1. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Lil Jon, G.R.L. Interview & More

    April 03, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  3. Idina Menzel Talks Billboard Cover, 'Amazing Ride' on 'Today': Watch

    April 03, 2014 11:39 AM EDT During an appearance on NBC's "Today" on Thursday morning (Apr. 3), recent Billboard cover star Idina Menzel discussed the enormous success of "Frozen," the theatricality of "Let It Go," John Travolta's Oscar flub and gracing the cover of Billboard…

  4. Nirvana Photographer Charles Peterson Reflects On Kurt Cobain's Life & Legacy: Q&A

    April 03, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Born and raised in Washington State, Charles Peterson and his camera were there as the Seattle music scene coalesced in the '80s. Sub Pop's defacto photographer and a master of the black-and-white live shot, Peterson would come to famously photograph Kurt Cobain and Nirvana…

  5. Darius Rucker, Chris Daughtry To Perform Anthem At NCAA Final Four

    April 02, 2014 11:24 PM EDT Award-winning country singer-songwriter Darius Rucker and multi-platinum recording artist Chris Daughtry will perform the national anthem at the NCAA Final Four. Rucker will sing the anthem before Monday's championship game, when he will be accompanied by the Jazz Singers vocal ensemble…

  6. The Cure to Release Double Album '4:14 Scream' This Year

    April 02, 2014 8:29 PM EDT Album features material originally written for the Cure's 2008 album, "4:13 Dream" The Cure's last studio album, "4:13 Dream," was originally supposed to be a double LP. Only half of that material saw the light of day on the 2008 Geffen release, though now the…

  7. 'Game of Thrones' Character Playlist: 20 Songs For Season 4

    April 02, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Tywin is blasting Aloe Blacc, Margaery is channeling Chris Martin, and Joffrey is a nu-metal "freak": check out our picks for season 4 of "GoT." Pack your bags for Westeros: "Game of Thrones" finally comes back on Sunday night (Apr. 6), with the brilliantly…

  8. Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Nas & More To Perform at Summer Jam 2014

    April 02, 2014 4:39 PM EDT Summer Jam 2014 is going to be big this year. Earlier today Hot 97's Angie Martinez, Miss Info, DJ Enuff and Mister Cee announced the line-up for the festival. 50 Cent, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Young Money, Trey Songz and more will grace the main stage. Childish Gambino, Iggy Azalea,…

  9. Ultra Music Announces Review After Festival Security Draws Criticism

    April 02, 2014 4:30 PM EDT The Ultra Music Fest today announced a comprehensive review of all security procedures for its annual electronic dance music festival. The initiative follows an incident last weekend in which crowds breached a security fence on Friday (March 28) crushing a security guard that left her in…

  10. 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…

  11. Courtney Love: Kurt Cobain Broadway Musical 'Very Likely' to Happen

    April 02, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Love says the decision hinges on finding an A-list team of collaborators to drive the project The 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death (April 5) is almost here and if Courtney Love has her way, the Nirvana frontman's life story could be headed for the stage. In an interview with…

  12. Play Ball: Jimmy Eat World Previews Arizona Diamondbacks' 2014 Season

    April 02, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Jimmy Eat World drummer Zach Lind, son of a former Major League player, talks D-Backs 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…

  13. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Holds Atop Hot 100; DJ Snake & Lil Jon Hit Top 10

    April 02, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Williams' 'Happy' rules for a sixth week, while DJ Snake and Lil Jon's 'Turn Down for What' charges into the top 10 Pharrell Williams' "Happy" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while continuing to challenge for a weekly radio…

  14. Brad Paisley to Debut New Single at ACM Awards

    April 02, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow are set to perform together and Brad Paisley will show off his new single at this weekend's 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Other newly announced performers include Lee Brice, Tim McGraw and Darius Rucker. More presenters for the CBS…

  15. 'Glee' Recap: Scaling Great Heights With 'New New York' Episode

    April 02, 2014 4:23 AM EDT “New New York“ is hands-down the best episode of “Glee” to date. There’s barely any contest.  Season 1 purists will hold up the Pilot as an ideal episode, and you admittedly couldn’t get to here without those inventive and inspiring beginnings, but that’s just building blocks and not…

  16. 'The Voice' Recap: New Battles Round Continues With Soulful Showdown

    April 02, 2014 2:13 AM EDT The new battles round may have new rules and a new guest mentor, but Tuesday night's episode of "The Voice" proved that song choice is still everything . Similar to the now-defunct knockout round, the coaches still pick who performs in each sudden-death duet, and the…

  17. Chris Brown’s Attorney Asks Judge to Block Jail Transfer

    April 02, 2014 12:10 AM EDT Chris Brown's attorney has asked a Los Angeles judge to block an order that would transfer the jailed R&B singer to Washington, D.C., for his upcoming misdemeanor assault trial. Brown is being held without bail and is due to go on trial on April 17 in Washington on the assault charge…

  18. Nick Cannon Talks 'White People Party Music' & 'Soul Train': Exclusive

    April 01, 2014 5:45 PM EDT In the last few days, Nick Cannon has raised controversy and eyebrows by first going white-faced and now sporting cheetah-spotted hair. The attention-grabbing moves coincide with today's release of Cannon's first music album in 11 years, "White People Party Music" (April 1…

  19. Death of 21-Year-Old Tied to Ultra Music Festival (Report)

    April 01, 2014 4:09 PM EDT A young man has died in connection to the Ultra Music Festival in Miami over this weekend, local news outlets are reporting. The young man died late in the evening Saturday or early morning Sunday. According to NBC 6 South Florida, 21-year-old Adonis Pena Escoto was feeling ill when his…

  20. Bret McKenzie Talks Muppets, Ricky Gervais, 'Flight of the Conchords' Film

    April 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT The former "Flight of the Conchords" star has been busy writing music for "Muppets Most Wanted" since winning an Oscar composing for its 2011 predecessor The Muppets are currently back in theaters with "Muppets Most Wanted," a sequel to the 2011 blockbuster that…

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