1. Governors Ball Lineup: Kings of Leon, Kanye West Returning to NYC

    January 22, 2013 12:15 PM EST Kanye, Kings of Leon, Nas on the bill. The official lineup for the Governors Ball, set for June 7-9 at New York City's Randall's Island, just went public -- and it'll include chart-topping names such as Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Nas, and a mysterious "to be announced…

  2. Run-DMC Icon Presenting 'Garden of Laughs' Benefit

    January 18, 2013 12:15 PM EST Darryl McDaniels talks comedy showcase at Madison Square Garden and reveals he'll self-release an album this summer. In 2000, at age 35, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, from legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC, found himself depressed and in search of meaning in life beyond being a rap…

  3. Seattle Rapper Freddy E Dead in Apparent Suicide

    January 07, 2013 5:50 PM EST The King County medical examiner's office says Seattle hip-hop artist Freddy E has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Seattle Times reports Frederick E. Buhl died Saturday in Renton, a small urban city about 10 miles south of Seattle. Buhl's father said in a post…

  4. 'Gangnam Style' Leads YouTube's Top Trending Videos of 2012

    December 18, 2012 2:00 PM EST   While browsing videos on YouTube the past day you may have noticed that the site's icon in the upper lefthand corner has been taken over by a .gif of PSY and his all too familiar dance. Following this link reveals "YouTube in Rewind 2012," a playlist featuring the year's…

  5. Brian May Launches '40 Years of Queen' Ebook

    December 14, 2012 12:35 PM EST Brian May , legendary guitarist for rock band Queen , astrophysicist and astronomy book author, rolled up Friday to launch an ebook version of '40 Years of Queen' designed specifically for the ipad. May personally took an intimate media gathering through the interactive ebook at an…

  6. Young Jeezy Releases 'It's Tha World' Mixtape, Announces CTE World, Atlantic Records Deal

    December 12, 2012 1:30 PM EST Jeezy talks splitting ways with former CTE World artist, Freddie Gibbs. A year after the release of "Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition," Young Jeezy debuts new mixtape, "It's Tha World." The 17-track project includes features by 2 Chainz , YG, Trey Songz ,…

  7. Top 10 Best Hip-Hop Movies Ever

    November 08, 2012 2:00 PM EST Throughout the four decade history of hip-hop, there have been many movies that have attempted to capture the essence of the culture. Many have been OK, plenty have been good, but it's the rare film that has been great. "8 Mile," which hit the silver screen 10 years ago today …

  8. RZA Says Directing 'Iron Fists' Was His 'Most Challenging Job To Date'

    October 18, 2012 11:45 AM EDT As for a full-blown Wu-Tang reunion, the rapper/producer says, "You just never know with us, man." The upcoming action-adventure film "The Man With The Iron Fists" not only allowed Wu-Tang Clan majordomo RZA to flex his muscles in acting, directing and screenwriting, but…

  9. Questlove To Teach 'Classic Albums' Course At NYU

    October 17, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Ahmir ' ?uestlove ' Thompson will soon be adding another job to his exhaustive list of titles: professor. The Roots ' drummer will be joining Universal Music Enterprises vice president of A&R and Grammy winning reissues producer Harry Weinger to co-teach a course titled &…

  10. Billboard Mexican Music Awards: 3BallMTY, Gerardo Ortiz Lead Finalists

    September 11, 2012 9:30 AM EDT A trio of young acts that espouse different, bold sounds dominates the list of finalists for the second annual Billboard Mexican Music Awards, which will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on Telemundo Oct. 18. Presented by State Farm, the Billboard Mexican Music…

  11. RZA's 'The Man With the Iron Fists' Soundtrack Features Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Keys

    August 28, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Pusha T, Talib Kweli, Corinne Bailey Rae, and more are also featured on the film's soundtrack. RZA 's directorial debut, "The Man With the Iron Fists," is an action-packed kung-fu film starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. The movie will hit theaters in November, but a star…

  12. Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Reunites With 'Blood' Director

    August 15, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Scores Soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson's 'The Master' ... Album Out Sept. 11 While Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood seems busy enough recording albums and touring with his band, he still has time for his own musical endeavors. Nonesuch Records announced Tuesday that…

  13. Tony Martin, Romantic Crooner, Dies at 98

    July 30, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Tony Martin, the romantic singer who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career in records, television and nightclubs from the Depression era into the 21st century, has died. He was 98. Martin died of natural causes Friday evening at his West Los Angeles…

  14. Ask Billboard: Nicki Minaj Ties Hot 100 Record

    July 07, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Find out the details about Minaj's achievement, plus fun facts on LMFAO's still-going 'Party' and David Guetta's extremely hot hit. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general…

  15. Flo Rida, 'Wild Ones': Track-By-Track Review

    July 03, 2012 12:15 PM EDT "With this album, there's gonna be a lot of No. 1s, so that's why I came up with the title 'Wild Ones,'" Flo Rida told Billboard.com in May. Although none of the tracks from the Miami-based rapper's fourth studio album have topped Billboard's charts…

  16. Summer Tours & Music Festivals 2012

    June 11, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Chart Article Get the skinny on J.Lo's tour with Enrique Iglesias, check out what's in store for the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary, find out where Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw will share the stage, and more. Keep reading for the latest info on all the summer music festivals and…

  17. Queen Extravaganza Makes U.S. Debut

    June 01, 2012 11:35 AM EDT During the 22 years since Freddie Mercury's death, the Queen camp has carefully and at times creatively perpetuated the group's catalog and legacy. Reissues. A hit theater musical ("We Will Rock You"). Tours with Paul Rodgers and, this summer, with "American Idol"…

  18. Exclusive: Sneak Peek of Tupac's Outburst in 'Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps' Documentary

    May 31, 2012 12:40 PM EDT There's one thing in particular I always respected about Tupac Shakur : his honesty. Whether spitting rhymes of harsh reality or penning poetry , 'Pac was not one to hold his tongue. But although it was a charasteristic of his that was refreshing, it welcomed legal repercussions.…

  19. Big K.R.I.T.'s Major Label Moment Almost Never Happened

    May 23, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Ever since Big K.R.I.T. staked his claim on Southern rap with the 2010 mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here , hip-hop fans have anxiously awaited the Mississippi native's proper debut. Though the wait for Live From the Underground , due June 5, has been almost exactly two years since the rapper…

  20. Adam Lambert Live Q&A: Watch Again!

    May 14, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Chart Article Adam Lambert Watch Again Now PHOTOS: Behind-the-Scenes at Adam Lambert's Live Q&A Not that Adam Lambert is ever idle, but May is an especially busy time for the "American Idol" alum as he prepares for the release of his second album, "Trespassing," a…

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