1. New York Clubs Marquee and LAVO to Swap Size Acts AN21, Max Vangeli and More

    April 14, 2014 12:01 PM EDT On April 19th, the lineups at Marquee New York and LAVO will bear more than a bit of resemblance to each other. Developed by Strategic Group partner Jonathan Schwartz, “The Swap” concept aims to provide a unique clubbing experience by allowing four international artists to tag-team two…

  2. Outside Lands 2014: Kanye West, Tom Petty, The Killers Top Lineup

    April 08, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto and Death Cab For Cutie are also going to San Francisco, Aug. 8-10 Hip-hop superstar Kanye West, who rented out San Fancisco's ballpark last fall so he could propose to Kim Kardashian, will return to "The City By the Bay"…

  3. How Kurt Cobain's Friends, Family & Fellow Musicians Reacted to His Death: 20 Quotes

    April 05, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Twenty years later, the April 5, 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain still resonates as one of the most unforgettably scarring days for multiple generations. In the wake of his death, his mother, wife, bandmates, friends, and peers spoke out about the tragedy, expressing the raw emotions of people…

  4. When Kurt Cobain Died: Former Billboard Editor Recalls Being On the Scene When It All Happened

    April 04, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Every generation has that one unforgettable death that bears the question, "Where were you when ____ died?" For baby boomers, it was JFK. For the cool music-minded baby boomers, it was John Lennon. And, for Generation Xers, like myself, it was Kurt Cobain. Like generations past,…

  5. Jennifer Lopez Bests Sean 'Puffy' Combs in Bid for Fuse TV (Sources)

    April 03, 2014 11:02 PM EDT UPDATE: SiTV Media, parent company to the NUVOtv channel, has acquired the Fuse Network, the Madison Square Garden Company announced Friday. Earlier story: Jennifer Lopez has bested her ex-boyfriend Sean “Puffy” Combs in the contest to acquire cable music channel Fuse TV, say sources…

  6. Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence

    April 03, 2014 1:18 PM EDT A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica's Supreme Court. Several roads…

  7. April Fools: The 10 Greatest Music Pranks Ever

    April 01, 2014 9:10 AM EDT As you watch your own back this April Fools' Day, have a look at the 10 greatest pranks ever pulled by musicians -- from Coldplay's smelliness to Nicki Minaj's "nuptials" to John Mayer's bear ego. Justin Bieber: Punking TMZ and #BaldForBieber In last year's…

  8. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  9. 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…

  10. '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…

  11. 'Glee' Recap: Weighed Down With Emotions, 'City of Angels' Episode Doesn't Fly

    March 12, 2014 6:02 AM EDT “This is not how the story was supposed to end.” Tonight awarded Jake Puckerman the most meta of lines, as the club congregates towards the end of the episode, hopes dashed. Spoiler alert up front -- New Directions does not win Nationals this year, and that might not have been the story …

  12. Willie Mays Appears in Calle 13's New Video: Watch

    March 06, 2014 6:21 PM EST Residente receives a bat from the baseball legend, bashes a Maserati, and sends an anti-bling message in "Adentro" clip In Calle 13's dramatic new video, front man René Pérez offers his Maserati as a tomb for a pile of used guns and gold surrendered by a menacing line up of…

  13. Wale, Big Boi, Common & Daddy Yankee To Appear On 'Game of Thrones' Mixtape

    March 06, 2014 5:35 AM EST Could Westeros folk song "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" be getting it's own hip-hop remix? Probably not, but HBO is poise to release a "Game of Thrones" mixtape Friday in preparation for the fantasy show's season 4 debut. "Catch The Throne: The Mixtape,"…

  14. Janelle Monae, Charli XCX Cover 'Simply Irresistible': Listen

    March 04, 2014 5:47 AM EST Soul singer Janelle Monáe and British performer Charli XCX have put their own spins on Robert Palmer’s 1988 hit “Simply Irresistible.” The covers were recorded for the celebrity network E’s “Live from the Red Carpet,” which accompanied its coverage of Sunday’s Academy Awards. Monáe,…

  15. Calle 13's 'Multi_Viral' Drops a Day Early

    February 28, 2014 7:48 PM EST Puerto Rico duo's album was originally expected March 1 Calle 13’s new album “Multi_Viral,” which had been announced for March 1, is available now from iTunes and other digital stores. The release follows a concert that the group, led by the outspoken rapper René Pérez (Residente) and…

  16. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    February 28, 2014 12:25 PM EST Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith tell the full story of how L.A.'s unexpected indie label rewrote rap's rules It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars.…

  17. 25 Movie Stars Turned Musicians

    February 26, 2014 5:30 PM EST First we watched them on the big screen, many of them -- like Kevins Bacon and Costner, Gwyneth Paltrow and Johnny Depp -- reaching mega-star success. But that wasn't enough. No, these movie stars-turned-musicians wanted to express themselves with a mic or a guitar, parlaying their…

  18. CNBLUE Serves Sweet Rock-Pop on 'Can't Stop'

    February 24, 2014 9:45 PM EST The Korean rock quartet return with a new six-track EP boasting a broad range of rock-pop compositions After earning its biggest hit on the K-Pop Hot 100 yet  last February with the angsty "I'm Sorry," CNBLUE returns with "Can't Stop," which sounds sure to send…

  19. Chart Highlights: Katy Perry, HAIM, Pharrell & More Make Moves

    February 24, 2014 3:05 PM EST Perry sets the Pop Songs weekly plays mark with 'Dark Horse'; HAIM hits its first airplay chart; and Pharrell's 'Happy' continues its multi-format surge Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  20. Charlie Worsham Looks Back on Big Year, Gears Up for New Faces Show

    February 21, 2014 7:16 PM EST The past twelve months have been an amazing time in the career of Charlie Worsham. “It’s been a really crazy year,” he admits to Billboard. “It’s hard to believe how much things change and evolve in a year’s time. From having a first single that did really well, and now having a second single…

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