1. Hilary Duff Signs to RCA Records

    July 23, 2014 7:29 PM EDT First single, "Chasing the Sun," set to bow July 29, album due out in fall. Following in the footsteps of her former Disney labelmate Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff has signed a recording deal with RCA Records. Her first single "Chasing the Sun," written by Colbie Caillat,…

  2. Randy Newman Inks Deal With Downtown Music Publishing

    July 23, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer inks administration agreement for North America. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer Randy Newman has signed an administration agreement for North America with Downtown Music Publishing, it was…

  3. 'America's Got Talent' Earth Harpist William Close Signs to Nettwerk Music Group

    July 22, 2014 8:56 PM EDT You’ve seen him on "America’s Got Talent," where he finished third, but now William Close will bring his unique instrumental inventions to the recording studio after signing a deal with the Nettwerk Music Group. The experimental musician and innovator has developed over 100 new…

  4. 'Get On Up' Star Chadwick Boseman Initially 'Didn't Want to Try' Playing James Brown

    July 22, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The "42" star took on the daunting task of playing the Godfather of Soul by working hard and taking things "one step at a time," his co-stars and director Tate Taylor told THR at the Universal biopic's debut at Harlem's Apollo Theater. To play James Brown, the…

  5. Ex-Swedish House Mafia Member Steve Angello’s Size Label Drops New Track: Listen

    July 21, 2014 11:58 PM EDT Ex-Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello’s Stockholm-based Size label was established in 2003, representing such artists as Tiesto, Deadmau5, Avicii and Junior Sanchez, among others. The influential label, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary last March by giving away 100 releases for…

  6. 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…

  7. Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel Join Brian Wilson in the Studio

    July 19, 2014 3:27 PM EDT A onetime Beach Boy returns to his girl-group roots for a new album. Since the untimely end to the Beach Boys' last tour after longtime nemesis Mike Love pulled the plug, Brian Wilson is back in the studio working on a new studio album, slated for release in the fall by Capitol Records.…

  8. Tomorrow's Hits: The Griswolds, Meghan Trainor & Chase Bryant

    July 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: alt rockers the Griswolds, pop singer/songwriter Trainor and rising country singer Bryant The Griswolds Australian band the Griswolds,…

  9. Faith Evans Signs New Deal, Releases Track 'I Deserve It': Listen

    July 18, 2014 2:51 AM EDT R&B Grammy winner Faith Evans has signed a worldwide exclusive publishing and BMG Artist Services deal with BMG Chrysalis U.S. for her first new studio album in four years, "Incomparable," which will come out this fall. Her eighth studio album features the lead single, "I…

  10. The Seeds 'Pushin' Too Hard' Documentary Set For August Premiere

    July 17, 2014 3:21 AM EDT "The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard," the longform documentary about the classic L.A. garage-punk band, directed by Neil Norman, will have its premiere Aug. 16 at the Egyptian Theatre at the American Cinematheque in Hollywood. Using vintage footage, rare photos, memorabilia and audio, and…

  11. Alt-J Releases Video For 'Hunger of the Pine': Watch

    July 17, 2014 1:12 AM EDT You could say the hero in the new music video for alt-J’s “Hunger of the Pine” suffers from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Featuring a guy running through a forest and getting shot through by arrows, the clip — leading up to the Sept. 22 release of the band’s eagerly anticipated…

  12. Foster the People Mural Saved by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

    July 15, 2014 9:53 PM EDT In the final hours before it was to be painted over, Foster the People received word from the office of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti that their "Supermodel" mural would not be covered up as scheduled yesterday, only six months after its creation. After a Los Angeles Times story…

  13. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT The longevity of The Ramones, X, Nick Cave and New Order belies the genre's supposed short-lived appeal. It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement,…

  14. Dwight Yoakam Confirms Return To Warner, Releases New Single

    July 14, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam has signed a new worldwide recording deal with Warner Bros./Reprise Records, marking a return to the label and a reunion with company head Cameron Strang, who originally inked him to indie New West Records. The artist had discussed the re-signing to the label at last month’s…

  15. 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…

  16. OilPatch Festival Brings Thousands to Oklahoma Small Town for Free Music

    July 10, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Drumright, Okla. may not be known as the center of the universe. However, the town -- located just an hour outside of Tulsa -- undergoes a metamorphosis on July 4 each year, with as the OilPatch Festival attracts thousands to the area. While the normal population of the city is 2,907, the oil…

  17. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramatic story of iconic soul music label Stax…

  18. 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,…

  19. Justin Bieber Manager Scooter Braun Marries Yael Cohen

    July 07, 2014 4:37 PM EDT The pair tied the knot this weekend, hosting a star-studded soirée complete with Bieber performances and A-List appearances. It may not have been Independence Day this weekend in Whistler, British Columbia, but there sure were fireworks. Justin Bieber's long-time talent manager Scooter…

  20. 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,…

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