1. Watch Kristen Bell as a Musical (And Political) Mary Poppins

    July 24, 2014 5:20 PM EDT Actress advocates for raising the federal minimum wage in Funny or Die clip. A spoonful of sugar has nothing on raising the federal minimum wage. That's the message of a new Funny or Die political parody starring Frozen and Veronica Mars fave Kristen Bell as one fed-up Mary Poppins. …

  2. Jessie Ware Shares It All In New Song With The xx's Romy Madley-Croft (Listen)

    July 24, 2014 12:12 PM EDT You won't find this new Jessie Ware song on her upcoming album "Tough Love" (the standard edition, at least) but it's certainly worth a listen as her new music starts to trickle out. "Share It All" -- released today -- is a soothing helping of modern bedroom…

  3. Weezer Go 'Back to the Shack' on 'Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon' (Video)

    July 24, 2014 9:51 AM EDT In case you haven't yet heard Weezer's latest comeback single, you're about to get your fill over the next couple months. The veteran alt-rock band is kicking into the promo cycle for upcoming LP "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," and they gave lead single …

  4. Country Act LiveWire Revs Up With Video for New Single 'Drivin' You Outta My Mind' (Exclusive)

    July 23, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Today in The 615 spotlight, we bring you the world premiere of the video for the new single "Drivin’ You Outta My Mind" from rising country group LiveWire. "It all came together pretty quickly. We wrote it in Nashville -- Danny Bell and myself in a hotel room. He was just…

  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. Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: The Indie-Rock Dad Awards

    July 21, 2014 11:10 AM EDT From "Worst Manners" to "Festival MVP," check out what Pitchfork Fest's resident father (& his son) thought of this year's fest. On the crowded subway ride home from the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival, a kid in glasses, gauges and a D.A.R.E. shirt asked my…

  7. Maroon 5 Discuss Sia-Penned Gwen Stefani Duet & 'Experimenting With Electronic Elements' on 'V'

    July 18, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Maroon 5's upcoming new album "V" represents a continuum from 2012's platinum "Overexposed," according to guitarist James Valentine. "We didn't really stop recording after we finished 'Overexposed,'" Valentine tells Billboard. "On &…

  8. Jessie Ware's New Album: Check Out the Cover Art & Title

    July 17, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Sentimental R&B siren Jessie Ware will gloss the cover of her highly anticipated sophomore album staring longingly out a window, love no doubt on her mind. At least that's what we can gather from the freshly-released artwork for her new album, which will share the title of its first…

  9. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  10. 5 Seconds of Summer, The Vamps, Rixton: Which Male Pop Group Is Your New Favorite?

    July 14, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Vote now! In 2014, several all-male groups have made cases for pop supremacy, leaning on pristine hooks and smoldering good looks while doing everything possible to avoid the "boy band" tag. 5 Seconds of Summer, the Vamps and Rixton are just a few of the latest male groups to…

  11. NBC's 'Peter Pan': 5 Picks for the Starring Role

    July 14, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Who should play the boy who wouldn't grow up? NBC announced over the weekend that Christopher Walken will portray Captain Hook in the live production of "Peter Pan," airing this December. The unexpected choice is sure to attract eyeballs -- much like when Carrie Underwood put…

  12. Tommy Ramone, Mysterious Heart of the Ramones, Remembered by Robert Christgau

    July 13, 2014 2:07 PM EDT They were – among other things – our symbolic eternal teenagers. It's shocking that all four original Ramones are now dead – but it's also shocking that only one member of this archetypal rock band suffered rock's archetypal death by excess. Dee Dee OD'd, but it was…

  13. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  14. Bobby Brown Exits New Edition Tour to Focus on Health

    July 12, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Bobby Brown is leaving a reunion tour with the group New Edition to focus on his health. A spokeswoman for the R&B group said group members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant wish the 45-year-old singer a speedy recovery. No other details were…

  15. 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…

  16. Pink Floyd Confirms October Release of ‘The Endless River,’ Describes Album as ‘Mainly Ambient’

    July 07, 2014 7:24 PM EDT Pink Floyd has confirmed that the band will release its first new album in 20 years. The new set, titled “The Endless River,” will be released in October, according to a statement from Columbia Records. New Pink Floyd Album 'The Endless River' Out in October: Report “Work is…

  17. New Pink Floyd Album 'The Endless River' Out in October: Report

    July 05, 2014 5:46 PM EDT Pink Floyd may be releasing a new record this fall, according to guitarist David Gilmour's wife Polly Samson, who tweeted (and possibly leaked?) the news earlier this morning. Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick…

  18. 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…

  19. Billboard + Twitter Realtime Charts: Emerging Picks of the Week

    July 03, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Spoon, Smallpools and more artists popping up on the Emerging Artists Chart. This week, we have chosen three artists whose music will have listeners celebrating in time for the fourth of July weekend. The artists, who spurred fan engagement as a result of the release of their recent music…

  20. Mike Stud's 'Closer' Hits No. 1 on Trending 140

    July 01, 2014 8:12 PM EDT From All-American baseball player to YouTube sensation to Billboard charter, Mike Stud is making immediate waves online after the release of his latest album “Closer” earlier this afternoon.  Stud’s song “Closer” debuted at No. 1 on the Real-Time chart around 3 pm ET today (July 1) after…

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