1. Sir Mix-A-Lot on Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda,' Booty Fever & New Music

    September 12, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Sir Mix-A-Lot didn't think he'd still be talking about his classic hit "Baby Got Back" decades after its release. Since the anthem impacted back in 1992, the 51-year old rapper has become the godfather of booty records, which have recently made a mainstream comeback thanks…

  2. Billboard Cover: 'The Voice' Hasn't Created an Actual Star — But Is Making Bigger Stars of Its Judges

    September 12, 2014 9:30 AM EDT "The girl’s on time, right?" says Gwen Stefani to Blake Shelton . The 44-year-old No Doubt singer looks femme fatale-radiant in a black-and-white polka dot Saint Laurent blouse. "Well, you’re not the biggest girl here," Blake Shelton, 38, dead-pans in his Oklahoma drawl,…

  3. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  4. Afrojack Owns More Than 300 Pairs of Shoes

    September 11, 2014 12:30 AM EDT This year's Fashion Rocks , hosted by Ryan Seacrest , brought a crowd of all-star performers -- Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Miranda Lambert and Duran Duran  -- and rising singing sensations -- Rita Ora, Nico & Vinz and the boys of MAGIC!  -- to join forces with fashion's biggest…

  5. Exclusive Premiere: Listen to Better Than Ezra's New Album 'All Together Now'

    September 02, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Frontman Kevin Griffin tells Billboard about the prank-filled recording sessions for their new album. Better Than Ezra , the New Orleans-based rock trio behind such '90s hits as “Good” and “Desperately Wanting,” are back with a new studio album, and it's streaming exclusively on…

  6. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  7. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Smokey Robinson Scores Highest-Charting Album in 33 Years

    August 29, 2014 8:45 PM EDT R&B legend Smokey Robinson earns his highest charting album since 1981, while Amy Grant debuts on both the Christian and Dance/Electronic Albums charts- On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood arrived at No. 1 , giving the hip-hop star his first…

  8. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Slithers to Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 28, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The single logs third-largest streaming week on record, while Wiz Khalifa debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Smokey Robinson launches at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums. Following the release of Nicki Minaj 's steamy music video for "Anaconda," along with an equally…

  9. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Katy Perry, Riff Raff, Usher, Raury & More

    August 27, 2014 5:19 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff talks about everything from Katy Perry working with eccentric MC Riff Raff to Brad Paisley 's make-out song to insanely promising newcomers like Raury and Sofi de la Torre . We don't always agree with each other -- and…

  10. Watch Cypress Hill’s B-Real Turn Pot-Head for Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 27, 2014 1:18 AM EDT Cypress Hill’s B-Real has given a boost to his “green” credentials by completing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in his own inimitable style.   The Californian rapper (real name Louis Freese) refuses to waste water, so he’s done a dry shower of sorts. “I know we’re going through a drought,” he…

  11. Slipknot Reveal Details of New Album ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’

    August 26, 2014 6:39 AM EDT Slipknot fans, the long wait is nearly over. The metal band’s fifth studio album -- their first in more than six years -- will be released Oct. 21 on Roadrunner Records. Titled 5: The Gray Chapter, the new set is Slipknot's first since 2008's "All Hope is Gone,” which reached…

  12. Sam Smith Stuns VMAs With Gorgeous, No Frills Performance

    August 24, 2014 9:45 PM EDT Sam Smith didn't have the craziest or the flashiest VMA performance, but when he took the stage to deliver the gentle, gorgeous "Stay With Me," he didn't need tricks to wow the Forum crowd. Get More: 2014 VMA , Artists.MTV , Music , Sam Smith There was no twerking,…

  13. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  14. Katy Perry, RiFF RAFF Team Up For 'This Is How We Do' Remix: Listen

    August 21, 2014 4:16 PM EDT Katy Perry has received an unlikely helping hand for a new remix of her current single "This Is How We Do": RiFF RAFF, the oddball rap star whose infamous corn-rows Perry mimics in the remix artwork. Listen to the "This Is How We Do" remix below: The explicitly summery…

  15. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  16. Ariana Grande Premieres 4 New Songs, Including Harry Styles-Penned Ballad

    August 20, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Can't wait for next Tuesday's release of  Ariana Grande 's album  My Everything ? Courtesy of  MTV , four new Grande songs are currently streaming! This batch of songs finds the  Billboard 's cover star  taking on sultry and sexy ballads, a departure from her…

  17. T.I. Sounds off on Ferguson: 'America Has Created a Monster'

    August 19, 2014 7:33 PM EDT As protests over the Aug. 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. have continued to turn from peaceful to riots, Tuesday T.I. spoke out about the issue on Instagram.  In two posts, about three hours apart, the Atlanta rapper included two of the more iconic images to…

  18. Exclusive: Chase Rice Talks Making It Despite Label Execs and Critics

    August 15, 2014 6:56 PM EDT This Tuesday marks a momentous date in the life and career of Chase Rice . The singer will release his third full-length disc, Ignite The Night , on Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels Records. It also marks the birth anniversary of his late father, Daniel. Coincidence? Think again. "We…

  19. Nikki Sixx Slams Gene Simmons Over ‘Moronic’ Comments on Depression

    August 15, 2014 1:21 AM EDT Gene Simmons has made a career from spouting all manner of wild stuff from his mouth. This time he’s apparently launched a vitriolic attack on folks with mental health problems, urging them “have some dignity and jump”. And it’s not going down well. The veteran rocker’s latest brush with…

  20. Austin Mahone on Tour: Behind-The-Scenes Q&A and Live Performances

    August 14, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Eighteen-year-old Austin Mahone is in the midst of his biggest tour to date, playing sold-out shows for his “Mahomies” around the country. When Mahone hit Downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, the fifth show of the 30-date run, Billboard caught up with the singer, as…

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