1. Exclusive: The Band Perry to Play High School Concerts to Promote Safe Teen Driving

    August 01, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Winners of State Farm's Celebrate My Drive campaign will be treated to Band Perry shows. The Band Perry will be touring all fall in support of 2013's Pioneer , both on their own headlining dates and as part of Blake Shelton 's Ten Times Crazier Tour. But the country trio will…

  2. 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…

  3. Figure in '80s Payola Scandal Now Faces Mob-Linked Charges

    July 30, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Onetime record promoter Joe Isgro is back in court. He's been one of the nation's most influential record promoters, the producer of an Oscar-nominated movie, a defendant who successfully fought racketeering charges in a high-profile payola case, and an admitted loan shark who shook…

  4. Telemundo Will Produce a Spanish-Language American Music Awards in 2015

    July 30, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Bulking up on live special events, the Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo has secured licensing rights from Dick Clark Productions to produce a Spanish-language version of the American Music Awards for fall 2015. Telemundo is leaning on new live events, a major investment in sports, a new…

  5. How 'Get On Up' Nailed the James Brown Look

    July 28, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Film's production and costume designers lead Billboard through the film's many times and places. Harlem's Apollo Theater, where James Brown recorded his legendary live album in 1962, was built in a middle school auditorium in Natchez, Miss., for Get On Up. "We got lucky,…

  6. Watch: Childish Gambino Calls Out Drake, Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q

    July 28, 2014 12:16 PM EDT 'Nah, I ain't Drake. I sing better. I do better.' Childish Gambino had a thing or two to get off his chest during his show in Australia on Sunday (July 27). During his freestyle, he made it clear that he "ain't Drake," he's better: "'This ni--a…

  7. Nicki Minaj Delays ‘Anaconda’ Release, Shares Another Sexy Photo

    July 28, 2014 3:07 AM EDT For fans of Nicki Minaj, the hip hop artist has turned negative news into a positive.  Minaj has announced her upcoming single “Anaconda” will be delayed by a week. Though she’s taken the edge off the news with another revealing promo photo. The rapper sent social media into a spin last week…

  8. Nicki Minaj Gets Animated For Cartoon Network

    July 26, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Nicki Minaj has taken on a number of personas in her music, but now the MC is flexing her flair for the dramatic on the small screen. The rapper will appear on an upcoming episode of Cartoon Network's "Steven Universe." During the animated appearance, Minaj will play a…

  9. Jack White to Throw First Pitch at Detroit Tigers Game

    July 26, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Jack White is taking a shot at the Big Leagues. First Pitch Disasters: 50 Cent, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey & More The baseball-loving rock star has been tapped to throw the first pitch before the Detroit Tigers take on the Chicago White Sox at Detroit’s Comerica Park on July 29. Jack…

  10. Austin Mahone Covers George Strait & Fifth Harmony Debuts New Song at Tour Launch: Watch

    July 26, 2014 12:39 PM EDT It’s not everyday that you get to see pop star Austin Mahone sporting a cowboy hat. But that’s exactly what the Mahomies got during the singer’s North American tour opener at San Antonio’s Freeman Coliseum on Friday night (July 25). Austin Mahone Drops Steamy New R&B Track 'Say My…

  11. Why Bass Coast Festival Banned Native American Headdresses

    July 25, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Canadian fest's security will not allow attendees to wear the controversial apparel. Attendees at this year's Bass Coast Festival will not be allowed to wear Native American-style headdresses and war bonnets when the EDM fest hits Merrit, British Columbia, Aug. 1-4. Pharrell Sparks…

  12. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the most overused trope in music writing ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  13. Rise Against, Bleachers & Jenny Lewis Make Moves On Rock Charts

    July 25, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The punks score their second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums. Plus, chart action for Bleachers, Jenny Lewis, Vance Joy and more Rise Against notches its second No. 1 on Top Rock Albums , and fourth top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 3), as The Black Market debuts with 53,000 sold, according to Nielsen…

  14. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  15. Ohio State Fires Leader of Viral Marching Band

    July 24, 2014 10:33 PM EDT Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts. Jonathan Waters had led the…

  16. Bon Jovi Group Eyeing Bills Studied Toronto Sites

    July 24, 2014 7:30 PM EDT A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said. The study identified at least three potential stadium sites, two in Toronto,…

  17. Watch Lily Allen Kick it at Glastonbury in 'As Long as I Got You' Video

    July 24, 2014 7:06 PM EDT The video features an adorable childhood photo of Lily. Well, that was quick! Glastonbury was less than a month ago, but Lily Allen already has a brand-new music video that was shot entirely around the mammoth British festival. In case you were wondering what it's like to pal around with…

  18. Coolio Is Just the Beginning, Says PornHub

    July 24, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Coolio and PornHub, a match made in heaven? A lot of conversations about artistic collaboration result in nothing, but when PornHub's head of PR and marketing, Matt Blake, and the rapper Coolio began chatting at the porn industry's annual AVN Awards, a lascivious creative…

  19. Nicki Minaj Reveals Sexy Artwork for 'Anaconda' Single

    July 24, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Nicki Minaj took social media by storm this morning (July 24) when she posted the artwork for her upcoming single, "Anaconda." On the cover, Nicki Minaj is seductively facing back while squatting, and wearing a pink sports bra and thong. The second "The Pink Print"…

  20. 8 Reasons Jack White Is So Sad at the Chicago Cubs Game

    July 23, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Yesterday, a photo popped up online of Jack White at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. As a lover of most old-timey things, one would think White would have a blast at the 100-year-old national landmark. But at least when this photo was taken, he certainly didn't look it. Jack White…

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