1. 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…

  2. Notorious B.I.G. Estate Files Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Over Song Sample

    April 01, 2014 1:30 PM EDT With various musicians being sued left and right over decades-old sampling sins, one could hardly expect a recording artist who has been dead for 17 years to be given a pass. Now, the estate of Notorious B.I.G., the late rapper born Christopher Wallace, has filed a lawsuit seeking declaratory…

  3. April Fools: The 10 Greatest Music Pranks Ever

    April 01, 2014 9:10 AM EDT As you watch your own back this April Fools' Day, have a look at the 10 greatest pranks ever pulled by musicians -- from Coldplay's smelliness to Nicki Minaj's "nuptials" to John Mayer's bear ego. Justin Bieber: Punking TMZ and #BaldForBieber In last year's…

  4. Kanye West Delays Australia Tour To Complete New Album

    March 31, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Kanye West has rescheduled his Australia tour to work on his new studio album, tentatively due this year.  Live Nation Australasia reported the news on the morning of April 1, though reps for the concert promoter confirm its press release wasn’t an April Fools prank.  “Due to unexpected…

  5. Cassadee Pope Brings Back a Big Voice With Second Single 

    March 31, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Around the three-minute mark of Cassadee Pope's first country single, "Wasting All These Tears," she hit an impressive high note and drug it out for a solid nine seconds as a hypnotic instrumental figure repeated underneath, heightening the drama in a song about a woman…

  6. 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…

  7. Lady Gaga's Birthday: Her Top 10 Deep Cuts

    March 28, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Check out this countdown of Gaga's 10 best non-hits, inspired by the pop superstar's 28th birthday. "Paparazzi." "Born This Way." "Alejandro." "Applause." "Poker Face." "Telephone." The list of Lady Gaga's hit…

  8. Country Stars to Invade Talk Shows in Lead-Up to ACM Awards

    March 27, 2014 3:42 PM EDT The lead-up to April 6's 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS will feature a country music invasion of network television. Co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, along with Miranda Lambert and Tim McGraw have shot customized ACM promos for CBS, Brad Paisley will guest star…

  9. Lollapalooza Heads to South America, 'Where the Money's Great'

    March 25, 2014 12:35 PM EDT A trio of South American Lolla­paloozas scheduled for this spring, including a first foray into Argentina, underscore how the events' organizers are mining the buzzy South American market and could provide a road map for similar festivals looking to expand internationally. The first leg…

  10. Wrathschild (Simon Curtis + Wolfy) Debuts With 'Fall Into Love': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 24, 2014 12:31 PM EDT Check out the first full song from this arresting new pop duo, one week before its official release. Independent pop provocateurs Simon Curtis and Wolfy have each released their fair share of intriguing solo material, but the pair may have found the formula for a proper breakthrough as the…

  11. Kid Cudi Brings 'Cud Life Tour' & A$AP Rocky to Brooklyn: Live Review

    March 23, 2014 12:35 PM EDT It's not a term often used, but it applies: Kid Cudi, strange and offbeat, is a kook. Last night (March 22) the alt-hip-hop singer/rapper extended his fall "Cud Life Tour" for a set in Brooklyn's Barclays Center. A few shows from the tour were cancelled and rescheduled…

  12. Weezer Teases Return to Studio: Watch

    March 19, 2014 8:16 PM EDT Though the band was highly prolific toward the latter part of last decade, releasing four full-lengths and one compilation album from 2005-2010, Weezer has remained fairly dormant since "Death to False Metal" dropped in 2010 -- though it's maintained a touring regimen,…

  13. Beastie Boy, GoldieBlox Settle Lawsuit Over ‘Girls’ Ad

    March 18, 2014 12:39 AM EDT A contentious legal battle over the use of the Beastie Boys' 1987 song "Girls" has come to a close with a settlement.  Toy company GoldieBlox, in a preemptive attempt to declare "fair use" of the track in a viral video, took the Beasties to court in Nov. 2013 to which…

  14. Austin Mahone & Pitbull's 'MMM Yeah' Video: Jamiroquai's 'Virtual Insanity' Gets a Facelift

    March 13, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Austin Mahone's clip for new single "MMM Yeah" is a fairly straightforward pop visual that doubles as an inspired homage to a music video from the days of yore (aka 1996): Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity"! Watch Mahone's video, which was released on Thursday …

  15. 10-Year-Old Grace Liu Wants You to 'Get in My Car': Watch

    March 12, 2014 9:51 PM EDT The studio that brought you "Friday," "Chinese Food" and "It's Thanksgiving" is about to get bilingual with its newest venture. Such is the video for "Get in My Car," the new music video/song/best birthday ever from 10-year-old Grace Liu that'…

  16. Tegan & Sara Reflect on 'Heartthrob''s Success Onboard Parahoy! Cruise: Q&A

    March 12, 2014 12:35 PM EDT "Our music is like a selfie. It's easy to pick on because it seems so vain. But it's very revealing and a lot of people are drawn to exploring themselves." It's a great time to be Tegan & Sara, and it's not just because they just sailed the Caribbean as…

  17. Neil Young Introduces PonoMusic to the World ­-- While Its CEO Raises Some Eyebrows

    March 11, 2014 8:33 PM EDT In Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center, the legendary Neil Young presented his final thesis -- an oddly altruistic sales pitch may be more accurate -- on a long-simmering project: the Pono music player. Young's presentation centered on the loss of the recording industry after the…

  18. MC5 Guitarist Goes for Cool Factor in Crafting SXSW Jimi Hendrix Stamp Concert

    March 11, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Wayne Kramer is proudly "a guy that comes from an era of being highly critical of the government -- and is still fairly critical of much of what our government does." But when it comes to putting rock stars on U.S. postage stamps, the MC5 alumnus is all for it. Kramer is curating an…

  19. The Fray Plays 'How Well Do You Know Your Band Mates?': Video

    March 11, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Last week, the Fray scored another Top 10 album debut when its fourth studio set, "Helios," debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart. The new full-length features the Ryan Tedder-produced single "Love Don't Die," which has followed smashes like "Over My Head …

  20. Skrillex Surprises With 'Recess' Album Release

    March 11, 2014 6:06 AM EDT Skrillex now has more in common with Beyoncé than a pile of Grammys. They both like to release surprise albums. Starting on the evening of March 10, the dubstep prince unlocked access to one song after another until all 11 tracks of his forthcoming debut album, “Recess.” had been…

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