1. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases…

  2. Chance the Rapper Breaks the Mold with ‘Everyday Wonderful: Arthur’

    August 11, 2014 6:04 AM EDT It is not every day that an artist kicks off a mass discussion on Twitter about a theme song from a '90s children sitcom, but Chance The Rapper managed to do so on July 30 with the release of his track “Everyday Wonderful: Arthur” that has resided on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140…

  3. Lollapalooza 2014 Ticket Giveaway!

    July 29, 2014 4:40 PM EDT Ready to rock? Enter to win two passes to the sold-out Lollapalooza festival in Chicago this wekeend Get ready Chi-Town; Lollapalooza 2014 is coming to town! From August 1-3, Chicago’s Grant Park will once again host the mammoth, landmark music festival that will draw more than 80,000…

  4. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  5. KimYe's Wedding Playlist: Kanye West's 10 Most Romantic Songs

    May 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Toast the impending nuptials with these 10 Kanye songs and features that will tug your heartstrings. If you haven't heard -- and how could you not hear, since we're all shouting it from the rooftops! -- Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are rumored to be getting married this weekend…

  6. Nicki Minaj Drops 'Pills N Potions,' Her New Dr. Luke-Produced Single

    May 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT After hyping it on the red carpet of the Billboard Music Awards , Nicki Minaj's new single is here. The Dr. Luke-produced "Pills N Potions" is a sincere, slow-burning song that is set to be the first single from Minaj's upcoming studio album "The Pink Print,"…

  7. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  8. From Blur to 'Bots: Damon Albarn's 15 Defining Music Moments

    April 25, 2014 5:54 PM EDT As Damon Albarn gets set to release his first proper solo album, "Everyday Robots," it's easy to forget how versatile and eclectic he's been over the course of his career. Sure he's been at the forefront of Britpop and found crossover success in the U.S. with Blur,…

  9. Nicki Minaj Twerks on Instagram to New Music: Watch

    April 24, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Nicki may have traded her colorful wigs and crazy outfits for a more natural look this week, but she hasn’t said goodbye to sharing (sometimes too much) of herself via Instagram. Twerk It: The Top 10 Booty-Popping Artists in Music The female MC posted two videos of her twerking to some of her…

  10. Play Ball: Pete Wentz & Mountain Goats Talk Chicago Cubs' 2014 Season

    April 08, 2014 4:00 PM EDT What would it be like if the Cubs won the World Series? Chi-town experts weigh in. 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 their…

  11. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

  12. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  13. 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2013: K-Town Picks

    December 23, 2013 9:56 PM EST From Billboard Korea's offices in Gangnam to the East and West coasts, check out the songs that the Billboard and Billboard Korea staff were blasting all year from K-pop veterans to the top boy and girl groups. Following last year's inaugural ranking of Billboard's 20…

  14. The Year In K-Pop 2013: Sistar19, Cho Yong Pil, Lee Seung Chul Triumph

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Last year, "Gangnam Style" defined K-pop. Not only was the PSY smash the No. 1 song on 2012's year-end K-Pop Hot 100 chart, but it brought K-pop culture to a global audience. But in 2013, despite PSY's success, most Korean artists didn't succumb to copying to hit…

  15. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  16. Sex Sells: Trouble Maker's 'Now' Tops the K-Pop Hot 100

    November 12, 2013 7:35 PM EST The K-pop duo's steamy new single gives HyunA and Hyunseung their second No. 1s this year. Plus, chart highlights from Ailee, Sung Shi Kyung and more After more than 11 million views of the R-rated music to music video "Now," Trouble Maker snag the No. 1 position with their…

  17. Lou Reed's Widow Pens Tribute to Late Husband

    October 31, 2013 8:13 PM EDT Plenty of Lou Reed tributes have surfaced since the icon's death Sunday (Oct. 27), but none may be as moving as the letter penned by Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson. In a piece published in the East Hampton Star newspaper on Long Island, Anderson recalls Reed's last days,…

  18. Lou Reed Remembered: Honoring New York City's Unofficial Mayor

    October 28, 2013 11:10 AM EDT Lou Reed was the Godfather of Punk, the grumpy older statesman of New York City rock and roll. We followed him as he emerged from under the weight of Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground and took a journey through glitter and glam and heroin and speed and alcohol.  He dyed his hair…

  19. Ghostface Killah, ScHoolboy Q & More Take Over 2013 A3C Festival

    October 09, 2013 12:00 PM EDT For five consecutive days (October 2-6), the A3C Festival gave Atlanta a stream of straight hip-hop in a variety of forms -- from live broadcasts of the Combat Jack Show to screenings of indie films like 'Rats & More.’ There were showcases for independent artists and bigger stages …

  20. Ask Billboard: The #PraiseTheLorde Edition

    October 04, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As 'Royals' reaches the top of the Hot 100 this week, readers weigh in for an-all Lorde 'Ask Billboard' mailbag. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name,…

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