1. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Also: A discounted Eminem charges back onto the chart, 'Now 50' crosses the half-million mark and the 'Wish I Was Here' soundtrack takes a bow. This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop…

  2. Dept. of Justice Looks to Make Illegal Streaming a Felony

    July 25, 2014 5:01 PM EDT A Department of Justice office told a House Judiciary hearing Thursday he supports a felony penalty for illegal streaming.   Noting the rise of streaming, David Bitkower , Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, said tougher penalties would reflect the reality of today&…

  3. Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Turns 25: Here's What Critics Said About the Classic Back Then

    July 25, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Between the Beastie Boys ' boundless wordplay, the Dust Brothers' genre-melding production and more samples than anyone could afford to put on an album in 2014, Paul's Boutique is now considered an inarguable classic. It's not just the Beastie's magnum opus -- it'…

  4. Avenged Sevenfold's Zacky Vengeance Talks 'Waking the Fallen' Reissue

    July 25, 2014 3:50 PM EDT ''Waking the Fallen' truly encompasses everything that Avenged Sevenfold was at that time,' he tells Billboard. Avenged Sevenfold 's Zacky Vengeance promises, with a laugh, that it wasn't bad math that led to Waking the Fallen: Resurrected , a deluxe reissue of…

  5. Don't Worry, Ohio Police Are Ready for Insane Clown Posse's Music Fest

    July 25, 2014 3:00 PM EDT The Gathering of the Juggalos makes its Ohio debut this year after a troubled history With thousands of Juggalos descending upon Ohio's Legend Valley for Insane Clown Posse's annual music festival -- The Gathering of the Juggalos finds a new home near the tiny town of Thornville,…

  6. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the mostoverusedtropein musicwriting ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. David Byrne Talks Artists' Rights, Spotify & Touring

    July 25, 2014 2:16 PM EDT 'Artists in general can be given more agency regarding what happens to their work,' Byrne tells Billboard. Recording artist, songwriter, label founder, producer, author, actor: David Byrne , 62, has seen the entertainment business from many sides during his four-decade career. Amid…

  10. Wiz Khalifa Talks Working with Ty Dolla $ign & Clearance Issues Behind Miley Cyrus Collabo

    July 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa has a signature laugh that he puts on records. It's a few beats long — maybe written as eight "ha's" and can come before or after a verse. For the 26-year-old rapper, it's a trademark of sorts, a reminder of his smoke-filled good times that's injects…

  11. 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…

  12. Singer Who Sold Investors on Fake Project With Springsteen, Pearl Jam Sentenced to Prison

    July 25, 2014 12:28 PM EDT Kasey Anderson bilked investors out of nearly $600,000 for various projects, including a non-existent benefit album for the "West Memphis Three." A federal court in Washington state has sentenced a singer-songwriter to nearly four years in prison for various schemes that tricked…

  13. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  14. 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…

  15. Watch a Speechless 'Weird Al' Yankovic Receive His Framed Billboard No. 1 Album Chart

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The comedy legend has a moment on "Tom Green Live" After countless classic parodies and more than 30 years on the charts, "Weird Al" Yankovic scored the first Billboard No. 1 Album of his career with Mandatory Fun this week . And when the comedy legend swung by AXS TV'…

  16. 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…

  17. Ohio State Fires Leader of Viral Marching Band

    July 24, 2014 10:33 PM EDT Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts. Jonathan Waters had led the…

  18. Happy 5th Anniversary, 4Minute! K-Pop Girl Group's Top 5 Music Videos

    July 24, 2014 10:09 PM EDT HyunA, Gayoon, Jihyun, Jiyoon and Sohyun have spent half a decade making eye-popping visuals. The past couple of weeks have been exciting for fans of 4Minute. In late June, the K-pop girl group celebrated its five-year anniversary (appropriately thanking fans with the video "Thank You :)…

  19. Watch Lily Allen Kick it at Glastonbury in 'As Long as I Got You' Video

    July 24, 2014 7:06 PM EDT The video features an adorable childhood photo of Lily. Well, that was quick! Glastonbury was less than a month ago, but Lily Allen already has a brand-new music video that was shot entirely around the mammoth British festival. In case you were wondering what it's like to pal around with…

  20. Pandora Beats Revenue Expectations, But Falls Short of Profit

    July 24, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Pandora Media topped 5 billion listener hours for the first time during the second quarter of 2014. Pandora Media topped 5 billion listener hours for the first time during the second quarter of 2014, while beating its own revenue expectations but posting a wider loss than the same period last…

Pages