1. The Who & What of Don Was: 3 Highlights From the Musician/Producer/President's Career

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT . Was (Not Was), "Hello Dad... I'm in Jail," 1988 "The one song where it was all feel, with zero cerebral input," says Was. 2. Producer of the Year GRAMMY, 1995 Was received the honor for producing Bonnie Raitt, Willie Ne ...

  2. Why a '70s Mixtape Propels the Plot of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Direct James Gunn scoured Hot 100 charts to create this Marvel movie soundtrack Guardians of the Galaxy , which opened Aug. 1, features a tree-like creature named Groot, a talking raccoon and a device just as alien to children of the digital age: ...

  3. Will the Gamble of 'Fashion Rocks' Pay Off?

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The revived show, now with CBS and Time Inc., joins a crowded field of fall music specials A fter a six-year, recession-induced hiatus, Fashion Rocks returns Sept. 9, resurrected as New York Fashion Week's opening act. With a new media partne ...

  4. Noted: July 24-July 31

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT July 24 Evanescence singer Amy Lee gave birth to her first child, son Jack Lion, with husband Josh Hartzler, weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Sharing a photo on Instagram on July 28, she cooed, "Our little cub is here. I have never known the dep ...

  5. Birthdays - July 31-August 8

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT July 31 Coldplay's Will Champion (36) Aug. 1 Adam Duritz (50) Coolio (51) Chuck D (54) Aug. 3 Tony Bennett (88) Metallica's James Hetfield (51) Aug. 6 Geri Halliwell (42) Aug. 8 JC Chasez (38) Scott Stapp (41) U2's The Edge (53) New ...

  6. Single Reviews: Jason Aldean, SBTRKT, Steve Angello, Spoon, Lights

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT JASON ALDEAN "Burnin' It Down" Jason Aldean moves his long-running house party to the bedroom on "Burnin' It Down," the lead single from his forthcoming sixth album. Though no stranger to straying from country's ...

  7. Overheard: Rick Krim's Turns Down Lucrative Offers, Jessie J Gets Shot Down, Jody Gerson to UMPG?

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT You Oughta Know Look for ex-VH1 exec Rick Krim to resurface at Monte Lipman's Republic Records after turning down lucrative offers at Spotify and old pal Marty Bandier's Sony/ATV Music Publishing. My Baby Shot Me Down Jessie J is back in ...

  8. The Beat: Newport Folk Festival, Newport, R.I. from July 25-27

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Not even the threat of thunderstorms, intermittent downpours and bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-95 could stop the Newport Folk Festival from ringing in its 55th year - or soul icon Mavis Staples her 75th. "Thank you to [festival founder] Georg ...

  9. Album Review: JJ, 'V'

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Like a time-lapse nature film, Swedish indie-pop duo JJ has been gradually emerging from a cocoon of willful anonymity since 2009. Its past releases were lovely, all sparkly synths, shiny strings and loping beats, with the requisite tug of melanch ...

  10. The Buzz: Are A.M. Raves the New Rage?

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Morning Gloryville brings 6:30 a.m. sober dance parties to 12 cities and counting Would you like some EDM with your coffee? Turns out raves aren't just reserved for the nocturnal set anymore, thanks to Morning Gloryville, a new sober early-mo ...

  11. Album Review: Godsmack, '1000hp'

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Hell hath no fury like Godsmack frontman Sully Erna. Or so the band would like you to think with its latest album, "1000hp." It has been four years since Erna and fellow Boston bad boys Tony Rombola, Robbie Merrill and Shannon Larkin rel ...

  12. Album Review: Porter Robinson, 'Worlds'

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Porter Robinson's "Worlds" is the product of EDM exhaustion. The 22-year-old electronic producer played nearly every major music festival in 2011 and 2012, delivering well-manicured, crowd-pleasing bangers to the masses. But the use ...

  13. Full Moon Festival Proves Why a Bigger Party Isn't Always Better

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Set for Aug. 8 on Governors Island, the fest hails indie, not immense, success The fourth annual Full Moon Festival isn't trying to elevate itself to the level of other New York mega-music festivals, like the Governors Ball or Electric Zoo. I ...

  14. Style: 4 Plaid Shirts That Indie Rock & Hip-Hop Fans Will Adore

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The plaid shirt - long adored by the indie rock set - broadens its appeal with hip-hop heads who don't mind a touch of grunge 1. Ami Bi-material button-down tartan canvas oxford shirt, $315; Owen NYC. 2. Saint Laurent Requin collar shirt in b ...

  15. Numbers: Troye Sivan

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The YouTube star, 19, has his single "Happy Little Pill" debuting at No. 24 on the Digital Songs tally and No. 92 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single previews the Australia-based, South Africa-born singer's new "TRXYE" EP ...

  16. How to Live Like Indie 'It' Girl Domino Kirke

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The singer, sister of Jemima and daughter of the Bad Company drummer, opens up her Williamsburg apartment and reveals her must-havesc British-born singer Domino Kirke, 31, comes by cool naturally: She has a rock star for a dad (Bad Company's ...

