1. Alex & Sierra Set to Release Debut Album ‘It's About Us,’ Drop 'Scarecrow' Video (Watch)

    July 16, 2014 2:52 AM EDT X Factor season three winners Alex & Sierra are set to release their debut Columbia/Syco album, "It's About Us," which is available for pre-orders today on iTunes . Fans pre-ordering the record, set for release on Oct. 7, will get a taste of the 13-song collection with…

  2. 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,…

  3. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's 'Mandatory Fun': Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 15, 2014 3:26 PM EDT It's hard out there for a professional parodist: nowadays, any idiot with a webcam can post his or her version of "Fancy" on YouTube, and if a master idiot like "Weird Al" Yankovic wants to get us tweeting about his send-ups, he'd better make them extra…

  4. 'Weird Al' Yankovic On Getting Pharrell's Permission: 'He Could Not Have Been Nicer'

    July 15, 2014 1:09 PM EDT "This is the first time where I've gotten everybody that I wanted, and I couldn't be happier about it," says Yankovic of new album "Mandatory Fun." "Weird Al" Yankovic is pleased to report that he had no issues with the artists whose songs he parodies…

  5. Pop Art By Robert Christgau: In It For The Art

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we'll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five…

  6. Dwight Yoakam Confirms Return To Warner, Releases New Single

    July 14, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam has signed a new worldwide recording deal with Warner Bros./Reprise Records, marking a return to the label and a reunion with company head Cameron Strang, who originally inked him to indie New West Records. The artist had discussed the re-signing to the label at last month’s…

  7. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Victorious On Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    July 14, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The pair adds to its multi-format domination with its debut hit, Plus, notable chart action for Bingo Players, the Black Keys, Joe Nichols, Florida Georgia Line and Elvis Crespo Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  8. Eddie Money Hopes To Release New Album 'Within The Next Six Months'

    July 14, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Titled "Shake That Thing," the album may also lead to a revival of his "Two Tickets To Paradise" stage show. Eddie Money may lament that "I can't sing the Beatles' 'When I'm 64' anymore" now that he's turned 65, but he hardly…

  9. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  10. Garfunkel & Oates Sets 14-Date U.S. Tour (Exclusive)

    July 14, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Garfunkel & Oates are hitting the road. The comedy music duo of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome have teamed with Live Nation for a 14-date U.S. trek that kicks off Aug. 22 in Dallas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Monster Energy and Idol Roc Entertainment are producing the tour. Under…

  11. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Don Henley's 'End Of The Innocence' Begins

    July 14, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week 25 years ago, the Eagle's landmark solo set debuted. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, Soundgarden and Miley Cyrus Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 14, 1990 "Holding you I…

  12. 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…

  13. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  14. Laverne Cox Stars In Emotional John Legend Video 'You & I'

    July 12, 2014 2:01 PM EDT “Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox is among the diverse group of women John Legend tapped for his latest video. The video for "You & I (Nobody in the World)" dropped Thursday, the same day Cox made Emmys history as the first openly transgender acting nominee. She'll…

  15. Cash Cash Talks Growing Up, Dishes on Hit 'Take Me Home' With Bebe Rexha

    July 11, 2014 10:19 PM EDT Billboard’s Andrew Hampp interviewed Cash Cash for the second installation of Samsung Shape Summer Mix Series Wednesday night, Billboard’s Senior Branding Correspondent Andrew Hampp lead an interview with Big Beat/Atlantic production trio Cash Cash at the Mondrian Soho in New York City. …

  16. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  17. Ken Thorne, Oscar-Winning Composer, Dies at 90

    July 11, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Oscar-winning composer Ken Thorne died Tuesday, according to the funeral home handling his final arrangements. He was 90. Thorne won an Oscar for scoring the 1966 musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and earned a Grammy nomination for writing the incidental score…

  18. Bono's Daughter Eve Hewson Ready To Make Her Mark In Showbiz

    July 10, 2014 11:38 PM EDT Those unusual, and sometimes wacky, names given by celebrities to their offspring don't always work in the real world. Just ask Eve Hewson, the 23-year-old daughter of U2 lead singer Bono. She simplified things during her school years instead of using her given name: Memphis Eve Sunny…

  19. Britney Spears Surges Up Trending 140 After Auto-Tune-Free 'Alien' Session Leaks: Listen

    July 10, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Due to a recent controversy over a leaked studio session of Britney Spears' song “Alien,” a cut from her 2013 album "Britney Jean," Britney Spears is trending on the Billboard Twitter Realtime Charts. The cut, which can be heard below, features Spears without any vocal…

  20. New Kids on the Block Party Plane: The 10 Greatest Moments From Onboard

    July 10, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Donnie Wahlberg loves him a Bloody Mary and any chance to get on an intercom. Joey McIntyre enjoys belting out songs from "The Lion King" and, of course, fedoras. Jonathan Knight is kind of a pro at distributing inflight snacks, his brother Jordan can give one hell of an airline…

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