1. Mike Doughty Premieres New Hip-Hop-Influenced Song, Announces New Album & Tour

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty is back with a brand new album that’s a sharp left turn from anything he’s released lately. It’s fan-funded, heavily influenced by alternative hip-hop, and led by a track with a killer banjo riff. Check out the premiere of new song “Light Will Keep…

  2. Dirty Heads Extend Fall & Winter Tour Dates

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Change -- and the Sound of Change -- has been good for Dirty Heads . The genre-blending California group's fifth album logged its first-ever No. 1 release, on the Top Alternative Albums chart in July, as well as career-high No. 2 and No. 8 slots on the Top Rock Albums and Billboard 200…

  3. Alex Wiley, 'Splash Game (Self Doubt)': Exclusive Video Premiere

    August 11, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Chicago has birthed another talented aspiring rapper, Alex Wiley . As like the entirety of his sophomore mixtape, Village Party (Closed Sessions, June 2014), Wiley's latest single, "Splash Game (Self Doubt)," is laced with honest raps of the distrust that infiltrates when…

  4. Taylor Swift Holding Worldwide Live Stream on Aug. 18

    August 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Red alert Taylor Swift has teased clues, and now the announcement is finally here: The Grammy-winning superstar will appear in a worldwide live stream with Yahoo! on Aug. 18 in New York City at 5 p.m. ET. (Umm...Billboard totally called it! ) She'll presumably debut her first…

  5. Drake Gets the Best of Lil Wayne in Chicago: Live Review

    August 11, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The two YMCMB rappers battled it out video game-style in the Windy City. In front of a crowd estimated at around 25,000, Drake and Lil Wayne went toe-to-toe during their Drake vs. Lil Wayne Tour stop in the City of Wind on Sunday night, August 10. Before either rapper appeared on the First…

  6. Nico & Vinz Debuts U.S. 'Am I Wrong' Video, Teams With Pepsi

    August 11, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Though Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" has become an out-of-nowhere smash in the U.S. this summer, topping Billboard's Radio Songs chart and spending the last three weeks at No. 4 on the Hot 100, the song hasn't had an updated music video to accompany its Stateside…

  7. Meghan Trainor On ‘All About That Bass’: 'I Wish There Was a Song Like This When I Was 13’

    August 11, 2014 12:24 AM EDT Not everyone was initially "All About That Bass." Meghan Trainor, the 20-year-old who is having a pop culture moment with the song about body acceptance, said she initially wrote the track and pitched it to other artists, but was turned away. "Labels were like, `We love it,…

  8. Modest Mouse & Brand New Rock New York's Forest Hills Stadium

    August 10, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Brand New's local legend continues; Modest Mouse shares new songs, caves and plays "Float On." Modest Mouse and Brand New went down to the tennis court on Aug. 9 and talked it up like… angsty indie kids. In just the third concert since Queens, N.Y.'s 91-year old Forest…

  9. Fall Out Boy Subjected to Unlistenable Westboro Baptist Church Parody

    August 08, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Westboro Baptist Church has recorded a Fall Out Boy parody just weeks after targeting Panic! at the Disco with a limp protest (which Brendon Urie 's band brilliantly neutralized, btw). Is the hateful, homophobic organization going through its pop-punk phase? "Thnk Gd Fr Vrythng"…

  10. 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.…

  11. 20 Most Forced Rhymes In Pop Music History

    August 08, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Ariana Grande's "Break Free" isn't the only offender: here are the 20 most awesomely awkward rhymes in popular music. "I fought him on it the whole time...'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It&…

  12. Behind Myspace's Troublesome Second Act

    August 08, 2014 11:16 AM EDT The once formidable site must "continue to shift" strategy. Myspace is trying to achieve what made Steve Jobs and Tina Turner legendary: a successful second act. But the former king of social networks has failed to win over consumers and musicians since its re-launch as a music…

  13. Foo Fighters Share Song Clip: Hear Dave Grohl Scream on New Album Preview

    August 08, 2014 10:56 AM EDT “Keep an eye out here for some big news coming on Monday,” Foos' Facebook says. The Foo Fighters’ forthcoming eighth studio album was recorded in eight studios around the United States and it just so happens to be the eighth day of the eighth month of the year. So, today was as good a…

  14. 'The Voice' Alum RaeLynn Reveals the Best Advice Pal Miranda Lambert Gave Her

    August 08, 2014 12:27 AM EDT After initially making her impact in the music world as a contestant on the second season of NBC’s The Voice , RaeLynn says watching her own record climb the charts has been unbelievable. “It feels absolutely amazing -- a major milestone for me," the singer tells Billboard about the…

  15. Journey, Steve Miller Band Lead Hot Tours With Summer Run

    August 07, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Journey and the Steve Miller Band take the top ranking in the weekly tally of Hot Tours with the final box office stats reported from their summertime trek through North America. The veteran rock bands joined forces in mid-May to co-headline an 11-week tour, playing primarily at outdoor…

  16. Taylor Swift Drops Two More Clues About New Music

    August 07, 2014 5:02 PM EDT We're the lucky ones.  Taylor Swift dropped two more teases about new music on social media Thursday afternoon, following an Instagram video from earlier in the week where Swift pushed an elevator button for floor '18' several times. Thursday's hints are a bit harder to…

  17. Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters Announce 2014 Tour

    August 07, 2014 1:35 PM EDT While Jimmy Page continues to gift the world with lavish Led Zeppelin reissues , Robert Plant is hitting the road this fall. Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters (his backing band since 2012) will kick off a quick tour on Sept. 25 in Port Chester, NY, and wrap the run in Los…

  18. Paris Hilton's Next DJ Tour Will Hit Clubs in Ibiza, St. Tropez, and Atlantic City, N.J.

    August 07, 2014 12:36 PM EDT The hotel heiress continues her push into EDM with two club residencies and a two month tour. Paris Hilton is continuing her push as an international DJ, and kicked off a summer and fall tour on Wednesday with a show at Ibiza's club Amnesia, where she has a residency. Her tour currently…

  19. Exclusive: Drake, Lil Wayne Debut 'Street Fighter'-Inspired Tour App DvsLW

    August 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Just before the Drake Vs Lil Wayne tour kicks off Friday night at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, an interactive app designed for the tour is debuting on Google Android and Apple iOS. DvsLW, a collaboration with tour sponsor Capcom (the video-game publisher behind Street Fighter and…

  20. RCA Promotes Publicity Veterans Borden, Weinstein Dennison, Abzug

    August 07, 2014 9:36 AM EDT It's promotion week at RCA Records. On the heels of longtime publicity head Mika El-Baz 's elevation to executive vp of west coast , the label has announced that three members of her staff have also been bumped up. Theola Borden and Sarah Weinstein Dennison have been promoted from…

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