1. Beyonce Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List, Springsteen, Calvin Harris Also Make the Cut

    June 30, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Queen B reigns supreme in Forbes Celebrity 100 list, which was released Monday. Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Katy Perry were also in the top 10 on the list that rates the cultural icons success and influence against one another.  Beyonce runs the show after a year that included 95 massive gigs…

  2. Beyonce & Jay Z Show Justin Bieber’s Mug Shot During 'On the Run' Concert: Watch

    June 28, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Justin Bieber’s chipper-looking mug shot made a surprise appearance during the opening night of Beyonce and Jay Z’s “On the Run” at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium on June 25. Beyonce & Jay Z's Street-Fab 'On the Run' Tour Opens in Miami: Review Bieber’s mug shot, which…

  3. Kanye West Retracts Negative Comments on Photographer Annie Leibovitz

    June 20, 2014 3:50 AM EDT Kanye West is back at it again, this time backtracking on recent comments he made about photographer Annie Leibovitz while speaking at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, claiming his remarks "have been taken out of context and sensationalized." He told the…

  4. Rewinding The Charts: 17 Years Ago Diddy Toasted An Icon (And Friend)

    June 14, 2014 10:05 AM EDT 'I'll Be Missing You,' his tribute to The Notorious B.I.G., flew to No. 1 — and helped hip-hop grieve June 14, 1997 was a new day for rap. Fans still were mourning the unsolved March 9 murder of 24-year-old star The Notorious B.I.G. in Hollywood as the one-year anniversary of…

  5. 5 Seconds of Summer and Diddy Hit New Highs on Social 50 Chart

    June 12, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Diddy notches his best week yet on the three-and-a-half-year old Social 50 chart, as a teaser for his new video “I Want the Love” spurs a re-entry for the hip-hop mogul at No. 23. The Social 50 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions of fans across Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and…

  6. Jeff Tweedy & Son Debut New Songs at Detroit Tour Launch (Review)

    June 06, 2014 12:09 PM EDT "That's my boy!" the Wilco frontman exclaimed while his son, Spencer, manned the drums. "We're gonna play some new songs," Jeff Tweedy told the crowd at the Jack White Theatre in Detroit's Masonic Temple on Thursday night. "We got a bunch of new songs,…

  7. How the F--- Do You Market a Band Called F---ed Up?

    May 16, 2014 3:59 PM EDT This is an extended version of an article first published in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Many bands second-guess their names, especially when the musicians have matured beyond the juvenile or inebriated inspiration that first sparked their nomenclatorial creativity. Yet the…

  8. Midtown Reunites for Surprise Brooklyn Show: Live Review

    May 15, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Midtown made it to Brooklyn for their first show in almost a decade on Wednesday night (May 14), powering through a 19-song set at the Knitting Factory. The influential New Jersey pop-punk band (playing under the pseudonym of Merman) had originally planned to reunite for this weekend’s Skate…

  9. Sean Combs Receives Honorary Degree From Howard University

    May 10, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Add Dr. Combs to the long list of names for Sean Combs. The music mogul, who recently changed his name back to Puff Daddy , received a honorary degree in humanities from Howard University during a commencement ceremony on the morning of May 10. “Ain’t no homecoming like a Howard homecoming…

  10. Will Dr. Dre Be the 'First Billionaire in Hip-Hop'? A Look at the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 09, 2014 3:19 PM EDT With news breaking yesterday evening of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion, the question of whether Beats principle Dr. Dre (née Andre Young) -- who co-founded the company with Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine -- stands to become the wealthiest hip-hop…

  11. Enrique Iglesias' Emotional Life: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT No topic is off limits as the singer opens up about that strained relationship with Dad, Anna Kournikova, the recent death of his dog, and the pressure to keep building his empire. It's a rare occasion that Enrique Iglesias is actually at the offices of his Mr. 305 Productions in…

  12. Sharon Jones On the Dap-Kings: There's 'Enough Material To Work On Another Album'

    April 18, 2014 8:00 AM EDT You can't keep a good woman and her band down -- which is why Sharon Jones promises there's more where "Give the People What they Want," her fifth album with the Dap-Kings, came from. Jones tells Billboard that the group "did like 22, 23 songs" for the album,…

  13. 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…

  14. Sean 'Puffy' Combs To Speak At Howard University Commencement, Receive Honorary Degree

    April 15, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University's commencement speech this year in Washington. The school announced Tuesday that Combs will be among five people who will receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields. Sean Combs Back to Puff Daddy With…

  15. 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 '…

  16. SZA Talks 'Z' Album & Being the Only Girl In Top Dawg Entertainment

    April 07, 2014 10:45 AM EDT A year ago , if you lived in New York and were running low on moisturizer, SZA might have been your girl. Back then she was working the floor at the cosmetics retail chain Sephora, "standing around with an ear piece in [and] helping people out with their face cream." Today, her job…

  17. Jennifer Lopez Bests Sean 'Puffy' Combs in Bid for Fuse TV (Sources)

    April 03, 2014 11:02 PM EDT UPDATE: SiTV Media, parent company to the NUVOtv channel, has acquired the Fuse Network, the Madison Square Garden Company announced Friday. Earlier story: Jennifer Lopez has bested her ex-boyfriend Sean “Puffy” Combs in the contest to acquire cable music channel Fuse TV, say sources…

  18. Sean Combs Back to Puff Daddy With Upcoming Album

    March 24, 2014 8:19 PM EDT Puff Daddy -- the name, in addition to the rapper -- is returning to music. Sean Combs, who for the last near-decade has gone by Diddy for his stage name, announced the change today, Radio.com reports -- oh, and there's a new album involved, too. "MMM," the rapper's first…

  19. Musicians Embrace Magnises, a Black Card for the Younger Set

    March 18, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland launches a high-end, low-cost version of the AmEx status symbol. Wale & French Montana are among the card-holders. Getting better access doesn’t always mean having bigger bucks. Just ask Billy McFarland, the 21-year-old college dropout who launched…

  20. Top 10 Quotes of the Week: Lorde, Justin Bieber, Cher, Jennifer Lopez & More

    March 14, 2014 2:30 PM EDT From Lorde's fear of adulthood to Keith Richards' views on being a grandpa, a look at who's saying what in music. "I'd let both those motherf*ckers drown!" - Jennifer Lopez The singer, replying to an L.A. radio DJ question asking whether she'd rescue Ben…

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