1. Aretha Franklin Retains Lawyer to Pursue Case Against Satirical News Site

    April 18, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Earlier reports of a $10 million case against the site appear to be false A rumored case between Aretha Franklin and the satirical news site Thenewsnerd.com is being seriously considered, according to a statement from the lawyer she's retained to investigate its viability, Arnold Reed of…

  2. Sky Ferreira: 'I Blame Myself' Video Is Not Racist

    April 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT "I'm a woman, not a fucking little girl," the pop singer writes on Facebook in defense of her latest visual. Sky Ferreira's new music video , for her "Night Time, My Time" standout "I Blame Myself," features the singer palling around a torn-up Los…

  3. Luke Bryan, Martina McBride Top Country Songs, Albums Charts

    April 17, 2014 12:49 PM EDT The April 6 ACM Awards generate multiple moves on Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums. Plus, chart action for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Carlene Carter Luke Bryan is the new leader on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, while Martina McBride earns her first No. 1 in five years on…

  4. 'American Idol' Announces 2014 Tour Dates

    April 17, 2014 5:06 AM EDT Host Ryan Seacrest announced that tickets for the American Idol Summer Tour are going on sale on May 9. The 41-city tour will kick off June 24 in Binghamton, N.Y. and will wrap in Redmond, WA, on Aug. 23.  This summer's tour is a smaller affair than usual, foregoing typical stops at…

  5. Juan Gabriel in 'Stable Condition' After Falling Ill, Adds Replacement Tour Dates

    April 16, 2014 9:09 PM EDT Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, who on Monday was hospitalized and diagnosed with pneumonia , is now listed in "very stable condition " in Las Vegas where he is resting. Additionally, new tour dates have been announced for shows he canceled this week in Los Angeles.  The legendary…

  6. Zac Brown Shuffles Band Lineup, Announces Summer Tour

    April 15, 2014 6:35 PM EDT There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Zac Brown Band, and the reason is three-fold. The award-winning group has a new single, a new member, and will soon be embarking on a big summer tour. The group just released a new single to radio this week, "All Alright," which is from their …

  7. Juan Gabriel Cancels 3 Shows Due to Pneumonia

    April 15, 2014 3:11 PM EDT Juan Gabriel, the iconic Mexican singer/songwriter, has postponed his first three California shows after being rushed to the hospital early on Monday in Las Vegas where he was diagnosed with pneumonia, according to representatives for the 64-year-old crooner.   Gabriel was scheduled to…

  8. The Tax Man Cometh: 10 Artists That Got Unpleasant IRS Attention

    April 15, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Time to pony up to the IRS. Those that have failed to historically have had to deal with them eventually, whether they liked it or not. Willie Nelson, Ja Rule, Toni Braxton and more can confirm. With the deadline for IRS Tax filing today (Tuesday, April 15, folks!), here's a reminder…

  9. John Mayall, 'Why Did You Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" with "A Special Life," his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. "Any time I make an album, I'm…

  10. Rewinding The Charts: USA For Africa's 'We Are The World' Tops Hot 100

    April 13, 2014 8:05 AM EDT On this date 29 years ago, the all-star ensemble hit No. 1 - and helped launch a legacy of philanthropy On Dec. 20, 1984, Harry Belafonte placed a call to nonprofit consultant/music manager Ken Kragen in hopes of staging a concert to raise funds to fight hunger in Africa - specifically…

  11. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, with a first single coming this summer.…

  12. Lily Allen Is Not Crazy: The Outspoken Brit Talks 'Sheezus' Comeback Album

    April 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Her five years off were packed with lows (meltdowns, label shakeups) and highs (marriage, kids), but with new album "Sheezus," pop's outspoken Brit is ready to put behind the "ego and narcissism" of her early work and prove what a nice person she is — but not before…

  13. Play Ball: Pete Wentz & Mountain Goats Talk Chicago Cubs' 2014 Season

    April 08, 2014 4:00 PM EDT What would it be like if the Cubs won the World Series? Chi-town experts weigh in. 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 their…

  14. The Best Dressed at the 2014 ACM Awards: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and More

    April 07, 2014 7:10 PM EDT The 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards kicked off last night (March 6) from Las Vegas. From Taylor showing skin in a crop top, to Blake Shelton kicking it casual in jeans, country singers certainly brought their A-game to the show style-wise. Although not everyone made harmonious style…

  15. Robyn Announces Summer Tour Dates with Röyksopp

    April 07, 2014 12:24 PM EDT "I'm working on a lot of music at the moment," the Swedish pop star says in the tour announcement. Robyn will return to U.S. shores this summer with a string of live shows alongside Norwegian production pair Röyksopp. Watch the official trailer for the tour below: The co…

  16. Bleachers, Jack Antonoff's Solo Act, Makes New Fans & Lena Dunham Dance

    April 07, 2014 11:57 AM EDT The "I Wanna Get Better" singer discusses his solo project and the future of Fun. The first New York performance from Bleachers, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff's new solo project, was a sellout at Brooklyn's 600-capacity Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 27. The venue…

  17. ACM Awards: Tim McGraw Duets With Faith Hill on New Single

    April 07, 2014 12:06 AM EDT One of the biggest events of the night during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards was the debut of Tim McGraw's new song, the traditional-flavored "Meanwhile Back At Mama's." From his upcoming Big Machine disc scheduled for release on September 16, the record…

  18. George Strait, Miranda Lambert Crash the Party and Win Big at ACM Awards

    April 06, 2014 11:20 PM EDT It was Las Vegas' night to celebrate country music, as the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated the format in party fashion tonight with Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban reigning as the big winners with three trophies on the night, while George Strait repeated his…

  19. Ask Billboard: What Hits Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample?

    April 04, 2014 8:05 PM EDT As Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' equals the Hot 100 peak of the song it interpolates, Elton John's 'Your Song,' what other songs with samples or borrowed lyrics have fared as well as - better - than the originals? As always, submit your questions about Billboard…

  20. Bubbling Under: Nico & Vinz Move In Right Direction With 'Am I Wrong'

    April 04, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Nico & Vinz, SomeKindaWonderful and Joe Bachman   Nico & Vinz After scoring success with its single "Am I Wrong" in…

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