1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Billboard Cover Story

    May 17, 2013 2:00 PM EDT They aren't just making records, they're setting them: biggest-selling download of 2013, the first duo to send their first two singles to No. 1 on the Hot 100. And they've done it all their way This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue of…

  2. Eve's Style Council: Hip-Hop Beauty Discusses All Things Fashion

    May 16, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Eve barked her way into the rap game years ago. It's been more than a decade since the "pit bull in a skirt" dropped her debut album "Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady" with her paw print tattoos exposed on her chest and rugged, short blonde-bleached…

  3. 'American Idol' Finalists Candice and Kree Talk Nerves, Style Regrets and Winner Songs

    May 15, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Today's the big day. Millions of Americans will huddle around their television screens to watch Kree Harrison and Candice Glover battle it out for the title of Season 12's "American Idol" winner. While fans prep for the show's biggest night of the year, the ladies…

  4. MS MR Talks 'Secondhand Rapture' & Their Favorite 'Game of Thrones' Character

    May 14, 2013 4:38 PM EDT Dream-pop duo's debut album out Tuesday on Columbia Records. "I am so, so excited for her to come into the North," gushes MS MR singer Lizzy Plapinger. "She's gonna fuck shit up so hard." Plapinger, of course, is referring to the plot line of Daenerys…

  5. Kastle Reads Emerson, Makes Beats

    May 07, 2013 5:06 PM EDT DJ/producer takes a philosophical approach to his self-released debut album. Barrett Richards, the DJ and producer known better as Kastle, is sitting in the guest room that has doubled as a studio inside his manager’s loft in downtown Los Angeles. He’s doing his best to tolerate the…

  6. CODER Picks of the Week: Disclosure, Cashmere Cat and More

    April 26, 2013 5:31 PM EDT Each Friday, the CODE crew will review their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Zel, Elissa and Lauren have to say. Disclosure “You & Me” featuring Eliza Doolittle (Cherrytree/Interscope) Because Disclosure previously teamed with underground heads…

  7. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj Matches Mariah Carey's Hot 100 Mark

    April 12, 2013 3:04 AM EDT With the debut of 'High School,' Minaj notches her 44th Hot 100 hit, equaling the output of fellow 'American Idol' judge – and rival? – Carey Perhaps another element to add to their reported rivalry as judges on "American Idol": Nicki Minaj has tied Mariah…

  8. Pop Shop Picks: Vampire Weekend, Little Mix, Florrie & More

    April 05, 2013 5:16 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! VAMPIRE WEEKEND "Diane…

  9. April 4, 1964: The Beatles Control Entire Top Five On Billboard Hot 100

    April 04, 2013 12:05 AM EDT On this date in 1964, the Fab Four monopolized the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the only act ever to lock up the region in a week. On the Billboard Hot 100 dated April 4, 1964, 49 years ago today, the Beatles made history as the only act ever to occupy the chart's top…

  10. 20 Stories Behind Rappers' Stage Names: Waka Flocka, Jay-Z & More

    April 03, 2013 3:28 PM EDT Behind most rappers is an intriguing stage name: some of hip-hop's heavyweights have looked within themselves for the inspiration behind their monikers. Rappers like Waka Flocka Flame and Snoop Dogg drew inspiration from their favorite TV characters. T.I. and Gucci Mane embraced…

  11. MS MR Talk Debut LP 'Secondhand Rapture,' Meeting Usher

    March 22, 2013 3:12 PM EDT New York-based gloom pop duo MS MR are readying their debut album, “Secondhand Rapture,” for release on May 14 via Columbia and revealed the album’s artwork on Friday. The album was produced by the band’s Max Hershenow, with additional mixing and production from Tom Elmhirst (Amy Winehouse…

  12. Timbaland's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    March 18, 2013 3:45 PM EDT Check out this countdown of the "20/20 Experience" producer's biggest hits thus far, from JT to Jay-Z and everything in between. Much has been made of Justin Timberlake's triumphant return to music with his third solo album, "The 20/20 Experience," but it…

  13. Dave Grohl's 'Sound City Players' Head to SXSW

    March 04, 2013 4:00 PM EST Presented by Citi Private Pass, the "Sound City Players at SXSW" show will feature John Fogerty, Stevie Nicks, Rick Nielsen, Rick Springfield and more Dave Grohl isn't just delivering a keynote at South By Southwest on March 14. The rocker is bringing an all-star concert…

  14. Carson Daly Sets SXSW Lineups: Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$ + More

    March 04, 2013 3:01 PM EST Carson Daly's "Last Call" show will hold its annual showcase at SXSW, this year emphasizing rock bands that have not made their television debuts. Angel Haze, Big Black Delta, Glossary, Grape St., Maximum Hedrum and The Coup will perform March 13 at Cedar Street Courtyard…

  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. Gimme Five: Charli XCX on Her Musical Obsessions

    February 12, 2013 5:10 PM EST Over the course of a few mixtape singles, Charli XCX has established herself as a face to watch in the indie-pop realm: tracks like "Nuclear Seasons," "You're The One" and the recently released "You (Ha Ha Ha)" demonstrate an intrinsic understanding of…

  17. 10 Hits You Didn't Know Were Jingles

    February 02, 2013 3:30 PM EST Pop Songs that helped sell product, from Run-D.M.C.'s "My Adidas" To Calvin Harris' "Let's Go" For Pepsi. Since their heyday in TV and radio advertising of the '50s and '60s, songs written for commercials have had a resurgence in recent years but…

  18. 'Glee' Recap: A Very Naked Episode

    February 01, 2013 9:17 AM EST "Glee" stripped down this week in an episode that highlighted nakedness (physical and emotional) of it's characters, plus provided fans with the utter eye candy of shirtless dudes in crazy costumes, a landscape of equal parts nostalgia and current pop hits, and realistic…

  19. Remember The Time: Aaron Carter Breaks Down the 'Aaron's Party' Music Video

    January 31, 2013 3:00 PM EST One of the most successful teenage pop acts of all time, Aaron Carter scored hits in the late 90s and early 00s long before Justin Bieber became a household name. With hits like "Oh Aaron," "I Want Candy" and "That's How I Beat Shaq," Carter sold over 4…

  20. Tegan and Sara, 'Heartthrob': Track-By-Track Review

    January 29, 2013 11:10 AM EST TEGAN AND SARA "Heartthrob" Sire/Warner Bros. Release Date: January 29 It takes 10 songs and a little over 36 minutes for Tegan and Sara Quin to redefine their profile within the confines of indie rock music, but "Heartthrob," the sibling duo's seventh studio album,…

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