1. Sunny Sweeney 'So Happy' With Latest Album 'Provoked'

    July 18, 2014 6:10 PM EDT It's been three years since the last album from Sunny Sweeney, and the songstress hopes that her fans are looking forward to the August 5 release of her third disc, "Provoked," as much as she is. "I am about to bust, I'm so happy," she exclaims to Billboard. …

  2. Eddie Vedder Pens Impassioned Anti-War Essay After Onstage Rant

    July 18, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The Pearl Jam frontman bites back at his critics: "I’d rather be naïve, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say 
nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution" One week after delivering a mid-concert anti-war diatribe in England that some critics dubbed "anti-Israel,…

  3. How Shawn Mendes Is Turning Vine Fame Into a Music Career

    July 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Shawn Mendes — a sweet-voiced, dreamy-faced 15-year-old Canadian singer whose name, at the moment, is inextricably connected with the words "Vine sensation" — sits on a stool in a rehearsal room on Manhattan's West side. Tom Jackson, a long-haired veteran "performance…

  4. Does Garth Brooks Still Have Country Superstar Clout?

    July 18, 2014 4:36 PM EDT This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Garth Brooks’ July 10 reveal of a new deal with Sony Music (an album on Pearl/RCA Nashville is due around Black Friday, and will be sold digitally on his own site, sidestepping iTunes) and an upcoming global tour had…

  5. Jeremih & Shlohmo Release 'No More' EP: Listen

    July 18, 2014 3:41 PM EDT Ever since Shlohmo remixed Jeremih's song "Fuck U All The  Time" in 2013, we've been waiting for a collaborative project from the two. It's finally here: Jeremih released his long-awaited EP "No More," with the L.A.-based producer on his birthday, Thursday …

  6. Tom Petty's Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits

    July 18, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Counting down Petty's 20 biggest smashes with the Heartbreakers and beyond In the brand new Billboard cover story , the venerable Tom Petty discusses the passion, outrage and drive that birthed "Hypnotic Eye," his latest studio album and 13th with the Heartbreakers. It's a…

  7. How Ed Sheeran Topped The Most Confusing Music List Ever

    July 18, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Someone placed Ed at the top of a black and urban music power list, and entered the Trolling Hall of Fame. It's taken us nearly a full week to recover from BBC Radio 1Xtra's Power List, a collection of artist names that has ruffled some feathers and blown some minds since being…

  8. Punk's Quiet Visionary: Debbie Harry, Tommy Stinson, Danny Fields and More on Tommy Ramone

    July 18, 2014 3:11 PM EDT In 1974, Thomas Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone. The last surviving original member of the band is remembered as the odd man out who helped shaped the sound and look of punk rock's founding fathers. This feature first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . DANNY FIELDS…

  9. Judas Priest Debut At No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    July 18, 2014 2:23 PM EDT The rock icons concurrently notch their first top 10 on the Billboard 200. Plus, chart action for the Dirty Heads, alt-J, Counting Crows and Paul McCartney After 40 years and 17 studio albums, Judas Priest score their highest-charting set. "Redeemer of Souls" marks the British heavy…

  10. Nelson Mandela: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

    July 18, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela's legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals…

  11. Death Grips Post-Mortem: Better to Slash-and-Burn Out Than Fade Away

    July 18, 2014 11:52 AM EDT When noise collective Death Grips, anchored by drummer Zach Hill and vocalist MC Ride but with an always rotating roster, called it quits — announcing the news on July 2 with a note handwritten on a napkin — it was only the latest in a string of shocking (some might say self-sabotaging) moves…

  12. 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"…

  13. The Best Headphones Under $15: Which Pairs Make the Grade?

    July 18, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Apple has just taken Beats Electronics under its wing , so these days, there is plenty of funding attached to Beats by Dre and those iconic white earbuds everyone seems to have a pair of somewhere in their drawer. But what about headphones on a budget? Surely there must be some decent options…

  14. Justin Bieber Shares Snaps of Shirtless Summer Adventure

    July 18, 2014 1:38 AM EDT Justin Bieber has been snapped with his shirt off, again.  The Canadian pop artist has shared videos and a photo on Instagram of himself and his buddies on a hiking trail.  Bathed in summer sun, the topless trio got getting pumped on Trey Songz’s “Touchin, Lovin” featuring Nicki Minaj and…

  15. 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…

  16. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Parody 'Inactive' a 'Huge Honor' for Imagine Dragons

    July 17, 2014 7:33 PM EDT 'We're all big Al fans,' drummer Daniel Platzman tells Billboard. They say an artist hasn't truly made it until "Weird Al" Yankovic parodies one of their songs. (Okay, people don't say that, but they could.) On "Mandatory Fun," Yankovic's…

  17. Pop Shop Podcast: Fifth Harmony Talks 'Bo$$,' New Album & More

    July 17, 2014 7:09 PM EDT Meanwhile, MAGIC! hits No. 1, Disclosure crashes the Top 10, and "Weird Al" is aiming for his first No. 1 album. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and…

  18. Katy Tiz on Debut Album Aims: 'I Want to Be Known As a Vocalist'

    July 17, 2014 3:38 PM EDT "The Big Bang" singer hit New York for a Q&A with Billboard's Andrew Hampp and an acoustic live performance Aside from a Miley Cyrus-starring music video and being the theme song to VH1's "Mob Wives," Rock Mafia's uber-catchy "The Big Bang" got…

  19. 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.,…

  20. 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…

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