1. Exclusive: Fool's Gold to Release 'Draft Picks 2014' Compilation Through BitTorrent

    July 31, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Brooklyn label Fool's Gold has announced the release of a free BitTorrent Bundle,  Draft Picks 2014 , featuring unreleased tracks from new signees including Salva , Giraffage , and Troyboi . The compilation also features an assortment of demos, leaks, remixes, and remastered material. …

  2. SESAC Gets New Leadership, Plans to Greatly Expand

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT "SESAC has big plans," says the organization's new chairman and CEO. SESAC, which has been under majority ownership by private equity firm Rizvi Traverse since December 2012, is ready to grow. That's the word coming out of the organization, which just picked John Josephson…

  3. Chronixx Tops Reggae Album Chart Following 'Tonight Show' & Central Park Performances

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Two recent high-profile performances in New York City by Jamaica's most talked about reggae artist, Chronixx, have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay. Chronixx (b. Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence…

  4. Chance the Rapper Covers ‘Arthur’ Theme Song with Help From Wyclef Jean & Jessie Ware: Listen

    July 30, 2014 9:51 PM EDT Just days ahead of his performance at this year’s Lollapalooza in Chicago, Chance the Rapper has released a studio recording of the theme song to PBS’ animated show  Arthur . Governors Ball 2014: Chance the Rapper Blazes Through Mixtape Favorites, ‘Arthur’ Cover (Video) The Chicago rapper has…

  5. Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed & More, Dies at 71

    July 30, 2014 4:50 PM EDT 'Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman,' Kiss' Gene Simmons says. Dick Wagner, the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who worked with Alice Cooper , Lou Reed , Kiss and Aerosmith , among others, died Wednesday (July 30) at the age of 71 in Phoenix. Wagner, who was…

  6. 'Girls' Goes Neverland: Here's What Allison Williams' Peter Pan Will Look Like

    July 30, 2014 3:15 PM EDT When news broke that Girls star Allison Williams would play Peter Pan in NBC's Dec. 4 live broadcast of the beloved musical, some saw her as a curious choice. But if you think about it for a minute, it slowly becomes clear: Marnie Michaels is the perfect Peter Pan lead. Obviously…

  7. 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&…

  8. How 5 Seconds of Summer Perfected One Direction's Rock-First Formula

    July 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT What happens when a male pop group doesn't have to be called a "boy band"? Big sales, as 5SOS is proving. On this week's Billboard 200 chart, 5 Seconds of Summer easily debuts at No. 1 with its first album, as the self-titled full-length moves 259,000 copies in its first…

  9. Beck & Warby Parker Glasses Now Available

    July 29, 2014 8:52 PM EDT The eyewear company partners with the singer for a pair of limited-edition frames. No stranger to creating cool capsule collections -- from  Man of Steel -inspired   frames  to a recent collab with Victoria's Secret angel Karlie Kloss -- Warby Parker is back at it again with a new…

  10. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Welcomes Baby Girl

    July 29, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Congratulations are in order for Maynard James Keenan, the frontman for Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, who announced on Tuesday the birth of his daughter. A Perfect Circle's Best-of Collection 'Nice, Nostalgic Walk Down Memory Lane,' Guitarist Says The musician and his…

  11. Lollapalooza 2014 Ticket Giveaway!

    July 29, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Ready to rock? Enter to win two passes to the sold-out Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this wekeend Get ready Chi-Town; Lollapalooza 2014 is coming to town! From August 1-3, Chicago’s Grant Park will once again host the mammoth, landmark music festival that will draw more than 80,000…

  12. Fan Armies in Their Own Words: Aliens, Echelon, VIPs & More Sound Off

    July 29, 2014 3:40 PM EDT As Billboard's Fan Army Face-Off continues its fourth round -- Tokio Hotel's Aliens are battling it out with Thirty Seconds to Mars' Echelon, and Skillet's Panheads are taking on BIGBANG's VIP --  we've asked prominent members of several fan armies to tell us why…

  13. Sugarland's Kristian Bush Makes His Solo Debut With 'Trailer Hitch' Single

    July 29, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Let's get the preliminaries out of the way. Yes, Kristian Bush is from Sugarland, the award-winning country duo that made Jennifer Nettles a household name. No, though both artists are currently promoting solo music, they do not hate other -- or have bitterness toward the other in any…

  14. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts: This Week's Emerging Picks Include Jamie T, Perfume Genius

    July 29, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Billboard has chosen four artists this week from the real-time Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart who have stood out as a result of newly-released music videos. Jamie Alexander Treays, more commonly known to his 33,000 Twitter followers as Jamie T , charted on the Emerging Artists…

  15. 'No Cameras Allowed' Filmmaker Talks Music Festival Break-Ins, Branding

    July 29, 2014 12:52 PM EDT James Marcus Haney snuck into everything from Glastonbury to the Grammys. James Marcus Haney is a USC dropout who has snuck into nearly 50 music festivals over the past four years by hitching rides via Craiglist, recreating tech-equipped wristbands and walking in through press entrances while…

  16. TV on the Radio Announces New Album 'Seeds' With Trippy Video

    July 29, 2014 11:52 AM EDT TV on the Radio has been hinting at it for a while, but the news is finally here. The auditory magicians have a new album coming out on Harvest, their new, post-Interscope label home. Governors Ball 2014: TV on the Radio Holds Their Own Against Stiff Set Time Competition Seeds will drop…

  17. 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…

  18. It's Official: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Album, Premiere 'Anything Goes' Video

    July 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The main G.U.Y. in Lady Gaga's life these days? Tony Bennett.  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett made their long-in-the-works project official today, announcing the album  Cheek to Cheek --  a collection of jazz standards including "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),"…

  19. Beck Faces Grim Reaper & His 'Loser' Past in 'Heart Is a Drum' Video

    July 29, 2014 9:29 AM EDT Beck 's "Heart Like a Drum" video is a lovely, eerie and meditative clip that finds the master singer-songwriter wandering around an abandoned farm with the Grim Reaper, astronauts (or at least the '50s comic book version of astronauts) and a swagged-out version of himself…

  20. Linda Ronstadt Honored with National Medal of Arts

    July 29, 2014 4:34 AM EDT Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she's been asking for decades: "When Will I Be Loved?" The answer was Monday at the White House, by President Barack Obama, who hung a National Medal of Arts around her neck and revealed, "I had a little crush on her back in…

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