1. Avril Lavigne 'Hello Kitty' Video Is An Embarrassment In Any Language

    April 22, 2014 5:34 PM EDT Why, Avril? Why? "Hello Kitty" is the weakest song on Avril Lavigne's fifth studio album, a grating earworm that squeezes Gwen Stefani's Japan fetishization into an even more unseemly package. But in a lot of ways, its music video, which wormed its way onto YouTube…

  2. Coachella 2014 Photos Live & Backstage: Pharrell, Usher, Replacements & Billie Joe, More

    April 21, 2014 4:15 PM EDT With both weekends of Coachella 2014 all wrapped up, what better way to take a look back at all six eventful days than with photos of just about every major moment? Our Coachella galleries have shots of everything from Pharrell trading verses with Jay Z and Usher to Nas with Lauryn Hill,…

  3. Tom Petty on 40 Years of Songwriting, Jimmy Fallon Send-Up

    April 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT The writer behind hits like "American Girl" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance" discusses everything from songwriting to Jimmy Fallon's homage. Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. "As life goes by, you get a little more…

  4. Coachella 2014: 6 Reasons Why Weekend 2 Rocked (And Was Different From Weekend 1)

    April 21, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Three years ago, when Coachella announced that it was going to put on two festivals on concurrent weekends with the same lineup, many fans hypothesized that the second weekend could never feel as "special" as the first: after all, any surprises or major performance pieces would be…

  5. 'The Voice' Season 6 Goes Live: Meet the Top 12

    April 21, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Season 6 of NBC's "The Voice" begins its live rounds April 21 as each coach settled on their final three singers last week. The dozen finalists gathered at Universal City Walk last week to perform a song each and meet the media. Each of the singers discussed their musical…

  6. Coachella 2014: Pharrell Taps Jay Z, T.I. Usher for Another Guest-Filled Set

    April 20, 2014 7:51 AM EDT Following his set at last week's Coachella Festival , fans wondered if Pharrell Williams could possibly have any more surprises up his sleeve. After all, his hour on April 12 included sit ins from Gwen Stefani (“Hollaback Girl”), Nelly (“Hot in Herre”), and Snoop Dogg (“Drop It Like It&…

  7. Coachella 2014: Outkast Turns It Around, Billie Joe Joins the Replacements As Weekend 2 Kicks Off

    April 19, 2014 9:19 AM EDT Rumors of Outkast's demise have been greatly exaggerated. The beloved hip-hop duo, whose 20th-anniversary reunion tour launched at Coachella last week with a debut set that garnered almost universally negative reviews, clearly paid attention and responded, with an immensely tweaked,…

  8. Coachella 2014: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Joins the Replacements (For a Night)

    April 19, 2014 1:33 AM EDT Frontman Paul Westerberg was laid up on the couch (literally) for his band's weekend two set. After what was regarded as a lackluster first weekend set , the Replacements returned to Coachella's Outdoor Stage with a vengeance, recruiting Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong…

  9. Jay Z and Beyonce Summer Tour: The Latest in 2014's Stadium Boom

    April 18, 2014 12:57 PM EDT It's looking like the biggest year in touring since 1994 as power acts double (and triple) up onstage. This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . With sources confirming to Billboard that Jay Z and Beyonce will embark on a 20-city stadium…

  10. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  11. Beck Hopes to Release Next Album This Year

    April 17, 2014 1:39 PM EDT The songs are "more boisterous" than this year's mellow "Morning Phase" album, Beck says at a concert in Santa Monica Although nearly six years passed between Beck's "Modern Guilt" and "Morning Phase," the singer believes he may well have…

  12. John Mellencamp Unhappy With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Over Song Use

    April 16, 2014 11:44 PM EDT Liberal rocker John Mellencamp wants conservative Republican Gov. Scott Walker to know he supports union rights and says Walker should think about that before using his songs on the campaign trail. Politicians for years have been using rock songs at campaign events, and Mellencamp has found…

  13. Play Ball: Kings of Leon & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Talk Detroit Tigers' 2014 Season

    April 16, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and the Detroit-based indie pop duo talk Tigers 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 preview of…

  14. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  15. Alexa Ray Joel Collapses During NYC Show

    April 14, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Alexa Ray Joel became ill and fainted on stage during the final performance of a concert run in New York City over the weekend. The singer-songwriter, who is the daughter of music legend Billy Joel and model Christie Brinkley, was wrapping up a two-week engagement at Cafe Carlyle when she…

  16. Chart Highlights: Jason Derulo Dominates Pop Songs With 'Talk Dirty'

    April 14, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The singer scores his first format leader since 2010. Plus, new No. 1s for the Black Keys, Jerrod Niemann and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  17. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Black Eyed Peas Begin Record Six-Month Hot 100 Reign

    April 14, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Five years ago this week, the group began its unprecedented 26-week Billboard Hot 100 rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Montell Jordan, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  18. Chrissy Amphlett’s ‘I Touch Myself’ Reworked for Breast Cancer Campaign: Watch

    April 14, 2014 12:59 AM EDT The late Chrissy Amphlett’s iconic song “I Touch Myself” is enjoying an all-star makeover for an Australian breast cancer awareness campaign. The song, originally a hit in the early '90s for the rocker's band the Divinyls, has been covered by a cast of home-grown stars including…

  19. Daryl Hall's 'House' TV Show Gets Renewed

    April 09, 2014 5:33 PM EDT Daryl Hall has yet another reason to celebrate aside from the induction of Hall and Oates into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow night. His critically acclaimed, award-winning performance series "Live from Daryl’s House" has renewed its agreement with Viacom Media Networks’…

  20. Mick Fleetwood to Host '24 Hours' TV Series

    April 08, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Mick Fleetwood has been signed to host a series of television specials, "24 Hours With Mick," featuring one-on-one conversations and adventures with an array of his friends and colleagues. The Fleetwood Mac drummer/founder will spend a day with each guest probing their thoughts,…

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