1. Maya Angelou’s Posthumous Album, ‘Caged Bird Songs,’ Debuts

    November 04, 2014 2:17 PM EST New album blends poet’s prose with hip-hop; Oprah Winfrey is co-producing a music video for the project Before her death at age 86 on May 28, Dr. Maya Angelou had signed off on a unique music project she had been actively involved with over the last seven years. Today (Nov. 4) marks the…

  2. Maya Angelou's Work Mixed With Hip-Hop for Album

    September 03, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Maya Angelou 's iconic words and lyrics will blend with hip-hop beats for a new album called Caged Bird Songs . Shawn Rivera , the lead singer of R&B group Az Yet , and RoccStarr , who co-wrote Chris Brown 's "Fine China," produced the 13-song set, to be released…

  3. Drake & Lil Wayne Announce 31-City Co-Headlining Tour

    June 12, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Drake and Lil Wayne are going on tour together, finally. The two Young Money rappers will embark on a co-headlining  U.S. tour on August 8 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY. The Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour, which will stop through 31 cities, will run through September 27…

  4. New Pornographers Announce 'Brill Bruisers' Album, Share New Song & Tour Dates

    June 10, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The New Pornographers are finally back. Four years since the release of their last album (2010's "Together") the power-popping supergroup today announced plans to release its sixth studio album -- titled "Brill Bruisers" -- Aug. 26 via Matador. Check out the title…

  5. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  6. Allen Stone, 'Million': Exclusive Video Premiere

    January 28, 2014 12:30 PM EST Allen Stone may not be a household name just yet, but the soul man from Chewelah, Wash., could change that soon with his upcoming major label debut for Capitol Records this summer. To start off 2014, Stone has a stripped-down performance of a new song, "Million," and…

  7. How Rap Genius Won The SEO Game

    December 03, 2013 11:24 AM EST Inside the company's triumphs over legal traps, PR disasters... and cancer. It's an early-October afternoon in the penthouse offices of Rap Genius. The floor taken up by the 4-year-old startup -- in a modern glass building on the waterfront in Brooklyn's Williamsburg…

  8. Demi Lovato Announces 2014 Tour with Little Mix, Cher Lloyd, Fifth Harmony

    September 30, 2013 3:06 PM EDT The Neon Lights trek kicks off in February. Demi Lovato has yet to support her latest album, "Demi," with a full-fledged tour, thanks in part to her commitment as a judge on "The X Factor." However, the pop singer has released a string of 2014 dates that will form her…

  9. Josh Groban Targeting Studio After Tour: 'We've Got Two Albums' Lined Up

    September 30, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Josh Groban is gearing up for the Oct. 2 start of his In The Round North American tour, but he's also looking beyond that to what he projects will be a prolific return to the studio. "We've got two albums now we're kind of tossing around," Groban tells Billboard. He…

  10. Marc Anthony's Voice Is the Star at 'Vivir Mi Vida' Tour Opener in Miami: Live Review

    August 27, 2013 12:33 PM EDT Marc Anthony kicked off the U.S. leg of his "Vivir Mi Vida" world tour with two sold-out shows at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami Aug. 23 and 24, playing a mostly salsa set that underscored the theme and sentiment of his top-selling new album, "3.0." Backed by a…

  11. Blessthefall, 'Hollow Bodies': Exclusive Album Premiere

    August 13, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Warped Tour-approved metalcore rockers Blessthefall are back with a new studio album and Billboard.com has an exclusive premiere of what the band is calling their most accomplished work yet. Recorded with producer Joey Sturgis, “Hollow Bodies” is the Phoenix, AZ band’s fourth album…

  12. J. Cole, 'Born Sinner': Track-By-Track Review

    June 07, 2013 2:08 PM EDT Perhaps inspired by his release-date rival, Kanye West, J. Cole has learned how to make an entrance. Last night (June 6), in a more intimate, high-tech version of the premiere of Yeezy's "New Slaves" — which was shown via projector in public spaces in 66 cities worldwide —…

  13. Mr. MFN eXquire Premieres New Single, Compares Censorship To Suicide

    May 16, 2013 12:25 PM EDT The rapper reveals that his "Kismet" mixtape will be released in June. It's been a bizarre year for Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire. Besides inking a major label deal with Universal Republic and shortening his name to Mr. MFN eXquire, while still riding off the fumes of 2012's …

  14. The Presets Reset: The Aussie Twosome's Over the Pressure of Success and Back

    April 25, 2013 1:21 PM EDT On the eve of their North American tour, the Aussie band talks EDM, expectations, and becoming career artists. It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that recording the follow-up to a massively successful album is the most difficult thing a band can do. That was the challenge…

  15. Keith Urban Announces More Light the Fuse Tour Dates, at Work on New Album

    March 25, 2013 10:34 PM EDT The first-year "Idol" judge will be on the road until December. When "American Idol" wraps its season May 15-16, first-year judge Keith Urban will hit the road in an effort to reach some of the viewers of the Fox TV show in person. Urban announced 20 more dates March 25…

  16. Mana Announces Second Leg of U.S. Tour

    January 17, 2012 12:20 PM EST With a concert at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX., April 3, Mexican rockers Maná will kick off the second leg of their "Drama y Luz" U.S. tour. The group, which had one of the top five Latin tours of the year in 2011 and played over 30 dates in the U.S. and Latin America, will now…

  17. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 03/26/2011

    March 26, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @questlove (Questo of The Roots): YO! These ice rocks…

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: Vampire Weekend, Train, Shakira

    January 21, 2010 5:55 PM EST VAMPIRE STATE OF MIND: New York indie rock band Vampire Weekend enjoys its first taste of the Billboard 200 summit, as "Contra" debuts at No. 1. The group's self-titled first set debuted and peaked at No. 17 on the chart dated Feb. 16, 2008. This week, it rebounds to No. 123…

  19. RZA Returns To The 'Chamber'

    June 25, 2009 9:06 AM EDT RZA says "Chamber Music" is NOT a new Wu-Tang Clan album -- but it's pretty close. "This is not a Wu-Tang Clan album, but this definitely feels Wu-Tang Clan inspired," explains the hip-hop impresario, who executive produced the June 30 set that features Clan members…

  20. Beyonce Announces U.S. Tour Dates

    April 17, 2009 3:06 PM EDT In support of her latest, chart-topping album, "I Am... Sasha Fierce," Beyoncé has announced her 2009 "I AM..." world tour dates in North America for this summer. The trek starts at New York's Madison Square Garden in June and caps off with a four-night residence at…

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