1. Early Kanye West Videos: Never-Before-Seen ‘College Dropout’ Footage (Exclusive)

    February 07, 2014 2:56 PM EST Directors Coodie & Chike give Billboard a look at exclusive footage from Kanye's early days. "The College Dropout" introduced a relentless rapper, Kanye West, with extravagant musical and visual ideas. Two men that filled in the bubble that is West's vision were…

  2. Justin Bieber Could Face Prosecution in L.A. Vandalism Case

    February 07, 2014 2:25 AM EST   Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators have presented evidence to prosecutors for a possible felony vandalism case against Justin Bieber. The pop star has been under investigation since eggs were thrown at his neighbor's home last month, resulting in thousands of dollars in…

  3. Three Arrested In Connection with Stolen $5m Stradivarius Violin

    February 06, 2014 2:16 AM EST Violin virtuoso Frank Almond was walking to his car after an evening performance at the Wisconsin Lutheran College when someone jumped out of a van, shocked him with a stun gun and seized the rare and extremely valuable Stradivarius on loan to him. The robber got back into the waiting vehicle…

  4. Judge: Chris Brown Should Remain in Rehab

    February 03, 2014 7:13 PM EST Judge turns down prosecutor's motion to send the singer to jail A judge turned down a prosecutor's motion Monday to send Chris Brown to jail, citing the R&B singer's continued good behavior and progress in a rehabilitation program. Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin…

  5. CODE Picks of the Week: Banks, Henry Fong, Sam Smith, And More

    January 31, 2014 4:35 PM EST Banks, “Brain” [Harvest] With production courtesy of Shlomo, “Brain” becomes yet another intoxicating perfume from the singer we still can’t get enough of. Henry Fong, “Stand Up” [OWSLA] Buzzy newcomer drops a bomb on Skrillex's OWSLA. It's got festival-sized taste with none of…

  6. John Legend Hits Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart in Wake of GRAMMYs

    January 30, 2014 3:42 PM EST Following his GRAMMY performance on Sunday (Jan. 26), John Legend scores his fourth top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as "All of Me" jumps 14-8.  Digitally, the song more than doubled its last week total (110%) to 86,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, its best week yet…

  7. Jimi Hendrix Estate Wins Appeal Over Unlicensed Merchandise

    January 30, 2014 3:47 AM EST In a ruling that could be slightly disconcerting for entertainment studios, news outlets and others who have dealt with the confusing nature of publicity rights laws across the nation, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has given a victory to famous dead people. The case involved the estate of…

  8. Billy Joel Wows In Madison Square Garden 'Franchise' Debut: Joel Backstage & Onstage

    January 29, 2014 12:00 PM EST “I’m a band guy, and when the band sounds good... I get into it,” Joel says. Billy Joel began his tenure as a “franchise” at New York's iconic Madison Square Garden on Monday night (Jan. 27) with a crowd-pleasing set that delivered on every level, with the singer in fine voice and his…

  9. David Crosby Amazed He Pulled Off 'Croz,' First Solo Album in 20 Years

    January 27, 2014 4:22 PM EST Guests on the album include Mark Knopfler, Wynton Marsalis and son James Raymond… Meanwhile, Crosby, Stills and Nash are "working on" new music after a planned covers album fell through "All kinds of wonderful chemistries" helped David Crosby make his first solo album in…

  10. Debbie Gibson Q&A: Celebrating 25 Years Of 'Electric Youth'

    January 24, 2014 9:05 AM EST On Jan. 24, 1989, Gibson released her sophomore album. It would spend five weeks atop the Billboard 200 and yield the Hot 100 No. 1 'Lost in Your Eyes.' On the set's 25th anniversary, Gibson reflects on its success and reveals what's ahead in 2014 Cautiously…

  11. Meet Bieber's Lawyer: Defender of Limbaugh, Kelsey Grammer and More

    January 23, 2014 8:56 PM EST When Justin Bieber appeared in court for his bail hearing on Thursday, he was represented by a familiar face for those who've followed legal disputes of the rich and famous: attorney Roy Black. Black has represented Rush Limbaugh, for whom he was able to get charges of doctor shopping…

  12. Beyonce Scores Sixth No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

    January 23, 2014 6:04 PM EST In just its sixth week on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" (featuring Jay Z) jumps 5-1 to mark her sixth leader on the list. She last topped the chart in 2012 when "Love on Top" reigned for seven weeks. In terms of most No. 1s by a female, Mrs.…

  13. How Anne Hathaway, Jenny Lewis Built Johnny Flynn's Musical Identity in 'Song One'

    January 22, 2014 2:41 PM EST Among the scripted films making their premieres at Sundance, one film stands out as the most musical: "Song One." Set in Brooklyn and including cameos from locals Elizabeth Zinman of Elizabeth and the Catapult, DJ Dan Deacon and gospel-blues singer Naomi Shelton, "Song One"…

  14. Howard Stern: The Billboard Cover Q&A

    January 20, 2014 11:00 AM EST When Howard Stern jumped from terrestrial to satellite radio, Sirius had half a million subscribers. Today it has 25.6 million. As he turns 60, Stern looks back at his career and sees radio on the verge of the next step in its evolution. It doesn't take long to figure out how…

  15. Sundance Kicks Off With 'Finding Fela' and the Fela! Band

    January 18, 2014 6:10 PM EST "Finding Fela," a multi-layered documentary that focus on the music and human rights message of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, exceeded expectations on the first day of the Sundance Film festival, receiving an enthusiastic response at the premieres that extended to the Internet and,…

  16. Court Upholds Michael Jackson Doctor's Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction

    January 15, 2014 7:19 PM EST An appellate court on Wednesday unanimously upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, determining there was substantial evidence of his guilt presented at trial. The ruling by the California 2nd District Court of Appeal came less than three months…

  17. Justin Bieber's Home Searched Over Egging; Man Arrested for Cocaine

    January 14, 2014 3:20 PM EST UPDATE 3:20 PM: Police confirm that Bieber's home was searched and that he was not arrested Justin Bieber was questioned by the L.A. County Sheriff's department at his home on Tuesday morning in connection with allegations the pop singer egged his neighbor's house. …

  18. Courtney Love to Defend Controversial Tweet on Monday

    January 13, 2014 12:19 AM EST This Monday, Courtney Love will go to trial in a groundbreaking case. The rock star will not only become the first celebrity to defend an allegedly defamatory tweet inside a U.S. courtroom, but she might have to address the wild and maybe uncontrollable way she's acted in the past. She&…

  19. Pusha T Announces, 'Clipse Working on New Album'

    January 07, 2014 4:35 PM EST Pusha takes to Facebook to confirm rumors sparked by a photo of the Neptunes he tweeted Jan. 2 Long-running rumors of a Clipse reunion just got a lot more credible. Yesterday (Jan. 7) evening, Pusha T posted "Clipse working on a new album" to his official Facebook page , linking to…

  20. Dream Theater Planting Seeds for Album No. 13

    January 06, 2014 10:47 AM EST Dream Theater is getting ready to hit the road to support its self-titled 12th studio album, but the group's John Petrucci says lucky No. 13 is already in the prog-metal quintet's ambitious crosshairs. "Some initial conversations have already started," the guitarist…

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