1. 'American Idol' Alum James Durbin Ready to 'Celebrate' With Sophomore Release

    April 21, 2014 5:09 AM EDT Season 10 alum James Durbin’s second album blasts onto four Billboard charts this week, but the "American Idol" finalist started thinking about his sophomore set quite a while ago. "Celebrate" is a new entry on The Billboard 200 at No. 83, and also bows on Top Rock Albums…

  2. Giorgio Moroder Remixes Coldplay's 'Midnight': Listen

    April 21, 2014 4:06 AM EDT Last year, it was Daft Punk. Now, Coldplay.  Electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder has worked his production magic on “Midnight,” a song lifted from Coldplay’s upcoming new album “Ghost Stories.”  Moroder has remixed the track, which is available to download at iTunes and can be streamed…

  3. Easter Meets 420: A Mixed Bag of Our Favorite Tweets

    April 20, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Every so often, holidays of various nature collide in an unexpected way -- and today (April 20) is one of those days.  While some are spending this Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of Christ at church or a family brunch, the Cannabis crowd is taking note of the 420 holiday by…

  4. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Boxer Who Inspired Bob Dylan, Dies at 76

    April 20, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and…

  5. 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…

  6. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

  7. Michelle Obama, Kellie Pickler To Guest Star On 'Nashville'

    April 19, 2014 3:02 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama and "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler will appear on an upcoming episode of ABC's "Nashville," the network announced on Friday (April 18).  'Nashville' Star Charles Esten Isn't Messing Around: 'If Songs Don't…

  8. Coachella 2014: Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Joins the Replacements (For a Night)

    April 19, 2014 1:33 AM EDT Frontman Paul Westerberg was laid up on the couch (literally) for his band's weekend two set. After what was regarded as a lackluster first weekend set , the Replacements returned to Coachella's Outdoor Stage with a vengeance, recruiting Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong…

  9. Pop Shop Picks: Lana Del Rey, Twin Shadow, Hundred Waters & More

    April 18, 2014 6:44 PM EDT Each Friday, we'll showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up our speakers. These can include a brand-new song or something that's been simmering; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! Lana Del Rey, "West Coast" Listening to "West…

  10. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Set For Biggest Week Yet Thanks to Easter

    April 18, 2014 6:16 PM EDT Thanks to Easter-fueled shopping, the "Frozen" soundtrack is on course for its biggest sales week yet. Industry sources forecast the album to sell between 225,000 to 250,000 copies in the week ending April 20, Easter Sunday. That would easily surpass the album's best frame (202…

  11. The Best & Worst Dressed Artist of The Week: Solange Knowles & Justin Bieber

    April 18, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Solange Knowles Solange Knowles is truly a daring dresser. The singer can pull off bright color combinations and bold looks like no one else. However, she recently has been…

  12. 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…

  13. Pixies’ 'Doolittle' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 2:35 PM EDT There are some cult classics that could have been hits, and then there are albums like “Doolittle.” Released 25 years ago today, the sophomore effort from wily Boston space cadets Pixies was never going to shift major units, and the fact that it spent two weeks at No. 98 on the Billboard 200…

  14. CODE Guest Playlist: Kygo's Feeling Avicii, Chromeo and More

    April 18, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Billboard CODE caught up with Kygo this week to discuss the 22-year-old artist’s emergence , as well as provide a peek into the music he’s currently listening to. Here’s the melody-laden playlist that the young producer assembled. Give it a listen below. Kygo Talks Mixing for Diplo, Coldplay…

  15. Linda Ronstadt Rocks Highest-Charting Album In 24 Years

    April 18, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The pop/rock icon – and now Rock and Roll Hall of Famer – returns with 'Duets,' which spurs her best chart rank since 1990 New Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt roars back onto the Billboard 200 , as her new compilation "Duets" debuts at No. 32. The bow…

  16. Enrique Iglesias' Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned + Behind-the Scenes Video

    April 18, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Billboard's latest cover star is Latin heartthrob Enrique Iglesias , and in this story, no topic is off-limits. Opening up about his strained relationship with his father, Anna Kournikova, the recent death of his dog and his new album "Sex and Love," Iglesias sheds some light…

  17. First 'Jersey Boys' Movie Trailer Debuts

    April 18, 2014 12:57 PM EDT The first trailer for Clint Eastwood's highly anticipated film version of the hit Broadway musicalJersey Boys has debuted online. The clip begins with The Four Seasons singing under a street lamp and follows their rise to performing for cheering crowds. The trailer shows Bob Gaudio …

  18. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  19. 5 Things We Learned About Sia From Her NY Times Magazine Story

    April 18, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Read on to find out the shy artist's new album title and what Britney Spears has to say about her. On Friday (Apr. 18), the New York Times Magazine published "Sia Furler, the Socially Phobic Pop Star," a revealing profile of the ultra-shy pop singer-songwriter by Steve Knopper.…

  20. Black Label Society Lands First No. 1 On Top Rock Albums Chart

    April 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The Zakk Wylde-led group also starts atop Hard Rock Albums. Plus, Jack White debuts on Hot Rock Songs, Chevelle tops Mainstream Rock Songs and more Black Label Society scores its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" launches at…

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