1. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  2. Skrillex Debuts at No. 1 on Dance/Electronic Albums Chart

    March 27, 2014 5:15 PM EDT His first full-length album grants him his best sales week and second No. 1 on the survey. Plus, chart action for Tycho, Kylie Minogue, Calvin Harris, Shakira, Rihanna and Tiesto EDM cornerstone Skrillex (real name: Sonny John Moore) logs his best sales week, as his first full-length album …

  3. Chart Highlights: Passenger, Pharrell Williams, Dierks Bentley Score New No. 1s

    March 24, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Among this week's new leaders, Passenger's 'Let Her Go' crowns AC, Williams' 'Happy' takes over atop two more tallies and Bentley parks 'I Hold On' atop Country Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  4. Bottoms Up! The 15 Biggest Drinking Songs

    March 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT There were four songs charting on the Hot 100 this spring that allude to either being tipsy from love or just flat out tossing back a brew for the heck of it. Beyonce's Cognac-soaked "Drunk in Love" collab with husband Jay Z, Brantley Gilbert says "Bottoms Up,"…

  5. Ginuwine Reflects on 15th Anniversary of Classic Album '100% Ginuwine'

    March 14, 2014 1:20 PM EDT Everybody knows “Pony.” Ginuwine’s 1996 debut single is synonymous with sex and the timeless art of titillation, immortalized by its own video , Internet meme and the 2012 male stripper drama “Magic Mike.” But the R&B singer born Elgin Lumpkin, Timbaland’s first solo artist and…

  6. Eric Paslay’s ‘Song About A Girl’ Makes Clichés Sound Fresh

    March 13, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Pickup trucks, tailgates, back roads, bonfires and alcohol: commercial country has been obsessed with a handful of topics for several years, and just about every sector of the business -- from the songwriters to the labels to radio -- has voiced some level of frustration about what seems…

  7. Danielle Bradbery Returns to High School for a Good Cause

    March 11, 2014 2:27 PM EDT Last week was a "Back To School" week for Big Machine recording artist Danielle Bradbery. The teenage songstress, whose "Heart Of Dixie" single is currently sitting at No. 14 on the Country Radio Airplay chart, visited five high schools across the nation to help bring the…

  8. Lucy Hale Talks 'Road Between' Album, Shania Twain and Her 'Gut Feeling' to Focus on Music

    March 04, 2014 5:30 PM EST Though Lucy Hale first tasted fame for her role as Aria Montgomery on the ABC Family series "Pretty Little Liars," it's actually music that is her first love. The singer-actress, and recent People's Choice winner, says that playing the waiting game to showcase her musical…

  9. Paco De Lucia Receives Heartfelt Funeral in Spain

    March 01, 2014 8:36 PM EST Hundreds of people gathered in the rain to mourn the death of virtuoso guitarist Paco de Lucia before a funeral Saturday in his hometown of Algeciras at the heart of flamenco music country in Spain's deep south. As De Lucia's body arrived at the town hall from Madrid early in the…

  10. Kings of Leon Bring the Kids for Super 8 'Temple' Music Video: Watch

    February 28, 2014 6:28 PM EST It's a production of NachoVision, the new all-access KoL video initiative from Christopher "Nacho" Followill, cousin of the band's Followill brothers Kings of Leon break out the family on their latest music video, a Nashville-centric adaptation of "Temple," the…

  11. John Oates on New EP Series: 'It Came Together Out of Necessity'

    February 27, 2014 9:33 PM EST John Oates would love to tell you that there is some kind of master plan behind the upcoming release of "Good Road To Follow," his forthcoming three-EP set, which is due March 18 on PS / Elektra. Honestly -- he would love to. “It came together out of necessity,” he tells Billboard. …

  12. International Artists Pay Tribute to Paco de Lucia

    February 27, 2014 8:57 PM EST The flamenco guitar master, who left behind an unreleased album, will be laid to rest this weekend in Southern Spain Paco de Lucia, who revolutionized flamenco guitar and influenced musicians around the world, will be laid to rest this weekend in his native Algeciras, after a public wake…

  13. Asher Roth Talks New LP 'RetroHash,' Premieres 'Tangerine Girl' Song: Listen

    February 26, 2014 12:50 PM EST Listen to new song "Tangerine Girl," from the April full-length, first at Billboard.com. "Growing up is inevitable," Asher Roth tells Billboard when talking about his new album, "RetroHash." Five years ago, the Pennsylvania rapper was not talking about…

  14. Flamenco Great Paco de Lucia Dead at 66

    February 26, 2014 9:26 AM EST Paco de Lucía, the man whose name was synonymous with flamenco guitar and who popularized the music worldwide with his mix of virtuosity and accessible melodies, died of a reported heart attack this morning near the Mexican resort city of Cancún. De Lucía was 66. According to published…

  15. David Lynch Foundation Honoring Rick Rubin

    February 25, 2014 1:45 PM EST Dixie Chicks, Damien Rice and Jake Bugg will perform at the Los Angeles event Legendary music producer Rick Rubin will receive the Lifetime of Harmony Award from the David Lynch Foundation through its new performance arts events division, DLF Live. The Dixie Chicks, along with Damien Rice,…

  16. Tour Managers of Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones & Fleetwood Mac Swap Wild Tales From the Road

    February 24, 2014 1:03 PM EST Going through customs with Keith Richards, losing Barbra Streisand's flowers, watching Alice Cooper kill a shark in his bathtub: Legendary tour managers Patrick Stansfield, David Libert, Marty Hom, Gus Brandt and Stuart Ross swap war stories about ego soothing, corralling groupies and…

  17. Needtobreathe Appearing on Upcoming Episode of 'Hart of Dixie'

    February 21, 2014 9:45 PM EST Needtobreathe will make its TV series debut on the CW’s “Hart of Dixie” in May. The band will perform its current single "The Heart" in the Rammer Jammer restaurant, where many of the show's events take place. The scene tapes on Monday (Feb. 24). They performed the song on …

  18. Trisha Yearwood Touring ‘Just Because,' Writing Third Cookbook and Recording New Album

    February 18, 2014 4:05 PM EST In the past few years, Trisha Yearwood’s career has expanded from Grammy winning country chanteuse to best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning host of the Food Network show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.” But when a fan recently posed the question online, “Are you done with music?” Yearwood…

  19. Gimme Five: Lucy Hale's Biggest Album Influences

    February 12, 2014 12:33 PM EST From Dolly to Britney, check out the "You Sound Good To Me" singer's list of inspirations. Last month, "Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale launched her music career in grand fashion with the debut single "You Sound Good To Me," a country music offering…

  20. Marty Stuart, Fabulous Superlatives Shine on Staples, Deep Cuts: Live Review

    February 10, 2014 9:58 PM EST Country stars dive into catalog at Nashville show Going to a Marty Stuart show is somewhat of a different experience than most country music concerts. Hit records aren’t necessarily front and center. Friday night’s show at the Franklin Theatre was ample proof of this. Stuart didn’t ignore his…

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