1. Watch Country Star Brett Eldredge Celebrate His No. 1 Single...By Swimming With Sharks

    July 30, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Cue the Jaws theme song! When country singer Brett Eldredge recently celebrated his second consecutive No. 1 single, "Beat of the Music," he didn't just have a big bash. Instead, he went on a shark-diving adventure off the coast of the Bahamas. “It is crazy. Some people think I…

  2. Telemundo Will Produce a Spanish-Language American Music Awards in 2015

    July 30, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bulking up on live special events, the Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo has secured licensing rights from Dick Clark Productions to produce a Spanish-language version of the American Music Awards for fall 2015. Telemundo is leaning on new live events, a major investment in sports, a new…

  3. James Mercer's Pre-Shins Band Getting a Reissue

    July 29, 2014 6:48 PM EDT Flake Music's debut is the Shins album you've never heard. Before the Shins, there was Flake Music. No, it's not a great name for a band by any stretch of the imagination, but don't let that throw you. Their sole album, 1997's  When You Land Here, It's Time to…

  4. Primus Take on 'Willy Wonka' Songs For New Album & Tour With 'Classic' Lineup

    July 29, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Les Claypool also sips some haterade on Tim Burton's 'Willy Wonka' remake. In a very Flaming Lips-ian move, zany prog-rockers Primus have decided to dedicate an album, tour and band reunion to the 1971 culinary classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory . The "classic…

  5. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Return to Form with 'Hypnotic Eye': Track-by-Track Review

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As Tom Petty told us three decades and 10 albums ago, on Southern Accents , he’s got his “own way of talking.” He doesn’t drawl quite like the other Floridians, and among the words he pronounces in a wholly unique fashion is “town.” It comes up a lot in his songs -- often when he’s singing…

  6. 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…

  7. Azealia Banks Drops New Song ‘Heavy Metal and Reflective’: Listen

    July 27, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Controversial rapper Azealia Banks has released her first piece of new music since announcing her departure from Universal Music earlier this month. Azealia Banks Leaves Record Label: 'I'm Gonna Have A Fresh Start' The new track, titled “Heavy Metal and Reflective,” is…

  8. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and counting - of Billboard's hallmark…

  9. 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…

  10. Dire Straits Keyboardist Eyes New Music

    July 24, 2014 4:43 PM EDT "We've got an album, definitely," says Alan Clark current member of the Straits. If Alan Clark has his way, there will be more Dire Straits music in the future -- though not necessarily by Dire Straits. Clark, the group's keyboardist from 1980 until its dissolution in 1992…

  11. Is There a Backlash Against Summer Songs?

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ross on Radio: The summer song is in danger of becoming more like New Year's Eve, a time of mandated enjoyment that feels forced to some people Remember when everybody loved "Blurred Lines"? It was barely more than a year ago. "Blurred Lines" was still exciting – not…

  12. 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…

  13. Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Late Grandpa on Twitter

    July 23, 2014 7:02 PM EDT Singer gets condolences during 'Good Morning America' appearance Early Wednesday, Ariana Grande announced on Twitter that her grandfather, Frank, had died. The pop star stuck to her busy schedule, appearing on "Good Morning America" just after sharing the news. Grande…

  14. 'America's Got Talent' Earth Harpist William Close Signs to Nettwerk Music Group

    July 22, 2014 8:56 PM EDT You’ve seen him on "America’s Got Talent," where he finished third, but now William Close will bring his unique instrumental inventions to the recording studio after signing a deal with the Nettwerk Music Group. The experimental musician and innovator has developed over 100 new…

  15. Snoop Dogg Claims He Smoked Up in the White House

    July 22, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Truly the highest office in the land At this point in Snoop Dogg's life, it's safe to say there isn't much he hasn't done. In fact, it's starting to seem like the Doggfather has done everything imaginable. Record a reggae album ? Check. Make a song with Psy ? Done.…

  16. Jack White's Third Man Records Launches Publishing Arm, Third Man Books

    July 22, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jack White's Third Man Records has launched a publishing arm, fittingly (if somewhat unimaginatively) titled Third Man Books. Its first release, "Language Lessons: Volume 1," will be commercially available Aug. 5.  Jack White Covers Jay Z's '99 Problems': Watch…

  17. Krist Novoselic Defends Eddie Vedder With His Own Anti-War Essay

    July 21, 2014 4:46 PM EDT 'It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band,' the bassist says Although Eddie Vedder received some criticism for his impassioned anti-war rant at a concert in England -- some took his comments as "anti-Israel"  --…

  18. Basement Jaxx Unveil Twerking Robots in 'Never Say Never' Video (Watch)

    July 21, 2014 3:32 PM EDT The song is from the upcoming album 'Junto,' due Aug. 25 Imagine a dystopian future where 98% of humans no longer dance. Basement Jaxx couldn't bear to envision such a planet, so they set out to fix that problem in their latest music video for "Never Say Never," off…

  19. 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 …

  20. 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…

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