1. Ask Billboard: Iggy Azalea, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith & Charli XCX Are Seeing Double

    August 19, 2014 11:05 AM EDT The four acts each boast multiple top 20 hits this week. Do they set a record? Plus, Selena & Celine's top hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as…

  2. Uforia Music Festival Brings Together Latin And Hip-Hop in Los Angeles

    August 17, 2014 3:57 PM EDT The L.A. festival featured performances by La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, Ludacris and more. Billed as the Uforia Music Festival, the daylong Univision-produced event at USC’s Exposition Park in Los Angeles on Aug. 16 was much more of a concert than a festival. Sure, there was a wide array of…

  3. Kid Ink Speaks Out About His Arrest During Uforia Festival Appearance in L.A.

    August 17, 2014 10:59 AM EDT The day after his Aug. 15 arrest in Las Vegas for disturbing the peace, rapper Kid Ink was part of the bill for the Uforia festival in Los Angeles. As his scheduled 5:45 p.m. slot came and went, backstage rumblings were that he would not be appearing. But the rapper suddenly appeared…

  4. Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies

    August 12, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry recently, Brad Paisley is in his element. Though he’s been busy this summer appearing Sunday nights on ABC’s Rising Star competition and traveling across the U.S. on his Kraft-sponsored Country Nation tour, Paisley is never too busy to come home and…

  5. Exclusive: DJ Mustard Talks Making of '10 Summers' Album & Chart Success

    August 11, 2014 1:30 PM EDT 's most bankable hitmaker is releasing his debut album on Google Play -- for free. DJ Mustard moved into his first "I made it" house two weeks ago in Los Angeles -- the kind with its own basketball court, pool and studio for him to make fresh beats without pulling out of…

  6. 'Rising Star' Recap: Brad Gets Serious, Contestants Culled On Quarter-Finals Night

    August 11, 2014 4:57 AM EDT In the quarter-finals of Rising Star , Josh Groban -- in addition to wearing a very dangerous pair of barracuda socks -- kept telling us that eight singers would be competing for our votes tonight, but what he probably should have been saying is, “Three singers are competing for your votes,…

  7. Usher’s New Look Foundation Celebrates 15th Anniversary with All-Star Luncheon

    August 01, 2014 12:28 AM EDT Usher said he was overwhelmed with gratitude by the amount of supporters at his New Look Foundation's 15th anniversary luncheon. Legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, director Kenny Leon and producer Jermaine Dupri were among more than 450 attendees at foundation's President's…

  8. Ludacris Tapped As BMI President’s Award Honoree

    July 30, 2014 1:21 PM EDT The honor will be presented during BMI’s annual R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges will be presented with the President’s Award at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards on Aug. 22. This year’s annual ceremony, which also honors the songwriters, producers and publishers of…

  9. Iggy Azalea to Make Cameo In 'Fast & Furious 7,’ Vin Diesel Says

    July 29, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Vin Diesel revealed a juicy piece of information during a recent interview to promote his new Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy : rapper Iggy Azalea will be making a cameo in the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 . Iggy Azalea Named MTV's 'House of Style' Host The news slipped…

  10. Jhene Aiko Talks Making Of 'Souled Out' Album & Family

    July 28, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Jhene Aiko stands around 5 feet tall and weighs perhaps as much as a decaf macchiato; the 2015 Cadillac Escalade stretches 18-and-a-half feet and tips the scales at nearly 6,000 pounds. Right now, the buzz-building singer-rapper -- she has performed with her friend Drake on "Saturday…

  11. 'Rising Star' Recap: Kesha Brings the Whimsy As Duel Round Kicks Off

    July 14, 2014 6:26 AM EDT What’s the saying—every party has a pooper, and every reality singing competition has a frontrunner? (Something like that.) It seems Rising Star’s frontrunner is Jesse Kinch, and this party’s pooper is the judges' voting power in the Duel rounds. That these “duels” are actually two side…

  12. 'Rising Star': What to Expect During the Duels

    July 12, 2014 8:30 AM EDT After downloading the app, repeatedly checking in and casting real-time votes, America raised the Wall for 20 singers on “Rising Star.” 'Rising Star': The Billboard Cover Shoot Next up on the ABC singing show? The "duels," but don't be mistaken: the upcoming round isn…

  13. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Josh Groban, Ludacris and a Whole Load More Cat Banter Lights Up Episode 3

    July 07, 2014 9:43 AM EDT ABC hasn’t turned the lights off on Josh Groban, Kesha, Ludacris, Brad Paisley and their motley crew of wannabe stars, which means the wall must still rise, the sad background stories still abound, and the cat banter continue on until Kesha has locked down a fleet of felines and some sort of…

  14. Iggy Azalea Claims Longest Hot 100 Reign For A Female Rapper With 'Fancy'

    July 02, 2014 2:11 PM EDT Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rises 3-2, Sam Smith takes over atop Digital Songs and Vine star Shawn Mendes debuts Iggy Azalea makes history on the Billboard Hot 100, as "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, rewrites the record for the longest-leading No. 1 by a female rapper. With…

  15. 'Rising Star': Kesha on Not Swearing on Live TV or 'Shitting on People's Dreams'

    June 30, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Ludacris reveals why rappers have less of a chance of success on the ABC show, and Brad Paisley advises upcoming hopefuls to go with a hot Disney track. Of the three "Rising Star" experts, Kesha seems much more constrained in her commentary in comparison to Ludacris and Brad Paisley…

  16. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  17. Over 5 Million Vote on 'Rising Star' Premiere

    June 23, 2014 8:09 PM EDT More than 5 million votes were cast in real-time during Sunday night’s two-hour premiere of ABC's "Rising Star," ushering in a new era of interactive television. The " Rising Star" app that enables a viewer to vote was downloaded 1 million times on iTunes. '…

  18. 'Rising Star': Ludacris on Voting Honestly, 'I Ain't Afraid!'

    June 23, 2014 7:59 PM EDT While not all of "Rising Star"'s first crop of contestants won over America with a qualifying vote, one expert in particular might be rubbing audiences the wrong way: Ludacris. And he doesn't mind at all. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It…

  19. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It's a Blast, Isn't It?'

    June 23, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Six out of ten acts successfully raised the Wall on the first episode of "Rising Star," but the performer with the brightest smile after the ABC show's premiere was none other than the friendly expert, Brad Paisley. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works &…

  20. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works 'Shockingly Well' vs. the Competition

    June 23, 2014 4:15 AM EDT Theoretically, Rising Star was made for this moment in time. Sure, it’s silly, confusing, absurdly self-serious, and Josh Groban’s glasses are almost definitely not a real prescription; but—BUT—I, like many people, still haven’t grown tired of watching talented strangers shock me with their…

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