1. Anita Baker Countersues Home Improvement Firm

    April 21, 2014 1:09 AM EDT Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker has countersued a company that says it hasn't been paid for work done on her Detroit-area home. The Detroit Free Press reports Saturday that Baker's attorney says lawyers for Ray A. Smith Painting & Decorating "intended to put her in…

  2. Jay Electronica Tweets His 'Control' Verse Topped Kendrick Lamar's

    April 19, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Talk of Kendrick Lamar's epic verse on the Big Sean track "Control" hasn't ended just yet. This time, Jay Electronica has chimed in on Twitter to share his thoughts on who had the best verse on the popular track.  Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick…

  3. Coachella 2014: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Joins the Replacements (For a Night)

    April 19, 2014 1:33 AM EDT Frontman Paul Westerberg was laid up on the couch (literally) for his band's weekend two set. After what was regarded as a lackluster first weekend set , the Replacements returned to Coachella's Outdoor Stage with a vengeance, recruiting Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong…

  4. NBA Playoffs 2014 Playlist: 16 Songs For Round 1

    April 18, 2014 4:03 PM EDT From Daft Punk soundtracking Charlotte to Jennifer Lopez reaping the Clippers, check out the anthems that best describe this year's playoff teams. The NBA regular season is finally over and the postseason finally begins on Saturday (Apr. 19), with the Miami Heat trying for a third…

  5. Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic': An Inside Look At the Tribeca Film Fest Premiere, Concert

    April 17, 2014 3:35 PM EDT "Time Is "Illmatic," the documentary about Nas' 1994 debut album, lived up to its name last night. Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted that "Illmatic" would be here, at New York's legendary Beacon Theater for the TriBeCa Film Festival's…

  6. 'American Idol' Announces 2014 Tour Dates

    April 17, 2014 5:06 AM EDT Host Ryan Seacrest announced that tickets for the American Idol Summer Tour are going on sale on May 9. The 41-city tour will kick off June 24 in Binghamton, N.Y. and will wrap in Redmond, WA, on Aug. 23.  This summer's tour is a smaller affair than usual, foregoing typical stops at…

  7. Play Ball: Kings of Leon & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Talk Detroit Tigers' 2014 Season

    April 16, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and the Detroit-based indie pop duo talk Tigers 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…

  8. Sean 'Puffy' Combs To Speak At Howard University Commencement, Receive Honorary Degree

    April 15, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University's commencement speech this year in Washington. The school announced Tuesday that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields. Sean Combs Back to Puff Daddy With…

  9. Chris Brown Teases Ariana Grande Duet ‘Don't Be Gone Too Long’ With Dance Video (Watch)

    April 14, 2014 7:52 PM EDT The Chris Brown and Ariana Grande team-up "Don't Be Gone Too Long" has taken its time coming out.  The duet was supposed to drop last month but was delayed due to Brown’s legal problems. Currently in jail awaiting trail on assault charges, on Monday Brown’s team released a…

  10. Jo Dee Messina Goes on 'Rant' About New Single, Indie Status: 'It's Been a Long Road'

    April 14, 2014 3:46 PM EDT For many musical artists, the music business has turned into a DIY model. That's the reality these days for Jo Dee Messina. After a decade-and-a-half on the Curb Records roster, the CMA award winner is on her own label, Dreambound. She does have a promotion team working her music, but…

  11. Pepe Aguilar to Rock Genre-Bending MTV Unplugged Set (Exclusive)

    April 11, 2014 7:00 AM EDT TR3s (formerly known as MTV TR3s), usually turns to Latin rock or alternative acts for its MTV Unplugged series. But after a successful foray into regional Mexican territory with Los Tigres del Norte in 2011, the network is once again thinking outside the box with its next Unplugged, which…

  12. Mobb Deep Returns To Top 10 On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    April 10, 2014 4:38 PM EDT After a nearly eight-year hiatus from the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums top 10, Mobb Deep returns to the region, as its eighth studio album, "The Infamous… Mobb Deep," opens at No. 10. The set starts with 7,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new release is the veteran…

  13. Drai’s Beach Club & Night Club Las Vegas Announces Eric Prydz and More as First Residents: Exclusive

    April 10, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Rising stars take the reins as nightlife mogul Victor Drai unveils his lofty new Las Vegas Beach Club’s inaugural residency lineup. Swedish progressive patriarch Eric Prydz leads a diverse cast of younger headliners that will include Adventure Club, Showtek, and DVBBS. The lineup also…

  14. Pop Shop Podcast: 2014 Festival Preview, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith & More

    April 10, 2014 10:52 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 pop…

  15. Play Ball: R.E.M.'s Mike Mills Talks the Atlanta Braves' 2014 Season

    April 09, 2014 4:00 PM EDT R.E.M.'s bassist (and new Baseball Project member) previews the South's most beloved baseball team. 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…

  16. Drake to Host ESPY Awards

    April 09, 2014 3:27 PM EDT Drake has announced he's hosting this year's ESPY Awards, ESPN's annual sports award show. The "Hold On, We're Going Home" artist said on Twitter that he's "honored" to host the event, which is taking place July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live…

  17. Countdown to the 25th Annual Billboard Latin Music Conference: 1994-1998

    April 08, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. In honor of the 25 anniversary of Billboard's Latin Music Conference, Billboard.biz is breaking out the greatest moments from Latin music's…

  18. Lily Allen Is Not Crazy: The Outspoken Brit Talks 'Sheezus' Comeback Album

    April 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Her five years off were packed with lows (meltdowns, label shakeups) and highs (marriage, kids), but with new album "Sheezus," pop's outspoken Brit is ready to put behind the "ego and narcissism" of her early work and prove what a nice person she is — but not before…

  19. Ed Sheeran's 'Sing' Off To Fast Start At Radio, Retail

    April 08, 2014 3:50 PM EDT After its first day, the singer/songwriter's collab with Pharrell is drawing praise from radio and racking download sales After its first day of availability , Ed Sheeran's "Sing," which Pharrell Williams co-wrote and co-produced, is winning over pop and adult radio and…

  20. 5 Seconds of Summer Goes Global - But They're Not The Next One Direction

    April 08, 2014 12:37 PM EDT "We're not a boy band -- we're a band," says the Australian pop-rock group's Ashton Irwin. "We wanted to stay under the radar for as long as we could -- now is the time for us to really show the world what we're about," says Ashton Irwin, the 19…

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