1. Pandora CEO Tim Westergren's Political Donations Show a Singular Focus

    July 28, 2014 5:05 PM EDT A report Monday (July 28) from the Trichordist , a blog that often focuses on regulatory issues that would affect songwriters, accuses Pandora co-founder and CEO Tim Westergren of supporting anti-gay politician Jason Chaffetz , but a closer look at Westergren's donation history seems to…

  2. Are 'Body Positive' Music Videos All That Positive? (Opinion)

    July 28, 2014 3:08 PM EDT Colbie Caillat, John Legend & Meghan Trainor point out the focus on women's apparance...by focusing on women's appearance. In two recently released music videos -- Colbie Caillat 's "Try" and John Legend 's "You & I" -- women of diverse ages,…

  3. Lea Michele Is Latest Singer Headed to 'Sons of Anarchy'

    July 28, 2014 2:33 PM EDT Please let her sing "Leader of the Pack" during her guest spot. With Glee 's final season on the horizon, Lea Michele  revealed she's headed to another soon-to-end TV series: Sons of Anarchy . Yes, the actress and pop star is trading New York for a truck stop on the…

  4. 2014 Newport Folk Festival: 10 Best Performances

    July 28, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and Friday afternoon bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could get in the way of Newport Folk Festival ringing in its 55th year -- or soul icon Mavis Staples  her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] George Wein for letting me…

  5. Apple to Buy Pandora-Like Radio App Swell: Report

    July 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Apple is set to purchase Swell , an algorithm-based iOS app for talk radio, for about $30 million, according to tech news site Re/code . Launched in June 2013, Swell touts itself as a Pandora-like experience for news and information podcasts that "learns as you listen" and delivers…

  6. Global Indie Rights Body Merlin Lowers Fee for Members

    July 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights agency for the indie label sector, has announced it is lowering the administration fees it charges for its services.  More on Merlin Merlin Doubles Earnings, Digital Accounts for Half of Members' Revenue Merlin's CEO Charles Caldas on Indies, Streaming and…

  7. Ed Sheeran, Cheryl Cole Top U.K. Charts

    July 28, 2014 6:57 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fifth week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (July 27) to secure the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on the survey since’s Adele’s “21” in 2011. Cheryl Cole’s “Crazy Stupid Love” (Polydor/Universal), featuring Tinie Tempah, debuted at No. 1…

  8. Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons Drum Up Hard Hits in 'Whiplash' Trailer: Watch

    July 28, 2014 12:35 AM EDT "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than 'good job,' " says J.K. Simmons in the new Whiplash trailer, as he trains an ambitious Miles Teller to become the next great name in jazz.  Damien Chazelle directed and wrote the drama about an aspiring…

  9. Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Unlocking the Truth Gets Documentary Treatment

    July 27, 2014 11:56 PM EDT Unlocking the Truth, the teenage Brooklyn band who signed a $1.7 million contract with Sony Music, including a $60,000 advance on a two-album deal with an option for four more records, will be the subjects of a feature documentary. Black Label Media and SeeThink Films will finance and…

  10. Kanye West Buries Coinye With Lawsuit Victory

    July 27, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Coinye West, a whimsical addition to the cryptocurrency craze, whose founders hitched its name and logo to the wagon of one of the biggest stars in hip-hop, has officially died. In documents filed July 22 in New York , a U.S. District Court declared Kanye West the victor over most of Coinye&…

  11. Australian Police Investigating Prank Photo of Lily Allen in Handcuffs: Report

    July 27, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Australian police are reportedly investigating a photo of officers handcuffing Lily Allen at Gold Coast Airport in Queensland. Watch Lily Allen Kick it at Glastonbury in 'As Long as I Got You' Video In a prank gone wrong, Allen, who had been touring Down Under, asked officers who…

  12. Azealia Banks Drops New Song ‘Heavy Metal and Reflective’: Listen

    July 27, 2014 3:32 PM EDT Controversial rapper Azealia Banks has released her first piece of new music since announcing her departure from Universal Music earlier this month. Azealia Banks Leaves Record Label: 'I'm Gonna Have A Fresh Start' The new track, titled “Heavy Metal and Reflective,” is…

  13. Hilary Duff Teases New Single ‘Chasing the Sun’ with Beach Photos, Skywriting Promo: Listen

    July 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Newly signed RCA Records artist Hilary Duff took advantage of the lovely summer weather on Saturday (July 26) by sharing an adorable video of her son dancing on the beach to a snippet of her upcoming new single “Chasing the Sun.” Hilary Duff Signs to RCA Records The brief Instagram video …

  14. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Hardwell, Tiësto, Audien & More

    July 27, 2014 12:18 PM EDT Tomorrowland’s second weekend hit its halfway point with another star-studded assortment of talent on Saturday (July 26). Despite early indications of rain, the weather held it together for the enthusiastic masses that descended upon the festival’s otherworldly stages and installations.…

  15. Keith Urban Fans Taken to Hospital During Massachusetts Concert

    July 27, 2014 11:14 AM EDT Emergency service workers from six towns responded to numerous reports of illness at a Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, Mass. Officials said alcohol consumption was the likely cause. Ambulances arrived from Eaton, Foxboro, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Norton and Plainville to help private…

  16. Ask Billboard: How Has Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' Become Such A Big Hit?

    July 27, 2014 8:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag: Industry execs analyze the song's barrier-breaking explosion. Plus, magic chart moves, Hilary Duff's best sellers & Tom Petty favorites As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  17. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and counting - of Billboard's hallmark…

  18. Report: Tim McGraw Fan Seeking Apology, Possible Legal Action After Concert Incident

    July 26, 2014 8:00 PM EDT According to a new report, the fan who alleges that Tim McGraw slapped her  at an Atlanta concert on July 13 might soon take legal action.  The female fan's lawyer, Eric Hertz, tells TMZ that the she feels "humiliated" after the incident and wants an apology from the country…

  19. Rihanna Stalker Arrested After Hand-Delivering Threatening Letters In New York

    July 26, 2014 1:19 PM EDT A homeless man in New York has reportedly been arrested for stalking and harassing Rihanna by hand-delivering several letters to the pop star’s Manhattan apartment. Rihanna, Swizz Beatz & More Weigh In on Israel-Palestine Conflict Kevin Mcglynn, 53, was allegedly caught on video…

  20. Hundreds See James Brown Film Premiere In Augusta

    July 26, 2014 11:12 AM EDT Filmmakers and stars of the new James Brown movie have given the soul singer's hometown a first look at their finished work. Mick Jagger & Chadwick Boseman Talk 'Get On Up,' James Brown and a Rolling Stones Biopic The Augusta Chronicle reports the director and stars of the…

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