1. MTV VMAs' 15 Best Performances of All Time

    August 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Like summer's end, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are fast approaching. If the show's 30-year legacy is any indication, we're in for superstar collabs and elaborate sets come Sunday (Aug. 24). To celebrate the annual spectacular, we’ve picked the best performances in VMA…

  2. Coheed and Cambria Announces 'In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3' Reissue: Exclusive

    August 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Hear a remastered version of "A Favor House Atlantic," and read what Claudio Sanchez says of the group's future. Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez fesses up to an ulterior motive for the upcoming remastered re-release of the group's second album, 2003's In…

  3. Gregg Allman Movie Production Company Cited Over On-Set Death

    August 15, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Federal safety officials have cited the production company formed to make a film about rock singer Gregg Allman for exposing its workers to grave risk, according to  Reuters . Back in February, camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was killed and eight other crew members were injured…

  4. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  5. Paul McCartney Writing Score For First-Person Shooter Game (Seriously)

    August 11, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Over the past two years, Paul McCartney has been hard at work on the score for a first-person shooter game in the vein of Halo . No, we’re not kidding. Destiny — a new game from Bungie and Activision due Sept. 9 — will feature a full score and theme song from McCartney. In fact, the…

  6. CODE Picks of the Week: Pryda, Joe Goddard, Autograf & More

    August 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Pryda, "Backdraft" [Pryda Recordings] Eric Prydz revived his Pryda alias this week with a four-track eponymous EP. While upbeat…

  7. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Triumphant Return: A Manager's Perspective

    August 07, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jay Levey, who's represented the comedian for more than 30 years, on hitting a home run with "Mandatory Fun." When the editors of Billboard asked me to answer a few questions about “Weird Al” Yankovic’s recent chart-topping, earth-shattering, game-changing, monumentally epic…

  8. Legendary DJ Alan Freed's Ashes Sent Packing at Rock Hall of Fame

    August 04, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Rock music is constantly reinventing itself, such that even the style's initial promoter, Alan Freed , must eventually step aside to make room for Beyoncé .  The ashes of the Cleveland DJ who coined the term "rock 'n' roll" six decades ago went home with his son on…

  9. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  10. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jack White’s Vinyl Sales Still Sizzle, Adele’s ‘21’ Nears 11 Million Sales & More

    August 03, 2014 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, 5 Seconds of Summer saw its self-titled debut full-length album arrive atop the list , selling 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is not only the third-biggest debut of the year, but also more than…

  11. Neil Young Urges Fans to Boycott Non-Organic Cotton

    August 02, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Neil Young took to his website on Friday to speak out against the purchase of non-organic cotton. The FarmAid co-founder and veteran activist, who has championed environmental, social and aural causes over the years, has vowed to phase the material out of his tour merchandise in favor of 100…

  12. Why a '70s Mixtape Propels the Plot of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    August 01, 2014 12:19 PM EDT Director James Gunn promises to share the full mixtape with fans soon Guardians of the Galaxy  features a tree-like creature named Groot, a talking raccoon and an electronic device just as alien to children of the digital age: a Sony Walkman containing a mixtape packed with '70s pop hits…

  13. Johnny Winter Receives Brotherly Tribute During Rock'n'Blues Fest

    August 01, 2014 12:17 PM EDT The public mourning for Johnny Winter officially began Thursday night (July 31) during the launch of this year's Rock'n'Blues Fest tour. Winter, who died on June 16 in Switzerland at the age of 70, was supposed to co-headline this year's edition of the annual package,…

  14. Watch Jason Mraz Perform on a Terrace For 30 Lucky Superfans: Exclusive Video

    July 31, 2014 11:15 AM EDT The singer surprised his fans with an intimate acoustic performance before his 'Live From the Artists Den' taping at UCLA Be good to your superfans. That’s a lesson Jason Mraz doesn’t need to be taught.  The singer and four members of L.A. folk-rock band Raining Jane recently…

  15. Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed & More, Dies at 71

    July 30, 2014 4:50 PM EDT 'Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman,' Kiss' Gene Simmons says. Dick Wagner, the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who worked with Alice Cooper , Lou Reed , Kiss and Aerosmith , among others, died Wednesday (July 30) at the age of 71 in Phoenix. Wagner, who was…

  16. Fo' Shizzle! Snoop Dogg Narrates 'Plizzanet Earth' on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

    July 30, 2014 10:37 AM EDT Esteemed nature lover Snoop Dogg is back with another installment of his nature series  Plizzanet Earth . The segment, shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live , is a parody of the popular BBC show Planet Earth.  It features Snoop pondering mysteries like, “What is [a seal] doing acting like a dolphin?”…

  17. 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…

  18. 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. …

  19. 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…

  20. 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 .…

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