1. The Ultimate Warrior Dies: 5 Rap Songs Shouting Out the Wrestling Legend

    April 09, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Just days after being inducted into World Wrestling Entertainment’s Hall of Fame and delivering a spirited speech in the ring on Monday (April 7), The Ultimate Warrior suddenly died yesterday (April 8). "WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most…

  2. Chart Highlights: American Authors Are 'Best' On Adult Pop Songs

    March 03, 2014 4:35 PM EST The band takes its breakthrough single, 'Best Day of My Life,' to the top of the tally. Plus, moves for Pharrell, Cher, Mariah Carey, Ray LaMontagne, Juanes & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  3. 'This Is Spin̈al Tap' at 30: Top 11 Rock Clichés Skewered By The Movie

    March 01, 2014 1:00 PM EST To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved rock mockumentary "This Is Spin̈al Tap," we're taking a 'Stonehenge'-sized look at the top music clichés skewered by the film. And yes, this list goes to 11. "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever…

  4. Pharrell, 'G I R L': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 7:46 PM EST It’s hard not to feel happy for Pharrell Williams. The eternally boyish producer, 40, is currently enjoying a career renaissance on the level of Mariah Carey in 2005 or Bryan Cranston in 2008, emerging after a presumed definitive career arc to star in a dazzling second act. If he had…

  5. ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 12:13 PM EST On his 2012 independent release "Habits & Contradictions," ScHoolboy Q was dangerous -- and not in the boasting-about-your-guns type of way, but in the I-love-drunk-driving type of way. He was fiendish and self-sabotaging, sinking into the simple indulgences of sex, money…

  6. Bruce Springsteen Covers AC/DC in Australia: Watch

    February 10, 2014 3:26 AM EST Bruce Springsteen fans are used to cool covers complimentary of the E Street Band, but concertgoers in Australia got an extremely rare treat, as the New Jersey rocker paid tribute to one of their own superstar acts: AC/DC. For the first time ever, the E Street Band tackled the metal fury of…

  7. Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson: My GRAMMY Moment

    January 23, 2014 5:10 PM EST "When we won, people got their knickers in a serious twist," Anderson says of Jethro Tull's GRAMMY win. Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor. Jethro Tull a GRAMMY for best hard rock/metal…

  8. The Year In Pop: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde Take On The One Percent (Opinion)

    December 23, 2013 12:35 PM EST had its opulence anthems, but we sang along to "Thrift Shop" and "Royals" more loudly. Has hating the upper class ever been so cool in pop music? With America in post-"Occupy" mode, the middle class remains constantly suspicious of the wealthy. And…

  9. 20 Best Songs of 2013: Critics' Picks

    December 18, 2013 1:30 PM EST Check out the songs that Billboard's staff was blasting all year, from Lorde to Yeezus. The Billboard.com Critics' Picks songs list is always difficult to cobble together -- with thousands of great songs released this year to consider, how can a group responsibly highlight the…

  10. Pusha T Debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    October 17, 2013 10:02 PM EDT Virginia rapper Pusha T scores his first top 10 album as a solo artist as “My Name is My Name” opens at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The set moved 75,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Pusha is half of rap duo the Clipse which posted four top 10s during the 2000s…

  11. Kendrick Lamar Throws Down on Drake, Basically Everyone Else in BET Cypher: Watch

    October 15, 2013 10:35 PM EDT Ever since a preview clip of his verse at the BET Hip-Hop Awards surfaced earlier this month , perhaps the most anticipated part of the ceremony has been Kendrick Lamar's cypher in which he purportedly calls out Drake. Now that the full cypher has aired, it's clear Lamar…

  12. 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar Shine At 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 29, 2013 4:30 PM EDT On Saturday afternoon (Sept 28), the BET Hip-Hop Awards commenced at Atlanta’s Civic Center for another year of cyphers, performances and fashion faux pas. The energy could be felt from the red carpet as stars like Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, this year's host Snoop Dogg and more made their…

  13. Farm Aid 2013: Pete Seeger Sings Out, Neil Young Speaks Up and Jack Johnson Cows Around

    September 23, 2013 11:16 PM EDT "Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me!" sang John Mellencamp on "Pink Houses" at Farm Aid 2013, the annual benefit for America's family farmers, staged Sept. 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in Saratoga Springs, New York. "That song,"…

  14. Replacements Reunion, Fall Out Boy & Blink-182 Highlight Chicago's Riot Fest

    September 16, 2013 9:42 AM EDT Beloved rockers tear through second gig in 22 years to close out 3-day fest The ninth annual Riot Fest rocked hard this past weekend at Chicago's spacious Humboldt Park, carnival-oriented punk and indie rock festival's home for the second consecutive year. From old school acts…

  15. Avicii: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 13, 2013 12:00 PM EDT With "Wake Me Up!" a million-selling Hot 100 No. 5, he's climbing the rock charts, getting CMT play and delivering EDM's biggest moment yet This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. The night sky flashes white with a Zeus…

  16. Eminem Debuts Official 'Berzerk' Video: Watch

    September 09, 2013 12:49 PM EDT Cameos by Kid Rock, Rick Rubin, Kendrick Lamar, Slaughterhouse and The Alchemist. Eminem "takes it back to that vintage Em" in the video for "Berzerk." In the video, as like the Rick-Rubin-produced song itself, Eminem pays homage to old school rap. Em', in an array…

  17. Nine Inch Nails Exert Brutal Intensity at Troubadour Club Show: Live Review

    September 04, 2013 11:30 AM EDT "I almost forgot we have a new record out today..." So exclaimed Trent Reznor midway through a private Nine Inch Nails concert held Tuesday night (Sept. 3) at Los Angeles' famed Troubadour club. Hosted by KROQ, with tickets distributed free to NIN fans, the event…

  18. Luke Bryan Nets Second Week Atop Billboard 200, John Mayer Debuts at No. 2

    August 28, 2013 11:00 AM EDT As expected, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as it sells 159,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 70%). Out of 29 chart-toppers, it's only the sixth album this year to spend multiple weeks at No. 1. That sum…

  19. Nine Inch Nails Roars Back to Life at Lollapalooza 2013

    August 03, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Trent Reznor returns to the stage after a four-year hiatus with a set that embraced NIN's past and pushed towards its future On Nine Inch Nails’ latest single "Came Back Haunted," Trent Reznor snarls, "I am not who used to be.” And there was no better place for…

  20. Metallica's 'Kill 'Em All' at 30: Track-By-Track

    July 25, 2013 3:35 PM EDT Here's our track-by-track look back at Metallica's classic debut, which changed the face of metal 30 years ago this week. In the summer of 1983, metal was in a state of flux. The year prior, English titans Judas Priest had released "Screaming for Vengeance" and broke…

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