1. OutKast, 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Hip Hop in 1994, for the most part, was akin to the same government that it was at war with. You had the East Coast acting as the Republican party, leaning on classical sounds and ideologies, while the West Coast promoted the more Democratic, liberal side of things. Then you had the South…

  2. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your…

  3. Hank Cochran, Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Milsap Named Country Hall Inductees

    April 22, 2014 1:56 PM EDT The Country Music Hall of Fame announced the names of their 2014 class on Tuesday morning (Apr. 22), and the inductees reflect the diversity of the format's rich and varied history – with one of the format's all-time biggest artists who mined country with pop and R&B, a…

  4. Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor, Dead at 93

    April 07, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Mickey Rooney, the pint-sized ball of energy who starred as Andy Hardy, America’s boy next door, in 16 films for MGM — merely one highlight in an irrepressible and unimaginable nine-decade career in show business — has died. He was 93. Rooney's wife, Jan, told The Hollywood Reporter…

  5. Play Ball: New Found Glory Talks Miami Marlins' 2014 Season

    April 04, 2014 12:18 PM EDT New Found Glory's often-shirtless bass player Ian Grushka is a fanatic for game-used memorabilia April is upon us and that means the return of Major League Baseball. To preview the new season, Billboard.com spoke to a panel of baseball fans from around the music world for a team-by-team…

  6. Lou Reed Tribute: An Epic, Weird Night at SXSW for 'One Motherf---er of a Songwriter'

    March 15, 2014 10:13 AM EDT Alejandro Escovedo, Lucinda Williams, Spandau Ballet, Chuck Prophet, the Black Lips, Suzanne Vega and Sean Lennon were among the artists at the first full-scale tribute to Lou Reed since his death The absence of a full-scale, high-profile tribute to the late Lou Reed has been glaring, and…

  7. Lawyer Says Justin Bieber Should Return to Florida for Questioning

    March 12, 2014 7:38 PM EDT A lawyer wants Justin Bieber to return to South Florida so he can ask more questions about the pop singer's ex-girlfriend, Selena Gomez, as part of a photographer's lawsuit against Bieber and his bodyguard. Attorney Mark DiCowden says in the motion filed Tuesday that Bieber's…

  8. Young Thug Is Still Signed to 1017 Brick Squad/Atlantic, Says Source

    March 07, 2014 1:09 PM EST The Atlanta rapper preps collaborative project with Rich Homie Quan. Young Thug, 22, is one of rap's hottest new commodities. His Auto-Tune heavy song, "Stoner," rises 59-58 in its third week on the Billboard Hot 100, and has sold 116,000 downloads, according to Nielsen…

  9. Inside the Lou Reed Tribute at SXSW: 20-Plus Acts, All-Star House Band to Create 'Austin Meets New York Street Vibe'

    March 07, 2014 9:40 AM EST Spandau Ballet, Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega, Sean Lennon, Black Lips are all slated to perform at the first full-scale tribute of Reed, who died in October When Richard Barone was recruited to be part of this year's South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival, he wanted to…

  10. ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ Returning To Broadway In 2015

    March 07, 2014 3:16 AM EST Teyve is coming back. Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel said Thursday that they will present a revival of "Fiddler on the Roof" - one of the last great musicals of Broadway's Golden Age - in the fall of 2015. It will represent the fifth revival of the show, which…

  11. Police Release Justin Bieber Urine Test Video

    March 06, 2014 7:35 PM EST The release comes after a judge ordered parts of the video blacked out to protect the singer's privacy Police video of Justin Bieber giving a urine sample for a drug test after his arrest on driving under the influence and other charges was released by prosecutors Thursday, with…

  12. Man Sentenced to Prison in Death of Usher's Stepson

    March 05, 2014 7:23 PM EST The Atlanta man convicted in a jet ski crash that killed the stepson of R&B singer Usher has been ordered to serve four years in prison. Jeffrey Hubbard (left) was sentenced Wednesday in the death of 11-year-old Kile Glover. Hubbard was riding on the jet ski that hit the boy and another…

  13. Oscars 2014: 'Frozen' Ballad Wins Best Song, Giving Robert Lopez the EGOT

    March 02, 2014 11:45 PM EST Robert Lopez became the latest member of the EGOT family, adding an Oscar to his three Tonys, two Emmys and a Grammy. Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, won the Best Song Oscar Sunday for "Let it Go," the hit single from Disney's animated feature "Frozen."…

  14. Oscars 2014: Pink Pays Tribute to 'The Wizard of Oz' With 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'

    March 02, 2014 11:22 PM EST Pink had a memorable Oscar debut, paying tribute to the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz." The singer took the Academy Awards stage Sunday following an introduction from Whoopi Goldberg to perform one of Judy Garland's most memorable songs, "Somewhere Over the…

  15. G. Love & Special Sauce, 'One Night Romance' Feat. Merry Clayton: Exclusive Video Premiere

    February 27, 2014 10:08 AM EST Garrett "G. Love" Dutton celebrates 20 years of sauce by getting the original lineup back together and recording a new, guest-filled album. Check out the video for "One Night Romance," with Merry Clayton G. Love & Special Sauce are looking both forward and in the…

  16. ‘Kinky Boots’ Performer Billy Porter To Release Broadway Album

    February 27, 2014 12:40 AM EST Billy Porter, who plays a drag queen on Broadway in "Kinky Boots," will be next be doing a little something more traditional - he's putting out a CD of musical theater standards. Concord Records will release "Billy's Back on Broadway" on April 15, a 10-song album…

  17. Rihanna To Make Concept Album For Animated Film

    February 26, 2014 5:33 PM EST "Home," due out in November, also features Rih as a voice actress. Rihanna did not release an album in the fourth quarter of 2013, making last year the first since 2008 that didn't include a stocking stuffer from the pop star. The end of 2014 will apparently bring a new album…

  18. Audra McDonald Returning to Broadway in Billie Holiday Musical

    February 25, 2014 4:21 PM EST Audra McDonald will return to Broadway this spring singing the blues as Billie Holiday. Producers said Tuesday that the five-time Tony Award-winner will star in Lanie Robertson's "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill," a musical that imagines one of Holiday's last…

  19. 10 Best Beats From New York Fashion Week: AlunaGeorge, Barbra Streisand, and More

    February 18, 2014 10:10 AM EST Models have strutted out of town, fall 2014 fashions are packed away, and the tents are being deconstructed at Lincoln Center. Yes, New York Fashion Week has come to a close. But no need to frown, we rounded up our picks for the best beats from last week. From Lil Kim playing (and sitting…

  20. Sting Musical Heading to Broadway

    February 12, 2014 8:30 PM EST "The Last Ship" will premiere Oct. 26, with previews beginning Sept. 30 Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" has found a nice berth on Broadway. Producer Jeffrey Seller said Wednesday that the show -- inspired by Sting's memories of growing up in…

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