1. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

  2. Wale, Raekwon Heap Praise on Nas at 'Illmatic' Tribeca Premiere: 'My Hat Tips Off to Him'

    April 17, 2014 7:43 PM EDT "Time Is Illmatic" opened the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night, just days before the twentieth anniversary of Nas' breakthrough album, Illmatic. While the ten-track 1994 release has been lauded as one of the most influential and important albums of hip hop -…

  3. Coldplay Reveals Intimate Live Shows for ‘Ghost Stories’ Launch

    April 17, 2014 2:59 AM EDT Coldplay have unveiled their first run of live shows in support of the band’s new studio album, “Ghost Stories”.  The British alternative rock group will play six “intimate” shows in a trek that visits Germany, the U.S., France, Japan and the U.K. The itinerary as it stands will start April…

  4. AC/DC 'Retirement' Rumors Rumble On Down Under

    April 15, 2014 6:35 AM EDT UPDATE: Insiders tell Billboard that there's no truth to the breakup rumor, though the group's management and Columbia Records, its current label, have chosen not to comment on the matter. Get the full story Earlier: Depending on which news outlet you believe, the members of…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Coachella 2014: Julian Casablancas Polarizes, Future Islands Dominate With Saturday Afternoon Sets

    April 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella • Photos: Backstage at Coachella • Jay-Z & Beyonce Invade • Lorde Makes Desert Debut • Muse Stays Epic, Covers Nirvana • Skrillex Takes Control • Coachella Livestream: Watch the Fest • Outkast' s Coachella Comeback • 23 Hot Coachella…

  8. Play Ball: David Nail Talks St. Louis Cardinals' 2014 Season

    April 10, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Country singer David Nail, a high school and college player himself, previews the 2013 National League champions. 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…

  9. Eminem, Rihanna To Unleash 'The Monster' at MTV Movie Awards

    April 08, 2014 10:16 AM EDT Eminem and Rihanna's latest collaboration, "The Monster," spent four weeks atop the Hot 100 chart, yet the pair has yet to perform the smash single live. That will change on Sunday night (Apr. 13), when Em and Rih combine for the first live performance of "The Monster"…

  10. Eminem and Spike Lee Working Together In Detroit On 'Headlights' Music Video

    April 06, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Eminem has revealed that he'll be working with legendary film director Spike Lee on a new music video. On Saturday (April 5), the Detroit rapper tweeted , "Spike came out to The D for the 'Headlights' video... Coming soon." The tweet linked back to an Instagram…

  11. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea

    April 04, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Rita Ora Rita Ora looked white hot at the preview of The Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition held at the Victoria & Albert Museum on Tuesday (April 1) in London, England…

  12. Pete Townshend Writes, Performs Song for 'The Americans' (Exclusive Q&A)

    April 04, 2014 1:08 PM EDT For the first time, the Who leader has written a song for television. "It Must Be Done" will appear on the April 30 episode of the FX show Pete Townshend has written his first original song for a television show, composing and performing "It Must Be Done" for FX's …

  13. 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,”…

  14. Hot 100 March Madness 2014: The Winner Is…

    March 31, 2014 3:48 PM EDT After one month of voting and hundreds of thousands of responses, Billboard.com can now crown a new Hot 100 March Madness champion! Two years ago, Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" won the 2012 championship , and in 2013, Will.i.am & Britney Spears' "Scream…

  15. Manchester Orchestra to Play Interactive Tumblr IRL Showcase In Atlanta (Exclusive)

    March 27, 2014 3:17 PM EDT Atlanta rockers Manchester Orchestra will celebrate the release of their fourth album “Cope,” out Tuesday (April 1) via Loma Vista/Republic, with a twist on a hometown show next Thursday (April 3). The group will take over Atlanta’s Gallery L1 for the latest installment of Tumblr IRL , a…

  16. 'Glee' Recap: 'New Directions' Masters the Art of Making the Never-Ending Seem Final

    March 26, 2014 3:43 AM EDT "Glee" is obsessed with writing final episodes, or episodes that at least feel that way. That’s "Glee" 101 for you, both literally and figuratively. While we’re still a season and a half away from the actual finale of the series, so many episodes to date have carried the…

  17. Folk-Pop Duo Us Becomes Vine's First Major Label Signing (Exclusive)

    March 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Just four months ago, Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado, a husband-and-wife folk-pop duo known as Us, were trying to promote their just-released album "No Matter Where You Are" via YouTube videos and covers of popular songs. They fared reasonably well, amassing 18 million…

  18. Hot 100 March Madness 2014: Vote Now In The Finals!

    March 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Cast your vote for your favorite Top 5 single from the past year. And then there were two: Round 4 of Hot 100 March Madness has drawn to a close, and with only two Top 5 hits from the past year still standing from the original field of 32, it's time to decide which song will…

  19. Eminem Marks Sales, Hot 100 Milestones

    March 21, 2014 5:14 PM EDT The rap superstar tallies two key sales achievements and notches his landmark 50th Hot 100 hit It's a monster week for rap god Eminem, who scores two significant sales feats and marks a milestone on the Billboard Hot 100.   SALES SURGE   Eminem's latest album reaches a notable…

  20. 'Phantom Of The Opera' Musical Welcomes First Black Lead

    March 21, 2014 3:29 AM EDT Norm Lewis has been tapped to be Broadway's next Phantom in the megahit "The Phantom of the Opera," a move that makes him the first African-American to slip behind the famous mask on the Great White Way. Producers said Thursday the Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and…

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