1. Soundtrack to 'Finding Fela' Documentary Set for July 29 Release

    July 25, 2014 4:12 PM EDT On July 29, Knitting Factory Records will release the soundtrack to Finding Fela , Alex Gibney’s documentary on Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Finding Fela  tells the story of Fela Kuti's life as well as the evolution of the Broadway musical Fela!.  The film premiered at Sundance, played…

  2. Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

    July 25, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Riding high with 'Mandatory Fun,' his first career No. 1, the king of parodies rewrites the rule book. "Weird Al" equals big business. The comedian’s latest album, Mandatory Fun , which tops the Aug. 2 Billboard 200, is his 15th chart entry in a career that spans 30 years…

  3. 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…

  4. Disclosure Doubles Up Atop Dance Charts

    July 25, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The duo reaches new No. 1 on the genre's two main charts after long waits. Plus, action for Daft Punk, Mr. Probz, Flume and Niki Haris After almost a year on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (47 weeks), Disclosure reaches the pinnacle at last, as "Latch," featuring Sam Smith, jumps 2…

  5. Lionel Richie to Be Named Legend of Live at Billboard Touring Awards

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Lionel Richie will be named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, to be held Nov. 20 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. The reception is the culmination of the annual  Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , now in its 11th year.  Billboard's highest accolade…

  6. 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…

  7. Former Asia Singer Sues Las Vegas Casino Over 'Rock Vault' Show

    July 24, 2014 8:46 AM EDT After being fired from the Las Vegas musical Raiding the Rock Vault, co-director John Payne has fired off an expansive lawsuit that claims breach of contract, copyright violations and slander. Payne was a lead singer in the British prog rock group Asia from 1992 to 2006. Along with Grammy…

  8. John Mellencamp, Neil Young & Dave Matthews to Play 2014 Farm Aid

    July 24, 2014 4:46 AM EDT Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina. The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. It features performances by Nelson, who is Farm Aid president and co-founder, along with fellow board members John…

  9. Hilary Duff Signs to RCA Records

    July 23, 2014 7:29 PM EDT First single, "Chasing the Sun," set to bow July 29, album due out in fall. Following in the footsteps of her former Disney labelmate Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff has signed a recording deal with RCA Records. Her first single "Chasing the Sun," written by Colbie Caillat,…

  10. Randy Newman Inks Deal With Downtown Music Publishing

    July 23, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer inks administration agreement for North America. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer Randy Newman has signed an administration agreement for North America with Downtown Music Publishing, it was…

  11. CODE First Play: Two Fresh, "Blimpus (Starkey Remix)"

    July 23, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Starkey has long been a low-end pioneer, so it’s no surprise that his new remix doesn’t easily fit any genre other than his own “street bass” label. Showing off his studio stripes, the Philadelphia veteran gives the latest single by Denver duo Two Fresh his own spin with crunchy bass throbs…

  12. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' No. 1 On Hot 100, Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' Surges

    July 23, 2014 2:18 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group spends a second week at the summit, while Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' lifts 5-3 after it became available for streaming on Spotify Not to be rude … but enough introduction. Let's get right into our weekly rundown of the Hot 100's…

  13. 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…

  14. Beyonce Channels Rosie the Riveter In Girl Power Snap

    July 23, 2014 2:37 AM EDT Despite being married to one of the biggest names in the music industry, Beyonce has always modeled herself as a strong independent woman. On Tuesday, she took it a step further by posing as cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, who became the face of female empowerment during World War II, when…

  15. Shawn Mendes On Leap From Vine Star To Major Label Target: 'It Was Absolutely Insane'

    July 23, 2014 12:27 AM EDT Six seconds isn't a long time, but Vine superstar Shawn Mendes made the time count when posting cover songs on the social media platform. The teen singer says he would pick the hits he would cover - and the sections of the tracks - and post them on Vine to showcase his talents and grab…

  16. 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…

  17. 'Love & Mercy,' Biopic on Brian Wilson's Dark Years, to Premiere in September

    July 22, 2014 1:52 PM EDT “Love & Mercy,” Bill Pohlad’s film on Brian Wilson’s dark years spent under the care of Eugene Landy, will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.   The film, starring Paul Dano as Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack and Paul Giamatti, is set…

  18. Hozier Gains Following With 'Church'

    July 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Hozier, the Irish singer Ryan Tedder wishes he signed, hits new high notes. 'This dude can outsing anybody,' Tedder marvels Last September, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier posted his first video on YouTube, for the bluesy ballad "Take Me to Church," and it went viral. The…

  19. 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 "…

  20. Eric Clapton's 'Don't Wait' Feat. John Mayer Exclusive Premiere: Listen

    July 22, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Eric Clapton says there's more JJ Cale music in his future even after the July 29 release of his upcoming "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale."  The 16-track set -- which includes collaborations with fellow Cale admirers Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, John…

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