1. Play Ball: Asher Roth Previews Philadelphia Phillies' 2014 Season

    April 05, 2014 1:55 PM EDT This Philadelphia area native talks Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, the 1993 World Series and more 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…

  2. One Direction Rules, Pharrell Gets Slimed at Kids' Choice Awards

    March 29, 2014 10:04 PM EDT One Direction took top music honors at Nickelodeon's 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards, winning two awards, and more than a dozen current and former Nick teenage stars turned out to honor producer Dan Schneider. One Direction won favorite music group and favorite song for "Story…

  3. Disclosure Talks About Classing Up Dance, Mary J. Blige Collab and Next Album

    March 27, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Two brothers from the U.K. bring back a '90s sound and spin off hitmaking vocalists in the process. "We like to have an element of class in our music," says Howard Lawrence of Disclosure. "That's what's lacking in today's chart music, I think." The…

  4. Smashing Pumpkins to Release Pair of 'Epic' Albums in 2015

    March 25, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins signed a new record deal and will release two new albums of "guitars, guitars, and more guitars" in 2015, frontman Billy Corgan announced Tuesday on the band's new website . Through an artist services deal with BMG, the band will release "Monuments…

  5. Dance Music's Next Generation: 10 Young EDM Stars to Watch

    March 24, 2014 3:10 PM EDT They make beats, rule the main stage and are climbing the charts, even if they aren't yet old enough to order a drink at the bar. As festival season kicks off with Ultra in Miami, meet the ­(mostly) under-21s who make up dance music's next generation. Washington has election…

  6. 'Phantom Of The Opera' Musical Welcomes First Black Lead

    March 21, 2014 3:29 AM EDT Norm Lewis has been tapped to be Broadway's next Phantom in the megahit "The Phantom of the Opera," a move that makes him the first African-American to slip behind the famous mask on the Great White Way. Producers said Thursday the Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and…

  7. Justin Bieber's Egg-Throwing Case to Get Cleaned Up: Report

    March 19, 2014 9:26 AM EDT At least one of Justin Bieber's legal woes may soon be cleaned up. According to TMZ , talks between the singer's lawyer and the L.A. County district attorney's office are underway in order to strike a deal over allegations Bieber egged his neighbor's house , causing…

  8. Macy Gray Boards Lee Daniels' Hip-Hop Drama 'Empire'

    March 18, 2014 6:03 PM EDT She'll recur in the Fox project starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Grammy winner Macy Gray is joining Fox's "Empire." The singer-actress has boarded the network's hip-hop drama pilot "Empire," The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From "The…

  9. NFL Now Wants $16.6 Million for M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Bird

    March 18, 2014 9:45 AM EDT As The Hollywood Reporter revealed last September, the NFL has been secretly pursuing M.I.A. in arbitration in the aftermath of Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012. During the event, watched by nearly 167 million TV households, the Sri Lankan singer-rapper extended her middle finger during a…

  10. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at SXSW: 'I Cried and I Laughed'

    March 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Director Martin Shore's new documentary "Take Me to the River" had its world premiere in Austin, Texas, Tuesday night. A musical celebration and Memphis history lesson filled with legendary artists new and old, it makes an ideal programming pick for the synergistic South by…

  11. Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 08, 2014 5:05 PM EST Soundgarden was anything but 'superunknown,' when it unleashed its epic album of that name 20 years ago today on March 8, 1994. The Seattle quartet had existed for a decade: they were among the first acts to record for Sub Pop and a leading band in the Seattle scene that would…

  12. Tourist Announces US Tour, Confirms EP Release Date

    February 28, 2014 1:26 PM EST Last December, an unassuming but polished young man stepped onto the stage at L.A.’s Lyric Theatre and slowly, before a crowd of about 50-60 people, single-handedly built a live electronic soundscape rooted in house music but firmly thrust into the future. Soon it became clear: Those…

  13. Shakira Opens New School in Colombia: 'We Can Change Lives'

    February 25, 2014 10:47 AM EST Global star Shakira returned to her home country of Colombia on Monday (Feb. 24) to inaugurate the eighth school funded by her non profit foundation, Pies Descalzos (Bare Feet). The school and community center, located in the low-income neighborhood of Lomas del Peyé in Cartagena, the tourist…

  14. Judge Reviewing Justin Bieber Arrest Video Before Release

    February 20, 2014 9:06 PM EST A judge said Thursday he will review police video made shortly after Justin Bieber's recent Miami Beach arrest to determine if some portions should be withheld from the public, particularly clips depicting the singer urinating into a cup as part of a drug test. Miami-Dade County Judge…

  15. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 9:30 PM EST Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean and a Superjam with Skrillex will also be showcased at the Tennessee fest. Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted…

  16. New York Dolls Manager Marty Thau Dies

    February 17, 2014 4:30 PM EST Marty Thau, who discovered and managed the careers of the New York Dolls and Suicide, among many others, passed away in Petersburg, VA, at the age of 75 last Thursday, after complications from renal failure. New York City native Thau, the self-declared "chairman" of the…

  17. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Beatles Songs

    February 09, 2014 8:05 AM EST On the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. breakthrough, readers share favorite Fab Four songs, covers, solo hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  18. Justin Bieber Escapes Lawsuit From Bodyguard He Allegedly Beat Up

    February 03, 2014 2:13 PM EST Moshe Benabou sued the legally-troubled star after an altercation at a 2012 concert. Justin Bieber has put the breaks on one of his legal problems. The pop star, currently under fire after being arrested last week on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest, has resolved a…

  19. The Cure Announces 14th Studio Album, Plans New 'Trilogy' Shows

    February 03, 2014 12:20 PM EST Robert Smith's long-running group will also release a series of live DVDs this year. The Cure will come blazing back this year with their 14th studio album, tentatively titled "4:14 Scream," as well as a new 'Trilogy'-style live show in which the rock veterans will…

  20. Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers Rock NYC Saturday Super Bowl Concerts

    February 02, 2014 10:00 AM EST “I wish I could play you our whole new record," Foo's Dave Grohl teased onstage in Manhattan, "but… It’s a f**kin’ surprise.” 'Twas the night before Super Bowl XLVIII and with headlining shows from Foo Fighters and Red Hot Chili Peppers , rock was in full effect…

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