1. James Shigeta, Lead In ‘Flower Drum Song,’ Dies At 85

    July 31, 2014 12:43 AM EDT James Shigeta, who played the lead in the 1961 movie musical "Flower Drum Song" and had a small role in the first "Die Hard," has died. He was 85. His sister-in-law, Ellie Shigeta, tells the Los Angeles Times that he died Monday at an assisted-living facility in Beverly…

  2. Diplo Reveals Joint Mixtape With Skrillex Is Coming

    July 30, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Even better, the duo will deliver their first single with Canadian singer Kiesza. Even though Diplo and Skrillex already played Ultra 2014 as the collaborative duo Jack U (which should really be called Diplex), we still haven't heard any studio recordings from the two. All that is about…

  3. Man Charged With Selling Bad Molly to Electric Zoo 2013 Attendees (Report)

    July 30, 2014 6:18 PM EDT A Buffalo, N.Y., resident, 23-year-old Patrick Morgan, has been arrested for suspected drug dealing at Electric Zoo last year, Gothamist reports . Prosecutors allege that Jeffrey Russ, a 23-year-old attendee who died from hyperthermia as a result of MDMA combined with methylone, purchased 80…

  4. Alice Cooper Pays Tribute to 'Irreplaceable' Guitarist Dick Wagner

    July 30, 2014 6:12 PM EDT 'There was just a magic in the way we wrote together,' Cooper says of late collaborator. Alice Cooper paid tribute to his longtime collaborator Dick Wagner on Wednesday, issuing a statement that extolled the virtues of the late guitarist and songwriter who co-wrote his hits "…

  5. Questlove Writes Poignant Tribute to Late Roots Manager Richard Nichols

    July 30, 2014 5:04 PM EDT 'He will live on in me, in Black Thought, in the rest of the Roots, and in every artist and project he touched,' Quest writes. On July 17, Roots manager Richard Nichols lost a long battle with leukemia and the music world lost a figure who was almost as instrumental in forming the…

  6. 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…

  7. Figure in '80s Payola Scandal Now Faces Mob-Linked Charges

    July 30, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Onetime record promoter Joe Isgro is back in court. He's been one of the nation's most influential record promoters, the producer of an Oscar-nominated movie, a defendant who successfully fought racketeering charges in a high-profile payola case, and an admitted loan shark who shook…

  8. Did Morrissey Ask a Security Guard to Attack a Fan Site Leader?

    July 30, 2014 4:29 PM EDT 'The shabby truth of this drama is that Bradley Steyn has been trying to extract money,' Morrissey says, vehemently denying lawsuit claims. Morrissey can be a salty fellow, but one former security guard has accused him of being downright violent -- something the 55-year-old singer…

  9. Viacom Spent Millions After T.I. Reality Show Airs Dead Man's Body

    July 30, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Media giant turns to its insurer to foot the costs of a lawsuit over 'T.I's Road to Redemption.' From the annals of reality show nightmares comes the tale of how Viacom had to spend millions of dollars after the MTV reality series, T.I's Road to Redemptio n, showed a dead…

  10. Watch Country Star Brett Eldredge Celebrate His No. 1 Single...By Swimming With Sharks

    July 30, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Cue the Jaws theme song! When country singer Brett Eldredge recently celebrated his second consecutive No. 1 single, "Beat of the Music," he didn't just have a big bash. Instead, he went on a shark-diving adventure off the coast of the Bahamas. “It is crazy. Some people think I…

  11. Will.i.am & Cody Wise Talk Making of 'It's My Birthday' on 'Fallon' & Jam With the Roots

    July 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon sure has a way with getting musicians to open up. For a Tonight Show web exclusive, Will.i.am and Cody Wise shared some songwriting secrets about their recent single "It's My Birthday." The intro and outro of "It's My Birthday" employ an interesting…

  12. Aretha Franklin Feeling Fit, Ready To Impress at Ohio State Fair

    July 30, 2014 12:03 AM EDT Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food. "I love the state fair, and I love the elephant ears," says the Queen of Soul, who is scheduled to perform Thursday night. There may be plenty of opportunities for…

  13. Bob Hine, Founder of U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, Dies

    July 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT 'He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years,' producer Robin Millar says. Bob Hine, a founder of the Music Producers Guild, died Saturday in New Milton, U.K., after a two-year struggle with cancer, according to the…

  14. Perry Farrell Q&A: Lollapalooza Headliners, Building a Festival Lineup & More

    July 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT "Eminem really takes care of all the aspects -- he assaults every sense up there," says the festival mastermind. Starting this Friday (Aug. 1), as they have every weekend since 2005, bands and fans will make the pilgrimage to Chicago's Grant Park to attend Lollapalooza. Started…

  15. Lollapalooza 2014 Ticket Giveaway!

    July 29, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Ready to rock? Enter to win two passes to the sold-out Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this wekeend Get ready Chi-Town; Lollapalooza 2014 is coming to town! From August 1-3, Chicago’s Grant Park will once again host the mammoth, landmark music festival that will draw more than 80,000 music…

  16. N.W.A Biopic Casts MC Ren & DJ Yella Roles

    July 29, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. round out the 'Straight Outta Compton' cast. Universal's N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is rounding out the cast, adding Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. They'll join O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason…

  17. Fan Armies in Their Own Words: Aliens, Echelon, VIPs & More Sound Off

    July 29, 2014 3:40 PM EDT As Billboard's Fan Army Face-Off continues its fourth round -- Tokio Hotel's Aliens are battling it out with Thirty Seconds to Mars' Echelon, and Skillet's Panheads are taking on BIGBANG's VIP --  we've asked prominent members of several fan armies to tell us why…

  18. Sugarland's Kristian Bush Makes His Solo Debut With "Trailer Hitch" Single

    July 29, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Let's get the preliminaries out of the way. Yes, Kristian Bush is from Sugarland, the award-winning country duo that made Jennifer Nettles a household name. No, though both artists are currently promoting solo music, they do not hate other -- or have bitterness toward the other in any…

  19. 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.&…

  20. Hard Working Americans' Frontman Todd Snider Keeps It Real on the Road

    July 29, 2014 12:36 PM EDT Hard Working Americans singer Todd Snider just wants to keep it real with their audience -- wherever they are. “I try to remind myself that any one venue is not more special than where I’ll be next month," he tells Billboard. "It’s all a microphone to me. You open your heart…

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