1. Coachella 2014: Pharrell Taps Jay Z, T.I. Usher for Another Guest-Filled Set

    April 20, 2014 7:51 AM EDT Following his set at last week's Coachella Festival , fans wondered if Pharrell Williams could possibly have any more surprises up his sleeve. After all, his hour on April 12 included sit ins from Gwen Stefani (“Hollaback Girl”), Nelly (“Hot in Herre”), and Snoop Dogg (“Drop It Like It&…

  2. Drake Makes (Another) Jab at Jay Z at Raptors/Nets Game

    April 19, 2014 6:32 PM EDT After criticizing Jay Z's lyrical art references in an interview with  Rolling Stone , Drake has once again thrown shade at Hova's highbrow tastes, reports AllHipHop.com . Drake Releases 'Days In The East' Song: Listen The Toronto Raptors' "Global Ambassador…

  3. Jay Electronica Tweets His 'Control' Verse Topped Kendrick Lamar's

    April 19, 2014 1:51 PM EDT Talk of Kendrick Lamar's epic verse on the Big Sean track "Control" hasn't ended just yet. This time, Jay Electronica has chimed in on Twitter to share his thoughts on who had the best verse on the popular track.  Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick…

  4. Happy Record Store Day! Tweets from Artists, Retailers, Labels and More

    April 19, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Happy 7th birthday, Record Store Day! To help celebrate the annual musical holiday, dozens of artists, music retailers, record labels and fans around the world took to Twitter today (April 19) to commemorate Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of…

  5. Jay Z and Beyonce Summer Tour: The Latest in 2014's Stadium Boom

    April 18, 2014 12:57 PM EDT It's looking like the biggest year in touring since 1994 as power acts double (and triple) up onstage. This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . With sources confirming to Billboard that Jay Z and Beyonce will embark on a 20-city stadium tour in…

  6. 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 -…

  7. 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…

  8. Coachella Boosts Justin Bieber and Beyonce Up Social 50 Chart

    April 17, 2014 5:12 PM EDT During a slow week on the Social 50 chart, the first weekend of the Coachella festival (April 11-13) in Indio, Calif. spurs some big gains for a couple superstar acts. 14 Surprise Coachella Performers: Beyonce, Bieber, Gwen & More The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube,…

  9. SoMo Debuts & Future Makes 'Move' on R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    April 17, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Twenty-six-year old Texas native SoMo starts his self-titled debut at No. 2 on both Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and R&B Albums with 23,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In terms of new R&B acts, "SoMo" is the biggest debut since Jhene Aiko's "Sail Out…

  10. Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic': An Inside Look At the Tribeca Film Fest Premiere, Concert

    April 17, 2014 3:35 PM EDT "Time Is "Illmatic," the documentary about Nas' 1994 debut album, lived up to its name last night. Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted that "Illmatic" would be here, at New York's legendary Beacon Theater for the TriBeCa Film Festival's…

  11. 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…

  12. Jay Z's Made In America Expands to Los Angeles, Becomes Bicoastal Music Fest

    April 16, 2014 2:20 PM EDT The Budweiser-sponsored festival will take place in both L.A. and Philadelphia during Labor Day weekend The Budweiser Made In America festival is expanding to Los Angeles - and staying in its birthplace of Philadelphia, with two simultaneous two-day festivals set to take place this Labor…

  13. The Glitch Mob Dreams of Soundtracking 'Game of Thrones,' Talks Backstage at Coachella

    April 16, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Electronic trio The Glitch Mob can currently be heard on both TV and in theaters in the trailers for Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” and the upcoming Tom Cruise vehicle, “Edge Of Tomorrow.” Rodriguez’s use of “Can’t Kill Us,” from their recent “Love Death Immortality” album…

  14. Jay Z & Beyonce To Embark On Summer Stadium Tour?

    April 16, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Jay Z and Beyonce could be coming to a stadium near you. According to reports, hip hop’s golden couple is set to announce a 20-stadium U.S. tour that will start in late June. The claims are published in the N.Y. Post’s Page Six  column. There's also a hint that the trek would pull…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Play Ball: Gaslight Anthem Talks New York Yankees' 2014 Season

    April 15, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Gaslight drummer Benny Horowitz takes time from recording his band's new album to talk baseball 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…

  18. Coachella by the Tweets: Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Lana Del Rey and More Dominate Twitter

    April 15, 2014 3:05 PM EDT For those of us that didn’t make it to Indio, California a few days back for Coachella 2014 ’s opening weekend, a simple check of our Twitter timeline revealed a play-by-play of who was rocking on stage, what surprise guests popped out and how awesome they were. The social network has…

  19. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  20. Coachella Goes Pop: Why The 2014 Festival Felt More Mainstream Than Ever

    April 14, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Justin Bieber played the main stage at Coachella . Okay, well, technically he performed for a single song, and as a surprise guest during the performance of Chance The Rapper, a buzzed-about indie MC with no proper album to his name yet. But technicalities aside, Bieber was there, white…

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