1. 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…

  2. 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'…

  3. Is '#Selfie' The Next 'Harlem Shake'?

    March 06, 2014 12:35 PM EST EDM duo the Chainsmokers debut on The Hot 100 with viral hit. The "selfie" has become so ubiquitous that Oxford Dictionaries named the term its 2013 Word of the Year. Rising DJ duo The Chainsmokers, New York natives with a knack for humor and insight into the club scene, acted on…

  4. Cody Simpson, Big Time Rush Singer Tapped for 'Dancing With the Stars'

    March 04, 2014 12:43 PM EST "Dancing With the Stars" unveiled the 12 new couples to compete on the series when it returns for its 18th season this month. Appearing on "Good Morning America," one of the biggest names was returning pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The fan favorite is back, starting with the…

  5. Mike Posner Announces Unplugged Tour, Says Justin Bieber Guests on New Album (Exclusive)

    March 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Last summer, Mike Posner joined Justin Bieber's summer "Believe" tour, playing in arenas and major venues across the country. But for a new string of headlining dates beginning later this month, the singer is taking the exact opposite route, trading big production for…

  6. Casting Crowns Rock Live at Billboard, 'Thrive' as Christian Music's Biggest Band: Video

    March 03, 2014 2:08 PM EST Watch the band perform two songs, including "House of Their Dreams" from hit album "Thrive," at Billboard's studio. When a band is hammering out its record deal, it's not unusual to have the group's manager in the room and, likely, the act's…

  7. Justin Bieber's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    February 28, 2014 6:50 PM EST Justin Bieber will exit teenage life when he celebrates his 20th birthday on Saturday, March 1. In less than five years since being discovered as a YouTube talent, the pop superstar has amassed an impressive collection of Hot 100 hits as a solo performer and collaborator: from his …

  8. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more 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 well as…

  9. Rick Ross Masterminds Death-Defying Return: Video Q&A + Photo Shoot Behind-The-Scenes

    February 28, 2014 12:36 PM EST A murder attempt and now "Mastermind," an album back from the dead. Rick Ross is proud and warm. In a blue chinchilla jacket, black sweatshirt and a Saint Laurent belt hoisting up his jeans, he sits at the head of the table in a conference room in Def Jam’s New York offices,…

  10. G. Love & Special Sauce, 'One Night Romance' Feat. Merry Clayton: Exclusive Video Premiere

    February 27, 2014 10:08 AM EST Garrett "G. Love" Dutton celebrates 20 years of sauce by getting the original lineup back together and recording a new, guest-filled album. Check out the video for "One Night Romance," with Merry Clayton G. Love & Special Sauce are looking both forward and in the…

  11. Kaskade Helps XS Celebrate 5th Anniversary in Las Vegas

    February 18, 2014 9:23 AM EST Five years for any nightclub is a milestone. In Las Vegas, it’s a lifetime achievement. This past Saturday, Kaskade performed for a sold-out crowd of over 7,000 at the fifth anniversary party of XS nightclub at the Wynn Hotel. A signature cocktail, The Five Star—a concoction of cognac,…

  12. Janelle Monae, Trombone Shorty Bring New Orleans Funk To NBA All-Star Halftime

    February 16, 2014 10:31 PM EST Gary Clark Jr., Earth Wind & Fire and Dr. John also assisted in the halftime extravaganza. Hours before taking the stage at the NBA All-Star halftime show, Trombone Shorty told Billboard of the performance, "People will definitely be out of their seats dancing. That's what our…

  13. Pharrell Williams Rattles Through Hits & Guest Stars at NBA All-Star Player Introductions: Watch

    February 16, 2014 9:09 PM EST Diddy, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and Nelly all helped the singer-producer deliver the goods. Pharrell Williams continued his year-long hot streak with a hits-laden, crowd-dazzling performance at the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night (Feb. 16) at New Orleans Arena, as part of the…

  14. Kendrick Lamar All Smiles, Vanilla Ice Makes Surprise Performance At NBA All-Star Weekend: Watch

    February 16, 2014 12:19 AM EST Kendrick Lamar was in a playful mood as the headliner of the NBA's Entertainment Series presented by Sean John at Macy's on Saturday night (Feb. 15), performing a pair of songs in the New Orleans Arena before the Sprite Slam Dunk competition at All-Star Weekend. Following Marco…

  15. NBA All-Star Weekend Preview: Inside The New Orleans Musical Programming

    February 15, 2014 1:36 PM EST An NBA exec explains why Pharrell Williams is a global superstar, and how Trombone Shorty helped organize the halftime show over GRAMMY weekend. Each year, NBA All-Star Weekend boasts an impressive lineup of musical stars delivering stylized performances in between various basketball…

  16. U2 Talks Oscars, New Manager and Where They're Headed: 'We Don't Want to Be a Heritage Act'

    February 14, 2014 1:54 PM EST And the new album "won't be ready till it's ready," Bono says. "We know we have to spend a couple of years taking these songs around the world, so they'd better be good" Just after Finnegan's pub opens at noon on a blustery, rainy, intermittently…

  17. DJ Mustard: How the Producer's 'Ratchet' Revolution Became the Sound of 2014

    February 14, 2014 1:26 PM EST The DJ Mustard sound, like a Van Gogh painting or a good avocado, is easy to spot when you know what to look for. It's taut and spare, snappy and insistent. There are usually gruff chants in the background, like the song is a boozy party where a dance circle has just taken shape. …

  18. Pharrell Williams Invites Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Nelly & Busta Rhymes To NBA All-Star Performance

    February 13, 2014 10:24 AM EST Pharrell Williams is headlining the Entertainment Series at NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, and on Sunday (Feb. 16), the "Happy" artist will be bringing along some special guests to his player introductions performance. Sean "Diddy" Combs, Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Busta…

  19. Fiat Debuts Global Ad Campaign Featuring Diddy, Pharrell's 'Happy' (Exclusive)

    February 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST Following its 2011 spots featuring J-Lo (including a music video-like spot where she performs her single “Papi”) and its 2013 campaign with Pitbull and Arianna singing “Sexy People,” Fiat is upping the ante for its new 2014 global campaign. Set to premiere on television Feb. 13, the new…

  20. Rick Ross Reveals 'Mastermind' Track List

    February 08, 2014 3:48 PM EST Kanye West, Jay Z, The Weeknd to appear on rapper's sixth album Rick Ross' "Mastermind" finally has a track list. The rapper released the list of songs to be featured on his sixth studio album yesterday (Feb. 7), Pitchfork reports . As with many of Ross' past records…

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