1. Michael Brun On Helping His Homeland & Kid Coconut Label: Exclusive

    July 10, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Michael Brun doesn’t speak like a typical 21-year-old. There’s maturity in the Haitian artist’s voice that belies his years, perhaps drawn from an adolescence spent surrounded by his Caribbean country's endemic poverty. Though Brun grew up on the green side of Port Au Prince’s deep…

  2. Hootie & the Blowfish's 'Cracked Rear View' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2014 3:26 PM EDT Everyone remembers Hootie & the Blowfish as a good-time, crack-a-brew, "Dude, where's my hacky sack?" sort of band, and that's a testament to the undeniable charm of two songs: "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With You." Both helped the South…

  3. K.Will Unveils 'Day 1' Video Starring SISTAR's Soyou: Watch

    June 30, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Will this groovy new track give the crooner his fifth K-Pop No. 1? Vocal maestro K.Will returns with his highly anticipated new single, "Day 1," paired with a buzzy video. "Day 1" is the lead track lifted off his fifth EP "One Fine Day," released via Starship…

  4. Brian Williams 'Raps' Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' on 'Fallon' (Video)

    June 17, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon debuted the latest mashup Monday as the late-night talk show kicked off a week in Orlando. Brian Williams’ latest rap opened the Tonight Show’s weeklong stint in Orlando, Fla. — and it was a doozy. Two months after Williams’ “Gin and Juice” mashup, Jimmy Fallon unveiled a the…

  5. How Casey Kasem Gave Billboard A Voice

    June 15, 2014 2:27 PM EDT From the first American Top 40 countdown in 1970, the late icon brought Billboard charts to music fans worldwide Billboard had existed for more than 75 years before Casey Kasem counted down the first "American Top 40" on the weekend of July 4, 1970, but it was then that he gave…

  6. Tyler, the Creator and the Ironic(ish) Style of His Golf Wang Line

    May 27, 2014 12:30 PM EDT “I mean, that’s my least favorite sport, to be honest,” says 23-year-old Tyler, The Creator, referring to the name of his clothing company, Golf Wang , a play on Wolf Gang, which is short for the hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. “I don’t know, the word just looks sick…

  7. Go Inside Jerrod Carmichael's Spike Lee-Directed Comedy Special (Video)

    May 20, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Spike Lee needed only three video clips of Jerrod Carmichael to be sold on directing the young comedian's first special for HBO and Funny or Die. "We were ready to do the song and dance and it wasn't necessary," says Anna Wenger, Funny or Die's VP of production and…

  8. Anberlin, 'Stranger Ways': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 15, 2014 8:56 AM EDT Anberlin is determined to go out with one final bang. After 12 years and six studio albums, the alternative rock outfit's members have decided their upcoming album release, "lowborn," is to be the last.  The set manages to bring  Anberlin  back to where it all began, as "…

  9. Lykke Li Dives Into Heartbreak on 'I Never Learn': Album Review

    May 07, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Lykke Li has described her third album, "I Never Learn," as the final installment in a trilogy, but the lonely woman at the center of the new set is almost unrecognizable compared with the honeydew-voiced pixie who arrived with 2008's "Youth Novels." Back then, the…

  10. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America vs. Internationally: April 2014

    May 06, 2014 7:50 PM EDT K-pop newcomers High4 and Akdong Musician snagged loads of YouTube views stateside and around the world With South Korea's entertainment industry on hold following the April 16 Sewol ferry disaster , there was less competition than usual between to be named one of the month's most…

  11. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: Celebrity Dance Duel Sees Danica & Val Head Home

    May 06, 2014 4:23 AM EDT Week 8 featured the first-ever Celebrity Dance Duel — a cool idea, I suppose, even though it kept sounding like “Dance Stool” as Tom Bergeron announced it in Spooky Voice. Plus: an actual stool, incorporated into an Argentine tango. And last and most certainly least, guest judge Abby Lee…

  12. IU Earns Fifth K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1, Becomes All-Time Chart Leader

    May 05, 2014 7:58 PM EDT After her new collaboration with High4 lifts 2-1, IU becomes Billboard's official K-Pop chart queen. Plus, K-pop highlights on other charts. With the K-pop industry still in mourning over the Sewol Ferry Disaster, the slight movement on the K-Pop Hot 100 ends up making chart history:…

  13. David Byrne's 'Here Lies Love' Reopens Off-Broadway, Bringing Fatboy Slim Show to London

    May 03, 2014 4:57 PM EDT The disco beat of David Byrne goes on and on at New York’s Public Theater, where "Here Lies Love" -- the musical based on Byrne’s and Fatboy Slim’s 2010 concept album of the same name about the life of Filipino leader Imelda Marcos -- kicked off its commercial run on Thursday…

  14. George Jones Gets Alt-Country Tribute on One-Year Anniversary of Death

    April 29, 2014 10:58 AM EDT This past Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of George Jones. Since his passing, several artist have given the covers treatment to several of his biggest hits, however there's one Jones-related collection that stands apart from the rest.  Deer Lodge Records, a…

  15. Little Movement on K-Pop Hot 100 As Industry Grieves Sewol Ferry Disaster

    April 28, 2014 6:39 PM EDT Billboard chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond South Korea's entertainment industry has been on a complete hold with artists halting promotions, as well as canceling forthcoming concerts and events in respect to the recent Sewol ferry disaster that took place in Korea on…

  16. Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, Tyga to Head Out on Under the Influence of Music Summer Tour

    April 23, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa will be taking Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, and Rich Homie Quan on tour this summer for his Under the Influence of Music Summer Tour. Tour founder Khalifa has also recruited up-and-comers Sage The Gemini, Mack Wilds, IAMSU! and DJ Drama for the 22-city sprint that starts in…

  17. Akdong Musician Rules K-Pop Hot 100 With Debut Album 'Play'

    April 22, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Billboard chart highlights from the K-Pop Hot 100 and beyond featuring HIGH4, IU, Apink, Jay Park, BTS, 4Minute, PSY and more Like America has seen so many times via "American Idol," winning a TV singing competition can lead into a massively successful debut album. Brother-sister…

  18. 15 Non-Rappers Rapping: James Franco, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jimmy Fallon & More

    April 22, 2014 4:55 PM EDT White men may not be able to jump, but that doesn't stop some of them -- or anyone else, really -- from trying to rap. News anchor Brian Williams has added Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice" to an impressive resume of rap song covers (including Sugar Hill Gang's  "…

  19. Brian Williams Raps About 'Gin and Juice' on 'The Tonight Show': Watch

    April 22, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Jimmy Fallon invited one of his favorite guests back to "The Tonight Show" on Monday -- "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams. True to form, Williams was the subject of another "Rapper's Delight" video , which featured the familiar formula of clips of him…

  20. Kings of Leon Announce U.S. Summer/Fall Tour

    April 21, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Young the Giant, Kongos set to open KoL's July-October trek. Kings of Leon will ride "Mechanical Bull" into amphitheaters across the U.S. this summer and fall, the band announced today (April 21). The family Followill's trek is set to kick off July 31 at St. Louis'…

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