1. Vic Mensa Almost Died Trying to Sneak Into Lollapalooza

    August 03, 2014 8:11 PM EDT Chicago rapper Vic Mensa nearly died trying to get into Lollapalooza . How's that for a "most memorable" festival moment? Speaking to Billboard on Saturday, Mensa opened up about a terrifying, but spiritual, near-death experience a few years ago while trying to crash the…

  2. 'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Remembered by Nigel Lythgoe, David Cook, Paula Abdul & More

    August 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT American Idol season seven finalist Michael Johns died unexpectedly on Aug. 1. He was 35-years-old. A fan favorite since he first auditioned in 2007 with the Otis Redding song, "I've Been Loving You Too Long," the Australian rocker was known for his soulful singing style and…

  3. Lollapalooza 2014 Friday Highlights: Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Lorde Rule Day 1

    August 02, 2014 3:10 AM EDT There may have been a little rain on this year’s parade, but the afternoon drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of the thousands of young revelers who flooded Chicago’s Grant Park for the first day of Lollapalooza 2014. Celebrating its 10th year in the Windy City, the annual summer bash…

  4. Lollapalooza 2014: Watch Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Interpol & More Performances

    August 02, 2014 2:16 AM EDT Couldn't make it to Lollapalooza this year? Watch clips of the performances -- from Iggy Azalea, to Lorde, Broken Bells, Interpol, Chvrches and more -- below! Lollapalooza 2014:  Full Coverage  |  Spoon's After Show  |  Live Performances  |  Lorde on 'Mockingjay'  …

  5. Code Picks of the Week: The Weeknd, Sam Smith & More

    August 01, 2014 3:10 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. The Weeknd, "Often" (Kygo Remix) Debuted during his smash Tomorrowland set, Kygo’s official remix for the Weeknd marks a well-timed…

  6. La Roux Lights Up With No. 1 Debut

    August 01, 2014 2:45 PM EDT The now-solo act debuts atop Dance/Electronic Albums with 'Trouble In Paradise.' Plus: chart action for Lil Jon, Clean Bandit and Basement Jaxx, and Dave Aude says that Andy Bell is his "favorite vocalist of all time." La Roux follows her Grammy Award-winning, self-titled…

  7. Lollapalooza's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See)

    August 01, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Eminem or the Arctic Monkeys? Calvin Harris or OutKast? Here's our expert advice. If you’re a pro at the music festival game, you know you’ve got to come prepared. Lollapalooza 2014: Wall-to-Wall Coverage from Billboard Once strictly an alt-rock festival, Lolla now offers a refined…

  8. Elvis' Guitar Donor Says He Is Rightful Owner

    July 31, 2014 6:53 PM EDT A judge will determine whether blues guitarist Robert A. Johnson owned the guitar when he donated it to a museum last year. A man who donated to a South Dakota museum a slightly damaged acoustic guitar played by Elvis Presley that is at the center of a custody battle insisted Thursday he had…

  9. Watch 5 Seconds of Summer's Heartbreaking Video for 'Amnesia'

    July 31, 2014 5:14 PM EDT The guys are sad, so we're sad 5 Seconds of Summer already released a video for their carefree party song ("She Looks So Perfect"), so now it's time to give fans a soulful ballad. Enter "Amnesia." 5 Seconds of Summer Get Serious In 'Amnesia' Lyric Video…

  10. Jason Aldean Makes Record Vault to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs

    July 31, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Aldean's 'Burnin' It Down' makes a record 42-1 blast. Plus, moves for Sam Hunt, Joe Nichols, Kenny Chesney and more. After debuting last week based solely on two days of airplay, Jason Aldean 's "Burnin' It Down" soars 42-1 on Billboard's Hot…

  11. Reports of Significant Layoffs at Beats Following Apple Acquisition

    July 31, 2014 10:03 AM EDT This is a developing story -- Billboard will update as more information becomes available. The merging of Beats into Apple following the latter's $3 billion acquisition of the former has arrived at a difficult stage, as a rumored 200 employees are to be let go from Beats due to…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Common & No I.D. Talk 'Resurrection' Anniversary & Making of 'Nobody's Smiling': Exclusive Q&A

    July 29, 2014 1:40 PM EDT It's been twenty years since Common 's sophomore LP, Resurrection , shook up the rap industry and gave hip-hop fans the classic ode "I Used to Love H.E.R." The rapper/actor hasn't slowed down since. Last week, via producer and Def Jam Executive Vice President No I.D.&…

  15. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Bleachers, Lil Wayne & Drake Score New No. 1s

    July 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Pop Songs, Bleachers rise to No. 1 on Alternative Songs and Lil Wayne and Drake's collab crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  16. Antique Instrument Parts Successfully 3-D Printed by UConn

    July 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make…

  17. Ed Sheeran, Cheryl Cole Top U.K. Charts

    July 28, 2014 6:57 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fifth week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (July 27) to secure the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on the survey since’s Adele’s “21” in 2011. Cheryl Cole’s “Crazy Stupid Love” (Polydor/Universal), featuring Tinie Tempah, debuted at No. 1…

  18. Stevie Nicks Confirms October Release For '24 Carat Gold’

    July 24, 2014 11:08 PM EDT Stevie Nicks will be releasing her new CD, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault , Oct. 7 on Warner Bros. Records. The set will include never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Nicks throughout her career. A special limited-edition double vinyl album will be released on Sept. 29. In addition,…

  19. 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. …

  20. 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 …

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