1. Kaiser Chiefs Crowned Leaders of U.K. Albums Chart

    April 07, 2014 3:26 AM EDT U.K. modern rock band the Kaiser Chiefs debuted at No. 1 on the new British album chart Sunday (Apr. 6) with their fifth full-length, “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/Universal). Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” (Interscope/Universal), currently No. 8 on Billboard’s…

  2. Meet Birdy: 10 Things To Know About The U.K. Teen

    April 01, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The "Wings" artist discusses fast food, her current iPod staples and her new sophomore album. Jasmine van den Bogaerde, better known by her stage name Birdy, is gearing up for a huge year: the 17-year-old British singer/songwriter is hitting the road with Christina Perri for a…

  3. Stevie Nicks To Receive BMI Icon Award in May

    March 31, 2014 5:03 PM EDT There should be a veritable "Landslide" of emotion when Stevie Nicks is honored by BMI with its prestigious Icon Award at the 62nd Annual Pop Awards ceremony, Tuesday, May 13, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The invitation-only ceremony will also recognize the…

  4. SFX Chief Robert Sillerman Tops 'Power 50' Dance Music Poll

    March 31, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Robert Sillerman’s rollercoaster March has climaxed with the SFX Entertainment chairman and CEO topping a poll which ranks the “most powerful” people in dance music.  Sillerman is No. 1 on dance music title inthemix’ second annual “Power 50“ list , nudging out 2013's leader Pasquale…

  5. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  6. 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…

  7. Weezer Teases Return to Studio: Watch

    March 19, 2014 8:16 PM EDT Though the band was highly prolific toward the latter part of last decade, releasing four full-lengths and one compilation album from 2005-2010, Weezer has remained fairly dormant since "Death to False Metal" dropped in 2010 -- though it's maintained a touring regimen,…

  8. Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse In CRWN Interview

    March 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT "I'm approaching it like it is my last project – I think that's why it's a lot different than anything else." Lil Wayne expands on why "Tha Carter V," set for a May release, will likely be his last solo album in the first episode of his "Lil Wayne CRWN…

  9. John Rich Unveils New Lifestyle Line, Redneck Riviera

    March 18, 2014 7:57 PM EDT John Rich has always been great at creating new and varied sounds -- starting with Lonestar back in the mid 1990s, he has found success as a solo artist (“Shuttin’ Detroit Down”), as a producer and songwriter (Gretchen Wilson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill), and his decade-long partnership with…

  10. Foster the People, 'Supermodel': Track-By-Track Review

    March 17, 2014 1:16 PM EDT What's harder than making America dance to a song that's ostensibly about a school shooting? Figuring out how to follow that out-of-nowhere success, of course. With the 2010 single "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People mastermind Mark Foster proved he could do the former,…

  11. This Week In Billboard Chart History: 'Penny Lane' Marks Beatles' Route To No. 1

    March 17, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 1967, the Fab Four beat a path to the top of the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Wilson Phillips, Joan Jett and Diddy Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March 17, 1990 Wilson Phillips made…

  12. 'Let It Go' Helps Idina Menzel Make Hot 100 History

    March 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Idina Menzel has made history on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The singer's rise into the top 10 with "Let It Go" makes her the first person with both a top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Menzel's Oscar-winning "Let It Go" (from the film "Frozen"…

  13. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. On March 7, California assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat whose district includes Malibu,…

  14. SXSW: John Doe of X, Kieran Leonard Give Accounts of Fatal Incident

    March 13, 2014 2:37 PM EDT "It seemed like he was deliberately swerving to try to hit people, sort of like a video game," Leonard says of the suspect Billboard has spoken with artists and others who were at or around the scene of the fatal car crash on Red River Street in Austin during South By Southwest.…

  15. Afrojack's Debut Album 'Forget The World' Due Out In May

    March 13, 2014 11:36 AM EDT After spending the past year releasing a series of singles, Afrojack will release his debut album, "Forget the World," on May 19. The Dutch producer's first LP will feature collaborations among Wiz Khalifa and Sting, among others. In March 2013, Afrojack signed a worldwide deal…

  16. Pharrell Williams' 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    March 13, 2014 9:55 AM EDT In music and entertainment, Pharell Williams can do it all. A creative force to be reckoned with, he wears many hats other than the now-famous Vivienne Westwood mountain hat he sported at the Grammys: he's a s singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, fashion designer and much more ( look at…

  17. 10-Year-Old Grace Liu Wants You to 'Get in My Car': Watch

    March 12, 2014 9:51 PM EDT The studio that brought you "Friday," "Chinese Food" and "It's Thanksgiving" is about to get bilingual with its newest venture. Such is the video for "Get in My Car," the new music video/song/best birthday ever from 10-year-old Grace Liu that'…

  18. Def Jam Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 2 Chainz and Pusha T Rocking, Kanye West Watching

    March 12, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Def Jam records celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW with a star-studded showcase, which included performances by 2 Chainz, Pusha T, YG, and a host of top picks from the Def Jam Roster. 
 The event, which took place at Stubbs BBQ, was sponsored by web hosting companyMedia Temple and…

  19. Ask Billboard: Shakira's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 07, 2014 6:35 PM EST This week's mailbag looks at the top chart hits by ths week's Billboard cover act, Pharrell's rapid-fire rise to No. 1 on Radio Songs and Demi Lovato's career song and album sales As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings,…

  20. Rapper Speaker Knockerz Found Dead at 19

    March 07, 2014 6:25 PM EST Young rapper Speaker Knockerz was found dead Thursday at a South Carolina home, the Richland County Coroner's office has confirmed with Billboard. Born Derek McAllister, the 19-year-old emcee was discovered in his garage on Two Notch Road in Columbia. Coroner Gary Watts said foul play is…

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