1. John Mayall, 'Why Did You Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" with "A Special Life," his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. "Any time I make an album, I'm…

  2. Ed Sheeran Announces Solo Arena Tour

    April 14, 2014 12:20 PM EDT It's been a month of firsts for Ed Sheeran. The singer-songwriter landed on the cover of Billboard , released the opening single off his highly anticipated sophomore album, rocked "Saturday Night Live," and now he's announced his first-ever headlining arena tour of North…

  3. Sevendust, 'Bonfire': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The Atlanta rockers go acoustic on their new "Time Travelers & Bonfires" album. "We went in full guns blazin', man" Sevendust, frontman Lajon Witherspoon points out, "is an electric band." But a decade of warm feelings for "Southside Double…

  4. 20 Hot Coachella Moments: Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Slash & More Day 3 Surprises

    April 14, 2014 8:57 AM EDT The first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival wound down Sunday night after three long, loud days in the desert. But the annual bash went out with an enourmous bang. Keeping with the previous day’s conveyer belt of guest appearances, day 3 featured unexpected…

  5. 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. "…

  6. Arcade Fire Take Jabs At Coachella, Bring Out Debbie Harry During Headlining Set

    April 14, 2014 6:05 AM EDT The Blondie singer helps end Weekend 1 of the festival with "Heart Of Glass." Arcade Fire headlined a day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival just three years ago, and since then, the Montreal indie-rock collective has only gotten bigger, both in terms of its…

  7. Coachella 2014: Calvin Harris, Disclosure Bring Big-Stage Dance Parties

    April 14, 2014 5:49 AM EDT Once each weekend, Coachella hands the main stage over to an EDM producer who has the honor of hosting the polo field’s biggest dance party. Swedish House Mafia, the Chemical Brothers and Tiesto have all taken their turns at the helm of the festival. The event's 2014 edition belonged to…

  8. Coachella 2014 Live Stream: Watch the Fest Webcast

    April 13, 2014 6:03 PM EDT Coachella 2014 rolls on tonight, but with a daily three-channel Youtube webcast straight from the festival which you can watch here, you don't have to actually be out in the California desert to see a lot of the multi-stage musical action live. Arcade Fire, Beck, Disclosure and…

  9. Play Ball: Thrice Previews Los Angeles Angels’ 2014 Season

    April 13, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Drummer Riley Breckenridge also talks his baseball-themed side project Puig Destroyer 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 of…

  10. 20 Hot Coachella Moments: Jay Z & Beyoncé Cameos, Nirvana Covers & Pharrell's Stars Day 2

    April 13, 2014 1:28 PM EDT Coachella 2014 rolled on Saturday (April 13) with epic performances by Lorde , Muse , Skrillex and headliner Pharrell Williams and guests including Gwen Stefani and Diddy among the dozens of acts rocking the desert. Take a time-stamped look at the 20 hottest happenings on the festival's…

  11. 'SNL' Recap: Ed Sheeran Previews 'x' Songs, GOP Invades Coachella, Taylor Swift Pops In

    April 13, 2014 12:22 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who recently graced the cover of Billboard , paid a visit to "Saturday Night Live" on April 12 to preview two new tracks from his upcoming sophomore album, "x," due June 23 on Atlantic Records. Ed Sheeran's Pre-'SNL' Day in New…

  12. Coachella 2014: Pharrell Williams Rules With Hits, The Hat & Huge Guest Stars

    April 13, 2014 7:08 AM EDT Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Diddy and others help the singer/rapper/producer own Indio. Pharrell Williams continued his impossibly long hot streak during his performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday (Apr. 12), recruiting some of his most famous friends and…

  13. Coachella 2014: The Knife Dazzles Crowd At First U.S. Appearance In 8 Years

    April 12, 2014 3:53 PM EDT There's a difference between playing an album live and bringing an album to life. One approach aims to faithfully reproduce an existing work and the other diligently reinvents it in a changed context, making a new creation in the process. Coachella 2014! Photos: Live at Coachella Photos:…

  14. 23 Hot Coachella Moments: Ellie Goulding Cheers, Beyoncé Covers & Prince Sightings Day 1

    April 12, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Coachella 2014 got underway in Indio, Calif. Friday (April 11) with huge sets by The Replacements , Ellie Goulding, Girl Talk and headliners OutKast among the dozens of acts rocking the desert. Take a time-stamped look at the 23 hottest happenings on the festival's first day. Find…

  15. Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies at Age 69

    April 12, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez has died of cancer. He was 69. His death was announced on his official Facebook page Friday. …

  16. Outkast's Coachella Comeback: Rap Duo Returns With Important, Imperfect Performance

    April 12, 2014 7:32 AM EDT On the one hand, the audience members at Coachella's 2014 fest were incredibly lucky, being the first ones to watch the reunited Outkast perform in person when the Atlanta duo headlined the first night of the festival on Friday (Apr. 11). Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella •…

  17. Coachella 2014 Kicks Off With Standout Performances From Alt-Rock Buzz Bands

    April 12, 2014 6:36 AM EDT Bastille, Haim, Grouplove and More heat up the first afternoon of the 3-day desert bash The sun loomed high over the polo field by the mid-afternoon of the first day of this year's sold-out Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which found attendees fist-pumping their way through a…

  18. 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…

  19. Ray Price's Final Recordings: 'Everyone Had the Feeling Something Special Was Happening'

    April 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Fred Foster remembers the first time he met Ray Price. "It was New Years' Eve 1953 in Washington, DC," he recalled to Billboard. "Every New Years' Eve, [promoter Connie B. Gay] would take over Capitol Arena, and put on a huge show. There was Ernest Tubb, Red Foley,…

  20. Stephen Colbert Comes To 'The Late Show,' and Jimmy Fallon Finally Finds a Music Rival

    April 11, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Following yesterday's announcement that Stephen Colbert will be inheriting "The Late Show" from David Letterman in 2015, "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon posted on Twitter , "I'd like to welcome the great @StephenAtHome to network late night and also…

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