1. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  2. It's Official: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Album, Premiere 'Anything Goes' Video

    July 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The main G.U.Y. in Lady Gaga's life these days? Tony Bennett.  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett made their long-in-the-works project official today, announcing the album  Cheek to Cheek --  a collection of jazz standards including "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),"…

  3. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Return to Form with 'Hypnotic Eye': Track-by-Track Review

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As Tom Petty told us three decades and 10 albums ago, on Southern Accents , he’s got his “own way of talking.” He doesn’t drawl quite like the other Floridians, and among the words he pronounces in a wholly unique fashion is “town.” It comes up a lot in his songs -- often when he’s singing…

  4. 5 Seconds of Summer's Influences: 10 Acts That Shaped Their Sound

    July 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Seconds of Summer wants you to know they're a rock band. Sure, you'll see One Direction play some guitars in concert, and yes the rock band look was part of the Jonas Brothers' act, but it's been a long time since a boy band truly pulled off the vibe. With their debut…

  5. Jenny Lewis on Rocking Out, Ryan Adams and Saying Goodbye to Rilo Kiley

    July 28, 2014 1:17 PM EDT "I just stumbled out of my Ford Focus in these mules,” says Jenny Lewis, pointing to her purple-bowed footwear. Settling into an airy cafe near her Laurel Canyon home in Los Angeles, the one-time child actor who turned indie rock “It” girl evokes a glam version of Seinfeld ’s Elaine:…

  6. Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Unlocking the Truth Gets Documentary Treatment

    July 27, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Unlocking the Truth, the teenage Brooklyn band who signed a $1.7 million contract with Sony Music, including a $60,000 advance on a two-album deal with an option for four more records, will be the subjects of a feature documentary. Black Label Media and SeeThink Films will finance and…

  7. 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 .…

  8. Magic Talks 'Rude' Success and What's Next for the Band

    July 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The power-pop band just shot to No. 1 with the year-old reggae-influenced
 song "Rude," the season’s catchiest anthem about rejection. 
How it will handle its second act is another matter entirely. It certainly didn’t take long for Magic to live 
up to its name. Virtually 
unknown…

  9. Singer Who Sold Investors on Fake Project With Springsteen, Pearl Jam Sentenced to Prison

    July 25, 2014 12:28 PM EDT Kasey Anderson bilked investors out of nearly $600,000 for various projects, including a non-existent benefit album for the "West Memphis Three." A federal court in Washington state has sentenced a singer-songwriter to nearly four years in prison for various schemes that tricked…

  10. Watch a Speechless 'Weird Al' Yankovic Receive His Framed Billboard No. 1 Album Chart

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The comedy legend has a moment on "Tom Green Live" After countless classic parodies and more than 30 years on the charts, "Weird Al" Yankovic scored the first Billboard No. 1 Album of his career with Mandatory Fun this week . And when the comedy legend swung by AXS TV'…

  11. Dire Straits Keyboardist Eyes New Music

    July 24, 2014 4:43 PM EDT "We've got an album, definitely," says Alan Clark current member of the Straits. If Alan Clark has his way, there will be more Dire Straits music in the future -- though not necessarily by Dire Straits. Clark, the group's keyboardist from 1980 until its dissolution in 1992…

  12. Hilary Duff Signs to RCA Records

    July 23, 2014 7:29 PM EDT First single, "Chasing the Sun," set to bow July 29, album due out in fall. Following in the footsteps of her former Disney labelmate Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff has signed a recording deal with RCA Records. Her first single "Chasing the Sun," written by Colbie Caillat,…

  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. iHeartRadio Music Festival: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande Lead 2014 Lineup

    July 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore and Iggy Azalea are also part of the fourth annual lineup. The iHeartRadio Music Festival makes its fourth trip to Las Vegas on September 19 and 20, and this year's lineup is appropriately star-studded. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher,…

  15. Zach Galifianakis & Ted Danson Collaborate With the National… Sort Of (Watch)

    July 22, 2014 3:39 PM EDT Call it 'Between Two Berningers,' if you will. Last year, National frontman Matt Berninger and his younger, metalhead brother Tom assumed the starring roles in "Mistaken for Strangers," an award-winning documentary about the younger Berninger tagging along on tour as an…

  16. Fans Share Their Favorite Tom Petty Tracks

    July 22, 2014 1:24 PM EDT With our latest magazine cover featuring Tom Petty, we put together a list of his 20 biggest Billboard hits and asked fans on Facebook & Twitter what their favorite Petty tracks were! Fans on Facebook picked “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and “American Girl.” When…

  17. Why Linda Perry Decided to 'Make or Break' It on Reality TV

    July 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT The former 4 Non Blondes singer and hitmaking songwriter tells Billboard why she's trying her hand at a new VH1 competition show -- and putting her uncompromising attitude on display "Sometimes I’ll look back at old pictures where I’m a little heavy and dressed funny and think, …

  18. Eric Clapton's 'Don't Wait' Feat. John Mayer Exclusive Premiere: Listen

    July 22, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Eric Clapton says there's more JJ Cale music in his future even after the July 29 release of his upcoming "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale."  The 16-track set -- which includes collaborations with fellow Cale admirers Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, John…

  19. Ex-Swedish House Mafia Member Steve Angello’s Size Label Drops New Track: Listen

    July 21, 2014 11:58 PM EDT Ex-Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello’s Stockholm-based Size label was established in 2003, representing such artists as Tiesto, Deadmau5, Avicii and Junior Sanchez, among others. The influential label, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary last March by giving away 100 releases for…

  20. George Harrison Memorial Tree Taken Over by Beetles

    July 21, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Pine tree will be replanted, L.A. city councilman says The George Harrison Tree, planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004 in tribute to the late Beatles guitar player, has died — due to a beetle infestation. City Councilman Tom LaBonge told the Los Angeles Times that the pine tree…

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