1. Hozier Gains Following With 'Church'

    July 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Hozier, the Irish singer Ryan Tedder wishes he signed, hits new high notes. 'This dude can outsing anybody,' Tedder marvels Last September, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier posted his first video on YouTube, for the bluesy ballad "Take Me to Church," and it went viral. The…

  2. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

  3. Vulfpeck's Half-Joke 'Silent Album' Made Some Serious Cash

    July 22, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Los Angeles groove band Vulfpeck’s silent album ‘Sleepify’ may have been a mere prank intended to rack up play counts and royalties, or perhaps it was a more sophisticated act of digital performance art. It's definitely been a rocky road -- but either way, the inaudible ten-track…

  4. Robert Ellis, Hamilton Leithauser, Caitlin Rose Heading to Deer Tick's Newport Folk Fest Afterparties (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For the past several years, Deer Tick takes over the town of Newport, R.I.'s Blues Cafe for their legendary Newport Folk Festival afterparties, which have featured such luminaries as Jackson Browne, Jim James, and Dawes. They're doing it again this weekend, bringing with them…

  5. SISTAR Serves Sax-Saturated Summer Single 'Touch My Body': Watch

    July 21, 2014 10:05 PM EDT The chart-topping girl group return to shimmy and strut in a sexy, sunshine-soaked new visual With 10 collective K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1s between the members as a group, duos and soloists, female quartet SISTAR is eyeing a summer smash with "Touch My Body." Like the No. 2 Song of the…

  6. Ted Nugent Show Canceled by Indian Tribe, Citing 'Racist' Views

    July 21, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Rocker was set to play Idaho casino Aug. 4 A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker's…

  7. Weezer's Lead Singles, Ranked Best to Worst: How Does 'Back to the Shack' Stack Up?

    July 21, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Today, Weezer shared the studio version of "Back to the Shack," the lead single from their ninth studio album, "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," due Sept. 30 on Republic. It's the ninth time the often-scrutinized California rockers have dropped a lead single…

  8. Four Year Strong Prepare to 'Go Down in History' With New EP Premiere: Listen

    July 21, 2014 9:55 AM EDT After a label change, lineup switch and three-year break, breakdown-happy punks Four Year Strong are back with a new EP that Billboard is excited to stream a day ahead of its release date. "These are definitely some of the most riffy songs we've ever written," guitarist…

  9. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes and More Day 3 Highlights

    July 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Following headlining sets by respected rock deities Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights respectively, the third and final day (July 20) of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival belonged to hip-hop kingpin Kendrick Lamar, who brought his A-game to Chicago’s Union Park to wind…

  10. 'Rising Star' Recap: Lessons In Humility Dished Out as Duel Round Continues

    July 21, 2014 5:18 AM EDT In cloudy, smoke monster letters, "Rising Star" informs us that each of the contestants tonight are getting the chance to, “Write. Their. Future.” And what an odd future "Rising Star" writes for itself from week to week. After some annoyance regarding the judges’ 7% votes…

  11. Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Continues Streak Atop U.K. Albums Chart

    July 21, 2014 4:47 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fourth week at the top yesterday (July 20) to become the longest-running No. 1 of the year on the U.K.’s artist album chart. Manchester four-piece Rixton went straight to the singles summit with “Me and My Broken Heart” (Interscope/Universal).…

  12. Casting Company Apologizes for Offensive 'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Call

    July 19, 2014 10:43 PM EDT The company behind a casting call that caused an uproar is saying sorry. In a casting call for the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” Sande Alessi Casting put out a call earlier this week seeking women in different categories. Universal Distances Itself From 'Straight Outta Compton&…

  13. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor Contemplates Future of Music, Keeping It Fresh on the Road

    July 19, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed) Trent Reznor Still Fuming From GRAMMYS: ‘It Was An…

  14. Avril Lavigne Suing Concert Streaming Company For $375,000

    July 18, 2014 9:59 PM EDT Avril Lavigne is reportedly suing the live concert streaming company 2VLive for $375,000.  The "Complicated" singer is suing the company for that sum after she signed a contract with them to play a concert in New York City for $500,000 on September 25, 2013. She was also slated to…

  15. How Shawn Mendes Is Turning Vine Fame Into a Music Career

    July 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Shawn Mendes — a sweet-voiced, dreamy-faced 15-year-old Canadian singer whose name, at the moment, is inextricably connected with the words "Vine sensation" — sits on a stool in a rehearsal room on Manhattan's West side. Tom Jackson, a long-haired veteran "performance…

  16. Alicia Keys Signs with Guy Oseary and Ron Laffitte

    July 18, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Grammy-winning singer had been represented by Red Light Management since 2010. Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys has signed with Ron Laffitte and Guy Oseary at Maverick for management. Laffitte, whose clients include Pharrell Williams and OneRepublic, and Oseary, who’s been guiding…

  17. Punk's Quiet Visionary: Debbie Harry, Tommy Stinson, Danny Fields and More on Tommy Ramone

    July 18, 2014 3:11 PM EDT In 1974, Thomas Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone. The last surviving original member of the band is remembered as the odd man out who helped shaped the sound and look of punk rock's founding fathers. This feature first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . DANNY FIELDS…

  18. Nelson Mandela: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

    July 18, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela's legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals…

  19. Universal Distances Itself From 'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Call

    July 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film. The company said in a statement late Thursday that "the filmmakers ... did not approve and do not condone the information in this casting…

  20. Faith Evans Signs New Deal, Releases Track 'I Deserve It': Listen

    July 18, 2014 2:51 AM EDT R&B Grammy winner Faith Evans has signed a worldwide exclusive publishing and BMG Artist Services deal with BMG Chrysalis U.S. for her first new studio album in four years, "Incomparable," which will come out this fall. Her eighth studio album features the lead single, "I…

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