1. AC/DC Not on Cusp of Retirement: Sources

    April 15, 2014 1:10 PM EDT UPDATE: The band has announced that guitarist Malcolm Young is taking a leave of absence because of poor health. Earlier, lead singer Brian Johnson described the illness as "debilitating." Get the full story Rumors of AC/DC's imminent demise appear to be exaggerated.…

  2. Kaiser Chiefs Reign Again In U.K., Sigma Grabs Top Single With Kanye West Remake

    April 14, 2014 4:30 AM EDT Kaiser Chiefs’ “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/ Universal) started a second week atop the artist album chart in the U.K. Sunday (April 13), while London dance duo Sigma scored an instant No. 1 single with “Nobody To Love” (3 Beat/All Around The World…

  3. Armin van Buuren's New Solo Tour's 'Intense,' Prepare for 'Journey Together'

    April 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT ¨I start in a womb and nobody can see me," says Armin van Buuren of his Armin Only: Intense show. And he's not being figurative. The superstar DJ/producer literally starts DJing in an enclosed bubble on the stage before emerging, surrounded by musicians, dancers, vocalists and…

  4. The Ultimate Warrior Dies: 5 Rap Songs Shouting Out the Wrestling Legend

    April 09, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Just days after being inducted into World Wrestling Entertainment’s Hall of Fame and delivering a spirited speech in the ring on Monday (April 7), The Ultimate Warrior suddenly died yesterday (April 8). "WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most…

  5. Future Islands On New Album & 'Letterman' Buzz: 'We Want To Spark A Reaction'

    April 08, 2014 10:58 AM EDT "We want to be that band that you instantly fall in love with, or you don't give a shit about," says singer Samuel T. Herring. Calling from the glamorous location of a laundromat in Billings, Montana last week, Samuel T. Herring shrugs off the fact that he has become Future…

  6. Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

    April 07, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized ball of energy who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business — has died. He was 93. Rooney's wife, Jan, told The Hollywood Reporter…

  7. 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…

  8. Chris Squire of Yes Talks 'Heaven and Earth' Album, New Singer, Rock Hall

    April 02, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Chris Squire says Yes fans can expect an accessible but still adventurous album when the veteran prog rock troupe releases its new "Heaven and Earth" on July 8.  "It's pretty well song-based in many ways, but it also has the kind of Yes style of expanding songs into…

  9. U2, Linda Ronstadt Albums to Be Preserved By Library of Congress

    April 02, 2014 5:07 AM EDT U2's classic album "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around. These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25…

  10. Duff McKagan Reuniting With Guns N' Roses to 'Help Axl Out,' Says Tommy Stinson

    April 01, 2014 4:45 PM EDT GNR's former bassist is filling in on bass for five shows while Stinson tours with The Replacements. "I'm like, 'Thanks dude, for covering my ass on this one'" Re-joining Guns N' Roses for five shows in South America is just Duff McKagan's way…

  11. Frankie Knuckles' Top Billboard Club Hits

    April 01, 2014 2:49 PM EDT In honor of the passing of the 'Godfather of House Music,' we've ranked his biggest hits on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart Frankie Knuckles was revered as the "Godfather of House Music," and his impressive history on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart…

  12. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  13. Josh Thompson Ready to 'Turn It Up' on Second Album: 'It's Definitely More of a Party'

    March 28, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Josh Thompson will release his sophomore album, "Turn It Up," this coming Tuesday. It's been four years since his debut album "Way Out Here," and he says he can't wait for fans to hear what he has been up to. "It's about time," he tells Billboard. …

  14. Wu-Tang Clan To Release One Copy of Secret Double-Album

    March 26, 2014 3:15 PM EDT "This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king," says RZA of "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin." The Wu-Tang Clan have been busy trying to finish "A Better Tomorrow," the proper full-length follow-up to 2007's "8 Diagrams" that doubles…

  15. Top 10 Coldplay Lyrics To Help Move On From Heartbreak

    March 26, 2014 12:07 PM EDT Hurting from the split of Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow? These 10 lyrical passages will offer glimmers of hope. On Tuesday (Mar. 25), Coldplay's Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow shocked the world by announcing their split after a decade of marriage . "We have been working hard…

  16. 'Vampire Diaries' Star Kat Graham Debuts Docu-Series About Making Album

    March 25, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Kat Graham is known for showing her face onscreen -- she's predominantly an actress, after all, starring as Bonnie Bennett in the supernatural drama "The Vampire Diaries" on the CW. But she also has a solid music career, one that's been active for over a decade and…

  17. Kid Cudi Brings 'Cud Life Tour' & A$AP Rocky to Brooklyn: Live Review

    March 23, 2014 12:35 PM EDT It's not a term often used, but it applies: Kid Cudi, strange and offbeat, is a kook. Last night (March 22) the alt-hip-hop singer/rapper extended his fall "Cud Life Tour" for a set in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. A few shows from the tour were cancelled and rescheduled…

  18. Jerrod Niemann Talks New Album, Lee Brice: 'He's Saved My Neck More Than I Realize'

    March 21, 2014 6:19 PM EDT Spend any amount of time with Jerrod Niemann and you will find a performer who can quote country lyrics from album cuts from the 1970s or 1980s. But, just because he cherishes the history of the format doesn't mean that he feels compelled to be a clone of the artists he grew up admiring.…

  19. Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse In CRWN Interview

    March 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT "I'm approaching it like it is my last project – I think that's why it's a lot different than anything else." Lil Wayne expands on why "Tha Carter V," set for a May release, will likely be his last solo album in the first episode of his "Lil Wayne CRWN…

  20. John Rich Unveils New Lifestyle Line, Redneck Riviera

    March 18, 2014 7:57 PM EDT John Rich has always been great at creating new and varied sounds -- starting with Lonestar back in the mid 1990s, he has found success as a solo artist (“Shuttin’ Detroit Down”), as a producer and songwriter (Gretchen Wilson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill), and his decade-long partnership with…

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