1. In Defense of the 'Step Up' Movies

    August 08, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The dance film series is secretly the most fun movie franchise out there. Here's why I'm all in on "Step Up." You can keep your X-Men, your Spider-Men, your Transformer-Men. Every other summer, a Step Up movie will be released, and that movie will be my summer jam.…

  2. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Best New Music at Lollapalooza & 'Flawless' Remix

    August 07, 2014 4:48 PM EDT With a lot of the Billboard staff still riding high off Lollapalooza 2014 , we made this week's (the second ever!) Must-Hear Music podcast a special Lolla-themed episode. No, we didn't buy overpriced water bottles or stop showering for three days -- we just chatted about Spoon,…

  3. 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. …

  4. Gospel Singer Joseph Habedank's Journey Through Addiction, Towards His New Record

    August 05, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Joseph Habedank -- longtime member of the successful gospel group The Perrys -- is branching out on his own with a new solo album, Welcome Home , that was created as he emerged from the crucible of addiction (to pain medication) that eventually saw him check into Nashville-area treatment…

  5. Exclusive: Benny Benassi & John Legend, 'Dance the Pain Away' (Eelke Kleijn Remix)

    August 05, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Italian electro house institution Benny Benassi tested pop waters in collaborating with Grammy Award-winning crooner John Legend last year. The result was “Dance the Pain Away,” the first vocal single off his forthcoming album Back to the Pump . Now Rotterdam native Eelke Kleijn has given the…

  6. Lollapalooza 2014 Sunday Highlights: Kings of Leon, Skrillex, Chance the Rapper Close Day 3

    August 04, 2014 2:45 AM EDT The rain poured heavily and consistently on the third and final day of Lollapalooza 2014, as downpours turned much of Chicago's Grant Park into a skating rink of sticky mud on Sunday (Aug. 3). The weather was unfortunate, but as the weekend became soggier, the performances turned…

  7. 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…

  8. Neil Young Urges Fans to Boycott Non-Organic Cotton

    August 02, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Neil Young took to his website on Friday to speak out against the purchase of non-organic cotton. The FarmAid co-founder and veteran activist, who has championed environmental, social and aural causes over the years, has vowed to phase the material out of his tour merchandise in favor of 100…

  9. Oh Honey Charm with Earnest Folk Pop, '90s Covers at New York City Performance

    August 01, 2014 6:27 PM EDT Oh Honey 's Danielle Bouchard and Mitchy Collins knew they'd get along when they discovered each knew all the words to R. Kelly's "Pregnant." The Brooklyn folk-pop duo broke into a spontaneous a cappella rendition of the song following a round of “‘90s goodness,”…

  10. Oregon's Pickathon Points the Way to Music Festivals Going Green

    August 01, 2014 4:45 PM EDT When the stage goes quiet at the close of any summer music festival, there comes a new kind of chorus known to anyone who's tromped back to a campsite alongside 10,000 other weary music lovers: the crunch of a sea of disposed water bottles. From California’s Coachella to New York City’s…

  11. Ne-Yo: Ex-Manager Owes Me $8M

    July 31, 2014 4:37 PM EDT Ne-Yo wants $8 million from his ex-manager. The Daily News reports that the R&B singer-songwriter has sued onetime manager and confidant Kevin Foster in Manhattan federal court. Foster started handling Ne-Yo's finances in 2005. The lawsuit says Foster moved some of Ne-Yo's money…

  12. Fired OSU Band Leader Says He Was Fixing 'Sexualized Culture'

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Ohio State University's fired marching band director was working to fix a vulgar culture "in dire need of change" before he was dismissed last week, he said in a document released by his attorney. The university fired Jonathan Waters last week after the two-month investigation…

  13. Jack White Reunites the Dead Weather Wednesday Night in Detroit

    July 31, 2014 10:32 AM EDT The Dead Weather lived again on Wednesday night in Detroit, when the group's Alison Mosshart and Dean Fertita joined Jack White and his band on stage at the city's Masonic Temple Auditorium for a romp though "I Cut LIke a Buffalo" from the group's 2009 debut album…

  14. 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…

  15. Nocturnal Wonderland 2014 Lineup: Martin Garrix, Glitch Mob & Flux Pavilion Among Performers

    July 29, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Martin Garrix, the Glitch Mob, Flux Pavilion and Nicky Romero, among many others, will perform at the 2014 Nocturnal Wonderland festival, to be held Sept. 5-6 at San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds in San Bernardino, Calif. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014: Photos from Vegas! This year’s 19th…

  16. Does Country Music Need An Alcohol Intervention?

    July 29, 2014 5:42 PM EDT The stewardess in Dierks Bentley 's "Drunk on a Plane" is "leanin', pourin' Coke and whiskey." The woman in Lady Antebellum 's "Bartender" is ordering a double shot of Crown. The guy in Brad Paisley 's "River Bank" is hauling a…

  17. Banks Twists and Shouts in Video For New Song 'Beggin For Thread'

    July 29, 2014 12:26 PM EDT Excited yet for Jillian Banks ' debut album? You should be. Since popping up on the blogosphere radar last year, Banks has transcended buzz artist status and now holds one of the year's most hotly anticipated debuts. Banks, Quick-Rising Pop Starlet, Explains Why Her Fans Have Her…

  18. One Direction's Zayn Malik Barraged With Death Threats After '#FreePalestine' Tweet

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Within just minutes of going online, a tweet by Zayn Malik managed to cause a storm of Middle East controversy for the One Direction singer Monday. Several weeks into Israel’s deadly military assault on Gaza, which has seen more than 1,000 Palestinians and 50 Israelis killed, Malik tweeted…

  19. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Return to Form with 'Hypnotic Eye': Track-by-Track Review

    July 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As Tom Petty told us three decades and 10 albums ago, on Southern Accents , he’s got his “own way of talking.” He doesn’t drawl quite like the other Floridians, and among the words he pronounces in a wholly unique fashion is “town.” It comes up a lot in his songs -- often when he’s singing…

  20. Dolly Parton Mulls Recording Glastonbury Festival Mud Song

    July 29, 2014 4:52 AM EDT Dolly Parton's appearance at the Glastonbury Festival was one of the most talked about performances of this year's famed U.K. music event, and now a song written especially for the set could be making its way to the recording studio. The untitled song, in which Parton had the 100…

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