1. Chuck D Blasts Hot 97’s Summer Jam As ‘Sloppy Fiasco’ Of Hip Hop Culture

    June 04, 2014 6:17 AM EDT Chuck D is not a fan of Hot 97’s Summer Jam. The outspoken Public Enemy founder has slammed the annual concert as a “sloppy fiasco” of hip hop culture, and he’s dished some choice words for its parent New York radio station and for program director and host Ebro Darden. Chuck D kicked…

  2. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Takeover: 10 Key Ingredients To a Summer Smash

    May 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT From her social media presence to her "Clueless" tribute, check out the 10 biggest reasons why Iggy Azalea is now ruling the Hot 100. It will be months before Billboard officially names the 2014 Song of the Summer , but if one song has a better shot than any other at following Robin…

  3. Nas Invests In Higher Education

    May 28, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Rapper partners with educational firm Koru to provide scholarships, real-world coaching for college grads. Rapper and entrepreneur Nas adds another business venture to his portfolio. He is partnering with educational company Koru to assist top graduates in making successful college-to…

  4. EDM's Mainstream vs. The Underground: Time to End the Hate (Op-Ed)

    May 23, 2014 9:00 AM EDT My iPod is not the only place where Skrillex and Speedy J can coexist. Yet as dance music's mainstream and underground gain additional adherents from the current boom, these different worlds seem set on a collision course. This rift reared its head in the debate following…

  5. Carlos Santana: Saving the World One Note At A Time

    May 23, 2014 4:04 AM EDT Try to speak with Carlos Santana about his new album and he'll want to talk about another topic: changing the world. The veteran musician says he is planning a concert aimed at encouraging and motivating the development of young black and Latino men in the wake of Trayvon Martin's…

  6. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  7. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: D.J. Freestyles

    May 20, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Following Monday’s Season 18 Finals, shirtless tuxedoed man James Maslow and his partner Peta Murgatroyd have been eliminated, despite earning near-perfect scores on their post-apocalyptic freestyle sponsored by Victoria’s Secret (The Secret Is She’s On Acid) and a tango “tighter than a…

  8. 'Now 50' Bumps 'Frozen' From No. 1 On Billboard 200

    May 14, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Hunter Hayes, Sarah McLachlan, Atmosphere & more score Top 10 debuts this week. After 13 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the "Frozen" soundtrack steps aside for the "Now 50" compilation. "Now 50" debuts at No. 1 with 153,000 copies sold…

  9. Nash the Slash, Mysterious Canadian Experimental Musician, Dead at 66

    May 13, 2014 6:55 PM EDT He was a mystery until the end who few knew by face. Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once declared “is the kind of opening act that makes…

  10. Tune-Yards Explores Her Daring Side On 'Nikki Nack': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 5:32 PM EDT About a year-and-a-half after Merrill Garbus, who records under the moniker Tune-Yards, released her breakthrough 2011 sophomore record, "whokill," a groove-inducing tour de force of looped vocals and African-inspired polyrhythms that made critics and crowds take notice, she couldn&…

  11. Pharrell, Janelle Monáe Perform at YouTube's 'Brandcast' Upfront Event

    May 01, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Just two years ago, YouTube touted a lineup of premium content from traditional-media players and Hollywood talent (an investment valued at over $100 million) to pitch advertisers on buying TV-quality content online. But at YouTube (and Google’s) 2014 “Brandcast” upfront presentation to…

  12. 'The Voice' Recap: New Coaches In, Nervous Singers Out

    April 30, 2014 5:55 AM EDT   As "The Voice" continues to add coaches and mentors -- this week featured the industry mentorship of Crosby, Stills and Nash's Graham Nash and producers Busbee, Scott Hendricks and Natural, and the official announcement that both Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani will take a…

  13. 'The Voice' Recap: Music Biz Mentors Challenge Top 10

    April 29, 2014 1:23 PM EDT The Instant Save may be annoying to half of the country, and the weekly double eliminations might be occasionally harsh, but the best thing about "The Voice" is that it's a show that constantly changes. So far, season six has knocked out an entire round and replaced it with…

  14. DJ E-Z Rock, Hip Hop Pioneer Who Recorded 'It Takes Two,' Dies At 46

    April 28, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Rodney “Skip” Bryce, the hip hop artist who as DJ E-Z Rock enjoyed a breakout in the late ‘80s with “It Takes Two”, has died at 46. At time of writing, there was no verifiable information on the cause of his death. DJ E-Z Rock had the biggest hit of his career alongside fellow Harlem artist…

  15. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  16. Marc Anthony's Big Move: Inside His Salsa Return & Future Plans

    April 21, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Marc Anthony is backstage at the American-Airlines Arena in Miami, hopping from one foot to the other, like a boxer. His feet are clad in black patent leather shoes, and his slim frame dons a starched white shirt, black tailored pants and a fitted tuxedo jacket. He stares at the floor,…

  17. Billboard Latin Music Conference 25th Anniversary: 1999-2003 Rewind

    April 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. In honor of the 25 anniversary of Billboard's Latin Music Conference, Billboard is breaking out the greatest moments from Latin music's premiere…

  18. Top 10 Pop Stars Who've Crossed Over To Latin

    April 15, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. The typical meaning of crossover is reversed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards, where at this year's April 24 show Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke…

  19. Marc Anthony Confirmed for Billboard Latin Music Conference Q&A

    April 10, 2014 2:06 PM EDT Superstar Marc Anthony is the latest act confirmed for a Q&A at the upcoming 25th annual Billboard Latin Music Conference. Anthony will be interviewed during the Billboard Icons Q&A, taking place April 23 at 4:15 p.m. at the JW Marriot Marquis in Miami. Billboard's 2014 Latin…

  20. Chayanne to Debut New Single at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 10, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne is set to launch the first single from his new album live at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24.   Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount.  …

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