1. St. Vincent Tapped as Musical Guest For 'Saturday Night Live' Season Finale

    April 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Other "SNL" guests in May include include Coldplay and the Black Keys. St. Vincent, who recently performed alongside the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, will make her "Saturday Night Live" debut during the show's…

  2. Pharrell Williams Still Atop Hot 100; Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown Reach Top 10

    April 23, 2014 2:59 PM EDT 'Happy' leads for a ninth week and takes over atop Streaming Songs, while Timberlake and Brown add to their top 10 totals. Pharrell Williams' "Happy" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week and reaches No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart at last. Meanwhile,…

  3. Pharrell's 'Marilyn Monroe' Video Loaded With Colorful Hats, Sexy Dancers: Watch

    April 23, 2014 1:37 PM EDT The just-released music video for "Marilyn Monroe," the opening track of Pharrell Williams' newest album, “G I R L,” certainly doesn't fall short of sexy dancers or multiple color versions of the artist's signature hat. Pharrell, 'G I R L': Track-By-Track…

  4. Latin Conference: Billboard’s Leila Cobo Presents Book About Making It in the Music Industry

    April 23, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Executive director of Latin content and programming Leila Cobo wrote her new book “Apunta a las Estrellas” (“Aim for the Stars”) as a practical guide for anyone starting out in the music business. Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards: Full Coverage “The two things that artists need are…

  5. Chance the Rapper Cancels More Shows to Recover From Illness, May Need Surgery

    April 23, 2014 12:53 PM EDT The "Acid Rap" MC was scheduled to appear at Atlanta's CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival on April 27. The management team for Chance the Rapper tweeted on Wednesday (April 22) that the Chicago rapper has canceled his concert appearances through April 27 to focus on…

  6. Megan & Liz Leave Management/Label, Premiere New 'Simple Life' Single: Exclusive

    April 23, 2014 12:34 PM EDT With a new EP coming in June, the sister duo discusses their future away from their longtime label. Twin-sister pop duo Megan & Liz will return later this year with the new EP "Simple Life," their first piece of new material away from Collective Sounds, the label arm of…

  7. 'Frozen' Scores Biggest Sales Week Yet, No. 1 For An 11th Week

    April 23, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Meanwhile, August Alsina, NEEDTOBREATHE, Jason Derulo & Ingrid Michaelson all invade the Top 5. The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen," fueled by Easter shopping, earns its biggest sales week yet and 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.   The album sold 259,000 copies…

  8. Latin Conference: Vevo's Rio Caraeff, Google Play's Adrian Harley Discuss Creativity, Catering to the Consumer

    April 23, 2014 8:38 AM EDT Can Rio Careff save the music business? That was a question readily floated around industry circles in 2009. That year, Caraeff -- who raised Universal's mobile division to nearly half (45%) of the label's digital revenue before going on to head all of digital -- launched Vevo, the…

  9. Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Faulkner Debut 'NY Anthem' on ESPN's 'Draft Academy'

    April 23, 2014 5:12 AM EDT Every NFL draft hopeful needs a solid theme tune, and who better to perform it than RZA from Wu-Tang Clan and rock band Faulkner? The mastermind producer teamed up with the California alt-rock quartet to create the new collaboration single "NY Anthem," which debuted on ESPN's …

  10. Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Tops Britain’s All-Time Downloaded Chart

    April 23, 2014 3:52 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been revealed as the most downloaded track of all-time in the United Kingdom. The controversial hit (which features T.I. and Pharrell Williams) is one of only two songs to sell more than 1.5 million downloads, according to a new countdown compiled by the…

  11. OutKast Headlines Australia's Splendour in the Grass Fest

    April 22, 2014 11:56 PM EDT OutKast’s comeback trail will extend as far as Australia. The Atlanta hip hop duo were today confirmed to the bill for this July’s Splendour in the Grass festival, where they’ll deliver their only performance on Aussie turf this season. OutKast leads a line-up that includes Two Door Cinema…

  12. Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards Winners Announced

    April 22, 2014 8:59 PM EDT Winners of the Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards were announced Tuesday at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference. They included Honey Bunches of Oats, State Farm and RadioShack. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage Powered by CLIO and sponsored by Telemundo and Mun2, the…

  13. Akdong Musician Rules K-Pop Hot 100 With Debut Album 'Play'

    April 22, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Billboard chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring HIGH4, IU, Apink, Jay Park, BTS, 4Minute, PSY and more Like America has seen so many times via "American Idol," winning a TV singing competition can lead into a massively successful debut album. Brother-sister…

  14. Latin Conference: Juanes on Fan Engagement, 'Breakfast & Twitter' To Start His Days

    April 22, 2014 7:58 PM EDT There is no doubt that the music industry has changed, shifting much of its focus on digital and social media. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage And there is no question that one of the stars who has best adapted to that new environment is Colombian rocker Juanes, who has more than…

  15. Sigur Rós Front Man Jónsi and Alex Somers to Score New Show 'Manhattan'

    April 22, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Sigur Rós front man Jónsi and artist Alex Somers will score WGN America’s series on the race to build the atomic bomb in the 1940s, “Manhattan.” For Jonsi – born Jon Thor Birgisson – it is his first television venture, having previously scored Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” in 2011, a…

  16. Watch Macklemore Producer Ryan Lewis Discuss His Mother's Battle With HIV

    April 22, 2014 7:03 PM EDT Julie Lewis is launching the 30/30 Project with the help of her son. Julie Lewis, the mother of Ryan Lewis -- the non-rapping half of the Grammy-winning duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis -- is celebrating 30 years of surviving the HIV virus with the launch of a new pro-healthcare campaign…

  17. Bob Sinclar and Supermodel Gisele Bundchen Take On Blondie’s 'Heart of Glass' for H&M: Watch

    April 22, 2014 5:49 PM EDT This summer, “Fashion House” takes on new meaning. Popular fashion retailer H&M has recruited French house veteran Bob Sinclar to promote their upcoming summer campaign. Sinclar will be working closely with the face of their campaign, Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, by covering…

  18. Ben Harper & His Mom Perform 'Childhood Home' LP at Tiny NYC Club Concert

    April 22, 2014 5:37 PM EDT A few hundred fans packed into NYC's tiny Rockwood Music Hall to see Ben Harper and his mother Ellen sing all of the songs on their forthcoming joint album, "Childhood Home," on Monday (April 21). Ben, in an off-white hat that shaded his expressive face as he sang, and Ellen,…

  19. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  20. Steve Aoki Announces New Double Album, Madison Square Garden Release Party

    April 22, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Steve Aoki today (April 22) announced that the first half of his forthcoming double record “Neon Future I” will be released August 12 on Dim Mak/Ultra Music. Its companion half “Neon Future II" is scheduled to hit stores early next year. Steve Aoki Discusses 'Neon Future' Album…

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