1. Quincy Jones Video Q&A: The Legend At 80

    March 14, 2013 4:06 PM EDT The maestro looks forward (and back). Q reflects on working with Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and more, embracing a milestone birthday while his creativity continues apace. Stop. It’s the one concept Quincy Jones steers clear of while reflecting on his storied career on the eve of his…

  2. Nicki Minaj Tosses the Makeup on the April Cover of Elle

    March 14, 2013 2:16 PM EDT Usually costumed, Nicki dresses down and reveals plenty about herself in the latest issue of Elle. Nicki Minaj rocks a sultry look on the April cover of Elle Magazine . We're not used to seeing Minaj so dressed down. Where did the bright pink lipstick and leopard tights go? And what…

  3. Bodega Bamz Talks Future of Latin Hip-Hop, Performs Two Songs

    March 06, 2013 3:55 PM EST It's been a minute since mainstream hip-hop has been impacted by a Latino rapper, especially one with a movement so strong that it influences others. Cypress Hill, the Beatnuts, Chino XL and Big Punisher emerged onto the scene in the early 90s, and in New York, Big Pun and Fat Joe …

  4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Billboard Cover Story

    March 01, 2013 5:00 PM EST Four albums in, "Mosquito" heralds a return to form for art-rock provocateurs the Yeah Yeah Yeahs This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of Billboard. On Jan. 22, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage at Sydney's Metro Theatre, where, nearly a…

  5. Omar Rodriguez-Lopez on Bosnian Rainbows, Lessons from At The Drive-In, Mars Volta

    February 26, 2013 8:12 PM EST "I'm open to anything as long as there's positivity involved," Omar Rodriguez-Lopez tells Billboard. Even as he gets his latest band, Bosnian Rainbows, up and running, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez says he's not closing the door on any of his other endeavors -- including the…

  6. K-Pop Hot 100: SISTAR's Three-Week No. 1; Davichi and Boy Bands Return

    February 25, 2013 4:30 PM EST SISTAR19, the super sub-unit of SISTAR, enjoys yet another week atop the K-Pop Hot 100 with sexy single "Gone Not Around Any Longer." The girls have proven their supremacy since they are the first unit group to take the No. 1 spot in K-Pop Hot 100 history. The video has earned…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer Continues The 'Harlem' Hit Parade

    February 22, 2013 7:05 PM EST While Baauer's new Hot 100 leader, the viral 'Harlem Shake,' encapsulates the Hot 100's evolution to include YouTube data, the New York neighborhood has a rich chart history. Baauer's "Harlem Shake" soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 this week, as…

  8. Music World Helps Newtown Heal Following Massacre

    February 07, 2013 8:08 PM EST Artists from Paul Simon to Jennifer Hudson have helped Newtown recovery after its tragedy When 6-year-old Dylan Hockley was memorialized at a service following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, his parents were especially moved by one song. A writer, Dushyanthi Satchi, had…

  9. Jennifer Hudson to Sing With Sandy Hook Chorus at Super Bowl

    January 31, 2013 10:01 PM EST The Grammy winner will perform "America the Beautiful" with the elementary school's chorus during Sunday's pregame show. Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is scheduled to perform "America the Beautiful" with the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus live before Sunday…

  10. The Mars Volta Break Up

    January 24, 2013 1:05 AM EST The Mars Volta have called it quits.   Band member Cedric Bixler-Zavala announced the end of the popular Texas prog group via a series of tweets on Wednesday (Jan. 23). "I can't sit here and pretend any more. I no longer am a member of Mars Volta," Zavala tweeted, adding, …

  11. Montreux Jazz Festival Founder Claude Nobs Dies

    January 10, 2013 9:15 AM EST Claude Nobs, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, has died. He was 76. The Jazz Festival said Nobs, a native of Montreux, died Thursday…

  12. Happy Birthday, Billboard's Country Songs Chart!

    January 08, 2013 12:15 PM EST The first incarnation of the survey premiered on Jan. 8, 1944. Billboard's Country Songs chart celebrates its anniversary today, having debuted on this date in 1944. The survey started as the "Most Played Juke Box Folk Records" ranking. It was subtitled "(Hillbillies,…

  13. Kelly Clarkson Engaged: 'Happiest Night of My Life!'

    December 15, 2012 8:45 PM EST Kelly Clarkson is officially off the market. The season one "American Idol" champion took to Twitter on Saturday to make the announcement to her fans, tweeting "I'M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y'all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Jordan Hill's 'Someday' Finally Arrives

    December 15, 2012 11:05 AM EST The former teen pop singer is back with her first Billboard chart entry in 13 years. Plus, 'heaven'-ly and holiday hits ascend. Jordan Hill has come home to Billboard's ROCK & ROLL 'HEAVEN': Speaking of "Too Much Heaven," a new "heaven"-ly…

  15. Jewel Releasing 'Greatest Hits' on Feb. 5

    December 10, 2012 9:00 AM EST -Track Set Will Feature New Duets With Kelly Clarkson, Pistol Annies Jewel is putting the finishing touches on a "Greatest Hits" album due out Feb. 5 -- specifically deciding which of two new songs will be part of the package. "In classic fashion, one's really dark and…

  16. 'The Voice' Final Six Talk Song Choices: Watch Latest Performances

    December 04, 2012 3:35 PM EST The six finalists on "The Voice" got their first chance to perform two songs in one show and four of them took similar plans of attack: Perform one song in strict accordance with the original and tweak the other by altering the tempo and arrangement. Naturally, there were mixed…

  17. Chris Stamp, Who Helped Launch The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Dead at 70

    November 25, 2012 11:05 AM EST Co-Managed The Who With Kit Lambert; Started Track Records and Signed Hendrix, Releasing 'Are You Experienced' On stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Chris Stamp -- one of the two early managers that launched the group'…

  18. Deep Purple to Rock Hall? Ritchie Blackmore 'Couldn't Care Less'

    October 11, 2012 2:10 PM EDT The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame beckons, but don't count on Ritchie Blackmore being there if Deep Purple is chosen to be one of its 2013 inductees. "Personally, I couldn't care less," the guitarist tells Billboard. "I would never go. I'm not really a fan of that…

  19. Coheed and Cambria's 'The Afterman: Ascension' Track-By-Track: Video

    October 09, 2012 2:20 PM EDT "The Afterman: Ascension," the sixth studio album from prog-rock staples Coheed and Cambria , hits stores on Tuesday (Oct. 9) and acts as the first half of a two-part epic ("The Afterman: Descension" will be released in February). Before the album release, frontman Claudio…

  20. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of Year, Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 9:00 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons ' "Babel" has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the U.S. The group's second album sold 600,000 in its first week -- according to Nielsen SoundScan -- and becomes the rock quartet's first No. 1 on the Billboard…

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