1. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  2. Wall Street Titans & Their Warbling Daughters

    March 26, 2014 2:48 PM EDT These four daughters of Wall Street honchos have singing careers in sight The daughters of some of the most prominent financial executives are making music instead of money, from a hedge fund billionaire's daughter with four albums under her belt to Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman'…

  3. Elton John Extends Record For Most AC Hits

    March 24, 2014 1:35 PM EDT The icon furthers his lead for the most entries in the Adult Contemporary chart's 53-year history as 'Can't Stay Alone Tonight' debuts Elton John extends his record for the most appearances in the nearly 53-year history of Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, as …

  4. Chuck D Q&A: The Record Store Day Ambassador Looks to the Past for Music's Future

    March 23, 2014 5:44 PM EDT A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood this week to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer…

  5. Sasquatch! Music Festival Cancels Second Weekend

    March 21, 2014 8:45 PM EDT Live Nation Seattle president cites lack of support for Fourth of July weekend For the first time in its 12-year history, Sasquatch! Music Festival planned to expand to two weekends in 2014, offering an initial weekend of music in late May and another over the Fourth of July. However, that…

  6. Phillip Phillips, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills To Make Record Store Day In-Store Appearances

    March 20, 2014 8:15 PM EDT Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips and Mark Mulcahy are among the artists already confirmed to make in-store appearance on Records Store Day, April 19. Barenaked Ladies will perform at Sunrise in Toronto, which will also include an appearance from Paul Rodgers;…

  7. Chipotle, Frank Ocean Settle Lawsuit

    March 20, 2014 7:43 PM EDT The Chipotle lawsuit against Frank Ocean has met a quiet end. After first reporting that the restaurant giant had sued the singer for over $200,000 earlier this month, TMZ reports that the case has been settled outside of court. Chipotle originally took issue with Ocean after he reportedly…

  8. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  9. Billboard Welcomes Tasha Green as New Fashion Editor

    March 19, 2014 12:07 PM EDT Billboard is excited to announce the addition of Tasha Green as its new fashion editor. Green joins Billboard from the Wall Street Journal, where she served as men's style editor and contributed to both the Off Duty weekend section and Wall Street Journal magazine, as a market editor,…

  10. Beastie Boy, GoldieBlox Settle Lawsuit Over ‘Girls’ Ad

    March 18, 2014 12:39 AM EDT A contentious legal battle over the use of the Beastie Boys' 1987 song "Girls" has come to a close with a settlement.  Toy company GoldieBlox, in a preemptive attempt to declare "fair use" of the track in a viral video, took the Beasties to court in Nov. 2013 to which…

  11. Top 10 Quotes of the Week: Lorde, Justin Bieber, Cher, Jennifer Lopez & More

    March 14, 2014 2:30 PM EDT From Lorde's fear of adulthood to Keith Richards' views on being a grandpa, a look at who's saying what in music. "I'd let both those motherf*ckers drown!" - Jennifer Lopez The singer, replying to an L.A. radio DJ question asking whether she'd rescue Ben…

  12. Omarion Calls 'Sex Playlist' Album 'More Concept-Driven' Than Mixtapes

    March 12, 2014 3:11 PM EDT "It's a playlist for the lovers," the R&B star tells Billboard of his upcoming MMG debut. While Rick Ross enjoys another No. 1 album debut on this week's Billboard 200 chart with "Mastermind," his Maybach Music Group cohort, R&B singer-songwriter…

  13. Frank Ocean Responds to Chipotle: 'F--k Off'

    March 11, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Frank Ocean may have gotten Chipotle off his back, thanks to a newly-signed check -- complete with a strongly-worded memo. The Mexican food restaurant first sued the musician on Friday, saying it paid Ocean an advance of $212,500 in July 2013 to record a song called "Pure Imagination…

  14. Paul Stanley Q&A: Kiss Frontman On 'Destructive' Childhood, New Book and Why the Rock Hall Is Like a 'Distorted Bar Mitzvah'

    March 11, 2014 10:50 AM EDT In April, Stanley embarks on a book tour for his memoir "Face the Music: A Life Exposed"… The rocker talks why he finally put his life on paper, the inaccuracies of Gene Simmons' own book, and what actually went down with the Rock Hall of Fame Few bands know how to celebrate…

  15. Skrillex's 'Recess' & 10 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    March 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  16. Morning Fix: Spotify Obtains $200M Credit Facility; Ben Horowitz Talks Music Tech, Bitcoin, 'Yeezus'; Lady Gaga to Present SXSW Keynote; Chipotle Sues Frank Ocean

    March 10, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE SXSWI: VENTURE CAPITALIST BEN HOROWITZ ON 'NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT' MUSIC TECH INVESTMENTS, BITCOING POTENTIAL, 'YEEZUS' (Q&A) Fresh off a chat with Nas (yes, Nas) given to the Austin Convention Center's largest room,…

  17. Chipotle Sues Frank Ocean For Backing Out of Ad Campaign

    March 08, 2014 7:11 AM EST Chipotle is suing Frank Ocean. Related Articles Suit Over Frank Ocean Track & New Congressional Copyright Proposal Expose Complications of Sampling Diplo, the Clash's Mick Jones, Paul Simonon Talk Collaborating with Frank Ocean on Converse's Three Artists, One Song Karen O…

  18. Diplo, the Clash's Mick Jones, Paul Simonon Talk Collaborating with Frank Ocean on Converse's Three Artists, One Song

    March 07, 2014 7:08 PM EST For its first "Three Artists, One Song" campaign in nearly two years, Converse is teaming with Diplo, Frank Ocean and The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for “Hero,” a reggae-tinged tale of urban bravado. The song will be available for free download on Monday, March 10, at…

  19. David Nail Finds the Light on 'I'm a Fire'

    March 06, 2014 9:06 PM EST David Nail realizes that his recent chart-topper "Whatever She's Got" was a little bit of a departure for him. Before, his success at radio has been with dramatic ballads such as "Red Light" and "Let It Rain." But, success speaks for itself. The single…

  20. Mysteryland vs Electric Daisy: Insomniac and ID&T Reveal Lineups for Memorial Day Weekend Festivals

    March 06, 2014 4:29 PM EST What are you doing this Memorial Day? If you’re an EDM fan in New York, you are officially spoiled. Live Nation’s Insomniac and SFX’s ID&T announced their lineups for their competing events this May 24-25. If there were any lingering questions about competition between the two rave…

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