Video Music Awards

  1. First Glitches, Then Boos at Opera Festival

    July 25, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Bayreuth's annual opera festival has gotten off to an unexpectedly dramatic start, with a technical malfunction forcing an interruption shortly after the opening performance of Richard Wagner 's "Tannhauser" kicked off. German ...

  2. Chart Moves: Audra McDonald Tops Four Billboard Charts, Buzzed-About Jungle Band Arrives

    July 25, 2014 8:45 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, "Weird Al" Yankovic earned his first No. 1 , as Mandatory Fun bowed atop the list with 104,000 copies sold in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Yankovic led a debut-fill ...

  3. 5 Seconds of Summer Sales Sizzle: No. 1-Bound on Billboard 200 Chart

    July 25, 2014 6:55 PM EDT Pop/rock band 5 Seconds of Summer are set to charge in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week with their self-titled full-length debut album. Industry sources suggest the set might sell 250,000 copies in the week ending July 27. (The number ...

  4. Yoko Ono Publicist Kip Kouri Injured at NYC Restaurant, Alleges Homophobic Harassment

    July 25, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Kip Kouri, founder of Tell All Your Friends PR, is one of the most familiar and well-liked faces on the New York indie-rock circuit, repping everyone from Yoko Ono to Les Savy Fav to Guided By Voices to white-hot duo Sylvan Esso. But a recent visi ...

  5. Pharrell to Leave ASCAP for Irving and Grimmet's Global Music Rights

    July 25, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Global Music Rights , the boutique performance rights organization being built by Irving Azoff and Randy Grimmett under the Azoff MSG Entertainment banner, has just signed another big name songwriter/producer/ artist in Pharrell Williams , sources ...

  6. Moogfest Skips Another Year, Will Return in 2016

    July 25, 2014 5:06 PM EDT Moogfest , the celebration of art, technology and music in Asheville, N.C., will not return until 2016, says parent company Moog Music. Moog Music invested 3 million into this year's revamped festival, moving the event to the spring, expandin ...

  7. Dept. of Justice Looks to Make Illegal Streaming a Felony

    July 25, 2014 5:01 PM EDT A Department of Justice office told a House Judiciary hearing Thursday he supports a felony penalty for illegal streaming.   Noting the rise of streaming, David Bitkower , Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, said tougher p ...

  8. David Byrne Talks Artists' Rights, Spotify & Touring

    July 25, 2014 2:16 PM EDT 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 hearings on copyright and music licensing before the House Judiciary Co ...

  9. Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

    July 25, 2014 1:18 PM EDT "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 of parodies -- and his first No. 1. Credit an ambitious rollout in ...

  10. Singer Who Sold Investors on Fake Project With Springsteen, Pearl Jam Sentenced to Prison

    July 25, 2014 12:28 PM EDT A federal court in Washington state has sentenced a singer-songwriter to nearly four years in prison for various schemes that tricked investors into sinking nearly $600,000 in non-existent projects promising music from major artists, including Bru ...

  11. Does Run The Jewels Have a Case Against Apple's New MacBook Ad?

    July 25, 2014 11:24 AM EDT On July 22, Apple released a new "Stickers" ad for the MacBook Air. Soundtracked by Glasgow producer Hudson Mohawke 's latest banger, "Chimes," the clip whips through a series of short clips of some stock and recognizable ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. '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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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. ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Noted: July 24-July 30 Birthdays

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT July 24  Kristin Chenoweth (46) Jennifer Lopez (45) July 25 Thurston Moore (56) July 26 Mick Jagger (71) Darlene Love (73) July 27 Pete Yorn (40) July 28 Soulja Boy (24) July 29 Martina McBride (48) John Sykes (55) July 30 Kate Bush (56) Paul Anka ...

  35. The Beat: Premios Juventud (Latin Youth Awards)

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT "Every time I'm onstage I'm close to my fans and I'm the happiest person in the world," beamed superstar Enrique Iglesias to the deafening crowd at Univision's Premios Juventud Awards, held at Miami's BankUnited ...

  36. The Beat: Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago, July 18-20)

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The ninth annual Pitchfork Music Festival seemed to be having a stroke of bad luck in the weeks leading up to it (as detailed in Billboard's July 18 article "Is Pitchfork Fest Cursed?"). But perhaps the pall has been lifted, as it w ...

  37. 10 Chicago Wow Spots: How to Lounge About Between Acts at Lollapalooza

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Music will dominate your days (and nights) at Grant Park, site of Lollapalooza 2014 (Aug. 1-3). But in between the festival's performances, which will include Eminem, Outkast and Lorde, take in some of the best Chicago has to offer. The Windy ...

  38. Shepard Fairey Q&A: The Contemporary Artist Is a Lollapalooza DJ Also?!

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Contemporary artist Shepard Fairey will bring his curation skills and unique brand of punk-rock pop art to Chicago July 31-Aug. 4 for the biggest street exhibit in the United States. Timed to coincide with Lollapalooza, the exhibit, Art Alliance: ...

  39. 2 Chainz? Try Wearing Even More With These 9 Golden Adornments

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT For guys, the gold standard in hip-hop adornment is meant to be worn en masse, with links layered for just the right look The Atlanta rapper's distinctive sense of style includes a love of man jewelry. 1. Verameat Pepperoni Pizza Necklace, $1 ...

  40. How to Dress Jay Z & Beyonce on Tour

    July 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The singer's stylist and the couple's go-to designers spill the details behind the duo's fiercest On the Run looks Every night that fans pour into stadiums to watch Jay Z and Beyoncé's On the Run Tour, they're treated to h ...

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