1. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Reflects On His Weirdly Successful Week

    July 22, 2014 3:23 AM EDT Attention pop stars: If "Weird Al" Yankovic shows up at your concert or has tracked down your personal email address, you're likely his next parody conquest. Such was the case for artists like Pharrell and Iggy Azalea, who are covered by Yankovic in his latest album, "…

  2. SISTAR Serves Sax-Saturated Summer Single 'Touch My Body': Watch

    July 21, 2014 10:05 PM EDT The chart-topping girl group return to shimmy and strut in a sexy, sunshine-soaked new visual With 10 collective K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1s between the members as a group, duos and soloists, female quartet SISTAR is eyeing a summer smash with "Touch My Body." Like the No. 2 Song of the…

  3. Is Beyoncé Partnering With 'Fifty Shades of Grey' a Good Idea?

    July 21, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Will Beyoncé be getting drunk in love with Christian Grey?  Fans of the singer had their hopes raised over the weekend when Queen Bey gave the Internet a proclamation from her castle, errr, rather, an  Instagram post  from her official account of the  teaser to the teaser trailer  for the…

  4. Hey Girl: Richard Marx Is Back

    July 21, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The guy who wrote the book on romance lands his highest-charting album, 'Beautiful Goodbye,' in 20 years Richard Marx could teach a class on hit love songs. The singer-songwriter has notched 29 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the majority of them uber-romantic — from his first No. 1 as an…

  5. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Hoping to beat Lana Del Rey to the No. 1 spot in first-week sales, Capitol Music Group took significant risk in betting against streaming. A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at…

  6. 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…

  7. 'Rising Star' Recap: Lessons In Humility Dished Out as Duel Round Continues

    July 21, 2014 5:18 AM EDT In cloudy, smoke monster letters, "Rising Star" informs us that each of the contestants tonight are getting the chance to, “Write. Their. Future.” And what an odd future "Rising Star" writes for itself from week to week. After some annoyance regarding the judges’ 7% votes…

  8. 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…

  9. Kanye West Covers GQ’s August Issue; Kim Kardashian Says It’s ‘So Sexy’

    July 19, 2014 7:56 PM EDT Kanye West will cover the August issue of GQ Magazine and the rapper’s new wife, Kim Kardashian, couldn’t be more excited. Rick Rubin Says He’s Working on Kanye West's Seventh Album “So sexy! My husband on the cover of GQ shot by Patrick Demarchelier!!!” the reality TV star posted on…

  10. Mick Jagger Opens Up About L'Wren Scott Death, Saying It's Been a 'Very Hard Year’

    July 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT Apart from releasing a statement shortly after the death of his longtime girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, Mick Jagger has remained mostly silent about her suicide in March. Mick Jagger Sings Bob Dylan's 'Just Like a Woman' at L'Wren Scott Memorial (Updated)…

  11. Paul Anka Cancels Israel Concert Amid Hostilities

    July 18, 2014 11:43 PM EDT The singer hopes to reschedule the date for the near future, with his rep saying 'he will be there with the latest version of his fantastic performance.' Following escalating security tensions due to Operation Protective Edge and Israeli Defense Forces launching a military ground…

  12. Does Garth Brooks Still Have Country Superstar Clout?

    July 18, 2014 4:36 PM EDT This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Garth Brooks’ July 10 reveal of a new deal with Sony Music (an album on Pearl/RCA Nashville is due around Black Friday, and will be sold digitally on his own site, sidestepping iTunes) and an upcoming global tour had…

  13. How Robin Thicke Went From Hero to Zero -- and How He Could Rebound

    July 18, 2014 12:33 PM EDT Remember summer 2013, when Robin Thicke, 37, was riding high with “Blurred Lines,” the longest-charting No. 1 of the season? Its accompanying album became his first Billboard 200 No. 1, with sales of 177,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. What a difference a year…

  14. John Legend's Viral Video for 'You' Spurs Big Chart Debut

    July 17, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: Mike Stud debuts at No. 1 on Rap Albums, Iggy Azalea's "Black Widow" continues to gain, and Usher & Nicki Minaj's new single makes a splashy debut. LEGEND'S 'YOU' CLIPS STIRS BIG DEBUT: John Legend's "You & I (Nobody In the World)…

  15. Attention, Country Music Hall of Fame Voters: Here's Who You Need to Induct

    July 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT To: The Voters for the Country Music Hall of Fame First of all, I understand the responsibility that you have to the industry and to the Hall as you go through your voting process each year. It seems that with each selection you make, the cries get louder for others to be inducted. It is a…

  16. Jordan Anderson on Finding Her Way in Nashville

    July 16, 2014 7:13 PM EDT When you hear the heartfelt lyrics of Jordan Anderson's latest single, "American Dream," keep in mind that it is her real life she’s singing about — word for word.  "I wrote it with James Dean Hicks in Nashville. It was an awesome experience. It's about my journey…

  17. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 10 Funniest Songs: 'Eat It,' 'Pretty Fly For a Rabbi' & More

    July 16, 2014 4:31 PM EDT An (unofficial) ranking of "Weird Al's" most gut-busting moments, from "White & Nerdy" to "Living With a Hernia." With his new album "Mandatory Fun," "Weird Al" Yankovic is up to his usual hijinks -- selecting some of the most…

  18. Kanye West to Headline Both Made in America Festivals; Iggy Azalea Added to L.A. Bill

    July 16, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Looks like Kanye West will be headlining both coasts of Budweiser Made In America next month when it expands to Los Angeles as well as Philadelphia on Aug. 30 and 31. Also newly announced to the L.A. lineup is Iggy Azalea, who will play the West Coast festival on Saturday. More on Made in…

  19. 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Patton Oswalt Confront the Illuminati in 'Royals' Parody 'Foil' (Watch)

    July 16, 2014 12:29 PM EDT This hilarious Lorde parody has everything: Shadows organizations, government agents and aluminum foil hats Today is the third day in "Weird Al" Yankovic's eight-videos-in-eight-days rollout for his "Mandatory Fun" album, and with it comes the best of the bunch so far…

  20. Drake's Top 25 Moments In Sports: Fair & Foul

    July 16, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Drake may never have accompanied a championship-contending boxer to the ring, but as a Jewish-Canadian rapper, he sure knows about being an underdog. Drake lives life like a guy who can walk again after being wheelchair-bound in high school. In an effort to make up for lost time and to…

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