1. Who Is Allie X? 'Catch' Singer Talks Katy Perry Shout-Out, Her Pop Takeover Plan

    March 10, 2014 1:50 PM EDT "I have been locked in my bedroom for two years making music," the Canadian artist tells Billboard in her first interview. It's the moment that so many unknown musical artists have desperately attempted to secure: the recognition of his or her artistry from an influential…

  2. ScHoolboy Q Debuts Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 06, 2014 2:23 PM EST With 139,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, ScHoolboy Q's major label debut "Oxymoron" opens at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and instantly outsells his first two releases combined. Both 2011's "Setbacks" and 2012's "…

  3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Drake Lead Hot Rap Songs' 25th Anniversary Rankings

    March 06, 2014 2:08 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have had a monumental run since the 2012 release of their debut album, "The Heist." The duo has performed numerous sold out-shows and recently garnered four Grammy Awards. Now, there's another achievement that the rapper and producer can tuck…

  4. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 50 Artists, Most Top 10s, Most No. 1s

    March 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rap Songs chart , which made its debut on March 11, 1989, we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top 100 rap songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the top 50 Hot Rap Songs artists, the artists with the…

  5. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    March 06, 2014 1:15 PM EST To honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally's top 100 tracks ever. Rap is a victorious genre. Having built its history on songs of overcoming the harshest of hard-knock lives, in addition to observances of all of life'…

  6. Pop Shop Podcast: ScHoolboy Q, MKTO Interview, Iggy Azalea & More

    March 06, 2014 11:05 AM EST Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  7. Top 25 Travolta-fied Pop Star Names: 'Adele Dazeem' & More!

    March 04, 2014 12:26 PM EST How would John Travolta have said your favorite artist's name at the Oscars? On Monday (Mar. 2), hours after John Travolta mangled Idina Menzel's name while introducing her performance of "Let It Go" at the Academy Awards -- say hello to Adele Dazeem, America! -- Slate.com…

  8. Hot 100 March Madness 2014: Vote Now in Round 1!

    March 03, 2014 2:55 PM EST Cast your vote for your favorite Top 5 single from the past year. Billboard.com Hot 100 March Madness is back! The annual twist on the college basketball tournament bracket is now in its third year, and once again, we're asking pop fans to vote for their favorite recent hits…

  9. Kendrick Lamar Talks Macklemore Text, Could Release New Album in 2014

    February 28, 2014 7:18 PM EST "That text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude," says Lamar, who could release his next album in September. According to Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith, plans are in motion to release a new Kendrick Lamar album this year. Lamar has also followed up on…

  10. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    February 28, 2014 12:25 PM EST Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith tell the full story of how L.A.'s unexpected indie label rewrote rap's rules It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars.…

  11. Cee Lo, Blondie and Green Day's Foxboro Hot Tubs to Rock Rachael Ray's SXSW Party

    February 28, 2014 12:00 PM EST Green Day's Foxboro Hot Tubs side project, Cee Lo Green and Blondie will be partying with Rachael Ray at the syndicated TV hosts's seventh annual Feedback party during this year's South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas. The free and open to the…

  12. Sub Pop Opening Retail Store in Seattle Airport

    February 24, 2014 7:38 PM EST Sub Pop Records, noted for hits by Nirvana, The Shins, and the Postal Service, will open a retail store in April 2014 at Sea-Tac International Airport. The location is auditioning managers for the store, which will be open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (send resumes to maryw@subpop.com). It is the latest…

  13. Kids' Choice Awards: One Direction, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande Score Nominations

    February 24, 2014 3:30 PM EST One Direction, Katy Perry and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" are among the top nominees at the 27th annual Kids' Choice Awards. This year's fan-voted event will be hosted by Mark Wahlberg,who stars in the fourth installment in the Transformers franchise. The Kids'…

  14. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R…

  15. Ty Dolla $ign & DJ Mustard Hit Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 20, 2014 4:44 PM EST In its 13th week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Ty Dolla $ign's "Paranoid," featuring B.o.B, steps 11-10 to mark the former's first top 10 on the list. The track gains in all three of the chart's metrics with a 13% lift to 33,000 downloads, its best sales week yet …

  16. BRIT Awards Live Stream feat. Katy Perry, Lorde, Bruno Mars & More: WATCH NOW

    February 19, 2014 3:00 PM EST Bastille, Pharrell, Arctic Monkeys, Ellie Goulding -- and possibly, Beyonce -- will also take the O2 Arena stage on Wednesday to celebrate Britain's top music honors. watch it all go down right here, starting at 3PM ET The BRIT Awards may be hosted by James Corden for the fifth -- and…

  17. NBA All-Star: Janelle Monae, Trombone Shorty, Earth Wind & Fire, Dr. John Discuss Halftime Show

    February 16, 2014 5:15 PM EST Trombone Shorty wants this year's halftime show to be "a big party, the way we do here in the Big Easy." While Pharrell Williams is headlining the NBA All-Star Game Entertainment Series this year, with a performance during the player introductions on Sunday night (Feb. 16), the…

  18. NBA All-Star Weekend Preview: Inside The New Orleans Musical Programming

    February 15, 2014 1:36 PM EST An NBA exec explains why Pharrell Williams is a global superstar, and how Trombone Shorty helped organize the halftime show over GRAMMY weekend. Each year, NBA All-Star Weekend boasts an impressive lineup of musical stars delivering stylized performances in between various basketball…

  19. Debby Ryan Announces Debut Album 'One'

    February 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Like many Disney Channel stars and starlets, Debby Ryan doesn't just act. The lead on the TV show "Jessie" and formerly of "The Suite Life on Deck," Ryan formed a band -- Debby and the Never Ending -- in 2013. Now, Billboard has learned the release of her debut…

  20. Toni Braxton & Babyface’s Triumphant No. 1 Return to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    February 13, 2014 8:00 PM EST The duo's album unseats Beyonce for the first time since its December debut Toni Braxton and Babyface return to the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as their duet set “Love, Marriage & Divorce” moves 67,000 in its debut week for a debut at No. 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

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