1. 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 …

  2. Sigur Rós Front Man Jónsi and Alex Somers to Score New Show 'Manhattan'

    April 22, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Sigur Rós front man Jónsi and artist Alex Somers will score WGN America’s series on the race to build the atomic bomb in the 1940s, “Manhattan.” For Jonsi – born Jon Thor Birgisson – it is his first television venture, having previously scored Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” in 2011, a…

  3. 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…

  4. Arcade Fire's Secret Post-Coachella Show: Aaron Paul Arrives at the Roxy With Pizza?

    April 22, 2014 11:59 AM EDT The band plays the tiny, 500-person capacity club following a triumphant two-weekend headlining bow. Following a pair of stellar headlining performances at Coachella over the last two weekends, on Monday night Arcade Fire played a semi-secret show at tiny club Roxy (capacity: 500) on the…

  5. Portugal. The Man Releases 'Endangered' Earth Day Song

    April 22, 2014 9:40 AM EDT The topic of endangered tigers is a complicated one to build an indie-pop song around. But psych-rock outfit Portugal. The Man was up for the challenge, and have teamed with the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park Conversation Biology Institute and ad agency DDB for “Sumatran Tiger,” a…

  6. Adidas' Music Gamble: Why They're Betting on Pharrell Williams and Kanye West

    April 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT More than just a marketing coup, Kanye West's defection from Nike -- where he helped design the coveted Air Yeezy sneaker -- to Adidas in December signaled a redoubling of the 64-year-old publicly traded German brand's fashion-focused strategy for sneaker dominance. Although…

  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 a…

  8. Kings of Leon Announce U.S. Summer/Fall Tour

    April 21, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Young the Giant, Kongos set to open KoL's July-October trek. Kings of Leon will ride "Mechanical Bull" into amphitheaters across the U.S. this summer and fall, the band announced today (April 21). The family Followill's trek is set to kick off July 31 at St. Louis'…

  9. 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…

  10. Enrique Iglesias' Emotional Life: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT No topic is off limits as the singer opens up about that strained relationship with Dad, Anna Kournikova, the recent death of his dog, and the pressure to keep building his empire. It's a rare occasion that Enrique Iglesias is actually at the offices of his Mr. 305 Productions in…

  11. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Boxer Who Inspired Bob Dylan, Dies at 76

    April 20, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and…

  12. 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…

  13. Pop Shop Picks: Lana Del Rey, Twin Shadow, Hundred Waters & More

    April 18, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Each Friday, we'll showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up our speakers. These can include a brand-new song or something that's been simmering; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! Lana Del Rey, "West Coast" Listening to "West…

  14. NBA Playoffs 2014 Playlist: 16 Songs For Round 1

    April 18, 2014 4:03 PM EDT From Daft Punk soundtracking Charlotte to Jennifer Lopez reaping the Clippers, check out the anthems that best describe this year's playoff teams. The NBA regular season is finally over and the postseason finally begins on Saturday (Apr. 19), with the Miami Heat trying for a third…

  15. Lana Del Rey's 'West Coast' Set For Strong Hot 100 Debut

    April 18, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Her new song appears headed for the list's top half next week thanks to expected high sales following her buzzworthy Coachella set Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" looks likely to debut in the upper half of next week's Billboard Hot 100. Highlights of the…

  16. FKA Twigs Dazzles New York on First U.S. Tour

    April 18, 2014 1:37 PM EDT The tastemakers' darling announced she'll be working on her debut record following her return to England. FKA twigs is finally ready for the stage. Last night the R&B experimentalist emerged from her lair of mystery to mesmerize a small audience at a converted West Village strip…

  17. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  18. Randy Houser Talks 'Kiss' Success, Tees Up Next Single 'Like a Cowboy'

    April 17, 2014 9:21 PM EDT Randy Houser is in the midst of the hottest streak of his career. The Stoney Creek recording artist has notched back-to-back chart toppers with "How Country Feels" and "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," and with his latest, "Goodnight Kiss," sitting at No. 2 on the…

  19. Future Shares 'I Won' Video Feat. Kanye West (Watch)

    April 17, 2014 9:09 PM EDT In anticipation of next week’s release of his upcoming album, "Honest" (April 22), Future has released a Hype Williams direction-track for the Kanye West-featuring single “I Won” .  The video shows the two rappers waxing romantic on a beach, while buxom babes model in the sand and…

  20. B.A.P Discusses Stateside Love, Busy Schedule at World Tour Kickoff

    April 17, 2014 8:27 PM EDT The K-pop boy band says, "it's really important to pay back the love from the States" before sending fans fainting at New York concert With tickets sold out for their second New York concert in an hour, the stateside fervor for K-pop boy band B.A.P was reignited once ticket…

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