1. James Mercer's Pre-Shins Band Getting a Reissue

    July 29, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Flake Music's debut is the Shins album you've never heard. Before the Shins, there was Flake Music. No, it's not a great name for a band by any stretch of the imagination, but don't let that throw you. Their sole album, 1997's  When You Land Here, It's Time to…

  2. N.W.A Biopic Casts MC Ren & DJ Yella Roles

    July 29, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. round out the 'Straight Outta Compton' cast. Universal's N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is rounding out the cast, adding Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. They'll join O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason…

  3. Are Investors Losing Patience With Pandora?

    July 29, 2014 1:04 PM EDT While the Internet radio company has grown in many areas, investors are still waiting to see profits. Critics are circling Internet radio company Pandora after shares fell as much as 14.5 percent and closed down 10.3 percent Friday following the company's second-quarter earnings release …

  4. Hard Working Americans' Frontman Todd Snider Keeps It Real on the Road

    July 29, 2014 12:36 PM EDT Hard Working Americans singer Todd Snider just wants to keep it real with their audience -- wherever they are. “I try to remind myself that any one venue is not more special than where I’ll be next month," he tells Billboard. "It’s all a microphone to me. You open your heart…

  5. Natalie Imbruglia Signs with ICM Partners for Concerts, New Album Coming

    July 29, 2014 12:48 AM EDT Natalie Imbruglia has signed with ICM Partners’ concerts department, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. The pop singer’s debut album, 1997’s Left of the Middle , sold seven million copies worldwide and featured the single “Torn,” which hit No. 1 on multiple charts around the…

  6. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  7. This Week In Billboard Chart History: 'N Sync Tops Hot 100 With 'It's Gonna Be Me'

    July 28, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Fourteen years ago this week, the boy band landed its first and only Hot 100 No. 1. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Eminem, Neil Diamond and Los Del Rio Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 28, 2007 Plain White…

  8. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  9. David Byrne Talks Artists' Rights, Spotify & Touring

    July 25, 2014 2:16 PM EDT 'Artists in general can be given more agency regarding what happens to their work,' Byrne tells Billboard. Recording artist, songwriter, label founder, producer, author, actor: David Byrne , 62, has seen the entertainment business from many sides during his four-decade career. Amid…

  10. Lionel Richie to Be Named Legend of Live at Billboard Touring Awards

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Lionel Richie will be named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, to be held Nov. 20 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. The reception is the culmination of the annual  Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , now in its 11th year.  Billboard's highest accolade…

  11. After Singer Buddy Melton's Farming Accident, Bluegrass Band Balsam Range Even "Tighter"

    July 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Buddy Melton, the lead singer for rising bluegrass band Balsam Range feels lucky to get to perform -- and not for the standard reasons. In 2012, he was involved in a 2012 farming accident that resulted in several procedures to repair his sinus cavity. Doctors were unsure whether the singer…

  12. John Mellencamp, Neil Young & Dave Matthews to Play 2014 Farm Aid

    July 24, 2014 4:46 AM EDT Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina. The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. It features performances by Nelson, who is Farm Aid president and co-founder, along with fellow board members John…

  13. 8 Reasons Jack White Is So Sad at the Chicago Cubs Game

    July 23, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Yesterday, a photo popped up online of Jack White at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. As a lover of most old-timey things, one would think White would have a blast at the 100-year-old national landmark. But at least when this photo was taken, he certainly didn't look it. Jack White…

  14. Hozier Gains Following With 'Church'

    July 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Hozier, the Irish singer Ryan Tedder wishes he signed, hits new high notes. 'This dude can outsing anybody,' Tedder marvels Last September, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier posted his first video on YouTube, for the bluesy ballad "Take Me to Church," and it went viral. The…

  15. Pitchfork Fest's 10 Best Performances: St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Beck & More

    July 21, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Celebrating its 9th year in Chicago's Union Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival once again proved to be a charming alternative to the bloated, behemoth events that litter the summer calendar. Featuring as assortment of 43 left-of-center acts across its three stages, Pitchfork offered a…

  16. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes and More Day 3 Highlights

    July 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Following headlining sets by respected rock deities Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights respectively, the third and final day (July 20) of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival belonged to hip-hop kingpin Kendrick Lamar, who brought his A-game to Chicago’s Union Park to wind…

  17. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport Honors Traditional Folk

    July 20, 2014 10:41 AM EDT There are few musicians as inextricably linked to the Newport Folk Festival as the late Pete Seeger. Newport, known as the place where Bob Dylan cast aside his acoustic guitar and went electric in 1965, has made its mark on the festival scene more recently with an innovative mix of old and…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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