1. Classixx Releases 'Hanging Gardens' Album, Dudes and Dudettes

    May 14, 2013 12:49 PM EDT The Cali duo’s irresistible debut is infused with their beachy hometown. Michael David, one half of Los Angeles DJ and production duo Classixx, is enduring one of the great injustices of living in the City of Angels: he is getting a rental car because his own vehicle is being repaired…

  2. Snoop Lion, 'Reincarnated': Track-By-Track Review

    April 23, 2013 1:22 PM EDT Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, announced his embracement of the Rastafarian way of life following a visit to Jamaica in 2012. While there he took part in reasoning sessions with Rastafarian elders, among them The Wailers’ sole living founding member Bunny Wailer. The elders’…

  3. Lil Wayne's Top 10 Biggest Career Moments

    March 25, 2013 2:05 PM EDT Lil Wayne has become an unstoppable force in hip-hop since stepping onto the scene in the early 90s alongside the Hot Boys. Close to two decades later, the rapper has become one to go to for chart-climbers, all for his snarling rhymes filled with canny wordplay. Weezy even made chart…

  4. Marvel, Circus Producer Team Up for Arena Tour

    March 13, 2013 5:57 AM EDT The people who bring you The Greatest Show on Earth will be taking Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor and the Fantastic Four on a worldwide road show. Feld Entertainment Inc., which produces the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, along with a host of other live shows such as Disney on…

  5. Prince Gets Royal Treatment at Carnegie Hall: D'Angelo, Elvis Costello, Bettye Lavette Light Up All-Star Tribute Concert

    March 08, 2013 11:05 AM EST Tribute concerts are a tricky proposition under the best of circumstances. Not only do you need to match the right performer with the right song, you've got to learn an entire repertoire – which, if the tributee deserves an entire concert, is usually challenging on many levels -- in…

  6. Elvis Costello, Roots, Waterboys Play All-Star Prince Tribute

    March 08, 2013 3:02 AM EST They partied like it was 1999 — the audience and the musicians — at a Prince tribute concert at Carnegie Hall. More than 20 performers including Elvis Costello, The Roots and the Waterboys paid tribute to the pop icon in a two-hour-plus concert Thursday night. They all joined together…

  7. Rapper Kenny Clutch Killed in Las Vegas Shooting

    February 22, 2013 5:15 PM EST The Clark County coroner confirmed that Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr. was killed, although the cause of death was still being investigated. It wasn't clear Friday if Cherry died of gunshots or the crash. The coroner hasn't identified the taxi driver and his female passenger who died when…

  8. Runway Jams: Songs Played at 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week Shows

    February 08, 2013 3:38 PM EST Fashion editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. is exploring the beats of the season and compiling a list of songs heard on fall NYFW runways. Check back in daily as he updates. It’s that time of year again! Photographers are lining up, models are dieting and next winter's trends are taking…

  9. 2013 Fall New York Fashion Week: 5 Things We Learned on Day 1

    February 08, 2013 2:29 PM EST The Hook's editor Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. was out on the town in NYC yesterday (Feb. 7), scoping out the latest NYFW fall runway looks and taking celeb notes along the way. What Singer Michael Kors Wants to Be As celebrities buzzed around the red carpet at the annual amfAR event…

  10. Kenna Op-Ed: It's Time for Action on the Clean Water Crisis

    January 03, 2013 9:10 AM EST Kenna ( @okkenna ) is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter. He founded SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT in 2010 to address the clean water crisis in the developing world. As a musician, I often derive the inspiration for lyrics from the world around me. The ability to put our most intimate thoughts in…

  11. 'Glee' Recap: 'Swan Song' Brings Second Chances

    December 07, 2012 2:05 PM EST The title "Swan Song" gives somewhat of a hint at where this week is going -- the kids are facing various aspects of their failures and are faced with the finality of their dreams. Of course, this is "Glee," and we know that every crushing failure is just a new door for…

  12. Alicia Keys' 'Girl on Fire': The Billboard Cover Story

    November 02, 2012 3:00 PM EDT A lot can happen in the span of three years. Just ask Alicia Keys . Since the 2009 release of her last album, "The Element of Freedom," the singer/songwriter/musician/ producer/actress has penciled in a few more hyphens next to her name. In addition to becoming a wife and mother,…

  13. Taylor Swift Decides To 'Begin Again' in Paris: Watch New Video

    October 24, 2012 12:05 PM EDT THE 'RED' ZONE: ALL THINGS TAYLOR • Billboard Cover Story | Buy a Copy • Taylor Swift Q&A: The Risks of 'Red' • 'Red': Track-By-Track Album Review • Taylor's 10 Biggest Career Moments • 'Red' to Join Platinum Club • Photos: Taylor's…

  14. Kenny Rogers Talks 'Luck' Book, New Music

    October 11, 2012 3:20 PM EDT In the early months of 1977, Kenny Rogers ' phone was ringing like crazy, thanks to the success of the classic "Lucille." In his new book, "Luck Or Something Like It," the singer tells of one who wasn't too enamored with the single - at least initially. "…

  15. LeAnn Rimes Enters Treatment for Stress

    August 30, 2012 12:45 PM EDT "It's time to emotionally check out for a second," says singer, who will honor concert dates on weekends LeAnn Rimes has checked into an in-patient treatment center to work on her anxiety and stress issues. The country-pop singer, who turned 30 this week, tells People she'…

  16. Deal Struck for Care of Jackson Children

    July 27, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Attorney: Katherine Jackson and TJ Jackson Will Share Guardianship... Judge Orders Investigation A judge on Friday ordered an investigation into the well-being of Michael Jackson's children and a lawyer for the family matriarch said she will move to share guardianship with another adult…

  17. Passion Pit, 'Gossamer': Track-By-Track Review

    July 24, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Listening to "Gossamer" is only getting half the story of Passion Pit 's much-anticipated sophomore album. As detailed in Larry Fitzmaurice's excellent recent feature on the group for Pitchfork , Michael Angelakos, the frontman and mastermind of the Boston-born electro-pop…

  18. Scorpions Reworking Unfinished Songs for New Album

    July 05, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Scorpions may be retiring from touring, but the music will go on -- with a new project already in motion. Guitarist Matthias Jabs tells Billboard.com that the German headbangers have raided the vaults for "unfinished songs from the early '80s, leftovers from the 'Blackout'…

  19. Chris Brown, Drake Not To Blame For Bar Brawl, Meek Mill Says

    June 19, 2012 2:25 PM EDT 'I never seen Chris Brown or Drake throw a bottle, and I was there,' Mill told XXL. The Chris Brown - Drake saga continues. This time, Meek Mill is slamming claims made by musician Kenneth " K-Mac " McCray that Drake instigated the fight by throwing a bottle at Brown at…

  20. NBA Playoff Songs: 16 Anthems For the First Round

    April 27, 2012 10:30 AM EDT From Lady Gaga to Wu-Tang, These Tracks Represent The NBA's Best With the National Basketball Association's regular season ending triumphantly on Thursday night (Apr. 26), the real fun begins -- at least it does for the 16 teams left standing in the playoffs (and maybe for the Nets,…

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