1. With Real Internet Banned, Everyday Cubans Make Their Own Covert Network

    January 27, 2015 9:05 AM EST Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access. Home Internet…

  2. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  3. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    September 26, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In 1994, the biggest worry in Brandy 's small world was an unrequited crush. For those of us coming of age in the mid-'90s, life was similarly low-strung. Silly boys and stupid cliques ran our conscience. But these were things that were achingly tragic to a teenager. Four months…

  4. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 With 'All About That Bass'

    September 10, 2014 1:31 PM EDT The pop newcomer's debut hit dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' after two weeks on top. It's all about Meghan Trainor on this week's Billboard Hot 100 , as her debut hit "All About That Bass" crowns the tally with a 2-1 climb. The positive-body…

  5. MTV VMAs' 15 Best Performances of All Time

    August 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Like summer's end, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are fast approaching. If the show's 30-year legacy is any indication, we're in for superstar collabs and elaborate sets come Sunday (Aug. 24). To celebrate the annual spectacular, we’ve picked the best performances in VMA…

  6. 15 Surprising Artists Without a No. 1 Album

    August 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT What do David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and Kiss have in common? They've all failed to crack the top spot on the Billboard 200. In light of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ achievement of earning its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 -- after a nearly 37-year wait -- what other…

  7. In Defense of the 'Step Up' Movies

    August 08, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The dance film series is secretly the most fun movie franchise out there. Here's why I'm all in on "Step Up." You can keep your X-Men, your Spider-Men, your Transformer-Men. Every other summer, a Step Up movie will be released, and that movie will be my summer jam.…

  8. Billy Bragg Helps Reintroduce Guitars Into British Prisons

    July 30, 2014 2:24 AM EDT Inmates in British jails can now strum away their sentences thanks to a campaign orchestrated by Billy Bragg. The veteran musician and activist had pushed for a relaxing of a recent ban which meant prisoners couldn't play steel-stringed guitars outside supervised sessions. Those rules…

  9. Asher Roth, 'Parties at the Disco' Feat. ZZ Ward: Exclusive Video Premiere

    July 25, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Asher Roth takes us on a psychedelic journey in the new music video for "Parties at the Disco." The video, directed by Kenny Koller, features an appearance by the song's special guest, ZZ Ward . Check out the video below, premiered here on The Juice: "'Parties at the…

  10. Iggy Azalea Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week, Maroon 5 Debuts In Top 20

    June 25, 2014 2:51 PM EDT The Australian rapper reigns again with 'Fancy,' while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Digital Songs and Maroon 5 debuts. Iggy Azalea notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100…

  11. 'Shameless' Racks Up 750 Synchs (35 in One Episode) on Its Way to New Soundtrack

    April 07, 2014 8:04 PM EDT As "Shameless" characters change, so, too, does the music Airborne Toxic Event, Exitmusic and Wavves were among the nearly two dozen artists used in the April 6 season four finale of “Shameless,” the Showtime series that has become a substantial home for independent recording…

  12. SHINee's Key & INFINITE's Woohyun Turn Bromance Into Funky Duo: Watch Toheart's 'Delicious' Debut

    March 12, 2014 8:38 PM EDT The popular boy band members combine for what might be K-pop's feel-good track of 2014 While Pharrell's "Happy" spends another week atop the Billboard Hot 100 , there's another feel-good anthem in town. Under the name Toheart, K-pop stars Key and Woohyun -- members of…

  13. Lady Gaga's 'Do What U Want' Change-Up: The Big Bet On Her R. Kelly Duet

    October 25, 2013 2:05 PM EDT "Venus" was supposed to be the second single from "ARTPOP" -- until "Do What U Want" was released and quickly changed plans. Inside an unexpected move from one of the world's biggest pop stars. At 12:01 a.m. ET on Monday morning (Oct. 21), Lady Gaga…

  14. Claude Von Stroke on Unleashing 'Urban Animal,' Label-Running, and EDM Pop

    September 23, 2013 11:45 AM EDT The day before tragedy struck Electric Zoo (September 1), cutting short the festival and launching a debate about the future of EDM, Claude Von Stroke put on a DJ-ing clinic inspired by its past. That’s not to say that the music the DJ/producer/label boss, born Barclay Crenshaw, played in…

  15. Willow Smith's Disappearing Act, And Why 'Whip My Hair' Wasn't A Fluke

    April 29, 2013 1:05 PM EDT Why is the 12-year-old artist singing "Inject my soul with darkness"? Pop Shop takes a closer look. Last February, one week after Willow Smith dropped out of the starring role of Marcy Media (which is run by Jay-Z) and Overbrook Entertainment's big-budget film remake of …

  16. 'American Idol' Final Four Talk Song Choices, Challenges and Drake

    April 29, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Candace Glover, Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, and Kree Harrison told reporters that they had an inkling that something was up during the most recent "American Idol" results show, especially given the fact that the judges had failed to use their save on Janelle Arthur the week…

  17. Paramore Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    April 17, 2013 8:38 AM EDT Rock group starts in top spot while Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Tyga are among Top 10 debuts. Rock band Paramore nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week, beating out Brad Paisley, who debuts at No. 2. The former's self-titled set starts with 106,000…

  18. Kid Cudi, Diplo Kick Off SXSW Myspace Secret Shows

    March 15, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Myspace took over day three of SXSW Music with one of the festival's most liveliest shows of the week thus far. They kicked off their three-day Myspace Secret Shows series, presented by Chevy, with a hip-hop heavy showcase featuring Hit-Boy, Kid Cudi and Diplo. Although Kid Cudi, who…

  19. Alicia Keys Scores Record-Tying Sixth Straight No. 1 Album on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 06, 2012 5:45 PM EST Alicia Keys earns her sixth straight No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Girl On Fire" this week, tying her for the most consecutive No. 1s among solo artists with DMX , R. Kelly , Kanye West and Luther Vandross. (Keys already had the most straight leaders among women.) Alicia…

  20. Barbra Streisand Belts Hits, Jabs Romney at Brooklyn Homecoming

    October 12, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Barbra Streisand was full of Brooklyn pride as she belted out well-known tunes with passion during a concert at the newly built Barclays Center. Thursday night's three-hour show was Streisand's return to her hometown, where she's also performing Saturday on her "Back to…

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