1. Pharrell, Janelle Monáe Perform at YouTube's 'Brandcast' Upfront Event

    May 01, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Just two years ago, YouTube touted a lineup of premium content from traditional-media players and Hollywood talent (an investment valued at over $100 million) to pitch advertisers on buying TV-quality content online. But at YouTube (and Google’s) 2014 “Brandcast” upfront presentation to…

  2. Lily Allen's 'Sheezus': Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT In 2006, Lily Allen bounced onto the scene like a cartoon bomb painted to look like a beach ball. Her debut, "Alright, Still," was equal parts sunshine and snark — a ska-pop album about skeevy pick-up artists, sexually dysfunctional exes and all the sordid stuff going on just below…

  3. Needtobreathe No. 1 On Rock Albums, Fitz And The Tantrums Top Alternative Songs

    April 24, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The Christian rock band lands its first Top Rock Albums leader, while Fitz and the Tantrums achieve a feat that only three other acts have in the past 25 years. Plus, chart action for Sevendust and Aimee Mann & Ted Leo, aka The Both Needtobreathe scores its second No. 1 on Billboard'…

  4. Tom Petty, Fun., Max Martin Honored at ASCAP Pop Awards

    April 24, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Tom Petty did something at the ASCAP Pop Awards on April 23 that he rarely does on the concert stage -- he ad libbed. Songwriting, songwriters and artists, “is the job most people in the band don't want. It's long, lonely work -- you sit there waiting for magic," he told a full…

  5. Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Faulkner Debut 'NY Anthem' on ESPN's 'Draft Academy'

    April 23, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Every NFL draft hopeful needs a solid theme tune, and who better to perform it than RZA from Wu-Tang Clan and rock band Faulkner? The mastermind producer teamed up with the California alt-rock quartet to create the new collaboration single "NY Anthem," which debuted on ESPN's …

  6. Lykke Li's Wounded New Album: 'I Only Thought I Knew What Heartbreak Was Until This Record'

    April 22, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The Swedish pop singer explains why "I Never Learn" is about "walking away and fucking up." Lykke Li had to buy a bed when she was writing her devastating new album, "I Never Learn," in Los Angeles, and the purchase gave her crippling anxiety. She knew that she…

  7. 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…

  8. SoMo Talks 'Ride' & Self-Titled Debut Album

    April 21, 2014 4:18 PM EDT Until two years ago, music was just a hobby for SoMo. Then he wrote his first original song. "I was having fun doing covers on YouTube," recalls the 26-year-old R&B singer. "But I realized I could express myself through my own words -- and people might listen." They…

  9. What was Coachella 2014’s Best Dance Music Moment? (Poll)

    April 21, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Once confined to smaller stages, dance music has occupied an increasingly growing footprint at the desert music festival. This year’s edition was no exception to this trend, as Coachella featured some of the most exciting dance artists in the game playing on marquee stages. COACHELLA 2014:…

  10. Country Hall of Fame Doubles in Size, Readies New Class of Inductees

    April 21, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Last week's Grand Opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame was celebrated in the fashion that one might expect in Nashville – with a lot of music from some of the city’s heaviest hitters. The Hall, which has been located in its’ downtown location since 2001, commemorated a 210…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Coachella Party Guide: The Festival's Most Exclusive Events

    April 08, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Parties by Adidas, H&M and Lacoste are among the most sought-after invitations for the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which kicks off this Friday (Apr. 11) in Indio, California. Before you head to Coachella, check out our round-up of the hottest parties,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Chart Highlights: Coldplay Ties U2 For Most Adult Alternative Songs No. 1s

    April 07, 2014 3:35 PM EDT The band notches its 11th leader with 'Magic.' Plus, the Pretty Reckless makes its own historic move and new No. 1s for Zedd, J Balvin 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…

  18. RZA on His $5 Million Dollar Record: 'A Flower That's Unfolding' (Q&A)

    April 04, 2014 4:40 PM EDT The concept of the one-off, unique recording is as old as the phonograph record itself -- before mass-production, every record was by necessity a unique performance. But there's no question that Wu-Tang Clan have turned the whole idea -- as well as the entire model of creators'…

  19. 'Game of Thrones' Character Playlist: 20 Songs For Season 4

    April 02, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Tywin is blasting Aloe Blacc, Margaery is channeling Chris Martin, and Joffrey is a nu-metal "freak": check out our picks for season 4 of "GoT." Pack your bags for Westeros: "Game of Thrones" finally comes back on Sunday night (Apr. 6), with the brilliantly…

  20. Wu-Tang Clan Offered $5 Million for One-Of-a-Kind Album, Says RZA

    April 02, 2014 12:19 PM EDT Wu-Tang Clan turned the concept of artist compensation on its ear last week with the announcement that they'll be manufacturing just one unique copy of their forthcoming LP, "The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," and then auctioning it off for a price they expect to reach into…

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