1. Eminem Welcomes Rihanna as Lollapalooza Surprise Guest

    August 01, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Six days before Eminem and Rihanna are set to combine for the first date on their co-headlining Monster duo, the superstar pair gave music fans a quick preview of the upcoming stadium shows when Em brought out Rihanna as a surprise guest during his Lollapalooza headlining set on…

  2. Ben Folds to Vacate RCA Studio A on Music Row

    August 01, 2014 9:33 PM EDT He put up a good fight, but singer-songwriter Ben Folds announced on Friday he'll be leaving his recording space at the historic Studio A in Nashville's old RCA building after the property's brand-new owner raised the rent 124 percent. "Haha," Folds says in a  message…

  3. Dionne Warwick Knows Her Way to San Jose, Where Honors Await

    August 01, 2014 1:08 AM EDT In 1968, Dionne Warwick had never been to San Jose and didn't think much of the song. But after the iconic singer recorded "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" and the song became a huge hit, the 73-year old singer says with a laugh that she "cried all the way to the bank.…

  4. Brian Eno Addresses Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Passionate Letter on David Byrne’s Website

    July 30, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Brian Eno has shared his feelings about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a passionate letter that has been published on David Byrne’s website. “I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno,” Byrne wrote on his site. “I shared it with my office and we all felt a great…

  5. Questlove Writes Poignant Tribute to Late Roots Manager Richard Nichols

    July 30, 2014 5:04 PM EDT 'He will live on in me, in Black Thought, in the rest of the Roots, and in every artist and project he touched,' Quest writes. On July 17, Roots manager Richard Nichols lost a long battle with leukemia and the music world lost a figure who was almost as instrumental in forming the…

  6. Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper, Lou Reed & More, Dies at 71

    July 30, 2014 4:50 PM EDT 'Dick Wagner was the consummate gentleman axeman,' Kiss' Gene Simmons says. Dick Wagner, the guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who worked with Alice Cooper , Lou Reed , Kiss and Aerosmith , among others, died Wednesday (July 30) at the age of 71 in Phoenix. Wagner, who was…

  7. Lily Allen No Longer Involved With 'Bridget Jones' Musical

    July 30, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Dear Diary: We aren't pleased. A moment of silence for what could have been: Lily Allen is no longer writing the music for the upcoming  Bridget Jones's Diary  musical.  Related Australian Police Investigating Prank Photo of Lily Allen in Handcuffs: Report Miley Cyrus To Bring Lily…

  8. 5 Seconds of Summer's Influences: 10 Acts That Shaped Their Sound

    July 28, 2014 4:26 PM EDT Seconds of Summer wants you to know they're a rock band. Sure, you'll see One Direction play some guitars in concert, and yes the rock band look was part of the Jonas Brothers' act, but it's been a long time since a boy band truly pulled off the vibe. With their debut…

  9. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Hardwell, Tiësto, Audien & More

    July 27, 2014 12:18 PM EDT Tomorrowland’s second weekend hit its halfway point with another star-studded assortment of talent on Saturday (July 26). Despite early indications of rain, the weather held it together for the enthusiastic masses that descended upon the festival’s otherworldly stages and installations.…

  10. 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…

  11. After Singer Buddy Melton's Farming Accident, Bluegrass Band Balsam Range Even "Tighter"

    July 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Buddy Melton, the lead singer for rising bluegrass band Balsam Range feels lucky to get to perform -- and not for the standard reasons. In 2012, he was involved in a 2012 farming accident that resulted in several procedures to repair his sinus cavity. Doctors were unsure whether the singer…

  12. Kidz Bop Charts 40th Album

    July 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Those darn Kidz are at it again. The Kidz Bop Kids, that is. The franchise scores its 40th charting album on the Billboard 200 as Kidz Bop 26 bows at No. 4 with 46,000 sold in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Disney Possible Buyer of Kidz Bop Series The latest effort…

  13. John Mellencamp, Neil Young & Dave Matthews to Play 2014 Farm Aid

    July 24, 2014 4:46 AM EDT Willie Nelson and the annual Farm Aid concert and food festival are coming to North Carolina. The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 in the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. It features performances by Nelson, who is Farm Aid president and co-founder, along with fellow board members John…

  14. Beatport's New President Lloyd Starr on Download Farms, What EDM Even Is (Q&A)

    July 23, 2014 2:48 PM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . You could say Lloyd Starr, 35, was primed to be president of Beatport. As the 10-year-old company's former COO, there was nowhere to go but up. With Matthew Addell's June 24 exit, the door opened…

  15. '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…

  16. Bobby Bare Talks New Music, Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash: 'He Was a Hell of a Man'

    July 22, 2014 8:31 PM EDT Some say that Bobby Bare doesn't get excited much – a reflection on his easy-going nature. However, the Country Music Hall of Fame member told Billboard that he is definitely looking forward to next month's Johnny Cash Music Festival in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The two-day event, slated…

  17. P. Reign Breaks Down the Making of 'Where You Been' Song & Video

    July 22, 2014 2:03 PM EDT On July 16, P. Reign answered countless of fans' demands for new music when he released his new song, "Where You Been," and its accompanying music video. The track was produced by Bass Line, who is signed to Reign's label imprint, Reps-Up Records. "Where You Been” was…

  18. Heroin Bob Returns From the Dead in Trailer to 'SLC Punk!' Sequel

    July 22, 2014 12:15 PM EDT The teaser trailer to "Punk's Dead" is here Warped Tour regulars rejoice! Fifteen years after "SLC Punk!" made its U.S. premiere at Sundance, a trailer for the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic is here. The teaser trailer for "Punk's Dead" opens…

  19. CODE Guest Playlist: Michael Brun

    July 18, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Billboard CODE featured rising Haitian star Michael Brun last week and gave him a shot at compiling his influences into a compelling guest playlist. Brun did not disappoint, showcasing the unique blend of modern dance music and Caribbean sounds that will characterize his new Kid Coconut…

  20. Doley Bernays, 'Prey': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 14, 2014 12:40 PM EDT The rapper will release his new EP, 'Bond Place Hotel,' on August 26. The Bronx has bred a new promising rapper: Doley Bernays. Close to a year after releasing his EP, "Just In Case," Bernays preps his sophomore EP, "Bond Place Hotel." Check out the first single,…

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