1. David Byrne Talks Artists' Rights, Spotify & Touring

    July 25, 2014 2:16 PM EDT 'Artists in general can be given more agency regarding what happens to their work,' Byrne tells Billboard. Recording artist, songwriter, label founder, producer, author, actor: David Byrne , 62, has seen the entertainment business from many sides during his four-decade career. Amid…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  5. Alabama Shakes Unleash Fresh Songs in New York: Live Review

    July 25, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The acclaimed band kicked off the first night of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour at NYC's Terminal 5 With their much-anticipated second album on the horizon, Alabama Shakes are truly coming into their own as a major act. With only one album under their belt, 2012's excellent Boys …

  6. After Singer Buddy Melton's Farming Accident, Bluegrass Band Balsam Range Even "Tighter"

    July 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Buddy Melton, the lead singer for rising bluegrass band Balsam Range feels lucky to get to perform -- and not for the standard reasons. In 2012, he was involved in a 2012 farming accident that resulted in several procedures to repair his sinus cavity. Doctors were unsure whether the singer…

  7. 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…

  8. Is There a Backlash Against Summer Songs?

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ross on Radio: The summer song is in danger of becoming more like New Year's Eve, a time of mandated enjoyment that feels forced to some people Remember when everybody loved "Blurred Lines"? It was barely more than a year ago. "Blurred Lines" was still exciting – not…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. Nas Finds His 'Roots' in PBS Series, Discovers Ancestor's Bill of Sale

    July 23, 2014 8:39 PM EDT When Nas became the first rapper invited to trace his family tree through the PBS series "Finding Your Roots," he welcomed the opportunity. But it hit him hard when he saw 1859 documentation of an ancestor being sold as a slave, he said during a panel discussion Wednesday. "…

  12. Facebook Eyes Record High Stock on Exceptional Second Quarter Earnings

    July 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often. The company's shares climbed nearly 4 percent in extended trading after the results…

  13. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' No. 1 On Hot 100, Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Surges

    July 23, 2014 2:18 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group spends a second week at the summit, while Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' lifts 5-3 after it became available for streaming on Spotify Not to be rude … but enough introduction. Let's get right into our weekly rundown of the Hot 100's…

  14. YouTube's Music Industry Liaison Chris LaRosa to Depart for Startup

    July 23, 2014 1:38 PM EDT It's still full steam ahead for YouTube's music service, however. Chris LaRosa, a product manager responsible for liaising with publishers and labels on behalf of YouTube, has left YouTube/Google, a source has confirmed to Billboard. LaRosa was with YouTube for seven years,…

  15. 15 Sensational Superhero Songs

    July 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Put on your bat-suits and rejoice, for today (July 23) is National Batman Day ! As part of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics is celebrating with comic giveaways and movie showings around the country. The festivities continue tomorrow when comic-book fans from all over descend…

  16. 'Weird Al' Yankovic on His No. 1 Album, and Only Releasing Singles From Now On: 'I'd Still Do Videos for Them'

    July 23, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Weird Al Yankovic’s “eight videos in eight days” strategy paid off with a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as “Mandatory Fun” sold 104,000 copies in the week that ended July 19. It is Weird Al’s first No. 1 album in his 31-year recording career. The marketing strategy, which included…

  17. Pharrell Williams Recruits Miley Cyrus & Many Models for 'Come Get It Bae' Video (Watch)

    July 23, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Although "Happy" is still playing on repeat in the nation's collective consciousness, Pharrell Williams is currently pushing the funky "Come Get It Bae" as the latest single from "G I R L." This morning, the joyous jam got a music video featuring guest…

  18. 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…

  19. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  20. 'Get On Up' Star Chadwick Boseman Initially 'Didn't Want to Try' Playing James Brown

    July 22, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The "42" star took on the daunting task of playing the Godfather of Soul by working hard and taking things "one step at a time," his co-stars and director Tate Taylor told THR at the Universal biopic's debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater. To play James Brown, the…

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