1. 615 Spotlight: PawnShop Kings Talk EP

    April 23, 2014 4:00 PM EDT For brothers Joel and Scott Owen, who comprise The PawnShop kings, the term "home" is entirely relative to the situation at the moment. That's how Scott describes their growing-up experience. "We spent most of our youth growing up in California," he told Billboard. …

  2. SummerStage 2014: Ty Dolla $ign, Passenger, Andrew Bird, Dr. John Among Performers

    April 21, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The 2014 series begins June 3 with rapper Ty Dolla $ign and closes on Aug. 24 with the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Ty Dolla $ign, Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory, Passenger, Dr. John & the Night Trippers and Blood Orange are among the acts confirmed to play free shows as part of…

  3. 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…

  4. Gwen Stefani in Talks to Join NBC's 'The Voice'

    April 18, 2014 9:58 PM EDT Gwen Stefani may be headed headed for The Voice. The No Doubt singer is in talks join the NBC competition series for season seven as a coach, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. She would take over for Christina Aguilera, who  announced in February that she was pregnant with her…

  5. 'Nashville' Star Charles Esten Isn't Messing Around: 'If Songs Don't Further the Scene, We Don't Sing Them'

    April 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Things are heating up on ABC's "Nashville," as the Wednesday night drama heads toward its' second season finale in May. For Charles Esten, who plays the rugged Deacon on the series, the series has turned out to be a blessing in more ways than one. "When the script…

  6. '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 "…

  7. Luke Bryan, Martina McBride Top Country Songs, Albums Charts

    April 17, 2014 12:49 PM EDT The April 6 ACM Awards generate multiple moves on Hot Country Songs and Top Country Albums. Plus, chart action for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Carlene Carter Luke Bryan is the new leader on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, while Martina McBride earns her first No. 1 in five years on…

  8. Kaiser Chiefs Reign Again In U.K., Sigma Grabs Top Single With Kanye West Remake

    April 14, 2014 4:30 AM EDT Kaiser Chiefs’ “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/ Universal) started a second week atop the artist album chart in the U.K. Sunday (April 13), while London dance duo Sigma scored an instant No. 1 single with “Nobody To Love” (3 Beat/All Around The World…

  9. Play Ball: Thrice Previews Los Angeles Angels’ 2014 Season

    April 13, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Drummer Riley Breckenridge also talks his baseball-themed side project Puig Destroyer 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…

  10. Jennifer Lopez Honored at GLAAD Awards

    April 13, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez and "Orange is the New Black’s" transgender actress Laverne Cox were among the night’s honorees at the 25th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Pitbull Debuts Official World Cup Song: Listen to '…

  11. Coachella: Katy Perry Says Selfies Are a Disease

    April 12, 2014 1:05 PM EDT The selfie might be a favorite pastime for, uh, pretty much anyone with Instagram (or anyone with any kind of photographic device, for that matter). But at Coachella on Friday (April 11), we learned that at least one high profile entertainer who isn't a fan of the popular activity:…

  12. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

    April 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, with Kiss and Nirvana bristling over the…

  13. Diana Krall's 'Pop' Album to Include New Paul McCartney Song

    April 09, 2014 6:43 PM EDT Diana Krall is breaking out the big guns for her next studio album, her first in two years. The Grammy-winning artist is working with David Foster on demos for a "pop record" that tentatively includes tracks by Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, and a new composition by Paul McCartney.…

  14. 5 Seconds Of Summer Debuts At No. 2 on Billboard 200; 'Frozen' Still No. 1

    April 09, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" refuses to budge from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. The set spends a ninth nonconsecutive week atop the list, having sold 149,000 copies in the week ending April 6 (down 8 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan.   The album is one…

  15. The Best Dressed at the 2014 ACM Awards: Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and More

    April 07, 2014 7:10 PM EDT The 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards kicked off last night (March 6) from Las Vegas. From Taylor showing skin in a crop top, to Blake Shelton kicking it casual in jeans, country singers certainly brought their A-game to the show style-wise. Although not everyone made harmonious style…

  16. Ed Sheeran Un-Zipped: On His Pharrell-Produced Single, Being a Sex Symbol and Turning Betrayal Into Song (Cover Story)

    April 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The sensitive singer-songwriter grapples with the big time as Taylor Swift's pal, a hot Pharrell collaborator and a new status as a one-man arena band Ed Sheeran has found the perfect way to shield himself from fans: He is walking down lower Broadway carrying a load of five boxes…

  17. Kaiser Chiefs Crowned Leaders of U.K. Albums Chart

    April 07, 2014 3:26 AM EDT U.K. modern rock band the Kaiser Chiefs debuted at No. 1 on the new British album chart Sunday (Apr. 6) with their fifth full-length, “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/Universal). Aloe Blacc’s “The Man” (Interscope/Universal), currently No. 8 on Billboard’s…

  18. Bruce Springsteen Covers Van Halen’s ‘Jump’ At Final Four Fest: Watch

    April 07, 2014 2:32 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen continues to embrace his inner metal-head, opening his set at the March Madness Music Festival in Dallas with a cover of Van Halen's "Jump." Springsteen's first North American show took place in the city's Reunion Park as part of the NCAA basketball…

  19. Arthur Smith, 'Dueling Banjos' Writer, Dead at 93

    April 04, 2014 7:55 PM EDT Arthur Smith, a multi-instrumentalist whose song "Feudin' Banjos" later became known as the popular "Dueling Banjos," has died. He was 93. According to the Charlotte Observer, Smith, a Charlotte, N.C., resident, passed away April 3 of natural causes, just two days…

  20. 'Frozen' May Chill For Ninth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 04, 2014 7:18 PM EDT The "Frozen" soundtrack may maintain its icy grip on the Billboard 200's No. 1 slot for a ninth week, so say industry forecasters. Forecasters suggest the Disney film soundtrack could sell another 140,000 to 145,000 copies in the week ending April 6. That may be enough to…

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