1. 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…

  2. Reggae Sound Systems on Display at Sonos Space (Exclusive Video)

    April 01, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Sound systems belonging to dub reggae pioneers such as King Tubby are part of the Hometown HiFi Exhibition at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles, an installation designed to pay homage to communal listening. "The sound system is the great invention to come out of reggae," says exhibit…

  3. Future, The Roots Headlining Late-Night BET Experience

    April 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Late-night concerts by Future and The Roots & Friends plus two nights of comedy head the Club Nokia lineup for the second annual BET Experience at L.A. Live (June 27-29). Today's talent announcement from BET follows in the wake of the network's previously announced roster of…

  4. 'The Voice' Recap: Chris Martin Mentors As Rebooted Battles Round Kicks-Off

    April 01, 2014 4:16 AM EDT Monday night's episode of "The Voice" was full of debuts: Chris Martin as universal guest mentor, a rebooted round of battles, and Usher's hat. The Davy Crockett-inspired headwear that he wore throughout his press tour accompanied him alongside the ring, and already has…

  5. Stevie Nicks To Receive BMI Icon Award in May

    March 31, 2014 5:03 PM EDT There should be a veritable "Landslide" of emotion when Stevie Nicks is honored by BMI with its prestigious Icon Award at the 62nd Annual Pop Awards ceremony, Tuesday, May 13, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The invitation-only ceremony will also recognize the…

  6. Chart Highlights: KONGOS No. 1, Black Keys Blast In At Alternative Radio

    March 31, 2014 4:05 PM EDT KONGOS' 'Come With Me Now' crowns Alternative Songs, while the Black Keys make a splashy return with 'Fever.' Plus, new No. 1s for Kylie Minogue, Blake Shelton and Prince Royce Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  7. Hot 100 March Madness 2014: The Winner Is…

    March 31, 2014 3:48 PM EDT After one month of voting and hundreds of thousands of responses, Billboard.com can now crown a new Hot 100 March Madness champion! Two years ago, Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" won the 2012 championship , and in 2013, Will.i.am & Britney Spears' "Scream…

  8. Pharrell Joining 'The Voice' as a Coach

    March 31, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Pharrell Williams is joining "The Voice." The NBC singing show made the announcement on Monday via Twitter. Williams will rotate in for season 7, following Cee Lo Green's exit. "I'm not coming back, guys," he told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview last month. …

  9. Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar Release 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Song: Listen

    March 31, 2014 2:50 PM EDT The Alicia Keys-Kendrick Lamar collaboration for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was released on Monday, and the neo-soul superhero anthem marks another harmonious pop pairing for Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer. Listen to "It's On Again" below: Zimmer's presence is…

  10. 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…

  11. New Michael Jackson Album 'Xscape' to Be Released in May

    March 31, 2014 9:43 AM EDT Epic Records and Michael Jackson's estate have announced they'll release "Xscape," an 8-song collection of previously unreleased tracks from the late King of Pop, on May 13. Label ceo, and the project's executive producer, L.A. Reid,  took the lead in…

  12. Sam Bailey Tops U.K. Albums Chart With Year-Best Sales

    March 31, 2014 5:32 AM EDT Sam Bailey, the U.K. winner of the 2013 season of “The X Factor,” sold close to 73,000 units last week to debut atop the British album chart yesterday (March 30) with her first set “The Power Of Love” (Syco Music/Sony). Australian teenage pop quartet 5 Seconds Of Summer went straight in at No…

  13. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  14. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 30, 2014 9:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, a recap of Gaga's best-selling albums, songs and more; Soko's quick Hot 100 run; and your favorite one-word-titled hits As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  15. One Direction Rules, Pharrell Gets Slimed at Kids' Choice Awards

    March 29, 2014 10:04 PM EDT One Direction took top music honors at Nickelodeon's 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards, winning two awards, and more than a dozen current and former Nick teenage stars turned out to honor producer Dan Schneider. One Direction won favorite music group and favorite song for "Story…

  16. 'Frozen' Set For Longest No. 1 Run Since Adele's '21'

    March 28, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack is heading for an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, according to industry forecasters. It could sell around 150,000 copies in the week ending March 30. If the hot-selling album remains atop the list -- which will be revealed on…

  17. Christina Perri on 'Head or Heart,' Her Musical 'Soul Mate' & What Makes Her Heart Explode

    March 28, 2014 4:37 PM EDT For her 2011 debut LP "lovestrong," which spawned the hit single "Jar of Hearts" and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, pop singer/songwriter Christina Perri hit the road hard, enduring a relentless touring schedule that saw her riding nine tours straight over 27…

  18. Big Money Luxury Sneakers: The $1,000 Kicks Justin Bieber, John Legend and More Wear

    March 28, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Street meets chic as everyone from Pharrell to John Legend steps out in a new breed of luxury sneaks. Designer men's sneakers that are every bit as vibrant as the ruby-red Adidas Originals that Pharrell wore at the Academy Awards are blowing up thanks in part to their growing…

  19. Lady Gaga's 'G.U.Y.' Video Prompts Social 50 Chart Re-Entry

    March 27, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Two former collaborators make big moves on the Social 50 chart, as both Lady Gaga and Beyonce shake up the tally. Lady Gaga re-enters the tally at No. 26 in the wake of the debut of her music video "G.U.Y." on March 22. With the debut comes an 86% increase in weekly views for Gaga…

  20. 5 Seconds of Summer Makes Chart Debut As EP's Sales Forecast Sizzles

    March 27, 2014 7:29 PM EDT Australian pop band 5 Seconds of Summer is red-hot. The group, which opened for One Direction on the bulk of its 2013 arena tour, is tracking to make a very splashy debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart in two weeks. Its four-song EP, "She Looks So Perfect," is due out April 1 in…

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