1. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

  2. Wale, Raekwon Heap Praise on Nas at 'Illmatic' Tribeca Premiere: 'My Hat Tips Off to Him'

    April 17, 2014 7:43 PM EDT "Time Is Illmatic" opened the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night, just days before the twentieth anniversary of Nas' breakthrough album, Illmatic. While the ten-track 1994 release has been lauded as one of the most influential and important albums of hip hop -…

  3. AC/DC Not on Cusp of Retirement: Sources

    April 15, 2014 1:10 PM EDT UPDATE: The band has announced that guitarist Malcolm Young is taking a leave of absence because of poor health. Earlier, lead singer Brian Johnson described the illness as "debilitating." Get the full story Rumors of AC/DC's imminent demise appear to be exaggerated.…

  4. AC/DC 'Retirement' Rumors Rumble On Down Under

    April 15, 2014 6:35 AM EDT UPDATE: Insiders tell Billboard that there's no truth to the breakup rumor, though the group's management and Columbia Records, its current label, have chosen not to comment on the matter. Get the full story Earlier: Depending on which news outlet you believe, the members of…

  5. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Donny Osmond Guest Judges Disney Night

    April 15, 2014 2:23 AM EDT Welcome, dear gem hunters and DANCMSTR refugees!  Tonight’s theme was both appropriate and preposterous — much like the bedazzled series itself — as we all know that in many ways, EVERY night is Disney Night on "Dancing With the Stars." How many times has Bruno screamed “Youuuu…

  6. Chromeo Look to Steve Harvey, Guy Fieri as Style Icons

    April 12, 2014 4:40 PM EDT "If you can dress as someone for Halloween, they're a style icon," Chromeo's David Macklovitch told THR. "It might not mean you like their style. It might not mean their style is good. But, it's recognizable." Chromeo, 'Jealous (I Ain't With It)&…

  7. Armin van Buuren Reigns at 'Intense' Madison Square Garden Concert

    April 12, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Armin van Buuren's first night of his Armin Only: Intense tour was a proof-of-concept writ large as the master DJ/producer stood behind his sunken decks at New York's Madison Square Garden Friday (April 11) commanding the arm-waving, glow-gloved crowd with a set that began with ice…

  8. Coachella's 10 Toughest Scheduling Conflicts (And Who You Should See)

    April 10, 2014 10:15 AM EDT Muse or Skrillex? Calvin Harris or Little Dragon? QOTSA or EOTS? Check out the 10 most difficult set time clashes at this year's festival. As exciting as it is when the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival schedule is unveiled each year, as it was on Tuesday night (Apr. 8) , there…

  9. Future Talks 'Honest' Album & Becoming 'A Better Man'

    April 07, 2014 2:06 PM EDT Worried about turning off rap fans, Future scratched a song with Miley Cyrus from his album. Future doesn't get caught up in the nuances of his growing fame. Despite a packed promo schedule for his second album, "Honest" (due April 22 on Freebandz/Epic), it's his future…

  10. Ask Billboard: What Hits Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample?

    April 04, 2014 8:05 PM EDT As Aloe Blacc's 'The Man' equals the Hot 100 peak of the song it interpolates, Elton John's 'Your Song,' what other songs with samples or borrowed lyrics have fared as well as - better - than the originals? As always, submit your questions about Billboard…

  11. Billboard Cover Star Idina Menzel's Look: How to Get It

    March 28, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Turning up Idina Menzel's glam factor for Billboard's latest cover shoot was nothing but a treat for Kemal Harris of bi-coastal styling duo, Kemal & Karla, who ranks at No. 4 on The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Stylists List in 2014 . The Broadway legend was…

  12. Pharrell Williams Signs with Adidas, Line Expected this Summer

    March 27, 2014 6:29 PM EDT With one lift of his quirky Vivienne Westwood hat from a lavish marble coffee table, Pharrell Williams confirmed that he’s officially the newest member of the Adidas team. After a few months of a rumored affiliation with the brand known for their three stripes logo and appearances wearing the…

  13. Idina Menzel's Fairy Tale Journey: From Broadway to 'Frozen' and a 'Gorgeous' Note From John Travolta (Cover Story)

    March 24, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The "Frozen" star has a top 10 hit, 'Fanzels' who follow her every move, a new Broadway smash and a name (even when mangled) that has gone household "Hey, it's me." The whistles and screams that greet this bit of dialogue are more Madison Square…

  14. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  15. Why Kat Dahlia's Vocal-Cord Problems Won't Kill Her Career: the R&B Newcomer Battles Back

    March 17, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Fresh off a photo shoot, Kat Dahlia is being rushed through the streets of Manhattan in a black car. It's early March, two weeks after she released her contagiously funky new single "Crazy" and three months away from the arrival of her debut album, “My Garden,” a pivotal time…

  16. SXSW: American Authors, Betty Who Lead Billboard & BMI's Acoustic Brunch

    March 15, 2014 11:23 AM EDT L.A.-based exec Scott Perry summed up the scene best when he tweeted, "@bmi brunch with a few hundred friends @sxsw" Boasting perhaps the most stellar lineup in its seven-year history, BMI and Billboard's Acoustic Brunch on the lawn of at the Four Seasons kept the mimosas…

  17. Ice Cube Raps On Making Movies, the Grammys and N.W.A.'s Hall of Fame Snub

    March 14, 2014 12:31 AM EDT In the 20-plus years since Ice Cube decided to focus on movies, he's taken on key roles in filmmaking - acting, writing, even directing. But it's his work as a producer, with his own production company Cube Vision, that's given him the most satisfaction - and perhaps the most…

  18. Paramore & Beyond: The 10 Most Awesome Things We Saw at Parahoy!

    March 12, 2014 7:10 PM EDT The best of four days at sea with Paramore, Teegan & Sara, New Found Glory and more The maiden voyage of the Parahoy! cruise finally came back to shore yesterday. The four-day excursion to the Bahamas might have been filled with angsty music, but that didn't stop the good vibes…

  19. Avicii to Launch Pop Up Shop During Ultra Music Festival (Exclusive)

    March 12, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Manager Ash Pournouri talks about his latest branding endeavor, a one-week only Avicii-themed concept store in Miami at the end of March. Fans can get Avicii-branded t-shirts, tote bags, flip flops and condoms When the dance music world descends on Miami each March for the combined…

  20. Parahoy! Day 4: Tegan & Sara, New Found Glory Wrap Cruise's Maiden Voyage

    March 11, 2014 11:00 AM EDT After four days at sea, Parahoy!'s maiden voyage finally came to a close Monday (March 10). It actually felt more like a Sunday, with party-worn guests finally realizing they'd be waking up early and heading back to their ordinary lives the next day. Still, it was a whole '…

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