1. Bobbie 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…

  2. Jack White Covers Lorde's 'Royals' (Watch)

    July 22, 2014 7:05 PM EDT All hail the new King Bee Jack White and Lorde are on each other's team. During his show Monday night in Milwaukee, the White Stripes mastermind covered the New Zealand teen's breakout hit, "Royals." So far, the Internet is only offering up a small taste of the cover, in…

  3. 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…

  4. Vulfpeck's Half-Joke 'Silent Album' Made Some Serious Cash

    July 22, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Los Angeles groove band Vulfpeck’s silent album ‘Sleepify’ may have been a mere prank intended to rack up play counts and royalties, or perhaps it was a more sophisticated act of digital performance art. It's definitely been a rocky road -- but either way, the inaudible ten-track…

  5. 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…

  6. Jack White Covers Jay Z's '99 Problems': Watch

    July 20, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Even though that Jack White and Jay Z collaboration never saw the light, the rock and roll heavy-hitter's clearly not holding a grudge. Mr. Third Man Records launched his latest run of North American tour dates Saturday night at Louisville's Forecastle Festival and, via Consequence…

  7. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Name-Drops Tons of Celebrities in ‘Lame Claim to Fame’ Video (Watch)

    July 20, 2014 12:44 PM EDT Here’s a little-known fact about “Weird Al” Yankovic: “I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows Kevin Bacon." 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart At least that's what he claims in his celeb…

  8. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport Honors Traditional Folk

    July 20, 2014 10:41 AM EDT There are few musicians as inextricably linked to the Newport Folk Festival as the late Pete Seeger. Newport, known as the place where Bob Dylan cast aside his acoustic guitar and went electric in 1965, has made its mark on the festival scene more recently with an innovative mix of old and…

  9. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Vents Frustrations, Channels Pixies in ‘First World Problems’ Music Video

    July 19, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Wi-Fi troubles, itchy cotton sheets, Amazon shipping fees, forgetting the gardener’s name — these are just a few of life’s small annoyances that "Weird Al" Yankovic addresses over Pixies-inspired music in his latest video “First World Problems.” 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming…

  10. 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…

  11. The Sales Domination of 'Frozen,' In One Chart

    July 18, 2014 3:45 PM EDT This year's U.S. music sales would be almost uneventful if not for the "Frozen" soundtrack. Purchases are down across the board -- even digital albums and tracks. Releases by superstars have stumbled . One album has bucked the trends and is doing brisk business, however.…

  12. The Best Headphones Under $15: Which Pairs Make the Grade?

    July 18, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Apple has just taken Beats Electronics under its wing , so these days, there is plenty of funding attached to Beats by Dre and those iconic white earbuds everyone seems to have a pair of somewhere in their drawer. But what about headphones on a budget? Surely there must be some decent options…

  13. Johnny Winter, Blues Torchbearer: An Appreciation

    July 17, 2014 2:36 PM EDT From the moment Johnny Winter made his national debut on the stage at Woodstock until his death Wednesday in Zurich, Switzerland, he played the role of blues proselytizer. Winter, who had turned 70 in February, was drawing on the same well in 2014 – early rock 'n' roll hits of the…

  14. Beyoncé Leads MTV VMAs With 8 Nominations

    July 17, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Beyoncé has received eight nominations for the 2014 MTV VMAs, including a nod for Video of the Year for "Drunk In Love" with her husband Jay Z, as well as Best Female and Best Choreography for “Partition.” “Drunk in Love” is also up for Best Collaboration. Eminem and Iggy Azalea…

  15. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  16. 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,…

  17. Bleachers' Jack Antonoff Hosts Fake Call-In Telethon: Watch

    July 15, 2014 4:52 PM EDT Bleachers, the new project from fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, released its debut album "Strange Desire" on Tuesday (July 15) through RCA Records, and continued a delightfully zany promo campaign by… putting on a fake call-in telethon! That has already surreptitiously aired on cable…

  18. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Sends Up Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' with 'Word Crimes': Watch

    July 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT After kicking off his eight-videos-in-eight-days campaign on Monday (July 14), "Weird Al" Yankovic has celebrated Tuesday's release of new album "Mandatory Fun" with a brand new clip, this time for the "Blurred Lines" parody "Word Crimes":…

  19. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Spoofs Pharrell's 'Happy' with 'Tacky': Watch

    July 14, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Margaret Cho, Jack Black, Kristen Schaal and more guest in the video to Yankovic's parody of Pharrell's No. 1 smash. "Weird Al" Yankovic is rolling out his new album, "Mandatory Fun," by releasing eight videos over the next eight days. The first one comes…

  20. Neil Young & Crazy Horse Tel Aviv Concert Canceled Over Security Crisis

    July 13, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their concert at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on July 17 because of the current security crisis in the region, according to a statement from Warner Bros. Records.  Neil Young, Jack White Cut a Vinyl Record on 'Tonight Show': Watch Neil Young…

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