1. Facebook Eyes Record High Stock on Exceptional Second Quarter Earnings

    July 23, 2014 8:08 PM EDT Facebook is on a roll. The world's largest online social network posted sharply higher earnings on Wednesday as revenue from mobile advertising continued to grow, and more people used it, more often. The company's shares climbed nearly 4 percent in extended trading after the results…

  2. Westboro Baptist Church SoundCloud Full of Terrible Pun Parodies

    July 22, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Enjoy seven hours of musical hellfire and brimstone Can't get enough of the Westboro Baptist Church cover band, which has taken it upon themselves to reimagine Lorde's "Royals," Lady Gaga's "Telephone" ( "Ever Burn" ) and Panic! at the Disco's…

  3. Netflix Points a Way Forward for Streaming's Success (Analysis)

    July 22, 2014 5:11 PM EDT How does a streaming company turn a profit? There's one good example: Netflix, which released second-quarter earnings Monday. Netflix is the only publicly traded company that deals almost entirely in the streaming of licensed digital media. Streaming accounted for 85.5% of the company&…

  4. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

  5. Why Linda Perry Decided to 'Make or Break' It on Reality TV

    July 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT The former 4 Non Blondes singer and hitmaking songwriter tells Billboard why she's trying her hand at a new VH1 competition show -- and putting her uncompromising attitude on display "Sometimes I’ll look back at old pictures where I’m a little heavy and dressed funny and think, …

  6. Vulfpeck's Half-Joke 'Silent Album' Made Some Serious Cash

    July 22, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Los Angeles groove band Vulfpeck’s silent album ‘Sleepify’ may have been a mere prank intended to rack up play counts and royalties, or perhaps it was a more sophisticated act of digital performance art. It's definitely been a rocky road -- but either way, the inaudible ten-track…

  7. Basement Jaxx Unveil Twerking Robots in 'Never Say Never' Video (Watch)

    July 21, 2014 3:32 PM EDT The song is from the upcoming album 'Junto,' due Aug. 25 Imagine a dystopian future where 98% of humans no longer dance. Basement Jaxx couldn't bear to envision such a planet, so they set out to fix that problem in their latest music video for "Never Say Never," off…

  8. Conor Oberst Drops Lawsuit Against Rape Accuser

    July 21, 2014 1:57 PM EDT Not long after Conor Oberst accepted an apology from the woman who falsely accused him of rape, the indie singer-songwriter has dropped his lawsuit against her. Oberst's publicist confirmed to BuzzFeed that they asked the judge to dismiss their $700,000 complaint against Oberst's…

  9. Casey Kasem Widow 'Right Out of a Raymond Chandler Novel,' Says Daughter's Private Investigator

    July 19, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Casey Kasem's body is missing — and the private detective for the late DJs daughter alleges Kasem's widow took it to hide signs of elder abuse. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82 Kasem, who died June 15 at 82, was taken from a Tacoma funeral home despite a restraining order…

  10. ESPYs Host Drake Lights Up Global Twitter Streams Causing More Than 1.1 Million Tweets

    July 18, 2014 1:50 PM EDT On Wednesday (July 16), the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards (or ESPYs) on ESPN lit up Twitter feeds around the globe, with more than 1.1 million tweets sent during the show. The show was hosted by Drake – Toronto Raptors global ambassador and recording artist – whose parody…

  11. Lil Twist Escapes Marijuana DUI Charges

    July 15, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Just over a year ago, Lil Twist was pulled over by police en route to his buddy Justin Bieber's house. Twist was allegedly found under the influence of marijuana and failed sobriety tests, though he managed to avoid a DUI charge. According to TMZ , police officers were slow to act after…

  12. Garth Brooks Taps Chicago for Start of Tour

    July 15, 2014 10:33 AM EDT Garth Brooks announced the first date this morning for his upcoming world tour: Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago, a market Brooks hasn't played in 17 years. There is no word on when the rest of the tour will be announced, but it appears the door has been…

  13. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT The country star is expected to announce a deal with Sony Nashville at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of…

  14. Usher, Nicki Minaj Re-Team On Pharrell-Produced 'She Came To Give It To You'

    July 08, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Usher and Nicki Minaj had a hit in 2010 with "Lil Freak," and Pharrell Williams produced "Twisted," one of the strongest cuts on Usher's 2012 album "Looking 4 Myself." On "She Came To Give It To You," the three artists team up, with startlingly…

  15. Kansas Bible Company Talks Life as a 12-Man Band, Nashville Dancin' Gig

    July 07, 2014 5:58 PM EDT The Nashville band plans to release its third studio album in early 2015 Despite their name, the group known as the Kansas Bible Company is actually based in Nashville. That makes this Thursday’s appearance as part of  the downtown summer concert series Nashville Dancin’ (presented by Dollar…

  16. EDM Power Players: The Executives

    July 01, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Pasquale Rotella Founder/CEO, Insomniac Events More than a year ago, Live Nation Entertainment finalized a deal to buy a piece of Insomniac Events,…

  17. EDM Power Players: The DJs

    June 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Who are the masters of the $6.2 Billion EDM universe? These tastemakers are dazzling the industry with the intensity of a stunning laser show. Skrillex DJ; founder, Owsla Skrillex At this point, Skrillex — born Sonny John Moore in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles — isn’t just…

  18. G-Dragon Announced for KCON 2014, See Full Festival Lineup (Exclusive)

    June 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The singer/rapper joins fellow headliner Girls' Generation along with SPICA, CNBLUE, IU and more in L.A. this summer Billboard can exclusively reveal that K-pop superstar G-Dragon is the latest act performing at KCON, America's premiere K-pop festival featuring concerts,…

  19. Bassnectar Talks 'Noise Vs. Beauty' LP & Being the 'Frank Zappa' of EDM

    June 26, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Lorin Ashton, the 36-year-old DJ-producer known as Bassnectar, makes millions from touring, having spent 11 months on the road at festivals, arenas and amphitheaters in 2013 alone. So when he took the first five months off of 2014 to make an album, he told friends he was on vacation. …

  20. The Go-Gos, Pink Martini, Kristin Chenoweth Inducted Into Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame

    June 24, 2014 12:18 AM EDT Before a capacity house of about 17,000, Pink Martini, fronted by singer China Forbes and pianist Thomas Lauderdale, started off the night with standards including Amado Mio and Sympathique in concert with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Lauderdale took a moment on stage to recall how the band…

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