1. Lil Boosie Says He Wrote 1,000 Songs While in Prison

    March 10, 2014 9:27 PM EDT Rapper Lil Boosie says serving prison time in a Louisiana prison was life changing and it's made him a better person and ultimately, he hopes, a better artist. Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torence Hatch, was released last week from the state's maximum security prison at Angola.…

  2. Chart Highlights: One Direction, Katy Perry, U2 Score New No. 1s

    March 10, 2014 4:15 PM EDT D dominates an airplay chart for the first time, Perry's 'Dark Horse' rules Rhythmic Songs and U2 nets a record-setting No. 1 on Adult Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  3. Mistrial Declared For Rap Manager James 'Henchman' Rosemond in NYC Murder Case

    March 08, 2014 8:44 AM EST A judge has declared a mistrial in the murder case of a hip-hop promoter already serving a life sentence for smuggling cocaine. U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon made the ruling Friday in Manhattan federal court after the jury said it was deadlocked. Federal prosecutors had charged James…

  4. LED Goes Big in California with New Business Model for Raves

    March 04, 2014 4:52 PM EST Running three sold-out events in three markets on the same day with many of the same artists jetting from city to city to play more than one party is a rare achievement. San Diego-based LED Events hopes to make it an annual tradition. Last month during the typically low-key President’s Day…

  5. 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,…

  6. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more 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…

  7. Justin Bieber's Bodyguard Charged With Felony Robbery After Snatching Camera

    February 26, 2014 1:10 PM EST A bodyguard working for Justin Bieber has been charged with felony robbery a day after police say he stole a photographer's pricey camera following an altercation in Atlanta.  According to police, 32-year-old Hugo Hesny had a run-in with photographer Jason Winslow while Bieber and his…

  8. NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce, John Legend Win Top Music Honors

    February 23, 2014 8:19 AM EST "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards, which honor the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The historical epic's four…

  9. Wig Designer: Nicki Minaj Stole His Designs

    February 21, 2014 9:46 PM EST A former wig designer for rapper Nicki Minaj sued the performer Friday, accusing her of walking away from business plans, then making money by selling wigs based on his designs without permission. Related Articles Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj: Whose New Video Is Best? Nicki Minaj…

  10. Amid Violence, La Vida Boheme Frontman Turns to Twitter Activism as His Songs Become Protest Anthems

    February 21, 2014 9:14 PM EST Henry D’Arthenay, the leader of Venezuelan rock group La Vida Boheme, has spent most of the past week inside his home in Caracas, communicating with bandmates who live on neighboring streets via Skype and tweeting videos of street violence, blockade alerts and lists of names of student…

  11. Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs Chart Upgrades

    February 21, 2014 4:50 PM EST The tally welcomes several influential radio stations in major markets, further solidifying the chart's status as a launch pad for multi-format hits Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs radio airplay chart (known by its industry term, Triple A, in Billboard magazine) undergoes a…

  12. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 9:30 PM EST Lionel Richie, Phoenix, Wiz Khalifa, Frank Ocean and a Superjam with Skrillex will also be showcased at the Tennessee fest. Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted…

  13. Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Talk 'Common Ground' Album, Premiere 'All By Myself' Song: Listen Exclusively

    February 19, 2014 10:25 AM EST For their first album together in 30 years, Dave and Phil Alvin of the Blasters have turned to the blues of Big Bill Broonzy. “Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy” will be released June 3 on Yep Roc Records, and today (Feb. 19) Billboard…

  14. AC/DC’s Brian Johnson: ‘We’ll Be Going Into the Studio In May’

    February 17, 2014 4:54 AM EST The gap between AC/DC’s most recent two albums was eight years. The next one won’t require quite such a lengthy wait.  Frontman Brian Johnson has revealed that the Aussie rock legends are poised to start work on new music. And there are plans to celebrate the outfit’s 40th anniversary with a…

  15. 20 Best Love Songs By Real-Life Couples

    February 13, 2014 12:40 PM EST Whether it’s a chart-topping pop pair, an R&B/hip-hop power couple or a country king and queen, it’s the natural inclination for a musically inclined romantic couple to collaborate – or for a platonic pair of singer to find love during heated recording sessions. In honor of Valentine’s…

  16. Nina Persson Talks 'Animal Heart' Solo LP, The Cardigans' Future

    February 10, 2014 12:05 PM EST "We're in a little bit of 'I'll do anything, just as long as we can do things together' period," the singer says of her best-known band. Nina Persson has performed under several different monikers over the years – most famously as the frontwoman for The Cardigans…

  17. St. Vincent Performs at Diane Von Furstenberg’s 40th Anniversary Show

    February 10, 2014 11:50 AM EST “If I can’t show it / you can’t see me / What’s the point of doing anything?” St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, sings on “Digital Witness,” a musical thinkpiece about life in the age of Instagram. That lyric, from her self-titled fourth solo album (due Feb. 25) on Loma Vista/Republic, doubled…

  18. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

  19. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  20. Olympic Hits: Going For The Gold (& Platinum)

    February 07, 2014 10:05 AM EST Just as Olympic athletes have won over the years, so, too, have musical acts on Billboard charts thanks to the Games As the Olympics reclaim the world's sports spotlight in Sochi, Russia, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (Sticking only to…

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