1. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a…

  2. Peaches Geldof Killed By Heroin Overdose, Coroner Confirms

    July 23, 2014 9:48 AM EDT Model and TV personality Peaches Geldof died from a heroin overdose after relapsing from a battle to give up the drug, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Roger Hatch said 25-year-old Geldof took a fatal dose of high-purity heroin shortly before she was found dead at her home south of…

  3. Drake & Lil Wayne Channel 'Street Fighter' In Tour Trailer (Watch)

    July 22, 2014 3:52 PM EDT Drake and Lil Wayne are hitting the road Aug. 8 for their co-headlining Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour , and the YMCMB rumble is going down "Street Fighter" style. The tour's Capcom-themed trailer shows Lil Wayne as Sage preparing to battle Drake as Protégé. Maybe the tour will…

  4. Ted Nugent Show Canceled by Indian Tribe, Citing 'Racist' Views

    July 21, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Rocker was set to play Idaho casino Aug. 4 A Native American tribe has canceled an Aug. 4 concert by Ted Nugent at its casino. The Coeur d'Alene Tribe on Monday said that the cancellation of the concert at the casino in the northwest Idaho city of Worley was because of the rocker's…

  5. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Announces His 'Mission Statement' in Final Video

    July 21, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Yankovic spoofs corporate culture in Crosby, Stills & Nash-style track After "Tacky," "Foil," "Word Crimes" and more, it's about time "Weird Al" Yankovic released a "Mission Statement." For his last video release off new album "…

  6. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Hoping to beat Lana Del Rey to the No. 1 spot in first-week sales, Capitol Music Group took significant risk in betting against streaming. A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at…

  7. Jack White Covers Jay Z's '99 Problems': Watch

    July 20, 2014 5:22 PM EDT Even though that Jack White and Jay Z collaboration never saw the light, the rock and roll heavy-hitter's clearly not holding a grudge. Mr. Third Man Records launched his latest run of North American tour dates Saturday night at Louisville's Forecastle Festival and, via Consequence…

  8. Sammy Kershaw 'Cried Like a Little Baby' Recording George Jones Tribute Album

    July 18, 2014 6:20 PM EDT When it comes to his favorite singers, Sammy Kershaw says he has a very short list. “I have four heroes – Hank Williams,  George Jones, Mel Street, and the late Ronnie Van Zant,” he admitted to Billboard, though he stressed “If someone made me put them in order, it would be George Jones…

  9. Nelson Mandela: 10 Musical Tributes to the Iconic Political Figure

    July 18, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Mandela: the three syllables not only refer to the legendary anti-apartheid leader and former President of South Africa, but serve as a modern synonym for equality, freedom and revolution. Nelson Mandela's legacy continues to endure in hearts and history books, and his ideals…

  10. The Best Headphones Under $15: Which Pairs Make the Grade?

    July 18, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Apple has just taken Beats Electronics under its wing , so these days, there is plenty of funding attached to Beats by Dre and those iconic white earbuds everyone seems to have a pair of somewhere in their drawer. But what about headphones on a budget? Surely there must be some decent options…

  11. 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…

  12. What Brooklyn Girls Really Think of 'Brooklyn Girls'

    July 17, 2014 5:12 PM EDT We asked real-life Brooklyn ladies what they thought of the 'Brooklyn Girls' video Internet infamy officially achieved, Catey Shaw. Yesterday, Catey Shaw's video for her song "Brooklyn Girls," went viral, a mere two days after she posted it on YouTube. The video was…

  13. The Seeds 'Pushin' Too Hard' Documentary Set For August Premiere

    July 17, 2014 3:21 AM EDT "The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard," the longform documentary about the classic L.A. garage-punk band, directed by Neil Norman, will have its premiere Aug. 16 at the Egyptian Theatre at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood. Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia and audio, and…

  14. 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…

  15. Justin Bieber DUI Case Delayed Again

    July 16, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Justin Bieber's lawyers and Florida prosecutors said Wednesday they need more time to work out a possible plea deal on charges that the pop star drove under the influence and resisted arrest. Assistant State Attorney David Gilbert and Bieber attorney Mark Shapiro asked for an…

  16. Drake's Top 25 Moments In Sports: Fair & Foul

    July 16, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Drake may never have accompanied a championship-contending boxer to the ring, but as a Jewish-Canadian rapper, he sure knows about being an underdog. Drake lives life like a guy who can walk again after being wheelchair-bound in high school. In an effort to make up for lost time and to…

  17. Billy Joel’s Mother Dies At 92

    July 16, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Billy Joel's mother, who inspired him to write "Rosalinda's Eyes," has died in New York at age 92. Rosalind Nyman Joel died Sunday on Long Island, said Claire Mercuri, a spokeswoman for the singer and songwriter. The Billboard Cover Story - Billy Joel: A Song About Coming…

  18. Foster the People Mural Saved by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

    July 15, 2014 9:53 PM EDT In the final hours before it was to be painted over, Foster the People received word from the office of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti that their "Supermodel" mural would not be covered up as scheduled yesterday, only six months after its creation. After a Los Angeles Times story…

  19. 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,…

  20. Drake Announces Fourth Album: 'Views From The 6' (Exclusive)

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Drake hasn’t even begun recording his fourth album in earnest, but it already has a title: “Views From The 6.” Drake was set to confirm the album title Tuesday morning (July 15) as part of an exhaustive roster of upcoming projects. The first arrives tomorrow (July 16), when the 27-year…

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