1. 'Mad Men' Character Playlist: 10 Songs For Season 6

    April 05, 2013 4:50 PM EDT From Britney Spears to Gucci Mane, check out the songs that capture the 10 major characters on the AMC drama. On Sunday night (Apr. 7), AMC's "Mad Men" kicks off its long-awaited sixth season, which will feature… who knows? Show creator Matthew Weiner is notorious for…

  2. 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…

  3. Team StarKid's Dylan Saunders Talks Fan-Funded 'Confluence' Album

    April 03, 2013 1:36 PM EDT Singer also shares a quick preview of Darren Criss' long-awaited debut LP. "Imagine if Otis Redding and Robin Thicke got to do a session," says Dylan Saunders. "That's what I hope it will sound like." Saunders is outlining "Confluence," his…

  4. Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke and More to DJ Hakkasan's Las Vegas Grand Opening: Exclusive

    March 26, 2013 1:38 PM EDT The new Vegas hot spot will open with an electronic bang in late April, including Steve Aoki, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and Laidback Luke. Hakkasan Las Vegas, the MGM Grand’s new five-level restaurant/nightclub venue, has unveiled the details surrounding its Grand Opening weekend, April 25-28…

  5. John Fogerty, Usher, Carole King Join Rock Hall Performers

    March 26, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Chris Cornell and Cheech & Chong have also joined the list of presenters. A couple of members -- Carole King and John Fogerty -- some veteran Seattle rockers, a legendary comedy duo and Usher are among the latest performers and presenters announced for this year's 28th Annual Rock…

  6. Gimme Five: Hot Chelle Rae's Dream Collaborators

    March 25, 2013 4:55 PM EDT Singer Ryan Follesé on the five artists, alive or dead, he'd most like to work with. Last month, Nashville pop-rock upstarts Hot Chelle Rae premiered their new single "Hung Up," the first look at the follow-up to their 2011 sophomore album "Whatever." Frontman…

  7. Ultra Music Festival Weekend 2, Day 2: 10 Things Seen and Heard

    March 24, 2013 11:57 AM EDT Mother Nature has been less than kind to Miami's festival-goers this weekend, dousing the city Friday (March 22) and delivering scorching temps on Saturday (March 23). Even the shaded stages -- the Carl Cox and UMF Worldwide -- felt dangerously hot at times. Water vendors were out in…

  8. One Direction, Katy Perry Win at Slimy Kids' Choice Awards

    March 24, 2013 12:38 AM EDT Pitbull and Christina Aguilera kicked off the silly Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday with their song "Feel This Moment" and were joined by young backup dancers resembling the smooth-headed rapper and blonde diva. At the end of their performance, Aguilera smashed a button,…

  9. Weekly Chart Notes: Oh, How The Years Go By

    March 22, 2013 10:52 AM EDT Jason Aldean's '1994' enters the Billboard Hot 100, marking the chart's latest hit whose title doubles as a year. "I was a junior in high school in '94 and Joe Diffie was huge," Jason Aldean told Billboard last year. "I went to the Cherry Blossom…

  10. Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Jennifer Hudson Attend Amy Winehouse Tribute

    March 22, 2013 5:00 AM EDT Tony Bennett doesn't think Amy Winehouse's life was tragic. He believes the singer who died at age 27 lived a complete life because she was able to achieve her goal: becoming a respected musician. "Her dream was to become famous and a beautiful singer and she accomplished…

  11. Chart Highlights: Blake Shelton's 'Cool' Crowns Country Airplay

    March 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Plus, Little Mix's "Wings" flies onto Pop Songs, Miguel enters R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Tamela Mann leads Gospel Songs for a 20th week. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  12. Ultra Music Festival Weekend 1, Day 2: 11 Things Seen and Heard

    March 17, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Zedd strips, Chuckie shouts, Porter Robinson rocks and Yeasayer make it awkward in Miami ... A Recap of Day 2 As if Friday's eight-hour opening day wasn't enough, Ultra Music Festival stretched from noon to midnight on Saturday, offering fans twelve jam-packed hours of…

  13. Ultra Music Festival Sets To Watch

    March 15, 2013 6:10 PM EDT Find out what acts you can't miss during Miami's Ultra weekends. Some things are inevitable at Ultra: Slamming main-stage sets from artists like Afrojack, Kaskade and David Guetta. The occasional pop star drop-by (e.g., Madonna, Will.i.am). Lots and lots of neon. But every year,…

  14. SXSW Shorts: High Highs, Chance the Rapper

    March 15, 2013 6:00 PM EDT Plus, concert briefs from Austin for The Thermals and Hush So many bands. So little time. Billboard is roaming Austin this week, checking out as many acts at SXSW as possible -- and each day we'll highlight a selection of our favorites. On Thursday we caught a too-brief set by the…

  15. Early Iron Maiden Drummer Clive Burr Dies

    March 13, 2013 6:19 PM EDT Clive Burr (pictured above, bottom left), former drummer for heavy metal band Iron Maiden, died in his sleep last night (March 12) at age 56. Burr had been battling poor health for years, according to the band’s official site , and had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In a statement…

  16. 'Harlem Shake' Samples Used Without Permission; Artists Seek Payment

    March 11, 2013 12:36 PM EDT Baauer's "Harlem Shake" has spent the last three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and racked up millions upon millions of listens via its widely seen YouTube dance craze. But key moments of the song, including voices urging people to "Do the Harlem Shake!" and…

  17. Robert DeLong Video Q&A: 2013 Artist to Watch Talks 'Just Movement'

    March 06, 2013 11:45 AM EST EDM is all the rage and Robert DeLong could be its next big star. But he isn't your typical EDM artist. One of Billboard's 13 Artists to Watch in 2013 , DeLong brings the mentality of a rock drummer and the tech-crazed mindset of a gamer to his unique brand of festival-ready dance…

  18. La Toya Jackson Hits Back At 'Gold-Digging Diva' Reports

    March 05, 2013 4:23 AM EST La Toya Jackson is firing back at The New York Post, calling a recent article on her relationship with Michael Jackson's three children “false” and “derogatory.” On Sunday, the publication reported that the 56-year-old had quietly begun to profit on the showbiz ambitions of the late…

  19. Steve Aoki Reveals 'Neon Future' Album Title, New Hakkasan Residency: Exclusive

    March 04, 2013 1:03 PM EST The DJ/producer joins Calvin Harris on new MGM superclub’s roster. Following the footsteps of Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki today announced his residency at Hakkasan Las Vegas, the soon-to-open nightclub inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The move ends his Aoki’s House party at Wynn…

  20. Stanley Snadowsky, Co-Founder of N.Y.'s The Bottom Line, Dies at 70

    March 03, 2013 8:25 PM EST Stanley Snadowsky, a co-founder and the co-operator of The Bottom Line nightclub in New York's Greenwich Village during its eclectic three-decade run, died Feb. 25 of diabetic complications in Las Vegas. He was 70. The well-respected attorney, who also was one of the first managers…

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