1. Country Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

    April 20, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Country musician Kevin Sharp, who defied the odds in a well-publicized battle with cancer in the 1990s prior to becoming a hit artist on the Billboard country charts, has died at the age of 43. He passed away Saturday evening (April 19) due to ongoing complications from past stomach…

  2. 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…

  3. FKA Twigs Dazzles New York on First U.S. Tour

    April 18, 2014 1:37 PM EDT The tastemakers' darling announced she'll be working on her debut record following her return to England. FKA twigs is finally ready for the stage. Last night the R&B experimentalist emerged from her lair of mystery to mesmerize a small audience at a converted West Village strip…

  4. 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' Explores the Mythology of Rock's Jekyll and Hyde

    April 17, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Alice and "Super" director talk about the new "doc opera" premiering at Tribeca. "You can't just do a documentary on Alice Cooper" You wouldn't expect a film about Alice Cooper to be a normal documentary, would you? Of course not. So here comes "…

  5. Golden Gods to Air in May on VH1 Classic; Axl Rose and Joan Jett Lead Honorees

    April 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT The Golden Gods Awards, a ceremony devoted solely to hard rock and heavy metal, is returning to TV on Saturday, May 24 via VH1 Classic at 8 p.m. ET/PT, produced by Dick Clark Productions and Revolver magazine. The four-hour live show will tape Wednesday, April 23, at Los Angeles' Club…

  6. 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…

  7. Coachella 2014: Lorde Makes Desert Debut, Gets Royal Treatment

    April 13, 2014 8:49 AM EDT “This is actually the first big thing I ever booked,” a wind-swept Lorde told the crowd packed onto the land surrounding the outdoor stage. “I said … holy fuck, we booked Coachella . I was screaming on the phone. We are so lucky to be here. This is mental.” Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at…

  8. 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…

  9. Coachella 2014: The Replacements Soldier Through Problematic Performance

    April 12, 2014 8:36 AM EDT After ending their 22-year hiatus and triumphantly returning to the stage at Riot Fest last year, the Replacements had marked Coachella as the next step in their long-overdue comeback. The legendary Minneapolis post-punk collective may have been listed in the second-biggest font on…

  10. Coachella’s Promoter on Producing the Festival, a Third Weekend, Permanent Toilets

    April 11, 2014 6:52 PM EDT As organizers of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., tee up the event's 2014 run, Paul Tollett, president/CEO of producer Goldenvoice, has some hot news to reveal.   “We’ve built permanent toilets,” Tollett tells Billboard. “We built 96 of ‘em, for women, and we’re…

  11. Paul Weller Talks New Menswear Line Real Stars Are Rare

    April 11, 2014 5:25 PM EDT "I thought music was complicated, but it's a f-ing breeze compared to this," says a laughing Paul Weller as he surveys the surrounding clothes rails on which hangs the debut collection of his first stand-alone menswear label, Real Stars Are Rare. It's a line heavily…

  12. Lady Gaga's Birthday: Her Top 10 Deep Cuts

    March 28, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Check out this countdown of Gaga's 10 best non-hits, inspired by the pop superstar's 28th birthday. "Paparazzi." "Born This Way." "Alejandro." "Applause." "Poker Face." "Telephone." The list of Lady Gaga's hit…

  13. John Legend Gives 'All' At Walt Disney Hall

    March 27, 2014 7:33 PM EDT John Legend brought his own brand of immersion therapy to Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall last night (March 26). And the audience got lifted during the fourth stop on the singer/songwriter’s first acoustic junket: "An Evening With John Legend: The All of Me Tour."   And…

  14. Luke Bryan, Randy Houser Crack Hot Country Songs Top 10

    March 27, 2014 2:25 PM EDT The singers score their 15th and fourth top 10s, respectively. Plus, moves for Dan + Shay, Brantley Gilbert, Jo Dee Messina and more Luke Bryan and Randy Houser freshen up the top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart , as Bryan's "Play It Again" flies 18-9 and Houser&…

  15. Morning TV's Battle of the Bands: 'Today' & 'Good Morning America' Concert Wars Escalate

    March 26, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Jimmy Fallon's arrival on "The Tonight Show" is having an unlikely effect on the battle to book big music stars on morning TV's summer concert series. Sources tell Billboard that NBC's "Today" is using Fallon's initial ratings success as leverage in an…

  16. Jackie Chan's K-Pop Group JJCC Releases Debut Single 'At First': Watch

    March 24, 2014 9:45 PM EDT The quintet premieres with a mid-tempo R&B-pop release and special effects-heavy video As previously reported, Jackie Chan is trading in action-film stunts for artist management , beginning with K-pop boy band JJCC. The quintet officially released its debut single "At First"…

  17. Gwar's Top 5 Mainstream Moments: Fox News, 'Beavis & Butt-Head' & More

    March 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Gwar was never meant for the mainstream. Since founding the band in 1984, singer Oderus Urungus (aka David Brockie) was on an unrepentant mission to be as outrageous and socially unacceptable as possible. Costumes of oversized battle armor, offensive lyrics and brutal music were his…

  18. Pop Shop Picks: Allie X, Sia, CuckooLander & More

    March 21, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Pop Shop Picks is back! 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! Allie X, "Prime" Allie X had…

  19. 'American Idol' Recap: Top 10 Sing Billboard Hits By Lady Gaga, One Direction, Avicii + More

    March 20, 2014 12:14 AM EDT From the beginning of the season, all eyes have been on Harry Connick Jr. as the judge to watch. During last night's "Billboard Hits" themed episode of "American Idol," Jennifer Lopez took center stage as she seriously stepped up her judging game, dispensing…

  20. Chris Brown to Remain in Jail for a Month

    March 17, 2014 7:36 PM EDT Chris Brown will spend another month in jail after a judge said Monday he was told the singer made troubling comments in rehab about being good at using guns and knives. Brown, 24, was arrested on Friday after he was dismissed from a Malibu facility where he was receiving treatment for anger…

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