1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. SXSW Suspect Facing Four New Assault Charges

    April 20, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Rashad Owens, the 21-year-old driver accused of fatally running down South by Southwest attendees in March, is facing four new charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Austin-American Statesman . 20 New Charges Filed Against SXSW Crash Suspect Fourth Person Dies…

  4. 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…

  5. Coachella Festival Attendee Dies After Collapsing

    April 18, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Drugs or alcohol may be the cause of the 24-year-old's death. An Oakland woman, 24, died Thursday afternoon at an area hospital after collapsing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 12. Coachella 2014: Full Coverage "We're testing to find out whether drugs…

  6. Lana Del Rey's 'West Coast' Set For Strong Hot 100 Debut

    April 18, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Her new song appears headed for the list's top half next week thanks to expected high sales following her buzzworthy Coachella set Lana Del Rey's new single "West Coast" looks likely to debut in the upper half of next week's Billboard Hot 100. Highlights of the…

  7. Prince's Paisley Archives: 10 Items From the Warner's Vault We'd Love to See Released

    April 18, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Warner Bros. archive represents the most significant catalog of unreleased material of the past 40 years At 9 a.m. ET on Good Friday morning, a press release sallied forth announcing a new partnership between Prince and Warner Bros. – a newsflash that actually almost lives up to the drama…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Peaches Geldof Funeral to Be Held Monday

    April 18, 2014 8:30 AM EDT British model and TV personality Peaches Geldof, who died suddenly earlier this month at the age of 25, will be laid to rest by family and friends at a private funeral on Easter Monday. The service will be held at the same church where both Geldof and her mother Paula Yates were married, St…

  11. Salsa Great Cheo Feliciano Dies in Car Accident

    April 17, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Police say Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano has died in a car accident in the U.S. territory. He was 78. Officer Israel Arroyo says Feliciano was alone in his Jaguar when he hit a post before dawn Thursday in the northern suburb of Cupey. Crash Scene Footage (via El Nuevo Dia )…

  12. 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…

  13. '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…

  14. The Who Launching World Tour This Year and 'Hoping' for New Album

    April 16, 2014 8:53 AM EDT The legendary band turns 50 this year and will start playing live around Christmas. Pete Townshend talks hitting the road again ("I'm in good shape"), possible new music and getting older The Who will embark on a tour late this year to celebrate the band's 50th…

  15. 'Soul Train' May Boogie Down on Broadway

    April 15, 2014 4:56 PM EDT The groundbreaking song-and-dance show "Soul Train" is chugging toward Broadway. Stage and film producer Matthew Weaver, who helped create "Rock of Ages," has acquired the theatrical stage rights to the TV show and said Tuesday he's hoping to repeat his success by…

  16. B.B. King Apologizes for 'Bad Night' in St. Louis

    April 15, 2014 2:24 PM EDT B.B. King was a rambling man at a recent concert date in St. Louis, and now the blues legend is saying sorry. King's erratic performance on April 4 at the Peabody Opera House included long-winded stories and a 15-minute sing-along of "You Are My Sunshine." Half of the show was…

  17. The Tax Man Cometh: 10 Artists That Got Unpleasant IRS Attention

    April 15, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Time to pony up to the IRS. Those that have failed to historically have had to deal with them eventually, whether they liked it or not. Willie Nelson, Ja Rule, Toni Braxton and more can confirm. With the deadline for IRS Tax filing today (Tuesday, April 15, folks!), here's a reminder…

  18. Michael Jackson's Mother Should Pay Court Costs, Judge Says

    April 15, 2014 2:41 AM EDT Michael Jackson's mother should pay more than $800,000 in trial costs to a concert promoter that she targeted in a failed negligent hiring lawsuit involving the death of her son, a judge said Monday. Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos issued the tentative ruling calling on the…

  19. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Donny Osmond Guest Judges Disney Night

    April 15, 2014 2:23 AM EDT Welcome, dear gem hunters and DANCMSTR refugees!  Tonight’s theme was both appropriate and preposterous — much like the bedazzled series itself — as we all know that in many ways, EVERY night is Disney Night on "Dancing With the Stars." How many times has Bruno screamed “Youuuu…

  20. David Bisbal Talks New Music, Billboard Latin Music Awards Concert

    April 14, 2014 6:55 PM EDT Spanish pop star David Bisbal is celebrating a new album, a global tour and a fan base that keeps growing. Despite having more than 6 million twitter followers, and counting, the singer takes nothing for granted. On a recent morning, Bisbal spoke to Billboard about launching his new world…

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