1. In Defense of the 'Step Up' Movies

    August 08, 2014 3:10 PM EDT The dance film series is secretly the most fun movie franchise out there. Here's why I'm all in on "Step Up." You can keep your X-Men, your Spider-Men, your Transformer-Men. Every other summer, a Step Up movie will be released, and that movie will be my summer jam.…

  2. Wu-Tang Clan Goes the Full Nine Rappers For 'Daily Show' Performance

    August 07, 2014 3:42 AM EDT The Wu-Tang Clan has proved there’s greater strength in numbers as all nine members reunited for a late night TV slot. RZA and Raekwon buried the hatchet and stepped-out with the Clan overnight to perform on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart . And they used the session to reveal their…

  3. Ab-Soul Talks About the Duality of 'These Days' Album & Danny Brown's Advice

    June 20, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Ab-Soul is focused on his own — in between jugs of cough syrup, mid-conversation naps and fights with his own label. His raps frequently evoke higher consciousness, but Ab-Soul is only half-awake — if that. It's 11:15 a.m. on a Saturday and the self-described "Black Lip Bastard…

  4. X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons ‘Jungle’ Video: Exclusive Premiere

    June 16, 2014 9:33 AM EDT Watch the exclusive premiere of the video for "Jungle," co-directed by Emile Rafael & Alex Da Kid. If “Jungle” seems familiar, you’re not wrong. Right now, the song is going strong via a string of crafty placements. X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons’ thumping track has featured…

  5. Kanye West's Bonnaroo Return: Minimal 'Yeezus' & Maximum Media Hate During Inspiring Set

    June 14, 2014 5:35 AM EDT "Where the press at? Fuck the press!"   This sudden outburst about halfway through Kanye West's Friday night headline performance at Bonnaroo -- during the peaceful, slow-moving outro of "Heartless," no less -- certainly grabbed the attention of this particular…

  6. 5 Other Awesome Holograms: Tupac, Janelle Monae and M.I.A., More

    May 19, 2014 12:45 AM EDT Michael Jackson may have invented the moonwalk, and he certainly inaugurated his signature strut as a hologram -- and the MJ hologram was certainly the talk of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards . But the King of Pop was not the first artist to perform 2D on a 3D stage. From Tupac's…

  7. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  8. Conor Oberst: The Ex Boy Wonder of Indie Rock Moves to a Major Label

    April 28, 2014 6:23 PM EDT At 34, Conor Oberst would still prefer to never grow up. But a major label is okay Conor Oberst lives with ghosts. They lurk in the jukebox at the bar near his East Village apartment, and howl on the radio at home in Omaha, Neb. At just 34, the shape-shifting singer-songwriter has been…

  9. Coachella 2014: The Replacements Soldier Through Problematic Performance

    April 12, 2014 8:36 AM EDT After ending their 22-year hiatus and triumphantly returning to the stage at Riot Fest last year, the Replacements had marked Coachella as the next step in their long-overdue comeback. The legendary Minneapolis post-punk collective may have been listed in the second-biggest font on…

  10. 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'…

  11. Kanye West Talks Fashion, New Music, 'SNL' on 'Late Night' Appearance

    February 26, 2014 1:47 AM EST The year 2013 was full of both new music and overarching controversy for Kanye West, who released a critically lauded No. 1 album in "Yeezus" but consistently made headlines for his reputation transcending his music, from comments made on talk shows and interviews to his big…

  12. New York Dolls Manager Marty Thau Dies

    February 17, 2014 4:30 PM EST Marty Thau, who discovered and managed the careers of the New York Dolls and Suicide, among many others, passed away in Petersburg, VA, at the age of 75 last Thursday, after complications from renal failure. New York City native Thau, the self-declared "chairman" of the…

  13. Deep Dish Reuniting With New Single 'Quincy,' Miami Show

    February 12, 2014 11:45 AM EST After an almost eight year hiatus, the groundbreaking duo returns for a highly-anticipated, if uneasy reunion Deep Dish is officially reuniting. After remaining mum on rumors and offering little explanation for a cryptic countdown on their website, pioneering electronic duo Deep Dish has…

  14. GRAMMYs' 10 Most Shocking Moments

    January 25, 2014 3:05 PM EST They crashed the stage to ramble about children and do interpretive dances. They challenged the laws of decency, traveled in giant eggs, and got busted for faking the funk. From a famous fight and a ballsy boycott to one untimely passing, these are the 10 weirdest, wildest and most…

  15. Sundance 2014: Kurt Russell & Nephews Talk 'The Battered Bastards of Baseball' & Musical Side Projects

    January 21, 2014 5:40 PM EST Russell's nephews -- co-directors Champan & Maclain Way and composer Brocker Way -- tell the tale of his father as a baseball rebel in new doc Billboard caught up with actor Kurt Russell and his very accomplished nephews at Sundance Film Festival to discuss their new film "The…

  16. One Direction's Liam Payne Defends 'Duck Dynasty' Endorsement on Twitter

    January 20, 2014 3:39 PM EST "Being a fan of someones show and the way they still hold a family together doesnt mean i am ok with all they say," writes the 1D Member. One Direction member Liam Payne received his fair share of online finger-wagging last weekend after reaching out to "Duck Dynasty" star…

  17. Eminem Debuts Career-Spanning Video for 'The Monster': Watch

    December 16, 2013 9:17 PM EST Eminem and Rihanna get into the roleplaying spirit -- he as a patient, she as his therapist -- while the rapper revisits some of his past videos in the new music video for "The Monster," dropped tonight (Dec. 16) before ESPN's "Monday Night Football." In "The…

  18. Kanye West Makes Surprise Appearance at Odd Future Carnival: Watch

    November 10, 2013 5:17 PM EST Odd Future’s legion of fans showed up to the Los Angeles Coliseum in full force for the second annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival held yesterday, Nov. 9. Complete with an OF-branded ferris wheel towering over a handful of other carnival rides, a skatepark hidden under an overpass, and a…

  19. Wu-Tang Clan's 'Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)' at 20: Classic Track-By-Track Review

    November 08, 2013 1:13 PM EST I didn't enter the Wu-Tang on November 9, 1993, the date that "36 Chambers" was released. I, like many others, discovered that they were nothing to fuck with years later -- specifically, 11 years later, when a friend gave me a 2004 compilation album, "Legend of the Wu…

  20. Dylan Fest Set for New York and San Francisco

    October 24, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Black Keys' Patrick Carney, Dhani Harrison and Jason Isbell lead lineup of performers The folk music charity festival Dylan Fest has announced plans for a 13th consecutive New York showing, as well as its first ever stop in San Francisco. On Nov. 11 and 12, Dylan Fest will take on New…

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