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. Parker Ighile On His Forthcoming Artist Album: ‘I’ve Taken The Time To Perfect It’

    July 29, 2014 6:01 AM EDT Parker Ighile is a relaxed character. He won’t be rushed. The British-Nigerian producer, songwriter and protégé of Nicki Minaj has been honing his first extended artist release, and he's been at it for some time now. It’ll come when it’s ready. “I’m still an active producer and I’ve been…

  3. '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,…

  4. 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…

  5. What's a Wedding Like at the Gathering of the Juggalos?

    July 28, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Tiffany and Dip Set say "I do" and get sprayed with Faygo Kanye and Kim who? A starry-eyed pair of Juggalos tied the knot at the recently-wrapped 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos (July 23-26) and it was unlike any wedding you've likely ever seen. Vice  chronicled the union…

  6. Jack White Joins Beck on 'Where It's At,' 'Loser' During Providence Encore

    July 27, 2014 8:26 PM EDT Jack White rode hard in Rhode Island on Saturday night. After headlining at the Newport Folk Festival, the rocker scooted over to Beck 's show in nearby Providence where he surprised fans by performing several songs during the entire encore. More Beck & Jack Jack White to Throw First…

  7. Newport Jazz Fest Founder Looks to the Future on 60th Anniversary

    July 27, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals. That's why the 88-year-old Wein is celebrating the milestone by adding a third day of music…

  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. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and counting - of Billboard's hallmark…

  10. Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 55th Anniversary

    July 26, 2014 10:33 AM EDT The Newport Folk Festival has kicked off three days of music to a sold-out crowd. The festival began Friday with a lineup that includes Ryan Adams, Jimmy Cliff and Band of Horses, along with some lesser-known acts including Rhode Island-based Death Vessel. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport…

  11. Pharrell to Leave ASCAP for Irving and Grimmet's Global Music Rights

    July 25, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Global Music Rights , the boutique performance rights organization being built by Irving Azoff and Randy Grimmett under the Azoff MSG Entertainment banner, has just signed another big name songwriter/producer/ artist in Pharrell Williams , sources have confirmed. He joins stable mate Ryan…

  12. Baseballer-Turned-Rapper Mike Stud Hits a Home Run With His No. 1 Album 'Closer'

    July 25, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Eight months after launching 300 Entertainment, principals Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz and Kevin Liles are toasting their first No. 1 album:  Closer  by 25-year-old Mike Stud. The college baseball pitcher-turned-rapper surprised chart-watchers when he topped Billboard’s Rap Albums tally in the…

  13. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the most overused trope in music writing ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

    July 25, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Riding high with 'Mandatory Fun,' his first career No. 1, the king of parodies rewrites the rule book. "Weird Al" equals big business. The comedian’s latest album, Mandatory Fun , which tops the Aug. 2 Billboard 200, is his 15th chart entry in a career that spans 30 years…

  17. Happy 5th Anniversary, 4Minute! K-Pop Girl Group's Top 5 Music Videos

    July 24, 2014 10:09 PM EDT HyunA, Gayoon, Jihyun, Jiyoon and Sohyun have spent half a decade making eye-popping visuals. The past couple of weeks have been exciting for fans of 4Minute. In late June, the K-pop girl group celebrated its five-year anniversary (appropriately thanking fans with the video "Thank You :)…

  18. Coolio Is Just the Beginning, Says PornHub

    July 24, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Coolio and PornHub, a match made in heaven? A lot of conversations about artistic collaboration result in nothing, but when PornHub's head of PR and marketing, Matt Blake, and the rapper Coolio began chatting at the porn industry's annual AVN Awards, a lascivious creative…

  19. Kidz Bop Charts 40th Album

    July 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Those darn Kidz are at it again. The Kidz Bop Kids, that is. The franchise scores its 40th charting album on the Billboard 200 as Kidz Bop 26 bows at No. 4 with 46,000 sold in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop Series The latest effort…

  20. Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo & Future Perform At Reggae Sumfest 2014: Live Review

    July 23, 2014 4:18 PM EDT "I'm always nervous performing at home because Jamaicans are tough people to please but I am very happy with tonight's outcome," revealed Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin – and NBC’s The Voice season five winner – minutes after delivering a flawless, headlining set at Reggae…

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