1. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  2. Pharrell's 'Happy' is a Rare Bright Spot in Track Sales This Year

    August 18, 2014 12:12 PM EDT If U.S. track sales in 2014 had one theme, it would be "Happy" versus everything else. Pharrell 's hit song is the only top 200track of 2014 that's outselling its 2013 counterpart. And it's the only track to have bucked the downward trend in sales that is reshaping…

  3. Late Night Music Roundup: Listen to Jake Owen and The Head and the Heart

    August 06, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Jake Owen fans were in for a treat Tuesday night. After performing at the CMA Music Festival, he stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to sing three songs off his album Days of Gold , including "What We Ain't Got" and "Beachin." Owen even joined in on some late night fun,…

  4. 'Portlandia' Star Carrie Brownstein to Complete Unfinished Nora Ephron Script

    August 05, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Portlandia 's Carrie Brownstein -- taking on her first feature writing project -- will complete the late Nora Ephron 's unfinished adapted script of U.K. television miniseries Lost in Austen for Columbia Pictures. Good Universe has come aboard to produce the movie with Columbia and…

  5. Bleachers Sit Comfortably Atop Alternative Songs

    July 31, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the chart with more than one group. Plus, action for Weezer and Crown the Empire. As Bleachers rise 2-1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "I Wanna Get Better," frontman Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the…

  6. How 5 Seconds of Summer Perfected One Direction's Rock-First Formula

    July 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT What happens when a male pop group doesn't have to be called a "boy band"? Big sales, as 5SOS is proving. On this week's Billboard 200 chart, 5 Seconds of Summer easily debuts at No. 1 with its first album, as the self-titled full-length moves 259,000 copies in its first…

  7. 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…

  8. After Singer Buddy Melton's Farming Accident, Bluegrass Band Balsam Range Even "Tighter"

    July 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Buddy Melton, the lead singer for rising bluegrass band Balsam Range feels lucky to get to perform -- and not for the standard reasons. In 2012, he was involved in a 2012 farming accident that resulted in several procedures to repair his sinus cavity. Doctors were unsure whether the singer…

  9. Jake Owen Live: Country Star Performs No. 1 Hit 'Beachin'' in the Billboard Studio

    July 24, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Country star Jake Owen recently visited Billboard's New York studio and the singer sat down to play a stripped-down version of “Beachin,”his fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart from his album "Days Of Gold."  Watch him perform "Beachin'" below…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport Honors Traditional Folk

    July 20, 2014 10:41 AM EDT There are few musicians as inextricably linked to the Newport Folk Festival as the late Pete Seeger. Newport, known as the place where Bob Dylan cast aside his acoustic guitar and went electric in 1965, has made its mark on the festival scene more recently with an innovative mix of old and…

  13. The Sales Domination of 'Frozen,' In One Chart

    July 18, 2014 3:45 PM EDT This year's U.S. music sales would be almost uneventful if not for the "Frozen" soundtrack. Purchases are down across the board -- even digital albums and tracks. Releases by superstars have stumbled . One album has bucked the trends and is doing brisk business, however.…

  14. Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande & More Pick Up New Teen Choice Awards Nominations

    July 17, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The second wave of Teen Choice Awards nominees was unleashed late Thursday, and just like Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart, Iggy Azalea leads the pack . The Australian rapper picked up five more nominations, in addition to her previous nod for Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist. Ariana…

  15. Attention, Country Music Hall of Fame Voters: Here's Who You Need to Induct

    July 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT To: The Voters for the Country Music Hall of Fame First of all, I understand the responsibility that you have to the industry and to the Hall as you go through your voting process each year. It seems that with each selection you make, the cries get louder for others to be inducted. It is a…

  16. Polaris Prize 2014: Drake, Arcade Fire, Timber Timbre Make Short List

    July 15, 2014 11:19 AM EDT The short list for the 2014 Polaris Prize was revealed in Toronto on Tuesday, with a mix of commercial hits via Arcade Fire and Drake, as well as indie favorites by Timber Timbre ("Hot Dreams") and Mac DeMarco ("Salad Days") among the ten acts in the running for Canada&…

  17. Bono's Daughter Eve Hewson Ready To Make Her Mark In Showbiz

    July 10, 2014 11:38 PM EDT Those unusual, and sometimes wacky, names given by celebrities to their offspring don't always work in the real world. Just ask Eve Hewson, the 23-year-old daughter of U2 lead singer Bono. She simplified things during her school years instead of using her given name: Memphis Eve Sunny…

  18. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  19. George Michael, Arctic Monkeys and Katie Melua Implicated In Tax Avoidance Scheme

    July 09, 2014 6:48 AM EDT A number of high profile music figures, including George Michael and all four members of British band Arctic Monkeys, are among 1,600 people who collectively tried to shelter £1.2 billion ($2 billion) in a tax avoidance scheme, reports The Times .  Investors in the Liberty tax strategy also…

  20. Morrissey’s ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’: Track-by-Track Review

    July 08, 2014 12:26 PM EDT To paraphrase Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, if we don’t know Morrissey by now, we will never, ever, ever know Morrissey. Last year, the famously self-absorbed former Smiths frontman released the memoir “Autobiography,” his 457-page attempt to let fans into the weird little world he…

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