1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Diddy, Guy Gerber, Steve Aoki, Chad Hurley at IMS Engage: Where Worlds Collide and Gates Open

    April 17, 2014 5:34 AM EDT When asked about the origins of 11:11, the name for the much-ballyhooed collaboration between Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Israeli DJ/producer Guy Gerber, the ordinarily loquacious entrepreneur was uncharacteristically reticent. “Some things are better left a mystery,” he said, though his…

  4. John Mellencamp Unhappy With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Over Song Use

    April 16, 2014 11:44 PM EDT Liberal rocker John Mellencamp wants conservative Republican Gov. Scott Walker to know he supports union rights and says Walker should think about that before using his songs on the campaign trail. Politicians for years have been using rock songs at campaign events, and Mellencamp has found…

  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. AC/DC 'Retirement' Rumors Rumble On Down Under

    April 15, 2014 6:35 AM EDT UPDATE: Insiders tell Billboard that there's no truth to the breakup rumor, though the group's management and Columbia Records, its current label, have chosen not to comment on the matter. Get the full story Earlier: Depending on which news outlet you believe, the members of…

  7. John Mayall, 'Why Did You Go': Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 14, 2014 12:48 PM EDT John Mayall had no goal other than "to make a normal blues album" with "A Special Life," his first studio album in five years. Which is what the veteran artist and bandleader has done over the course of his 51-year recording career. "Any time I make an album, I'm…

  8. 'SNL' Recap: Ed Sheeran Previews 'x' Songs, GOP Invades Coachella, Taylor Swift Pops In

    April 13, 2014 12:22 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who recently graced the cover of Billboard , paid a visit to "Saturday Night Live" on April 12 to preview two new tracks from his upcoming sophomore album, "x," due June 23 on Atlantic Records. Ed Sheeran's Pre-'SNL' Day in…

  9. Kiss' Ace Frehley 'Thrilled' By Rock Hall Induction, Readying Solo Album (Video Q&A)

    April 12, 2014 10:40 AM EDT "It's like we had never been apart and we're brothers in rock'n'roll," Frehley says of Kiss' Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction experience. With Kiss' surprisingly drama-free Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction now in the rear-view mirror, former…

  10. Rock Hall Quotes: 20 Awesome Quips From Nirvana, Springsteen, Kiss & More

    April 11, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Sprinkled among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's epic induction of Nirvana, Kiss, the E Street Band, Peter Gabriel and more last night (April 10, 2014), were tons of bon mots and zingers from inductors and inductees alike. Nirvana on Lorde's perfection. Springsteen on E Street'…

  11. Rock Hall Ceremony Wraps With Worthy Performances, Hatchets Buried

    April 11, 2014 4:25 AM EDT The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held Thursday night at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York, honored Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam), Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, KISS and Hall and Oates. It would be an evening of debts repaid, honor restored…

  12. Nirvana Joined By Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, Lorde at Rock Hall Ceremony

    April 11, 2014 3:30 AM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame audience had to wait a long time for Nirvana to hit the Barclays Center stage on Thursday night. More than four hours into a show that veered between galvanizing and grueling, the band's surviving members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, its special…

  13. Rock Hall Induction: Ladies Rule a Ceremony Dominated by Men

    April 11, 2014 1:19 AM EDT Women, often overlooked for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inclusion, owned Thursday’s induction ceremony in New York, which culminated at midnight with Joan Jett fronting the surviving members of Nirvana on “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon also stood in for Kurt Cobain, who…

  14. Kiss Enters Rock Hall With Little Drama, But Stern Words for Voters

    April 11, 2014 12:23 AM EDT Fifteen years after they were first eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, pioneering theatrical rock act Kiss were finally given the honor in one of the most controversial, acrimonious moments in the institution's 31-year history. Surprisingly, though, they…

  15. Peter Gabriel Brings 'In Your Eyes' To Rock Hall

    April 10, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Coldplay’s Chris Martin honors Gabriel’s landmark albums during induction ceremony. Peter Gabriel’s last album of new songs, 2002’s Up, has outsold every album his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees most recently released. At 375,000 copies, Gabriel just edges out Nirvana, whose…

  16. Chuck D On Kiss' Rock Hall Honor: 'They Deserve to Be Inducted'

    April 10, 2014 4:54 PM EDT As the world prepares for Kiss to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, another recent Hall of Famer is coming out in support of the band’s induction. His name may surprise you: Chuck D. “Personally,” the Public Enemy co-founder says, “I always felt Kiss deserved to be inducted.” That feeling…

  17. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Live Blog: Backstage & Audience Coverage As It Happens

    April 10, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Billboard and THR journalists provide live coverage of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction from the audience and backstage! Join us here as a team of Billboard and Hollywood Reporter journalists report live from the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony of Nirvana, KISS,…

  18. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Stay Busy, Celebrate Longevity

    April 10, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates and Kiss remain active veterans, making moves in the studio and on the road. Thursday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will go without a familiar hallmark this year: a long-awaited reunion. That’s because most of the nominees --…

  19. Paul Stanley Calls Kiss the Rock Hall's 'Worst Nightmare' (Video Q&A)

    April 10, 2014 11:47 AM EDT "It's a small group of people who decide who they want in their little club," he says. "They're pencil pushers and I play a guitar" It's taken 14 years, but pyro-glam rockers Kiss are finally being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After…

  20. The 10 Most Controversial Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Moments

    April 09, 2014 7:00 PM EDT With its lack of transparent voting and occasionally odd subjective induction criteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen its fair share of controversy in its 31 years of existence. This year's class features a good amount of drama, with Kiss and Nirvana bristling over the…

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