1. Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Mourned by Dance Community

    April 01, 2014 10:08 AM EDT DJ/ producer Frankie Knuckles, widely revered as the “Godfather of House,” passed away last night (March 31) due to complications with diabetes. Having pioneered the sound of house music with his groundbreaking productions and DJ sets at legendary venues such as Chicago's Music Box and…

  2. April Fools: The 10 Greatest Music Pranks Ever

    April 01, 2014 9:10 AM EDT As you watch your own back this April Fools' Day, have a look at the 10 greatest pranks ever pulled by musicians -- from Coldplay's smelliness to Nicki Minaj's "nuptials" to John Mayer's bear ego. Justin Bieber: Punking TMZ and #BaldForBieber In last year's…

  3. David Gray Inks Deal to Release 'Mutineers' Album, Debuts New Song

    April 01, 2014 8:36 AM EDT British singer-songwriter David Gray has inked a global agreement with Kobalt Label Services (KLS) for the release of his new studio album "Mutineers." Through the deal, KLS will partner with Gray’s own IHT Records to release and promote the album, which is due June 17. “Mutineers,”…

  4. Disney Investigating Deadmau5's Attempt to Trademark Mouse Logo

    April 01, 2014 8:16 AM EDT On Friday, Disney let it be known at the U.S. Trademark Office that it is investigating a trademark registration filed by Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"). This one is intriguing. Deadmau5 is the stage name of EDM star Joel Zimmerman. Last year, Zimmerman's Ronica Holdings…

  5. Frankie Knuckles, House Music Legend, Dies at 59

    April 01, 2014 1:00 AM EDT Frankie Knuckles, the DJ and producer widely revered as the “Godfather of House,” has reportedly died due to complications with diabetes. He was 59.  Award-winning Chicago DJ Vince Lawrence is among those paying tribute. “A legend has fallen. All hail Frankie Knuckles an inspiration to us…

  6. Stevie Nicks To Receive BMI Icon Award in May

    March 31, 2014 5:03 PM EDT There should be a veritable "Landslide" of emotion when Stevie Nicks is honored by BMI with its prestigious Icon Award at the 62nd Annual Pop Awards ceremony, Tuesday, May 13, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The invitation-only ceremony will also recognize the…

  7. 'Nashville' Cast Members Going on Tour

    March 31, 2014 4:45 PM EDT More than a year after word first leaked that the stars of country music drama "Nashville" would hit the road, ABC has made it official. The network on Monday announced that stars Charles Esten (Deacon), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Sam Palladio (Gunnar) and…

  8. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  9. Chart Highlights: KONGOS No. 1, Black Keys Blast In At Alternative Radio

    March 31, 2014 4:05 PM EDT KONGOS' 'Come With Me Now' crowns Alternative Songs, while the Black Keys make a splashy return with 'Fever.' Plus, new No. 1s for Kylie Minogue, Blake Shelton and Prince Royce Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  10. Pharrell Joining 'The Voice' as a Coach

    March 31, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Pharrell Williams is joining "The Voice." The NBC singing show made the announcement on Monday via Twitter. Williams will rotate in for season 7, following Cee Lo Green's exit. "I'm not coming back, guys," he told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview last month. …

  11. Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar Release 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Song: Listen

    March 31, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The Alicia Keys-Kendrick Lamar collaboration for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was released on Monday, and the neo-soul superhero anthem marks another harmonious pop pairing for Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer. Listen to "It's On Again" below: Zimmer's presence is…

  12. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  13. Play Ball: Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey Previews Boston Red Sox 2014 Season

    March 31, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Casey and the Red Sox lead off a month-long, daily Major League Baseball preview told through the lives of musicians Today (March 31) marks the opening day in the 2014 season for most of Major League Baseball's 30 teams. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of…

  14. Franco de Vita to Receive Hall of Fame Honor at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    March 31, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Franco de Vita, the Venezuelan singer/songwriter whose perceptive pop/rock ballads have brought him international fame over his three-decade career, will be honored with the Billboard Hall of Fame Award at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm on April 24. The…

  15. K-Pop Hot 100: Soyou & Junggigo's 'Some' Ties All-Time Chart Record

    March 31, 2014 8:41 AM EDT Chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring 2NE1, Lim Chang Jung, Orange Caramel, PSY, Lee Michelle and more. Soyou and Junggigo's monster hit "Some," featuring Lil Boi of Geeks, won't budge from the top as it spends its sixth week at No. 1 on the K-Pop…

  16. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson's 'Gone' Goes To No. 1

    March 31, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2005, the original 'American Idol' scored the top song at pop radio. Plus, remembering key chart feats for the Bangles, Kenny Chesney and Leona Lewis Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March 31…

  17. SFX Chief Robert Sillerman Tops 'Power 50' Dance Music Poll

    March 31, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Robert Sillerman’s rollercoaster March has climaxed with the SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO topping a poll which ranks the “most powerful” people in dance music.  Sillerman is No. 1 on dance music title inthemix’ second annual “Power 50“ list , nudging out 2013's leader Pasquale…

  18. Tegan and Sara Win, Justin Bieber Booed at Canada's Juno Awards

    March 31, 2014 3:05 AM EDT With only six awards given out on the televised awards, it looked like there could be no big winner at the 43rd annual Juno Awards, which concluded at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre Sunday evening for the two-hour televised broadcast. The 35 awards given out the night before all went to single winners…

  19. Elton John & David Furnish Set Wedding Date

    March 31, 2014 1:36 AM EDT Elton John's longtime partner David Furnish says the couple are ready to walk down the aisle. Furnish told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the duo, who have been in a British civil partnership for eight years, will wed in an English registry office in May. He added that the ceremony…

  20. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

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