1. Pharrell Williams Talks Creative Inspiration, Sources of Happiness: Watch

    April 07, 2014 3:32 PM EDT As an Academy Awards music consultant, scoring member of Hans Zimmer's "Magnificent Six," newly reemerged solo musician and upcoming coach of The Voice, where does Pharrell Williams get his endless inspiration? 'SNL' Recap: Pharrell's Hat Returns, ANna Kendrick…

  2. Ed Sheeran Un-Zipped: On His Pharrell-Produced Single, Being a Sex Symbol and Turning Betrayal Into Song (Cover Story)

    April 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The sensitive singer-songwriter grapples with the big time as Taylor Swift's pal, a hot Pharrell collaborator and a new status as a one-man arena band Ed Sheeran has found the perfect way to shield himself from fans: He is walking down lower Broadway carrying a load of five boxes…

  3. Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

    April 07, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized ball of energy who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business — has died. He was 93. Rooney's wife, Jan, told The Hollywood Reporter…

  4. Muse, St. Vincent Cover Nirvana's 'Lithium' on 20th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain's Death

    April 06, 2014 3:45 PM EDT On Saturday evening (April 5), which marked the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death, fans in attendance at Lollapalooza Brazil were treated to an excellent cover by Muse of Nirvana's classic 1991 track "Lithium."   How Kurt Cobain's Friends, Family & Fellow…

  5. 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…

  6. When Kurt Cobain Died: Former Billboard Editor Recalls Being On the Scene When It All Happened

    April 04, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Every generation has that one unforgettable death that bears the question, "Where were you when ____ died?" For baby boomers, it was JFK. For the cool music-minded baby boomers, it was John Lennon. And, for Generation Xers, like myself, it was Kurt Cobain. Like generations past,…

  7. Ed Sheeran's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About Music's Great Red Hope

    April 04, 2014 5:47 PM EDT Billboard's new cover star is the Great Red Hope himself, Ed Sheeran , a self-deprecating, unglamorous heartthrob who attracts fans to arenas with just an acoustic guitar, was Taylor Swift's date on Oscar night and is a talent Pharrell calls "one of the most impressive,…

  8. Nirvana's 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    April 04, 2014 11:30 AM EDT The iconic Seattle trio's top 10 Alternative Songs chart triumphs. Nirvana didn't invent alternative rock, but they were one of the bands foremost in bringing it to the masses. The Seattle trio had an unmistakeable sound - a genius blend of Kurt Cobain's raspy voice and…

  9. Toni Braxton Cast as Darlene Love in OWN Telepic

    April 03, 2014 3:30 PM EDT The Oprah Winfrey Network announced its upfront slate on Thursday morning, making officially its plans for a first-time miniseries and finding a lead for recently announced telepic "My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story." Octavia Spencer, the "Help" Oscar winner, will…

  10. Pop Shop Podcast: Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Lil Jon, G.R.L. Interview & More

    April 03, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  11. Idina Menzel Talks Billboard Cover, 'Amazing Ride' on 'Today': Watch

    April 03, 2014 11:39 AM EDT During an appearance on NBC's "Today" on Thursday morning (Apr. 3), recent Billboard cover star Idina Menzel discussed the enormous success of "Frozen," the theatricality of "Let It Go," John Travolta's Oscar flub and gracing the cover of Billboard…

  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. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Holds Atop Hot 100; DJ Snake & Lil Jon Hit Top 10

    April 02, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Williams' 'Happy' rules for a sixth week, while DJ Snake and Lil Jon's 'Turn Down for What' charges into the top 10 Pharrell Williams' "Happy" crowns the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while continuing to challenge for a weekly radio…

  14. AmEx Taps Maroon 5 for Live-Streamed Concert, Teams With iTunes Radio

    April 02, 2014 12:01 AM EDT American Express is deepening its ties to music with a pair of new initiatives, an intimate concert with Maroon 5 and a partnership with Apple’s iTunes Radio. The Maroon 5 event will be a live-streamed concert on June 20 as part of AmEx’s Epic EveryDay GetAway, a three-day event in New York…

  15. Nick Cannon Talks 'White People Party Music' & 'Soul Train': Exclusive

    April 01, 2014 5:45 PM EDT In the last few days, Nick Cannon has raised controversy and eyebrows by first going white-faced and now sporting cheetah-spotted hair. The attention-grabbing moves coincide with today's release of Cannon's first music album in 11 years, "White People Party Music" (April 1…

  16. Bret McKenzie Talks Muppets, Ricky Gervais, 'Flight of the Conchords' Film

    April 01, 2014 4:00 PM EDT The former "Flight of the Conchords" star has been busy writing music for "Muppets Most Wanted" since winning an Oscar composing for its 2011 predecessor The Muppets are currently back in theaters with "Muppets Most Wanted," a sequel to the 2011 blockbuster that…

  17. Pharrell Joining 'The Voice' as a Coach

    March 31, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Pharrell Williams is joining "The Voice." The NBC singing show made the announcement on Monday via Twitter. Williams will rotate in for season 7, following Cee Lo Green's exit. "I'm not coming back, guys," he told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview last month. …

  18. Tegan and Sara Win, Justin Bieber Booed at Canada's Juno Awards

    March 31, 2014 3:05 AM EDT With only six awards given out on the televised awards, it looked like there could be no big winner at the 43rd annual Juno Awards, which concluded at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre Sunday evening for the two-hour televised broadcast. The 35 awards given out the night before all went to single winners…

  19. 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…

  20. Billboard Cover Star Idina Menzel's Look: How to Get It

    March 28, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Turning up Idina Menzel's glam factor for Billboard's latest cover shoot was nothing but a treat for Kemal Harris of bi-coastal styling duo, Kemal & Karla, who ranks at No. 4 on The Hollywood Reporter's 25 Most Powerful Stylists List in 2014 . The Broadway legend was…

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