1. Mac Miller Turned to Drugs After 'Blue Slide Park' Criticism

    January 29, 2013 1:46 PM EST Although Mac Miller's "Blue Slide Park" album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, criticism of the debut album made the rapper turn to drugs. During an interview with Complex , Mac Miller said that despite the success of "Blue Slide Park," the first…

  2. 'X Factor' Trio Emblem3 Signed to Simon Cowell's Label

    January 09, 2013 10:45 AM EST Simon Cowell is hoping to make stars of another all-boy group: California's own Emblem3. "The X Factor" creator and judge, who mentored the Huntington Beach-based trio on season two of the series, has made it official, signing Wesley Stromberg, Keaton Stromberg and Drew…

  3. Marva Whitney, Soul Sister No. 1 in James Brown Revue, Dies at 68

    December 24, 2012 11:20 AM EST Marva Whitney , a fiery voiced funk singer who toured and collaborated with James Brown -- along the way earning the title "Soul Sister #1" -- died on Saturday at age 68, according to a Facebook page dedicated to her. "She left us with a legacy that will shine forever,"…

  4. Das Racist 'Not a Band Anymore'

    December 03, 2012 10:30 AM EST Das Racist are no more. The alternative rap trio of "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" fame has fractured, with member Heems (Himanshu Suri) announcing at a German solo date that "Das Racist is breaking up and we're not a band anymore." Kool A.D. (Victor Vazquez)…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Lil Wayne Ties Elvis Presley's Hot 100 Record

    September 21, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Weezy matches the King's mark for the most Hot 100 hits among men. Plus, 'Glee' returns and Maroon 5 adds one more 'One More' No. 1. 'ONE' TO 1: As previously reported , Maroon 5 nets its third Hot 100 No. 1, as "One More Night" ascends 2-1. The…

  6. RZA's 'The Man With the Iron Fists' Soundtrack Features Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Black Keys

    August 28, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Pusha T, Talib Kweli, Corinne Bailey Rae, and more are also featured on the film's soundtrack. RZA 's directorial debut, "The Man With the Iron Fists," is an action-packed kung-fu film starring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. The movie will hit theaters in November, but a star…

  7. Album Review: Owl City, 'The Midsummer Station'

    August 24, 2012 5:00 PM EDT OWL CITY The Midsummer Station Producers Various Universal Republic Release Date Aug. 21 Adam Young may not feel an explicit mission to make the '80s safe for the 21st century, but that's certainly what he achieves on Owl City 's fourth album, The Midsummer Station. The set is…

  8. Crystal Castles Announces Fall U.S. Tour with HEALTH

    July 26, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Following the release of their new single "Plague" yesterday morning (July 25), Crystal Castles has announced a massive fall U.S. tour in support of their as-yet-untitled third album. Crystal Castles Return With New Track, 'Plague': Listen The duo is reportedly putting the…

  9. Gathering of the Juggalos 2012 Lineup: Cheech & Chong, DMX, George Clinton

    July 17, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Insane Clown Posse admits that they tried for 'big-name acts,' but came up short. Cheech & Chong and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will be senior statesman among a host of rap and rock acts performing at Insane Clown Posse 's 13th annual Gathering of the…

  10. Exclusive: Matisyahu Talks Transformation, 'Spark Seeker' (Video)

    July 13, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Matisyahu shocked the music world when he shaved his signature facial hair last year and announced there would be no more "Chassidic reggae superstar." With "Spark Seeker," his first album since the change, due July 17, the musician says the shift came during a moment of…

  11. Mac Miller Sued By Lord Finesse Over Mixtape Sample

    July 12, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Mac Miller 's meteoric rise to the top of the Billboard charts was largely fueled by mixtapes on internet buzz, but one vet of the rap game is not happy with how it happened. Lord Finesse -- part of the 1990s hip hop crew D.I.T.C. which also featured the likes of Big L and Fat Joe, among…

  12. LeBron James Playlist: Updated Championship Edition

    June 22, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Songs for the Newly Crowned NBA Star Last week, Billboard.com unveiled a playlist for basketball superstar LeBron James, who had just entered his third NBA Finals in nine seasons and his second with the Miami Heat. After the Heat lost in the final round last year to the Dallas Mavericks,…

  13. Bonnaroo Saturday: 10 Things Seen & Heard

    June 10, 2012 9:00 AM EDT At 2:00 AM, Ahmir " Questlove " Thompson slowly stepped away from his drum kit and turned his back to the crowd. He lingered for a few seconds, pushed his gaze slightly upward, and took a long, deep exhale before walking off the platform. For Questlove, the Bonnaroo Music & Arts…

  14. Ed Sheeran Announces U.S. Headline Tour

    June 04, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has already conquered his native Britain, having topped the charts and earning a multi-platinum album. Now with his debut effort, "+," set to hit U.S. shores on June 12, the Elektra artist has announced plans for his first North American headline tour.…

  15. Ask Billboard: 'Call Me Maybe' ... by 'Payphone'?

    May 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 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. 'CALL ME MAYBE…

  16. Matisyahu Returns With 'Spark Seeker' in July

    May 08, 2012 12:00 PM EDT After shaving off his signature facial hair and declaring "No more Chassidic reggae superstar" last December, Matisyahu has set a July 17 release date for his fourth studio album, "Spark Seeker." He has also revealed the first leg of an extensive North American co…

  17. 'American Idol' Recap: Oh Yes It's '80s Night

    April 05, 2012 10:15 AM EDT It was '80s Night on Wednesday's "American Idol," and for the most part, the remaining eight finalists paid solid tribute to the decade of decadence, tapered jeans and big hair. Among the highlights: Jessica Sanchez covering Whitney Houston (again) on "How Will I Know…

  18. Sleigh Bells Play Acoustic Beyonce Cover: Listen

    March 07, 2012 9:11 PM EST Sleigh Bells have joined the ranks of indie bands doing Beyonce covers. The ear-splitting duo put an ethereal, acoustic spin on the diva's hit "Irreplaceable" during a Maida Vale studio session, revealing the performance on DJ Zane Lowe's BBC show on Wednesday. Sleigh…

  19. Van Halen Tour Review: It's the Eddie Show

    February 21, 2012 10:30 AM EST 'Eddie Van Halen Is Better Than Any Pyrotechnic Special Effect' Kool & the Gang's Robert "Kool" Bell asked the sold-out crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills if it was ready to party. Then if it was ready for Van Halen. Then if it was ready for David Lee Roth. The…

  20. Love Doctor's Juiciest Moments: Lloyd, Big Sean, Robin Thicke, Das Racist & Amber Rose

    February 14, 2012 1:40 PM EST Over here at Billboard.com, we celebrate love every day. Exhibit A: The Juice's viral series, Love Doctor. Every month we ask one of your favorite musicians -- male or female -- to answer your juiciest love and sex questions. There's no filter. From the start, a confessional…

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