1. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  2. Country Artist April Kry's 'Beauty Queen': Exclusive Video Premiere

    July 28, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Up-and-coming country singer April Kry is working her best angles in the video for her new single, "Beauty Queen," which Billboard.com is premiering exclusively today. Though the video and single showcase a sensual side of the singer, she stresses that her actual personality is far…

  3. Listen to Lenny Kravitz's New Song 'Sex': Exclusive Premiere

    July 28, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Start your week off right with new Lenny Kravitz. Fans can now listen to "Sex," off his tenth studio album Strut (out Sept. 23), exclusively on Billboard.com. "This is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It was recorded with minimal instrumentation, guitar, bass and drums.…

  4. Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Unlocking the Truth Gets Documentary Treatment

    July 27, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Unlocking the Truth, the teenage Brooklyn band who signed a $1.7 million contract with Sony Music, including a $60,000 advance on a two-album deal with an option for four more records, will be the subjects of a feature documentary. Black Label Media and SeeThink Films will finance and…

  5. Jack White Joins Beck on 'Where It's At,' 'Loser' During Providence Encore

    July 27, 2014 8:26 PM EDT Jack White rode hard in Rhode Island on Saturday night. After headlining at the Newport Folk Festival, the rocker scooted over to Beck 's show in nearby Providence where he surprised fans by performing several songs during the entire encore. More Beck & Jack Jack White to Throw First…

  6. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  7. Magic Talks 'Rude' Success and What's Next for the Band

    July 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The power-pop band just shot to No. 1 with the year-old reggae-influenced
 song "Rude," the season’s catchiest anthem about rejection. 
How it will handle its second act is another matter entirely. It certainly didn’t take long for Magic to live 
up to its name. Virtually 
unknown…

  8. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  9. 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sharon Van Etten & More: Watch Their Late Night Performances

    July 25, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Check out a rousing performance of "She Looks So Perfect" and much more 5 Seconds of Summer's debut album dropped earlier this week, so be prepared to hear plenty from the Australian heartthrobs in the weeks to come. The outdoor crowd at Jimmy Kimmel Live got in on the action,…

  10. After Singer Buddy Melton's Farming Accident, Bluegrass Band Balsam Range Even "Tighter"

    July 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Buddy Melton, the lead singer for rising bluegrass band Balsam Range feels lucky to get to perform -- and not for the standard reasons. In 2012, he was involved in a 2012 farming accident that resulted in several procedures to repair his sinus cavity. Doctors were unsure whether the singer…

  11. Katy Perry's PSA To 'Make Roar Happen' For American Schools: Watch

    July 24, 2014 11:54 AM EDT Katy Perry has a message for schools: make "Roar" happen.   The pop superstar teamed up with Staples recently for a twist on the back-to-school ad campaign to raise awareness for under-funded classrooms and encourage school-supplies donations nationwide. Staples is also a presenting…

  12. Weezer Go 'Back to the Shack' on 'Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon' (Video)

    July 24, 2014 9:51 AM EDT In case you haven't yet heard Weezer's latest comeback single, you're about to get your fill over the next couple months. The veteran alt-rock band is kicking into the promo cycle for upcoming LP "Everything Will Be Alright in the End," and they gave lead single …

  13. Elvis Presley's Cadillac (Or His Library Card) Could Be Yours in Auction

    July 23, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Chain he wore when meeting President Nixon also on the block Elvis Presley's last Cadillac is among 72 items being auctioned next month at Graceland during the annual celebration known as Elvis Week. Graceland announced details of the Aug. 14 auction on Tuesday. The items are being…

  14. 15 Sensational Superhero Songs

    July 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Put on your bat-suits and rejoice, for today (July 23) is National Batman Day ! As part of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics is celebrating with comic giveaways and movie showings around the country. The festivities continue tomorrow when comic-book fans from all over descend…

  15. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  16. La Roux Finds Peace on 'Trouble In Paradise': Track-By-Track Review

    July 22, 2014 6:05 PM EDT When La Roux arrived in 2009 with its Grammy-winning self-titled debut album, the U.K. duo's music smacked of the future. Sure, the songs were rooted in British synth-pop, but the steely beats and singer Elly Jackson's unflappability suggested that mainstream music was morphing…

  17. Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon & More Win Big at First Alternative Press Music Awards

    July 22, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Underground's best and brightest take their talents to Cleveland for inaugural show Once its river burned, and now the city's lighting up. It's been a good month for Cleveland, which not only welcomed back their prodigal baller, but also kicked off the inaugural Alternative…

  18. 5 Seconds of Summer Scores With Debut Album: Track-By-Track Review

    July 22, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Seconds of Summer is not One Direction -- the Australian four-piece, despite being pals with the best-selling boy band, eschews 1D's pop focus and stresses the fact that they play their own instruments. However, 5 Seconds of Summer is also not Blink-182 or any other traditional "…

  19. Interpol on Becoming a Trio & Maintaining Harmony: 'It's a Hard Thing to Do'

    July 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT 'Psychologically, it's just bedlam,' says Interpol frontman Paul Banks about the relationship among a group of guys as the quartet becomes a trio after a four-year hiatus Interpol frontman Paul Banks walks onto the deck of the Frying Pan, an antique ship that’s now a floating…

  20. George Harrison Memorial Tree Taken Over by Beetles

    July 21, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Pine tree will be replanted, L.A. city councilman says The George Harrison Tree, planted in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004 in tribute to the late Beatles guitar player, has died — due to a beetle infestation. City Councilman Tom LaBonge told the Los Angeles Times that the pine tree…

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