1. Aretha Franklin Feeling Fit, Ready To Impress at Ohio State Fair

    July 30, 2014 12:03 AM EDT Aretha Franklin is jazzed about more than music at the Ohio State Fair: She's also looking forward to the food. "I love the state fair, and I love the elephant ears," says the Queen of Soul, who is scheduled to perform Thursday night. There may be plenty of opportunities for…

  2. Exclusive: Popeska Gives Away a Month's Worth of Music; Listen to 'So Simple'

    July 29, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Wolfgang Gartner has always been a prolific producer, but one of his protégés is taking the term to another level. Since July 1, Atlanta producer Popeska has been giving away a new original track for each day of the month, keeping with his #ONETRACKADAY campaign. Ranging from euphoric…

  3. 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…

  4. Jhene Aiko Talks Making Of 'Souled Out' Album & Family

    July 28, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Jhene Aiko stands around 5 feet tall and weighs perhaps as much as a decaf macchiato; the 2015 Cadillac Escalade stretches 18-and-a-half feet and tips the scales at nearly 6,000 pounds. Right now, the buzz-building singer-rapper -- she has performed with her friend Drake on "Saturday…

  5. 'Voice' Winner Tessanne Chin on Album's Quiet Release: 'We Couldn't Help That' (Q&A)

    July 28, 2014 6:00 PM EDT The season-five champ remains hopeful about her debut album, 'Count On My Love.' It's been a whirlwind of a year for Tessanne Chin -- in December, the season-five champ of The Voice won viewers over with power ballads and reggae-rock songs while under Adam Levine's wing,…

  6. Jenny Lewis on Rocking Out, Ryan Adams and Saying Goodbye to Rilo Kiley

    July 28, 2014 1:17 PM EDT "I just stumbled out of my Ford Focus in these mules,” says Jenny Lewis, pointing to her purple-bowed footwear. Settling into an airy cafe near her Laurel Canyon home in Los Angeles, the one-time child actor who turned indie rock “It” girl evokes a glam version of Seinfeld ’s Elaine:…

  7. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  8. 'Rising Star' Recap: Contestants Begin to Shine As Head-To-Head Duels Round Wraps

    July 28, 2014 4:28 AM EDT Say what you will about Rising Star and its ragtag team of genre-diverse judges, somebody is doing some work with these contestants behind the scenes. Whether that’s the “Groban-ator” throwing in some off-camera mentoring to make sure this gig doesn’t tarnish his credible musician resume…

  9. 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 .…

  10. Hundreds See James Brown Film Premiere In Augusta

    July 26, 2014 11:12 AM EDT Filmmakers and stars of the new James Brown movie have given the soul singer's hometown a first look at their finished work. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic The Augusta Chronicle reports the director and stars of the…

  11. Aretha Franklin Slams Johnny Rockets Server's D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    July 26, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Aretha Franklin has some harsh words for a New York server who showed D-I-S-R-E-S-P-E-C-T by telling the Queen of Soul she wasn't allowed to eat her takeout inside the restaurant. A spokesman for Franklin says the situation unfolded Tuesday at a Johnny Rockets restaurant in Lewiston…

  12. Code Picks of the Week: deadmau5, Sander Kleinenberg, Ali Love & More

    July 25, 2014 3:37 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Sander Kleinenberg,"We-R-Superstars" [Spinnin'] The Dutch dance star completes his comeback this week with the release of his…

  13. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic

    July 25, 2014 11:15 AM EDT What's it like when Mick makes you his movie's leading man? The legendary rocker-turned-Hollywood producer and 'Get On Up' star Chadwick Boseman reveal what went on behind the scenes to bring James Brown back to life. "It's good to be back," says Mick Jagger…

  14. Katy Perry Makes Splashy Brooklyn Debut With 'Prismatic' Tour: Live Review

    July 25, 2014 10:55 AM EDT "If you don't want to sing along," Katy Perry demanded on Thursday night (July 24), "then now is your time to leave." Positioned at the vertex of a triangular stage and swiveling her head in order to see her thousands of fans, Perry made this declaration three songs…

  15. Alabama Shakes Unleash Fresh Songs in New York: Live Review

    July 25, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The acclaimed band kicked off the first night of the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour at NYC's Terminal 5 With their much-anticipated second album on the horizon, Alabama Shakes are truly coming into their own as a major act. With only one album under their belt, 2012's excellent Boys …

  16. Stevie Nicks Confirms October Release For '24 Carat Gold’

    July 24, 2014 11:08 PM EDT Stevie Nicks will be releasing her new CD, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault , Oct. 7 on Warner Bros. Records. The set will include never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Nicks throughout her career. A special limited-edition double vinyl album will be released on Sept. 29. In addition,…

  17. CODE First Play: Will Sparks, 'This Is What The Bounce Is'

    July 24, 2014 2:30 PM EDT After inventing the Melbourne Bounce sub-genre last year, Will Sparks is back to make sure no one mistakes it for anything else. The 21-year-old Aussie’s aptly named new single, “This Is What The Bounce Is,” is a rollicking Melbourne Bounce blueprint centered on his trademark upbeat bass…

  18. Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea, Calls 'Fancy' A 'Game-Changer' For Hip-Hop

    July 24, 2014 6:16 AM EDT Questlove is calling it: Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” is the song of the summer. And he’s also calling BS on the controversy surrounding the Australian-born rapper’s extraordinary rise, her all-American accent, and her potty mouth.  Speaking to Time , Questlove lays it right out. “I’m caught in…

  19. '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…

  20. 5 Seconds of Summer Scores With Debut Album: Track-By-Track Review

    July 22, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Seconds of Summer is not One Direction -- the Australian four-piece, despite being pals with the best-selling boy band, eschews 1D's pop focus and stresses the fact that they play their own instruments. However, 5 Seconds of Summer is also not Blink-182 or any other traditional "…

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