1. Chris Brown & Friends Charge Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    April 03, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Chris Brown's "Loyal" reaches a new peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, jumping 10-6 while taking home the chart's Digital and Streaming Gainer awards. With the third -- and seemingly final version -- of the song (featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga) being released on March 26, …

  2. Michael W. Smith Releases 'Hymns' Project, Previews Capitol Records Debut

    April 03, 2014 5:30 PM EDT "Hymns," the brand new disc from Christian music artist Michael W. Smith, teams him up with an organization that he has known for many years: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. "We thought it could be a good fit," Smith said about the restaurant-gift store chain. "They…

  3. Johnny Cash Debuts at No. 1 On Top Country Albums

    April 03, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Johnny Cash scores his second posthumous No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with "Out Among the Stars," his 10th leader overall and first in nearly eight years. The set is a collection of unreleased songs produced in the early '80s by famed Nashville studio man…

  4. Play Ball: Yo La Tengo & The So So Glos Talk New York Mets' 2014 Season

    April 03, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Yo La Tengo guitarist/vocalist Ira Kaplan and So So Glos guitarist Adam Reich preview New York's perennial baseball underdogs 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Idina Menzel Talks Billboard Cover, 'Amazing Ride' on 'Today': Watch

    April 03, 2014 11:39 AM EDT During an appearance on NBC's "Today" on Thursday morning (Apr. 3), recent Billboard cover star Idina Menzel discussed the enormous success of "Frozen," the theatricality of "Let It Go," John Travolta's Oscar flub and gracing the cover of Billboard…

  7. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Holds Atop Hot 100; DJ Snake & Lil Jon Hit Top 10

    April 02, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Williams' 'Happy' rules for a sixth week, while DJ Snake and Lil Jon's 'Turn Down for What' charges into the top 10 Pharrell Williams' "Happy" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while continuing to challenge for a weekly radio…

  8. Brad Paisley to Debut New Single at ACM Awards

    April 02, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow are set to perform together and Brad Paisley will show off his new single at this weekend's 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Other newly announced performers include Lee Brice, Tim McGraw and Darius Rucker. More presenters for the CBS…

  9. 'Frozen' Rules With Most Weeks At No. 1 Since Adele's '21'

    April 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The hit soundtrack spends an eight week atop the Billboard 200; Plus, new releases from Shakira and Johnny Cash round out the top three As forecast last week, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" scores an eighth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking the longest run…

  10. Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves to Team for 'CMT Crossroads' in June (Exclusive)

    April 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The "CMT Crossroads" concert series that pairs country acts with artists outside their genre will celebrate its 50th episode on June 13 with Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry, airing 10 p.m. ET on CMT. The intimate performance will tape in Los Angeles this month, and for the first time…

  11. 'The Voice' Recap: New Battles Round Continues With Soulful Showdown

    April 02, 2014 2:13 AM EDT The new battles round may have new rules and a new guest mentor, but Tuesday night's episode of "The Voice" proved that song choice is still everything . Similar to the now-defunct knockout round, the coaches still pick who performs in each sudden-death duet, and the…

  12. 'Orange is the New Black' Receiving Official Soundtrack

    April 01, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The female inmates are still stuck in prison, but the sounds of "Orange Is the New Black" are being readied for release. "Music From the Original Series Orange Is the New Black" will be available on May 13, Universal Music Enterprises announced on Tuesday. The full track…

  13. 'Breaking Bad' Original Score Gets Vinyl Release

    April 01, 2014 7:18 PM EDT "No more half-measures ." Rather, a double album. "Breaking Bad (Original Score From the Television Series)," a double LP featuring the musically cinematic moments of the AMC hit series, will be released on Apr. 29 via SpaceLab9 and Madison Gate Records. 'Breaking Bad…

  14. Bret McKenzie Talks Muppets, Ricky Gervais, 'Flight of the Conchords' Film

    April 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT The former "Flight of the Conchords" star has been busy writing music for "Muppets Most Wanted" since winning an Oscar composing for its 2011 predecessor The Muppets are currently back in theaters with "Muppets Most Wanted," a sequel to the 2011 blockbuster that…

  15. Milestone Award Finalists Announced for 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    April 01, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood, OneRepublic and Ellie Goulding are among the artists up for the fan-voted award at this year's BBMAs Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Luke Bryan, OneRepublic, Ellie Goulding and Carrie Underwood are the six Milestone Award finalists at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards,…

  16. 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…

  17. Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Chris Martin On Board for Rock Hall Ceremony

    April 01, 2014 4:43 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood, Chris Martin: The stars are turning out to salute the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. The hall of fame announced Tuesday that "The Boss" will fittingly induct and perform with his loyal E Street Band, while a superstar…

  18. 'The Voice' Recap: Chris Martin Mentors As Rebooted Battles Round Kicks-Off

    April 01, 2014 4:16 AM EDT Monday night's episode of "The Voice" was full of debuts: Chris Martin as universal guest mentor, a rebooted round of battles, and Usher's hat. The Davy Crockett-inspired headwear that he wore throughout his press tour accompanied him alongside the ring, and already has…

  19. John Frusciante Launches New Album Into Space

    March 31, 2014 8:20 PM EDT There's an object in space right now near earth, and it's carrying a highly curious signal; whip out your smartphone and perhaps you'll crack its code. Last Saturday (March 29), a NEPTUNE Modular Rocket was launched into space, carrying with it a Cube Satellite deemed Sat-JF14.…

  20. 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…

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