1. Kelela Talks Saint Heron, R&B's Racial Politics & Working with Arca, Hudson Mohawke

    November 19, 2013 1:45 PM EST Less than a year ago, Kelela Mizanekristos — the Los Angeles-based, Ethiopia-descended R&B and electro pop singer — was working as a telemarketer, trying to make ends meet as an artist in a city inundated with them. She finally quit her day job last December after Solange, a fan,…

  2. Jhené Aiko Talks 'Sail Out' EP & New Wave of R&B

    November 11, 2013 10:47 AM EST Jhené Aiko, the first signee to No I.D.'s Artium imprint, makes formal debut with the new EP. From vegan cafe waitress to breakthrough artist. That's the short take on Jhené Aiko. But like most seemingly overnight sensations, there's a lot more to her story. Like the fact…

  3. Cable's Dev Hynes-Produced 'Roxanne': Exclusive Video Premiere

    November 07, 2013 1:10 PM EST Watch the debut of NYC noise-rock duo Cable and their mesmerizing video for first single "Roxanne," only at Billboard. Tracy Antonopoulos and Ben Morsberger, better known as Cable, are stepping out with a captivating music video for their debut single "Roxanne."…

  4. Jade de LaFleur, 'Blue Notes and Green Trees': Exclusive Song Premiere

    October 28, 2013 1:57 PM EDT Jade de LaFleur, formally of R&B trio Sophia Fresh, has been garnering buzz with sneak peeks of her upcoming EP, "Jaded."  The emerging singer's soulful voice caught the attention of Solange Knowles, and toured with her for three years as her back-up singer. Jade is one…

  5. Janelle Monae Rocks 'SNL' With 'Electric Lady' Cuts: Watch

    October 27, 2013 11:11 AM EDT Just days after being named Billboard's Rising Star , Janelle Monae took to the "Saturday Night Live" stage to showcase just why she's regarded as one of music's next big talents with a rollicking two-song set from her second LP, "The Electric Lady." It…

  6. Kwes Q&A: Singer-Producer Talks New Album, Working With Solange

    October 25, 2013 4:30 PM EDT “She’s brilliant,” Kwes says of the younger Knowles sister. “The fact that she called me to come out… it’s mad” London producer/singer Kwes has a voice to soothe the restless and the pensive disposition of a painter or philosopher, which is fitting for someone who studied Schopenhauer in…

  7. Pharrell Talks eBay Collab, Beyonce's Album, Scoring the 'Spider-Man' Sequel and More

    October 24, 2013 4:45 PM EDT Pharrell Williams likes to spread the wealth and the credit. As a music producer and all-around tastemaker, he’s played key roles on two of the year’s biggest songs (Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” duh). BBC Black, his collaborative clothing line with renowned…

  8. Janelle Monáe Named Billboard's Rising Star

    October 24, 2013 8:54 AM EDT Janelle Monáe's glowing-hot young career will be recognized with Billboard’s Rising Star Award. The artist will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event, to be held in New York City on Dec. 10. Monáe will be joined on the night with P!nk, who will be feted with…

  9. Sky Ferreira Talks Drug Arrest, Perils of Pop Stardom: 'I Know I'm Not a Drug Addict'

    September 30, 2013 2:15 PM EDT Two weeks after she and her boyfriend were arrested in possession of ecstasy and heroin, Sky Ferreira opens up about being labeled a drug addict, finally being proud of her music and the price of fame. Sky Ferreira wants you to see her flaws. The 21-year-old ascendant pop star has spent…

  10. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin Timberlake, Miguel, Robin Thicke, Chris…

  11. Janelle Monae, Arctic Monkeys and Sheryl Crow Heading for Billboard 200 Top 10

    September 13, 2013 9:44 PM EDT Keith Urban's "Fuse" looks to top the chart, with the Weeknd's "Kiss Land" close behind. On next week's Billboard 200 albums chart: Janelle Monae is set for her first top 10, Arctic Monkeys are making a strong return, and Sheryl Crow's aiming for her…

  12. Janelle Monae Talks 'Electric Lady' Origins & Prince Collaboration

    September 09, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Janelle Monáe says a series of paintings she made on tour gave birth to the concept for her forthcoming second studio album, "The Electric Lady." "I would paint and I would sing at the same time, and every night I painted this female silhouette... for like three, four months…

  13. New York Fashion Week Runway Jams: Day 3

    September 08, 2013 2:00 PM EDT The Hook columnist Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. is exploring the beats of the season and compiling a list of songs heard on Spring NYFW runways. Check back in daily as he updates with the hottest cuts. MORE FASHION WEEK: 10 Epic FW Music Moments | Janelle Monáe Sings At Minkoff Show   DAY 3:…

  14. Janelle Monáe Sings, Talks Style At Rebecca Minkoff's New York Fashion Week Show

    September 07, 2013 11:44 AM EDT At NYFW, Monáe performed, shared excitement for her "transcendent" new album, & praised Minkoff's "attention to detail." Soulful R&B singer Janelle Monáe, took center stage at Lincoln Center performing new songs at Rebecca Minkoff's runway show as part…

  15. Nine Inch Nails, Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar and More Close Made In America Festival 2013

    September 02, 2013 11:20 AM EDT In spite of a not-so-packed crowd, Nine Inch Nails rocked as legends do. Wiz Khalifa, Calvin Harris, Solange and more wrapped the festival as well. It's difficult to overstate just how scarce the crowd was at Nine Inch Nails' headlining performance at the Budweiser Made in America…

  16. JoJo Plays NYC, Talks 'Anything' Remix With Casey Veggies

    August 27, 2013 5:49 PM EDT JoJo couldn't even remember the last time she played New York City prior to her performance Monday (Aug. 26) as the latest artist to be a part of The Fader and vitaminwater's #Uncapped summer concert series. "I'm fuckin' pumped!" the 22-year-old singer enthused…

  17. Janelle Monae Releases Miguel-Assisted 'PrimeTime'; Announces 'The Electric Lady' Tour

    August 19, 2013 6:47 PM EDT Janelle Monae gearing up to embark on a North American headline tour. The singer announced "The Electric Lady" tour in support of her forthcoming album of the same name that will begin on October 10 with dates running until November. Monae has also released “PrimeTime,” the third…

  18. Janelle Monae Reveals 'The Electric Lady' Album Cover & Tracklist

    August 09, 2013 1:54 PM EDT Janelle Monáe naming her second studio album, "The Electric Lady," is no joke. The songstress unveiled the cover artwork for the album, which features her dressed in futuristic attire as if she came from the latest “Star Trek” movie. Monáe also revealed the official track listing…

  19. Carly Rae Jepsen Stands Up to Bullies

    August 05, 2013 3:00 PM EDT "Call Me Maybe" singer talks about working with anti-bullying campaigns organized by Characters Unite and Flip the Script Growing up as a musical theater student, Carly Rae Jepsen was fortunate enough to have a popular older brother who looked out for her, so being bullied by…

  20. Solange Talks Upcoming Album & Saint Records Label: Exclusive

    July 31, 2013 11:59 AM EDT Solange may have canceled the remaining dates of her European tour last week, but that hasn’t made her any less busy. The 27-year old singer is prepping a new album, a move to New Orleans and a new label with Sony, Saint Records, that will start yielding projects featuring herself as well…

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