1. Paolo Nutini's 'Caustic Love' Races To U.K. No. 1

    April 21, 2014 6:56 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini’s third album “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music) became his second in a row to top the U.K. chart, as the Official Charts Company published its new weekly data yesterday (April 20). Twenty-five-year-old Canadian Kiesza’s debut release “Hideaway” …

  2. 'American Idol' Alum James Durbin Ready to 'Celebrate' With Sophomore Release

    April 21, 2014 5:09 AM EDT Season 10 alum James Durbin’s second album blasts onto four Billboard charts this week, but the "American Idol" finalist started thinking about his sophomore set quite a while ago. "Celebrate" is a new entry on The Billboard 200 at No. 83, and also bows on Top Rock Albums…

  3. Easter Meets 420: A Mixed Bag of Our Favorite Tweets

    April 20, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Every so often, holidays of various nature collide in an unexpected way -- and today (April 20) is one of those days.  While some are spending this Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of Christ at church or a family brunch, the Cannabis crowd is taking note of the 420 holiday by…

  4. Coachella 2014: Pharrell Taps Jay Z, T.I. Usher for Another Guest-Filled Set

    April 20, 2014 7:51 AM EDT Following his set at last week's Coachella Festival , fans wondered if Pharrell Williams could possibly have any more surprises up his sleeve. After all, his hour on April 12 included sit ins from Gwen Stefani (“Hollaback Girl”), Nelly (“Hot in Herre”), and Snoop Dogg (“Drop It Like It&…

  5. Jay Electronica Tweets His 'Control' Verse Topped Kendrick Lamar's

    April 19, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Talk of Kendrick Lamar's epic verse on the Big Sean track "Control" hasn't ended just yet. This time, Jay Electronica has chimed in on Twitter to share his thoughts on who had the best verse on the popular track.  Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick…

  6. Happy Record Store Day! Tweets from Artists, Retailers, Labels and More

    April 19, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Happy 7th birthday, Record Store Day! To help celebrate the annual musical holiday, dozens of artists, music retailers, record labels and fans around the world took to Twitter today (April 19) to commemorate Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of…

  7. Coachella 2014: Outkast Turns It Around, Billie Joe Joins the Replacements As Weekend 2 Kicks Off

    April 19, 2014 9:19 AM EDT Rumors of Outkast's demise have been greatly exaggerated. The beloved hip-hop duo, whose 20th-anniversary reunion tour launched at Coachella last week with a debut set that garnered almost universally negative reviews, clearly paid attention and responded, with an immensely tweaked,…

  8. Gwen Stefani in Talks to Join NBC's 'The Voice'

    April 18, 2014 9:58 PM EDT Gwen Stefani may be headed headed for The Voice. The No Doubt singer is in talks join the NBC competition series for season seven as a coach, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. She would take over for Christina Aguilera, who  announced in February that she was pregnant with her…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. CODE Picks of the Week: The Chainsmokers, Disclosure and More

    April 18, 2014 2:38 PM EDT Neon Trees, “Sleeping With a Friend” (The Chainsmokers Remix) [Island Def Jam] The New York duo that brought “#SELFIE” to your radio tuner have been on a remix kick lately. After unveiling reworks for Adventure Club, Foxes, and Chromeo in the past month, the Chainsmokers previewed their main…

  12. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spent two weeks at No. 98 on the Billboard 200…

  13. Jay Z and Beyonce Summer Tour: The Latest in 2014's Stadium Boom

    April 18, 2014 12:57 PM EDT It's looking like the biggest year in touring since 1994 as power acts double (and triple) up onstage. This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . With sources confirming to Billboard that Jay Z and Beyonce will embark on a 20-city stadium…

  14. 'Nashville' Star Charles Esten Isn't Messing Around: 'If Songs Don't Further the Scene, We Don't Sing Them'

    April 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Things are heating up on ABC's "Nashville," as the Wednesday night drama heads toward its' second season finale in May. For Charles Esten, who plays the rugged Deacon on the series, the series has turned out to be a blessing in more ways than one. "When the script…

  15. Blues Traveler Working With Thompson Square, JC Chasez, 3OH!3 On New Project

    April 17, 2014 6:06 PM EDT "It started out as something small and it's taking on a life of its own," says John Popper of upcoming music. Reinvention is on Blues Traveler's itinerary and it's bringing along an eclectic slew of collaborators and producers for the ride, including Gavin DeGraw,…

  16. Coachella Boosts Justin Bieber and Beyonce Up Social 50 Chart

    April 17, 2014 5:12 PM EDT During a slow week on the Social 50 chart, the first weekend of the Coachella festival (April 11-13) in Indio, Calif. spurs some big gains for a couple superstar acts. 14 Surprise Coachella Performers: Beyonce, Bieber, Gwen & More The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube,…

  17. Liam Finn Song Premiere: 'Burn Up The Road'

    April 17, 2014 4:52 PM EDT Liam Finn has filled his new album, "The Nihilist," with a cast of characters navigating through deliciously chilly soundscapes that oscillate tantalizingly into the warmth of big semi-processed drumbeats and his fuzzy guitars. But while the New Zealander with the uncanny melodic…

  18. Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic': An Inside Look At the Tribeca Film Fest Premiere, Concert

    April 17, 2014 3:35 PM EDT "Time Is "Illmatic," the documentary about Nas' 1994 debut album, lived up to its name last night. Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted that "Illmatic" would be here, at New York's legendary Beacon Theater for the TriBeCa Film Festival's…

  19. CODE First Play: John Dahlback & Benny Benassi, ‘Blink Again’

    April 17, 2014 2:35 PM EDT In the blink of an eye, artists come and go. However, two of dance music’s tenured veterans, Benny Benassi and John Dahlbäck, challenge listeners today with “Blink Again,” their first-ever collaboration. Listen to it below: In addition to a bouncing bassline and vocal chops, “Blink Again”…

  20. Sky Ferreira: 'I Blame Myself' Video Is Not Racist

    April 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT "I'm a woman, not a fucking little girl," the pop singer writes on Facebook in defense of her latest visual. Sky Ferreira's new music video , for her "Night Time, My Time" standout "I Blame Myself," features the singer palling around a torn-up Los…

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