1. Man Arrested After Altercation With Pocket Knife at Country Music Festival

    August 11, 2014 2:58 PM EDT Violence at music festivals continues. A man named Aaron Williams was arrested Thursday morning at the WE Fest country musical festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Billboard has confirmed. The three-day festival featured headliners such as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley,…

  2. Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Launches DIY-Focused Startup

    August 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT It took the Dillinger Escape Plan 's Ben Weinman a few years to figure out what he actually wanted to do with his own record label. Launched in 2009, Party Smasher Inc. was first and foremost a way for the mathcore minor deities to release their own music after finishing out their…

  3. Dawn Richard Pens Open Letter After Danity Kane Breakup

    August 10, 2014 5:04 PM EDT Shortly after Danity Kane revealed that they have broken up (again), Dawn Richard penned an open letter to her fans.  The letter is in response to the reports that she punched Aubrey O'Day after a recording session, a report she previously called "exaggerated lies and false…

  4. Morrissey Dropped by Harvest Records

    August 10, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Morrissey has parted with Harvest Records less than a month after the Capitol imprint released his 10th studio album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business , according to Moz fan site True to You . "Morrissey is once again in search of a record label,” True to You posts, noting that the…

  5. Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim Beef Is ‘Complicated,’ T.I. Says

    August 09, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Lil’ Kim is in full attack mode against Nicki Minaj and it may be more "complicated" than anyone realizes, according to T.I., who tells Billboard that things are bound to get sticky when a “new and younger version” of an artist comes around after one who’s been "dominating…

  6. Danity Kane on Their Breakup: 'My Group Member Punched Me in the Back of My Head'

    August 08, 2014 3:18 PM EDT The reunion of Danity Kane is already over. Aubrey O’Day got punched by Dawn Richard Monday after a recording session, according to TMZ . ( Billboard has reached out to Richard, but did not immeadiately receive a response.)  Now, earlier today, O'Day and Shannon Bex released a lenghty…

  7. Jaust, 'Feel the Smoke Rise' (Lockah Remix): Exclusive Song Premiere

    August 08, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Jaust may seem like just another mysterious Los Angeles beatmaker -- all we know is he's from New Zealand and has done art installations and soundtracked video games and films -- but he's got talent and some high-profile friends. One of them is Scottish producer Tom Banks, who goes…

  8. Country's Chaotic Summer: Investigating the Death, Rape and Arrests

    August 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT A death, an alleged rape and arrests mar a season in which acts like Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are drawing massive crowds. What will Nashville do? After a string of ugly, alcohol-fueled mishaps at major concerts, country music seems to be stumbling into the final weeks of the summer touring…

  9. 'Juggalos' Tried to Cut Off Man's Arm, Police Say

    August 08, 2014 2:26 AM EDT Two men face charges including attempted murder after officials say they attacked a housemate and tried to forcibly remove a tattoo from his arm. Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said Wednesday that the 31-year-old victim of Monday's attack had his right arm amputated below the elbow…

  10. Guest Post: Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music Is Already Profitable

    August 07, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Just how bright is the future of the music industry really? A new generation has spoken and access (streaming any music in the world from ‘the cloud’) will win out over ownership (collecting a finite number of songs as CDs or files), just as personal radio (interactive Internet radio…

  11. 'Weird Al' Yankovic's Triumphant Return: A Manager's Perspective

    August 07, 2014 3:34 PM EDT Jay Levey, who's represented the comedian for more than 30 years, on hitting a home run with "Mandatory Fun." When the editors of Billboard asked me to answer a few questions about “Weird Al” Yankovic’s recent chart-topping, earth-shattering, game-changing, monumentally epic…

  12. Nils Lofgren Talks Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young While Touting Massive Box Set

    August 06, 2014 7:28 PM EDT "I love being in bands," Nils Lofgren told a sold out crowd at the Grammy Museum Aug. 5, midway through stories about his experiences in Grin and groups that backed Neil Young , Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr . Most importantly, it's the live show aspect of being in a band. …

  13. Justin Vernon and Astronautilus Tease New Project

    August 06, 2014 3:21 PM EDT It looks like Bon Iver founder Justin Vernon is embarking on yet another side project, this time with cerebral rapper Astronautilus . The project, "announced" via a post on label Totally Gross National Product's website , is titled De Oro (or the forthcoming record is titled De…

  14. Morrissey Blasts Harvest Records, Fox News and Missing Planes in Latest Rant

    August 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT He also announced a tour date. Morrissey is up on his soapbox yet again. In a statement posted to True to You, Morrissey began by praising a trio of fan-made videos for his song “World Peace Is None Of Your Business,” but quickly slipped into a sweeping, vitriolic and barely comprehensible…

  15. Listen to Skid Row's 'Rise of the Damnation Army -- United World Rebellion: Chapter Two'

    August 05, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Life has started imitating art for Skid Row -- and the New Jersey rock troupe couldn't be happier.  The group releases "Rise of the Damnation Army -- United World Rebellion: Chapter Two" on Aug. 5 as the second in a series of three EPs. And bassist Rachel Bolan tells Billboard…

  16. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Tops $100 Million, 'Everybody’s Winning'

    August 05, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Plagued by rumors of poor ticket sales and still a target for the tabloids, the Jay Z/Beyonce On The Run stadium tour will nevertheless wrap as a huge success. Jay Z and Beyonce 's On The Run tour wraps in North America with two nights at AT&T Park in San Francisco, both tonight …

  17. A Royalty Pain: Making Sense Of Music's Compensation Issues

    August 04, 2014 1:36 PM EDT From the outside, it looks simple: Terrestrial radio and Internet-based music services play the songs, the creators and performers of which are then compensated -- no matter where they play and when they were released -- and everyone in the business lives happily ever after. From the inside,…

  18. Vince Power Slams 'Vindictive' Rights Society Following Live Ban in U.K.

    August 04, 2014 12:21 PM EDT British concert promoter Vince Power has responded to a High Court ruling last week that effectively banned him from staging any music events in public until a dispute with the Performing Rights Society for Music (PRS for Music) is resolved. PRS, which collects U.K. copyright fees for live…

  19. Kings Of Leon Cover Robyn, Close Out Lollapalooza in Style

    August 04, 2014 2:26 AM EDT The Nashville band’s set included a cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” Kings of Leon closed out Lollapalooza 2014 with a Sunday night main stage set back-ended by their biggest hits and a rather out-of-character cover. Caleb Followill may not be the chattiest of frontmen, but he and the…

  20. Missy Higgins Announces New Album, Book…and a Baby

    August 04, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Missy Higgins has a massive year ahead. The Australian singer-songwriter has just announced plans to release a new album and her first novel, and she’s expecting her first child. Higgins used her Facebook page to spread the good news of her pending motherhood. “Hi friends, this is about to…

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