1. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Hits No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs Chart

    April 24, 2014 7:03 PM EDT Coinciding with the April 22 release of her debut full-length album "The New Classic," Iggy Azalea's single "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) jumps 4-1 on Hot Rap Songs to end the reign of Pitbull's "Timber" (featuring Ke$ha) after 15 weeks. The last time…

  2. Jessie James Decker Darts Onto Top Country Albums

    April 24, 2014 4:49 PM EDT The singer/reality TV personality debuts at No. 5 with just three days of sales for 'Comin' Home.' Singer/songwriter/reality TV star Jessie James Decker makes her first appearance on Top Country Albums, as "Comin' Home," a six-song EP, earns the Hot Shot Debut at…

  3. Enrique Iglesias Announces Tour With Pitbull, J Balvin at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 24, 2014 4:46 PM EDT “Senor DJ, ya muchas gracias,” shouted a jovial Enrique Iglesias at the Billboard Latin Music Conference’s Superstar Q&A. His remark drew a roar of approval from the hundreds attending the Spanglish Q&A session with Billboard’s Executive Director of Latin Content & Programming…

  4. Kevin Sharp Remembered By Fellow Country Artists Wayne Warner, Jimmy Fortune

    April 24, 2014 3:40 PM EDT "He was such a gentle soul, and had such a giving heart," says Wayne Warner, who worked with Sharp on two albums. The recent passing of country musician Kevin Sharp has not only impacted his devoted fanbase, but also his fellow artists, many of whom called Sharp a friend. Country…

  5. Latin Conference: Italian Veteran Laura Pausini Is 'Not a Diva'

    April 24, 2014 1:49 PM EDT By 2004, a decade after making her recording debut at the age of 18, Laura Pausini had sold over 25 million albums worldwide, an eye-opening accomplishment for anyone, much less an artist largely cut off from the lucrative English-language market. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage…

  6. David Bisbal vs. Luis Fonsi: Battle Of Leading Men at Billboard Latin Music Concert

    April 23, 2014 4:00 PM EDT The Billboard Latin Music Conference’s 25th anniversary concert, which is open to attendees, will bring together two of Latin pop’s leading men: David Bisbal and Luis Fonsi. The two stars will co-headline a performance at the LIV Nightclub at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami tonight (April 23…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Country Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

    April 20, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Country musician Kevin Sharp, who defied the odds in a well-publicized battle with cancer in the 1990s prior to becoming a hit artist on the Billboard country charts, has died at the age of 43. He passed away Saturday evening (April 19) due to ongoing complications from past stomach…

  10. Happy Record Store Day! Tweets from Artists, Retailers, Labels and More

    April 19, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Happy 7th birthday, Record Store Day! To help celebrate the annual musical holiday, dozens of artists, music retailers, record labels and fans around the world took to Twitter today (April 19) to commemorate Record Store Day, which was founded in 2007 to help heighten the awareness of…

  11. Peaches Geldof Funeral to Be Held Monday

    April 18, 2014 8:30 AM EDT British model and TV personality Peaches Geldof, who died suddenly earlier this month at the age of 25, will be laid to rest by family and friends at a private funeral on Easter Monday. The service will be held at the same church where both Geldof and her mother Paula Yates were married, St…

  12. Madison Avenue’s ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’ Grows up, Tops Chart

    April 17, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Madison Avenue’s “Don’t Call Me Baby” is showing impressive endurance.  The house track has been remixed for the first time and is currently enjoying a fourth week at No. 1 on the ARIA Club Tracks Chart, more than a decade after the original cut topped the Official U.K. Singles Chart.  “It’s…

  13. Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic': An Inside Look At the Tribeca Film Fest Premiere, Concert

    April 17, 2014 3:35 PM EDT "Time Is "Illmatic," the documentary about Nas' 1994 debut album, lived up to its name last night. Twenty years ago, no one could have predicted that "Illmatic" would be here, at New York's legendary Beacon Theater for the TriBeCa Film Festival's…

  14. CODE First Play: John Dahlback & Benny Benassi, ‘Blink Again’

    April 17, 2014 2:35 PM EDT In the blink of an eye, artists come and go. However, two of dance music’s tenured veterans, Benny Benassi and John Dahlbäck, challenge listeners today with “Blink Again,” their first-ever collaboration. Listen to it below: In addition to a bouncing bassline and vocal chops, “Blink Again”…

  15. Beck Hopes to Release Next Album This Year

    April 17, 2014 1:39 PM EDT The songs are "more boisterous" than this year's mellow "Morning Phase" album, Beck says at a concert in Santa Monica Although nearly six years passed between Beck's "Modern Guilt" and "Morning Phase," the singer believes he may well have…

  16. 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…

  17. 'Soul Train' May Boogie Down on Broadway

    April 15, 2014 4:56 PM EDT The groundbreaking song-and-dance show "Soul Train" is chugging toward Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday he's hoping to repeat his success by…

  18. 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…

  19. B.B. King Apologizes for 'Bad Night' in St. Louis

    April 15, 2014 2:24 PM EDT B.B. King was a rambling man at a recent concert date in St. Louis, and now the blues legend is saying sorry. King's erratic performance on April 4 at the Peabody Opera House included long-winded stories and a 15-minute sing-along of "You Are My Sunshine." Half of the show was…

  20. 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…

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