1. Meek Mill Dealt Setback in Getting Out of Jail

    July 21, 2014 4:31 PM EDT His new album is due Sept. 9, though he may still be behind bars then Earlier this month, Philadelphia-born Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to three to six months in jail for violating probation. His chances of getting out early were dealt a blow two days ago, when a judge…

  2. Tom Petty Isn't 'Playing Dumb' About Church Sex Abuse Scandal on New Song

    July 21, 2014 2:46 PM EDT In a new track — and a blunt conversation — Petty won't back down when asked about a religious scandal During his hard-fought, ascendant career, Tom Petty has often been labeled as intense. The artist wouldn't disagree — and a corrosive new track called "Playing Dumb" won&…

  3. 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…

  4. Conor Oberst Drops Lawsuit Against Rape Accuser

    July 21, 2014 1:57 PM EDT Not long after Conor Oberst accepted an apology from the woman who falsely accused him of rape, the indie singer-songwriter has dropped his lawsuit against her. Oberst's publicist confirmed to BuzzFeed that they asked the judge to dismiss their $700,000 complaint against Oberst's…

  5. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 3

    July 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT UPDATE: Round 3 is now closed! Round 3 of Billboard's Fan Army Face-Off has now begun! There were a few close races, and a few blowouts in Round 2. The Barbz eeked out a win over The Hooligans, while The Victims, The Echelon, and The Glamberts had more comfortable leads over The…

  6. Arcade Fire Add Devo, Television & More to Reflektor Tour Lineup: See Dates

    July 21, 2014 12:40 PM EDT The indie rock forefathers will open on select North American dates, along with Dan Deacon, Spoon and others Seeing Arcade Fire's mystical live show as they tour behind 2013's "Reflektor" is good enough, but fans will be treated to a couple extra-special guests when the…

  7. From Pearl Jam to Christina Bianco: 5 Best 'Frozen' Covers (So Far)

    July 21, 2014 12:35 PM EDT The "Frozen" hot streak isn’t slowing down any time soon -- at least, not if Disney has anything to say about it. Over the weekend, Disney Channel premiered a "Frozen weekend" and debuted a music video for the latest iteration of Disney Channel's Circle of Stars …

  8. U.S.-Based Iraqi Metal Band Acrassicauda Raises Funds on Kickstarter to Record Debut Album

    July 21, 2014 11:55 AM EDT When Acrassicauda drummer Marwan Hussein found out on July 9 that his heavy-metal band had successfully raised $37,383 via Kickstarter to record its first full-length album, he says his reaction was elation tempered by “a sense of guilt.”   The elation: Acrassicauda’s three original members…

  9. Uncle Kracker's 'Endlessly': Exclusive Song Premiere (Listen)

    July 21, 2014 11:50 AM EDT The major label world is beckoning to Uncle Kracker again. The former Kid Rock hype man and Top 10 hitmaker ("Follow Me," "Drift Away," "Smile," "When the Sun Goes Down" with Kenny Chesney) has signed a new deal with Lava/Republic Records,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Pitchfork Fest's 10 Best Performances: St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Beck & More

    July 21, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Celebrating its 9th year in Chicago's Union Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival once again proved to be a charming alternative to the bloated, behemoth events that litter the summer calendar. Featuring as assortment of 43 left-of-center acts across its three stages, Pitchfork offered a…

  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. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Jay-Z Debuts Atop Billboard 200

    July 21, 2014 8:05 AM EDT A year ago this week, Hova scored his lucky 13th leader. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Alice Cooper, Richard Marx and UB40 Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 21, 1990 Black Box flew to No. 1 on Dance Club…

  15. '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…

  16. Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Continues Streak Atop U.K. Albums Chart

    July 21, 2014 4:47 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fourth week at the top yesterday (July 20) to become the longest-running No. 1 of the year on the U.K.’s artist album chart. Manchester four-piece Rixton went straight to the singles summit with “Me and My Broken Heart” (Interscope/Universal).…

  17. Eddie Vedder Covers John Lennon's 'Imagine' Live: Watch

    July 20, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Last week Eddie Vedder posted an unapologetic essay on the Pearl Jam website, which opened with the iconic quote from John Lennon's "Imagine" -- "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" -- and responded to criticisms that the singer was being…

  18. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Pusha T and More Day 2 Highlights

    July 20, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Following the highs of Beck's diverse headlining set and Giorgio Moroder's disco flashback at Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday night (July 18), festival goers settled in for a full day of alternative music's best and brightest, with long-dormant indie royalty Neutral Milk…

  19. Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel Join Brian Wilson in the Studio

    July 19, 2014 3:27 PM EDT A onetime Beach Boy returns to his girl-group roots for a new album. Since the untimely end to the Beach Boys' last tour after longtime nemesis Mike Love pulled the plug, Brian Wilson is back in the studio working on a new studio album, slated for release in the fall by Capitol Records.…

  20. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor Contemplates Future of Music, Keeping It Fresh on the Road

    July 19, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Trent Reznor is in a race with technology, from the way he presents his music to fans on the road to how he approaches his job as chief creative officer at Beats Electronics. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed) Trent Reznor Still Fuming From GRAMMYS: ‘It Was An…

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