1. G.O.O.D. Music, 'Cruel Summer': Track-By-Track Review

    September 18, 2012 12:35 PM EDT It's not that Kanye West ever stops working, because he doesn't; it's that when he's released new music it's as if he's been gone for a minute. Each release is an event. Even 'Ye's G.O.O.D. Friday songs -- which were released by 'Ye himself as…

  2. 3BallMTY: 21 Under 21 (2012)

    September 17, 2012 3:42 PM EDT No. 17: 3BallMTY Birthdates: Erick Rincón, Aug. 17, 1993 (age 19); Alberto Presenda/DJ Otto, Nov. 5, 1992 (age 19); Sergio Zavala/DJ Sheeqo Beat, March 7, 1992(age 20) Why They're Hot: The Mexican-born teens turned their hobby into a huge business that's reached a global audience…

  3. Imagine Dragons on 'It's Time,' Darren Criss and Their Next Album

    September 14, 2012 4:00 PM EDT A year-and-a-half after covering Led Zeppelin in low-rent casinos, Las Vegas rock quartet Imagine Dragons ' first album, "Night Visions," debuts at No. 2 on this week's Billboard 200, selling 83,000 copies in its initial week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The…

  4. Kanye West To Headline UR1 Festival in Miami

    September 10, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Kanye West will lead the lineup of the inaugural UR1 Music Festival , a showcase of music and art that will be held at Miami's Bayfront Park on Dec. 8-9. > Although the full lineup has not been revealed, West will be joined on the bill by fun., Santigold, The Offspring, Keane, Lou…

  5. Imagine Dragons 'Not Going to Win' a VMA

    September 06, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Indie Band Talks MTV VMA Nomination, Debut Album 'Night Visions,' Tour Imagine Dragons, whose debut album, "Night Visions" dropped earlier this week, are nominated for their first ever MTV Video Music Award at tonight's ceremony. They share the Best Rock Video nom for…

  6. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

  7. Lecrae Talks Upcoming 'Gravity' Album, Big K.R.I.T. Collabo, & Chart Success

    July 25, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Lecrae is a Christian by faith, but an emcee by trade. The Houston-native has received critical acclaim throughout the years with his music that's a reflection of his life and relationships. Following the success of his Christian Albums No. 1 "Rehab" series, the man formally…

  8. Electric Daisy Carnival 2012: 18 Things Seen & Heard

    June 12, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Electric Daisy Carnival , Insomniac Events' three-day rave experience at the massive Las Vegas Motor Raceway, featured extended firework shows; art installations plucked directly from Burning Man; a team of 500 "performers" (read: stilt walkers dressed like honey bees);…

  9. Spotlight: Jason Cassidy Connects With 'What If'

    March 28, 2012 11:00 PM EDT Texan Jason Cassidy has steadily been building a fan following in the Lone Star State for quite some time. The singer is beginning to reap some of the rewards for the long years of hard work that he has put into his career. His latest A-Blake Records single, "What If," has been…

  10. Gotye, Military Wives Atop U.K. Charts

    March 19, 2012 9:15 AM EDT As Gotye 's "Somebody That I Used To Know," featuring Kimbra, started a fifth aggregate week atop the U.K. singles chart, the Military Wives moved to the album summit yesterday, Mothering Sunday , with "In My Dreams." The group, formed last year by choirmaster Gareth…

  11. Electric Daisy NYC Lineup Includes Afrojack, Fatboy Slim, Avicii

    March 02, 2012 3:40 PM EST You heard it here first: Insomniac and Pacha New York have joined forces to bring the traveling version of Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas to the tri-state area. EDC NYC will take place at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on May 19 & 20 and now Billboard can give you an early…

  12. Aretha Franklin Honors Whitney Houston at Radio City Concert

    February 20, 2012 10:00 AM EST Aretha Franklin was thankful to be alive and was thinking about lost friends, among them Whitney Houston . Hours after she canceled an appearance at Houston's funeral because of spasms in her legs, the "Queen of Soul" (the "undisputed" Queen, the capacity audience was…

  13. Ledisi Scores with Revival Style Show in NYC

    June 23, 2011 3:30 PM EDT "I know it's hot! I'm hot, too!" Ledisi exclaimed to an engaged, albeit sweaty crowd at NYC's venue SOBs, last night (June 22). Her own face glistening, Ledisi refused to let the heat ruin her set, which unfolded and carried itself like a church service. Ledisi Scores…

  14. Atmosphere, "The Family Sign"

    April 15, 2011 10:00 AM EDT This long-running Minneapolis hip-hop crew has grown by two since its left-field 2008 commercial hit "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold." Guitarist Nate Collis and keyboardist Erick Anderson are now full-on Atmosphere members (joining rapper Slug and producer Ant …

  15. Ultra Music Fest 2011: 10 Things Seen and Overheard Sunday

    March 28, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Attendees at the Ultra Music Festival seemed a bit less sure of their movements on Sunday: That's what happens after three days of non-stop dancing in the punishing sun. But day 3 of Miami Music Week was the best of the lot, allowing some big names to kick back and enjoy their peers, or…

  16. Love Parade Memorial Draws Hundreds of Mourners in Germany

    August 02, 2010 12:00 PM EDT Hundreds of mourners attended an emotional memorial service in the German town of Duisburg this weekend for victims of the Love Parade festival. German President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel were among the dignitaries who attended the memorial service, held at Salvator Church…

  17. Michael Jackson Fans Pay Tribute, Dad Files Lawsuit

    June 26, 2010 11:50 AM EDT On the day Michael Jackson 's fans paid their respects with tears, tributes, songs and dance, Jackson's father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor charged with giving his son a lethal dose of drugs. Joe Jackson's visit to a federal courtroom in Los Angeles, while…

  18. Mellencamp, T-Bone Burnett Take Rural Route To 'Better' Album

    May 24, 2010 1:37 PM EDT A 55-year-old reel-to-reel Amex tape recorder, a single microphone and three historic recording sites were John Mellencamp's tools for making his new album, "No Better Than This," which is due out Aug. 3 -- seven weeks after he releases a retrospective box set, "On the…

  19. Cold War Kids Warming Up For Winter E.P., Concerts

    December 18, 2009 1:34 PM EST A forthcoming EP and four special concerts in January signal a time of "transition" for Cold War Kids before the California quartet hits the studio in February to record its third album. "We want to take everything we do to the next level," frontman Nathan Willett tells…

  20. Various Artists, "Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007"

    November 06, 2009 3:24 PM EST Most modern listeners identify African-American gospel with recordings that mix passion with professionalism, and perhaps a certain amount of studio smarts. But that ignores the pre-war tradition of street-corner preachers, as well as the small groups that sound as though music isn't…

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