1. Aaliyah, 'Age Ain't Nothing But A Number' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT The first of Aaliyah's three studio albums is a tease, an outlier and, above all, an annunciation. The rising R&B star was just 15 years old at the time of its 1994 release, and thanks to the risqué title and sultry way she sings these dozen songs, she manages to transcend spotty…

  2. Summer Songs 1985-2013: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    May 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 29 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  3. Coachella 2014: 10 Best Performances

    April 14, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella • Photos: Backstage at Coachella • Justin Bieber Joins Chance The Rapper • Pharrell Enlists All-Stars • Arcade Fire Brings Out Debbie Harry • Is Gwen Stefani Cameo a Hint? • Lana del Rey Debuts Single • Jay-Z & Beyonce Invade • Lorde Makes…

  4. 20 Hot Coachella Moments: Jay Z & Beyoncé Cameos, Nirvana Covers & Pharrell's Stars Day 2

    April 13, 2014 1:28 PM EDT Coachella 2014 rolled on Saturday (April 13) with epic performances by Lorde , Muse , Skrillex and headliner Pharrell Williams and guests including Gwen Stefani and Diddy among the dozens of acts rocking the desert. Take a time-stamped look at the 20 hottest happenings on the festival's…

  5. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  6. Christian Rap Gains Traction, Chart Cred

    March 25, 2014 9:16 AM EDT Savvy marketing and a wholesome image are turning religious rappers into mainstream players "Hip-hop is an expression of what is dearest to you," says Christian rapper KB. "It's coming from who I love. And who I love is Jesus." The religious artist's passion was…

  7. Ginuwine Reflects on 15th Anniversary of Classic Album '100% Ginuwine'

    March 14, 2014 1:20 PM EDT Everybody knows “Pony.” Ginuwine’s 1996 debut single is synonymous with sex and the timeless art of titillation, immortalized by its own video , Internet meme and the 2012 male stripper drama “Magic Mike.” But the R&B singer born Elgin Lumpkin, Timbaland’s first solo artist and…

  8. Chris Brown Sets New 'X' Release Date: May

    February 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST Chris Brown has set a new date for his next album, "X": May 5, 2014. Breezy tweeted the new release date today (Feb. 22), calling "X," "by far my best album yet." "X" is by far my best album yet.... Setting the date for MAY 5 pic.twitter.com/cFrfpgsBcD …

  9. Beyonce Scores Sixth No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

    January 23, 2014 6:04 PM EST In just its sixth week on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" (featuring Jay Z) jumps 5-1 to mark her sixth leader on the list. She last topped the chart in 2012 when "Love on Top" reigned for seven weeks. In terms of most No. 1s by a female, Mrs.…

  10. Katy B Moves Beyond The Bass: 'I Wanted There To Be A Focus On My Songwriting'

    January 17, 2014 2:00 PM EST After jumping from pirate radio to the pop charts, the U.K. reaches past her dubstep roots even further with new album. In 2010, an unknown BRIT School graduate singing over dizzying bass drops took the U.K. singles chart by storm with the song "Katy on a Mission," a boastful…

  11. Katy B Covers One Direction's 'Story of My Life': Watch

    January 09, 2014 3:15 PM EST British pop singer Katy B has provided vocals for plenty of grime and dubstep bangers, many of which will appear on her forthcoming album "Little Red" (due Feb. 10 via Rinse/Columbia). Now she's put her twist on an acoustic boy band ballad from U.K. countrymen One Direction.…

  12. Drake's Aaliyah Project Halted, Says Producer

    January 08, 2014 7:32 PM EST The would-be Aaliyah record of unreleased tracks from the late singer is staying on the shelf -- for good, this time. Production of the posthumous album, spearheaded by Noah "40" Shebib and Drake, has been halted, according to a new Vibe interview with Shebib. "Aaliyah’s label…

  13. Katy B's Sophomore Album Gets February Release Date

    December 12, 2013 3:45 PM EST "Little Red" features collaborations with Diplo and Sampha. Back in March , one of Pop Shop's favorite up-and-comers -- British dancefloor siren Katy B -- told Billboard her sophomore album was "95 percent done" and due for a summer 2013 release. The new album wound…

  14. Drake Previews New Aaliyah Collaboration: Watch

    December 03, 2013 5:57 PM EST While on his tour bus for 24 hours straight, Drake took advantage of the time and previewed a new collaboration with Aaliyah. The rapper took to Instagram to post a video of himself listening to a duet with him and the late singer. "24 HOURS ON THIS BUS," read the caption. There&…

  15. The Best of CMJ 2013: 10 Bands to Watch

    October 21, 2013 2:25 PM EDT Flung across a few hundred disparate bars, clubs and basements every October, over 1,000 bands from around the world descend on New York City for CMJ, the five-day music-industry and media conference that condenses and intensifies the city's usual atmosphere of convergence and…

  16. Ask Billboard: The #PraiseTheLorde Edition

    October 04, 2013 2:05 PM EDT As 'Royals' reaches the top of the Hot 100 this week, readers weigh in for an-all Lorde 'Ask Billboard' mailbag. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  17. Chris Brown, 'X': Fall Music Preview 2013

    September 03, 2013 10:28 AM EDT Release Date: November Label: RCA Brown dips back into the "F.A.M.E." (Diplo) and "Fortune" (Timbaland, Danja) producer wells for "X." He's already scored a top 10 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Fine China." The…

  18. TGT's 'Three Kings' Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    August 29, 2013 4:47 PM EDT Robin Thicke sets a new personal longest run atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Blurred Lines" ruling for 12 consecutive weeks. TGT – the R&B supergroup composed of Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank – debuts at the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Three…

  19. Is Timbaland Producing a Michael Jackson Project?

    August 29, 2013 7:13 AM EDT Timbaland is working on a new project that features the vocals of Michael Jackson. Or is he? A vague, heavily-edited teaser suggests as much, and has become a talking point since it appeared on YouTube over the weekend. In the video, the beats-maestro tells of how L.A. Reid had approached…

  20. Justine Skye Debuts "Everyday Living" EP, Celebrates with Family and Media

    August 20, 2013 1:16 PM EDT With a promising EP, the new Atlantic Records songstress appears to have a long career ahead of her. Surrounded by a pack of adults—some publicists and managers, others journalists and bloggers, and her mother, Justine Skye watched a full private room in New York City’s Philippe Restaurant…

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