1. Ted Nugent Responds to Casino Concert Cancellation: 'I'm Not Racist'

    July 23, 2014 8:09 PM EDT Conservative rocker blames left-wing detractors for Indian tribe canceling show After a planned Aug. 4 concert at Idaho's Coueur D'Alene Casino was canceled over his "racist views," Ted Nugent is firing back at his "haters." The conservative rocker says his…

  2. Britney Spears Announces 16th Fragrance

    July 23, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Spears reveals new perfume Fantasy Stage Edition Oops, she did it again. Britney Spears announced yet another new fragrance, "Fantasy Stage Edition," a spinoff of her popular "Fantasy" scent. All together, this is Spears' 16th fragrance launch since "Curious"…

  3. Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Wages

    July 23, 2014 11:33 AM EDT Apple faces another expansive legal battle after a California court granted a three-year-old lawsuit over labor codes class-action status. The original suit, filed by four hourly employees in 2011 , claims the company failed to provide appropriate lunch and rest breaks as required by state…

  4. Beyonce Channels Rosie the Riveter In Girl Power Snap

    July 23, 2014 2:37 AM EDT Despite being married to one of the biggest names in the music industry, Beyonce has always modeled herself as a strong independent woman. On Tuesday, she took it a step further by posing as cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, who became the face of female empowerment during World War II, when…

  5. 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…

  6. Netflix Points a Way Forward for Streaming's Success (Analysis)

    July 22, 2014 5:11 PM EDT How does a streaming company turn a profit? There's one good example: Netflix, which released second-quarter earnings Monday. Netflix is the only publicly traded company that deals almost entirely in the streaming of licensed digital media. Streaming accounted for 85.5% of the company&…

  7. Trial of Former 'X Factor U.K.' Judge Tulisa Contostavlos Nixed Over Lying Claims

    July 22, 2014 4:44 AM EDT The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh," had lied under oath. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on Sunday tabloid reported last year it had…

  8. Weezer's Lead Singles, Ranked Best to Worst: How Does 'Back to the Shack' Stack Up?

    July 21, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Today, Weezer shared the studio version of "Back to the Shack," the lead single from their ninth studio album, "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," due Sept. 30 on Republic. It's the ninth time the often-scrutinized California rockers have dropped a lead single…

  9. Hey Girl: Richard Marx Is Back

    July 21, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The guy who wrote the book on romance lands his highest-charting album, 'Beautiful Goodbye,' in 20 years Richard Marx could teach a class on hit love songs. The singer-songwriter has notched 29 Billboard Hot 100 hits, the majority of them uber-romantic — from his first No. 1 as an…

  10. Kanye West Will Release New Album 'Most Likely in September'; Readies 'All Day' Single

    July 21, 2014 12:38 PM EDT New music from Kanye West is on the horizon. During his cover story interview with GQ magazine , Kanye West reveals that we can expect his seventh studio album "most likely in September." But, he doesn't seem 100% sure of the release date: "I go back and forth. Like,…

  11. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Hoping to beat Lana Del Rey to the No. 1 spot in first-week sales, Capitol Music Group took significant risk in betting against streaming. A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at…

  12. Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: The Indie-Rock Dad Awards

    July 21, 2014 11:10 AM EDT From "Worst Manners" to "Festival MVP," check out what Pitchfork Fest's resident father (& his son) thought of this year's fest. On the crowded subway ride home from the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival, a kid in glasses, gauges and a D.A.R.E. shirt asked my…

  13. 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…

  14. 'Rising Star' Recap: Lessons In Humility Dished Out as Duel Round Continues

    July 21, 2014 5:18 AM EDT In cloudy, smoke monster letters, "Rising Star" informs us that each of the contestants tonight are getting the chance to, “Write. Their. Future.” And what an odd future "Rising Star" writes for itself from week to week. After some annoyance regarding the judges’ 7% votes…

  15. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Beck, SZA, Giorgio Moroder and More Day 1 Highlights

    July 19, 2014 9:27 AM EDT Now in its ninth year in Chicago's Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival has always been a hodgepodge of alternative music approved by the long-running reviews hub, but the 2014 incarnation boasts perhaps the most diverse lineup ever. Although the opening night of Pitchfork Fest only took…

  16. 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,…

  17. Perfume Genius’ 'Queen' Ranks at No. 3 on Billboard Twitter Trending 140

    July 17, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Perfume Genius, the work of Mike Hadreas, is trending on the Billboard Twitter Realtime Charts. The lead single off of Hadreas’ third album “Too Bright” (due Sept. 22 on Matador Records) peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart upon its release July 15 th and has been…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The longevity of The Ramones, X, Nick Cave and New Order belies the genre's supposed short-lived appeal. It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement,…

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