1. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  2. Calvin Harris' 'Summer' Springs Up Dance Charts to Top 10

    April 17, 2014 4:30 PM EDT The lead single from Harris' forthcoming album posts video-aided gains. Plus, chart moves for Disclosure, David Guetta, Dada Life, SOHN and Scotty Boy The momentum of Calvin Harris' "Summer" continues to build, as the track claims both Digital and Streaming Gainer tags and…

  3. Diddy, Guy Gerber, Steve Aoki, Chad Hurley at IMS Engage: Where Worlds Collide and Gates Open

    April 17, 2014 5:34 AM EDT When asked about the origins of 11:11, the name for the much-ballyhooed collaboration between Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Israeli DJ/producer Guy Gerber, the ordinarily loquacious entrepreneur was uncharacteristically reticent. “Some things are better left a mystery,” he said, though his…

  4. Outkast's Coachella Comeback: Rap Duo Returns With Important, Imperfect Performance

    April 12, 2014 7:32 AM EDT On the one hand, the audience members at Coachella's 2014 fest were incredibly lucky, being the first ones to watch the reunited Outkast perform in person when the Atlanta duo headlined the first night of the festival on Friday (Apr. 11). Coachella 2014! • Photos: Live at Coachella •…

  5. Jamaica’s I-Octanes Debuts Video for 'A Yah Wi Deh,' Featuring Ky-Mani Marley: Watch

    April 05, 2014 12:00 AM EDT Throughout his nearly decade-long recording career, which accelerated into high gear in 2010, Jamaican sing-jay I-Octane has amassed a hit-filled catalog rife with vigorous dancehall anthems recorded on the latest digitized rhythms, as well as some of contemporary roots reggae’s most…

  6. Nick Cannon Talks 'White People Party Music' & 'Soul Train': Exclusive

    April 01, 2014 5:45 PM EDT In the last few days, Nick Cannon has raised controversy and eyebrows by first going white-faced and now sporting cheetah-spotted hair. The attention-grabbing moves coincide with today's release of Cannon's first music album in 11 years, "White People Party Music" (April 1…

  7. Frankie Knuckles' Top Billboard Club Hits

    April 01, 2014 2:49 PM EDT In honor of the passing of the 'Godfather of House Music,' we've ranked his biggest hits on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart Frankie Knuckles was revered as the "Godfather of House Music," and his impressive history on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart…

  8. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  9. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  10. CODE Picks of the Week: Kaskade, Cyril Hahn, Felix Cartal and More

    March 21, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Each Friday CODE presents the hottest new tunes in dance music. Listen to these cuts and have a dance party this weekend. Kaskade & Thomas Sagstad vs. Morning Parade, “Under The Stars” Self-releasing is the way of the future, at least it is for multiple Grammy-nominee Kaskade who gave…

  11. Pop Stars' First Tweets: 50 Thoughts from Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Eminem and More

    March 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT In celebration of Twitter's eighth year of chatting us up 140 characters at a time, it's time to find out what stars like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and more said during their first time at bat. They range from Katy Perry gushing about joining in on the fun to Drake admitting…

  12. Justin Bieber's Egg-Throwing Case to Get Cleaned Up: Report

    March 19, 2014 9:26 AM EDT At least one of Justin Bieber's legal woes may soon be cleaned up. According to TMZ , talks between the singer's lawyer and the L.A. County district attorney's office are underway in order to strike a deal over allegations Bieber egged his neighbor's house , causing…

  13. 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…

  14. SXSW 2014's 10 Must-See Shows: Lady Gaga, Skrillex, 50 Cent & More

    March 11, 2014 2:47 PM EDT As usual, SXSW has a lot to offer this year, with non-stop music taking over Austin, Texas through March 16. Deciding which concerts to hit is always a daunting task, but with the line-ups nearly solidified we're giving our intel on this year's 10 must-see SXSW shows. SXSW 2014:…

  15. 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…

  16. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    March 06, 2014 1:15 PM EST To honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally's top 100 tracks ever. Rap is a victorious genre. Having built its history on songs of overcoming the harshest of hard-knock lives, in addition to observances of all of life'…

  17. World Cup: Seu Jorge, Os Mutantes Featured in New ESPN Ad (Exclusive)

    March 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST “Beauty is everywhere in Brazil,” intones singer-songwriter Seu Jorge, the funky samba stylist best known in the States for playing versions of David Bowie songs in Wes Anderson’s movie “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” Sounding like a Brazilian Barry White, Jorge, speaking English…

  18. De La Soul, '3 Feet High and Rising' at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 03, 2014 10:20 AM EST Twenty-five years ago today (March 3), De La Soul's seminal debut LP, "3 Feet High and Rising," was released. Widely-regarded as one of the best records of its era, and now almost universally praised, it's among the finest projects spawned by the Native Tongue…

  19. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Michael Jackson Moonwalks To No. 1 With 'Billie Jean'

    March 03, 2014 8:05 AM EST This week in 1983, Jackson began a seven-week Hot 100 command with one of his signature songs. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Adele, Debbie Gibson and Britney Spears Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history…

  20. CODE Picks of the Week: Klaxons, Claptone and More

    February 28, 2014 6:27 PM EST Klaxons, “There Is No Other Time” (Claptone remix) [Akashic] Claptone reworks this Gorgon City-produced comeback single for the original nu-ravers that harkens to the intergalactic vibes of their early work. Psychemagik featuring Renegade, “Black Noir Schwarz” [Crosstown Rebels] The multi…

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