1. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as a pretext for an unprecedented land grab of rights…

  2. BET Experience 2014: Outkast, A$AP Rocky & Rick Ross Pack the House on Day 2

    June 29, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Duo headlines second night of BET Experience concerts, joined by A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, August Alsina and more It was all about Outkast Saturday night (June 28) as the pair brought their 20th anniversary celebration to Los Angeles. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles…

  3. Vampire Weekend Ends Governors Ball With Taut, Career-Spanning Performance

    June 09, 2014 10:57 AM EDT "WE didn't get confetti," muttered a twenty-something girl in secretary glasses to her boyfriend, as they left the 2014 Governors Ball music festival on Sunday night (June 8) by walking across the RFK Bridge from Randall's Island to Manhattan. The walkway on the RFK…

  4. Mariah Carey, 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse': Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT In the nearly five years since Mariah Carey's last proper studio album, the singer has given birth to twins, served a stint on "American Idol," and reaffirmed her acting skills with a couple of films thankfully not called "Glitter II." She's also logged a ton…

  5. Mariah Carey Announces 14th Album, 'Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse'

    May 01, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Mariah Carey has unveiled the title, cover, release date and tracklist for her 14th album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” which arrives at digital and physical retail on May 27. Carey, who appears on the cover of this week’s magazine, told Billboard that the album took its title…

  6. Blake Shelton Uses R&B Effect to Make a Country Impression on Latest Hit

    January 22, 2014 10:34 AM EST The new Blake Shelton single is a study in contrasts. "Doin' What She Likes" features a guy who's mostly been tamed but still harbors a wild streak. It's a love song that was written in the middle of a hunting expedition. And it's a country single that might…

  7. Gwen Stefani's Back In Fashion With DWP Line

    January 07, 2014 1:35 AM EST The verdict is in from Gwen Stefani: Denim is out; DWP is in. The No Doubt singer, who successfully launched L.A.M.B., Harajuku Lovers and multiple licensing deals in the fashion industry, evokes her effortlessly chic vibe in a new laid-back line of lightweight basics called DWP, or Design…

  8. A Tribe Called Quest Crushes 'Yeezus' Tour, in One of Their 'Final' Shows

    November 21, 2013 1:55 PM EST In August, ATCQ did our last show FOR Cali. It's only right we do our FINAL 2 joints where we started...NYC — QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) October 15, 2013 Roughly five weeks ago the most renowned member of A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip, shot that tweet out. He was referring to Wednesday night …

  9. 2 Chainz Pays Homage to Cash Money in 'Used 2' Video

    October 14, 2013 7:42 PM EDT On Oct. 13, 2 Chainz unleashed the music video for “Used 2,” the second official single off of “B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME.” With the song featuring production by former Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh and Chainz borrowing Juvenile’s flow from his classic “Back That Azz Up,” the Atlanta rapper…

  10. Nick Cave Talks Religion, Fashion & Songwriting in Bigsound Keynote

    September 10, 2013 11:01 PM EDT He wasn’t in the house, but Nick Cave certainly made his presence felt on day one of Australia's Bigsound confab. The alternative rock legend tackled religion, fashion and his songwriting gremlins in a keynote interview conducted via Skype. TV personality Julia Zemiro had the tricky…

  11. Adam Levine is Back in Fashion With New Menswear Line

    September 05, 2013 2:22 AM EDT Shawl-collar cardigans and sweatshirt blazers? You've got to be as cool as a rock star to pull off this stuff as trendsetting style. Of course, Adam Levine, frontman of Maroon 5 and a mentor on NBC's "The Voice," is. Levine previewed his first foray into design — a…

  12. Juicy J Stays Trippy: Inside The Rapper's Unlikely Comeback

    August 12, 2013 4:05 PM EDT After his Oscar-winning group went defunct, the Memphis MC slid to the bottom of the genre -- until he came back even bigger with a strip club banger. Like most of Juicy J's best ideas, "Bandz A Make Her Dance" was hatched in the bathroom. While holed up in a Washington, D.C…

  13. Mike Will Made It: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 09, 2013 12:10 PM EDT How the man behind Kanye West's "Mercy" and Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" became the hottest producer in the Game PatchWerk Recording Studios is housed in a light gray concrete bunker tucked behind a busy McDonald's on a tight corner on Atlanta'…

  14. J. Cole: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 03, 2013 1:20 PM EDT J. Cole's first album debuted at No. 1, helping ignite a new movement in hip-hop. But for his follow-up, he's taken on a new set of challenges. J. Cole flips through pairs of camouflage cargo pants at a sunny photo studio steps away from Manhattan's elevated High Line park.…

  15. Joey Bada$$ Talks New Album, Performs With Pro Era: Video

    February 26, 2013 11:30 AM EST Joey Bada$$ adjusts to life as a hip-hop's new golden boy. In January, the same month he celebrated his 18th birthday, lanky rapper Joey Bada$$ was named creative director of Ecko Unltd., the pioneering streetwear brand founded by Marc Ecko in 1993. As creative director, Bada$$, born…

  16. Fall Out Boy, Phillip Phillips & More Rock NBA All-Star Saturday Night: Video

    February 17, 2013 11:06 AM EST Big dunks and long distance shots weren't the only draws for the NBA's big Saturday night affair This weekend, dozens of famous faces from the worlds of sports and entertainment descended on Houston, TX for NBA All-Star Weekend, an annual event that not only attracts star athletes…

  17. 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week: 5 Things We Learned on Day 5

    February 12, 2013 1:33 PM EST The Hook's editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. was out on the town in NYC yesterday (Feb. 11), scoping out the latest NYFW fall runway looks and taking celeb notes along the way. Mark McNairy Digs Country Music Mark McNairy is known for injecting menswear with his southern charm. The…

  18. Tim McGraw Adds 'One' More Country Airplay Top 10, Blake Shelton Bounds On Country Songs

    January 17, 2013 4:05 PM EST Meanwhile, Train's "Bruises" with Ashley Monroe enters top 50. Tim McGraw notches his 48th top 10 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as "One of Those Nights" lifts 12-9. McGraw first reached the bracket the week of March 26, 1994, with "…

  19. Fashion Week NYC: Jeremy Scott Talks Arab Spring, Kanye Kicks It at Marchesa

    September 13, 2012 6:35 PM EDT The second-to-last day of New York Fashion Week was steeped in exotics. From Egypt to India, Wednesday (Sept. 12) saw a rich array of mysterious and enchanting collections with inspirations from across the world. Musicians like Kanye West and Joe Jonas sat front row, enjoying presentations by…

  20. DJ Khaled, 'Kiss the Ring': Track-By-Track Review

    August 21, 2012 2:05 PM EDT In the past decade, few entities have stayed steady. Wars have ended, 'The Hangover' rose and fell, and 4 Loko got banned within a month. Meanwhile, as the world has turned, DJ Khaled has managed to put out six studio albums -- each and every one of them, in his words, "the…

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