1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Justin Bieber's Deportation Petition Receives No Comment from White House

    April 19, 2014 7:11 PM EDT The White House has refused to comment on  a petition started in January to deport Justin Bieber following his Miami arrest for DUI, resisting arrest, and driving with an expired license, reports Us Magazine .  "Deport Justin Bieber and Revoke His Green Card" received almost 275…

  4. Jack White Breaks Record for World's Fastest Studio-to-Store Record

    April 19, 2014 3:53 PM EDT It's official: Jack White has beat the record for the world's fastest released record. Jack White Plans 'World's Fastest Record' Jack White Announces New Album 'Lazaretto' Jack White Finishing Up Next Album At 10 a.m. CST on Record Store Day (April 19),…

  5. 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…

  6. Neil Young Quietly Releases Covers Album for Online Sale

    April 18, 2014 7:31 PM EDT Neil Young’s new covers album “A Letter Home” was quietly released for sale Friday without formal announcement. The album is out via Jack White’s Third Man Records online shop on 12-inch vinyl a day before Record Store Day. It will be sold through physical retailers for Saturday’s shopping…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Bubbling Under: It's A 'Rude' Awakening For Magic!

    April 18, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Bubbling Under, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Magic!, Mila J and Grizfolk   Magic! Canadian reggae/pop quartet Magic! is crossing to U.S. pop and adult pop radio with its debut RCA single…

  12. Blues Traveler Working With Thompson Square, JC Chasez, 3OH!3 On New Project

    April 17, 2014 6:06 PM EDT "It started out as something small and it's taking on a life of its own," says John Popper of upcoming music. Reinvention is on Blues Traveler's itinerary and it's bringing along an eclectic slew of collaborators and producers for the ride, including Gavin DeGraw,…

  13. SoMo Debuts & Future Makes 'Move' on R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    April 17, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Twenty-six-year old Texas native SoMo starts his self-titled debut at No. 2 on both Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and R&B Albums with 23,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In terms of new R&B acts, "SoMo" is the biggest debut since Jhene Aiko's "Sail Out…

  14. Sky Ferreira: 'I Blame Myself' Video Is Not Racist

    April 17, 2014 2:20 PM EDT "I'm a woman, not a fucking little girl," the pop singer writes on Facebook in defense of her latest visual. Sky Ferreira's new music video , for her "Night Time, My Time" standout "I Blame Myself," features the singer palling around a torn-up Los…

  15. Kygo Talks Mixing for Diplo, Coldplay and Upcoming Tour

    April 17, 2014 1:37 PM EDT For Kygo, remixing has become reflex. “It’s almost the same process every time,” the Norwegian artist says. “I always play piano over the original track. I often stay sitting up all night, and I usually finish it before I go to bed. I get into a zone where I’m really in my own world when I…

  16. Aretha Franklin Filing $10 Million Lawsuit Over Fake Patti LaBelle Fight Story

    April 17, 2014 12:37 PM EDT Back on April 11, the Onion-esque parody site The News Nerd published a fake story about Patti LaBelle punching Aretha Franklin at "an R&B/Soul concert" on March 20. Franklin didn't appreciate the clunky dose of internet humor and posted a formal denial of the scuffle on…

  17. No Stopping 'Frozen' Album as 11th Week at No. 1 Seems Likely

    April 16, 2014 7:45 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack is heading for an 11th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, so suggest industry forecasters. While it's too early to tell just how many copies the hit album will sell in the week ending April 20, it should be a very handsome figure. The…

  18. Play Ball: Kings of Leon & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Talk Detroit Tigers' 2014 Season

    April 16, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill and the Detroit-based indie pop duo talk Tigers 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-team preview of…

  19. Bob Dylan Off the Hook in French Anti-Discrimination Case

    April 16, 2014 4:21 PM EDT French prosecutors have dropped the charges leveled at Bob Dylan last year after the singer made comments about Croatians that were alleged to violate the country's anti-discrimination laws, the Wall Street Journal reports . Instead, law officials are looking to looking to indict Rolling…

  20. 'Scandal' Character Playlist: 10 Songs For Season 3

    April 16, 2014 2:20 PM EDT It's been a jaw-dropping ride for Gladiators. The third season of ABC's "Scandal" comes to an end Thursday night (April 17), and it's bound to shock and pull at the strings of avid viewers. The season has left many at the edge of their couches with wine glasses…

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