1. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts." Noting 6 million American school…

  2. Kanye West to Headline Both Made in America Festivals; Iggy Azalea Added to L.A. Bill

    July 16, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Looks like Kanye West will be headlining both coasts of Budweiser Made In America next month when it expands to Los Angeles as well as Philadelphia on Aug. 30 and 31. Also newly announced to the L.A. lineup is Iggy Azalea, who will play the West Coast festival on Saturday. More on Made in…

  3. Drake's Top 25 Moments In Sports: Fair & Foul

    July 16, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Drake may never have accompanied a championship-contending boxer to the ring, but as a Jewish-Canadian rapper, he sure knows about being an underdog. Drake lives life like a guy who can walk again after being wheelchair-bound in high school. In an effort to make up for lost time and to…

  4. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' Tops Hot 100; Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Falls to No. 2

    July 16, 2014 12:06 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group ends Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign with 'Fancy.' Plus, Disclosure's 'Latch,' featuring Sam Smith, reaches the top 10 Maybe this will finally impress the father in the song?   MAGIC!'s "Rude," the Canadian pop…

  5. Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

    July 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Ron Howard will direct a documentary on the Beatles as a live act, tracing their days from the clubs of Liverpool, England, and Hamburg, Germany, to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. Apple Corps Ltd., Imagine Entertainment and Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse…

  6. Alex & Sierra Set to Release Debut Album ‘It's About Us,’ Drop 'Scarecrow' Video (Watch)

    July 16, 2014 2:52 AM EDT X Factor season three winners Alex & Sierra are set to release their debut Columbia/Syco album, "It's About Us," which is available for pre-orders today on iTunes . Fans pre-ordering the record, set for release on Oct. 7, will get a taste of the 13-song collection with…

  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. Pop Art By Robert Christgau: In It For The Art

    July 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we'll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five…

  9. Dwight Yoakam Confirms Return To Warner, Releases New Single

    July 14, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam has signed a new worldwide recording deal with Warner Bros./Reprise Records, marking a return to the label and a reunion with company head Cameron Strang, who originally inked him to indie New West Records. The artist had discussed the re-signing to the label at last month’s…

  10. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Victorious On Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    July 14, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The pair adds to its multi-format domination with its debut hit, Plus, notable chart action for Bingo Players, the Black Keys, Joe Nichols, Florida Georgia Line and Elvis Crespo Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  11. Eddie Money Hopes To Release New Album 'Within The Next Six Months'

    July 14, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Titled "Shake That Thing," the album may also lead to a revival of his "Two Tickets To Paradise" stage show. Eddie Money may lament that "I can't sing the Beatles' 'When I'm 64' anymore" now that he's turned 65, but he hardly…

  12. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  13. Garfunkel & Oates Sets 14-Date U.S. Tour (Exclusive)

    July 14, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Garfunkel & Oates are hitting the road. The comedy music duo of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome have teamed with Live Nation for a 14-date U.S. trek that kicks off Aug. 22 in Dallas, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Monster Energy and Idol Roc Entertainment are producing the tour. Under…

  14. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Don Henley's 'End Of The Innocence' Begins

    July 14, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week 25 years ago, the Eagle's landmark solo set debuted. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Garth Brooks, Soundgarden and Miley Cyrus Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 14, 1990 "Holding you I…

  15. Neil Young & Crazy Horse Tel Aviv Concert Canceled Over Security Crisis

    July 13, 2014 3:36 PM EDT Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their concert at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on July 17 because of the current security crisis in the region, according to a statement from Warner Bros. Records.  Neil Young, Jack White Cut a Vinyl Record on 'Tonight Show': Watch Neil Young…

  16. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  17. Laverne Cox Stars In Emotional John Legend Video 'You & I'

    July 12, 2014 2:01 PM EDT “Orange Is the New Black’s” Laverne Cox is among the diverse group of women John Legend tapped for his latest video. The video for "You & I (Nobody in the World)" dropped Thursday, the same day Cox made Emmys history as the first openly transgender acting nominee. She'll…

  18. Cash Cash Talks Growing Up, Dishes on Hit 'Take Me Home' With Bebe Rexha

    July 11, 2014 10:19 PM EDT Billboard’s Andrew Hampp interviewed Cash Cash for the second installation of Samsung Shape Summer Mix Series Wednesday night, Billboard’s Senior Branding Correspondent Andrew Hampp lead an interview with Big Beat/Atlantic production trio Cash Cash at the Mondrian Soho in New York City. …

  19. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  20. Ken Thorne, Oscar-Winning Composer, Dies at 90

    July 11, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Oscar-winning composer Ken Thorne died Tuesday, according to the funeral home handling his final arrangements. He was 90. Thorne won an Oscar for scoring the 1966 musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and earned a Grammy nomination for writing the incidental score…

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