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'Weird Al' Yankovic's Triumphant Return: A Manager's Perspective (Guest Column)

'Weird Al' Yankovic's Triumphant Return: A Manager's Perspective (Guest Column)

When the editors of Billboard asked me to answer a few questions about "Weird Al" Yankovic's recent chart-topping, earth-shattering, game-changing, monumentally epic success — from the unbiased perspective of his manager — I battled my overpowering inclination for restraint and decided to appease them, thinking I would at least end up with a free subscription. So here goes ...

On the rollout of Mandatory Fun ...

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Pentatonix Announces 'Vol. 3' Release Date, Second Holiday Album

Pentatonix Announces 'Vol. 3' Release Date, Second Holiday Album

Not one, but two Pentatonix releases are coming this fall: PTX Vol. 3 hits shelves on Sept. 23, followed by a second holiday album, That's Christmas to Me, on Oct. 21.

The upcoming EP from the viral a cappella quintet marks their first with RCA Records, and will again feature covers of hits and original tracks, it was announced Thursday. The album will also include a surprise featured guest, as well as a song performed entirely in French.

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MTV VMAs: Beyonce to Perform, Receive Vanguard Award

MTV VMAs: Beyonce to Perform, Receive Vanguard Award

It's going to be a big night for Beyonce at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The 32-year-old singer will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, equivalent to a career achievement honor, and also will take the stage at the ceremony for what MTV is describing as an "epic" performance, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The VMAs will be broadcast from Inglewood, Calif.'s renovated venue The Forum on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Mighty as Ever at Tour Kickoff: Concert Review

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Mighty as Ever at Tour Kickoff: Concert Review

Tom Petty and his trusty Heartbreakers, one of the greatest live bands of the past few decades, need not have released a new album this summer in order to embark on an instantly sold-out nationwide tour, which launched Sunday night in San Diego and wraps in October with their first appearance in many years at the Fabulous Forum.

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Electric Zoo Festival Makes Anti-Drug PSA (Video)

Electric Zoo Festival Makes Anti-Drug PSA (Video)

New York's Electric Zoo festival is happening once again this year (Aug. 29-31), but this time around, the EDM festival is making some strong suggestions to keep everyone safe (last year, two people died during the festival).

Now, Electric Zoo organizers Made Event have created the "Come To Life" campaign, which includes a new PSA video.

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Pentatonix Gives 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Fans the Perfect Theme Song (Video)

Pentatonix Gives 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Fans the Perfect Theme Song (Video)

Anyone else suddenly craving a slice of pizza? Blame Pentatonix.

The a cappella group released a new song, "We Are Ninjas," in anticipation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie release. “The idea is we’re kind of riffing off the turtles,” said director Melissa Bolton-Klinger in a behind-the-scenes clip. "Dark alleyway scenes, kind of West Side Story meets ninjas.”

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Maroon 5 to Perform at MTV VMAs

Maroon 5 to Perform at MTV VMAs

Maroon 5 is taking the MTV Video Music Awards stage for the first time.

The pop-rock band, led by The Voice coach and newlywed Adam Levine, will make its VMA performance debut at this year's awards ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 24, airing at 9 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, from Inglewood, Calif.'s renovated venue The Forum, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

PHOTOS 'The Voice': Meet Season 7 Coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams

The group, whose forthcoming album V hits storeson  Sept. 2, will perform its current single "Maps" from a special outdoor stage.

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Nicki Minaj Explains How Beyonce's 'Flawless' Remix Came to Be (Audio)

Nicki Minaj Explains How Beyonce's 'Flawless' Remix Came to Be (Audio)

Nicki Minaj owned this past weekend. Before releasing her second single, "Anaconda," on Sunday, Aug. 3, she surprised when appearing on the remix to Beyonce's "Flawless."

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Taylor Swift Seems to Hint at New Music With Instagram Tease

Taylor Swift Seems to Hint at New Music With Instagram Tease

A new Taylor Swift album may be here sooner than we thought (or, conversely, not soon enough). Monday afternoon Swift uploaded the video shown below to Instagram along with the message, "So, here's your first clue …" The video shows Swift pushing an elevator button reading '18' six times. (Anyone else humming the "elevator buttons and morning air" part of "Ours" right now?)

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Janet Jackson Addresses New Album Report

Janet Jackson Addresses New Album Report

More than six years after her last record (Discipline), Janet Jackson is reportedly back in the studio at work on new music.

The news comes from vocal producer and engineer Ian Cross. Cross helped engineer Jackson's last three studio albums, and in a new interview, he opened up about the collaboration, saying, "The new album is going to be great. It's a process. There's a lot in store, yet to come."

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Listen to Beyonce's 'Flawless' Remix Featuring Nicki Minaj (Audio)

Listen to Beyonce's 'Flawless' Remix Featuring Nicki Minaj (Audio)

Beyonce has joined forces with Nicki Minaj for a surprise remix of "Flawless" that has left the rap blogosphere and Twitter completely blown away. Listen below.

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Ben Folds to Vacate RCA Studio A on Nashville's Music Row

Ben Folds to Vacate RCA Studio A on Nashville's Music Row

He put up a good fight, but singer-songwriter Ben Folds announced on Friday he'll be leaving his recording space at the historic Studio A in Nashville's old RCA building after the property's brand-new owner raised the rent 124 percent.

"Haha," Folds says in a message to fans and supporters on Facebook, "and we’re moving out as soon as our current lease runs out. That means we will be there until end of November."

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'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Dies at 35

'American Idol' Alum Michael Johns Dies at 35

Michael Johns, a finalist on American Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle. 

The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 and came in eighth place. He followed with a full-length album, 2009's Hold Back My Heart, that included single "Heart on My Sleeve." 

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Aerosmith Still Living on the Edge at the Forum: Concert Review

Aerosmith Still Living on the Edge at the Forum: Concert Review

Back in 1997, Aerosmith released an album titled Nine Lives. Seventeen years later, the veteran quintet is still living those lives as one of the few bands from the '70s currently on the arena circuit with its original line-up still intact. The band most famously rose from the ashes of its late '70s flameout to come back more than a decade later as a video-ready hit machine thanks to Run-DMC, songwriters Desmond Child and Diane Warren, and video vixens Alicia Silverstone and Tyler's daughter, Liv.

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