1. Beastie Boys' 'Paul's Boutique' Turns 25: Here's What Critics Said About the Classic Back Then

    July 25, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Between the Beastie Boys ' boundless wordplay, the Dust Brothers' genre-melding production and more samples than anyone could afford to put on an album in 2014, Paul's Boutique is now considered an inarguable classic. It's not just the Beastie's magnum opus -- it'…

  2. Avenged Sevenfold's Zacky Vengeance Talks 'Waking the Fallen' Reissue

    July 25, 2014 3:50 PM EDT ''Waking the Fallen' truly encompasses everything that Avenged Sevenfold was at that time,' he tells Billboard. Avenged Sevenfold 's Zacky Vengeance promises, with a laugh, that it wasn't bad math that led to Waking the Fallen: Resurrected , a deluxe reissue of…

  3. Baseballer-Turned-Rapper Mike Stud Hits a Home Run With His No. 1 Album 'Closer'

    July 25, 2014 3:42 PM EDT Eight months after launching 300 Entertainment, principals Lyor Cohen, Todd Moscowitz and Kevin Liles are toasting their first No. 1 album:  Closer  by 25-year-old Mike Stud. The college baseball pitcher-turned-rapper surprised chart-watchers when he topped Billboard’s Rap Albums tally in the…

  4. Lady Gaga Teases New Album With Tony Bennett

    July 25, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Yes, please. Can we have some applause, please? The long-in-the-works Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett duet album Cheek to Cheek appears to be making progress. On Thursday, Lady Gaga Instagrammed a few photos of herself in the studio, captioning the pics "Studio Rattin' with the Bennett Boys…

  5. 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 mostoverusedtropein musicwriting ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  6. Magic Talks 'Rude' Success and What's Next for the Band

    July 25, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The power-pop band just shot to No. 1 with the year-old reggae-influenced
 song "Rude," the season’s catchiest anthem about rejection. 
How it will handle its second act is another matter entirely. It certainly didn’t take long for Magic to live 
up to its name. Virtually 
unknown…

  7. David Byrne Talks Artists' Rights, Spotify & Touring With the 'Budget-Conscious' Artist

    July 25, 2014 2:16 PM EDT 'Artists in general can be given more agency regarding what happens to their work,' Byrne tells Billboard. Recording artist, songwriter, label founder, producer, author, actor: David Byrne , 62, has seen the entertainment business from many sides during his four-decade career. Amid…

  8. 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…

  9. Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

    July 25, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Riding high with 'Mandatory Fun,' his first career No. 1, the king of parodies rewrites the rule book. "Weird Al" equals big business. The comedian’s latest album, Mandatory Fun , which tops the Aug. 2 Billboard 200, is his 15th chart entry in a career that spans 30 years…

  10. The Juice Podcast 7/25/14: ScHoolboy Q Talks Touring, New Album & Bucket Hats vs. Panties

    July 25, 2014 12:45 PM EDT ScHoolboy Q , in his comfy Footaction sweats, stops by Billboard's NYC office to guest on this week's episode of The Juice Podcast. Joined by co-hosts ItsTheReal 's Eric Rosenthal and Jeff Rosenthal, the four of us joke and talk about a range of topics: Hot 97's Peter…

  11. The Unicorns Return: How Arcade Fire Brought The Cult Pop Group Back Together

    July 25, 2014 12:36 PM EDT "The three of us haven't been in the same room in six years," says frontman Nick Thorburn ahead of the arena-set reunion shows. In 2003, Canadian trio the Unicorns issued one of the weirdest, most wildly inventive pop debuts of the 00's -- and promptly broke up before ever…

  12. 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…

  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. Disclosure Doubles Up Atop Dance Charts

    July 25, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The duo reaches new No. 1 on the genre's two main charts after long waits. Plus, action for Daft Punk, Mr. Probz, Flume and Niki Haris After almost a year on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (47 weeks), Disclosure reaches the pinnacle at last, as "Latch," featuring Sam Smith, jumps 2…

  16. Watch a Speechless 'Weird Al' Yankovic Receive His Framed Billboard No. 1 Album Chart

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The comedy legend has a moment on "Tom Green Live" After countless classic parodies and more than 30 years on the charts, "Weird Al" Yankovic scored the first Billboard No. 1 Album of his career with Mandatory Fun this week . And when the comedy legend swung by AXS TV'…

  17. Lionel Richie to Be Named Legend of Live at Billboard Touring Awards

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Lionel Richie will be named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, to be held Nov. 20 at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. The reception is the culmination of the annual  Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , now in its 11th year.  Billboard's highest accolade…

  18. Angus & Julia Stone Release Video For Rick Rubin-Produced ‘Get Home’: Watch

    July 25, 2014 3:10 AM EDT Angus & Julia Stone have shared the video for “Get Home,” the second single lifted from their forthcoming Rick Rubin-produced album.  The new clip, shot by longtime creative collaborator Jessie Hill, features Angus riding on his vintage motorbike, exploring remote Mexican towns and…

  19. Casey Kasem's Son on Corpse-Moving, Meat-Hurling Widow Jean Kasem: 'She's Bat S--- Crazy'

    July 25, 2014 2:11 AM EDT Casey Kasem's body was taken from Tacoma, Washington's Gaffney Funeral Home to Canada, a Gaffney worker confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on July 23, but his distraught relatives don't have any specific information on the whereabouts of his remains a month after his death. …

  20. Happy 5th Anniversary, 4Minute! K-Pop Girl Group's Top 5 Music Videos

    July 24, 2014 10:09 PM EDT HyunA, Gayoon, Jihyun, Jiyoon and Sohyun have spent half a decade making eye-popping visuals. The past couple of weeks have been exciting for fans of 4Minute. In late June, the K-pop girl group celebrated its five-year anniversary (appropriately thanking fans with the video "Thank You :)…

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