1. 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…

  2. Latin Conference: RCA's Tom Corson 'Can't Imagine' the World Cup Without Music

    April 23, 2014 10:37 AM EDT An estimated 6 billion people will watch soccer star Leo Messi get his shots on goal come June, but less than two months from the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull's official Cup song, “We Are One (Ole Ola)," has already found the back of the net. Starting…

  3. Kaskade Pairs Running With Dance Music for Spark Run Race Series (Exclusive)

    April 23, 2014 9:01 AM EDT Kaskade's fans are used to breaking a sweat to his music, but not quite like this. The American dance music star tells Billboard that he will be producing a series of 5K nighttime running and walking events in at least five cities this summer. Called “The Spark Run,” each race will…

  4. The National, Lorde, Nas x The Roots to Play Boston Calling Music Festival

    April 23, 2014 8:30 AM EDT The National, Lorde, Nas with The Roots, The Replacements and Neutral Milk Hotel will all perform at the three-day Boston Calling Music Festival September 5-7. The event will take place at the city’s historic City Hall Plaza.  Coachella 2014: Nas Celebrates 'Illmatic' 20th…

  5. 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…

  6. Lykke Li's Wounded New Album: 'I Only Thought I Knew What Heartbreak Was Until This Record'

    April 22, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The Swedish pop singer explains why "I Never Learn" is about "walking away and fucking up." Lykke Li had to buy a bed when she was writing her devastating new album, "I Never Learn," in Los Angeles, and the purchase gave her crippling anxiety. She knew that she…

  7. Yanni, 'Inspirato': Exclusive Album Premiere

    April 22, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Yanni, the globally popular composer, is back and he's brought with him some of the world greats of opera. The Greek-born musician returns with an album of his best known works, sung with newly-created lyrics by such renowned opera stars such as Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming,…

  8. Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Milsap Named Country Hall Inductees

    April 22, 2014 1:56 PM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame announced the names of their 2014 class on Tuesday morning (Apr. 22), and the inductees reflect the diversity of the format's rich and varied history – with one of the format's all-time biggest artists who mined country with pop and R&B, a…

  9. Blondie Releasing New Two-Disc Album To Celebrate 40th Anniversary

    April 22, 2014 12:23 PM EDT First disc “Ghosts of Download” is Blondie’s 10th studio album and will feature guests like the Gossip and Miss Guy. Blondie is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year with the release of a two-disc set, titled “Blondie 4(0) Ever,” featuring new music and a greatest hits collection.…

  10. Aloe Blacc: 4 Steps To His Success

    April 22, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Aloe Blacc's "Lift Your Sprit" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in March after his vocal turn on Avicii's 2013 hit "Wake Me Up"  and his own new single "The Man" turned up the buzz. Now that he's also been a mentor on "The Voice" and…

  11. Chart Highlights: Pharrell's 'Happy,' John Legend's 'All Of Me' Expand Reigns

    April 21, 2014 6:05 PM EDT 'Happy' takes over atop a sixth singular-format Billboard airplay chart, while 'All of Me' grants Legend his first Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs No. 1s. Plus, new No. 1s for A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Fitz and the Tantrums and more Chart Highlights offers a…

  12. SoMo Talks 'Ride' & Self-Titled Debut Album

    April 21, 2014 4:18 PM EDT Until two years ago, music was just a hobby for SoMo. Then he wrote his first original song. "I was having fun doing covers on YouTube," recalls the 26-year-old R&B singer. "But I realized I could express myself through my own words -- and people might listen." They…

  13. Madonna Photographer Claims To Be 'Listening To The New Album'

    April 21, 2014 4:08 PM EDT However, sources tell Billboard that Madge's next LP is not finished. Mert Alas, one half of the fashion photography pair Mert + Marcus and a frequent Madonna collaborator, caused quite the online kerfuffle by posting a photo of Madge on Instagram on Monday (Apr. 21) with a caption in…

  14. Pharrell, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga To Appear At iHeartRadio Music Awards

    April 21, 2014 3:25 PM EDT Luke Bryan, Pitbull, Ariana Grande and Thirty Seconds to Mars will also perform during the telecast. Pharrell, Drake and Blake Shelton are among the A-listers set to perform at the first iHeartRadio Music Awards. Rihanna, Justin Timberlake Top Finalists for iHeartRadio Music Awards Clear…

  15. Tom Petty on 40 Years of Songwriting, Jimmy Fallon Send-Up

    April 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT The writer behind hits like "American Girl" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance" discusses everything from songwriting to Jimmy Fallon's homage. Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. "As life goes by, you get a little more…

  16. Iggy Azalea Talks 'The New Classic' Album & Former Interscope Deal

    April 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT 'Why is it that you can have The Rolling Stones,' Azalea asks, 'but a white rapper is weird?' "Fancy" is giving Iggy Azalea life. It's the fourth single from the Australian rapper's forthcoming debut, "The New Classic" (April 22, Def Jam…

  17. Outkast To Headline 2014 BET Experience In Los Angeles

    April 21, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Hip-hop duo Outkast, who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary by reuniting for this year's Coachella Valley & Arts Music Festival, will headline the 2014 BET Experience, to be held June 27-29 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Rick Ross to Hit BET…

  18. Enrique Iglesias' Emotional Life: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT No topic is off limits as the singer opens up about that strained relationship with Dad, Anna Kournikova, the recent death of his dog, and the pressure to keep building his empire. It's a rare occasion that Enrique Iglesias is actually at the offices of his Mr. 305 Productions in…

  19. Paolo Nutini's 'Caustic Love' Races To U.K. No. 1

    April 21, 2014 6:56 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini’s third album “Caustic Love” (Atlantic/Warner Music) became his second in a row to top the U.K. chart, as the Official Charts Company published its new weekly data yesterday (April 20). Twenty-five-year-old Canadian Kiesza’s debut release “Hideaway” …

  20. 'American Idol' Alum James Durbin Ready to 'Celebrate' With Sophomore Release

    April 21, 2014 5:09 AM EDT Season 10 alum James Durbin’s second album blasts onto four Billboard charts this week, but the "American Idol" finalist started thinking about his sophomore set quite a while ago. "Celebrate" is a new entry on The Billboard 200 at No. 83, and also bows on Top Rock Albums…

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