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. 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…

  3. Viacom Spent Millions After T.I. Reality Show Airs Dead Man's Body

    July 30, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Media giant turns to its insurer to foot the costs of a lawsuit over 'T.I's Road to Redemption.' From the annals of reality show nightmares comes the tale of how Viacom had to spend millions of dollars after the MTV reality series, T.I's Road to Redemptio n, showed a dead…

  4. Stephen Bryan, 17-Year Veteran of Warner Music, Heading to SoundCloud

    July 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT The executive will play a large role in developing SoundCloud's corporate ties. Stephen Bryan , a 17-year veteran of Warner Music Group who was a key player in the company's digital development, has been announced as SoundCloud's newest senior vice president of Business…

  5. Lollapalooza Preview: C3's Charlies Jones Talks Repeat Headliners, 10th Anniversary & More

    July 30, 2014 3:08 PM EDT As Lollapalooza in Chicago approaches its 10th anniversary, there's still one tradition that Charlie Jones of C3 Presents, which produces the annual music festival, looks forward to most each year. "One of my favorite parts of the entire weekend is Friday morning at 11 a.m. before…

  6. Lily Allen on New Touring Partner Miley Cyrus: 'I Feel Proud of Her'

    July 30, 2014 2:49 PM EDT The U.K. pop star says of the Bangerz tour, "It's one of the best shows that I've seen in years." Last May, Lily Allen called Miley Cyrus a " fearless bitch " during her first New York performance in five years; less than three months later, the British singer…

  7. Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella Fires Back at Tom Petty's Dismissal of Dance

    July 30, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Will fans see Tom Petty at Nocturnal Wonderland this year? He now has an open invitation, thanks to Insomniac Founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella . Let's back up: A few days ago, Petty gave an interview with  USA Today , where he was asked about Electric Daisy Carnival and EDM. Petty…

  8. These Sci-Fi Headphones Don't Need a Phone, Know What You Want to Hear

    July 30, 2014 1:58 PM EDT They use cellular or wi-fi, they know what you're nodding at, and they're aiming at Beats. Carl Thomas came up with the idea for web-connected "smart headphones" after a couple of unfortunate workouts at the gym. "I was constantly getting tangled in the wires, so I…

  9. MAGIC! No. 1 On Hot 100, Sia Swings Into Top 10

    July 30, 2014 1:47 PM EDT The pop/reggae group rules for a third week with 'Rude,' while Sia scores her first top 10 as a lead artist with 'Chandelier.' MAGIC!'s "Rude" reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week, while Sia notches her first top 10 as a lead artist with the…

  10. Vans Warped Tour's Nashville Stop Illustrates an Evolving Fest

    July 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT The Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys hit Nashville yesterday, where about 12,000 turned out to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to see upwards of 100 bands. Tour founder/producer Kevin Lyman tells Billboard that attendance will hit about 520,000 this year, on a par with some of the tour&…

  11. 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…

  12. Japan's Fuji Rock Fest Powers Through Despite Kanye Cancelation

    July 30, 2014 11:47 AM EDT Japan’s premier international rock fest, Fuji Rock Festival, completed its 18th edition July 25-27 at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata, Japan. The Fest powered through despite the cancelation of proposed headliner Kanye West. Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand, Canadian indie outfit Arcade Fire,…

  13. Will.i.am & Cody Wise Talk Making of 'It's My Birthday' on 'Fallon' & Jam With the Roots

    July 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon sure has a way with getting musicians to open up. For a Tonight Show web exclusive, Will.i.am and Cody Wise shared some songwriting secrets about their recent single "It's My Birthday." The intro and outro of "It's My Birthday" employ an interesting…

  14. '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…

  15. Jail for Man Who Stole Millions, Lied About Booking Rihanna and Justin Bieber

    July 30, 2014 9:43 AM EDT A New York man who stole millions of dollars from clients by falsely promising to book performances by world-famous recording artists like Rihanna , Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber has been sentenced to five to 10 years in prison. More Justin Bieber Justin Bieber Just Teased A Ton of New Music …

  16. 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…

  17. Twitter Stock Rises 30 Percent on Strong Second Quarter Earnings

    July 29, 2014 9:03 PM EDT Twitter stock jumped more than 30 percent Tuesday during after-hours trading after the social network reported robust second quarter earnings that beat Wall Street estimates.  The San Francisco tech company revealed in its third earnings report since going public last year that revenue…

  18. 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…

  19. Bob Hine, Founder of U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, Dies

    July 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT 'He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years,' producer Robin Millar says. Bob Hine, a founder of the Music Producers Guild, died Saturday in New Milton, U.K., after a two-year struggle with cancer, according to the…

  20. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Welcomes Baby Girl

    July 29, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Congratulations are in order for Maynard James Keenan, the frontman for Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, who announced on Tuesday the birth of his daughter. A Perfect Circle's Best-of Collection 'Nice, Nostalgic Walk Down Memory Lane,' Guitarist Says The musician and his…

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