1. Sean 'Puffy' Combs To Speak At Howard University Commencement, Receive Honorary Degree

    April 15, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University's commencement speech this year in Washington. The school announced Tuesday that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields. Sean Combs Back to Puff Daddy With…

  2. Play Ball: Gaslight Anthem Talks New York Yankees' 2014 Season

    April 15, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Gaslight drummer Benny Horowitz takes time from recording his band's new album to talk baseball April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team…

  3. Imagine Dragons Frontman to Receive Songwriters Hall of Fame Honor

    April 15, 2014 12:34 PM EDT Dan Reynolds, frontman of the chart-conquering rock band Imagine Dragons, will receive the Hal David Starlight Award at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. Related Articles Songwriters Hall of Fame Taps Ray Davies, Donovan for Class of 2014 Imagine Dragons to Perform at Billboard…

  4. Play Ball: Switchfoot Previews San Diego Padres' 2014 Season

    April 14, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Brothers Tim and Jon Foreman may root for San Diego, but don't call them fair weather fans April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team…

  5. 'SNL' Recap: Ed Sheeran Previews 'x' Songs, GOP Invades Coachella, Taylor Swift Pops In

    April 13, 2014 12:22 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who recently graced the cover of Billboard , paid a visit to "Saturday Night Live" on April 12 to preview two new tracks from his upcoming sophomore album, "x," due June 23 on Atlantic Records. Ed Sheeran's Pre-'SNL' Day in New…

  6. Coachella 2014: The Knife Dazzles Crowd At First U.S. Appearance In 8 Years

    April 12, 2014 3:53 PM EDT There's a difference between playing an album live and bringing an album to life. One approach aims to faithfully reproduce an existing work and the other diligently reinvents it in a changed context, making a new creation in the process. Coachella 2014! Photos: Live at Coachella Photos:…

  7. Ed Sheeran's 'Sing' Headed Toward Top 40 Debut On Hot 100

    April 11, 2014 3:55 PM EDT The singer's new song, co-written and -produced with Pharrell, should make an impressive entrance on next week's Hot 100 due to strong early sales and airplay Ed Sheeran's new single "Sing," which Pharrell Williams co-wrote and co-produced, should make a noteworthy…

  8. Ed Sheeran Shares 'x' Track List

    April 09, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Now that lead single "Sing" has reached the masses , Ed Sheeran is dishing out more details of his upcoming sophomore album, "x." On Wednesday morning (Apr. 9), the U.K. singer (and latest Billboard cover star ) shared the standard and deluxe track listings to his new full…

  9. Yep, Yep: Dustin Lynch's 'Where It's At' Starts Its Chart Trip, Trip

    April 08, 2014 2:30 PM EDT "Yep, yep." It's a two-word throw-away phrase, dropped seven times into Dustin Lynch's new single, "Where It's At," and yet it's the crucial identifier for the song. Before he ever recorded it, Lynch played it for some of his trusted advisers to get…

  10. Ed Sheeran's 'Sing' Arrives: Pharrell-Produced Single Channels Justin Timberlake

    April 07, 2014 3:44 PM EDT Ed Sheeran's new single "Sing" has finally arrived, and, yes, the comparisons to Justin Timberlake's "Like I Love You" are very apt. The Pharrell Williams-produced track is an uptempo departure for the singer-songwriter, and previews his new album, "x,"…

  11. Ed Sheeran Un-Zipped: On His Pharrell-Produced Single, Being a Sex Symbol and Turning Betrayal Into Song (Cover Story)

    April 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The sensitive singer-songwriter grapples with the big time as Taylor Swift's pal, a hot Pharrell collaborator and a new status as a one-man arena band Ed Sheeran has found the perfect way to shield himself from fans: He is walking down lower Broadway carrying a load of five boxes…

  12. Jennifer Lopez Bests Sean 'Puffy' Combs in Bid for Fuse TV (Sources)

    April 03, 2014 11:02 PM EDT UPDATE: SiTV Media, parent company to the NUVOtv channel, has acquired the Fuse Network, the Madison Square Garden Company announced Friday. Earlier story: Jennifer Lopez has bested her ex-boyfriend Sean “Puffy” Combs in the contest to acquire cable music channel Fuse TV, say sources…

  13. Mapei Releases 'Don't Wait' Video: Watch

    April 01, 2014 4:23 PM EDT Mapei premieres the visual for her addictive single, "Don't Wait." The video, directed by Dori Oskowitz, is as affectionate as the song's content. Oskowitz captures Mapei and her onscreen best friend/lover wandering the streets of Taft, Calif. hand in hand, ultimately…

  14. Rixton, 'Hotel Ceiling (Acoustic)': Exclusive Video Premiere

    March 17, 2014 12:32 PM EDT Watch an acoustic riff on the new track, which was co-written by Ed Sheeran and Benny Blanco. On Tuesday (Mar. 18), U.K. pop-rockers Rixton will release its debut EP, "Me and My Broken Heart," in the U.S. through Scooter Braun's School Boy Records, in partnership with…

  15. Ryan Tedder Can't Stop: Working With U2, Elton John (and Everyone Else) While OneRepublic Enjoys Career Highs: Cover Story

    March 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The Undercover King of Pop: He made more than $2.5 million writing songs last year but doesn't know it. Now OneRepublic's lead singer, who claims to never check his money, is music's most prolific writer/producer Ryan Tedder is well over an hour into a high-voltage…

  16. George Strait, Martina McBride Turn New Jersey Into Cowboy Country: Live Review

    March 03, 2014 5:51 PM EST The Prudential Center’s massive exterior LED screen announced “George Strait: Sold Out.” And the streets of Newark, N.J., have likely never seen so many cowboy hats, most pulled low against the cold March winds, as urban cowboys held their cowgirls close Saturday night and headed toward the…

  17. Bill Haley and His Comets Guitarist Dies at 92

    February 26, 2014 12:05 PM EST Franny Beecher, who joined Bill Haley and His Comets as lead guitarist after the group had helped kick off the rock 'n' roll era with the hit "Rock Around the Clock" in the 1950s, died on Monday in a nursing home near Philadelphia. He was 92. His daughter, Pauline…

  18. Jennifer Lopez TV Drama 'Shades of Blue' Ordered Straight To Series at NBC

    February 22, 2014 11:46 AM EST NBC is making a big bet on Jennifer Lopez: the network has made a straight-to-series 13 episode order for the "American Idol" judge's star vehicle. The drama, "Shades of Blue," will center on a on Harlee McCord (Lopez), a single mother and dirty cop recruited to work…

  19. Travie McCoy Enlists Pharrell, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, DJ Slink for Upcoming Solo Album

    January 02, 2014 12:21 PM EST Travie McCoy says fans will hear "a lot of growth" on his second solo album, which the Gym Class Heroes frontman plans to release in 2014.  "Anyone knows from the past, from Gym Class Heroes or (2010's) 'Lazarus,' that I've always given zero F about catering…

  20. Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall Dead at 83

    December 10, 2013 7:51 PM EST Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era, whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger proteges such as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell, died early Tuesday at age 83, his wife said. Hall died in his sleep after a short illness…

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