1. Curren$y Releases 'Priest Andretti' Mixtape: Listen

    October 31, 2012 1:30 PM EDT 'Its not a costume but u shld deff put it on,' the rapper tweeted. Curren$y releases his mixtape "#PriestAndretti" in time for Halloween (Wednesday, Oct. 31). When it drops let it play... U gotta see it with ur ears... This shit ain't been stepped on at all....…

  2. Gene Simmons Q&A: On Kiss Empire, New Album and Advice for Lady Gaga

    October 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT "You wanted the best, you got the best!" has been Kiss' battle cry for nearly 40 years. Anyone making that boast can't afford to be modest, something Kiss bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is clearly not. His public confidence seldom falters, but after selling 100 million…

  3. Ask Billboard: Who's The Hot 100's King? Elvis Presley Vs. Lil Wayne

    September 24, 2012 6:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHO'S THE HOT 100'S KING? ELVIS PRESLEY VS.…

  4. Banned Music: 21 Artists Censors Tried To Silence

    August 17, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Since the dawn of rock 'n' roll, radio stations, TV networks and even entire countries have sought to silence controversial musicians by making their music, videos, and, in some cases, the artists themselves less accessible to the public. Provocative punk band Pussy Riot felt the…

  5. Judas Priest Hints at New Music for 2013

    August 06, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Rob Halford says "gut feeling tells me we'll see something next year" Judas Priest plans to be screaming again soon -- not necessarily for vengeance, but with some new music to follow up its 2008 concept album "Nostradamus." Frontman Rob Halford tells Billboard.com…

  6. Kiss: 'Monster' Has More Feeling, Less 'Cocksmanship'

    July 31, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Gene Simmons Talks 'Monster,' Vows Band Will Tour 'Everywhere' Gene Simmons says fans will hear a slightly different tact from Kiss when its new album, "Monster," is released Oct. 16. "A lot of the lyrics and points of view have less to do with sort of the…

  7. Of Montreal To Release New Singles & an Outtakes Album This Fall

    July 06, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes predicts that the group will follow-up this year's "Paralytic Stalks" by "releasing singles for awhile" before putting out another full-scale album. "I think it's in interesting way to go and kind of seems in sync with the…

  8. Lady Gaga Teases New Album News

    June 08, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Wielding her influence as the most followed person on Twitter, Lady Gaga reached out to her followers this morning to announce the completion of her upcoming third full-length album. "Exciting news little monsters," the singer wrote from the road, in the middle of touring the world…

  9. Lady Gaga's 'Simpsons' Turn, Tour Controversy Spark Billboard Chart Gain

    May 24, 2012 10:11 PM EDT Lady Gaga rises makes a big jump back into the top 10 of Billboard's Social 50 chart (climbing 14-5) thanks to the momentum generated by her guest appearance on Fox TV's "The Simpsons" (May 20). The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook,…

  10. Nicki Minaj: Grammys Performance Was Part of a Movie

    February 16, 2012 10:00 AM EST Some were confused, others offended by Nicki Minaj 's over-the-top performance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, but the singer-rapper doesn't understand what all the hubbub is about. "I don't know what is the big issue?" she asked. The 29-year-old said her five-minute…

  11. Nicki Minaj on Fashion Week: 'I'm Not Impressed'

    February 15, 2012 4:45 PM EST Perhaps her Versace nun-inspired outfit , accessorized with a Catholic Priest, from the Grammys was an even deeper fashion statement than we realized. In a Q&A with New York Magazine (where she's also on this week's cover), Nicki Minaj had some choice words for the fashion world…

  12. Nicki Minaj Offends Catholic League With Grammys Performance

    February 13, 2012 1:15 PM EST Nicki Minaj 's Grammys onstage exorcism yesterday (Feb. 12), left most people one of three: confused, blown away or offended. The Catholic League issued a statement of the rapstress' performance that leaves no doubt to which one of those three categories they belong to. According to…

  13. Nicki Minaj Gets Exorcised in 'Roman Holiday' Grammy Performance: Watch

    February 13, 2012 12:10 AM EST Taking a page from Madonna after her elaborate Super Bowl performance last Sunday, Nicki Minaj unveiled a new song, "Roman Holiday," with a complex, "Exorcist"-riffing performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 12). After entering the Staples Center…

  14. Lana Del Rey's Boy Toy in 'Born to Die' -- Meet Bradley Soileau

    January 25, 2012 11:00 AM EST Who's that guy? If you're a regular watcher of pop music videos of late there's a chance you've asked that a few times, whether while oggling Rihanna's "We Found Love" (Dudley O'Shaughnessy) or Lady Gaga's "Judas" (Norman Reedus). The…

  15. Ask Billboard: What Should Lady Gaga's Next Single Be?

    January 23, 2012 3:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. WHAT SHOULD LADY…

  16. Ask Billboard: Say Good 'Night' to Gaga's Streak?

    January 15, 2012 6:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. We'll take a…

  17. Priest Beatboxes the OG Christmas Story: Watch

    December 16, 2011 1:15 PM EST Do you like rap? Do you like the Christmas story? No, the OG Christmas story, the one that's likely to be told by a real-life priest. Well, a real-life priest (vicar, technically) named Gavin Tyte just dropped a three-minute freestyle of the Bible-approved telling via YouTube. Beatboxed…

  18. Lady Gaga, Pitbull Rock Z100's Jingle Ball in NYC

    December 10, 2011 12:05 PM EST Also at Annual Bash: Half of LMFAO, Pitbull, Kelly Clarkson, Plus Surprise Guests Lady Gaga 's career came full circle for a moment Friday night. The singer headlined Z100's annual Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden, an event that holds special meaning to the New York…

  19. 1000 No. 1s: RedOne Chats About Lady Gaga's 'Just Dance'

    December 08, 2011 1:30 PM EST chartArticle_ignore 1000 No. 1s Video Series Day 8: RedOne Talks About Lady Gaga Topping the Hot 100 2011 was the year that Billboard celebrated the 1000th No. 1 song on the Hot 100. As we look back on this year in music, we're celebrating that milestone with a month-long series of…

  20. James Durbin Attempts to Turn 'Idol' Success Into Stadium Status

    December 03, 2011 9:00 AM EST Last spring, James Durbin , a 22-year-old metal enthusiast with a booming voice, finished fourth during the 10th season of "American Idol." He was visibly upset when he was eliminated, but declared in a press conference the next day, "I haven't failed at all. This is just…

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