1. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Top Pop, Rhythmic Songs Charts With 'Problem'

    June 30, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Grande grabs her first No. 1 on each tally, while Azalea earns the honor of replacing herself at the top of each ranking Ariana Grande's "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea," rises 2-1 on both the Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs radio airplay charts,…

  2. Tune-Yards Explores Her Daring Side On 'Nikki Nack': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 5:32 PM EDT About a year-and-a-half after Merrill Garbus, who records under the moniker Tune-Yards, released her breakthrough 2011 sophomore record, "whokill," a groove-inducing tour de force of looped vocals and African-inspired polyrhythms that made critics and crowds take notice, she couldn&…

  3. Top 10 Most Iconic Girl Group Music Videos: 'Waterfalls,' 'Wannabe' & More

    April 29, 2014 11:50 AM EDT These girl group songs will forever be tied to their unforgettable visuals. Girl Group Week continues with these 10 iconic clips.. Since the advent of MTV, the music video has been an absolutely integral part of the Girl Group experience. Groups have made their careers off one eye-catching…

  4. 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…

  5. Scott Kalvert, 'Basketball Diaries' Director, Dead at 49

    March 08, 2014 8:47 AM EST The filmmaker's death is being investigated as a possible suicide by the L.A. Coroner's Office. Scott Kalvert, best known for directing 1995's "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. He was found in his home in Woodland Hills on…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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'…

  9. DJ Jazzy Jeff: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 25, 2014 8:12 PM EST Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. DJ Jazzy Jeff won a GRAMMY for best rap performance (with Will "the Fresh Prince" Smith) for "Parents Just Don't Understand" in 1989. DJ JAZZY…

  10. Demi Lovato Talks Upcoming Tour & Why Ed Sheeran Inspires Her

    October 01, 2013 3:35 PM EDT "It's girl empowerment," says the pop star of her upcoming Neon Lights trek. Hours after she announced a 27-city tour in February and March, Demi Lovato returned to publicizing Fox's "The X Factor" at a private event in Los Angeles by unveiling the singing…

  11. BET Honors MC Lyte With I Am Hip Hop Award

    September 12, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte will receive the I Am Hip Hop Award presented by Sprite at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013. Hosted by Snoop Dog, the awards telecast will be filmed at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Sept. 28 for its premiere on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. ET.   Blazing inroads…

  12. Bruno Mars: The Billboard Cover Story

    October 01, 2012 10:00 AM EDT In an exclusive preview, the platinum hitmaker unveils his wide-ranging second album, "Unorthodox Jukebox" It's a special day for Bruno Mars . In a few moments, he'll divulge details about his eagerly awaited sophomore album and declare his musical independence. The heat…

  13. Top 7 British Female Rappers Making Noise

    September 10, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Since its birth in the 1970s, hip-hop has been dominated mostly by men. Along the way, though, we have been blessed with some strong females who like to rock the mic too, and even best their male counterparts. From Roxanne Shanté to Nicki Minaj , each female rapper has brought their unique…

  14. Ask Billboard: Nicki Minaj Ties Hot 100 Record

    July 07, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Find out the details about Minaj's achievement, plus fun facts on LMFAO's still-going 'Party' and David Guetta's extremely hot hit. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general…

  15. Hip-Hop Mogul James Rosemond Indicted on Murder Charge

    June 25, 2012 8:50 AM EDT Hip-hop mogul James Rosemond has been indicted in New York on a murder-for-hire charge. Prosecutors brought the revised indictment Friday accusing Rosemond of ordering others to kill a man in the Bronx in 2009 as payback for an assault on his 14-year-old son. The 47-year-old chief executive…

  16. Missy Elliott, Nas, Wiz Khalifa Top Rock The Bells Lineup

    May 16, 2012 11:55 AM EDT The annual hip-hop summit Rock The Bells revealed its lineup on Wednesday (May 16), and while Nas , Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa top the 2012 bill, the big news is the promised special performance by Missy Elliott . Elliott, who revealed her battle with Graves' disease last year and whose…

  17. Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Spit 'History of Rap, Vol. 3'

    October 31, 2011 2:10 PM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West weren't the only ones trading verses this weekend: Justin Timberlake stopped by "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Friday (Oct. 28) to deliver the third installment of his "History of Rap" collaboration with the host. With The Roots'…

  18. Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon Bust Out 'History of Rap' Sequel: Watch

    July 20, 2011 9:14 AM EDT Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon debuted a sequel of sorts to their "History of Rap" on Tuesday night. The duo's original "History of Rap" -- a timeline of hip-hop -- went viral after its September debut on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."…

  19. Billboard Bits: Pauly D Up For Three-Record Deal with 50 Cent, Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt Discovered

    April 15, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pauly D In Talks With 50 Cent For Three-Album Deal "Jersey Shore" cast member DJ Pauly D is currently in talks with 50 cent, who wants to sign him to his label G-Unit for a three-album deal. According to…

  20. Naughty By Nature Plans Comeback With 'Anthem' Album

    March 29, 2011 11:37 AM EDT Twenty years after breaking into the mainstream with their self-titled debut album, hip-hop group Naughty by Nature will celebrate their two decade milestone by releasing their forthcoming album, "Anthem Inc," this May. "With 'Anthem Inc' we will be doing some re…

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