1. Wale, Raekwon Heap Praise on Nas at 'Illmatic' Tribeca Premiere: 'My Hat Tips Off to Him'

    April 17, 2014 7:43 PM EDT "Time Is Illmatic" opened the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night, just days before the twentieth anniversary of Nas' breakthrough album, Illmatic. While the ten-track 1994 release has been lauded as one of the most influential and important albums of hip hop -…

  2. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  3. CODE Picks of the Week: Tommy Trash, Gorgon City and More

    April 11, 2014 4:36 PM EDT Chris Lake – “Helium” (Umek & Mike Vale Remix) [Ultra] Slovenian tech house teammates Umek and Mike Vale turn in a high-octane reinterpretation of Chris Lake’s crossover single, bolstering the original’s vocals with shuffling hats and an infectious groove that will feel more than welcome…

  4. Why Wu-Tang's Stunt Could Actually Work

    April 08, 2014 2:58 PM EDT The rap legends claim to have a $5 million bid already on the one and only copy of their next album as its heads to auction. Fans have been waiting for a Wu-Tang Clan reunion record since 2007 — but would one pay millions to hear it? That's what the rap group is counting on by…

  5. Robyn Announces Summer Tour Dates with Röyksopp

    April 07, 2014 12:24 PM EDT "I'm working on a lot of music at the moment," the Swedish pop star says in the tour announcement. Robyn will return to U.S. shores this summer with a string of live shows alongside Norwegian production pair Röyksopp. Watch the official trailer for the tour below: The co…

  6. La Roux Returns With North American Tour

    April 04, 2014 11:52 AM EDT Five years after the release of La Roux's self-titled debut album, a comeback seems to be in the offing: the synth-pop duo will embark on a headlining tour this summer, playing a handful of shows before serving as support for New Order.   The "Bulletproof" group will kick off…

  7. April Fools: The 10 Greatest Music Pranks Ever

    April 01, 2014 9:10 AM EDT As you watch your own back this April Fools' Day, have a look at the 10 greatest pranks ever pulled by musicians -- from Coldplay's smelliness to Nicki Minaj's "nuptials" to John Mayer's bear ego. Justin Bieber: Punking TMZ and #BaldForBieber In last year's…

  8. 'Vampire Diaries' Star Kat Graham Debuts Docu-Series About Making Album

    March 25, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Kat Graham is known for showing her face onscreen -- she's predominantly an actress, after all, starring as Bonnie Bennett in the supernatural drama "The Vampire Diaries" on the CW. But she also has a solid music career, one that's been active for over a decade and…

  9. Skrillex Surprises With 'Recess' Album Release

    March 11, 2014 6:06 AM EDT Skrillex now has more in common with Beyoncé than a pile of Grammys. They both like to release surprise albums. Starting on the evening of March 10, the dubstep prince unlocked access to one song after another until all 11 tracks of his forthcoming debut album, “Recess.” had been…

  10. Young Thug Is Still Signed to 1017 Brick Squad/Atlantic, Says Source

    March 07, 2014 1:09 PM EST The Atlanta rapper preps collaborative project with Rich Homie Quan. Young Thug, 22, is one of rap's hottest new commodities. His Auto-Tune heavy song, "Stoner," rises 59-58 in its third week on the Billboard Hot 100, and has sold 116,000 downloads, according to Nielsen…

  11. ‘Glee’ Star Matthew Morrison Plans Stage Return in 'Finding Neverland'

    February 28, 2014 3:00 AM EST After a prolonged absence from musical theater during his five-season run on Fox's Glee, Matthew Morrison is slated to return to the stage in Finding Neverland, the first major theater project spearheaded by Harvey Weinstein. According to an unconfirmed report in The New York Times,…

  12. 'Divergent' Soundtrack Features Ellie Goulding, M83, Tame Impala/Kendrick Lamar Collaboration

    February 24, 2014 4:00 PM EST After a pair of tracks from the upcoming "Divergent" soundtrack, Zedd's "Find You" and Ellie Goulding's "Beating Heart," were announced last month , the full track list was revealed on Monday (Feb. 24), and it's a doozy. Goulding pops up thrice on…

  13. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  14. Lily Allen's New Album Title: 'Sheezus'

    February 21, 2014 12:51 PM EST Move over, Kanye: Lily Allen is putting her personal spin on the rapper's last album title, and naming her third album "Sheezus." According to Glamour UK , Allen confirmed the title on an episode of "The Graham Norton Show, on which she'll perform her new song "…

  15. The Blonds Debut Funky Looks at New York Fashion Week: Watch the Behind-Scenes Video

    February 13, 2014 2:55 PM EST The Blonds’ Fall 2014 show last night (Feb 12) at Milk Studios was one of the last and most exciting shows of the season. It sought inspiration from the sexy comic book character Catwoman, churning out kitty-themed, blinged-out bustiers and mirrored cat accessories. “This is a collection we…

  16. Songwriters Hall of Fame Taps Ray Davies, Donovan for Class of 2014

    February 11, 2014 12:42 PM EST Ray Davies and Donovan are among the 2014 class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The organization announced Tuesday that "Midnight Train to Georgia" writer Jim Weatherly and English songwriter Graham Gouldman also made the cut. Mark James, the writer of "Always on My Mind"…

  17. Queens of the Stone Age Announce Spring Tour Dates

    February 10, 2014 7:42 PM EST Band will hit various U.S. cities while making festival rounds Queens of the Stone Age are heading back on the road again behind 2013's "...Like Clockwork," hitting multiple North American cities in addition to sets at festivals across the U.S. in 2014. According to Radio.com ,…

  18. Kat Graham Talks Style & New Career Moves At The Heart Truth’s Red Dress Show

    February 07, 2014 3:51 PM EST Ladies in red! Celebrities helped kick off New York Fashion Week last night (Feb. 6) at Lincoln Center by strutting down the runway for a cause. Kat Graham, Bella Thorne, Victoria Justice, Colbie Caillat, Joan Jett and more all worked sexy red looks by famed designers for The Heart Truth’s…

  19. Prince's 'Plectrum Electrum' Preview: Inside The Late-Night NYC Listening Session

    February 03, 2014 5:41 PM EST After appearing on "New Girl," the Purple One held a quick, quirky party in the wee hours of Monday morning. Even after more than three decades as pop music's strangest cypher, Prince still finds new ways to surprise us. On Sunday (Feb. 2), the notoriously private legend was…

  20. Tool Confirms New Tour for March

    January 21, 2014 7:27 PM EST The band has not toured in North America since 2012 For the first time since 2012, Tool will tour North America. According to SPIN , the prog metal act will hit the United States and Mexico for a total of seven dates in March. The band listed the tour dates on its website . The seven-show run…

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