1. 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…

  2. Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Turns 25: Here's What Critics Said About the Classic Back Then

    July 25, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Between the Beastie Boys ' boundless wordplay, the Dust Brothers' genre-melding production and more samples than anyone could afford to put on an album in 2014, Paul's Boutique is now considered an inarguable classic. It's not just the Beastie's magnum opus -- it'…

  3. Soundtrack to 'Finding Fela' Documentary Set for July 29 Release

    July 25, 2014 4:12 PM EDT On July 29, Knitting Factory Records will release the soundtrack to Finding Fela , Alex Gibney’s documentary on Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Finding Fela  tells the story of Fela Kuti's life as well as the evolution of the Broadway musical Fela!.  The film premiered at Sundance, played…

  4. Magic Talks 'Rude' Success and What's Next for the Band

    July 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The power-pop band just shot to No. 1 with the year-old reggae-influenced
 song "Rude," the season’s catchiest anthem about rejection. 
How it will handle its second act is another matter entirely. It certainly didn’t take long for Magic to live 
up to its name. Virtually 
unknown…

  5. The Unicorns Return: How Arcade Fire Brought The Cult Pop Group Back Together

    July 25, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "The three of us haven't been in the same room in six years," says frontman Nick Thorburn ahead of the arena-set reunion shows. In 2003, Canadian trio the Unicorns issued one of the weirdest, most wildly inventive pop debuts of the 00's -- and promptly broke up before ever…

  6. 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…

  7. Tomorrow's Hits: Bobby Shmurda, Priory & Anzel

    July 25, 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. Bobby Shmurda Twenty-year-old Brooklyn native, and new Epic signee, Bobby Shmurda is heating up with "Hot N---a." The song rises 4-1 on the…

  8. 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…

  9. Casey Kasem's Son on Corpse-Moving, Meat-Hurling Widow Jean Kasem: 'She's Bat S--- Crazy'

    July 25, 2014 2:11 AM EDT Casey Kasem's body was taken from Tacoma, Washington's Gaffney Funeral Home to Canada, a Gaffney worker confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on July 23, but his distraught relatives don't have any specific information on the whereabouts of his remains a month after his death. …

  10. 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,…

  11. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

  12. Marsha Ambrosius Debuts on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 24, 2014 6:11 PM EDT Also: Iggy Azalea's 'Widow' rises, Drake speeds onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'O to 100/The Catch Up.' Marsha Ambrosius claims the Hot Shot Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 2 with her sophomore set Friends & Lovers , moving 17,000 units in the week…

  13. Nicki Minaj Reveals Sexy Artwork for 'Anaconda' Single

    July 24, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Nicki Minaj took social media by storm this morning (July 24) when she posted the artwork for her upcoming single, "Anaconda." On the cover, Nicki Minaj is seductively facing back while squatting, and wearing a pink sports bra and thong. The second "The Pink Print"…

  14. Kidz Bop Charts 40th Album

    July 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Those darn Kidz are at it again. The Kidz Bop Kids, that is. The franchise scores its 40th charting album on the Billboard 200 as Kidz Bop 26 bows at No. 4 with 46,000 sold in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop Series The latest effort…

  15. Janelle Monae Performs at Hollywood Fundraiser, 'Relaxed' Barack Obama Joins the Party

    July 24, 2014 2:26 AM EDT Barack Obama took the stage shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday at Shonda Rhimes' Hancock Park-area home, where the Scandal creator praised the president for "doing his job like a boss." "Nice-looking crowd," Obama joked, looking out into the star-studded audience. "…

  16. Randy Newman Inks Deal With Downtown Music Publishing

    July 23, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer inks administration agreement for North America. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer Randy Newman has signed an administration agreement for North America with Downtown Music Publishing, it was…

  17. New Traveling Festival Will Bring Bass Music to 20 Cities This Fall (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Safe In Sound Festival caters to bass heads across America. A new music festival geared toward fans of electronic bass music, a heavy sub-genre under the EDM umbrella, will travel to 20 U.S. cities this September and October. Called Safe in Sound, it will feature Adventure Club, Flux…

  18. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a…

  19. Baek Z Young Announces Two U.S. Concerts

    July 22, 2014 9:12 PM EDT The Korean "ballad queen" will charm Los Angeles and New York before summer's end As more Korean boy bands and girl groups hold concerts in America, rarely do U.S. fans get to see singers in the ultra-popular ballad genre live. But K-pop's "ballad queen" Baek Z…

  20. Ray J Charged With Sexual Battery, 3 More Misdemeanors

    July 22, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Charges stem from May 30 arrest, when the singer was accused of grabbing a woman's butt and smashing a patrol car window Ray J has been charged with four misdemeanors, including sexual battery, stemming from his May 30 arrest at a Beverly Hills hotel , the Los Angeles district attorney…

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