1. Uncle Kracker's 'Endlessly': Exclusive Song Premiere (Listen)

    July 21, 2014 11:50 AM EDT The major label world is beckoning to Uncle Kracker again. The former Kid Rock hype man and Top 10 hitmaker ("Follow Me," "Drift Away," "Smile," "When the Sun Goes Down" with Kenny Chesney) has signed a new deal with Lava/Republic Records,…

  2. Tomorrow's Hits: The Griswolds, Meghan Trainor & Chase Bryant

    July 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: alt rockers the Griswolds, pop singer/songwriter Trainor and rising country singer Bryant The Griswolds Australian band the Griswolds,…

  3. 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…

  4. '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…

  5. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The longevity of The Ramones, X, Nick Cave and New Order belies the genre's supposed short-lived appeal. It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement,…

  6. Tommy Ramone, Mysterious Heart of the Ramones, Remembered by Robert Christgau

    July 13, 2014 2:07 PM EDT They were – among other things – our symbolic eternal teenagers. It's shocking that all four original Ramones are now dead – but it's also shocking that only one member of this archetypal rock band suffered rock's archetypal death by excess. Dee Dee OD'd, but it was…

  7. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  8. 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…

  9. Miley Cyrus Shares Topless Photos of New Tattoo Honoring Her Late Dog

    July 06, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Miley Cyrus appears to have had one wild 4th of July weekend. In addition to the dozens of strangely patriotic Instagram photos documenting her 4th of July — Uncle Sam mask selfie — the 21-year-old pop singer has posted several racy pictures (some of which are topless) of a new tattoo…

  10. Remembering Quiet Riot’s Kevin Dubrow … on ‘Real Housewives of Orange County?’

    June 29, 2014 9:26 PM EDT Terry Dubrow, brother of the late “Bang Your Head” rocker, keeps his memory alive with the help of reality TV. A recent episode of Bravo’s "Real Housewives of Orange County" featured one real-life househusband bragging not about fancy cars or expensive houses but Billboard chart…

  11. Lifetime Faces Skeptical Fans, Angry Family For Aaliyah, Whitney Houston Biopics

    June 27, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Lifetime is hoping fans of the late Aaliyah and Whitney Houston will deliver ratings gold when the network airs biopics about the singers’ lives and tragic deaths in the coming year. Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, 17, best known for her work on the hit Disney show "Shake It Up"…

  12. As Aaliyah's Family Looks to Halt Biopic Release, Star Zendaya: 'I Can't Please Everybody' (Video)

    June 18, 2014 7:17 PM EDT "If you want something done right, you have to get it done yourself." — that was the mindset of 17-year-old Zendaya Coleman  as she auditioned for the role of Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic . Now that she's nabbed the lead, the goal is perfection. Zendaya Coleman to…

  13. 'Uncle' Si Robertson Releases 'Smokin Hot' EP, Talks 'Duck Dynasty'

    June 17, 2014 10:06 AM EDT After the amazing success of the 2013 holiday collection "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas," it should come as no surprise that one of TV's most popular families have ventured into the studio once again. This time, the musical spotlight shines brightly upon "…

  14. Chart Highlights: Brett Eldredge's 'Music' No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 16, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The singer/songwriter scores his second leader. Plus, Godsmack and Rise Against roar back onto Rock Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  15. Casey Kasem's Daughter Denies Stepmother's Porn, Scientology Accusations

    June 11, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Jean Kasem, the wife of ailing DJ Casey Kasem, filed a declaration in court June 9 accusing Casey Kasem's daughter Kerri Kasem of working in porn and scheming to give her father's fortune (estimated at $80 million) to Scientology. "In addition to her conversion to Scientology…

  16. 'Man on the Run' Excerpt: Paul McCartney Threatened to Kick Linda Out of Wings and More

    June 09, 2014 5:44 PM EDT In the 1970s, a depressed, heavy-drinking  Paul McCartney walked away from The Beatles and reinvented himself as the leader of another hitmaking rock'n'roll band. A new book by longtime Q magazine contributing editor Tom Doyle about that turbulent period  in the legendary rock…

  17. Jeff Tweedy & Son Debut New Songs at Detroit Tour Launch (Review)

    June 06, 2014 12:09 PM EDT "That's my boy!" the Wilco frontman exclaimed while his son, Spencer, manned the drums. "We're gonna play some new songs," Jeff Tweedy told the crowd at the Jack White Theatre in Detroit's Masonic Temple on Thursday night. "We got a bunch of new songs,…

  18. How Rude: Alanis Morissette Wasn't Singing About Me, Says 'Full House' Actor

    June 05, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Dave Coulier -- a.k.a. Uncle Joey from "Full House" -- has long been rumored to be the infamous guy Alanis Morissette chews out in her "Jagged Little Pill" anthem "You Oughta Know." But in a recent interview with BuzzFeed the 54-year old actor sets the record…

  19. Chuck D Blasts Hot 97’s Summer Jam As ‘Sloppy Fiasco’ Of Hip Hop Culture

    June 04, 2014 6:17 AM EDT Chuck D is not a fan of Hot 97’s Summer Jam. The outspoken Public Enemy founder has slammed the annual concert as a “sloppy fiasco” of hip hop culture, and he’s dished some choice words for its parent New York radio station and for program director and host Ebro Darden. Chuck D kicked…

  20. Pete Wentz Q&A: On New Fall Out Boy Songs, State of Music & Favorite Child Actors

    June 02, 2014 5:12 PM EDT We are backstage at KROQ Weenie Roast when we catch up with Fall Out Boy 's Pete Wentz. Having known him for years the conversation starts very casually, "What is new?" "Same old same old," he says. But that is definitely not the case, as Wentz, who was just working…

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