1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 55th Anniversary

    July 26, 2014 10:33 AM EDT The Newport Folk Festival has kicked off three days of music to a sold-out crowd. The festival began Friday with a lineup that includes Ryan Adams, Jimmy Cliff and Band of Horses, along with some lesser-known acts including Rhode Island-based Death Vessel. Pete Seeger Tribute at Newport…

  4. Jimmy Buffett Launches Margaritaville TV

    July 25, 2014 2:37 PM EDT 'It makes it a Parrothead world now, not just a nation,' he tells Billboard. Jimmy Buffett has found a new way to feed the Parrotheads this year: Margaritaville TV. The new online channel streams select Buffett concerts live and, Buffett tells Billboard, has netted about 10,000…

  5. 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…

  6. 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,…

  7. Kesha Explains How She Broke Into Prince's House to Jimmy Fallon

    July 25, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Maybe it's true? Kesha was one crazy kid. Stopping by The Tonight Show Thursday night, the singer/ Rising Star host told Jimmy Fallon that before brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack, she was doing something even more rebellious: Breaking into Prince's house. While she told the…

  8. Watch 5 Seconds of Summer Surprise Rabid Fans on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

    July 25, 2014 10:10 AM EDT A few fans even got a kiss! It's no secret the teenage girls who make up the majority of 5 Seconds of Summer's fans are pretty obsessed with them.  So when the guys stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night for their first American talk show appearance, Kimmel -- television'…

  9. Blake Shelton's 'Story' Resumes at No. 1

    July 24, 2014 6:35 PM EDT The set makes a record return to No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Plus, moves for Maddie & Tae, Joe Nichols and Lady Antebellum. Ending the longest gap between stands at No. 1 for a title on Top Country Albums , Blake Shelton 's Based on a True Story… surges 12-1 to spend a sixth…

  10. 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 …

  11. You're Going To Want To See Robin Wright Dance With Jimmy Fallon to 'Turn Down For What'

    July 24, 2014 9:40 AM EDT Turn down for Claire Underwood? "House of Cards" fans were in for a weird treat when Robin Wright stopped by the "Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" Wednesday night. The actress played "Turn and Face the Music," a game that made Wright and Fallon perform dramatic…

  12. Chronixx, OK Go & Eli Young Band: Watch Late Night Performances (Video)

    July 23, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Plenty of the musical performances on last night's round of talk shows are worth another look -- beginning with a Jamaican artist making his U.S. television premiere. "The entire island of Jamaica is swelling with pride right now," Jimmy Fallon shouted as Chronixx took the…

  13. Kanye West's 5 Most Outrageous Quotes in GQ Interview

    July 22, 2014 11:39 PM EDT Kanye West certainly didn't hold back in a recent interview with GQ magazine for their August issue. Not known for keeping his feelings to himself, the rapper and newlywed sat down just days after his wedding to Kim Kardashian and spouted off his thoughts — and some strange analogies —…

  14. 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.…

  15. Heroin Bob Returns From the Dead in Trailer to 'SLC Punk!' Sequel

    July 22, 2014 12:15 PM EDT The teaser trailer to "Punk's Dead" is here Warped Tour regulars rejoice! Fifteen years after "SLC Punk!" made its U.S. premiere at Sundance, a trailer for the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic is here. The teaser trailer for "Punk's Dead" opens…

  16. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

  17. Why Linda Perry Decided to 'Make or Break' It on Reality TV

    July 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT The former 4 Non Blondes singer and hitmaking songwriter tells Billboard why she's trying her hand at a new VH1 competition show -- and putting her uncompromising attitude on display "Sometimes I’ll look back at old pictures where I’m a little heavy and dressed funny and think, …

  18. Classixx Bring Dance Floor Jams & Special Guests to 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Video)

    July 22, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Now that he's sporting a some scruffy facial hair, Jimmy Kimmel decided to bring on board a musical guest that the cool L.A. and New York kids can get down with. For last night's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the L.A.-based indie dance duo Classixx busted out a pair of…

  19. 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…

  20. Long-Disputed Early Jimi Hendrix Masters to Go to Legacy Recordings

    July 17, 2014 6:08 PM EDT After decades of litigation a deal has finally been struck between Experience Hendrix LLC, the Hendrix family music company which owns and administers the Jimi Hendrix music rights, and Legacy Recordings, the catalog wing of Sony Music Entertainment, in respect of some early Jimi Hendrix…

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