1. Fall Out Boy, Bring Me the Horizon & More Win Big at First Alternative Press Music Awards

    July 22, 2014 5:59 PM EDT Underground's best and brightest take their talents to Cleveland for inaugural show Once its river burned, and now the city's lighting up. It's been a good month for Cleveland, which not only welcomed back their prodigal baller, but also kicked off the inaugural Alternative…

  2. Damon Albarn Says He's Working on a Musical

    July 21, 2014 7:28 PM EDT Blur and Gorrillaz frontman Damon Albarn has revealed he is working on a musical.  Damon Albarn Up Close: Photos, Interview, Timeline & More This perhaps shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as NME reports , given Albarn has already written two operas: "Dr Dee: An English Opera…

  3. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Parody 'Inactive' a 'Huge Honor' for Imagine Dragons

    July 17, 2014 7:33 PM EDT 'We're all big Al fans,' drummer Daniel Platzman tells Billboard. They say an artist hasn't truly made it until "Weird Al" Yankovic parodies one of their songs. (Okay, people don't say that, but they could.) On "Mandatory Fun," Yankovic's…

  4. Vic Mensa & Chance the Rapper Get Hazy In "Feel That" Video: Watch (Updated)

    July 16, 2014 5:30 PM EDT UPDATE: An earlier version of this story stated Vic Mensa's "Street Lightz" EP is coming out on July 27. "Street Lightz" does not have a release date. The single "Down on My Luck" is being released on July 27 in the United Kingdom. Only three hours after…

  5. 10 Best Albums of 2014 (So Far): Critics' Picks

    July 10, 2014 12:45 PM EDT We had lonely hours, turned blue and felt like outsiders while listening to our favorite albums of the year so far. From heartbreaking R&B to swaggering psychedelic to blunted rap to all-encompassing country, 2014 has already contained an amazingly diverse array of full-length statements.…

  6. Billy Ray Cyrus Calls Slain Nevada Teacher 'Hero'

    July 06, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus honored a Nevada teacher killed by a 12-year-old student in a schoolyard shooting last year, calling him a "true American hero." Cyrus praised Michael Landsberry and presented a memorial plaque to his widow, Sharon, during a concert Saturday night in…

  7. Some Kind of Wonderful: Remembering Bobby Womack

    June 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT To the people who knew Bobby Womack, or bought his records, heard his tunes covered over a seven-decade career, or caught his stellar live performances,  this left-handed guitarist, a southpaw like Los Angeles Dodger pitching legend Sandy Koufax, was a melodic and lyrical force of nature.…

  8. Bobby Womack's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    June 27, 2014 9:43 PM EDT The late Bobby Womack left a great impression on an array of Billboard's charts -- tallying hits on the R&B, pop, gospel, alternative and even dance/electronic tallies. Womack, who died on Friday, June 27 at age 70, notched 45 hit singles on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop…

  9. Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70

    June 27, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame soul singer Bobby Womack, whose music was covered by, among others, the Rolling Stones, died Friday at age 70. A representative for Womack's label XL Recordings confirmed the news of his passing this morning to The Hollywood Reporter. He was suffering from…

  10. Justin Bieber Sued Over 2013 Sunset Strip Ferrari Accident

    June 25, 2014 9:28 PM EDT Justin Bieber is being sued for allegedly striking a pedestrian with his Ferrari as he left the Laugh Factory on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood a year ago. The lawsuit was filed at the Superior Court of Los Angeles on Wednesday by Walter Damon Lee, who claims he was injured when the 20-year…

  11. 15 Hot Firefly Friday Highlights: Foo Fighters, Arctic Moneys, Chance the Rapper & More

    June 21, 2014 11:30 AM EDT When the Firefly Music Festival held its inaugural event in Delaware in 2012, it was a charming, almost intimate event that drew 30,000 nearby music lovers and 47 bands to an 87 acre plot of wooded land behind the Dover International Speedway. But three on, the Firely festival has ballooned…

  12. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 3: Jack White Rocks, Frank Ocean Soothes, Skrillex Superjam Rages

    June 15, 2014 5:14 AM EDT By the third day of Bonnaroo 2014, the festival and its fans were in top form. Though no act matched the scope of Kanye West’s controversial headlining set the previous night, a barrage of a-list sets made for some memorable performances… and some very tough scheduling decisions.  Frank…

  13. Saba, 'Butter': Exclusive Song Premiere

    June 11, 2014 12:36 PM EDT Saba is up next, part of a crop of new talent from Chicago. The 19-year old rapper/producer, from Chicago’s Westside, began experimenting with music at 9-years old, and soon became a member of the rap collective, Pivot Gang. He's currently working on his second mixtape "COMFORTzone…

  14. Governors Ball 2014: The Kills Let Drummers Take The Lead (Video)

    June 09, 2014 5:53 PM EDT As the Kills took to the Big Apple stage on Sunday (June 8), the sun started to creep under clouds. The audible long time fans cheered for the rockers to start their set, as frontwoman Alison Mosshart wore her signature bleached blonde hair, jean vest, and patterned bulky shirt. There was not…

  15. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, Paramore Score First Pop Radio No. 1s

    June 09, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Azalea's 'Fancy' crowns Pop Songs, while Paramore tallies its first airplay chart leader with 'Ain't It Fun.' Plus, new No. 1s for Katy Perry, Three Days Grace and Tito 'El Bambino' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  16. Governors Ball 2014: Bloody Beetroots Bring Beats, Talk Paul McCartney Collab (Video)

    June 09, 2014 3:20 PM EDT When the Bloody Beetroots, the brain child of Italian DJ-producer Bob Rifo, hits the road, it’s rebranded as “The Bloody Beetroots Live,” and for good reason. Onstage -- as they were at Governors Ball on Sunday (June 8) -- the act is often more like a rock band than an EDM one, with a mosh…

  17. Governors Ball 2014: Foster The People Get Their 'Kicks' (Video)

    June 09, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Foster & co. rock the big stage with a little help from Capital Cities' Spencer Ludwig. Oh, what “Pumped Up Kicks” hath wrought. Foster the People played the big stage at Governor’s Ball last night (June 8), packing in a crowd who was mostly there to hear one song. But Mark Foster…

  18. Governors Ball 2014: Bleachers Bring Fun in the Sun, Jack Antonoff Talks New Album (Video)

    June 09, 2014 11:50 AM EDT The Governors Ball 2014 crowd wasn't overly packed yet for the early 1:30 Bleachers set on Sunday (June 8). The dudes of Bleachers, led by fun.'s Jack Antonoff, ran onstage with Antonoff sporting a red ball cap, skinny jeans rolled up and high socks, in a nerd-meets-rock star look…

  19. Vampire Weekend Ends Governors Ball With Taut, Career-Spanning Performance

    June 09, 2014 10:57 AM EDT "WE didn't get confetti," muttered a twenty-something girl in secretary glasses to her boyfriend, as they left the 2014 Governors Ball music festival on Sunday night (June 8) by walking across the RFK Bridge from Randall's Island to Manhattan. The walkway on the RFK…

  20. Governors Ball 2014: Ex-Swedish House Mafia Duo Axwell & Ingrosso Debut New Songs

    June 09, 2014 6:04 AM EDT The Pair played "This Time" with a surprise rap from Pusha T. Just days after announcing they’d be releasing an album together, former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell & Ingrosso closed out Governor’s Ball 2014 on Sunday (June 8) with a high-octane set, their first as a duo,…

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