1. Bob Hine, Founder of U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, Dies

    July 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT 'He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years,' producer Robin Millar says. Bob Hine, a founder of the Music Producers Guild, died Saturday in New Milton, U.K., after a two-year struggle with cancer, according to the…

  2. 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…

  3. Natalie Imbruglia Signs with ICM Partners for Concerts, New Album Coming

    July 29, 2014 12:48 AM EDT Natalie Imbruglia has signed with ICM Partners’ concerts department, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. The pop singer’s debut album, 1997’s Left of the Middle , sold seven million copies worldwide and featured the single “Torn,” which hit No. 1 on multiple charts around the…

  4. Singer-Songwriter Dale Watson: Trucking Music Isn't Dead

    July 28, 2014 4:20 PM EDT If you're thinking of calling Dale Watson a country singer, think again. On the cover of the singer-songwriter's recently released 3-CD box set entitled  The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy  is a sticker that says “File Under Ameripolitan.” So, what exactly does that mean? “I don’t even…

  5. 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…

  6. Dire Straits Keyboardist Eyes New Music

    July 24, 2014 4:43 PM EDT "We've got an album, definitely," says Alan Clark current member of the Straits. If Alan Clark has his way, there will be more Dire Straits music in the future -- though not necessarily by Dire Straits. Clark, the group's keyboardist from 1980 until its dissolution in 1992…

  7. Robin Thicke, Paula Patton List Their Hollywood Hills House for $3 Million

    July 24, 2014 3:42 AM EDT Five months after they officially separated, the "Blurred Lines" singer and his wife of nine years have put their marital home on the Bird Streets up for sale. Following months of begging for a reunion and even naming his latest album after her,Robin Thicke and his wife Paula Patton…

  8. Interpol on Becoming a Trio & Maintaining Harmony: 'It's a Hard Thing to Do'

    July 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT 'Psychologically, it's just bedlam,' says Interpol frontman Paul Banks about the relationship among a group of guys as the quartet becomes a trio after a four-year hiatus Interpol frontman Paul Banks walks onto the deck of the Frying Pan, an antique ship that’s now a floating…

  9. Trial of Former 'X Factor U.K.' Judge Tulisa Contostavlos Nixed Over Lying Claims

    July 22, 2014 4:44 AM EDT The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh," had lied under oath. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on Sunday tabloid reported last year it had…

  10. 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,…

  11. Joe Nichols No. 1 On Country Airplay; Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Hit Top 10, Florida Georgia Line Debuts

    July 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT 'Yeah' is Nichols' fifth leader, McGraw and Hill score their fifth top 10 duet and FGL's 'Dirt' blasts in at No. 16 Joe Nichols nabs his fifth career leader and completes his first set of two straight No. 1s on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay…

  12. Tween Rockers Unlocking the Truth Sign Seven-Figure Deal with Sony: Report

    July 13, 2014 1:15 PM EDT The young headbangers have already played the main stage at Coachella and opened for Guns N' Roses Brooklyn-based tween rock band Unlocking the Truth has reportedly signed a seven-figure album deal with Sony. Unlocking the Truth — comprising 13-year-old guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse,…

  13. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  14. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  15. 'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America' Scores Six Emmy Nods

    July 10, 2014 11:13 AM EDT "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show," received six Emmy Awards nominations Thursday morning. The special, produced by CBS and AEG Ehrlich Ventures, is up…

  16. Justin Bieber Pleads No Contest in Egg-Throwing Vandalism Case

    July 09, 2014 9:31 PM EDT Justin Bieber must pay $80,900 in damages and serve two years on probation after pleading no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's home. Bieber also was ordered to complete five days of community labor and a 12-week anger-management program…

  17. John Spinks, Guitarist and Songwriter for The Outfield, Dead at 60

    July 09, 2014 8:25 PM EDT John Spinks, guitarist and songwriter for British pop rock trio The Outfield, died Wednesday following a fight with liver cancer. He was 60.  The Outfield charted eight Billboard Hot 100 hits in 1986-92, led by its No. 6 debut smash "Your Love." The band's debut album, "…

  18. Solange Addresses Elevator Fight With Jay Z... Sort Of

    July 08, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Solange Knowles is opening up about the infamous "elevator incident" between herself and brother-in-law Jay Z at May's Met Gala afterparty — sort of. A joint statement made by the Knowles-Carter family immediately following the incident didn't quell public speculation…

  19. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  20. Nothing More: Texas Rockers Persevere With Hit Single 'This Is The Time (Ballast)'

    July 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When Nothing More singer/percussionist Jonny Hawkins was in grade school, his tiny class of a dozen students all tried out for the choir. When only Hawkins and one other child weren't accepted, it made a painful impression on him. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm not a…

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