1. Michelle Obama, Kellie Pickler To Guest Star On 'Nashville'

    April 19, 2014 3:02 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama and "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler will appear on an upcoming episode of ABC's "Nashville," the network announced on Friday (April 18).  'Nashville' Star Charles Esten Isn't Messing Around: 'If Songs Don't…

  2. 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 to…

  3. 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…

  4. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Set For Biggest Week Yet Thanks to Easter

    April 18, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Thanks to Easter-fueled shopping, the "Frozen" soundtrack is on course for its biggest sales week yet. Industry sources forecast the album to sell between 225,000 to 250,000 copies in the week ending April 20, Easter Sunday. That would easily surpass the album's best frame (202…

  5. 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…

  6. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spent two weeks at No. 98 on the Billboard 200…

  7. CODE Guest Playlist: Kygo's Feeling Avicii, Chromeo and More

    April 18, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Billboard CODE caught up with Kygo this week to discuss the 22-year-old artist’s emergence , as well as provide a peek into the music he’s currently listening to. Here’s the melody-laden playlist that the young producer assembled. Give it a listen below. Kygo Talks Mixing for Diplo, Coldplay…

  8. One Direction's 'You & I' Video: Shape-Shifting, Face-Swapping Fun

    April 18, 2014 2:06 PM EDT One gray sweater to rule them all. After One Direction supported its "Midnight Memories" album with expansive videos for "Best Song Ever," "Story of My Life" and the title track, the quintet decided to keep things simple for fourth single "You & I,"…

  9. Linda Ronstadt Rocks Highest-Charting Album In 24 Years

    April 18, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The pop/rock icon – and now Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – returns with 'Duets,' which spurs her best chart rank since 1990 New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt roars back onto the Billboard 200 , as her new compilation "Duets" debuts at No. 32. The bow…

  10. Enrique Iglesias' Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned + Behind-the Scenes Video

    April 18, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Billboard's latest cover star is Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias , and in this story, no topic is off-limits. Opening up about his strained relationship with his father, Anna Kournikova, the recent death of his dog and his new album "Sex and Love," Iglesias sheds some light…

  11. First 'Jersey Boys' Movie Trailer Debuts

    April 18, 2014 12:57 PM EDT The first trailer for Clint Eastwood's highly anticipated film version of the hit Broadway musicalJersey Boys has debuted online. The clip begins with The Four Seasons singing under a street lamp and follows their rise to performing for cheering crowds. The trailer shows Bob Gaudio …

  12. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  13. 5 Things We Learned About Sia From Her NY Times Magazine Story

    April 18, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Read on to find out the shy artist's new album title and what Britney Spears has to say about her. On Friday (Apr. 18), the New York Times Magazine published "Sia Furler, the Socially Phobic Pop Star," a revealing profile of the ultra-shy pop singer-songwriter by Steve Knopper.…

  14. Black Label Society Lands First No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    April 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Zakk Wylde-led group also starts atop Hard Rock Albums. Plus, Jack White debuts on Hot Rock Songs, Chevelle tops Mainstream Rock Songs and more Black Label Society scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" launches at…

  15. Prince Gains His Catalog in Landmark Deal With Warner Bros.; New Album Coming

    April 18, 2014 10:08 AM EDT The legendary artist returns to Warner Bros. Records, will re-release "Purple Rain" and "other planned projects" Prince has returned to Warner Bros. Records after 18 years with a deal that will see him regain ownership of his catalog. His classic Warner albums like…

  16. '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…

  17. Sharon Jones On the Dap-Kings: There's 'Enough Material To Work On Another Album'

    April 18, 2014 8:00 AM EDT You can't keep a good woman and her band down -- which is why Sharon Jones promises there's more where "Give the People What they Want," her fifth album with the Dap-Kings, came from. Jones tells Billboard that the group "did like 22, 23 songs" for the album,…

  18. Billboard Finalists Debut, J Balvin Rules Tropical Chart

    April 18, 2014 8:00 AM EDT The 2014 edition of the "Billboard Latin Music Awards Finalists" compilation enters Top Latin Albums as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 6, moving 1,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Compared to previous Billboard Latin Music Awards sets, the 2014 entry nets the highest ranking…

  19. Madison Avenue’s ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’ Grows up, Tops Chart

    April 17, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Madison Avenue’s “Don’t Call Me Baby” is showing impressive endurance.  The house track has been remixed for the first time and is currently enjoying a fourth week at No. 1 on the ARIA Club Tracks Chart, more than a decade after the original cut topped the Official U.K. Singles Chart.  “It’s…

  20. Play Ball: The Baseball Project Talks Los Angeles Dodgers' 2014 Season

    April 17, 2014 7:06 PM EDT Steve Wynn of the Baseball Project assesses baseball's highest paid and most hyped 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-by-team preview…

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