1. Hooked: Nicki Minaj in S&M Leather On Cosmo & Gaga the Mint Green Fairy

    October 06, 2011 3:50 PM EDT Get Hooked and discover how Nicki Minaj toned down her style for Cosmo and Lady Gaga turned mint fairy in London. Nicki Minaj In S&M Leather On The Cover of Cosmo After her whirlwind of bizarre outfits during Fashion Week, Nicki Minaj has landed on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine…

  2. Sylvia Robinson, Sultry Singer & Hip-Hop Visionary, Dead at 75

    September 29, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson , a sultry voiced R&B singer who later formed Sugar Hill Records and dreamed up the first commercial hit in the rap genre, died Thursday at a New Jersey hospital. She was 75. An unconfirmed report from The Urban Daily lists conjestive heart failure as the cause of death.…

  3. Kreayshawn's Style Council

    September 23, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Chart Article border STYLE COUNCIL - KREAYSHAWN Welcome to Style Council, a new monthly feature where The Hook profiles music's new generation of fashion influencers. From the minute her debut video, 'Gucci Gucci,' hit the web, Oakland MC Kreayshawn turned heads not only for…

  4. Sheryl Crow to Pen Music for Broadway 'Diner'

    September 20, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Sheryl Crow has been tapped to write the music and lyrics for an upcoming Broadway adaptation of the 1982 film, "Diner" reports the New York Times. Barry Levinson, who wrote and directed the movie -- a coming-of-age comedy that follows a group of friends in 1959 Baltimore -- will…

  5. VMAs 2011: The 20 Best & Worst Dressed

    August 29, 2011 2:30 PM EDT An evening of gender bending, babies and all things leopard commenced last night at the 28th annual celebration of the MTV Video Music Awards. The show was loud in more ways then one, and certainly held true to its long tradition of exhibiting the most outrageous fashions of the year. From…

  6. Watsky's 'Kind of Sexy' Spurs Social 50 Chart Re-Entry

    August 25, 2011 5:55 PM EDT A mixtape helps slam-poet-turned-rapper Watsky re-enter Billboard's Social 50 chart, perking up at No. 48. He released "A New Kind of Sexy" for free download on Aug. 12 via Bandcamp.com , while five days later he uploaded his Lupe Fiasco mini-mix "Show Goes On" to…

  7. Ask Billboard: Whistlers Smother The Hot 100's 10

    August 19, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHISTLERS SMOTHER…

  8. Jackson Kids: Prince, Paris and Blanket Donate Dad's Sketches

    August 09, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Michael Jackson 's children made a rare appearance together on Monday to donate artwork by their dad to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Prince, Paris and Blanket were on hand to unveil dozens of sketches as well as a signed portrait of the late singer. Brett Livingstone-Strong, an…

  9. Disney Dudes & Divas: Then & Now Photos

    July 26, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Disney has quite the eye for finding young talent and molding their boys and girls into stars, but kids don't stay young forever. Every Disney star -- from '90s Mouseketeers Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake , to recent stars like JoBros and Miley Cyrus -- has to grow up and toss…

  10. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 6/18/2011

    June 18, 2011 11:15 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @Wale : i RT compliments cuz im insecure ha @wavveswavves :…

  11. Elbow Ready to 'Rocket' to U.S. After Career-Best Chart Bow

    March 21, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Veteran U.K. alt-rock group Elbow is soaring high following the release of its fifth studio album, "Build a Rocket Boys!" (Fiction/Universal). It entered the U.K. albums chart at No. 2 with 78,000 first-week copies, according to the Official Charts Co., landing the band its highest…

  12. Jane's Addiction, Elvis Costello, Furthur to Headline Gathering of the Vibes 2011

    March 14, 2011 10:00 AM EDT J ane's Addiction , Elvis Costello and the Grateful Dead spin-offs Furthur and Rhythm Devils headline the initial announcement of artists for the 16th annual Gathering of the Vibes Festival, which will take place July 21-24 in Bridgeport, Conn. Given that the festival was created to…

  13. Remembering 15 Forgotten Hot 100 No. 1s

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST As Billboard celebrates 1,000 No. 1s in the Billboard Hot 100's storied archives , it's inevitable that certain past toppers require an extra pause before triggering recognition. Despite all 1,000 titles having earned the honor of, at least for one week, reigning as the most popular…

  14. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary

    March 08, 2011 1:05 PM EST An era of tight playlists leaves little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott has fashioned an enviably fortuitous career as host of "The Lost 45s," airing "records you never thought you'd hear…

  15. Ricky Martin Talks Book, Coming Out And "MAS"

    January 26, 2011 12:53 PM EST On a recent Wednesday afternoon Ricky Martin , clad in cargo pants and flip flops, played with his twin boys in the yard of his waterfront Miami home. Upstairs, in his home studio, candles and incense burned as his new album played on the console. Moments later, Martin sat down for a cozy one…

  16. Chart Highlights: Pop, Rap Songs & More

    January 24, 2011 4:45 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Grenade" Bruno Mars…

  17. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 01/08/11

    January 08, 2011 9:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @liltunechi (Lil Wayne): Rumors or as dumb as the people…

  18. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 12/4/10

    December 04, 2010 9:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @msleamichele: Just left Billboards Women in Music Awards.…

  19. Deadmau5 to Resuscitate Dance Scene With '4x4=12'

    November 30, 2010 4:04 PM EST The story begins in Ontario, near Niagara Falls. Joel Zimmerman opens up his self-built nitrogen-cooled supercomputer to change a video card. Inside, he finds the source of the stench that has been permeating his sparsely furnished loft: a chemically frozen, very dead mouse. Thus starts the…

  20. Christina Aguilera Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    November 15, 2010 6:42 PM EST It's no Mickey Mouse thing. Christina Aguilera has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With some 1,000 fans jamming a Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk to watch, Aguilera gushed with delight Monday as the star was unveiled in front of the Hard Rock Cafe. "Oh my goodness! How amazing it…

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