1. Weezer Gets Nostalgic on Catchy New Song 'Back to the Shack': Listen

    July 21, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Is this Weezer's long-awaited return to form? Weezer has been hyping its forthcoming ninth studio album as a return to form effort, so it's no surprise that the lead single is a catchy ode to the good ol' days. Today Weezer shared the album version of "Back to the Shack,…

  2. Uncle Kracker's 'Endlessly': Exclusive Song Premiere (Listen)

    July 21, 2014 11:50 AM EDT The major label world is beckoning to Uncle Kracker again. The former Kid Rock hype man and Top 10 hitmaker ("Follow Me," "Drift Away," "Smile," "When the Sun Goes Down" with Kenny Chesney) has signed a new deal with Lava/Republic Records,…

  3. Pitchfork Music Festival 2014: The Indie-Rock Dad Awards

    July 21, 2014 11:10 AM EDT From "Worst Manners" to "Festival MVP," check out what Pitchfork Fest's resident father (& his son) thought of this year's fest. On the crowded subway ride home from the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival, a kid in glasses, gauges and a D.A.R.E. shirt asked my…

  4. Pitchfork Fest's 10 Best Performances: St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Beck & More

    July 21, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Celebrating its 9th year in Chicago's Union Park, the Pitchfork Music Festival once again proved to be a charming alternative to the bloated, behemoth events that litter the summer calendar. Featuring as assortment of 43 left-of-center acts across its three stages, Pitchfork offered a…

  5. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes and More Day 3 Highlights

    July 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Following headlining sets by respected rock deities Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights respectively, the third and final day (July 20) of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival belonged to hip-hop kingpin Kendrick Lamar, who brought his A-game to Chicago’s Union Park to wind…

  6. Justin Bieber & Miley Cyrus Music Gets Blown to Smithereens at Baseball Game (Watch)

    July 20, 2014 4:15 PM EDT As promised , minor league baseball team the Charleston RiverDogs recreated the “Disco Demolition” of 1979 by blowing up a boombox full of music and merchandise by Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus following Saturday’s game between the RiverDogs and Augusta GreenJackets in Charleston, S.C. Justin…

  7. ‘American Idol' Has Lacked Engaging Contestants, Fox Admits

    July 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT "American Idol" needs to find contestants the audience cares about. That's a criticism Fox's chairman and CEO, Peter Rice, admitted to journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Dexter Roberts Exits 'American Idol' Live Tour '…

  8. Backstreet Boys Cancel Israel Concerts Amid Hostilities

    July 20, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Israeli promoter Tal Sherf clarified that alternative dates will be examined for a future tour leg next year. Following recent cancellations by Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka , now the Backstreet Boys are officially calling off their end of July three sold out shows in Israel due…

  9. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Pusha T and More Day 2 Highlights

    July 20, 2014 10:31 AM EDT Following the highs of Beck's diverse headlining set and Giorgio Moroder's disco flashback at Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday night (July 18), festival goers settled in for a full day of alternative music's best and brightest, with long-dormant indie royalty Neutral Milk…

  10. Justin Bieber & Miley Cyrus Albums to be Destroyed In On-Field Explosion After Baseball Game

    July 19, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Not a big fan of Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus? Then Charleston, S.C., is where you need to be. In what’s being dubbed “Disco Demolition 2: You Better Belieb It,” the music and merchandise of Bieber and Cyrus will be destroyed in an on-field explosion following a minor-league baseball game…

  11. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 18, 2014 7:54 PM EDT Though, Jason Mraz is nipping at Al's heels with 'Yes!' Comedian and singer "Weird Al" Yankovic is on course for his first No. 1 album, as "Mandatory Fun" could debut atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry forecasters suggest the album, which was…

  12. Tomorrow's Hits: The Griswolds, Meghan Trainor & Chase Bryant

    July 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: alt rockers the Griswolds, pop singer/songwriter Trainor and rising country singer Bryant The Griswolds Australian band the Griswolds,…

  13. Universal Distances Itself From 'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Call

    July 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film. The company said in a statement late Thursday that "the filmmakers ... did not approve and do not condone the information in this casting…

  14. Pop Shop Podcast: Fifth Harmony Talks 'Bo$$,' New Album & More

    July 17, 2014 7:09 PM EDT Meanwhile, MAGIC! hits No. 1, Disclosure crashes the Top 10, and "Weird Al" is aiming for his first No. 1 album. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and…

  15. The Roots' Manager & Producer, Richard Nichols, Dies (Updated)

    July 17, 2014 6:33 PM EDT UPDATE: The Roots have issued the following statement on Nichols' death: The Roots Family are devastated to announce the passing of Richard Nichols, the band’s longtime manager, after a long battle with leukemia. Nichols, 55, a Philadelphia native, managed the band from its inception…

  16. The Drums Preview New Album 'Encyclopedia' at Glimmering Rooftop Show

    July 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT "From here on out begins the new chapter of the Drums," singer Jonny Pierce told a small but devoted crowd packed awkwardly onto the rooftop of Manhattan's Novotel for the Brooklyn-via-Florida duo's first show in years. He and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Graham then left…

  17. 'Weird Al' vs Jason Mraz For No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart

    July 16, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Two artists are vying for their first No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, as both Jason Mraz and "Weird Al" Yankovic are aiming for the top slot next week. Industry forecasters project Mraz's "Yes!" and Yankovic's "Mandatory Fun" to each sell…

  18. Vic Mensa & Chance the Rapper Get Hazy In "Feel That" Video: Watch (Updated)

    July 16, 2014 5:30 PM EDT UPDATE: An earlier version of this story stated Vic Mensa's "Street Lightz" EP is coming out on July 27. "Street Lightz" does not have a release date. The single "Down on My Luck" is being released on July 27 in the United Kingdom. Only three hours after…

  19. Sia Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with '1000 Forms of Fear'

    July 16, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Sia nabs her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and her best sales week ever — as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuts atop the list. The new album, released on Monkey Puzzle through RCA Records, sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to…

  20. Cher Tour Grosses $55 Million (So Far)

    July 15, 2014 7:03 PM EDT   Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour is on track to become of the most successful treks of 2014, according to Billboard Boxscore. The diva's tour has grossed a reported $54.9 million through the end of its first leg on July 11. A total of 610,812 attendees went to the 49 shows -- all of…

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