1. Future Music’s Malaysia Fest Canceled Following Multiple Deaths

    March 17, 2014 1:55 AM EDT Six people have reportedly died from suspected drug overdoses at the Future Music Asia festival, prompting organizers to cancel Saturday’s third and final day. Future Music's Malaysia leg is one of the region’s most popular dance music-oriented festivals, with a line-up this year which…

  2. Damon Albarn Welcomes De La Soul, Snoop Dogg & More Gorillaz Collaborators at Fader Fort Set

    March 15, 2014 9:55 AM EDT “This is our first-ever live performance of ("Clint Eastwood") in its purest form…and probably the last" Damon Albarn capped off a busy week playing songs from his forthcoming solo debut “Everyday Robots” at South By Southwest with a very special performance at the Fader Fort…

  3. The 'Blackfish' Effect: With California's Proposed Orca Ban, Will More Artists Cancel Theme Park Concerts?

    March 14, 2014 4:46 PM EDT Proposed legislation that would ban the use of orcas as amusement-park acts in California could turn up the heat on musical groups that can earn a 25 percent to 50 percent premium playing such venues. On March 7, California assemblyman Richard Bloom, a Democrat whose district includes Malibu,…

  4. Ryan Tedder's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the Undercover King of Pop

    March 14, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic seems to be pondering something on the cover of the March 22 issue of Billboard ( buy it ). Is he thinking about his next big hit for a major star, or perhaps his own band? One thing's for certain: the pop tunesmith behind hits for artists like Adele,…

  5. Hot 100 March Madness 2014: Vote Now in Round 3!

    March 14, 2014 1:23 PM EDT k Cast your vote for your favorite Top 5 single from the past year. Miley Cyrus came in like a wrecking ball, Pharrell is no longer happy and Eminem barely squeaked by JT: the second round of Hot 100 March Madness 2014 has come to an end, with only eight Top 5 hits from the…

  6. Ice Cube Raps On Making Movies, the Grammys and N.W.A.'s Hall of Fame Snub

    March 14, 2014 12:31 AM EDT In the 20-plus years since Ice Cube decided to focus on movies, he's taken on key roles in filmmaking - acting, writing, even directing. But it's his work as a producer, with his own production company Cube Vision, that's given him the most satisfaction - and perhaps the most…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Mark Box Talks 'Fields of Home' EP

    March 12, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Country newcomer Mark Box knows there is at least one person who is not a huge fan of at least one of the songs on his new release: his mother. "My mom doesn't like the song 'The Man My Mama Tried To Raise' too much," he says with a laugh. "She said 'For one…

  8. Justin Bieber DUI Trial Delayed Until May

    March 11, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Justin Bieber's Miami Beach trial date has been postponed until May 5, it was determined at a hearing Tuesday. Related Articles Justin Bieber Makes Surprise SXSW Performance, Dedicates Song To Selena Gomez: Watch Justin Bieber Flashes Contempt in Deposition Footage: Watch Police Release…

  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. Hot 100 March Madness 2014: Vote Now in Round 2!

    March 10, 2014 3:40 PM EDT Cast your vote for your favorite Top 5 single from the past year. Gaga trumped Katy, Avicii woke up and defeated Beyonce, and "Timber" didn't fall: the first round of Hot 100 March Madness 2014 has come to a close, with 16 Top 5 hits from the past year moving on from…

  11. 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…

  12. 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 "…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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'…

  16. Forecastle Music Festival: Outkast, Jack White, Beck Headlining

    March 04, 2014 11:00 AM EST Outkast just keeps adding to its tour of music festivals in 2014. The hip-hop duo is among the headliners of this year's Forecastle Music Festival. Indie rock royalty Jack White and Beck will join Outkast as the main headliners of Forecastle, held July 18-20 in Louisville, Ky. The three…

  17. 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…

  18. Toadies, 'Stop It': Exclusive Song Premiere

    March 03, 2014 10:52 AM EST Listen to an unreleased bonus track (a Pylon cover) from the 20th anniversary edition of "Rubberneck" ... Also, the band is nearly done recording its sixth studio album Toadies may be gearing up for a big 20th anniversary celebration this year -- and there's new versions of its…

  19. Oscars 2014: Pink Pays Tribute to 'The Wizard of Oz' With 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

    March 02, 2014 11:22 PM EST Pink had a memorable Oscar debut, paying tribute to the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz." The singer took the Academy Awards stage Sunday following an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg to perform one of Judy Garland's most memorable songs, "Somewhere Over the…

  20. 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.…

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