1. The 10 'Baddest Females' in K-Pop

    June 17, 2013 6:00 PM EDT "This is for my bad girls all over the world. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good, you know?" -CL Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce, Christina, Shakira... the top divas of the West all ooze sex appeal and confidence. The same is not true in South Korea as most top acts have an…

  2. Kanye West: How the Rapper Grew From 'Dropout' to 'Yeezus'

    June 14, 2013 11:40 AM EDT The college dropout is now an icon. Read up on Kanye's musical journey to "Yeezus." It's been nearly a decade since Kanye West--elite artist and at times social pariah--released his debut album "The College Dropout," a soulful multi-platinum album. Since then…

  3. Kanye West's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    June 12, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Kanye West: the narcissistic icon, pompous revolutionary and the man who wore a leather kilt. With a wired jaw and a collection of beats and rhymes, 'Ye came into the game in 2004 with his debut album, "The College Dropout." Nine years later and the artist has achieved…

  4. Weekly Chart Notes: Alternative Radio's 'Sound' Is To Play It 'Safe'

    June 07, 2013 3:05 PM EDT Capital Cities' 'Safe and Sound' reaches No. 1 on Alternative Songs at last, continuing a trend of songs taking their time to ascend to the chart's summit Capital Cities' "Safe and Sound" reaches the Alternative Songs summit in its 29th week, tying for…

  5. Janelle Monáe: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 07, 2013 1:15 PM EDT "The Electric Lady" -- The album that will turn the singer from iconoclast to icon This is an excerpt. For the complete story, buy this week's issue  of Billboard. Wondaland smells like sugar cookies. No one is baking in the towering Atlanta home, though there is a…

  6. Rihanna Earns Sixth Million-Selling Album

    May 30, 2013 9:10 PM EDT Pop diva Rihanna scores her sixth million-selling album in the U.S. this week, as her latest release, "Unapologetic," sails past the million mark, according to Nielsen SoundScan. PHOTOS: Rihanna's Fashion Evolution "Unapologetic," released late last year, sold…

  7. Pharrell Williams' Top 40 Return: 10 Songs That Prefaced His Pop Comeback

    May 29, 2013 1:45 PM EDT From songs with Frank Ocean to Adam Lambert, check out Pharrell's fascinating work leading up to "Get Lucky" and "Blurred Lines." Looking at the Top 20 of the current Hot 100 chart , a familiar name appears twice: Pharrell Williams. For fans of early '00s…

  8. Kid Rock, Rolling Stones Talk Scalping & Summer Shows

    May 24, 2013 7:48 AM EDT Kid Rock is a scalper. The 42-year-old Grammy winner, who is launching a summer tour where most tickets are priced at $20, said he's scalping about 1,000 tickets from each show to make up for the cheaper regular price. "I'm in the scalping business, but you know what? We told…

  9. Burt Bacharach’s Memoir Delves into the Pain of Daughter's Suicide

    May 22, 2013 2:58 AM EDT Burt Bacharach knew writing a memoir would be emotional - not because of his never-heard backstage tales or his tumultuous marriages. He knew that being honest would force him to come to terms with the death of his daughter. "It was very tough because I had to revisit what that period…

  10. Daft Punk's Visual Evolution: Why 'Random Access Memories' May Not Require Music Videos

    May 21, 2013 12:49 PM EDT From iconic "Homework" clips to dialogue-free abstract films, check out this breakdown of Daft Punk's visual history. Not since pre-unveiled glory days of KISS back in the '70s has there been an artist in popular music that puts as much of an emphasis on visuals -- while…

  11. What's Next for Randy Jackson After 'American Idol'?

    May 10, 2013 1:30 PM EDT The goal of “American Idol,” a dozen seasons ago when it started, was to create stars out of unknowns. It did so for Simon Cowell, perhaps the most famous A&R man on the planet, who has surrounded himself with television and music projects here and in the U.K. since his days as a judge…

  12. Daft Punk: How the Pioneering Dance Duo Conjured 'Random Access Memories'

    May 10, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Shrouded in calculated mystery and unveiled gradually via traditional media, the act's first album in eight years is a bold, high-end effort to make everything old new again It started with a Facebook post: Two helmets, one gold and one silver, halved and fused down the center, set…

  13. Kenny Chesney, 'Life On A Rock': Artist Track-by-Track Review

    April 29, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney's new album "Life On A Rock" is surely the most personal work he's ever done, and time will likely prove it to be among his best-loved by fans. While it does have its stadium-ready party songs in the title cut,  "Pirate Flag" and "When I…

  14. Cho Yong Pil Knocks PSY From No. 1 on K-Pop Hot 100

    April 28, 2013 11:32 PM EDT The king is back and he’s doing it big. As speculated last week , Cho Yong Pil (sometimes referred to as the Michael Jackson of Korea) shoots to the No. 1 spot, from No. 47 last week, with "Bounce" off his highly-anticipated 19th album, "Hello" (released April 27). Cho…

  15. DJ Duo Sepalcure Talks Influences

    April 22, 2013 2:10 PM EDT Autechre, Pete Rock, Untold, and more Inspire the bass duo’s Rattle & Hum. The term "post dubstep" doesn't go over well with Sepalcure. "If you consciously try to make a genre, especially if it’s some new trendy genre, you’re kind of missing the point," said…

  16. Meet Ga In: PSY's 'Gentleman' Music Video Co-Star

    April 17, 2013 10:00 PM EDT It wasn't just PSY who gained major global recognition with "Gangnam Style." His female-co star, K-pop singer HyunA of girl group 4minute, also received an untold amount of exposure. It's led to millions viewing her music videos ( summer single "Ice Cream"…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj Matches Mariah Carey's Hot 100 Mark

    April 12, 2013 3:04 AM EDT With the debut of 'High School,' Minaj notches her 44th Hot 100 hit, equaling the output of fellow 'American Idol' judge – and rival? – Carey Perhaps another element to add to their reported rivalry as judges on "American Idol": Nicki Minaj has tied Mariah…

  18. Bruno Mars Lands Fifth Hot 100 No. 1 With 'When I Was Your Man'

    April 10, 2013 12:25 PM EDT The singer has tallied his first five No. 1s faster than any male artist since Elvis Presley. The ascent also results in just the second No. 1 ever for a song featuring only piano and vocals Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" advances 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, granting the…

  19. Phoenix: The Billboard Cover Story

    April 05, 2013 12:45 PM EDT The French group's last album made it a festival headliner. For a follow-up, the band is using that attention to bring its offbeat impulses to the masses. On April 13, when Phoenix takes the stage to headline the first Saturday of Coachella, it will be the linchpin moment in the…

  20. Darius Rucker Rolls 'Wagon Wheel' to No. 1 On Hot Country Songs

    April 04, 2013 5:35 PM EDT The song marks Rucker's sixth leader on the list. Plus, Blake Shelton bows atop Top Country Albums, Hunter Hayes reigns on Country Airplay and Taylor Swift starts 'Trouble' on country radio Darius Rucker ends a two-year absence from the top of Hot Country Songs, as "…

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