1. Chronixx Tops Reggae Album Chart Following 'Tonight Show' & Central Park Performances

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT Two recent high-profile performances in New York City by Jamaica's most talked about reggae artist, Chronixx, have resulted in a sales surge and significant international career boost for the 21-year-old Rastafarian sing-jay. Chronixx (b. Jamar McNaughton) and his band Zinc Fence…

  2. Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ at 25: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    July 25, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Believe it or not, there was a time when not everyone loved the Beastie Boys . It was back in the late '80s, before "Sure Shot," "Sabotage" and "Intergalactic" cemented their status as both rap and alt-rock elder statesmen. Despite monster sales of the group…

  3. Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo & Future Perform At Reggae Sumfest 2014: Live Review

    July 23, 2014 4:18 PM EDT "I'm always nervous performing at home because Jamaicans are tough people to please but I am very happy with tonight's outcome," revealed Jamaica’s Tessanne Chin – and NBC’s The Voice season five winner – minutes after delivering a flawless, headlining set at Reggae…

  4. Robyn & Royksopp Primer: 10 Songs To Know Before 'Do It Again'

    May 27, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Listen to these 10 tracks before exploring the new mini-album from the Scandinavian pop auteurs. This week, Swedish pop princess Robyn and Norwegian production duo Royksopp teamed up to ignite the pop blogosphere, as their collaborative "mini-album," "Do It Again," was…

  5. ‘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…

  6. Lykke Li's Wounded New Album: 'I Only Thought I Knew What Heartbreak Was Until This Record'

    April 22, 2014 4:35 PM EDT The Swedish pop singer explains why "I Never Learn" is about "walking away and fucking up." Lykke Li had to buy a bed when she was writing her devastating new album, "I Never Learn," in Los Angeles, and the purchase gave her crippling anxiety. She knew that she…

  7. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

  8. 'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Donny Osmond Guest Judges Disney Night

    April 15, 2014 2:23 AM EDT Welcome, dear gem hunters and DANCMSTR refugees!  Tonight’s theme was both appropriate and preposterous — much like the bedazzled series itself — as we all know that in many ways, EVERY night is Disney Night on "Dancing With the Stars." How many times has Bruno screamed “Youuuu…

  9. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 30, 2014 9:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, a recap of Gaga's best-selling albums, songs and more; Soko's quick Hot 100 run; and your favorite one-word-titled hits As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  10. Lady Gaga Taps K-Pop Act Crayon Pop to Open Summer Tour Dates

    March 20, 2014 2:08 PM EDT K-pop sensation Crayon Pop, the colorful quintet who scored a viral hit last year with the infectious, dance craze-creating single "Bar Bar Bar," have been announced as one of the openers on Lady Gaga's upcoming "Artpop" tour. An "excited" Gaga said Thursday…

  11. Jorge Drexler Releases New Single: Listen

    February 25, 2014 2:10 PM EST Rapper Ana Tijoux joins the Uruguayan singer-songwriter on "Universos Paralelos," the first single of Drexler's upcoming album Jorge Drexler, the erudite singer-songwriter with "the wobbly knees" has released the first single from his new, "mostly danceable"…

  12. Third World Reggae Star William 'Bunny Rugs' Clarke Dead at 65

    February 05, 2014 11:45 AM EST William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke, the husky-voiced lead singer of internationally popular reggae band Third World, died of leukemia at his home in Florida, longtime friends and colleagues said Monday. He was 65. Former bandmate Colin Leslie said the singer died Sunday in Orlando a week…

  13. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Record of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:20 PM EST A closer look at the songs that earned record of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards. These songs are all vying for record of the year at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014). Jump To: Song of the Year | Album of the Year BILLBOARD GRAMMY® BEST NEW ARTIST NOMINEE…

  14. 20 Best Dance Music Albums of 2013: CODE Picks

    December 20, 2013 3:40 PM EST Dance music has typically been defined by the single, but in 2013, the electronic dance music album made a comeback with a vengeance. From chart-toppers to critical darlings to fan favorites, the longplayer is alive and well. Here are the 20 Best Albums (and a few outstanding EPs) as…

  15. Crayon Pop Brings Leg Wobbling & Silly Holiday Cheer on 'Lonely Christmas'

    December 03, 2013 10:39 PM EST After riding a viral wave to their first K-Pop Hot 100 No. 1, the K-pop girl group brings its fun antics for a holiday concept. Earlier this year, rookie K-pop group Crayon Pop found itself at No. 1 on the K-Pop Hot 100 following a viral response to the video for its fourth single "Bar…

  16. Kelela Talks Saint Heron, R&B's Racial Politics & Working with Arca, Hudson Mohawke

    November 19, 2013 1:45 PM EST Less than a year ago, Kelela Mizanekristos — the Los Angeles-based, Ethiopia-descended R&B and electro pop singer — was working as a telemarketer, trying to make ends meet as an artist in a city inundated with them. She finally quit her day job last December after Solange, a fan,…

  17. M.I.A. Finds Peace On 'Matangi' Album: 'It's A Bit Emo In Places'

    November 01, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Boundary-pushing artist rides out battles with the NFL, her child's father -- and herself -- with fourth studio effort. By 2010, M.I.A. had a top 10 single, a gold-selling album, an Academy Award nod and a Grammy performance under her belt. What she didn't have, however, was…

  18. Meet Holychild, Your New Indie-Pop Obsession

    October 14, 2013 3:55 PM EDT Los Angeles-based duo has earned blog buzz with a handful of slicing pop tunes. Two years after Liz Nistico and Louie Diller started writing music together as college kids in Washington D.C., the duo that comprises holychild is still going at it alone -- that is, the group is not signed…

  19. Laura Bell Bundy Puts Hip-Hop Spin on 'Two Step'

    September 17, 2013 2:00 PM EDT The "Anger Mangagement" actress melds country and dance music with her new single. "I think what's happening is that dance music is coming back in popular culture, and it's bleeding into country music" Laura Bell Bundy is quite the multi-media personality these…

  20. Katy Perry's 'Prism' Album Preview: 10 Things You Need To Know

    September 06, 2013 9:00 AM EDT All the song titles, collaborators and lyrical tidbits we can share following a New York listening session of the new album. Hours after Katy Perry released her "Roar" music video to the world at large, the pop superstar unveiled the majority of her hotly anticipated third…

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