1. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  2. Eminem Marks Sales, Hot 100 Milestones

    March 21, 2014 5:14 PM EDT The rap superstar tallies two key sales achievements and notches his landmark 50th Hot 100 hit It's a monster week for rap god Eminem, who scores two significant sales feats and marks a milestone on the Billboard Hot 100.   SALES SURGE   Eminem's latest album reaches a notable…

  3. Suzanne Vega Talks New Album, Performs Live In Chart Beat Meet & Greet

    March 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The folk singer/songwriter discusses her new album, 'Tales From the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles,' which includes a 50 Cent sample and a Macklemore shout-out "Every time I make an album, the idea is to mix the acoustic guitar, this beautiful, old-fashioned, almost…

  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. 50 Cent Talks 'Animal Ambition,' Tony Yayo Slight and More Backstage at SXSW Show

    March 12, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Something is different about 50 Cent. Four hours before the rapper takes the stage at this year's first Hang W/ SXSW live streamed performance, the rapper/businessman, sits backstage in a calm state, smiling widely. SXSW 2014: 10 Hottest Shows | 10 Bands to Watch Jay Z, Kanye to Play…

  6. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 50 Artists, Most Top 10s, Most No. 1s

    March 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rap Songs chart , which made its debut on March 11, 1989, we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top 100 rap songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the top 50 Hot Rap Songs artists, the artists with the…

  7. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as…

  8. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    February 28, 2014 12:25 PM EST Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith tell the full story of how L.A.'s unexpected indie label rewrote rap's rules It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars.…

  9. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Hits No. 1 On Hot 100

    February 26, 2014 1:26 PM EST After two weeks at No. 2, the song rises to the top, dethroning Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, after four weeks at the summit. Plus, John Legend lands his first top 10 Clap for Pharrell Williams, whose bouncy single "Happy" reaches the top of…

  10. Aloe Blacc Is 'Ecstatic' About The Success Of 'The Man'

    February 24, 2014 2:20 PM EST "It feels like a whole new existence," says the singer-songwriter about the rollout of his upcoming third album. On last week's Hot 100 chart, Aloe Blacc's single "The Man" reached a new peak at No. 16, after blasting into the Top 20 last month when the chest…

  11. Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon Debut 'History of Rap Vol. 5': Video

    February 22, 2014 6:45 AM EST The television best friends tackled Jay Z, Drake, "Fresh Prince," Kriss Kross and much more in the latest in their medley series. The fifth time's the charm for Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon. The television BFFs finished of Fallon's inaugural week on the Tonight…

  12. 50 Cent Leaves Interscope, Brings G-Unit Imprint to Capitol's Caroline

    February 20, 2014 12:44 PM EST Eminem & Shady Records will 'remain supporters of both him and G-Unit' despite the departure. 50 Cent has never shied away from airing his frustration towards Interscope Records. After 12-years at the record label, the rapper has decided to part ways with Interscope and go…

  13. Pharrell Williams' Reps Talk Strategy Behind 'G I R L' Album: Exclusive

    February 20, 2014 9:24 AM EST Prior to the release of Pharrell Williams' "G I  R L" on March 3, his music will be heard in a Red Bull TV ad, promos on ABC's "Good Morning America"  and, quite possibly, on eBay. The wildly popular first single, "Happy," will definitely be heard on…

  14. Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' Breaks Record For Longest Hot 100 Run

    February 19, 2014 3:23 PM EST With a 77th week, the rock band's multi-format hit bests the 76-week chart life of Jason Mraz's 'I'm Yours' in 2008-09. Meanwhile, AWOLNATION's 'Sail' ties for second with its 76th frame Imagine Dragons rewrite Billboard Hot 100 history, as "…

  15. Katy Perry Rules Hot 100, Pharrell Flies to No. 2

    February 12, 2014 2:00 PM EST Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, spends a third week at No. 1, while Pharrell's "Happy" hikes 8-2 Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, notches a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Pharrell's "Happy…

  16. J. Cole Talks Dreamville Label Deal & Interscope's Joie Manda: Exclusive

    February 10, 2014 12:47 PM EST 'He really believed in me as an executive, a label CEO and a producer. A Dr. Dre to his Jimmy Iovine.' On Jan. 28, on his 29th birthday, J. Cole walked in his mentor/Roc Nation boss Jay Z's big footsteps once again. At his headlining gig at the Theater at Madison Square Garden,…

  17. Rick Ross Reveals 'Mastermind' Track List

    February 08, 2014 3:48 PM EST Kanye West, Jay Z, The Weeknd to appear on rapper's sixth album Rick Ross' "Mastermind" finally has a track list. The rapper released the list of songs to be featured on his sixth studio album yesterday (Feb. 7), Pitchfork reports . As with many of Ross' past records…

  18. Katy Perry Tops Hot 100, Beyonce Bounds to No. 2

    February 05, 2014 2:50 PM EST Perry's 'Dark Horse,' featuring Juicy J, spends a second week at No. 1, while Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love,' featuring Jay Z, roars to the runner-up spot. Plus, Pharrell blasts into the top 10 Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J,…

  19. Ask Billboard: Disney's Biggest Billboard Hits

    January 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST Readers check in on 'Frozen,' Aloe Blacc's fast-rising 'The Man' and the best-selling 'American Idol' singles As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  20. Miley Cyrus, Lorde & More Perform at Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Party

    January 26, 2014 3:37 PM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston, the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And between sets, co-host and icon himself Clive…

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