1. CODE Guest Playlist: Monstercat

    July 16, 2014 4:06 PM EDT Billboard CODE featured forward-thinking independent dance label Monstercat this week and handed off the Guest Playlist reins to CEO and founder Mike Darlington. He provided five key Monstercat tracks alongside insightful commentary into each one’s importance for the Vancouver-based imprint.…

  2. 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Patton Oswalt Confront the Illuminati in 'Royals' Parody 'Foil' (Watch)

    July 16, 2014 12:29 PM EDT This hilarious Lorde parody has everything: Shadows organizations, government agents and aluminum foil hats Today is the third day in "Weird Al" Yankovic's eight-videos-in-eight-days rollout for his "Mandatory Fun" album, and with it comes the best of the bunch so far…

  3. Adele's Next Album and World Tour Confirmed? 'No Truth' in New Rumor

    July 16, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Adele's "25" is coming soon...or is it? Adele's hugely anticipated third album is widely expected to drop before the year's end. And a new rumor, sparked by the official Twitter account of The World Music Awards, is driving chatter about a surprise release for "…

  4. Dolly Parton on the Fate of 'Doggie Parton' & Why Tour Buses Beat Hotels

    July 15, 2014 3:14 PM EDT The country legend talks about the dog she helped rescue after her set at Glastonbury This summer marks five decades since Dolly Parton hopped on a bus and headed to Music City. The Country Music Hall of Famer is still at it--and on one of the biggest hot streaks of her career. Her recent…

  5. Jason Mraz's 'YES!': Track-By-Track Review

    July 15, 2014 2:08 PM EDT A month ahead of releasing his fifth studio album "YES!," Jason Mraz joked to Billboard about his arsenal of adult-contemporary hits. "I used to come out onstage and joke, 'Are you guys ready to light rock?!'" he quipped. "I'm going to adult…

  6. Ricky Martin Announces 2015 Australia Tour

    July 15, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Ricky Martin’s One World Tour will swing into Australian arenas next year. Martin, who is a coach on the ratings blockbuster “The Voice Australia,” will kick-off his trek in north Queensland with an April 25 show at Townsville’s 1300 Smiles Stadium. The tour then visits Brisbane (April 28),…

  7. Greg Bates on Performing at NAMM: 'It's Just Fun To Go Sit and Play Guitars'

    July 14, 2014 4:51 PM EDT This week promises to be an exciting one in Nashville with Summer NAMM, to be held July 17-19 at the Music City Center. Many of the most well-known companies in the business will be showcasing their wares for musicians, industry professionals, and the fans. The fans are allowed at a NAMM show…

  8. NBC's 'Peter Pan': 5 Picks for the Starring Role

    July 14, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Who should play the boy who wouldn't grow up? NBC announced over the weekend that Christopher Walken will portray Captain Hook in the live production of "Peter Pan," airing this December. The unexpected choice is sure to attract eyeballs -- much like when Carrie Underwood put…

  9. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  10. Ariana Grande, Zedd, Shakira Soar On Dance Charts

    July 11, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The stars surge with 'Break Free' and 'Dare,' respectively. Plus, chart action for David Guetta, Coldplay and Zeds Dead Ariana Grande grabs her first Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart entry, as "Break Free," featuring Zedd, launches at No. 4. The song…

  11. Denver Chive Fest Lineup Exclusive: Edward Sharpe, Cold War Kids & More

    July 10, 2014 12:01 AM EDT The inaugural edition of Denver's Chive Fest, hosted by entertainment photo web giant theCHIVE.com in association with C3 Presents, will include performances from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids, Talib Kweli and more, Billboard.com can exclusively announce. The…

  12. Courtney Love Heading to ‘Sons of Anarchy’ for Final Season

    July 08, 2014 7:59 PM EDT Courtney Love is joining the cast of FX drama "Sons of Anarchy" in a recurring role for the show’s final season, which airs this fall. Marilyn Manson Joins 'Sons of Anarchy' to Make His Father Proud The Hole singer has been tapped to play a preschool teacher for the…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. Kitty Cash & SZA, 'Moodring': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 08, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The DJ announces 'Love The Free II' mixtape, featuring SZA, Yuna, Dev Hynes & more. It's slated to drop on July 22. A year after turning heads with her debut mixtape, "Love The Free," Kitty Cash preps its sequel, "Love The Free II." The 24-year-old DJ…

  16. Madonna Posts 'Messiah' Lyrics On Instagram

    July 07, 2014 12:39 PM EDT "You are the sun guarding your throne," Madonna (will eventually) sing on the forthcoming track. Madonna is having some fun teasing her new song "Messiah" on Instagram: a week after posting some sheet music from the track and a snippet of an orchestra performing the song,…

  17. Robin Thicke Blurs the Lines Between Art and Life (Analysis)

    July 06, 2014 8:51 PM EDT “Somebody tell me please, tell me please/Why do I have to pay attorney fees?” Marvin Gaye, “Is That Enough?” Is Robin Thicke Going Too Far To Get Paula Patton Back? (Poll) Poets have been singing about love lost since the days of doomed 18th century romantics like Shelley, Keats and Byron,…

  18. New Pink Floyd Album 'The Endless River' Out in October: Report

    July 05, 2014 5:46 PM EDT Pink Floyd may be releasing a new record this fall, according to guitarist David Gilmour's wife Polly Samson, who tweeted (and possibly leaked?) the news earlier this morning. Btw Pink Floyd album out in October is called "The Endless River". Based on 1994 sessions is Rick…

  19. Chris Martin Reveals He's No Longer Vegetarian

    July 03, 2014 7:27 PM EDT Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin has made a major announcement. He is no longer a vegetarian. He confirmed the news during an interview with  BBC Radio 2 's Steve Wright in the Afternoon. "Well, I eat meat. It depends on where you draw the line. I was vegetarian for quite a long…

  20. Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night': 'It Was Mad, But It Was Incredible'

    July 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Four guys from Liverpool making a movie -- it was so great," says the Beatles of the 50th anniversary of the film. Fifty years later, and even with a solid IMDB entry to his credit, "A Hard Day's Night" remains a surreal experience for Ringo Starr. "I mean, we…

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