1. Drake's 'Nothing Was the Same': The Billboard Cover Story

    August 30, 2013 12:12 PM EDT From the bottom to the voice of his generation, Drake has sold 4.5M albums in less than four years, won a Grammy and left his mark on popular culture -- all by 26 This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. It's hard enough to make a hit…

  2. Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs

    August 02, 2013 10:07 AM EDT In celebration of the chart's 55th Anniversary, we're counting down the 100 biggest Hot 100 hits ever. When Billboard introduced weekly music charts in 1940, there were sales charts and there were airplay charts. These separate charts measuring the popularity of singles…

  3. Bubbling Under: Avila Shakes Up Elvis Presley Classic

    June 28, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Avila, Kopecky Family Band, Gwen Sebastian and Rittz AVILA A dreamy new rendition of "All Shook Up" is gaining…

  4. Diddy Previews Revolt TV, Says He Will 'Personally Be Putting Out Less Music'

    June 21, 2013 10:51 AM EDT "I never got the award for [being] the best lyricist, but I was definitely up there for being one of the best marketers," Diddy tells Billboard. On Wednesday (June 19), Revolt TV, the upcoming music cable network spearheaded by Sean "Diddy" Combs, took a major step…

  5. The Lonely Island 'Go Kindergarten' With Robyn, Diddy, and Paul Rudd: Watch

    June 11, 2013 1:13 PM EDT The Lonely Island, rap's leading comedy trio, have released their latest music video for the song, "Go Kindergarten," featuring Robyn, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and actor Paul Rudd. Fans of the comedy rap trio might remember that the group previously released a video clip…

  6. Hashtag Music: Do Twitter-Friendly Song Titles Make a #Difference?

    May 22, 2013 1:25 PM EDT Mariah and Will.i.am have infused their artistic works with hashtags -- but they weren't the first ones to do so. A look at the history, and legitimacy, of hashtag titles. Hashtag songs are here. Just in the past month, we've seen three major artists -- Busta Rhymes, Mariah…

  7. French Montana Talks 'Excuse My French' Album & Success

    May 21, 2013 11:13 AM EDT Even among rappers, French Montana's love of money runs deep. Here's a short list of things that come before his bank balance: his family (both parents, now separated, and two younger brothers) and his friend the rapper Max B, who was incarcerated in 2009 for conspiracy to commit…

  8. Diddy Tweets That He's Joining 'Downton Abbey,' Denied By Producers

    May 15, 2013 8:55 PM EDT Sean "Diddy" Combs: rapper, mogul... "Downton Abbey" actor? Yeah, says Diddy. No, says the show's producers. Wednesday afternoon (May 15), the artist tweeted to his 8 million followers that he had accepted a regular position on the Masterpiece period drama, which…

  9. Hendrix Telegram to McCartney: 'How About Coming in to Play Bass'?

    May 10, 2013 10:27 AM EDT Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles. Fans of the late trumpet and guitar masters have long known that Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix had been making plans to record together in the year before Hendrix's sudden death in 1970. But less attention has been paid to the bass player they were trying…

  10. Belinda Carlisle Ranks Her Top Hits (Q&A)

    May 07, 2013 9:05 AM EDT The lead singer of the Go-Go's is back with her first solo single since 1997. She discusses the difference between her group and solo music, previews the future of the band and, in a Chart Beat exclusive, counts down her top 10 favorite hits. Belinda's back. With "Sun,…

  11. George Jones, Country Music Icon, Dead at 81

    April 26, 2013 10:27 AM EDT George Jones – the singer who defined an era of country music and along the way, influenced almost every artist that followed into the format – died this morning at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 81. Jones entered the hospital on April 18 with fever and…

  12. The 10 Edgiest Haircuts in Music Today

    April 11, 2013 3:21 PM EDT Along with shedding those extra layers, spring’s also a great time to chop up and transform your hairstyle. In light of the warmer weather and Justin Bieber’s new fierce shaven cut, we combed through a load of looks and have declared the 10 edgiest hairstyles in music right now. From two…

  13. SXSW Shorts: Charli XCX, Shoes, Nik Bartsch, White Lung and K-Pop's f(x)

    March 14, 2013 6:30 PM EDT So many bands. So little time. Billboard is roaming Austin this week, checking out as many acts at SXSW as possible -- and each day we'll highlight a selection of our favorites. On Wednesday we caught Charli XCX, The Sights, a pair of Lung acts (White Lung, Wet Lungs), along with…

  14. 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week: 4 Things We Learned on Day 2

    February 09, 2013 3:49 PM EST The Hook's editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. was out on the town in NYC yesterday (Feb. 8), scoping out the latest NYFW fall runway looks and taking celeb notes along the way. Gabe Saporta & Marky Ramone are Tommy Boys Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta, known for his sleek style…

  15. 'American Idol' Recap: Forgotten Lyrics, Clashing Groups at Hollywood Week

    February 07, 2013 10:00 AM EST "American Idol" group rounds. Long a source of surefire drama during Hollywood week, the round promises that big voices will shine above the rest, and that someone's going to forget their words. I've never much liked the part of the competition, but this season has left…

  16. Eve Forms Label to Release 'Lip Lock,' Her First Album in 11 Years

    January 24, 2013 11:45 AM EST Rapper's followup to "Eve-Olution" out May 14 on FTR Music: "I miss my music," she tells us. "My hunger is different than the first time around" Following an eleven-year recording hiatus, rapper-actress Eve has announced that her fourth studio album will…

  17. Jac Vanek Q&A: Miley Cyrus, All Time Low Designer Launches Grunge Line

    December 20, 2012 2:10 PM EST Designer Jac Vanek began working in the music industry as a teenager, and now designs bracelets for pop punk bands like All Time Low and Cobra Starship . From the age of 15, Vanek fell in love with music and abandoned everything in her life -- including a spot on her school's…

  18. Rolling Stones Added to Sandy Relief Concert

    December 07, 2012 12:30 PM EST The Rolling Stones have been added to the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief, organizers announced Friday at a press conference in New York. The reunited group joins a Who's Who of some of rock's most iconic voices that will perform at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, including Eric…

  19. Big Boi Talks 'Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors' Album & Collaborations

    December 05, 2012 3:30 PM EST Indie pop duo, Phantogram, chime in on their 'Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors' collaboration with Big Boi. New York has Big Boi seated on the brink of speechlessness. That seat currently rests inside a Mercedes-Benz executive coach van, where the accessible half of Southern hip…

  20. French Montana Talks 'Mac & Cheese 3' Mixtape, Readies 2013 Debut

    November 30, 2012 12:15 PM EST On Nov. 18, French Montana released his latest mixtape, " Mac & Cheese 3 ," as a gift to fans. Since its release, the tape, which features guest appearances from Sean " Diddy " Combs, Fat Joe , Rick Ross and more, has logged more than 437,000 downloads on DatPiff.com…

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