1. Clive Davis Boycotting Sultan of Brunei's Hotels, Citing Humanitarian Issues (Report)

    May 10, 2014 3:02 PM EDT Music industry legend Clive Davis is reportedly boycotting numerous hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei after the ruler imposed Shariah law in his home country. As of early May, the citizens on the island of Borneo face fines and imprisonment for minor crimes and whippings and amputation for…

  2. Colorado Symphony To Play 'Classically Cannabis’ Concerts

    May 05, 2014 4:08 AM EDT The Colorado Symphony Orchestra has announced it will play a series of "cannabis-friendly" fundraising concerts sponsored by the state's burgeoning pot industry. The state's only full-time professional orchestra hopes the unusual shows dubbed "Classically Cannabis:…

  3. Fantasy Girl Group Draft 2014: Vote For The Best Dream Lineup

    April 30, 2014 5:39 PM EDT The Billboard team conducted a fantasy draft of girl group members. Check out the full action below, and vote for your favorite dream team! After the Billboard.com team conducted the first-ever Fantasy Boy Band Draft last summer in an effort to piece together the best five-person group of…

  4. Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt Discusses Writing Novels, Finding His (Singing) Voice, & Calling Time On DJing

    April 30, 2014 2:52 AM EDT Best known as the male half of Everything But The Girl, the duo he formed in 1981 with Tracey Thorn, Ben Watt has many talents beyond providing the harmony to Thorn’s lead vocal. Since 1998, he has been an established presence on London’s deep house circuit, as a DJ, re-mixer, producer and…

  5. Damon Albarn Goes It Alone: 'I Drive Myself To The Edge of Insanity Most Days'

    April 25, 2014 4:29 PM EDT The Grammy winner behind Blur, Gorillaz and much more plumbs his dark side for his first solo album. Sitting on a deceptively uncomfortable sofa in the inner sanctum of his West London studio, Damon Albarn is recounting the often torturous creative process that led to his long-awaited solo…

  6. Guns N' Roses Could Have New Music In 2015, Guitarist Says At Golden Gods Awards

    April 24, 2014 9:54 PM EDT A new album would be GNR's first release since 2008's long-awaited "Chinese Democracy" Guns N' Roses fans might not have to wait another 15 years between new album releases. GNR guitarist Richard Fortus told the Associated Press at the Revolver Golden God Awards in…

  7. 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…

  8. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Rihanna's 'Rude Boy' Rules Hot 100

    April 21, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2010, she scored her sixth of 13 No. 1s so far. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Madonna, Richard Marx and Little Peggy March Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history April 21, 2007 Timbaland scores his…

  9. Nas Opens-Up for 'Illmatic' Anniversary Media Blitz

    April 16, 2014 5:22 AM EDT Nas’ seminal debut “Illmatic” is 20 years old this week. And to celebrate the deluxe reissue “Illmatic XX,” the Queens rapper took to the Web for a digital flurry of Q&As on the Tuesday release date.  From HuffPost Live to a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) , an iTunes session run through…

  10. 2 Chainz To Release 'Freebase' EP In May

    April 15, 2014 3:07 PM EDT Chainz is giving back to his fans. Today (April 15) the rapper announced that he'll be releasing a new EP, "Freebase," in time for the summer. The EP, due May 5, will consist of five new songs laced strictly with street raps which loyal Tity Boi fans are sure to enjoy. “It…

  11. Jo Dee Messina Goes on 'Rant' About New Single, Indie Status: 'It's Been a Long Road'

    April 14, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For many musical artists, the music business has turned into a DIY model. That's the reality these days for Jo Dee Messina. After a decade-and-a-half on the Curb Records roster, the CMA award winner is on her own label, Dreambound. She does have a promotion team working her music, but…

  12. Coachella 2014: Neutral Milk Hotel Mesmerize, Quietly

    April 14, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Jeff Mangum, the reclusive artist behind seminal indie folk band Neutral Milk Hotel, spoke just twice to fans gathered at Coachella's Outdoor stage for a rare performance Sunday. Once, at the beginning of the show, to implore the eager audience to resist the urge to immortalize it on…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Paul Weller Talks New Menswear Line Real Stars Are Rare

    April 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT "I thought music was complicated, but it's a f-ing breeze compared to this," says a laughing Paul Weller as he surveys the surrounding clothes rails on which hangs the debut collection of his first stand-alone menswear label, Real Stars Are Rare. It's a line heavily…

  16. One Direction Sets 'You and I' as Next Single

    April 11, 2014 1:50 PM EDT One Direction fans, rejoice: a new single is on the way. Today the quintet announced that "You and I" will be getting the special treatment, with a music video coming next Friday, April 18. "We are very excited to announce that our new single is 'You and I,'"…

  17. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Stay Busy, Celebrate Longevity

    April 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates and Kiss remain active veterans, making moves in the studio and on the road. Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will go without a familiar hallmark this year: a long-awaited reunion. That’s because most of the nominees --…

  18. Pixies, Julian Casablancas Added To Coachella Lineup

    April 08, 2014 10:33 PM EDT Both lineup additions will be playing on Saturday, according to the newly released Coachella schedule. Coachella diehards might have noticed some unexpected names on the official festival schedule when the 2014 set times were released on Tuesday night (Apr. 8) . Pixies and Julian…

  19. 5 Seconds of Summer Goes Global - But They're Not The Next One Direction

    April 08, 2014 12:37 PM EDT "We're not a boy band -- we're a band," says the Australian pop-rock group's Ashton Irwin. "We wanted to stay under the radar for as long as we could -- now is the time for us to really show the world what we're about," says Ashton Irwin, the 19…

  20. '78 Project,' Cash and Carter Docs on the Road to Nashville Film Festival

    April 03, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Two films that connect the roots of recorded music with contemporary performers are among the music documentaries playing the Nashville Film Festival in April. "The 78 Project Movie" and "The Winding Stream," both of which had their world premieres at SXSW and include…

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