1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  4. Country Artist April Kry's 'Beauty Queen': Exclusive Video Premiere

    July 28, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Up-and-coming country singer April Kry is working her best angles in the video for her new single, "Beauty Queen," which Billboard.com is premiering exclusively today. Though the video and single showcase a sensual side of the singer, she stresses that her actual personality is far…

  5. 5 Seconds of Summer Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 23, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Self-titled debut expected to sell 250,000 copies Australian pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer is on course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources forecast the quartet's self-titled debut full-length album to sell perhaps 250,000 copies in the week…

  6. 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,…

  7. Westboro Baptist Church SoundCloud Full of Terrible Pun Parodies

    July 22, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Enjoy seven hours of musical hellfire and brimstone Can't get enough of the Westboro Baptist Church cover band, which has taken it upon themselves to reimagine Lorde's "Royals," Lady Gaga's "Telephone" ( "Ever Burn" ) and Panic! at the Disco's…

  8. 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…

  9. Tom Petty Isn't 'Playing Dumb' About Church Sex Abuse Scandal on New Song

    July 21, 2014 2:46 PM EDT In a new track — and a blunt conversation — Petty won't back down when asked about a religious scandal During his hard-fought, ascendant career, Tom Petty has often been labeled as intense. The artist wouldn't disagree — and a corrosive new track called "Playing Dumb" won&…

  10. Panic! At The Disco Brilliantly Neutralize Westboro Baptist Church Protesters

    July 21, 2014 10:36 AM EDT After the hateful picketers set their eyes on a P!ATD show, Brendon Urie & co. found an inventive way to fight back Westboro Baptist Church—the collection of hate-mongering protesters who have targeted everyone from Lorde to Brad Paisley —recently set their sights on Panic! At The Disco,…

  11. Tom Petty on the 'Good Thing About Getting Old': 'You Know What's Worth Spending Time on and What's Not'

    July 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT At home in Malibu with Tom Petty, as the eternal SoCal rocker, now on his 13th album with the Heartbreakers, sounds off on the one percent, the Catholic church and the corruption of power. The seaside community of Malibu is a retreat for wealthy hedonists for good reason — there’s rolling…

  12. Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos Dies at 103

    July 19, 2014 11:10 AM EDT He was believed to be the oldest working jazz musician who performed regularly until last year. Centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos has died at his home in New Orleans. He was 103. Family friend Regina Dillings says the trumpeter died Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family.…

  13. YouTube Blocks Original RickRoll Video

    July 18, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Rick Astley, you said you wouldn't desert us. YouTube has restricted access to a seven-year-old video upload that spawned the still-popular RickRoll meme, in which people trick others into watching Astley shimmy in his cheesy "Never Gonna Give You Up" clip. Simply titled "…

  14. Tom Petty's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the Rock Icon

    July 18, 2014 11:15 AM EDT In the latest Billboard cover story, Tom Petty discusses the passion, outrage and drive -- he's not wasting any energy on partying these days -- that birthed the latest entry in his classic catalog. Check out five things we learned about the legendary rocker. "HYPNOTIC EYE"…

  15. Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

    July 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Elaine Stritch, the tough and salty broad whose throaty singing voice and torrid Broadway performances made a New York legend, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.,…

  16. Dwight Yoakam Confirms Return To Warner, Releases New Single

    July 14, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam has signed a new worldwide recording deal with Warner Bros./Reprise Records, marking a return to the label and a reunion with company head Cameron Strang, who originally inked him to indie New West Records. The artist had discussed the re-signing to the label at last month’s…

  17. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Tommy Ramone’s Death: The Music World Reacts on Twitter

    July 12, 2014 10:58 AM EDT As news broke of Ramones drummer and last surviving founding member Tommy Ramone’s death on Friday at the age of 65, the music world paid tribute via social media. Tommy Ramone, Ramones Drummer, Dies at 65 Tommy Ramone, born Erdelyi Tamas in 1949, formed the Ramones with singer Jeffrey…

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