1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. Randy Houser Talks 'Kiss' Success, Tees Up Next Single 'Like a Cowboy'

    April 17, 2014 9:21 PM EDT Randy Houser is in the midst of the hottest streak of his career. The Stoney Creek recording artist has notched back-to-back chart toppers with "How Country Feels" and "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," and with his latest, "Goodnight Kiss," sitting at No. 2 on the…

  6. B.A.P Discusses Stateside Love, Busy Schedule at World Tour Kickoff

    April 17, 2014 8:27 PM EDT The K-pop boy band says, "it's really important to pay back the love from the States" before sending fans fainting at New York concert With tickets sold out for their second New York concert in an hour, the stateside fervor for K-pop boy band B.A.P was reignited once ticket…

  7. Wale, Raekwon Heap Praise on Nas at 'Illmatic' Tribeca Premiere: 'My Hat Tips Off to Him'

    April 17, 2014 7:43 PM EDT "Time Is Illmatic" opened the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night, just days before the twentieth anniversary of Nas' breakthrough album, Illmatic. While the ten-track 1994 release has been lauded as one of the most influential and important albums of hip hop -…

  8. 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…

  9. 'Super Duper Alice Cooper' Explores the Mythology of Rock's Jekyll and Hyde

    April 17, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Alice and "Super" director talk about the new "doc opera" premiering at Tribeca. "You can't just do a documentary on Alice Cooper" You wouldn't expect a film about Alice Cooper to be a normal documentary, would you? Of course not. So here comes "…

  10. CODE First Play: John Dahlback & Benny Benassi, ‘Blink Again’

    April 17, 2014 2:35 PM EDT In the blink of an eye, artists come and go. However, two of dance music’s tenured veterans, Benny Benassi and John Dahlbäck, challenge listeners today with “Blink Again,” their first-ever collaboration. Listen to it below: In addition to a bouncing bassline and vocal chops, “Blink Again”…

  11. Pop Shop Podcast: Coachella Recap (Outkast, Lana Del Rey, Pharrell & More)

    April 17, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  12. Saliva, 'Lost': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 17, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Bobby Amaru says his marching orders were pretty clear when he joined Saliva at the beginning of 2012 to replace original frontman Josey Scott.  "They wanted a new energy," Amaru, who was leading his own band and had also been the drummer for Burn Season prior to joining Saliva,…

  13. Diddy, Guy Gerber, Steve Aoki, Chad Hurley at IMS Engage: Where Worlds Collide and Gates Open

    April 17, 2014 5:34 AM EDT When asked about the origins of 11:11, the name for the much-ballyhooed collaboration between Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Israeli DJ/producer Guy Gerber, the ordinarily loquacious entrepreneur was uncharacteristically reticent. “Some things are better left a mystery,” he said, though his…

  14. Play Ball: Kings of Leon & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Talk Detroit Tigers' 2014 Season

    April 16, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and the Detroit-based indie pop duo talk Tigers 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…

  15. 'Scandal' Character Playlist: 10 Songs For Season 3

    April 16, 2014 2:20 PM EDT It's been a jaw-dropping ride for Gladiators. The third season of ABC's "Scandal" comes to an end Thursday night (April 17), and it's bound to shock and pull at the strings of avid viewers. The season has left many at the edge of their couches with wine glasses…

  16. Golden Gods to Air in May on VH1 Classic; Axl Rose and Joan Jett Lead Honorees

    April 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT The Golden Gods Awards, a ceremony devoted solely to hard rock and heavy metal, is returning to TV on Saturday, May 24 via VH1 Classic at 8 p.m. ET/PT, produced by Dick Clark Productions and Revolver magazine. The four-hour live show will tape Wednesday, April 23, at Los Angeles' Club…

  17. Nas Opens-Up for 'Illmatic' Anniversary Media Blitz

    April 16, 2014 5:22 AM EDT Nas’ seminal debut “Illmatic” is 20 years old this week. And to celebrate the deluxe reissue “Illmatic XX,” the Queens rapper took to the Web for a digital flurry of Q&As on the Tuesday release date.  From HuffPost Live to a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) , an iTunes session run through…

  18. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

  19. Block B Are Carnival Creeps in 'Jackpot' Video: Watch

    April 15, 2014 11:23 PM EDT Enter the K-pop boy band's colorful world where edible scorpions and clown masks are paired with slick choreography Independent K-pop boy band Block B shows no sign of simmering their wild side with an ambitious new single, "Jackpot." Like their last single,  K-Pop Hot 100 Top…

  20. Future Islands Talks Coldplay & Foo Fighters Love and Hitting Coachella Stage

    April 15, 2014 5:33 PM EDT One of the most buzzed-about sets from an act without a top 10 album during weekend one of Coachella 2014 was Future Islands’ Saturday night stint at the Gobi stage. COACHELLA 2014: FULL COVERAGE “This is our first Coachella, festivals are still kind of new to us,’ frontman Sam Herring told…

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