  17. Style: The K-Pop Makeup Craze

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT As the popularity of Korean music acts soars, its effect on the beauty industry kicks into full gear It's undeniable that K-pop - the Korean dance-pop craze that includes Girls Generation and BIGBANG - is taking over the world. (YouTube repor ...

  18. The Billboard Cover Story - 5 Seconds of Summer: They Want More Than 15 Minutes

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT They'd rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music's sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm It's not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying whi ...

  19. Raleigh Ritchie (aka 'That Guy From 'Game of Thrones'') Is Ready for His R&B Crown

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Until 2013, 24-year-old Londoner Jacob Anderson was just another rising actor who happened to moonlight as a singer under the pseudonym Raleigh Ritchie. Despite roles on popular U.K. TV shows Episodes and Broadchurch , his secret was well-kept and ...

  20. Hard Times to Hitmaker: Becky G Burns Up Billboard's Hot 100 & Latin Charts

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Sometimes, Becky Gomez, aka Becky G, is too excited to sleep at night. Like after she spent the day with her idol, Jennifer Lopez, filming her video for "Becky From the Block." Or when her single "Can't Get Enough," featur ...

  21. The 'Awkward Pairing' of Sylvan Esso Hit It Off on the Road & Online

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Amid the mechanical clinks and chimes on "Coffee," the hit single from buzzed-about electronic/folk duo Sylvan Esso, there is the faint creak of a door closing. "Any weird sound you hear is probably recording something in the house, ...

  22. Tomorrow's Hits: Alex & Sierra, Dean Alexander, The Eeries

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT 'Crow' About to Fly Alex & Sierra, who won Fox's third and final season of the U.S. version of The X Factor , near the Adult Top 40 chart with folk/pop track "Scarecrow" (Columbia). The Florida duo (who are also a coup ...

  23. Brad Paisley Has No Regrets: 'You Have to Take Punches'

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Even after "Accidental Racist" and a new breastfeeding brouhaha, Brad Paisley isn't looking back (except for that fuchsia suit) Don't let the laid-back attitude fool you - Brad Paisley has a whirlwind schedule this summer. The ...

  24. The Billboard Cover Story - 5 Seconds of Summer: The Secret Behind Their Shirts

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Perhaps in an effort to combat its boy-band image, 5 Seconds of Summer sticks to a fairly specific uniform: black skinny jeans, low-top sneakers and vintage-inspired rock T-shirts touting iconic acts like Nirvana, Metallica and Joy Division. The h ...

  25. Sex, Guns & Money...And How It All Went Sideways: Katherine Alexander Breaks Her Silence on Jesus Salas

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The love affair between the powerful Latin music executive and his sexy protege was explosive from the start...and is ending with troubling charges of assault and financial wrongdoing From the first time powerful radio executive Jesus Salas and ri ...

  26. Punk Goes to Yale?

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Danny Fields brought bad-boy rockers to the pages of teenybopper mag '16' and led punk acts The Ramones and The Stooges into the limelight. Now his copious archives and personal photos are heading to college Scholars seeking a deeper und ...

  27. Influence: 5 New Acts Taking Reggaeton to the Next Level A Decade After Daddy Yankee Paved the Way

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT . J Alvarez Age: 30 Country: Puerto Rico Label: On Top of the World/Sony Known For: "La Pregunta" peaked at No. 5 on Hot Latin Songs in July 2013. Musical Style: Very melodic, often romantic Giving Props: "Yankee is the face of the ...

  28. Soundtracks' Get New Single Life for 'Transformers,' 'Ninja Turtles'

    August 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Forget albums: Paramount bets on individual songs As the sun sets on the soundtrack as a guaranteed gold mine (not counting Frozen), Paramount Pictures is trying a singles approach for its summer tent poles. Both Transformers: Age of Extinction an ...

  29. Hot 100 News: What Language Barrier? Enrique's 'Bailando' Is a Hit

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT "The more I listen to it, the more I seem to like it," says Enrique Iglesias of "Bailando." "There's something addictive about this song." The steadily pulsating track - its title translates to ­"dancing&quo ...

  30. Hot 100 News: 5 Seconds of Summer, 'Everything I Didn't Say'

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The sixth song released ahead of this band's self-titled LP (set to debut on the Aug. 9 Billboard 200) bows high on the Hot 100 thanks to 149,000 in sales. On Billboard's Twitter Top Tracks chart, the song storms in at No. 1. News Magazi ...

  31. Hot 100 News: Colbie Caillat, "Try"

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Colbie Caillat climbs 69-55 with "Try." Streaming accounts for 63 percent of the song's chart points, as it bullets at No. 19 in its second week on Streaming Songs. Sales make up nearly all the rest of its Hot 100 points, with the b ...

  32. Hot 100 News: Coldplay, 'A Sky Full of Stars'

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This track, co-written and co-produced by Avicii, reached its No. 10 Hot 100 high point on May 31 due largely to sales, but airplay continues to build: The track enters Radio Songs at No. 48 with a 12 percent gain to 29 million in audience. News M ...

