1. Is Pitchfork Fest Cursed? President Chris Kaskie Talks Lineup Setbacks

    July 18, 2014 9:55 AM EDT Even before Death Grips announced their break up July 2, Pitchfork's ninth annual Music Festival in Chicago had already experienced a few unfortunate setbacks to its lineup. On April 26, Chicago footwork pioneer DJ Rashad passed away from an apparent blood clot, leaving his Hyperdub…

  2. Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch Dies at 89

    July 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The four-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Emmy Award winner died Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Elaine Stritch, the tough and salty broad whose throaty singing voice and torrid Broadway performances made a New York legend, died on Thursday at her home in Birmingham, Mich.,…

  3. The Drums Preview New Album 'Encyclopedia' at Glimmering Rooftop Show

    July 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT "From here on out begins the new chapter of the Drums," singer Jonny Pierce told a small but devoted crowd packed awkwardly onto the rooftop of Manhattan's Novotel for the Brooklyn-via-Florida duo's first show in years. He and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Graham then left…

  4. Blues Guitar Icon Johnny Winter Dead at 70

    July 17, 2014 8:38 AM EDT Texas blues icon Johnny Winter, who rose to fame in the late 1960s and '70s for his energetic performances and musical collaborations including with childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70. His representative, Carla Parisi, confirmed Thursday that Winter died in a hotel room in…

  5. Jordan Anderson on Finding Her Way in Nashville

    July 16, 2014 7:13 PM EDT When you hear the heartfelt lyrics of Jordan Anderson's latest single, "American Dream," keep in mind that it is her real life she’s singing about — word for word.  "I wrote it with James Dean Hicks in Nashville. It was an awesome experience. It's about my journey…

  6. Cher Tour Grosses $55 Million (So Far)

    July 15, 2014 7:03 PM EDT   Cher's Dressed to Kill Tour is on track to become of the most successful treks of 2014, according to Billboard Boxscore. The diva's tour has grossed a reported $54.9 million through the end of its first leg on July 11. A total of 610,812 attendees went to the 49 shows -- all of…

  7. 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,…

  8. Dolly Parton on the Fate of 'Doggie Parton' & Why Tour Buses Beat Hotels

    July 15, 2014 3:14 PM EDT The country legend talks about the dog she helped rescue after her set at Glastonbury This summer marks five decades since Dolly Parton hopped on a bus and headed to Music City. The Country Music Hall of Famer is still at it--and on one of the biggest hot streaks of her career. Her recent…

  9. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 2

    July 14, 2014 1:00 PM EDT UPDATE: Round 3 is now open! CLICK HERE TO VOTE . UPDATE: Round 2 Is now closed. Come back on July 21 for Round 3! Which fan army is the strongest? Billboard hopes to answer that question with the Fan Army Face-Off, a bracket-style tournament in which various fan armies will…

  10. Doley Bernays, 'Prey': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 14, 2014 12:40 PM EDT The rapper will release his new EP, 'Bond Place Hotel,' on August 26. The Bronx has bred a new promising rapper: Doley Bernays. Close to a year after releasing his EP, "Just In Case," Bernays preps his sophomore EP, "Bond Place Hotel." Check out the first single,…

  11. DIIV Dazzles with New Music at Hometown Brooklyn Show

    July 12, 2014 2:45 PM EDT DIIV are becoming a special band. Three years removed from playing hometown shows to small crowds of friends, the Brooklyn quintet is now the sort of act that can fill almost half a set with new, unrecorded songs and leave the crowd captivated with anticipation for LP number two. This was the…

  12. 'Glee' Star Becca Tobin's Boyfriend Found Dead in Philadelphia Hotel

    July 11, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Matt Bendik, the boyfriend of "Glee" star Becca Tobin, has been found dead in a Philadelphia hotel room. Related ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele Not Pregnant, Twitter Account Gets Hacked 'Glee' Tribute to Cory Monteith Will Address Addiction, Fox Execs Say 'Glee' Recap:…

  13. BOY/FRIEND, 'I Do That': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 10, 2014 12:30 PM EDT BOY/FRIEND has garnered attention for his seductive songwriting and soundscapes. With two projects under his belt – "Leather Weather" and "Leather Weather Worldwide: The Remixes" – the unsigned R&B artist is prepping his sophomore EP, "Low Key." BOY/FRIEND is…

  14. Garth Brooks Calls Off Retirement for New Album, Massive Tour

    July 10, 2014 6:39 AM EDT The country star is expected to announce a deal with Sony Nashville at a press conference Thursday afternoon. Garth Brooks, arguably the biggest country star of the 1990s, is scheduled to make a major announcement at a Nashville press conference this afternoon: that he’s coming out of…

  15. Solange Addresses Elevator Fight With Jay Z... Sort Of

    July 08, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Solange Knowles is opening up about the infamous "elevator incident" between herself and brother-in-law Jay Z at May's Met Gala afterparty — sort of. A joint statement made by the Knowles-Carter family immediately following the incident didn't quell public speculation…

  16. Kansas Bible Company Talks Life as a 12-Man Band, Nashville Dancin' Gig

    July 07, 2014 5:58 PM EDT The Nashville band plans to release its third studio album in early 2015 Despite their name, the group known as the Kansas Bible Company is actually based in Nashville. That makes this Thursday’s appearance as part of  the downtown summer concert series Nashville Dancin’ (presented by Dollar…

  17. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 1

    July 07, 2014 1:00 PM EDT UPDATE: Round 2 is closed and Round 3 is now open. CLICK HERE TO VOTE . UPDATE:  Round 1 is closed and Round 2 is now open. CLICK HERE TO VOTE . In 2014, it's easier than ever for fans of different pop stars to connect with each other. With the explosion of social media making it simpler…

  18. 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,…

  19. Ringo Starr Looks Back On 'A Hard Day's Night': 'It Was Mad, But It Was Incredible'

    July 03, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "Four guys from Liverpool making a movie -- it was so great," says the Beatles of the 50th anniversary of the film. Fifty years later, and even with a solid IMDB entry to his credit, "A Hard Day's Night" remains a surreal experience for Ringo Starr. "I mean, we…

  20. Mick Jagger Calls Monty Python 'Wrinkly Old Men'

    July 02, 2014 3:23 AM EDT Rolling Stones singer appears alongside Charlie Watts in hilarious tongue-in-cheek sketch to mark comedy troupe’s reunion Sir Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones bandmate Charlie Watts have released a hilarious tongue-in-cheek video to mark the long-awaited return of British comedy group Monty…

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