1. 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…

  2. 'Girls' Star Allison Williams Playing 'Peter Pan' in NBC's Live Production

    July 30, 2014 10:01 AM EDT The network's "Sound of Music" follow-up will be broadcast live Dec. 4. NBC has found its Peter Pan: Allison Williams.  The Girls actress will star in the title role of the live The Sound of Music follow-up, which NBC will broadcast on Dec. 4, NBC announced Wednesday morning…

  3. Michelle Shocked Releases Silent Album of Songs Named After Digital Music Execs

    July 28, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Taking a page from the Vulfpeck playbook , folk singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked has released an album consisting of silent songs that are named mostly after executives in the digital music world. Rambling Michelle Shocked Tells Piers Morgan 'I'm Not Homophobic' Michelle…

  4. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Bleachers, Lil Wayne & Drake Score New No. 1s

    July 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Pop Songs, Bleachers rise to No. 1 on Alternative Songs and Lil Wayne and Drake's collab crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  5. Watch Lady Gaga in 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Trailer

    July 28, 2014 4:07 PM EDT Lady Gaga is ready to take your order. Lady Gaga in a stylized outfit saying kooky things? It's just another day in the life for the singer, but this time, it's for a film. Lady Gaga appears in the new trailer for  Sin City: A Dame to Kill For  as a waitress giving money to Joseph…

  6. Antique Instrument Parts Successfully 3-D Printed by UConn

    July 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make…

  7. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  8. Moogfest Skips Another Year, Will Return in 2016

    July 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT 'We need a year off to focus on Moog Music, our primary business,' brand director tells Billboard. Moogfest , the celebration of art, technology and music in Asheville, N.C., will not return until 2016, says parent company Moog Music. Moog Music invested 3 million into this year&…

  9. 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…

  10. Jake Owen Live: Country Star Performs No. 1 Hit 'Beachin'' in the Billboard Studio

    July 24, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Country star Jake Owen recently visited Billboard's New York studio and the singer sat down to play a stripped-down version of “Beachin,”his fifth No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart from his album "Days Of Gold."  Watch him perform "Beachin'" below…

  11. Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Late Grandpa on Twitter

    July 23, 2014 7:02 PM EDT Singer gets condolences during 'Good Morning America' appearance Early Wednesday, Ariana Grande announced on Twitter that her grandfather, Frank, had died. The pop star stuck to her busy schedule, appearing on "Good Morning America" just after sharing the news. Grande…

  12. 'Love & Mercy,' Biopic on Brian Wilson's Dark Years, to Premiere in September

    July 22, 2014 1:52 PM EDT “Love & Mercy,” Bill Pohlad’s film on Brian Wilson’s dark years spent under the care of Eugene Landy, will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.   The film, starring Paul Dano as Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack and Paul Giamatti, is set…

  13. Otis Brown III & Bilal, 'The Thought Of You Part I': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 22, 2014 12:42 PM EDT After working with the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano and more, Otis Brown III is taking on the spotlight. On September 23, Brown will release his debut album "The Thought of You," under a new partnership between Revive Music and Blue Note Records. Below check out an…

  14. Robert Ellis, Hamilton Leithauser, Caitlin Rose Heading to Deer Tick's Newport Folk Fest Afterparties (Exclusive)

    July 22, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For the past several years, Deer Tick takes over the town of Newport, R.I.'s Blues Cafe for their legendary Newport Folk Festival afterparties, which have featured such luminaries as Jackson Browne, Jim James, and Dawes. They're doing it again this weekend, bringing with them…

  15. Jonah Hill Officiated Adam Levine, Behati Prinsloo's Wedding

    July 21, 2014 6:38 PM EDT The funnyman oversaw the ceremony of the Maroon 5 singer and his model bride in Mexico this weekend. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo tied the knot on Saturday in a ceremony that was as beautiful as it was funny, thanks to comedian Jonah Hill.…

  16. Meek Mill Dealt Setback in Getting Out of Jail

    July 21, 2014 4:31 PM EDT His new album is due Sept. 9, though he may still be behind bars then Earlier this month, Philadelphia-born Maybach Music Group rapper Meek Mill was sentenced to three to six months in jail for violating probation. His chances of getting out early were dealt a blow two days ago, when a judge…

  17. Arcade Fire Add Devo, Television & More to Reflektor Tour Lineup: See Dates

    July 21, 2014 12:40 PM EDT The indie rock forefathers will open on select North American dates, along with Dan Deacon, Spoon and others Seeing Arcade Fire's mystical live show as they tour behind 2013's "Reflektor" is good enough, but fans will be treated to a couple extra-special guests when the…

  18. Pitchfork Festival 2014: Kendrick Lamar, Slowdive, Grimes and More Day 3 Highlights

    July 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Following headlining sets by respected rock deities Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights respectively, the third and final day (July 20) of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival belonged to hip-hop kingpin Kendrick Lamar, who brought his A-game to Chicago’s Union Park to wind…

  19. The Hotel Dylan Opens for Business in Woodstock

    July 21, 2014 1:52 AM EDT There's The Hotel California and The Morrison Hotel, and now there's The Hotel Dylan. The Woodstock, N.Y., lodging is the brainchild of Paul Covello, who bought the defunct restaurant The Black Bear on Route 28, just southwest of the famed town where Dylan and The Band recorded and…

  20. ‘American Idol' Has Lacked Engaging Contestants, Fox Admits

    July 20, 2014 3:20 PM EDT "American Idol" needs to find contestants the audience cares about. That's a criticism Fox's chairman and CEO, Peter Rice, admitted to journalists Sunday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Dexter Roberts Exits 'American Idol' Live Tour '…

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