1. Young Jeezy Previews 'A Hustlerz Ambition' Documentary in NYC

    November 30, 2011 2:10 PM EST Marrying Young Jeezy 's infamous ad-libs and raw verses paints a story of a man who's hustled against countless adversities to get to where he is now. But did you know the Atlanta rapper was struck with Bell's palsy while at a video shoot with Fabolous? Or the truth behind the…

  2. Hooked: Justin Bieber Poses as The Terminator (Or Sasha Fierce)

    October 25, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Time to get Hooked, our bite sized roundup of fashion-drenched music news. Justin Bieber Wears a Robot Arm... But Why? After browsing Justin Bieber 's Instagram offerings , we discovered the Biebs has been channeling unlikely sources. Wearing a robot arm in a pic shared Monday (Oct. 24),…

  3. Richard Marx: 'The Playboy Club' Felt 'Doomed From the Start'

    October 21, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Richard Marx lost a high-profile gig when NBC canceled "The Playboy Club," for which he was serving as a music producer. But the singer, songwriter and performer -- who racked up eight Top 10 singles between 1987-94 and worldwide sales of more than 30 million -- isn't wanting…

  4. Hot Tours: Enrique Iglesias, Placido Domingo, Caifanes

    October 21, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias tops this week's list of Hot Tours with $8.3 million in box office grosses reported from the final North American leg of his Euphoria Tour. The singer's current trek through the U.S. and Canada kicked off in Boston on Sept. 22 with a sellout crowd of 12,267 at TD…

  5. Rihanna's New 'Love': U.K. Singles Chart

    October 17, 2011 9:50 AM EDT Late 1990s/early 2000s British hit-making pop quintet Steps burst back on the U.K. album chart at No. 1 Sunday (16) with the new Sony Music compilation "The Ultimate Collection." Rihanna 's "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Universal), featuring Calvin Harris, started a second…

  6. Vince Gill on Career, Album & 'Criminal' Trend in Music Biz

    October 14, 2011 1:25 PM EDT Nashville Gives Vince Gill a Big Hug... and a Bobblehead He's one of the most loved personalities in Music City, and many of Nashville's finest turned out at Bridgestone Arena yesterday to celebrate the career and accomplishments of MCA Nashville recording artist Vince Gill . A…

  7. Weezer's Mikey Welsh: His Demons & His Twitter-Predicted Death

    October 10, 2011 6:50 PM EDT When former Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh -- who died at age 40 on Saturday (Oct. 8) at a Chicago hotel -- turned up at the band's show at Long Island's Jones Beach on July 29, the security guard struggled to locate his name on the guest list, albeit just momentarily. Welsh, carrying a…

  8. Rihanna Finds Sixth No. 1 on U.K. Chart

    October 10, 2011 9:33 AM EDT James Morrison 's "The Awakening" started a second week atop the U.K. album chart Sunday (Oct. 9), as Rihanna raced to the singles summit after only four days on sale with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris. With modest second-week sales of 36,000, according to…

  9. Florence Welch Goes 'Under the Sea' in Chanel Performance

    October 04, 2011 8:29 PM EDT Florence Welch challenged the stunning beauty of Botticelli's The Birth Of Venus as she emerged from an enormous mock shell at the Chanel show in Paris on Tuesday. Karl Lagerfeld, the head designer of Chanel, transformed the Grand Palais in Paris into an underwater wonderland complete…

  10. Florence & The Machine: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 30, 2011 12:00 PM EDT It was a highly tempting offer. But ultimately not quite tempting enough. Such is the confession of Florence Welch, 25, the flame-haired siren who fronts Florence & the Machine . About 18 months ago, when the Grammy Award-nominated Brit was in the early stages of prepping her eagerly…

  11. Mobb Deep Kick Off 'Five Out of Five' Hip-Hop Concert/Discussion Series

    September 27, 2011 12:55 PM EDT The Red Bull Music Academy kicked off its "Five Out Of Five" concert series -- highlighting what it considers New York City's "five most iconic hip-hop albums" -- with a discussion with Prodigy and Havoc from Mobb Deep about the making of their 1995 album "The…

  12. Kelly Rowland Steps Out With 'Motivation' On New Album

    July 22, 2011 4:00 PM EDT With 18 weeks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including seven nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, Kelly Rowland's breathless pillow-talk ballad "Motivation," featuring Lil Wayne , is undeniably one of the summer's best songs and biggest hits. Beyond the…

  13. Elton John, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra & More: Stories From Adult Contemporary's Biggest Stars & Songs

    July 20, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds on Whitney Houston. Bernie Taupin, Elton John's songwriting partner. Kenny Rogers, himself. Plus Many More. Billboard talks to some of the biggest names in adult contemporary. Their perspectives? Crucial. The Top 50 Adult Contemporary Artists Ever The…

  14. 'Book of Mormon' Wins Best Musical Tony; Bono, The Edge Make Appearance

    June 13, 2011 7:13 AM EDT A slew of acclaimed shows were up for Tony Awards in a remarkably competitive year, but a production that wasn't even eligible still managed to cast a shadow - well, shall we make that a web? - over the proceedings. On a night when the hilariously profane "The Book of Mormon"…

  15. 'The Voice': Top 16 Finalists Revealed, with a Kiss

    June 01, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Just when it seemed like the idea of singers battling in a boxing ring was running out of steam, Jeff Jenkins and Casey Desmond delivered one of the "The Voice's" strongest duets yet, a deep and emotional reading of Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me.…

  16. Common Attends White House Poetry Event Despite Right-Wing Criticism

    May 12, 2011 8:36 AM EDT There were love poems and folk tunes. There were classic verses and modern odes. There were sound effects and a gritty rap. Michelle Obama's evening of poetry at the White House rolled out seamlessly Wednesday night, showcasing the impact of such words on American culture. The fireworks…

  17. Happy 30th Birthday, Chart Beat

    March 28, 2011 4:05 PM EDT On this date 30 years ago, Billboard introduced a new column that "look(s) behind the numbers and, hopefully, put(s) it all in some perspective." In the March 28, 1981, issue of the print magazine, Billboard published the first Chart Beat. The page three news item "New Feature:…

  18. Soulja Boy's Half-Brother Killed in Car Accident

    March 21, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Deion Jenkins, the 14-year-old half-brother of Soulja Boy , was killed in a car accident on Sunday (Mar. 21) in Charleston, Mississippi. A rep for the 20-year-old rapper confirms to Billboard.com that Jenkins was a passenger in the fatal accident, but could not confirm any other information…

  19. Antoine Dodson, YouTube Stars Team for 'Rick Roll' Movie

    February 25, 2011 9:20 AM EST A collection of Internet stars from Antoine Dodson to the Double Rainbow Guy are making a movie. Producer Andrew Fischer has gathered more than a half-dozen YouTube stars for "The Chronicles of Rick Roll." He is shooting the film and has released a trailer online. The 26-year-old…

  20. Lady Gaga Talks Target Deal for 'Born This Way'

    February 18, 2011 11:56 AM EST When Lady Gaga's camp announced that it would be releasing an exclusive edition -- complete with remixes and three additional studio cuts -- of the upcoming "Born This Way" album at Target, it excited some of her Little Monsters for the wrong reasons. Gaga, of course, enjoys…

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