1. Pandora Signs First Direct Label Deal With Merlin

    August 06, 2014 8:30 AM EDT The deal will allow artists and labels a deeper look at Pandora's data on fans -- and have some financial benefits, too. Pandora has established a partnership with independent rights group Merlin that marks the Internet radio company's first direct deal with record labels. Rather…

  2. Three Dead, 100 Hospitalized After Veld and Boonstock Festivals

    August 05, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Three people died and close to 100 people have been taken to hospital following two Canadian music festivals held on opposiite sides of the country over the long weekend (August 2-4). In Toronto, a 20-year-old woman and 22-year-old man died after ingesting “party drugs” at the Veld Music…

  3. Watch Chris Pratt's Perfect Performance of Eminem's 'Forgot About Dre' Rap

    August 05, 2014 9:50 AM EDT Please welcome a guardian of great ideas He's a TV star, a movie star, and now, apparently, a rap star -- is there anything Chris Pratt can't do? The actor stopped by DJ Whoo Kid's  The Whoolywood Shuffle  radio show this week to talk up  Guardians of the Galaxy,  but he…

  4. Trombone Shorty Replaces Boy's Stolen Trombone

    August 02, 2014 8:41 PM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A 14-year-old whose trombone was stolen at gunpoint has a new one thanks to musician Troy Andrews, much better known as Trombone Shorty. Bill Taylor, executive director of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, said he delivered the instrument, which is engraved with the name …

  5. New York Club Owner Manny Roth Dies at 94

    August 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Stars such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played Roth's Greenwich Village establishment Cafe Wha? Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village whose Cafe Wha? and its basement level stage was a rite of passage in the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many…

  6. Oh Honey Charm with Earnest Folk Pop, '90s Covers at New York City Performance

    August 01, 2014 6:27 PM EDT Oh Honey 's Danielle Bouchard and Mitchy Collins knew they'd get along when they discovered each knew all the words to R. Kelly's "Pregnant." The Brooklyn folk-pop duo broke into a spontaneous a cappella rendition of the song following a round of “‘90s goodness,”…

  7. Bleachers Sit Comfortably Atop Alternative Songs

    July 31, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the chart with more than one group. Plus, action for Weezer and Crown the Empire. As Bleachers rise 2-1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "I Wanna Get Better," frontman Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the…

  8. Billy Joel Hits Hot Tours Home Run on Ballpark Run

    July 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Joel's D.C. show is followed by Michael Buble & New Kids on the Block on the chart. Billy Joel makes his second appearance of the summer at No. 1 on the weekly listing of Hot Tours, with sales reported from his third sold-out concert at a Major League Baseball stadium. He leads this…

  9. 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&…

  10. Exclusive Video Premiere: TST & Moguai & Amba Shepherd, 'Real Life'

    July 29, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Earlier this month, Tiësto donned his TST alias and tapped close friend Hardwell ’ s “Apollo” accompaniment for a peppy big room production with fellow dance veteran Moguai. Featuring lingerie models seductively eating cereal and engaging in a ludicrous series of bowling and chess games, the…

  11. Rewinding The Charts: On July 29, 1967, The Doors' 'Fire' Lit Up The Hot 100

    July 29, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On this date 47 years ago, the band's legendary 'Light My Fire' burned a path to No. 1 With his skintight leather pants, come-hither looks and sex appeal, The Doors frontman, Jim Morrison, was the quintessential rock god of the late '60s. And on July 29, 1967, acolytes of…

  12. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Paul Kalkbrenner, Markus Schulz & Maceo Plex

    July 28, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Tomorrowland wrapped up its second weekend in fitting fashion on Sunday (July 27). A few hours of rainfall did nothing to dampen the 10-year anniversary party in Boom, Belgium, where techno and trance dominated the schedule outside of the main stage. Capping off a weekend of coverage,…

  13. Jenny Lewis on Rocking Out, Ryan Adams and Saying Goodbye to Rilo Kiley

    July 28, 2014 1:17 PM EDT "I just stumbled out of my Ford Focus in these mules,” says Jenny Lewis, pointing to her purple-bowed footwear. Settling into an airy cafe near her Laurel Canyon home in Los Angeles, the one-time child actor who turned indie rock “It” girl evokes a glam version of Seinfeld ’s Elaine:…

  14. 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…

  15. Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Unlocking the Truth Gets Documentary Treatment

    July 27, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Unlocking the Truth, the teenage Brooklyn band who signed a $1.7 million contract with Sony Music, including a $60,000 advance on a two-album deal with an option for four more records, will be the subjects of a feature documentary. Black Label Media and SeeThink Films will finance and…

  16. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 1 Highlights: Avicii, Dillon Francis, Kygo & More

    July 26, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Tomorrowland kicked off its second weekend honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary on Friday (July 25). Boasting one of the deepest talent pools and arguably the most impressive production value that dance music has to offer, Tomorrowland is an immersive and at times overwhelming experience…

  17. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  18. 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sharon Van Etten & More: Watch Their Late Night Performances

    July 25, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Check out a rousing performance of "She Looks So Perfect" and much more 5 Seconds of Summer's debut album dropped earlier this week, so be prepared to hear plenty from the Australian heartthrobs in the weeks to come. The outdoor crowd at Jimmy Kimmel Live got in on the action,…

  19. President Obama Talks Tech, Election With Industry Players at Live Nation CEO's House

    July 25, 2014 9:49 AM EDT An assortment of entertainment industry executives and business leaders, as well as Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis , attended a roundtable discussion Thursday morning with President Barack Obama at the Mandeville Canyon home of Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino , sources told The Hollywood…

  20. Tomorrowland 2014: Top Picks for Weekend Two

    July 23, 2014 2:44 PM EDT It’s halftime for Europe’s most hyped music festival. With the first weekend in the books, Tomorrowland gears up for its second round this weekend. Before heading to Boom, Belgium to check out the scene, Billboard makes artist picks for each day of Weekend Two in light of Weekend One’s best…

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