1. Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum to Pay Tribute to Musical Influences at ACMs

    April 05, 2014 7:34 PM EDT At least two of the many artists slated to perform at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are looking forward to the chance to show their love and appreciation for some of the artists that have inspired them in their musical careers. ACM AWARDS: FULL COVERAGE Charles Kelley, whose…

  2. Kings of Leon Fans Possibly Exposed to Measles at Seattle Concert

    April 04, 2014 6:03 PM EDT A fan attended their March 28 Key Arena show contagious with the virus after being infected two days prior Fans who attended Kings of Leon's March 28 concert at Seattle's Key Arena should keep a close watch on their health in the coming days. According to a report from the…

  3. When Kurt Cobain Died: Former Billboard Editor Recalls Being On the Scene When It All Happened

    April 04, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Every generation has that one unforgettable death that bears the question, "Where were you when ____ died?" For baby boomers, it was JFK. For the cool music-minded baby boomers, it was John Lennon. And, for Generation Xers, like myself, it was Kurt Cobain. Like generations past,…

  4. 50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Boast Nos. 1-5 On Billboard Hot 100

    April 04, 2014 5:05 AM EDT On the chart dated April 4, 1964, the Fab Four monopolized the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the only time one act has ever to locked up the region "Just about everyone is tired of the Beatles." So read the first line of a story on page 1 of the Billboard magazine…

  5. Chris Brown Taken Into Custody For D.C. Case

    April 03, 2014 11:54 PM EDT Chris Brown has been taken into custody by U.S. marshals and will be transported to Washington, D.C., for an upcoming misdemeanor assault trial, an official said Thursday. Brown, 24, was turned over to marshals Wednesday at a Los Angeles jail, marshals' spokeswoman Laura Vega said. She…

  6. 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, …

  7. Pharrell Williams, Outkast, Stevie Wonder Set for Montreux Jazz Festival

    April 03, 2014 2:43 PM EDT The 48th edition of the Swiss festival spans two weeks at some of Montreaux's most prestigious venues Switzerland's esteemed Montreux Jazz Festival has announced the lineup for its 48th edition, and there's an impressive mix of old masters, modern buzz artists and an awful lot…

  8. 'Game of Thrones' Character Playlist: 20 Songs For Season 4

    April 02, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Tywin is blasting Aloe Blacc, Margaery is channeling Chris Martin, and Joffrey is a nu-metal "freak": check out our picks for season 4 of "GoT." Pack your bags for Westeros: "Game of Thrones" finally comes back on Sunday night (Apr. 6), with the brilliantly…

  9. Deniro Farrar Reveals 'Rebirth' EP Cover & Track List: Exclusive

    April 02, 2014 12:04 PM EDT While Deniro Ferrar has released six projects in the span of just three years, his upcoming EP, "Rebirth," is special to the North Carolina rapper. "Rebirth" marks Farrar's first major label project. He inked a record deal with VICE Records/Warner Bros. Records in…

  10. U2, Linda Ronstadt Albums to Be Preserved By Library of Congress

    April 02, 2014 5:07 AM EDT U2's classic album "The Joshua Tree," Linda Ronstadt's "Heart Like a Wheel" and an early, influential Christian rock album will play on forever, or at least as long as the Library of Congress is around. These albums from the 1970s and 1980s are among 25…

  11. Reggae Sound Systems on Display at Sonos Space (Exclusive Video)

    April 01, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Sound systems belonging to dub reggae pioneers such as King Tubby are part of the Hometown HiFi Exhibition at Sonos Studio in Los Angeles, an installation designed to pay homage to communal listening. "The sound system is the great invention to come out of reggae," says exhibit…

  12. 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…

  13. Chart Highlights: KONGOS No. 1, Black Keys Blast In At Alternative Radio

    March 31, 2014 4:05 PM EDT KONGOS' 'Come With Me Now' crowns Alternative Songs, while the Black Keys make a splashy return with 'Fever.' Plus, new No. 1s for Kylie Minogue, Blake Shelton and Prince Royce Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  14. New Michael Jackson Album 'Xscape' to Be Released in May

    March 31, 2014 9:43 AM EDT Epic Records and Michael Jackson's estate have announced they'll release "Xscape," an 8-song collection of previously unreleased tracks from the late King of Pop, on May 13. Label ceo, and the project's executive producer, L.A. Reid,  took the lead in…

  15. YG Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 27, 2014 2:48 PM EDT YG's "My Krazy Life" debuts at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 61,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It leads a new peak of highly anticipated rap releases on the chart. The Los Angeles rapper’s No. 1 debut -- a concept album…

  16. Asaad, 'Flowers II': Exclusive Mixtape Download

    March 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT It's not that he's misunderstood, it's that to know Asaad you have to dig deep. In a short period of time, the North Philly rapper has felt two record deals fall through his fingers (G-Unit/Interscope and Atlantic Records) and the dishonesty from former friend and collaborator…

  17. It's Megaclub Mania in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    March 27, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Expansive dancing and DJs are erupting all over Brooklyn's hot nabe -- albeit with an egalitarian ethos The burgeoning Williamsburg nightclub scene just got more crowded. The trendy Brooklyn neighborhood's Wythe Avenue, previously known for stereotypical hipster bars, is looking a…

  18. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  19. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott On the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame: 'It's Rubbish'

    March 27, 2014 4:21 AM EDT After Joe Elliott’s 35 years fronting Def Leppard, fans might think they know the charismatic vocalist.  But there is another side to one of the most successful front men in hard rock history, one that listens to Tom Waits in the bath, would love to do an acoustic record and can barely…

  20. Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Outkast to Play Milwaukee's Summerfest 2014

    March 26, 2014 7:19 PM EDT A slew of other acts from virtually every genre imaginable will populate the massive, 11-day fest Billed as the "World's Largest Music Festival," Milwaukee's Summerfest has announced its massive 2014 lineup. Spread over 11 days, Summerfest features daily headliners (who…

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