1. Nas: 'I Don't Listen to 'Illmatic''

    October 10, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Aging gracefully in hip-hop isn't easy. Year after year, old rappers, old sounds, old styles are swept under the rug in favor of the new and youthful. Which is partly what makes the longevity of Nas and his 1994 debut LP, Illmatic -- considered by many critics and fans to be the…

  2. Watch Laura Jane Grace In the First 4 Episodes of 'True Trans'

    October 10, 2014 1:23 PM EDT Earlier this year Laura Jane Grace, lead singer of the band Against Me! , announced she was partnering with AOL to make  True Trans, a series about the experience of transgender individuals. The first four episodes of the series have been released in honor of National Coming Out day, and…

  3. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  4. Decision on L.A.'s Greek Theatre Postponed

    October 09, 2014 5:36 PM EDT Rival promotions companies Live Nation and Nederlander/AEG Live, who are bidding against each other on a ten-year contract to operate L.A.'s iconic Greek Theatre will have to spend another two weeks on pins and needles. Today, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the agency that…

  5. Aretha Franklin Notches Milestone 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    October 08, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Aretha Franklin becomes the first female, and just the fourth artist overall, to place 100 career titles on Billboard 's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (since it became a multi-metric ranking in 1958), as "Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)" debuts at No. 47.…

  6. Hillsong United Wins Big at Dove Awards

    October 07, 2014 11:15 PM EDT Hillsong United  took tops honors Tuesday night (Oct. 7) at the Gospel Music Assn.’s 45th Annual Dove Awards, winning five Doves, including artist of the year and aong of the year for “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).” “The song ‘Oceans’ has opened so many new doors and so many great…

  7. Christian Music Business Diversifies Into Film, Television and More to Battle Declining Sales

    October 07, 2014 3:06 PM EDT As the faith-based music community gathers Tuesday night (Oct. 7) for the 45th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, there’s more to celebrate than just the top songs and artists of the past year. Evidence points to businesses growing beyond music to incorporate film, live…

  8. Linda Perry on Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision: It Only Took 4,364 Years (Guest Column)

    October 07, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Either the gays have raised enough money to finally buy off the Supreme Court or a Justice of the Peace has been appointed head of the Supremes. This morning I woke up, fed the dogs, got dressed, kissed my awesome wife, Sara, goodbye, got in my car and headed to my studio for the day. As I…

  9. Chart Highlights: Fergie Returns, Enrique Iglesias Hits No. 1

    October 06, 2014 4:05 PM EDT 'L.A.LOVE (la la)' brings Fergie back to Pop Songs, while Iglesias extends his Dance Club Songs record. Plus, new No. 1s for Drake, Luke Bryan, Spoon and more and splashy starts for Lorde and Carrie Underwood. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  10. L.A.'s Calibash Moves to January After iHeartMedia Introduces Fiesta Latina

    October 06, 2014 11:26 AM EDT SBS' fest will avoid competing with iHeartMedia's new L.A. event. SBS Entertainment will move its annual Calibash mega concert to Jan. 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The move comes several days after iHeartMedia announced that its first-ever Latin mega concert, the…

  11. '90210' Celebrates 24th Anniversary: Watch 10 Classic Musical Moments

    October 04, 2014 10:40 AM EDT From the Flaming Lips to Christina Aguilera, here are 10 musical moments to help celebrate the 24th anniversary of "90210." Twenty-four years ago today (Oct. 4), the world was introduced to Minneapolis transplants Brenda and Brandon Walsh, the gang at West Beverly High and…

  12. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Lorde to One Direction

    October 03, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Lorde "Yellow Flicker Beat" Republic/Lave Pop's moodiest teen gives a first taste of her curated The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack with "Yellow Flicker Beat." Lorde's buzzy, veiny vocals complement a synth-blotched beat, which throbs beneath…

  13. From Sex Cults to Prison Time, Inside the True-Life Telenovela of Gloria Trevi

    October 03, 2014 1:08 PM EDT In the early ’90s, Gloria Trevi embodied the radical spirit of a Latin generation. Then came a series of bizarre allegations, followed by a miraculous prison birth and an eventual exoneration. Now she faces her toughest challenge. It's sweltering Southern California afternoon,…

  14. Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean No. 1; Carrie Underwood Debuts on Country Charts

    October 02, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Chesney bows atop Top Country Albums, Aldean logs a milestone reign on Hot Country Songs & expectant mom Underwood's 'Water' breaks. Nearly 20 years after first gracing the list, Kenny Chesney collects his lucky 13th No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as…

  15. Krewella Responds to Kris 'Rain Man' Trindl Lawsuit

    October 01, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf assert they did not boot Trindl from the band & urge fans not to pick sides. On Tuesday, news broke about a lawsuit filed by former Krewella producer/DJ Kris Trindl against his ex-bandmates, sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf . Trindl seeks at least $5 million in…

  16. Deke Dickerson and Los Straitjackets Collaborate on 'The First Album of Its Kind'

    September 30, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Have you ever heard an instrumental track and thought, "man, it would be cool if that had lyrics?" Deke Dickerson and Los Straitjackets set out to right this wrong. The resulting album, Deke Dickerson Sings the Great Instrumental Hits , is premiering on Billboard today. Dickerson…

  17. 'Ten Bands, One Cause' Fights Breast Cancer With Pink Vinyl Reissues (Update)

    September 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The month of October's holidays include World Vegetarian Day, National Nut Day, Yom Kippur, Columbus Day, and, of course, Halloween. But it's also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of those ubiquitous pink ribbons and what they stand for, RED Distribution has…

  18. Kelly Clarkson Wants Her Baby To Be Lady Gaga's Opening Act

    September 29, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Is Lady Gaga getting a new opening act?  Kelly Clarkson uploaded a super cute picture of her new baby, River Rose, on Twitter, with the three-month-old baby dressed up in one fancy-pants bib that looked like it may have come straight off Mother Monster. "Watch out Lady Gaga!! River…

  19. This Week in Billboard Chart History: Kelly Clarkson Enjoys a No. 1 'Moment'

    September 29, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2002, Clarkson notched the first Hot 100 leader by an 'American Idol' contestant. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Cher, Tony Bennett and Boyz II Men. Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart…

  20. John Mellencamp: ‘Meg and I Never Really Break Up’

    September 26, 2014 2:39 PM EDT It's no surprise John Mellencamp -- who is known for his candor -- called his new album, released Sept. 23 on Republic, Plain Spoken . The rock'n'roots legend, who turns 63 on Oct. 7, continues to be an open book on everything from his new lifetime recording contract to an…

Pages