1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. '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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. '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…

  11. Nine Inch Nails Opener Oneohtrix Point Never Talks 'Cyberdrones,' Slimescapes, and Whammy Bars

    July 15, 2014 2:26 PM EDT When Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor tapped Daniel Lopatin, an experimental sound collagist known for his project Oneohtrix Point Never's ambient dronescapes and mind-bendingly abstract visuals, to replace the now-defunct Death Grips as his tour opener, Lopatin had decided not to play…

  12. Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge: 'There Will Be A New Album'

    July 15, 2014 6:36 AM EDT Take off your pants and jacket...and celebrate. Work on a seventh Blink-182 studio album is underway.   Frontman Tom DeLonge confirmed the news with a post July 14 from his Instagram account. In typical form, Tom grabbed his followers’ attention with a happy-snap of the trio as teens, each…

  13. Ariana Grande's 'Sam & Cat' TV Show Canceled

    July 14, 2014 10:53 AM EDT "Sam & Cat," the Nickelodeon sitcom starring Ariana Grande, has been canceled after one season, the network confirmed on Sunday (July 13). The pop superstar wrote a lengthy note about the news on Sunday, expressing gratitude toward Nickelodeon, show-runner Dan Schneider…

  14. Will.i.am Celebrates 'Birthday' No. 1 in U.K., Ed Sheeran's 'X' Retains Albums Crown

    July 14, 2014 5:52 AM EDT will.i.am has landed his fifth U.K. No. 1 single as headline artist and tenth overall. “It’s My Birthday” (Interscope/Universal), featuring Cody Wise, arrived at the summit yesterday (July 13), as Ed Sheeran began a third week atop the album chart with “X” (Asylum/Warner Music). “It’s My…

  15. Justice Crew’s Australian Record-Breaking Chart Reign Ends

    July 14, 2014 4:11 AM EDT Justice Crew’s record-breaking run at the top of the Australian singles chart with “Que Sera” has been halted at nine weeks by Joel and Benji Madden. The Madden brothers’ “We Are Done” (Capitol/EMI) climbed into the top spot on the latest chart, published on the weekend, to nudge the…

  16. 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…

  17. Judas Priest Hell Bent for First Top 10 Album

    July 11, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Veteran rock band is aiming for its first top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with new release "Redeemer of Souls." Rockers Judas Priest could nab its first top 10 album ever on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources forecast the group's new set, "Redeemer…

  18. Drake & Chris Brown Spotted In the Studio Together (Photo)

    July 11, 2014 1:58 PM EDT Back in October , Chris Brown apparently squashed his beef with Drake with a surprising Facebook post: "Hangin with Drake in the studio." Today (July 11), photographic evidence of the collaboration has emerged. Blogger Stalker Sarah shared the photo below on Instagram, depicting the…

  19. New Kids on the Block After Dark Las Vegas Concert: The Top 10 Moments

    July 11, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Donnie Wahlberg has a mouth like a sailor and an affinity for sparkly sneakers. Joey McIntyre possesses a remarkable sense of balance and loves him a V-neck tee. Jonathan Knight is a pro at weak-kneeing the ladies, his brother Jordan can still give it to you with those dance moves and Danny…

  20. Pop Shop Podcast: Shawn Mendes Interview, Sia, Trey Songz & More

    July 10, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. 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 year's biggest musical events. Casual…

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