1. Coachella Goes Pop: Why The 2014 Festival Felt More Mainstream Than Ever

    April 14, 2014 4:30 PM EDT Justin Bieber played the main stage at Coachella . Okay, well, technically he performed for a single song, and as a surprise guest during the performance of Chance The Rapper, a buzzed-about indie MC with no proper album to his name yet. But technicalities aside, Bieber was there, white…

  2. Pharrell Williams Cries While Watching 'Happy' Fan Videos on 'Oprah Prime'

    April 14, 2014 3:00 PM EDT From "Blurred Lines" to "Get Lucky to "Happy," it's been a whirlwind of success for Pharrell Williams over the past year. The emotional weight of that success caught up to the superstar vocalist-producer during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired last…

  3. Play Ball: Switchfoot Previews San Diego Padres' 2014 Season

    April 14, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Brothers Tim and Jon Foreman may root for San Diego, but don't call them fair weather fans 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…

  4. Coachella 2014: 10 Best Performances

    April 14, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella • Photos: Backstage at Coachella • Justin Bieber Joins Chance The Rapper • Pharrell Enlists All-Stars • Arcade Fire Brings Out Debbie Harry • Is Gwen Stefani Cameo a Hint? • Lana del Rey Debuts Single • Jay-Z & Beyonce Invade • Lorde Makes…

  5. Lana Del Rey Drops 'West Coast': Listen

    April 14, 2014 9:14 AM EDT Hours after debuting her next single, "West Coast," for an enormous assembly of fans at Coachella , baroque pop star Lana Del Rey dropped the studio version of the new and surprisingly breezy, guitar-driven track early on Monday. While less overtly moody than her previous work, …

  6. 20 Hot Coachella Moments: Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Slash & More Day 3 Surprises

    April 14, 2014 8:57 AM EDT The first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival wound down Sunday night after three long, loud days in the desert. But the annual bash went out with an enourmous bang. Keeping with the previous day’s conveyer belt of guest appearances, day 3 featured unexpected…

  7. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Black Eyed Peas Begin Record Six-Month Hot 100 Reign

    April 14, 2014 8:05 AM EDT Five years ago this week, the group began its unprecedented 26-week Billboard Hot 100 rule. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Montell Jordan, Michael Jackson and Mariah Carey Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  8. Coachella 2014: Calvin Harris, Disclosure Bring Big-Stage Dance Parties

    April 14, 2014 5:49 AM EDT Once each weekend, Coachella hands the main stage over to an EDM producer who has the honor of hosting the polo field’s biggest dance party. Swedish House Mafia, the Chemical Brothers and Tiesto have all taken their turns at the helm of the festival. The event's 2014 edition belonged to…

  9. Kaiser Chiefs Reign Again In U.K., Sigma Grabs Top Single With Kanye West Remake

    April 14, 2014 4:30 AM EDT Kaiser Chiefs’ “Education, Education, Education & War” (Kaiser Chiefs/Fiction/ Universal) started a second week atop the artist album chart in the U.K. Sunday (April 13), while London dance duo Sigma scored an instant No. 1 single with “Nobody To Love” (3 Beat/All Around The World…

  10. Janelle Monáe, Kimbra Announce Co-Headlining Tour of Australasia

    April 14, 2014 3:04 AM EDT Janelle Monáe’s tour Down Under will have a distinctly home-grown flavor.  The award-winning American artist is joining forces with Kimbra for a five-city tour next month of Australia and New Zealand.  Live Nation’s Australasian division is organizing the co-headlining “Golden Electric Tour,”…

  11. Coachella 2014: Beyonce, Lorde, Pharrell Most Tweeted Artists Saturday

    April 13, 2014 6:32 PM EDT Beyonce, Lorde and Pharrell were Coachella's most tweeted about artists Saturday at Coachella. Coachella 2014! •  Photos:  Live at Coachella •  Photos:  Backstage at Coachella •  Pharrell  Rules with Snoop, Gwen Stefani •  Jay-Z & Beyonce  Invade •  Lorde  Makes Desert Debut …

  12. Jennifer Lopez Honored at GLAAD Awards

    April 13, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez and "Orange is the New Black’s" transgender actress Laverne Cox were among the night’s honorees at the 25th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Pitbull Debuts Official World Cup Song: Listen to '…

  13. Coachella 2014: Pharrell Williams Rules With Hits, The Hat & Huge Guest Stars

    April 13, 2014 7:08 AM EDT Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Diddy and others help the singer/rapper/producer own Indio. Pharrell Williams continued his impossibly long hot streak during his performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday (Apr. 12), recruiting some of his most famous friends and…

  14. Ed Sheeran's Pre-'SNL' Day in New York: Covering Beyoncé, Selfies, Fans & More

    April 12, 2014 9:28 PM EDT As we tagged along with Sheeran before 'SNL,' he also ran into Siva from The Wanted, dropped one-liners and practiced American accents. This week is a big one for Ed Sheeran. On April 4, He announced “Sing,” the first song from his upcoming album, "x" . The same day his…

  15. 23 Hot Coachella Moments: Ellie Goulding Cheers, Beyoncé Covers & Prince Sightings Day 1

    April 12, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Coachella 2014 got underway in Indio, Calif. Friday (April 11) with huge sets by The Replacements , Ellie Goulding, Girl Talk and headliners OutKast among the dozens of acts rocking the desert. Take a time-stamped look at the 23 hottest happenings on the festival's first day. Find…

  16. Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies at Age 69

    April 12, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Jesse Winchester, a U.S.-born singer who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War and went on to write songs covered by the likes of Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett and Joan Baez has died of cancer. He was 69. His death was announced on his official Facebook page Friday. …

  17. Outkast's Coachella Comeback: Rap Duo Returns With Important, Imperfect Performance

    April 12, 2014 7:32 AM EDT On the one hand, the audience members at Coachella's 2014 fest were incredibly lucky, being the first ones to watch the reunited Outkast perform in person when the Atlanta duo headlined the first night of the festival on Friday (Apr. 11). Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella •…

  18. Coachella 2014 Kicks Off With Standout Performances From Alt-Rock Buzz Bands

    April 12, 2014 6:36 AM EDT Bastille, Haim, Grouplove and More heat up the first afternoon of the 3-day desert bash The sun loomed high over the polo field by the mid-afternoon of the first day of this year's sold-out Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which found attendees fist-pumping their way through a…

  19. Ray Price's Final Recordings: 'Everyone Had the Feeling Something Special Was Happening'

    April 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Fred Foster remembers the first time he met Ray Price. "It was New Years' Eve 1953 in Washington, DC," he recalled to Billboard. "Every New Years' Eve, [promoter Connie B. Gay] would take over Capitol Arena, and put on a huge show. There was Ernest Tubb, Red Foley,…

  20. The Best & Worst Dressed Artists of the Week: Taylor Swift and Rita Ora

    April 11, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Check out who is rocking killer threads and who needs to put their stylist on (permanent?) timeout this week. Best: Taylor Swift Taylor Swift ditched the sparkly romantic look for an ultra sexy number at the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday,…

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