1. Adidas' Music Gamble: Why They're Betting on Pharrell Williams and Kanye West

    April 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT More than just a marketing coup, Kanye West's defection from Nike -- where he helped design the coveted Air Yeezy sneaker -- to Adidas in December signaled a redoubling of the 64-year-old publicly traded German brand's fashion-focused strategy for sneaker dominance. Although…

  2. Chart Highlights: Pharrell's 'Happy,' John Legend's 'All Of Me' Expand Reigns

    April 21, 2014 6:05 PM EDT 'Happy' takes over atop a sixth singular-format Billboard airplay chart, while 'All of Me' grants Legend his first Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs No. 1s. Plus, new No. 1s for A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Fitz and the Tantrums and more Chart Highlights offers…

  3. Paolo Nutini's 'Caustic Love' Races To U.K. No. 1

    April 21, 2014 6:56 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini’s third album “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music) became his second in a row to top the U.K. chart, as the Official Charts Company published its new weekly data yesterday (April 20). Twenty-five-year-old Canadian Kiesza’s debut release “Hideaway” …

  4. 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…

  5. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

  6. 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…

  7. Ian Anderson Releases New Solo Album, Talks 'End' of Jethro Tull

    April 14, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Stream Anderson's new album, "Homo Erraticus" A second consecutive Ian Anderson solo album -- "Homo Erraticus," due out April 15 -- is affirming to Jethro Tull fans what they mostly already suspected, that the long-lived group is effectively no more. Anderson writes…

  8. Play Ball: Thrice Previews Los Angeles Angels’ 2014 Season

    April 13, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Drummer Riley Breckenridge also talks his baseball-themed side project Puig Destroyer 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…

  9. Play Ball: New Found Glory Talks Miami Marlins' 2014 Season

    April 04, 2014 12:18 PM EDT New Found Glory's often-shirtless bass player Ian Grushka is a fanatic for game-used memorabilia 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…

  10. Play Ball: Yo La Tengo & The So So Glos Talk New York Mets' 2014 Season

    April 03, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Yo La Tengo guitarist/vocalist Ira Kaplan and So So Glos guitarist Adam Reich preview New York's perennial baseball underdogs 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…

  11. AmEx Taps Maroon 5 for Live-Streamed Concert, Teams With iTunes Radio

    April 02, 2014 12:01 AM EDT American Express is deepening its ties to music with a pair of new initiatives, an intimate concert with Maroon 5 and a partnership with Apple’s iTunes Radio. The Maroon 5 event will be a live-streamed concert on June 20 as part of AmEx’s Epic EveryDay GetAway, a three-day event in New York…

  12. 50 Cent's Emoment: Love Is 'Making A Compromise'

    April 01, 2014 1:35 PM EDT There's nothing like the softer side of a rapper, when he or she almost sheds a thug tear or subtly smirks when reminiscing on a special someone. In the words — err, tweets — of Jay Z, a rapper whose done such that (the latter at least): "facts only." In the Juice series…

  13. Notorious B.I.G. Estate Files Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Over Song Sample

    April 01, 2014 1:30 PM EDT With various musicians being sued left and right over decades-old sampling sins, one could hardly expect a recording artist who has been dead for 17 years to be given a pass. Now, the estate of Notorious B.I.G., the late rapper born Christopher Wallace, has filed a lawsuit seeking declaratory…

  14. Pop Shop Picks: Sam Smith, Haerts, Bebe Rexha & More

    March 28, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Each Friday, we'll showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up our speakers. These can include a brand-new song or something that's been simmering; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! Sam Smith, "Stay With Me" It's interesting to…

  15. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: 'It's Rubbish'

    March 27, 2014 4:21 AM EDT After Joe Elliott’s 35 years fronting Def Leppard, fans might think they know the charismatic vocalist.  But there is another side to one of the most successful front men in hard rock history, one that listens to Tom Waits in the bath, would love to do an acoustic record and can barely…

  16. Birds of Tokyo Find Their Nest in the U.S.

    March 26, 2014 2:15 AM EDT Birds of Tokyo are taking off in the U.S. right now, but theirs is anything but an overnight success story.  The alternative rock group is grabbing traction with “Lanterns” (Republic), already a huge hit in the band’s homeland, Australia. This is much more than a border-crossing single. It’s…

  17. Wolfmother Surprises With 'New Crown' Album Release: Listen

    March 25, 2014 5:50 AM EDT Andrew Stockdale’s Wolfmother isn’t done catching folks by surprise.  The Australian rock trio has joined the likes of Beyonce and Skrillex by releasing an album in stealth mode. Wolfmother’s third album, “New Crown,” has arrived online with no marketing, no promo and no great push. With a…

  18. Wrathschild (Simon Curtis + Wolfy) Debuts With 'Fall Into Love': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 24, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Check out the first full song from this arresting new pop duo, one week before its official release. Independent pop provocateurs Simon Curtis and Wolfy have each released their fair share of intriguing solo material, but the pair may have found the formula for a proper breakthrough as the…

  19. Slipknot Frontman Corey Taylor Subject of Upcoming Comedy Roast

    March 18, 2014 8:32 PM EDT Roast to be held at Columbus' Rock on the Range festival in May When Corey Taylor arrives in Columbus, Ohio, for Rock on the Range this May, he won't be playing with either of his usual bands, Slipknot or Stone Sour, like he has in the past. Instead, the frontman is scheduled to be…

  20. SXSW: Brendan Benson Comfy as Label Head, Says Raconteurs Comeback's 'Off the Table'

    March 16, 2014 6:00 PM EDT -year-old singer/songwriter Brendan Benson looks relaxed as he sits on the patio outside his hotel restaurant during SXSW, and who can blame him? After years as a cult-figure road warrior (and, for a brief stint, the co-songwriter foil to Jack White in the much-more-popular-than-cult-figure…

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