1. Myspace Relaunches Secret Shows with Mysterious Spoon Set in New York City

    August 04, 2014 1:45 PM EDT "Hello, brothers and sisters." Just a moment ago, we had been lined up outside Manhattan's McKittrick Hotel to see Spoon 's not-that-hush-hush set, to kick off the relaunch of Myspace's Secret Show series. We were guided into an elevator, then abruptly plunged into…

  2. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'If Anyone Puts Us Down, We Don’t Care'

    August 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT They’d rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music’s sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm. It’s not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying while on tour in Milan: Just follow the screams. Ten floors…

  3. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Guns N' Roses Celebrate 'Sweet' Success

    August 04, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1988, the rockers ruled with their breakthrough classic. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rick Nelson, Selena and Bryan Adams Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history Aug. 4, 1958 Happy 56th birthday,…

  4. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jack White’s Vinyl Sales Still Sizzle, Adele’s ‘21’ Nears 11 Million Sales & More

    August 03, 2014 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, 5 Seconds of Summer saw its self-titled debut full-length album arrive atop the list , selling 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is not only the third-biggest debut of the year, but also more than…

  5. New York Club Owner Manny Roth Dies at 94

    August 02, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Stars such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix played Roth's Greenwich Village establishment Cafe Wha? Manny Roth, a colorful club owner in Greenwich Village whose Cafe Wha? and its basement level stage was a rite of passage in the 1960s for Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen and many…

  6. Blake Shelton Plays Free Concert in Atlantic City

    August 01, 2014 12:56 AM EDT More than 60,000 fans are rocking to a free Blake Shelton concert on the Atlantic City beach. The country music star and judge on the TV's "The Voice" was performing on a stage near The Pier at Caesars Thursday. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1 Those who…

  7. Common Returns to No. 1, 'No Flex Zone' Flies Into Top 20

    July 31, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Common leads Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'Nobody's Smiling,' while newcomers Rae Sremmurd hit the top 20 on Hot Rap Songs with 'No Flex Zone!!' Common commandeers the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Nobody's Smiling enters with 24,000 units sold…

  8. Warren G Reads Warren G. Harding's Love Letters and It's Brilliant

    July 31, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Surprise! President Harding was a little dirty. Former President Warren G. Harding's love letters? Kind of dirty. Having Warren G read said letters on Jimmy Kimmel Live!  Wednesday night? Kind of brilliant. Check out the "Regulate" rapper as he teleprompts his way through…

  9. Chronixx Tops Reggae Album Chart Following 'Tonight Show' & Central Park Performances

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Two recent high-profile performances in New York City by Jamaica's most talked about reggae artist, Chronixx, have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay. Chronixx (b. Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence…

  10. Self Returns! Watch the Alt-Rockers Perform on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    July 31, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Coming off the release of their  Super Fake Nice EP , '90s alt-rock vets   Self stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night to perform some songs, including the single "Runaway."  It's an exciting step for the band and Matt Mahaffey -- Self hasn't released a full…

  11. Reports of Significant Layoffs at Beats Following Apple Acquisition

    July 31, 2014 10:03 AM EDT This is a developing story -- Billboard will update as more information becomes available. The merging of Beats into Apple following the latter's $3 billion acquisition of the former has arrived at a difficult stage, as a rumored 200 employees are to be let go from Beats due to…

  12. MAGIC! No. 1 On Hot 100, Sia Swings Into Top 10

    July 30, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The pop/reggae group rules for a third week with 'Rude,' while Sia scores her first top 10 as a lead artist with 'Chandelier.' MAGIC!'s "Rude" reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, while Sia notches her first top 10 as a lead artist with the…

  13. Fo' Shizzle! Snoop Dogg Narrates 'Plizzanet Earth' on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

    July 30, 2014 10:37 AM EDT Esteemed nature lover Snoop Dogg is back with another installment of his nature series  Plizzanet Earth . The segment, shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live , is a parody of the popular BBC show Planet Earth.  It features Snoop pondering mysteries like, “What is [a seal] doing acting like a dolphin?”…

  14. Will.i.am & Cody Wise Talk Making of 'It's My Birthday' on 'Fallon' & Jam With the Roots

    July 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon sure has a way with getting musicians to open up. For a Tonight Show web exclusive, Will.i.am and Cody Wise shared some songwriting secrets about their recent single "It's My Birthday." The intro and outro of "It's My Birthday" employ an interesting…

  15. Watch The Roots React to the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer

    July 30, 2014 10:06 AM EDT We're pretty scared as well. By now, you've probably seen the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer (and maybe you've watched it more than once... no judgment! Well, a little bit of judgment.) No matter who you are, there's at least one moment in the trailer where your jaw is going…

  16. Led Zeppelin Reissuing 2 More Albums This Fall

    July 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT 'Led Zeppelin IV' and 'Houses of the Holy' are coming next. Two months after releasing lavish reissues of their first three albums, Led Zeppelin revealed reissues of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy are coming this fall. Led Zeppelin Reissues Get A Whole Lotta Love…

  17. Apple's Beats Deal OK'd By European Union

    July 29, 2014 10:42 AM EDT The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services. More Beats/Apple Bose Accuses Beats of Patent Infringement Apple Reports Mixed Sales, But Doesn’t Signal Beats’ Future…

  18. Watch The Roots' Impressive Improv Skills on 'The Tonight Show'

    July 29, 2014 9:44 AM EDT How this for a non-controversial statement? The Roots are an extremely talented group. They proved as much once again Monday night on The Tonight Show  when host Jimmy Fallon brought back the popular segment "Freestylin' with The Roots." Fallon went into the crowd to get info…

  19. Singer-Songwriter Dale Watson: Trucking Music Isn't Dead

    July 28, 2014 4:20 PM EDT If you're thinking of calling Dale Watson a country singer, think again. On the cover of the singer-songwriter's recently released 3-CD box set entitled  The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy  is a sticker that says “File Under Ameripolitan.” So, what exactly does that mean? “I don’t even…

  20. Apple to Buy Pandora-Like Radio App Swell: Report

    July 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Apple is set to purchase Swell , an algorithm-based iOS app for talk radio, for about $30 million, according to tech news site Re/code . Launched in June 2013, Swell touts itself as a Pandora-like experience for news and information podcasts that "learns as you listen" and delivers…

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