1. Pop Shop Picks: Lana Del Rey, Twin Shadow, Hundred Waters & More

    April 18, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Each Friday, we'll showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up our speakers. These can include a brand-new song or something that's been simmering; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! Lana Del Rey, "West Coast" Listening to "West…

  2. 'Nashville' Star Charles Esten Isn't Messing Around: 'If Songs Don't Further the Scene, We Don't Sing Them'

    April 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Things are heating up on ABC's "Nashville," as the Wednesday night drama heads toward its' second season finale in May. For Charles Esten, who plays the rugged Deacon on the series, the series has turned out to be a blessing in more ways than one. "When the script…

  3. Randy Houser Talks 'Kiss' Success, Tees Up Next Single 'Like a Cowboy'

    April 17, 2014 9:21 PM EDT Randy Houser is in the midst of the hottest streak of his career. The Stoney Creek recording artist has notched back-to-back chart toppers with "How Country Feels" and "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," and with his latest, "Goodnight Kiss," sitting at No. 2 on the…

  4. Sky Ferreira: 'I Blame Myself' Video Is Not Racist

    April 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT "I'm a woman, not a fucking little girl," the pop singer writes on Facebook in defense of her latest visual. Sky Ferreira's new music video , for her "Night Time, My Time" standout "I Blame Myself," features the singer palling around a torn-up Los…

  5. Chris Robinson Brotherhood, 'Beggar's Moon': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 16, 2014 11:15 AM EDT After taking a year off for its frontman and keyboardist to fly with the Black Crowes, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is back in action and particularly excited about its upcoming third studio album, "Phosphorescent Harvest," according to its namesake. "We took a year off and…

  6. Chart Highlights: Jason Derulo Dominates Pop Songs With 'Talk Dirty'

    April 14, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The singer scores his first format leader since 2010. Plus, new No. 1s for the Black Keys, Jerrod Niemann and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our…

  7. Coachella Goes Pop: Why The 2014 Festival Felt More Mainstream Than Ever

    April 14, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Justin Bieber played the main stage at Coachella . Okay, well, technically he performed for a single song, and as a surprise guest during the performance of Chance The Rapper, a buzzed-about indie MC with no proper album to his name yet. But technicalities aside, Bieber was there, white…

  8. Ian Anderson Releases New Solo Album, Talks 'End' of Jethro Tull

    April 14, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Stream Anderson's new album, "Homo Erraticus" A second consecutive Ian Anderson solo album -- "Homo Erraticus," due out April 15 -- is affirming to Jethro Tull fans what they mostly already suspected, that the long-lived group is effectively no more. Anderson writes…

  9. Coachella 2014: Lana Del Rey Debuts 'West Coast' Single In Star-Making Performance

    April 14, 2014 7:40 AM EDT The fact that the debut of Lana Del Rey's anxiously awaited new single, "West Coast," amounted to an afterthought of her performance at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival on Sunday night (Apr. 13) is perhaps the biggest compliment the set can receive. "…

  10. Summer Festival Safety: The Perennial Issues & New Challenges In 2014

    April 11, 2014 12:46 PM EDT The unofficial start of the North American festivals season begins this weekend with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., amid the usual concerns about the overall safety of live music festivals. Recent events at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami and SXSW in Austin…

  11. Dan + Shay First Rookie Duo to Debut At No. 1 on Country Albums Chart

    April 10, 2014 2:41 PM EDT The pair does what no other twosome has done in the chart's 50-year history: debut at the summit with a first album. Plus, chart action for Josh Thompson, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line and more Dan + Shay become the first rookie duo to arrive at No. 1 on Billboard's Top…

  12. Christina Perri, 'Head or Heart: Behind the Album': Documentary Premiere

    April 10, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Last Tuesday (April 1) Christina Perri released “Head or Heart,” the follow-up to her 2011 debut album “lovestrong.” In a documentary-style behind-the-scenes video exclusively revealed to Billboard today called "Head or Heart: Behind the Album,” she goes in depth about its creation.…

  13. Lee Ann Womack Signs With Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music

    April 10, 2014 5:13 AM EDT In one of the livelier bidding wars in Nashville history, Sugar Hill Records/Welk Music has signed Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lee Ann Womack. The critically acclaimed vocalist’s eagerly anticipated new record is slated for a September release, with a first single coming this summer.…

  14. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

    April 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, with Kiss and Nirvana bristling over the…

  15. 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…

  16. Why Wu-Tang's Stunt Could Actually Work

    April 08, 2014 2:58 PM EDT The rap legends claim to have a $5 million bid already on the one and only copy of their next album as its heads to auction. Fans have been waiting for a Wu-Tang Clan reunion record since 2007 — but would one pay millions to hear it? That's what the rap group is counting on by…

  17. Vince Neil Talks Mötley Crüe Country Tribute Album at ACM Awards: Watch

    April 07, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Mötley Crüe's time as a live act may be coming to an end, but an upcoming country tribute album is giving their songs new life. Crüe frontman Vince Neil was on hand at yesterday (April 6)'s ACM Awards, where he spoke about the covers album and how he's being accepted into the…

  18. ACM Awards: 15 Things You Didn't See On TV

    April 07, 2014 10:19 AM EDT The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are now in the history books, but the old saying "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" isn't entirely true. You saw the performances and heard the speeches, but there were a lot of interesting comments from the press room and…

  19. Play Ball: Asher Roth Previews Philadelphia Phillies' 2014 Season

    April 05, 2014 1:55 PM EDT This Philadelphia area native talks Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, the 1993 World Series and more 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…

  20. Play Ball: New Found Glory Talks Miami Marlins' 2014 Season

    April 04, 2014 12:18 PM EDT New Found Glory's often-shirtless bass player Ian Grushka is a fanatic for game-used memorabilia 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…

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