prior years have brought surprise cameos from the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg , or Diddy, Mase, Kanye West and Lil Wayne , and this year’s…

  13. William Orbit Working on Queen Project

    August 05, 2014 4:08 AM EDT For his next project, William Orbit is working with musical royalty -- Queen.   Though the British producer is keeping mum on details, the recording project is expected to involve an album with previously unheard tracks featuring the vocals of late frontman Freddie Mercury.  Orbit, who…

  14. Chart Highlights: 'Bang Bang' Debuts, Sia, Billy Currington & Big Data Score New No. 1s

    August 04, 2014 8:13 PM EDT Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fly onto multiple airplay lists as the trio's "Bang Bang" bounds onto Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs and Rap Airplay. Meanwhile, an array of acts -- including Sia and Hozier -- notch new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select…

  15. Exclusive: Elijah Blake Premieres '6' / 'Fallen' Video; Talks Upcoming 'Drift' EP

    August 04, 2014 11:54 AM EDT The singer-songwriter will release his 'Drift' EP in September. It takes bravery to be as transparent as Elijah Blake is in his new single, "6." The first single off the singer-songwriter's upcoming EP, Drift , sheds light on the gloom that hovers over Blake's…

  16. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'If Anyone Puts Us Down, We Don’t Care'

    August 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT They’d rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music’s sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm. It’s not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying while on tour in Milan: Just follow the screams. Ten floors…

  17. Beyonce-Jay Z Fan Gets Fingertip Bitten Off at Rose Bowl Concert

    August 03, 2014 10:38 PM EDT Police in California arrested a man accused of groping a woman before biting her boyfriend's fingertip off during  Beyonce and Jay Z 's concert Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, the Pasadena Star-News is reporting.  More Bey/Jay Jay Z & Beyonce's 'On the Run'…

  18. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  19. Usher & Stevie Wonder Play Multimillion-Dollar Fan Wedding

    August 02, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Best rehearsal dinner ever? That award might go to Kaily Smith and Adam Westbrook, the couple whose carnival-themed, pre-wedding bash in Dana Point, California, last night included live performances from not one but two multi-platinum artists: Usher and Stevie Wonder. Usher’s New Look…

  20. Neil Young Urges Fans to Boycott Non-Organic Cotton

    August 02, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Neil Young took to his website on Friday to speak out against the purchase of non-organic cotton. The FarmAid co-founder and veteran activist, who has championed environmental, social and aural causes over the years, has vowed to phase the material out of his tour merchandise in favor of 100…

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