1. Deniro Farrar Reveals 'Rebirth' EP Cover & Track List: Exclusive

    April 02, 2014 12:04 PM EDT While Deniro Ferrar has released six projects in the span of just three years, his upcoming EP, "Rebirth," is special to the North Carolina rapper. "Rebirth" marks Farrar's first major label project. He inked a record deal with VICE Records/Warner Bros. Records in…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. David Gray Inks Deal to Release 'Mutineers' Album, Debuts New Song

    April 01, 2014 8:36 AM EDT British singer-songwriter David Gray has inked a global agreement with Kobalt Label Services (KLS) for the release of his new studio album "Mutineers." Through the deal, KLS will partner with Gray’s own IHT Records to release and promote the album, which is due June 17. “Mutineers,”…

  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. 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…

  8. YG Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 27, 2014 2:48 PM EDT YG's "My Krazy Life" debuts at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 61,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It leads a new peak of highly anticipated rap releases on the chart. The Los Angeles rapper’s No. 1 debut -- a concept album…

  9. Asaad, 'Flowers II': Exclusive Mixtape Download

    March 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT It's not that he's misunderstood, it's that to know Asaad you have to dig deep. In a short period of time, the North Philly rapper has felt two record deals fall through his fingers (G-Unit/Interscope and Atlantic Records) and the dishonesty from former friend and collaborator…

  10. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  11. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: 'It's Rubbish'

    March 27, 2014 4:21 AM EDT After Joe Elliott’s 35 years fronting Def Leppard, fans might think they know the charismatic vocalist.  But there is another side to one of the most successful front men in hard rock history, one that listens to Tom Waits in the bath, would love to do an acoustic record and can barely…

  12. Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Outkast to Play Milwaukee's Summerfest 2014

    March 26, 2014 7:19 PM EDT A slew of other acts from virtually every genre imaginable will populate the massive, 11-day fest Billed as the "World's Largest Music Festival," Milwaukee's Summerfest has announced its massive 2014 lineup. Spread over 11 days, Summerfest features daily headliners (who…

  13. Wu-Tang Clan To Release One Copy of Secret Double-Album

    March 26, 2014 3:15 PM EDT "This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king," says RZA of "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin." The Wu-Tang Clan have been busy trying to finish "A Better Tomorrow," the proper full-length follow-up to 2007's "8 Diagrams" that doubles…

  14. Lollapalooza 2014 Lineup: Outkast, Eminem, Kings of Leon to Headline

    March 26, 2014 7:43 AM EDT It's official: Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys will rock this year's Lollapalooza. The acts, named in a previous report by the Chicago Tribune , will be joined by Calvin Harris and reunited rap duo Outkast atop the bill at the festival, which is set for Aug. 1…

  15. 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…

  16. Folk-Pop Duo Us Becomes Vine's First Major Label Signing (Exclusive)

    March 24, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Just four months ago, Michael and Carissa Rae Alvarado, a husband-and-wife folk-pop duo known as Us, were trying to promote their just-released album "No Matter Where You Are" via YouTube videos and covers of popular songs. They fared reasonably well, amassing 18 million…

  17. Eric Bellinger Signs With 300 Entertainment

    March 24, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment has signed Grammy Award-winning songwriter Eric Bellinger, Billboard has learned exclusively. Under terms of the new deal, the Warner Music Group-distributed 300 Entertainment will release, market and promote Bellinger’s debut solo album, "The Rebirth."…

  18. Smoke DZA Talks 'Dream.Zone.Achieve' Album, Performs Two Songs: Watch

    March 24, 2014 11:58 AM EDT There's more than meets the eye when it comes to Smoke DZA. The rapper and R.F.C. Music Group label head has been in the game for over a decade, and his personal journey has been one to marvel at. On his upcoming album, "Dream.ZONE.Achieve," DZA breaks down his sonic excursion…

  19. Rewinding The Charts: Billboard 200 Launches, With Harry Belafonte At No. 1

    March 24, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On this date 58 years ago, the country's premier albums chart arrived as a weekly Billboard fixture On March 24, 1956, the legendary Harry Belafonte crowned Billboard's first weekly albums chart – then billed Best Selling Pop Albums in Billboard magazine's pages; now known as…

  20. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Evanescence's 'Bring Me To Life' Tops Alternative Songs

    March 24, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2003, the band crowned the chart with its breakthrough smash. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, the Supremes and the all-star Voices That Care Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March…

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