1. Blues Guitar Icon Johnny Winter Dead at 70

    July 17, 2014 8:38 AM EDT Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in…

  2. 'The Voice': Gwen Stefani Gets Gavin Rossdale as Advisor, Shares Christina Aguilera's Tips: Watch

    July 16, 2014 4:48 AM EDT Gwen Stefani has recruited none other than husband Gavin Rossdale as her guest mentor for the upcoming season of "The Voice." The Bush frontman will aid the No Doubt lead during the battle round, in which Stefani must trim her number of team members, recruited during the blind…

  3. 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,…

  4. 'American Psycho' Musical to Make U.S. Run

    July 15, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Patrick Bateman is bound for New York. The musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel American Psycho, about the arrogant Wall Street broker by day and sexually deranged serial killer by night, will make its U.S. debut this season, Second Stage Theatre announced…

  5. 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…

  6. Jay Z, Action Bronson & More Honor Derek Jeter in Touching Tribute Clip

    July 14, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Spike Lee, Rudy Giuliani and a few sheepish Mets players tip their hats to the soon-to-retire Yankees legend Whether you love or hate the New York Yankees, you gotta respect five-time World Series champ Derek Jeter for two decades of Major League Baseball dominance. With his retirement on the…

  7. 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…

  8. 'Rising Star' Recap: Kesha Brings the Whimsy As Duel Round Kicks Off

    July 14, 2014 6:26 AM EDT What’s the saying—every party has a pooper, and every reality singing competition has a frontrunner? (Something like that.) It seems Rising Star’s frontrunner is Jesse Kinch, and this party’s pooper is the judges' voting power in the Duel rounds. That these “duels” are actually two side…

  9. LeeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian's VH1 Show is On

    July 12, 2014 6:12 PM EDT BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Tabloid targets LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian are jumping into the fray with their own reality show, although the couple plans to keep Cibrian's two children out of it. Cibrian's two sons -- ages 11 and seven -- with ex-wife Brandi Glanville don't…

  10. 'Rising Star': What to Expect During the Duels

    July 12, 2014 8:30 AM EDT After downloading the app, repeatedly checking in and casting real-time votes, America raised the Wall for 20 singers on “Rising Star.” 'Rising Star': The Billboard Cover Shoot Next up on the ABC singing show? The "duels," but don't be mistaken: the upcoming round isn…

  11. 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,…

  12. 'Nashville' Star Jonathan Jackson on Enation, Songwriter Co-Stars and Avery's Fate (Q&A)

    July 10, 2014 6:02 PM EDT The angst-ridden rocker talks about filming the ABC country music drama that's somewhat critical of the major labels his band has never tried to chase. ABC's country music drama 'Nashville' continues to center on a handful of musicians, each uniquely struggling for their…

  13. Jake Owen's 'Beachin' ' Shores Up No. 1 Spot On Hot Country Songs

    July 10, 2014 1:49 PM EDT The singer scores his third leader. Plus, Colt Ford raps his way onto Top Country Albums and all  the 'Dirt' on Florida Georgia Line's new single. Jake Owen scores his third No. 1, and first in more than two years, on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Beachin&…

  14. Trey Songz Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Trigga'

    July 09, 2014 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Trey Songz secures his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Trigga" debuts atop the list. The set, which was released on July 1, sold 105,000 copies in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Songz also saw his last album, 2012's "…

  15. Jerrod Niemann Talks Pitbull Collaboration & New Single 'Buzz Back Girl'

    July 08, 2014 5:25 PM EDT There was definitely something familiar to Jerrod Niemann about the demo of what has become his latest single, “Buzz Back Girl,” as he tells The 615. “Lee Brice was one of the writers on it, and it was pretty funny. I saw the title, heard the intro, and thought it was cool. Then, on the first…

  16. Ask Billboard: Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift's Red Reigns

    July 08, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Sheeran brings fire to the top of the Billboard 200, while Swift's record tour leads to a look at her career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

  17. Nothing More: Texas Rockers Persevere With Hit Single 'This Is The Time (Ballast)'

    July 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When Nothing More singer/percussionist Jonny Hawkins was in grade school, his tiny class of a dozen students all tried out for the choir. When only Hawkins and one other child weren't accepted, it made a painful impression on him. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm not a…

  18. Selena Gomez Accidently Hits Cop in ‘Behaving Badly' Trailer

    July 07, 2014 6:12 AM EDT Strippers, cougars and guns are all involved in the first trailer for the upcoming Selena Gomez comedy Behaving Badly, due in theaters Aug. 1. Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) plays Rick, who does his best to win over popular girl Nina (Gomez). Somehow, this involves filling his parents&…

  19. Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead SoundScan Mid-Year Country Charts

    July 02, 2014 6:20 PM EDT These are the top selling country albums & digital songs of 2014 so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The mid-year sales stats give Luke Bryan plenty of reason to flash his trademark ivory smile once more -- he's featured on the two most-downloaded country songs thus far in 2014,…

  20. Rewinding The Charts: 54 Years Ago, Connie Francis Became 'Somebody'

    July 02, 2014 10:35 AM EDT On this date in 1960, the then-21-year-old Jersey girl scored the first-ever Hot 100 No. 1 by a female artist, just one of her 53 career hits Nearly two years into the Billboard Hot 100's existence, the top of the chart was essentially a boys' club. Starting with Ricky Nelson'…

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