1. Ludacris Q&A: His Next Album, Mourning Paul Walker & Vin Diesel's Rap Skills

    August 22, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Rapper, receiving BMI President's Award this weekend, is looking at November for personal 'Ludaversal' album. This weekend in Los Angeles, rapper Chris " Ludacris " Bridges will be given BMI's President's Award , a honor for songwriting and impact on pop…

  2. 2014 Is the Best Year for Stadium Concerts in 20 Years

    August 22, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Billboard declared 1994 the "Year of the Stadium." Then receipts began sinking. Now, 20 years later, the big-venue shows are setting records again in a startling comeback. Jason Aldean says that when his team first broached the idea of adding stadiums to his tour route in 2013, “I…

  3. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  4. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  5. Taylor Swift Is Going Pop. And That's a Good Thing.

    August 19, 2014 6:19 PM EDT With "Shake It Off," music's most dependable superstar dives into the unknown… and sticks the landing. Confession: I love Taylor Swift's country side. She's an incredible songwriter that has built an empire on evocative storytelling and polished guitar…

  6. Don Pardo, 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer, Dead at 96

    August 18, 2014 11:52 PM EDT Don Pardo , the magisterial announcer of  Saturday Night Live  for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has died. He was 96. Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter . No details of his death were…

  7. FKA Twigs Is a Woman of Mystery -- And She Likes It That Way

    August 18, 2014 1:57 PM EDT FKA Twigs has just released one of the year’s most bold, idiosyncratic and deeply personal debuts -- LP1 (Young Turks), an exploration of warped beauty ideals, gender politics, romantic power dynamics and raw sexuality. But she isn’t really interested in explaining the person behind her…

  8. Exclusive: Primus' Les Claypool Talks Woodstock '94, 20 Years Later

    August 16, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Claypool reflects on mud-tossing, stage fright & Trent Reznor's Semen Demon. Twenty-five years after Woodstock set the tone for future rock festivals to come and arguably changed a generation, Gen X attempted to make lightning strike twice in Upstate New York with Woodstock '94…

  9. Gene Simmons Apologizes for Comments on Depression 'Made Without Regard for Those Who Truly Suffer'

    August 15, 2014 6:58 PM EDT After making some insensitive comments about depression as well as drug and alcohol addiction in a recent interview, KISS bassist Gene Simmons is eating his words.  Kiss' Gene Simmons: 'I'm On the Side of Donald Sterling' The question of whether he gets along with his…

  10. Billboard Cover: Ariana Grande on Fame, Freddy Krueger and Her Freaky Past

    August 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The “micromanaging workhorse” finally achieved her dream of becoming an R&B diva. Now, at 21, comes the hard part: conquering her fear of futuristic pop. Ariana Grande is easily mistaken for an old-school good girl. The singer wears Audrey Hepburn-style strapless gowns, travels…

  11. Calvin Harris Bites Back After Rita Ora's Teen Choice Claim

    August 13, 2014 4:49 PM EDT Feud! The Teen Choice Awards are bringing out everyone's drama-loving inner-teen. Earlier this week,  Rita Ora told Ryan Seacrest that she had to cancel her scheduled performance at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday because her ex-boyfriend, Calvin Harris , wouldn't sign off on…

  12. Exclusive: T.I. Talks Female Rappers & Executive Producing 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop'

    August 12, 2014 11:50 AM EDT T.I. has advanced from being in front of the reality TV cameras to going completely behind the scenes, as executive producer of  Sisterhood of Hip Hop debuting Tuesday, Aug. 12, on Oxygen. The eight-episode docu-series produced by 51 Minds ( T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle , Below Deck )…

  13. Alex Wiley, 'Splash Game (Self Doubt)': Exclusive Video Premiere

    August 11, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Chicago has birthed another talented aspiring rapper, Alex Wiley . As like the entirety of his sophomore mixtape, Village Party (Closed Sessions, June 2014), Wiley's latest single, "Splash Game (Self Doubt)," is laced with honest raps of the distrust that infiltrates when…

  14. 10 Up-and-Coming Reggaeton Artists to Watch

    August 10, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Here are 10 reggaeton acts following trailblazers like Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Tito el Bambino. Daddy Yankee rose to prominence a decade ago, along with fellow superstars and trailblazers Don Omar, Tito el Bambino and Wisin & Yandel, among many others. Today, these acts maintain…

  15. Daddy Yankee Remembers 'Gasolina' 10 Years Later: 'I Knew It Was a Home Run'

    August 10, 2014 3:00 PM EDT Daddy Yankee looks back on the track that turned him into the messiah of reggaeton. Just over a decade ago, Daddy Yankee sat listening to the sounds of the streets in the tiny apartment he shared with his wife and three children in Villa Kennedy, a housing project in San Juan, Puerto…

  16. 20 Most Forced Rhymes In Pop Music History

    August 08, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Ariana Grande's "Break Free" isn't the only offender: here are the 20 most awesomely awkward rhymes in popular music. "I fought him on it the whole time...'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It&…

  17. Gaslight Anthem Debuts New Music During Secret NYC Show at Old CBGB Site

    August 08, 2014 11:15 AM EDT The Gaslight Anthem showed up at the old site of CBGB on Thursday night to share their new album Get Hurt , playing many of its songs live for the first time. Loved by classic rockers and punks alike, Gaslight is a band that pays tribute to the gods of rock and roll. It was appropriate they…

  18. Don Omar To Release 'The Last Don 2' This Fall

    August 04, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Reggaetón star Don Omar will feature fellow Puerto Rican reggaetón colleagues Wisin, Yandel (who split early last year) and Daddy Yankee on his upcoming album, The Last Don 2 , due out in October. The four artists are also speaking about the possibility of a joint tour that could launch in…

  19. 5 Seconds of Summer: 'If Anyone Puts Us Down, We Don’t Care'

    August 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT They’d rather be known as a baby Blink-182 than a boy band. Music’s sudden sensation hits the road with a No. 1 album, screaming girls and a social media firestorm. It’s not hard to figure out where 5 Seconds of Summer is staying while on tour in Milan: Just follow the screams. Ten floors…

  20. Exclusive: Daddy Yankee's Track-by-Track Review of His 'Barrio Fino,' 10 Years Later

    August 01, 2014 12:45 PM EDT The King of Reggaeton revisits each track of his album that kickstarted a global Latin movement Ten years ago this week, Daddy Yankee became the first reggaeton act to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart with Barrio Fino . It would become the top-selling Latin album of the…

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