1. Tony Awards: Idina Menzel, Neil Patrick Harris Score Nominations

    April 29, 2014 9:16 AM EDT There were a few surprises at the Tony Award nominations announcement on Tuesday morning at the Paramount Hotel in New York City—and not just among the nominees. Just as Jonathan Groff (Frozen, Looking) and Lucy Liu (Elementary) started to announce this year’s list, Hugh Jackman burst onto…

  2. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Alicia Keys Locks In Atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    April 28, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2004, she scored her third of eight No. 1s so far. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Blondie, Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history April 28, 1979 Blondie 's debut…

  3. Moogfest 2014: Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, FlyLo, Janelle Monae Hit Asheville

    April 27, 2014 1:16 AM EDT Moogfest feels like a Philip Dick fan convention soundtracked by a heavy, relentless bass line. The weird and wired festival kicked off in Asheville on Wednesday afternoon with perhaps its least exciting event: a panel with Moog Music CEO Mike Adams, the Mayor of Asheville and others,…

  4. Lenny Kravitz Releasing New Album 'Strut' in September Through Kobalt Label Services (Exclusive)

    April 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz has announced his tenth studio album, "Strut", will be released Sept. 23 through his own Roxie Records imprint. He has signed a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services to release and promote the album. An upcoming Kravitz tour is expected to be announced in the…

  5. Aloe Blacc: 4 Steps To His Success

    April 22, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Aloe Blacc's "Lift Your Sprit" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in March after his vocal turn on Avicii's 2013 hit "Wake Me Up"  and his own new single "The Man" turned up the buzz. Now that he's also been a mentor on "The Voice" and…

  6. Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood & Wife Expecting First Child

    April 22, 2014 10:51 AM EDT Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood is the latest member of the country trio to be expecting their first child: on Monday, Haywood and his wife Kelli announced that they will have their first baby together in September. "So excited for a new Baby A on the way in Sept! And it's a boy…

  7. Kelis, 'FOOD': Track-By-Track Review

    April 21, 2014 1:08 PM EDT For her latest career reinvention, Kelis is trying on a rock-and-soul hybrid helmed by producer Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio) with an album called "FOOD" (out Tuesday on Ninja Tune), conveniently released at the same time as she's hosting a new show for the Cooking Channel, …

  8. Tom Petty on 40 Years of Songwriting, Jimmy Fallon Send-Up

    April 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT The writer behind hits like "American Girl" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance" discusses everything from songwriting to Jimmy Fallon's homage. Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. "As life goes by, you get a little more…

  9. Iggy Azalea Talks 'The New Classic' Album & Former Interscope Deal

    April 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT 'Why is it that you can have The Rolling Stones,' Azalea asks, 'but a white rapper is weird?' "Fancy" is giving Iggy Azalea life. It's the fourth single from the Australian rapper's forthcoming debut, "The New Classic" (April 22, Def Jam…

  10. Linda Ronstadt Rocks Highest-Charting Album In 24 Years

    April 18, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The pop/rock icon – and now Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – returns with 'Duets,' which spurs her best chart rank since 1990 New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt roars back onto the Billboard 200 , as her new compilation "Duets" debuts at No. 32. The bow…

  11. 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…

  12. Rock Hall Quotes: 20 Awesome Quips From Nirvana, Springsteen, Kiss & More

    April 11, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Sprinkled among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's epic induction of Nirvana, Kiss, the E Street Band, Peter Gabriel and more last night (April 10, 2014), were tons of bon mots and zingers from inductors and inductees alike. Nirvana on Lorde's perfection. Springsteen on E Street'…

  13. Rock Hall Ceremony Wraps With Worthy Performances, Hatchets Buried

    April 11, 2014 4:25 AM EDT The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held Thursday night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, honored Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam), Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, KISS and Hall and Oates. It would be an evening of debts repaid, honor restored…

  14. Rock Hall Induction: Ladies Rule a Ceremony Dominated by Men

    April 11, 2014 1:19 AM EDT Women, often overlooked for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inclusion, owned Thursday’s induction ceremony in New York, which culminated at midnight with Joan Jett fronting the surviving members of Nirvana on “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon also stood in for Kurt Cobain, who…

  15. Nirvana on 'Fallon': Grohl & Novoselic Talk Cobain Ahead of Rock Hall Induction

    April 10, 2014 8:40 AM EDT On the eve of Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, surviving membersDave Grohl and Krist Novoselic took the couch on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. Acknowledging the "bittersweet"…

  16. Joan Jett + Nirvana: Five Reasons Why She's a Good Pick for Rock Hall of Fame

    April 09, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Unless someone in the Nirvana camp is playing an elaborate joke with the band's equipment , it seems nearly inevitable that Joan Jett will be joining the surviving members of Nirvana onstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony tomorrow night. Joan Jett to Front Nirvana At Rock…

  17. Band Perry, Kellie Pickler and More Gather for 'All-Star Salute to the Troops'

    April 08, 2014 9:35 AM EDT When The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Kellie Pickler and other top country acts took the stage last night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops they did more than perform for the military, they gave some of the men and…

  18. 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…

  19. Play Ball: Joan Jett Talks Baltimore Orioles' 2014 Season

    April 07, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Jett loves the Orioles almost as much as she loves rock 'n' roll 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 favorite…

  20. 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…

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