  33. Hot 100 News: Kiesza, 'Hideaway'

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT After topping the Official Singles Charts in the United Kingdom in April, Calgary singer-dancer Kiesza lands her Hot 100 debut with this throwback dance track. News Magazine ...

  34. Hot 100 News: Meghan Trainor on 'All About That Bass' (Q&A)

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT "All About That Bass" (No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100) doesn't sound like anything else that's on pop radio right now - especially the chorus, which has a doo-wop feel. Was that intentional? That's the best part. I rememb ...

  35. The Over/Under: Live Nation's Brian O'Connell

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Brian O'Connell, head of Live Nation's country music division, had a $20 million weekend thanks to sold-out stadium shows by Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton. News Magazine ...

  36. The Over/Under: David Massey's Island Records

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT David Massey's Island Records scored hits with rising stars Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo and Kiesza's viral "Hideaway." Next up: an Avicii album due later in 2014. News Magazine ...

  37. The Over/Under: YouTube Star Michelle Phan

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Ultra Records hit YouTube star Michelle Phan with a lawsuit alleging she has used "dozens" of its songs in her makeup tutorials. Asking price: $150,000 each. News Magazine ...

  38. The Economics of Weird Al Yankovic's No. 1 Album 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Riding high with 'Mandatory Fun,' his first career No. 1, the king of parodies rewrites the rule book - with the blessing of everyone from Pharrell to Iggy Azalea Weird Al equals big business. The comedian's latest album, "Mand ...

  39. 17 Deaths & Counting: Festival Fatalities on the Rise

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Drug-related deaths spike along with casualties of overheating, dehydration and accidental self-immolation - is ecstasy to blame or is it just the cost of doing EDM business? On July 18, a student was found dead of undetermined causes at Pemberton ...

  40. SoundCloud Gets Heat From Kaskade & Former Loyalists Over Illegal Licenses

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Policing the so-called YouTube of audio has made enemies A recent rise in the number of tracks flagged and removed by ­Sound­Cloud's automatic piracy detection system has some wondering about the uneasy dance between the site and its key user ...

  41. David Byrne Makes His Case as Congress Debates Copyright (Q&A)

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Arecording artist, songwriter, label founder, producer, author, actor: David Byrne, 62, has seen the entertainment business from many sides during his four-decade career. Amid hearings on copyright and music licensing before the House Judiciary Co ...

  42. The Science of Headbanging: Is Rocking Out Hazardous for Your Health?

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Recent reports of serious injuries - from brain bleed to stroke - are making fans and musicians wonder When a recent report in a British medical journal revealed that headbanging could cause brain damage, as it did for a 50-year-old Motorhead fan ...

  43. Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment Hits First Home Run: Baseballer-Turned-Rapper Mike Stud Hits No. 1 on Rap Albums

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM 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-wat ...

  44. Zoe Saldana: My Personal Playlist

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star dishes about her personal soundtrack Bjork, "It's Oh So Quiet" "I like scaring my mom by playing it in the car. It starts out so quiet and then I blast it. It always makes my mom rea ...

  45. Can Zac Braff Land Another 'Garden State'-Sized Soundtrack?

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The soundtrack to Kickstarter-funded 'Wish I Was Here' mines familiar ground Zach Braff is pretty confident the soundtrack to his new film, Wish I Was Here , which opened July 18, won't be a platinum blockbuster like the one from hi ...

  46. 'Hunger Games' Star Jena Malone Moonlights With Her Band The Shoe

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT "It makes my heart explode" Jena Malone might be best known for her roles in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire , Stepmom and Donnie Darko , but the 29-year-old actress has another passion: the antique folk she makes with multi-instrumental ...

  47. Questlove's Latest Beat: Producing VH1 TV Series 'Soundclash'

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For Sia's July 30 appearance on VH1 and digital cable channel Palladia's Soundclash , the first series executive-produced by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, 43, the singer-songwriter performs "Chandelier" with her back to ...

  48. Jock Jams: The Songs That Pump Stadiums Up

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT A look at the rock, pop and hip-hop crowd-pleasers taking over the PA at sporting events More than a century has passed since Jack Norworth wrote the lyrics to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in 15 minutes during a train trip to Manhattan. ...

  49. Noted: July 17-July 24

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT July 17 Richard Nichols, who managed and produced The Roots for two decades, died in his native Philadelphia after a long battle with leukemia. He was 55. "He wasn't just a manager: He was our Peter Grant, our George Martin, our Malcolm ...

  50. Overheard: Inside the 'Get On Up' Afterparty, Kip Kouri's Alleged Eataly Scuffle, Kings of Leon Leave Big Hassle Media

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Please, Jagger, Don't Hurt 'Em Hollywood hit Harlem for the afterparty to the July 21 premiere of Get On Up . At a tent erected across the street from the Apollo Theater, film producer Mick Jagger worked up a cold sweat of his own, danci ...

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