1. Brian Eno Addresses Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Passionate Letter on David Byrne’s Website

    July 30, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Brian Eno has shared his feelings about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a passionate letter that has been published on David Byrne’s website. “I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno,” Byrne wrote on his site. “I shared it with my office and we all felt a great…

  2. 5 Seconds Of Summer Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 30, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Pop band 5 Seconds of Summer crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as the Australian group's self-titled full-length debut album arrives atop the list. The set sold 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan, following the album's release on July…

  3. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  4. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as a pretext for an unprecedented land grab of rights…

  5. Beck, Jenny Lewis & Conor Oberst: Watch Their Late Night Performances

    July 29, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Beck puts his comedy skills to the test with Stephen Colbert A trio of indie rock standbys gave their fans reason to flip through the channels Monday night just before bedtime. Grabbing the biggest spotlight was Beck, who appeared on Colbert Report for an interview and a two-song performance.…

  6. 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:…

  7. Ariana Grande's ‘Problem’ Gets Spoofed By Rumer Willis In Sunscreen PSA: Watch

    July 27, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Move over, “Weird Al.” Ariana Grande's hit song “Problem” has gotten the parody treatment from the funny folks at entertainment production company The Battery Company. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Top Pop, Rhythmic Songs Charts With 'Problem' The latest spoof from Jake Wilson,…

  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. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: A discounted Eminem charges back onto the chart, 'Now 50' crosses the half-million mark and the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack takes a bow. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop…

  10. 5 Seconds of Summer Sales Sizzle: No. 1-Bound on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The Australian band set to rock the top of the Billboard 200 chart with debut full-length self-titled album. Pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer are set to charge in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with their self-titled full-length debut album. Industry sources suggest the set…

  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. Bose Accuses Beats of Patent Infringement

    July 25, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Bose has brought a complaint against Beats Electronics in Delaware today (July 25th), where both companies are incorporated -- Bose also names Beats Electronic International Limited, an arm of the company incorporated in Ireland, a common tactic for businesses to lower their tax burden --…

  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. Rise Against, Bleachers & Jenny Lewis Make Moves On Rock Charts

    July 25, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The punks score their second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums. Plus, chart action for Bleachers, Jenny Lewis, Vance Joy and more Rise Against notches its second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums , and fourth top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 3), as The Black Market debuts with 53,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  15. 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…

  16. 'Weird Al' Yankovic: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 8

    July 25, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  17. Watch a Speechless 'Weird Al' Yankovic Receive His Framed Billboard No. 1 Album Chart

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The comedy legend has a moment on "Tom Green Live" After countless classic parodies and more than 30 years on the charts, "Weird Al" Yankovic scored the first Billboard No. 1 Album of his career with Mandatory Fun this week . And when the comedy legend swung by AXS TV'…

  18. Stevie Nicks Confirms October Release For '24 Carat Gold’

    July 24, 2014 11:08 PM EDT Stevie Nicks will be releasing her new CD, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault , Oct. 7 on Warner Bros. Records. The set will include never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Nicks throughout her career. A special limited-edition double vinyl album will be released on Sept. 29. In addition,…

  19. Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, 'Weird Al' Yankovic Atop Billboard Artist 100

    July 24, 2014 11:43 AM EDT The British singer/songwriter reigns again, ahead of Azalea, who holds at No. 2, and newly-arriving Yankovic at No. 3. Sam Smith leads the new Billboard Artist 100 chart for a second week, fending off Iggy Azalea at No. 2 and new Billboard 200 leader "Weird Al" Yankovic at No. 3.…

  20. Pop Shop Podcast: Jack Antonoff Interview, 5 Seconds of Summer, 'Weird Al' & More

    July 24, 2014 10:55 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

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