1. NBA Playoffs 2014 Playlist: 16 Songs For Round 1

    April 18, 2014 4:03 PM EDT From Daft Punk soundtracking Charlotte to Jennifer Lopez reaping the Clippers, check out the anthems that best describe this year's playoff teams. The NBA regular season is finally over and the postseason finally begins on Saturday (Apr. 19), with the Miami Heat trying for a third…

  2. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spent two weeks at No. 98 on the Billboard 200…

  3. Blues Traveler Working With Thompson Square, JC Chasez, 3OH!3 On New Project

    April 17, 2014 6:06 PM EDT "It started out as something small and it's taking on a life of its own," says John Popper of upcoming music. Reinvention is on Blues Traveler's itinerary and it's bringing along an eclectic slew of collaborators and producers for the ride, including Gavin DeGraw,…

  4. Coachella 2014: 10 Best Performances

    April 14, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella • Photos: Backstage at Coachella • Justin Bieber Joins Chance The Rapper • Pharrell Enlists All-Stars • Arcade Fire Brings Out Debbie Harry • Is Gwen Stefani Cameo a Hint? • Lana del Rey Debuts Single • Jay-Z & Beyonce Invade • Lorde Makes…

  5. 20 Hot Coachella Moments: Jay Z & Beyoncé Cameos, Nirvana Covers & Pharrell's Stars Day 2

    April 13, 2014 1:28 PM EDT Coachella 2014 rolled on Saturday (April 13) with epic performances by Lorde , Muse , Skrillex and headliner Pharrell Williams and guests including Gwen Stefani and Diddy among the dozens of acts rocking the desert. Take a time-stamped look at the 20 hottest happenings on the festival's…

  6. Hole, 'Live Through This': Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 11, 2014 2:10 PM EDT The first thing you need to know about “Live Through This,” Hole’s sophomore effort and major-label debut, is that the album arrived on April 12, 1994, four days after Kurt Cobain was found dead. That means none of these songs—all about fame and familial drama and even suicide—were written…

  7. Rock Hall Ceremony Wraps With Worthy Performances, Hatchets Buried

    April 11, 2014 4:25 AM EDT The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held Thursday night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, honored Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam), Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, KISS and Hall and Oates. It would be an evening of debts repaid, honor restored…

  8. Top 15 Coachella Performances Ever

    April 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. On April 11 -- and then again on April 18 -- thousands of sun-worshipping music fans will head out to…

  9. 615 Spotlight: Ross Cooper's 'Give It Time' (Exclusive Video Premiere)

    April 09, 2014 10:46 AM EDT On March 18, Ross Cooper released his latest disc, "Give It Time." The singer told Billboard that he just so happened to be connected to iTunes on his computer early that morning – very early. "I really nerded out," Cooper admitted to The 615. "I wanted to be the…

  10. Beyonce Covers OUT Magazine, Talks LGBT Equality: 'We Are All The Same'

    April 08, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Beyonce's first cover story since the surprise release of her self-titled fifth studio album last December is in the new issue of OUT Magazine, in which the superstar opens up to the LGBT publication about becoming "the world's most powerful brand," as the May 2014 cover…

  11. How Kurt Cobain's Friends, Family & Fellow Musicians Reacted to His Death: 20 Quotes

    April 05, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Twenty years later, the April 5, 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain still resonates as one of the most unforgettably scarring days for multiple generations. In the wake of his death, his mother, wife, bandmates, friends, and peers spoke out about the tragedy, expressing the raw emotions of people…

  12. Nirvana Photographer Charles Peterson Reflects On Kurt Cobain's Life & Legacy: Q&A

    April 03, 2014 11:27 AM EDT Born and raised in Washington State, Charles Peterson and his camera were there as the Seattle music scene coalesced in the '80s. Sub Pop's defacto photographer and a master of the black-and-white live shot, Peterson would come to famously photograph Kurt Cobain and Nirvana…

  13. Play Ball: Jimmy Eat World Previews Arizona Diamondbacks' 2014 Season

    April 02, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Jimmy Eat World drummer Zach Lind, son of a former Major League player, talks D-Backs 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…

  14. Kanye West Delays Australia Tour To Complete New Album

    March 31, 2014 11:33 PM EDT Kanye West has rescheduled his Australia tour to work on his new studio album, tentatively due this year.  Live Nation Australasia reported the news on the morning of April 1, though reps for the concert promoter confirm its press release wasn’t an April Fools prank.  “Due to unexpected…

  15. Neil Young Covers Dylan, Hardin at Hollywood's Dolby Theater: Live Review

    March 31, 2014 2:00 PM EDT The second night of Neil Young's stand at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood closely resembled the first night's set list, adding covers of Tim Hardin and Bob Dylan songs to replace rarely played gems from his own catalog. Both nights emphasized his work from the 1970s and the March 30…

  16. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  17. Flux Pavilion & Dillon Francis Talk Tacos, Cats, Future Collaborations At Ultra: Watch

    March 29, 2014 12:39 PM EDT While down in Miami for this year's Ultra Music Festival, Flux Pavilion and Dillon Francis took a few minutes to chat with Billboard's Kerri Mason at the Red Bull Guest House about their new collaborative single, "I'm The One," and how their unlikely friendship…

  18. Porter Robinson's Tired of 'Electro Bangers,' Will Switch Things Up on 'Worlds' Debut Album

    March 28, 2014 7:47 PM EDT Just 21, Porter Robinson is rounding the corner on his first decade of dancefloor domination. He's been producing tracks since he was 13 and been a touring DJ almost as long, at first accompanied by his father and playing clubs he wouldn't have been permitted to enter were he not…

  19. Is the Beyonce Approach Working for Other 'Surprise' Albums?

    March 28, 2014 5:50 PM EDT First came Beyonce, then Kid Cudi, Skrillex and Wolfmother. "I think the surprise release is a one-trick pony," a major-label distribution exec says. "I am not sure it will work again" Since midnight December 13, 2013, "pulling a Beyonce" has become shorthand…

  20. Big Money Luxury Sneakers: The $1,000 Kicks Justin Bieber, John Legend and More Wear

    March 28, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Street meets chic as everyone from Pharrell to John Legend steps out in a new breed of luxury sneaks. Designer men's sneakers that are every bit as vibrant as the ruby-red Adidas Originals that Pharrell wore at the Academy Awards are blowing up thanks in part to their growing…

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