1. Angel Haze Talks Universal Republic Deal, Debut Album, & Azealia Banks Collabo

    August 28, 2012 3:15 PM EDT As she continues to impress with the inner workings of her mind (see her "New York" video below), Angel Haze rises from the underground to a world where aspiring female rappers are classified as copies of Nicki Minaj . However, according to Haze, that prenotion doesn't faze her…

  2. Slaughterhouse, Paul Rosenberg Talk 'Welcome to Our House' Album & Success

    August 28, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Rap supergroup Slaughterhouse doesn't quantify success in numbers. Following its self-titled debut on E1 Records in 2009, the quartet started work on its sophomore album, "Welcome to Our House." Consisting of Royce Da 5'9" , Joe Budden , Crooked I and Joell Ortiz ,…

  3. Busta Rhymes, Google Play Rep Talk 'Year of the Dragon' Free Album

    August 24, 2012 5:20 PM EDT In a studio hidden away from the noise of New York, Busta Rhymes thumbs through tracks from his latest LP, " Year of the Dragon ." Between puffs of Newports, he pauses to deliver brief commentary on each song. "I love challenging artists," he says as he plays a song…

  4. Bubbling Under: No Limit For Skye Stevens

    August 24, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Skye Stevens, Youngblood Hawke, Jason Cassidy and Avery*Sunshine Skye Stevens After reaching No. 20 on Dance Club Songs in June,…

  5. Vocal Problems: Why So Many Artists Struggle To Stay at Full Volume

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Imagine Dragons has a hit single on rock radio and a hotly anticipated album hitting stores in less than a month. Too bad the group's singer can't utter a word. The Las Vegas alt-rock band's frontman, Dan Reynolds, underwent surgery in early August to remove a polyp on his…

  6. Report: Nicki Minaj Joining 'American Idol'

    August 20, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Ever since Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler stepped down from their "American Idol" judges' chairs, rumors have swirled about which stars will be asked to fill their seats. The first replacement announced last month was Mariah Carey -- who was confirmed as a judge for the Fox…

  7. Fatboy Slim's 'Big Beach Bootique' Heads to Theaters

    August 20, 2012 1:30 PM EDT It was the namesake of a generation's worth of dance music, and the cornerstone of Alabama: Wynnsong 16 - Mobile, AL Regency Square 12 - Florence AL Carmike 12 - Dothan AL Summit 16 - Birmingham, AL Wynnsong 16 - Auburn, AL Arkansas: Carmike 14 - Fort Smith, AR California: Rave 18 - Los…

  8. Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler Jam In Pa.

    August 20, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Chart Article PROMOTION Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler Jam at Sands Barenaked Ladies Both humor and hooks, as always, infused Barenaked Ladies' headlining set at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa., Friday (Aug. 17). The group capped a night of adult alternative rock following…

  9. Four-Play: DJ Khaled, Azealia Banks, Rick Ross, & A$AP Rocky

    August 15, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Azealia Banks gets wet and wild, DJ Khaled shakes the earth, Rick Ross stunts, and A$AP Rocky gets lifted. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring DJ Khaled, Azealia Banks, Rick Ross, and A$AP Rocky. DJ Khaled and director Hype Williams send shockwaves through "I Wish…

  10. Jay-Z, Steve Stoute to Document 'Made in America' Festival

    August 15, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Jay-Z is bringing his 'Made in America' festival to the big screen. Jay-Z and Steve Stoute, both co- producers, will work in tandem with Oscar-Awarding winning duo, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, to document the two-day festival and its 40-plus performers. "The festival showcases…

  11. Lady Gaga and Kendrick Lamar Team Up for New Single

    August 15, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Lady Gaga took to Twitter this morning announce she and Kendrick Lamar have collaborated on a single, due Sept. 6. "I am so excited to announce that a record I've been working on has now become a collaboration with @KendrickLamar for HIS ALBUM," she tweeted to her 28 million…

  12. Lady Gaga Gets Dark and Dirty for 'Fame' Perfume Trailer: Watch

    August 14, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Lady Gaga breathes life into her brooding black perfume in a new video for the Fame fragrance campaign. The film, directed by Steven Klein and produced by Ridley Scott and associates, fully expresses the dark yet sexy tone of the scent. Watch above. Said to smell like "the black soul of…

  13. Damon Dash Talks Aaliyah Posthumous Album

    August 14, 2012 1:55 PM EDT 'Anytime I can hear her voice, that's a good thing," he said of the upcoming full-length. While many are saddened by the idea of an Aaliyah posthumous album without the participation of her lifelong friends collaborators, Missy Eilliot and Timbaland , her boyfriend, music mogul…

  14. Four-Play: 2 Chainz, Sterling Simms, Big K.R.I.T., & Mystikal

    August 13, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Chainz cashes out, Sterling Simms brings the heat, Big K.R.I.T. daydreams, and Mystikal gets comical. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring 2 Chainz, Sterling Simms, Big K.R.I.T., and Mystikal. 2 Chainz and Nicki Minaj hit the strip club yet again on the "I Luv Dem…

  15. Kid Cudi Debuts First 'Indicud' Song, 'Just What Iam': Listen

    August 13, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Old habits die hard. Kid Cudi isn't an exception to the rule based off his latest single, " Just What Iam ." Produced by Cudi himself, "Just What Iam" expresses his desire to reach a higher place. Both Cudi and King Chip (formerly Chip tha Ripper) tackle cannibus in a…

  16. Machine Gun Kelly Releases 'Est 4 Life' Mixtape: Listen

    August 13, 2012 2:10 PM EDT With his debut album "Lace Up" set to drop on October 9, "EST 4 Life," hosted by DJ Whoo Kid, DJ E-V and DJ Xplosive, offers fans the diversity Machine Gun Kelly is known for. His days as a 'Wild Boy' aren't far behind him as he explodes from the starting…

  17. Bubbling Under: Meital Makes Her Move, Teengirl Fantasy Readies Second Album

    August 10, 2012 3:55 PM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents " Bubbling Under ," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Meital, Teengirl Fantasy, Tyler Barham and Oscarcito Meital Pop singer Meital has been making a stir with her eye-catching …

  18. Why Mariah Carey Released Three Versions of 'Triumphant' Single

    August 10, 2012 12:50 PM EDT "Most people probably don't understand this, but you always play to what's best for the song," Randy Jackson says. With latest single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," Mariah Carey is offering something for everyone. During a Def Jam conference call with media on Aug.…

  19. Insider Tips: Mariah Carey's Plans, Ellie Goulding & Skrillex's Playlist

    August 10, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Chart Article August 10, 2012 The hot days of midsummer are here, but don't let that keep you from fresh insider music information. For the rest of beach season, Billboard.com is bringing you a weekly heads-up of music-related suggestions, tips, and key recommendations -- all designed to…

  20. Grace Potter On Playing To Country Crowds: 'I Love The Horrified Looks'

    August 09, 2012 6:20 PM EDT Rock singer continues on Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw's Brothers on the Sun tour. Grace Potter says she's having a good time being a "Little Sister of the Sun" on Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw 's Brothers of the Sun stadium tour -- and a mischievous little sister, at…

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