1. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Tinashe Tally First Airplay No. 1s

    July 21, 2014 6:15 PM EDT The acts reign with 'Rude' and '2 On,' respectively. Plus, new No. 1s for Daft Punk, Prince Royce and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  2. Jason Aldean: 'Burn It Down' Tour Review

    July 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Jason Aldean’s “Burn It Down” tour gives the singer a chance to do things in a big way – and he took full advantage of that on Saturday (July19) night at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. With a bill that saw a possible trio of nominees for the upcoming CMA Entertainer of the…

  3. Smiths Guitarist Johnny Marr Announces New Solo Album, 'Playland,' Due Oct. 6

    July 21, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Morrissey isn't the only former Smiths member releasing a solo album this year . Guitarist Johnny Marr announced that he will follow up his 2013 solo debut "The Messenger" with a second album titled "Playland," to be released Oct. 7 in North America. A lead single…

  4. Johnny Depp Joins Aerosmith Onstage in Boston: Watch

    July 21, 2014 12:46 AM EDT Not every actor unwinds from a long day on set with few strums alongside Aerosmith. Leave it to Johnny Depp to do the honors, as he joined the rock band onstage at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., on Wednesday night. Wearing jeans and a black hat, the actor touted anelectric guitar for…

  5. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Pusha T and More Day 2 Highlights

    July 20, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Following the highs of Beck's diverse headlining set and Giorgio Moroder's disco flashback at Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday night (July 18), festival goers settled in for a full day of alternative music's best and brightest, with long-dormant indie royalty Neutral Milk…

  6. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  7. Punk's Quiet Visionary: Debbie Harry, Tommy Stinson, Danny Fields and More on Tommy Ramone

    July 18, 2014 3:11 PM EDT In 1974, Thomas Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone. The last surviving original member of the band is remembered as the odd man out who helped shaped the sound and look of punk rock's founding fathers. This feature first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . DANNY FIELDS…

  8. Judas Priest Debut At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    July 18, 2014 2:23 PM EDT The rock icons concurrently notch their first top 10 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action for the Dirty Heads, alt-J, Counting Crows and Paul McCartney After 40 years and 17 studio albums, Judas Priest score their highest-charting set. "Redeemer of Souls" marks the British heavy…

  9. Nelson Mandela: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

    July 18, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela's legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals…

  10. 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…

  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. 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…

  14. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Tops Hot 100; Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Falls to No. 2

    July 16, 2014 12:06 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group ends Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign with 'Fancy.' Plus, Disclosure's 'Latch,' featuring Sam Smith, reaches the top 10 Maybe this will finally impress the father in the song?   MAGIC!'s "Rude," the Canadian pop…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  18. Tommy Ramone, Mysterious Heart of the Ramones, Remembered by Robert Christgau

    July 13, 2014 2:07 PM EDT They were – among other things – our symbolic eternal teenagers. It's shocking that all four original Ramones are now dead – but it's also shocking that only one member of this archetypal rock band suffered rock's archetypal death by excess. Dee Dee OD'd, but it was…

  19. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  20. Bobby Brown Exits New Edition Tour to Focus on Health

    July 12, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Bobby Brown is leaving a reunion tour with the group New Edition to focus on his health. A spokeswoman for the R&B group said group members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant wish the 45-year-old singer a speedy recovery. No other details were…

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