1. Nas Opens-Up for 'Illmatic' Anniversary Media Blitz

    April 16, 2014 5:22 AM EDT Nas’ seminal debut “Illmatic” is 20 years old this week. And to celebrate the deluxe reissue “Illmatic XX,” the Queens rapper took to the Web for a digital flurry of Q&As on the Tuesday release date.  From HuffPost Live to a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) , an iTunes session run through…

  2. Play Ball: Gaslight Anthem Talks New York Yankees' 2014 Season

    April 15, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Gaslight drummer Benny Horowitz takes time from recording his band's new album to talk baseball 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…

  3. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  4. Michael Jackson's Mother Should Pay Court Costs, Judge Says

    April 15, 2014 2:41 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued the tentative ruling calling on the…

  5. Rolling Stones Announce Itinerary, Extra Dates For Australasia Tour

    April 15, 2014 12:12 AM EDT The Rolling Stones’ rescheduled tour of Australia and New Zealand now has an itinerary, and an extra two shows.  The legendary British rockers will restart their trek Down Under with an Oct. 25 concert at the Adelaide Oval, and they'll wrap things up Nov. 22 at Mt Smart Stadium in…

  6. David Bisbal Talks New Music, Billboard Latin Music Awards Concert

    April 14, 2014 6:55 PM EDT Spanish pop star David Bisbal is celebrating a new album, a global tour and a fan base that keeps growing. Despite having more than 6 million twitter followers, and counting, the singer takes nothing for granted. On a recent morning, Bisbal spoke to Billboard about launching his new world…

  7. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Black Eyed Peas Begin Record Six-Month Hot 100 Reign

    April 14, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Five years ago this week, the group began its unprecedented 26-week Billboard Hot 100 rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Montell Jordan, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  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. Rewinding The Charts: USA For Africa's 'We Are The World' Tops Hot 100

    April 13, 2014 8:05 AM EDT On this date 29 years ago, the all-star ensemble hit No. 1 - and helped launch a legacy of philanthropy On Dec. 20, 1984, Harry Belafonte placed a call to nonprofit consultant/music manager Ken Kragen in hopes of staging a concert to raise funds to fight hunger in Africa - specifically…

  10. Rock Hall Quotes: 20 Awesome Quips From Nirvana, Springsteen, Kiss & More

    April 11, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Sprinkled among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's epic induction of Nirvana, Kiss, the E Street Band, Peter Gabriel and more last night (April 10, 2014), were tons of bon mots and zingers from inductors and inductees alike. Nirvana on Lorde's perfection. Springsteen on E Street'…

  11. 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…

  12. Nirvana Joined By Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, Lorde at Rock Hall Ceremony

    April 11, 2014 3:30 AM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame audience had to wait a long time for Nirvana to hit the Barclays Center stage on Thursday night. More than four hours into a show that veered between galvanizing and grueling, the band's surviving members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, its special…

  13. Peter Gabriel Brings 'In Your Eyes' To Rock Hall

    April 10, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Coldplay’s Chris Martin honors Gabriel’s landmark albums during induction ceremony. Peter Gabriel’s last album of new songs, 2002’s Up, has outsold every album his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees most recently released. At 375,000 copies, Gabriel just edges out Nirvana, whose…

  14. Stephen Colbert's Top 10 Music Moments

    April 10, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Over the last five years, "The Colbert Report" has become an important stop for musicians promoting new albums, tours and films. It is the rare late-night show that consistently includes artist interviews along with performances. In honor of Stephen Colbert being named as David…

  15. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Stay Busy, Celebrate Longevity

    April 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates and Kiss remain active veterans, making moves in the studio and on the road. Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will go without a familiar hallmark this year: a long-awaited reunion. That’s because most of the nominees --…

  16. TLC’s Rozonda 'Chilli' Thomas Reflects On the 15th Anniversary of 'No Scrubs'

    April 10, 2014 11:54 AM EDT Here's the thing about deadbeat dudes: They're not going anywhere. In 500 years, when we're all living on Mars, the moon or wherever, some guys will still be acting like horny idiots, "hanging out the passenger side of his best friends' ride," trying to holler at…

  17. Michael Cera Readies Broadway Debut In 'This Is Our Youth'

    April 10, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, which has been a magnet for top talent since it was first produced in 1996, is headed for Broadway, with Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and fashion media darling Tavi Gevinson set to play the three adrift characters in the caustic but compassionate…

  18. Joan Jett + Nirvana: Five Reasons Why She's a Good Pick for Rock Hall of Fame

    April 09, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Unless someone in the Nirvana camp is playing an elaborate joke with the band's equipment , it seems nearly inevitable that Joan Jett will be joining the surviving members of Nirvana onstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony tomorrow night. Joan Jett to Front Nirvana At Rock…

  19. Joan Jett to Front Nirvana At Rock And Roll Hall of Fame?

    April 09, 2014 4:31 AM EDT Might Joan Jett take the mic for Nirvana’s performance at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame cerremony? That’s the chatter doing the rounds ahead of the grunge group’s induction into the Rock Hall on Thursday. Drummer Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters sparked a whole lot of speculation when his band’s…

  20. Mick Fleetwood to Host '24 Hours' TV Series

    April 08, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Mick Fleetwood has been signed to host a series of television specials, "24 Hours With Mick," featuring one-on-one conversations and adventures with an array of his friends and colleagues. The Fleetwood Mac drummer/founder will spend a day with each guest probing their thoughts,…

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