1. 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…

  2. 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 .…

  3. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Avicii, Dillon Francis, Kygo & More

    July 26, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Tomorrowland kicked off its second weekend honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary on Friday (July 25). Boasting one of the deepest talent pools and arguably the most impressive production value that dance music has to offer, Tomorrowland is an immersive and at times overwhelming experience…

  4. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  5. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  6. Woody Allen Musical 'Bullets Over Broadway' to Close

    July 22, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Allen's $14 million musical will have its final Broadway performance Aug. 24. Woody Allen's $14 million "Bullets Over Broadway" is closing , with a final performance slated for Aug. 24, its producers announced Tuesday. " Bullets," Allen's first stage musical…

  7. 'Get On Up' Star Chadwick Boseman Initially 'Didn't Want to Try' Playing James Brown

    July 22, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The "42" star took on the daunting task of playing the Godfather of Soul by working hard and taking things "one step at a time," his co-stars and director Tate Taylor told THR at the Universal biopic's debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater. To play James Brown, the…

  8. 'Love & Mercy,' Biopic on Brian Wilson's Dark Years, to Premiere in September

    July 22, 2014 1:52 PM EDT “Love & Mercy,” Bill Pohlad’s film on Brian Wilson’s dark years spent under the care of Eugene Landy, will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.   The film, starring Paul Dano as Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack and Paul Giamatti, is set…

  9. Nashville Rockers Sol Cat Happy to Call Music City Their Home

    July 21, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Nashville Dancin', the summer concert series in downtown Nashville, is starting to wind down its Thursday night run with shows over the next two weeks. This upcoming week's line-up includes Space Capone, Lettuce and Music City's own Sol Cat. The band's vocalist Brett…

  10. Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: The Indie-Rock Dad Awards

    July 21, 2014 11:10 AM EDT From "Worst Manners" to "Festival MVP," check out what Pitchfork Fest's resident father (& his son) thought of this year's fest. On the crowded subway ride home from the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival, a kid in glasses, gauges and a D.A.R.E. shirt asked my…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Gregg Allman Biopic Filmmakers Say Crew Member's Death "Was Not a Crime"

    July 18, 2014 3:25 PM EDT The producer-director duo behind the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” have broken their silence following the entering of a not guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing . “In the weeks and months that follow when the true facts of the events are revealed, people…

  15. Is Pitchfork Fest Cursed? President Chris Kaskie Talks Lineup Setbacks

    July 18, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Even before Death Grips announced their break up July 2, Pitchfork's ninth annual Music Festival in Chicago had already experienced a few unfortunate setbacks to its lineup. On April 26, Chicago footwork pioneer DJ Rashad passed away from an apparent blood clot, leaving his Hyperdub…

  16. 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…

  17. Perfume Genius’ 'Queen' Ranks at No. 3 on Billboard Twitter Trending 140

    July 17, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Perfume Genius, the work of Mike Hadreas, is trending on the Billboard Twitter Realtime Charts. The lead single off of Hadreas’ third album “Too Bright” (due Sept. 22 on Matador Records) peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart upon its release July 15 th and has been…

  18. 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.,…

  19. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready on the Genius of Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' (Exclusive)

    July 17, 2014 9:08 AM EDT On the album's 20th anniversary, the Pearl Jam guitarist breaks down what makes this record so enduring With Soundgarden's mighty "Superunknown" celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready offers his thoughts on what makes the classic album a…

  20. David Bowie Promises ‘More Music Soon’

    July 17, 2014 5:07 AM EDT When David Bowie last shared some new music, it came as a surprise to almost everyone. This time he’s giving a heads-up.  It’s been roughly 16 months since “The Next Day” (Iso/Columbia Records) crashed sales charts around the globe. Now, the Thin White Duke has hinted there will be “more…

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