1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. Martin Garrix to Headline Life in Color Halftime Show During Futbol Final in Miami (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Lasers, fireworks, EDM will accompany the Guinness International Champion’s Cup final on August 4 Life in Color, a production company that bills itself as the world’s largest paint party, is set to host the halftime show of the Guinness International Champion’s Cup Final on August 4 in Miami.…

  4. '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…

  5. iHeartRadio Music Festival: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande Lead 2014 Lineup

    July 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore and Iggy Azalea are also part of the fourth annual lineup. The iHeartRadio Music Festival makes its fourth trip to Las Vegas on September 19 and 20, and this year's lineup is appropriately star-studded. Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher,…

  6. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry Explains His Heartbeat-Driven Classical Album

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry gets to the heart of the matter — literally — on his new classical album, "Music for Heart and Breath." While recording the 12 compositions for the set, Parry and co-producer Bryce Dessner of The National outfitted the musicians, from duos to a…

  7. Ex-Swedish House Mafia Member Steve Angello’s Size Label Drops New Track: Listen

    July 21, 2014 11:58 PM EDT Ex-Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello’s Stockholm-based Size label was established in 2003, representing such artists as Tiesto, Deadmau5, Avicii and Junior Sanchez, among others. The influential label, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary last March by giving away 100 releases for…

  8. Arcade Fire Add Devo, Television & More to Reflektor Tour Lineup: See Dates

    July 21, 2014 12:40 PM EDT The indie rock forefathers will open on select North American dates, along with Dan Deacon, Spoon and others Seeing Arcade Fire's mystical live show as they tour behind 2013's "Reflektor" is good enough, but fans will be treated to a couple extra-special guests when the…

  9. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Name-Drops Tons of Celebrities in ‘Lame Claim to Fame’ Video (Watch)

    July 20, 2014 12:44 PM EDT Here’s a little-known fact about “Weird Al” Yankovic: “I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows Kevin Bacon." 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart At least that's what he claims in his celeb…

  10. Kanye West to Headline Both Made in America Festivals; Iggy Azalea Added to L.A. Bill

    July 16, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Looks like Kanye West will be headlining both coasts of Budweiser Made In America next month when it expands to Los Angeles as well as Philadelphia on Aug. 30 and 31. Also newly announced to the L.A. lineup is Iggy Azalea, who will play the West Coast festival on Saturday. More on Made in…

  11. RayLand Baxter on His Nashville Dancin' Homecoming

    July 15, 2014 5:43 PM EDT Being raised in Bon Aqua, Tennessee – a stone’s throw from Nashville makes Thursday’s (July 17)  performance as part of the summer concert series Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General a homecoming of sorts for performer RayLand Baxter. “I enjoy the fact that I am living and performing…

  12. Alesso Signs To Def Jam, Debuts 'Tear The Roof Up' Track

    July 15, 2014 4:32 PM EDT Rising EDM superstar DJ Alesso has signed with Def Jam / EMI UK for a recording contract, Billboard has learned. The 23-year-old Swedish DJ-producer also debuted a brand-new track, “Tear The Roof Up,” on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, which was named a “Future Exclusive” by the influential…

  13. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT The country star is expected to announce a deal with Sony Nashville at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of…

  14. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  15. Stevie Nicks Joining 'The Voice' As Adviser

    July 08, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Stevie Nicks is joining "The Voice" as an adviser to Adam Levine's team for the upcoming season. 'The Voice': First Season 7 Promo Debuts With Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams (Watch) 'American Idol,' 'The Voice' Finales Suffer Sharp Ratings Decline…

  16. Chart Highlights: Usher Lands Lucky 13th No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

    July 07, 2014 5:35 PM EDT The crooner ties Drake for the most leaders in the list's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Shakira, Seether and Jake Owen, while Justin Moore countrifies Motley Crue ... with Vince Neil Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  17. Essence Festival 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Prince, Janelle Monae, Nile Rodgers & More

    July 05, 2014 11:29 AM EDT For its 20th anniversary, the Essence Festival recruited Prince to headline, doubled the number of stages at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome (10 to 20) in New Orleans and added a fourth day to showcase developing artists. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Ticket sales for the…

  18. Chris Martin Reveals He's No Longer Vegetarian

    July 03, 2014 7:27 PM EDT Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin has made a major announcement. He is no longer a vegetarian. He confirmed the news during an interview with  BBC Radio 2 's Steve Wright in the Afternoon. "Well, I eat meat. It depends on where you draw the line. I was vegetarian for quite a long…

  19. Mastodon's 'Sun' Shines At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    July 03, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The band scores its first No. 1 on the survey and highest rank on the Billboard 200. Also, chart action for Phish, KONGOS and Imagine Dragons Mastodon notches its first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums and its highest rank on the Billboard 200 (No. 6), as "Once More 'Round the Sun"…

  20. Taylor Swift's Red Wraps as All-Time Country Tour

    July 03, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Taylor Swift has smashed the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist with the final stats reported from her Red tour that played arenas and stadiums in four continents during a 15-month span.  According to Billboard’s Boxscore archives, the tour’s overall gross of $150…

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