1. Alternative Press Announces Inaugural AP Music Awards, Nominees

    April 24, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Punk mag Alternative Press has announced it will host the inaugural AP Music Awards on July 21 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame And Museum in Cleveland.  The night will include performances by Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Misfits, A Day To Remember, All Time Low,…

  2. Latin Conference: Afo Verde, Sony Latin CEO, on the 'Art of A&R'

    April 24, 2014 4:20 PM EDT In some ways music executive Afo Verde, who gave a presentation during the Billboard Latin Conference in Miami yesterday, is a rock star. He not only provided keen insights into the industry during his talk, but at one point a member of the audience gave him a demo -- which was followed by at…

  3. ZZ Ward Premiere: Watch 'Last Love Song' Music Video

    April 24, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Watch the official visual for Ward's latest single, to be used in a new promo for "Pretty Little Liars." "Last Love Song," a highlight from pop-rock singer-songwriter ZZ Ward's 2012 debut album "Til the Casket Drops," has been tapped to appear in the…

  4. Lenny Kravitz Releasing New Album 'Strut' in September Through Kobalt Label Services (Exclusive)

    April 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz has announced his tenth studio album, "Strut", will be released Sept. 23 through his own Roxie Records imprint. He has signed a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services to release and promote the album. An upcoming Kravitz tour is expected to be announced in the…

  5. Justin Bieber DUI Trial Delayed Until July

    April 24, 2014 12:37 AM EDT Trial was delayed Wednesday until July for pop star Justin Bieber on driving under the influence and other charges after his lawyers asked for more time to examine evidence and discuss whether to accept a possible plea deal. Bieber attorney Roy Black initially asked for a 60-day delay from…

  6. 615 Spotlight: PawnShop Kings Talk EP

    April 23, 2014 4:00 PM EDT For brothers Joel and Scott Owen, who comprise The PawnShop kings, the term "home" is entirely relative to the situation at the moment. That's how Scott describes their growing-up experience. "We spent most of our youth growing up in California," he told Billboard. …

  7. St. Vincent Tapped as Musical Guest For 'Saturday Night Live' Season Finale

    April 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Other "SNL" guests in May include include Coldplay and the Black Keys. St. Vincent, who recently performed alongside the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, will make her "Saturday Night Live" debut during the show's…

  8. Pharrell Williams Still Atop Hot 100; Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown Reach Top 10

    April 23, 2014 2:59 PM EDT 'Happy' leads for a ninth week and takes over atop Streaming Songs, while Timberlake and Brown add to their top 10 totals. Pharrell Williams' "Happy" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week and reaches No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart at last. Meanwhile,…

  9. Justin Bieber Posts 'Throwback' Shot with Selena Gomez on Instagram

    April 23, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Is Wednesday the new #tbt (Throwback Thursday)? Well, according to the Biebs, it just might be. 20-year-old Justin Bieber took to Instagram to share a “throwback” black and white shot of he and Selena Gomez frolicking on the beach alongside his half-siblings in Paradise Cove, Malibu back in…

  10. Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Tops Britain’s All-Time Downloaded Chart

    April 23, 2014 3:52 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been revealed as the most downloaded track of all-time in the United Kingdom. The controversial hit (which features T.I. and Pharrell Williams) is one of only two songs to sell more than 1.5 million downloads, according to a new countdown compiled by the…

  11. OutKast Headlines Australia's Splendour in the Grass Fest

    April 22, 2014 11:56 PM EDT OutKast’s comeback trail will extend as far as Australia. The Atlanta hip hop duo were today confirmed to the bill for this July’s Splendour in the Grass festival, where they’ll deliver their only performance on Aussie turf this season. OutKast leads a line-up that includes Two Door Cinema…

  12. Akdong Musician Rules K-Pop Hot 100 With Debut Album 'Play'

    April 22, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Billboard chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring HIGH4, IU, Apink, Jay Park, BTS, 4Minute, PSY and more Like America has seen so many times via "American Idol," winning a TV singing competition can lead into a massively successful debut album. Brother-sister…

  13. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  14. The Beef: RZA & Raekwon Bicker Over Wu-Tang Clan's 'A Better Tomorrow' Album

    April 22, 2014 2:35 PM EDT In the past month, RZA and Raekwon have expressed their frustration against one another and on the Wu-Tang Clan's upcoming release, "A Better Tomorrow." The album is the group's first release since their 2007 "8 Diagrams," and will accompany the one copy of the…

  15. Aloe Blacc: 4 Steps To His Success

    April 22, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Aloe Blacc's "Lift Your Sprit" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in March after his vocal turn on Avicii's 2013 hit "Wake Me Up"  and his own new single "The Man" turned up the buzz. Now that he's also been a mentor on "The Voice" and…

  16. Peaches Geldof Funeral Draws Famous Mourners

    April 22, 2014 6:14 AM EDT   Former Rolling Stones member Bill Wyman, Sarah Ferguson and musician and BBC music show host Jools Holland were among the mourners at Peaches Geldof's funeral on Monday. The ceremony was held on Easter Monday at lunchtime at the same church in Kent, England where the daughter of Bob…

  17. Rock In Rio Heading To Las Vegas, Site Will Resemble An 'Amusement Park'

    April 22, 2014 12:13 AM EDT A giant roulette-like Ferris wheel. Themed streets boasting the sights and sounds of Brazil, U.S. and U.K. A 400-foot zip-line that zooms festival-goers across the crowd. A flying DJ booth and more than 100 musical acts on six stages.    These are just a few things to expect from the U.S.…

  18. Chart Highlights: Pharrell's 'Happy,' John Legend's 'All Of Me' Expand Reigns

    April 21, 2014 6:05 PM EDT 'Happy' takes over atop a sixth singular-format Billboard airplay chart, while 'All of Me' grants Legend his first Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs No. 1s. Plus, new No. 1s for A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Fitz and the Tantrums and more Chart Highlights offers a…

  19. Jack White Releases 'Lazaretto' Single & Album Track List: Listen

    April 21, 2014 5:18 PM EDT Jack White's second solo studio album, "Lazaretto," now has an official lead single, which doubles as its title track. Listen to the funk freakout, which hits iTunes on Tuesday (Apr. 22), below: There are moments on "Lazaretto" where White's affected flow…

  20. Marc Anthony's Big Move: Inside His Salsa Return & Future Plans

    April 21, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Marc Anthony is backstage at the American-Airlines Arena in Miami, hopping from one foot to the other, like a boxer. His feet are clad in black patent leather shoes, and his slim frame dons a starched white shirt, black tailored pants and a fitted tuxedo jacket. He stares at the floor,…

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