1. Lenny Kravitz Releasing New Album 'Strut' in September Through Kobalt Label Services (Exclusive)

    April 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz has announced his tenth studio album, "Strut", will be released Sept. 23 through his own Roxie Records imprint. He has signed a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services to release and promote the album. An upcoming Kravitz tour is expected to be announced in the…

  2. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. New Wave Book ‘Mad, Mad World’ Takes Readers Back To The '80s

    April 16, 2014 1:12 AM EDT Good luck escaping the '80s these days -- whether on a Super Bowl commercial or soundtracking a primetime soap like "Grey's Anatomy," the music created more than 30 years ago, and accessorized with big shoulder pads, bigger hair, and a ton of eyeliner, has proven to have…

  6. Sean 'Puffy' Combs To Speak At Howard University Commencement, Receive Honorary Degree

    April 15, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University's commencement speech this year in Washington. The school announced Tuesday that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields. Sean Combs Back to Puff Daddy With…

  7. Ray Price's Final Recordings: 'Everyone Had the Feeling Something Special Was Happening'

    April 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Fred Foster remembers the first time he met Ray Price. "It was New Years' Eve 1953 in Washington, DC," he recalled to Billboard. "Every New Years' Eve, [promoter Connie B. Gay] would take over Capitol Arena, and put on a huge show. There was Ernest Tubb, Red Foley,…

  8. Outside Lands 2014: Kanye West, Tom Petty, The Killers Top Lineup

    April 08, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Arctic Monkeys, Tiësto and Death Cab For Cutie are also going to San Francisco, Aug. 8-10 Hip-hop superstar Kanye West, who rented out San Fancisco's ballpark last fall so he could propose to Kim Kardashian, will return to "The City By the Bay"…

  9. Lollapalooza Brazil 2014: Phoenix, Arcade Fire, Lorde Rock São Paulo

    April 08, 2014 2:00 AM EDT The third edition of Lollapalooza Brazil took place for the first time at the Interlagos racecourse in São Paulo on Saturday and Sunday (April 5-6). The two-day festival brought fans from all over the country who fought the heat during the weekend to see their favorite bands including Muse,…

  10. Play Ball: Asher Roth Previews Philadelphia Phillies' 2014 Season

    April 05, 2014 1:55 PM EDT This Philadelphia area native talks Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, the 1993 World Series and more 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…

  11. One Direction Rules, Pharrell Gets Slimed at Kids' Choice Awards

    March 29, 2014 10:04 PM EDT One Direction took top music honors at Nickelodeon's 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards, winning two awards, and more than a dozen current and former Nick teenage stars turned out to honor producer Dan Schneider. One Direction won favorite music group and favorite song for "Story…

  12. Disclosure Talks About Classing Up Dance, Mary J. Blige Collab and Next Album

    March 27, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Two brothers from the U.K. bring back a '90s sound and spin off hitmaking vocalists in the process. "We like to have an element of class in our music," says Howard Lawrence of Disclosure. "That's what's lacking in today's chart music, I think." The…

  13. Smashing Pumpkins to Release Pair of 'Epic' Albums in 2015

    March 25, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins signed a new record deal and will release two new albums of "guitars, guitars, and more guitars" in 2015, frontman Billy Corgan announced Tuesday on the band's new website . Through an artist services deal with BMG, the band will release "Monuments…

  14. Dance Music's Next Generation: 10 Young EDM Stars to Watch

    March 24, 2014 3:10 PM EDT They make beats, rule the main stage and are climbing the charts, even if they aren't yet old enough to order a drink at the bar. As festival season kicks off with Ultra in Miami, meet the ­(mostly) under-21s who make up dance music's next generation. Washington has election…

  15. 'Phantom Of The Opera' Musical Welcomes First Black Lead

    March 21, 2014 3:29 AM EDT Norm Lewis has been tapped to be Broadway's next Phantom in the megahit "The Phantom of the Opera," a move that makes him the first African-American to slip behind the famous mask on the Great White Way. Producers said Thursday the Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and…

  16. Justin Bieber's Egg-Throwing Case to Get Cleaned Up: Report

    March 19, 2014 9:26 AM EDT At least one of Justin Bieber's legal woes may soon be cleaned up. According to TMZ , talks between the singer's lawyer and the L.A. County district attorney's office are underway in order to strike a deal over allegations Bieber egged his neighbor's house , causing…

  17. Macy Gray Boards Lee Daniels' Hip-Hop Drama 'Empire'

    March 18, 2014 6:03 PM EDT She'll recur in the Fox project starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Grammy winner Macy Gray is joining Fox's "Empire." The singer-actress has boarded the network's hip-hop drama pilot "Empire," The Hollywood Reporter has learned. From "The…

  18. NFL Now Wants $16.6 Million for M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Bird

    March 18, 2014 9:45 AM EDT As The Hollywood Reporter revealed last September, the NFL has been secretly pursuing M.I.A. in arbitration in the aftermath of Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012. During the event, watched by nearly 167 million TV households, the Sri Lankan singer-rapper extended her middle finger during a…

  19. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at SXSW: 'I Cried and I Laughed'

    March 12, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Director Martin Shore's new documentary "Take Me to the River" had its world premiere in Austin, Texas, Tuesday night. A musical celebration and Memphis history lesson filled with legendary artists new and old, it makes an ideal programming pick for the synergistic South by…

  20. Soundgarden's 'Superunknown' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track

    March 08, 2014 5:05 PM EST Soundgarden was anything but 'superunknown,' when it unleashed its epic album of that name 20 years ago today on March 8, 1994. The Seattle quartet had existed for a decade: they were among the first acts to record for Sub Pop and a leading band in the Seattle scene that would…

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