1. 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…

  2. Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here' Q&A: 'I Wasn't Shy About Being a Struggling Actor Again'

    July 28, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Zach Braff is pretty confident the soundtrack to his new film, Wish I Was Here , won't be a platinum blockbuster like the one from his 2004 directorial debut, Garden State . "Selling 1.5 million copies in this day and age is ridiculous," the actor-director tells Billboard. …

  3. Ed Sheeran, Cheryl Cole Top U.K. Charts

    July 28, 2014 6:57 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fifth week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (July 27) to secure the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on the survey since’s Adele’s “21” in 2011. Cheryl Cole’s “Crazy Stupid Love” (Polydor/Universal), featuring Tinie Tempah, debuted at No. 1…

  4. 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 .…

  5. Don't Worry, Ohio Police Are Ready for Insane Clown Posse's Music Fest

    July 25, 2014 3:00 PM EDT The Gathering of the Juggalos makes its Ohio debut this year after a troubled history With thousands of Juggalos descending upon Ohio's Legend Valley for Insane Clown Posse's annual music festival -- The Gathering of the Juggalos finds a new home near the tiny town of Thornville,…

  6. 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…

  7. Bing Crosby’s Kids Recall Dad’s Surprise Duet With David Bowie

    July 23, 2014 11:26 PM EDT David Bowie's duet with Bing Crosby on the entertainer's 1977 Christmas television special left an indelible impression on Crosby's teenage children. Harry, Mary and Nathaniel Crosby were on set when Bowie arrived to tape his appearance. The mash-up between the cardigan-clad…

  8. Kanye West's 5 Most Outrageous Quotes in GQ Interview

    July 22, 2014 11:39 PM EDT Kanye West certainly didn't hold back in a recent interview with GQ magazine for their August issue. Not known for keeping his feelings to himself, the rapper and newlywed sat down just days after his wedding to Kim Kardashian and spouted off his thoughts — and some strange analogies —…

  9. 'America's Got Talent' Earth Harpist William Close Signs to Nettwerk Music Group

    July 22, 2014 8:56 PM EDT You’ve seen him on "America’s Got Talent," where he finished third, but now William Close will bring his unique instrumental inventions to the recording studio after signing a deal with the Nettwerk Music Group. The experimental musician and innovator has developed over 100 new…

  10. U.S.-Based Iraqi Metal Band Acrassicauda Raises Funds on Kickstarter to Record Debut Album

    July 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT When Acrassicauda drummer Marwan Hussein found out on July 9 that his heavy-metal band had successfully raised $37,383 via Kickstarter to record its first full-length album, he says his reaction was elation tempered by “a sense of guilt.”   The elation: Acrassicauda’s three original members…

  11. Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

    July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty, as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power. The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling…

  12. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

  13. Garth Brooks Taps Chicago for Start of Tour

    July 15, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Garth Brooks announced the first date this morning for his upcoming world tour: Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago, a market Brooks hasn't played in 17 years. There is no word on when the rest of the tour will be announced, but it appears the door has been…

  14. 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…

  15. Morrissey’s ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’: Track-by-Track Review

    July 08, 2014 12:26 PM EDT To paraphrase Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, if we don’t know Morrissey by now, we will never, ever, ever know Morrissey. Last year, the famously self-absorbed former Smiths frontman released the memoir “Autobiography,” his 457-page attempt to let fans into the weird little world he…

  16. Chris Martin Reveals He's No Longer Vegetarian

    July 03, 2014 7:27 PM EDT Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin has made a major announcement. He is no longer a vegetarian. He confirmed the news during an interview with  BBC Radio 2 's Steve Wright in the Afternoon. "Well, I eat meat. It depends on where you draw the line. I was vegetarian for quite a long…

  17. Lady Gaga Duets With Tony Bennett; Elvis Costello Performs at Montreal Jazz Festival (Video)

    July 03, 2014 10:17 AM EDT A milestone 35th-anniversary edition, which runs through July 6, brings out big names and surprises. For those attending the 35th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which runs from June 26 through July 6, it’s been a nonstop party. Pulling out all the stops for its…

  18. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

  19. A Musical Tribute to Jenni Rivera on Her Birthday (Video)

    July 02, 2014 12:11 PM EDT Jenni Rivera, the most successful regional Mexican entertainer of her generation, was to have turned 45 today (July 2), nearly two years after her small plane crashed while working in Mexico. The songstress, no stranger to the Billboard charts, each year grew as a recording artist and…

  20. Snoop Dogg Hosts 'Plizzanet Earth' on 'Kimmel'

    July 01, 2014 11:57 AM EDT It looks like Snoop Dogg is taking up a new profession: narrator of a nature show. Last night, on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the rapper premiered a new skit, “Plizzanet Earth.” “I'm fascinated by the planet and all the creatures that crawl all over it,” Kimmel told the audience. "That&…

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