1. Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella Fires Back at Tom Petty's Dismissal of Dance

    July 30, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Will fans see Tom Petty at Nocturnal Wonderland this year? He now has an open invitation, thanks to Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella . Let's back up: A few days ago, Petty gave an interview with  USA Today , where he was asked about Electric Daisy Carnival and EDM. Petty…

  2. Vans Warped Tour's Nashville Stop Illustrates an Evolving Fest

    July 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys hit Nashville yesterday, where about 12,000 turned out to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to see upwards of 100 bands. Tour founder/producer Kevin Lyman tells Billboard that attendance will hit about 520,000 this year, on a par with some of the tour&…

  3. How 5 Seconds of Summer Perfected One Direction's Rock-First Formula

    July 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT What happens when a male pop group doesn't have to be called a "boy band"? Big sales, as 5SOS is proving. On this week's Billboard 200 chart, 5 Seconds of Summer easily debuts at No. 1 with its first album, as the self-titled full-length moves 259,000 copies in its first…

  4. 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…

  5. Perry Farrell Q&A: Lollapalooza Headliners, Building a Festival Lineup & More

    July 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT "Eminem really takes care of all the aspects -- he assaults every sense up there," says the festival mastermind. Starting this Friday (Aug. 1), as they have every weekend since 2005, bands and fans will make the pilgrimage to Chicago's Grant Park to attend Lollapalooza.…

  6. 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 …

  7. Banks Twists and Shouts in Video For New Song 'Beggin For Thread'

    July 29, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Excited yet for Jillian Banks ' debut album? You should be. Since popping up on the blogosphere radar last year, Banks has transcended buzz artist status and now holds one of the year's most hotly anticipated debuts. Banks, Quick-Rising Pop Starlet, Explains Why Her Fans Have Her…

  8. Meghan Trainor On 'All About That Bass': It's About 'Loving Your Body … And Your Booty' (Q&A)

    July 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The pop singer/songwriter talks her debut positive-body image hit: 'It's unreal that I'm kind of helping people' Meghan Trainor's debut hit "All About That Bass" is more than a pop song with an infectious beat. Its message of self-acceptance is also helping…

  9. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as a pretext for an unprecedented land grab of rights…

  10. Exclusive Video Premiere: Watch Flyleaf's 'Set Me on Fire'

    July 29, 2014 10:39 AM EDT Watch the new visual from Flyleaf's upcoming album, which guitar Sameer Bhattacharya calls "one of the coolest records we've ever made." Kristen May has been a comfortable fit for Flyleaf since she joined the hard rock outfit in place of original singer Lacey Sturm in…

  11. Exclusive Song Premiere: Listen to Billy Joe Shaver's 'The Git Go'

    July 29, 2014 10:36 AM EDT Billy Joe Shaver is bringing out his new album, "Long in the Tooth," with some welcome momentum. The veteran Americana singer and songwriter and Outlaw Country icon is back on the charts thanks to Willie Nelson 's version of Shaver's "Hard to Be an Outlaw" on his…

  12. Beck Faces Grim Reaper & His 'Loser' Past in 'Heart Is a Drum' Video

    July 29, 2014 9:29 AM EDT Beck 's "Heart Like a Drum" video is a lovely, eerie and meditative clip that finds the master singer-songwriter wandering around an abandoned farm with the Grim Reaper, astronauts (or at least the '50s comic book version of astronauts) and a swagged-out version of himself…

  13. 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…

  14. Jhene Aiko Talks Making Of 'Souled Out' Album & Family

    July 28, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Jhene Aiko stands around 5 feet tall and weighs perhaps as much as a decaf macchiato; the 2015 Cadillac Escalade stretches 18-and-a-half feet and tips the scales at nearly 6,000 pounds. Right now, the buzz-building singer-rapper -- she has performed with her friend Drake on "Saturday…

  15. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Bleachers, Lil Wayne & Drake Score New No. 1s

    July 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Pop Songs, Bleachers rise to No. 1 on Alternative Songs and Lil Wayne and Drake's collab crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  16. 'Voice' Winner Tessanne Chin on Album's Quiet Release: 'We Couldn't Help That' (Q&A)

    July 28, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The season-five champ remains hopeful about her debut album, 'Count On My Love.' It's been a whirlwind of a year for Tessanne Chin -- in December, the season-five champ of The Voice won viewers over with power ballads and reggae-rock songs while under Adam Levine's wing,…

  17. Pandora Co-Founder Tim Westergren's Political Donations Show a Singular Focus

    July 28, 2014 5:05 PM EDT A report Monday (July 28) from the Trichordist , a blog that often focuses on regulatory issues that would affect songwriters, accuses Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren of supporting anti-gay politician Jason Chaffetz , but a closer look at Westergren's donation history seems to…

  18. How 'Get On Up' Nailed the James Brown Look

    July 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Film's production and costume designers lead Billboard through the film's many times and places. Harlem's Apollo Theater, where James Brown recorded his legendary live album in 1962, was built in a middle school auditorium in Natchez, Miss., for Get On Up. "We got lucky,…

  19. Singer-Songwriter Dale Watson: Trucking Music Isn't Dead

    July 28, 2014 4:20 PM EDT If you're thinking of calling Dale Watson a country singer, think again. On the cover of the singer-songwriter's recently released 3-CD box set entitled  The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy  is a sticker that says “File Under Ameripolitan.” So, what exactly does that mean? “I don’t even…

  20. 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. …

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