1. Joan Osborne, 'Mongrels': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 04, 2014 3:45 PM EDT On April 8, singer-songwriter Joan Osborne will treat her devoted fans to a new studio album called "Love and Hate." Billboard has an exclusive first look at its new song "Mongrels." "Love and Hate" is the eighth studio album and Entertainment One Records debut…

  2. Michael W. Smith Releases 'Hymns' Project, Previews Capitol Records Debut

    April 03, 2014 5:30 PM EDT "Hymns," the brand new disc from Christian music artist Michael W. Smith, teams him up with an organization that he has known for many years: Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. "We thought it could be a good fit," Smith said about the restaurant-gift store chain. "They…

  3. Play Ball: Yo La Tengo & The So So Glos Talk New York Mets' 2014 Season

    April 03, 2014 2:25 PM EDT Yo La Tengo guitarist/vocalist Ira Kaplan and So So Glos guitarist Adam Reich preview New York's perennial baseball underdogs 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…

  4. 5 Seconds of Summer: 10 Things You Need To Know

    April 03, 2014 2:18 PM EDT The 1D-backed group is about to become a big deal. If you're unfamiliar, check out these 10 5SOS tidbits, and educate yourself. Next week's Billboard 200 chart will feature a battle between the blockbuster "Frozen" soundtrack and the new EP by 5 Seconds of Summer, "…

  5. Splash House’s Pool Party Returns to the Desert this June, Goldenvoice Partnering

    April 03, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Splash House will make waves in Palm Springs this June through a new partnership with Goldenvoice, the producers of Coachella.  The electronic music-fueled pool party concept will expand to three sites over three days, from June 13-15, with Goldenvoice and Southern California electronic…

  6. 'Game of Thrones' Character Playlist: 20 Songs For Season 4

    April 02, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Tywin is blasting Aloe Blacc, Margaery is channeling Chris Martin, and Joffrey is a nu-metal "freak": check out our picks for season 4 of "GoT." Pack your bags for Westeros: "Game of Thrones" finally comes back on Sunday night (Apr. 6), with the brilliantly…

  7. Martina McBride, 'Everlasting': Exclusive Album Premiere

    March 31, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The country star breaks down her new album -- listen to it here FIRST -- and talks "vivacious" duet with Kelly Clarkson Martina McBride's new album, "Everlasting," is all about memories. A collection of pop and R&B standards produced by Don Was, McBride…

  8. Top 50 Single Word Songs: One-Word Wonders

    March 26, 2014 12:34 PM EDT "Roar." "Royals." "Radioactive." Notice a common thread among these recent hits? The number of charting songs with one-word titles continues to grow, with single-monikered tracks now making up nearly a third of the Billboard Hot 100 each week. To explore this…

  9. Johnny Cash's 'Lost' Album: Son John Carter Cash Shares the Story of 'Out Among The Stars'

    March 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT On the shelves of his former label Columbia since 1984, Johnny Cash's "lost" album "Out Among The Stars" has finally been released, via Sony Legacy. Despite its long, rocky road to an official release, "Stars" holds up among Cash's best work -- even if…

  10. Neon Trees Singer Tyler Glenn Comes Out As Gay

    March 24, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn is coming out to the public via a Rolling Stone article, the magazine announced Monday. The 30-year-old admits that he kept his sexuality a secret, and didn't come to terms with it completely until the past decade. "I had my crushes on guys throughout…

  11. George Michael’s 'Symphonica' Opens At No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

    March 24, 2014 6:55 AM EDT George Michael’s live “Symphonica” album (Virgin EMI/Universal) won the battle of the heavyweight releases with Kylie Minogue’s “Kiss Me Once” (Parlophone/Warner Music) on the new U.K. sales charts yesterday (March 23).  London DJ-producer Duke Dumont scored his second chart-topping single in…

  12. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  13. John Rich Unveils New Lifestyle Line, Redneck Riviera

    March 18, 2014 7:57 PM EDT John Rich has always been great at creating new and varied sounds -- starting with Lonestar back in the mid 1990s, he has found success as a solo artist (“Shuttin’ Detroit Down”), as a producer and songwriter (Gretchen Wilson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill), and his decade-long partnership with…

  14. Lorde Urges Fans to Kiss Westboro Protesters

    March 18, 2014 5:41 PM EDT You gotta love the priorities of the Westboro Baptist Church, whose founder is reportedly near death and -- wait, what? -- excommunicated. The controversial group announced in a babbling blog post that they no longer have faith in Lorde, and will protest the "Royals" singer's…

  15. HIM, Anathema Rock New York's Irving Plaza

    March 17, 2014 12:37 PM EDT At five minutes to show time Saturday (March 14) and well ahead of headliner HIM, New York's Irving Plaza was already packed to capacity for opener Anathema, the U.K. band returning for the first time since its triumphant NYC show last September at the Gramercy Theater . However,…

  16. Elbow Lands First No. 1 Album in U.K.

    March 17, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Longtime British modern rock favorites Elbow have achieved their first-ever U.K. No. 1 album, debuting at the top with their sixth studio release "The Take Off and Landing of Everything." On the new singles chart, Canadian duo Dvbbs (pronounced Dubbs) and producer Borgeous entered…

  17. Rolling Stones Panel at SXSW Clicks Into Musical Tribute

    March 14, 2014 4:07 AM EDT The Grammy Museum extended its 50 Years of the Rolling Stones panel at SXSW to a tribute concert Thursday at the Red Eyed Fly that featured a baker's dozen acts interpreting the music of the Rolling Stones. Acts alternated between the faithful and the fully re-imagined, the sturdiest…

  18. Soundgarden Rocks SXSW With 'Superunknown' Set; Chris Cornell Talks Album's Anniversary

    March 14, 2014 3:42 AM EDT "If you can single out any of our albums as being, like, the most iconic one, it’s obviously this one," frontman Cornell says of 1994's "Superunknown." It turned out Soundgarden’s performance of its iconic “Superunknown” album on Thursday night (March 13) at the…

  19. Shakira Returns With New Album, Steamy Rihanna Video, Country Duet: Cover Story

    March 07, 2014 12:40 PM EST It's late on a Wednesday afternoon, and a table in the foyer of Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood is laden with goodies: chocolate chip cookies, hummus and chips and a bottle of Patron Silver tequila with a card that reads, "Welcome back, Shakira!" But…

  20. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    March 06, 2014 1:15 PM EST To honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally's top 100 tracks ever. Rap is a victorious genre. Having built its history on songs of overcoming the harshest of hard-knock lives, in addition to observances of all of life'…

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