1. Israel Conflict Turns a Promising Touring Summer Grim, to the Tune of $20 Million

    August 01, 2014 12:27 PM EDT The conflict in Gaza and insurance challenges have made for a cruel summer for promoters. Neil Young and Backstreet Boys have postponed shows -- are Gaga and Lana next? “This looked like it was going to be one of the best summers in Israel’s history when it came to international acts, but now…

  2. Jessie J, Troye Sivan: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 9

    August 01, 2014 10:44 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  3. 'American Idol' Alum Dexter Roberts Explains Why He Left the Summer Tour

    August 01, 2014 2:07 AM EDT One of the biggest mysteries of the 2014 American Idol summer tour was the absence of country singer Dexter Roberts Outside of an official statement from the tour in early July announcing that he was released from his contractual obligations, not much else has been said. Fellow Alabama Idols…

  4. Billy Joel Hits Hot Tours Home Run on Ballpark Run

    July 31, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Joel's D.C. show is followed by Michael Buble & New Kids on the Block on the chart. Billy Joel makes his second appearance of the summer at No. 1 on the weekly listing of Hot Tours, with sales reported from his third sold-out concert at a Major League Baseball stadium. He leads this…

  5. 5 Seconds of Summer Soar to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    July 31, 2014 3:44 PM EDT The group takes over at the top, fueled by No. 1 start on the Billboard 200. Also jumping: OneRepublic and Jason Aldean. 5 Seconds of Summer jump 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, dethroning Sam Smith , who slips to No. 2 after two weeks at the top. The list, which launched three weeks…

  6. Listen to the Exclusive Stream of Country Newcomer Risa Binder's Debut EP

    July 31, 2014 12:00 PM EDT New York City might not necessarily seem like a hotbed for country music, but newcomer Risa Binder has found a big appetite for it in the Big Apple. “There are so many country fans in New York that it would surprise you,” the Brooklyn-based singer tells Billboard. “Whenever a major act comes…

  7. Hyperdub's Steve Goodman to Receive AIM Innovator Award

    July 31, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Steve Goodman , the founder of dubstep label Hyperdub, will receive the new Innovator Award at the upcoming AIM Independent Music Awards. AIM, the not-for-profit trade body representing the U.K. indie music industry, created the new award to honor boundary-pushing artists, labels and…

  8. Brian Eno Addresses Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Passionate Letter on David Byrne’s Website

    July 30, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Brian Eno has shared his feelings about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a passionate letter that has been published on David Byrne’s website. “I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno,” Byrne wrote on his site. “I shared it with my office and we all felt a great…

  9. The Janoskians Unleash 'This Freakin' Song' Video

    July 30, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Just don't call them a boy band. Australian viral pranksters/anti-boy-band singers The Janoskians have released another music video, following their Internet hit " Real Girls Eat Cake ." "This Freakin Song" follows the well-worn formula of song lyrics that talk about…

  10. 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…

  11. Weird Merch: Devo's Booji Boy Mask

    July 30, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Devo have added an item to their  merchandise that my not be as controversial as their Energy Dome hats , but is certainly more creepy: a Booji Boy mask  (pronounced "boogie") that originally appeared in the New Wave pioneer's first video, 1976's  "The Truth About De…

  12. 'Girls' Goes Neverland: Here's What Allison Williams' Peter Pan Will Look Like

    July 30, 2014 3:15 PM EDT When news broke that Girls star Allison Williams would play Peter Pan in NBC's Dec. 4 live broadcast of the beloved musical, some saw her as a curious choice. But if you think about it for a minute, it slowly becomes clear: Marnie Michaels is the perfect Peter Pan lead. Obviously…

  13. How 5 Seconds of Summer Perfected One Direction's Rock-First Formula

    July 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT What happens when a male pop group doesn't have to be called a "boy band"? Big sales, as 5SOS is proving. On this week's Billboard 200 chart, 5 Seconds of Summer easily debuts at No. 1 with its first album, as the self-titled full-length moves 259,000 copies in its first…

  14. Music Agent Terry Rhodes Leaving Jeff Berg's Resolution: Sources

    July 30, 2014 8:52 AM EDT Veteran music agent Terry Rhodes is leaving Jeff Berg 's Resolution, according to sources. Rhodes, whose clients have included Bryan Adams and the Beach Boys , is the latest to transition out of the young agency founded by former ICM chairman Berg. Steve Alexander left Resolution earlier…

  15. Nocturnal Wonderland 2014 Lineup: Martin Garrix, Glitch Mob & Flux Pavilion Among Performers

    July 29, 2014 8:01 PM EDT Martin Garrix, the Glitch Mob, Flux Pavilion and Nicky Romero, among many others, will perform at the 2014 Nocturnal Wonderland festival, to be held Sept. 5-6 at San Manuel Amphitheater & Grounds in San Bernardino, Calif. Electric Daisy Carnival 2014: Photos from Vegas! This year’s 19th…

  16. Perry Farrell Q&A: Lollapalooza Headliners, Building a Festival Lineup & More

    July 29, 2014 4:57 PM EDT "Eminem really takes care of all the aspects -- he assaults every sense up there," says the festival mastermind. Starting this Friday (Aug. 1), as they have every weekend since 2005, bands and fans will make the pilgrimage to Chicago's Grant Park to attend Lollapalooza.…

  17. Hunter Hayes Turns on the Charm in 'Tattoo' Video

    July 29, 2014 4:11 PM EDT With his clean-cut looks, cherub face and clear, controlled vocals, Hunter Hayes is country's rising golden boy. And his just-dropped "Tattoo" video is a perfect example why he's leading country music's youth revolution . Backed by a gigantic boombox and armed with…

  18. Fan Armies in Their Own Words: Aliens, Echelon, VIPs & More Sound Off

    July 29, 2014 3:40 PM EDT As Billboard's Fan Army Face-Off continues its fourth round -- Tokio Hotel's Aliens are battling it out with Thirty Seconds to Mars' Echelon, and Skillet's Panheads are taking on BIGBANG's VIP --  we've asked prominent members of several fan armies to tell us why…

  19. Exclusive Video Premiere: Airplane Boys, 'On the Low'

    July 29, 2014 12:50 PM EDT A month after releasing their album, Egos & Expectations , the Airplane Boys share the music video for their latest single, "On the Low." The Warren Credo-directed video features the duo -- consisting of Bon Voyage and Beck Motley -- on auto-pilot, and dating women who are…

  20. Exclusive Video Premiere: Watch the Trailer for Dirty South's Dramatic New Short Film 'With You'

    July 29, 2014 11:24 AM EDT The house DJ, who recently signed to Astralwerks, is bolstering his fall album release by pairing it with a movie he wrote, shot and directed. Dirty South, a lauded house DJ whose remixes have been nominated for two Grammy awards, is gearing up to release his second studio album, With You ,…

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