1. The Drums Preview New Album 'Encyclopedia' at Glimmering Rooftop Show

    July 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT "From here on out begins the new chapter of the Drums," singer Jonny Pierce told a small but devoted crowd packed awkwardly onto the rooftop of Manhattan's Novotel for the Brooklyn-via-Florida duo's first show in years. He and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Graham then left…

  2. Sam Smith Tops Billboard Artist 100

    July 17, 2014 11:36 AM EDT The British singer/songwriter rises 2-1, fueled by continued strong album sales and another Hot 100 top 10 Sam Smith takes over atop the landmark new Billboard Artist 100 chart, rising 2-1.  The list, which launched last week, provides the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to…

  3. Beyoncé Leads MTV VMAs With 8 Nominations

    July 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Beyoncé has received eight nominations for the 2014 MTV VMAs, including a nod for Video of the Year for "Drunk In Love" with her husband Jay Z, as well as Best Female and Best Choreography for “Partition.” “Drunk in Love” is also up for Best Collaboration. Eminem and Iggy Azalea…

  4. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready on the Genius of Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' (Exclusive)

    July 17, 2014 9:08 AM EDT On the album's 20th anniversary, the Pearl Jam guitarist breaks down what makes this record so enduring With Soundgarden's mighty "Superunknown" celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready offers his thoughts on what makes the classic album a…

  5. David Bowie Promises ‘More Music Soon’

    July 17, 2014 5:07 AM EDT When David Bowie last shared some new music, it came as a surprise to almost everyone. This time he’s giving a heads-up.  It’s been roughly 16 months since “The Next Day” (Iso/Columbia Records) crashed sales charts around the globe. Now, the Thin White Duke has hinted there will be “more…

  6. Five Latin Alternative Artists To Put On Your Radar

    July 16, 2014 9:42 PM EDT Though you might be familiar with the major players in Latin music, there is a world of alternative artists who operate beyond traditional media to grow their fan bases.  Latin America is host to a plethora of acts, some big in their own local territories, many worth discovering and adding to…

  7. Rihanna, Swizz Beatz & More Weigh In on Israel-Palestine Conflict

    July 16, 2014 6:15 PM EDT As the Israel-Palestine conflict intensifies, people are turning to Twitter—where else?—to vent frustrations, offer prayers and debate opinions. The music world is no exception. Just Tuesday, Rihanna tweeted "#FreePalestine" but soon deleted it. Sources claimed she accidentally…

  8. Vic Mensa & Chance the Rapper Get Hazy In "Feel That" Video: Watch (Updated)

    July 16, 2014 5:30 PM EDT UPDATE: An earlier version of this story stated Vic Mensa's "Street Lightz" EP is coming out on July 27. "Street Lightz" does not have a release date. The single "Down on My Luck" is being released on July 27 in the United Kingdom. Only three hours after…

  9. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 10 Funniest Songs: 'Eat It,' 'Pretty Fly For a Rabbi' & More

    July 16, 2014 4:31 PM EDT An (unofficial) ranking of "Weird Al's" most gut-busting moments, from "White & Nerdy" to "Living With a Hernia." With his new album "Mandatory Fun," "Weird Al" Yankovic is up to his usual hijinks -- selecting some of the most…

  10. Conor Oberst Accepts Rape Accuser's Apology: Read His Statement

    July 16, 2014 1:11 PM EDT This Monday, the woman who accused Bright Eyes frontman/singer-songwriter Conor Oberst of raping her in an XO Jane post last year finally admitted to fabricating the whole story. Today, Oberst accepted the apology of Joanie Faircloth (real name Joan Elizabeth Harris) in a public statement.…

  11. Drake's Top 25 Moments In Sports: Fair & Foul

    July 16, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Drake may never have accompanied a championship-contending boxer to the ring, but as a Jewish-Canadian rapper, he sure knows about being an underdog. Drake lives life like a guy who can walk again after being wheelchair-bound in high school. In an effort to make up for lost time and to…

  12. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Tops Hot 100; Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Falls to No. 2

    July 16, 2014 12:06 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group ends Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign with 'Fancy.' Plus, Disclosure's 'Latch,' featuring Sam Smith, reaches the top 10 Maybe this will finally impress the father in the song?   MAGIC!'s "Rude," the Canadian pop…

  13. Travie McCoy Recieves 'Sound Advice' From Vanessa Bayer

    July 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT This week, musician Travie McCoy sat down with "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Vanessa Bayer, for another episode of the "Above Average" web series, “Sound Advice.” Bayer plays PR consultant, Janessa Slater, who gives terrible advice to musicians. McCoy seems less…

  14. Sia Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with '1000 Forms of Fear'

    July 16, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Sia nabs her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and her best sales week ever — as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuts atop the list. The new album, released on Monkey Puzzle through RCA Records, sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to…

  15. Billy Joel’s Mother Dies At 92

    July 16, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Billy Joel's mother, who inspired him to write "Rosalinda's Eyes," has died in New York at age 92. Rosalind Nyman Joel died Sunday on Long Island, said Claire Mercuri, a spokeswoman for the singer and songwriter. The Billboard Cover Story - Billy Joel: A Song About Coming…

  16. Alesso Signs To Def Jam, Debuts 'Tear The Roof Up' Track

    July 15, 2014 4:32 PM EDT Rising EDM superstar DJ Alesso has signed with Def Jam / EMI UK for a recording contract, Billboard has learned. The 23-year-old Swedish DJ-producer also debuted a brand-new track, “Tear The Roof Up,” on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, which was named a “Future Exclusive” by the influential…

  17. La Roux Streams 'Trouble In Paradise' Album, Sets Fall Tour Dates

    July 15, 2014 4:23 PM EDT La Roux's sophomore album "Trouble In Paradise" is due out next Tuesday (July 22), but is now streaming in full at iTunes . Elly Jackson's synth-pop project has also announced a fall North American tour to follow her handful of summer live dates, which continue next month…

  18. Young the Giant Challenges Weezer to Frisbee Battle: Whose Catch Was Better? (Vote)

    July 15, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Young the Giant has thrown down the gauntlet against Weezer. No, there isn't beef between the alternative rock elder statesmen and newcomers -- in fact their differences are over just about the tamest topic possible: Who has the illest frisbee skills? Weezer made the first move in a…

  19. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 'Mandatory Fun': Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 15, 2014 3:26 PM EDT It's hard out there for a professional parodist: nowadays, any idiot with a webcam can post his or her version of "Fancy" on YouTube, and if a master idiot like "Weird Al" Yankovic wants to get us tweeting about his send-ups, he'd better make them extra…

  20. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

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