1. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November most often with a mid-level headliner dripping…

  2. Remember That Time Rihanna Performed Destiny's Child Songs for Destiny's Child?

    October 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Are you currently going through life totally unaware of the fact that, in 2005, Rihanna was an up-and-comer who was chosen, along with Amerie and Teairra Marí , to perform a Destiny's Child medley at the 2005 World Music Awards where Destiny's Child was being honored? Stay in the…

  3. Why Benjamin Booker’s ‘Blues Punk’ Sound Got Him Recruited By Jack White

    September 09, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Artist on the Verge: Benjamin Booker From: Tampa, Fla. Age: 24 Soundalikes:  With a voice as smooth as a sun-dried bone and riffs ripped from a Delta blues playbook, Booker sings like  Ray LaMontagne  and shreds with the intensity of  Gary Clark Jr . Influences: Booker’s “blues punk” mixes…

  4. Hozier Gains Following With 'Church'

    July 22, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Hozier, the Irish singer Ryan Tedder wishes he signed, hits new high notes. 'This dude can outsing anybody,' Tedder marvels Last September, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier posted his first video on YouTube, for the bluesy ballad "Take Me to Church," and it went viral. The…

  5. Ray Price's Final Recordings: 'Everyone Had the Feeling Something Special Was Happening'

    April 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Fred Foster remembers the first time he met Ray Price. "It was New Years' Eve 1953 in Washington, DC," he recalled to Billboard. "Every New Years' Eve, [promoter Connie B. Gay] would take over Capitol Arena, and put on a huge show. There was Ernest Tubb, Red Foley,…

  6. SMTH, Capital STEEZ, 'Last Straw': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 03, 2013 12:13 PM EDT 'STEEZ was a wizard with words to say the least,' SMTH says. Two words: "The end." It was a tweet that came from Jamal Dewar, more commonly known as Capital STEEZ, on Dec. 23, 2012. No one knew what it meant or what it referred to until a day later, when the 19 year…

  7. K-Pop Hot 100: Naul's Reign Blocks Ga In + This Week's Must-See Videos

    October 15, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Naul's "Memory Of The Wind" secured its No.1 spot for three consecutive weeks and in the process ruined Ga In's hopes to rule the chart this week. She was unable to unseat Naul as her title track "Bloom" scored a close second place finish. The "healing music…

  8. Killer Mike On 'R.A.P. Music' Album: 'I'm Talking About Justice For America'

    April 04, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Despite his rise with Big Boi's Purple Ribbon All-Stars and a memorable guest verse on Bone Crusher's 2003 hit "Never Scared," Killer Mike runs the underground these days with politically and socially conscious dirty South street rap. His May 15 release, "R.A.P. Music…

  9. Ray J, Brandy Attend Ne-Yo's Annual Grammy Brunch; Celebs Talk Whitney Houston

    February 12, 2012 2:45 PM EST News of Whitney Houston 's death broke just hours before Ne-Yo 's fourth annual Midnight Brunch at the Supper Club in Hollywood, Calif. on Saturday night, so needless to say a somber mood was cast over the event. Remembering Whitney SLIDESHOW: Her Life in Photos • Whitney Houston…

  10. Gregg Allman Cancels Tour Dates on Doctor's Orders

    August 08, 2011 12:21 PM EDT A lingering upper respiratory condition that cut short a European tour has forced Gregg Allman off the road. On doctor's orders, the legendary artist will cancel his concert dates scheduled between Aug. 26 through Sept. 15. According to a rep's statement, Allman's treatment…

  11. Weekly Chart Notes: Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Beyonce

    June 02, 2011 6:45 PM EDT THE START OF SOMETHING 'BIG': After a one-year break, the annual "American Idol" coronation single returns to the Billboard Hot 100 's top 15. Newly-crowned "Idol" champion Scotty McCreery's "I Love You This Big" blasts in at No. 11, making…

  12. Mariah Carey, Diddy, Lil Wayne Albums Delayed

    July 27, 2009 2:32 PM EDT Some of the most highly-anticipated albums of the summer have been delayed, including Mariah Carey 's "Memoirs of An imperfect Angel," Sean "Diddy" Combs ' "Last Train To Paris" and Lil Wayne 's proprter rock and roll album "Rebirth."…

  13. Amerie's Def Jam Debut Due In August

    June 02, 2009 6:20 PM EDT After a two-year hiatus, singer/songwriter Amerie has announced the release of her Def Jam debut, "In Love & War," which will be available in August. The lead single, "Why R U," will be serviced June 15th, with an accompanying video directed by Ray Kay (The-Dream, Lady…

  14. Ask Billboard: Fleetwood Mac, Kristinia DeBarge, Chicago

    May 15, 2009 4:51 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BATTLE OF THE BANDS Hi Gary, I was wondering if you could help me win a bet I…

  15. Breaking & Entering: Richgirl

    February 23, 2009 1:47 PM EST Two years ago, Audra, Brave, Lyndriette and Seven were just four up-and-coming singer/songwriters trying to break into the music scene. Today, thanks to producer Rich Harrison (Beyonce's "Crazy In Love," Amerie's "One Thing") who discovered and signed them to his…

  16. Usher Mulling 'Worldwide' Album

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher plans to make his next album a "worldwide entertainment experience." The project will be "all about adapting new musical styles in creating a unique blend between what I know works here in Ameri Usher plans to make his next album a "worldwide entertainment experience…

  17. Green Day In The Studio With Butch Vig

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Confirming news that Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson let slip recently on "The Carson Daly Show," Green Day is in the studio with veteran producer Butch Vig working on the follow-up to 2004's "Ameri Confirming news that Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson let slip recently…

  18. Amerie Finds New Home At Def Jam

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amerie has signed to Def Jam Records, according to label reps. The R&B singer parted ways with former label Columbia earlier this year. Amerie has signed to Def Jam Records, according to label reps. The R&B singer parted ways with former label Columbia earlier this year. While there,…

  19. Chingy Spreads The 'Love' On New DTP Album

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here in August, former Capitol rapper Chingy returns to the Disturbing Tha Peace fold this winter with "Hate It or Love It." Due Dec. 11, the set features guest appearances from Amerie, Luda As tipped here in August, former Capitol rapper Chingy returns to the Disturbing…

  20. Ask Billboard

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Keith discusses Amerie, Rush, Coldplay and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . First off, a quick update on Rachael Yamagata, who was the subject of a question in the last edition of "Ask Billboard.…

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