1. 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…

  2. Lily Allen on New Touring Partner Miley Cyrus: 'I Feel Proud of Her'

    July 30, 2014 2:49 PM EDT The U.K. pop star says of the Bangerz tour, "It's one of the best shows that I've seen in years." Last May, Lily Allen called Miley Cyrus a " fearless bitch " during her first New York performance in five years; less than three months later, the British singer…

  3. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  4. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  5. Audra McDonald Helps 'Lady Day' Turn a Profit

    July 29, 2014 4:02 PM EDT Audra McDonald has propelled her new Broadway show into profitability. Producers of the play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill said Tuesday that they have recouped their $2.6 million initial investment. Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts at Once In the show, McDonald portrays…

  6. Exclusive Song Premiere: Listen to Billy Joe Shaver's 'The Git Go'

    July 29, 2014 10:36 AM EDT Billy Joe Shaver is bringing out his new album, "Long in the Tooth," with some welcome momentum. The veteran Americana singer and songwriter and Outlaw Country icon is back on the charts thanks to Willie Nelson 's version of Shaver's "Hard to Be an Outlaw" on his…

  7. Miley Cyrus Tattoos Her Assistant

    July 29, 2014 12:12 AM EDT If Miley Cyrus’ singing career ever takes a nosedive, we can only hope the Hannah Montana alum doesn’t pursue a career in skin art. As evidenced by the star's Instagram posts over the weekend, Cyrus and her assistant-slash-bestie Cheyne Thomas recently tested their skills with a tattoo…

  8. Newport Jazz Fest Founder Looks to the Future on 60th Anniversary

    July 27, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein is more interested in where jazz is going than in where it's been as he marks the 60th anniversary of the granddaddy of all outdoor jazz festivals. That's why the 88-year-old Wein is celebrating the milestone by adding a third day of music…

  9. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: A discounted Eminem charges back onto the chart, 'Now 50' crosses the half-million mark and the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack takes a bow. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop…

  10. 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. "…

  11. 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…

  12. Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon & More Win Big at First Alternative Press Music Awards

    July 22, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Underground's best and brightest take their talents to Cleveland for inaugural show Once its river burned, and now the city's lighting up. It's been a good month for Cleveland, which not only welcomed back their prodigal baller, but also kicked off the inaugural Alternative…

  13. P. Reign Breaks Down the Making of 'Where You Been' Song & Video

    July 22, 2014 2:03 PM EDT On July 16, P. Reign answered countless of fans' demands for new music when he released his new song, "Where You Been," and its accompanying music video. The track was produced by Bass Line, who is signed to Reign's label imprint, Reps-Up Records. "Where You Been” was…

  14. Billy Joel Wins High Honor From U.S. Government

    July 22, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Billy Joel has joined the ranks of Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon as a recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington broke the news today (July 22) via press statement , calling the highly-decorated 65-year…

  15. Miley Cyrus Debunks Death Hoax With Topless Instagram Pic

    July 22, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Well, this is one way to put viral rumors to rest Miley Cyrus death rumors started circulating online over the weekend, with scammers "reporting" on the hoax and some fans believing it, pointing out that Cyrus hadn't posted anything on social media in three days. Well, the…

  16. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Tinashe Tally First Airplay No. 1s

    July 21, 2014 6:15 PM EDT The acts reign with 'Rude' and '2 On,' respectively. Plus, new No. 1s for Daft Punk, Prince Royce and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  17. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  18. Lady Gaga Shows Nipple While 'Listening to Miles Davis' on a Plane

    July 18, 2014 11:41 AM EDT Lady Gaga’s been #artRAVE-ing her heart out lately, most recently in Dallas, but that hasn’t stopped the pop star from traveling to visit her pal Jeff Koons. Lady Gaga's Biggest Hot 100 Hits Gaga posted a pic of she and her pup, Asia, on their way to The Yellowstone Club in Montana.…

  19. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  20. Billy Corgan Accuses Amazon of Leaking 'Adore' Details Early

    July 17, 2014 10:16 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan was hoping Wednesday would go as smoothly as his famous pate. Not so, as the planned rollout of full details and track listing for the deluxe reissue of 1998's "Adore" was ruined when Amazon apparently leaked the details early. Corgan first…

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