1. Madonna Delivers Gay Rights Speech Amid Violence Threats: Watch

    August 09, 2012 10:00 PM EDT Madonna hasn't let threats of violence quiet her down. During her performance in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Thursday night, the singer made a passionate plea for gay rights. "The gay community here, and all around the world, have the same rights, to be treated with dignity, with…

  2. Ab-Soul's Timeline: The Rapper's Life From 5 Years Old to Now

    August 08, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Ab-Soul takes us on a journey through his 25-year life in five-year intervals. "Man… At 25, I lost my world and I got the world at the same time," Ab-Soul said, hours before stepping on stage at his first headlining New York show. "'The Book of Soul,'" I say,…

  3. A$AP Rocky Talks 'LongLiveA$AP' Album, Discovers The Dirty Projectors

    July 14, 2012 11:05 AM EDT A$AP Mob posse album also arriving in two weeks "Who's that?" A$AP Rocky asks when the Dirty Projectors begin their set and start emitting their pitch-perfect vocal harmonies at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival. When informed of the Brooklyn indie rock group's handle,…

  4. Kanye West Covers Phil Collins, Praises Himself in Atlantic City

    July 10, 2012 5:05 PM EDT About 40 minutes into his set on Friday night and with the sour smell of sulfur from pyrotechnics hanging heavy in the air, Kanye West brought the mood down in Atlantic City's Ovation Hall following his performance of "Monster" with an interlude. Softly singing "I'm…

  5. Cash Money: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 29, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Read an excerpt from the cover story of Billboard's Urban Power issue Spend any time talking to Bryan "Birdman" Williams about his business these days and you'll quickly come to understand that he has two immediate goals: Releasing 100 albums in one calendar year and…

  6. Richard Marx Celebrates 25 Years on Billboard Charts

    May 23, 2012 9:05 AM EDT The pop singer/songwriter first reached a Billboard survey 25 years ago today "When I look back, I see a guy - with a mullet - who was so self-conscious physically. I had no performing experience when I made my first record." At a recent visit to Billboard's New York studios,…

  7. Can 'The Voice' Create a Star? 10 Thoughts on Season 2 & Beyond

    May 09, 2012 4:25 PM EDT With season two of "The Voice" concluded, we offer a look back at the season and what might lie ahead for the show and its final four, Chris Mann, Tony Lucca, runner-up Juliet Simms and winner Jermaine Paul. 1. TWO CHAMPS IN ONE YEAR? If the rumors are true -- and we will know on…

  8. 'The Voice' Winner Crowned in Shocking Finale

    May 08, 2012 11:30 PM EDT The second chapter of "The Voice" came to a shocking close on Tuesday night during a star-studded live event on NBC. Guest performances from Hall & Oates, Lady Antebellum and a young up-and-comer named Justin Bieber only delayed what the night was really about: choosing a winner…

  9. Chart Juice: R. Kelly Feels the 'Love' at No. 1 on Adult R&B

    May 03, 2012 5:20 PM EDT R. Kelly nabs another No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz), as "Share My Love" swims to the top spot. "Share My Love" becomes Kelly's first No. 1 on the list since the title track to his album "Love Letter" spent…

  10. Marty Stuart Releases Churning, Twang-Filled 'Woodpile'

    April 20, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Forty years ago this fall, Marty Stuart rode a Greyhound to Nashville from the streets of Philadelphia -- Mississippi. His intention was to visit with Roland White, the mandolin player for Lester Flatt. Stuart had no idea that he would be offered a job playing in the Nashville Grass. All…

  11. Appreciation: The Miracle of Levon Helm

    April 20, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Some concerts stick with you when you wonder if it's the last time you'll ever see a particular performer. Levon Helm was a mystery that way. He took his place behind the drums positioned downstage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 2010, the audience clearly relieved…

  12. Chart Juice: Fat Joe Returns to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    April 13, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Fat Joe nabs his fourth career top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Another Round," featuring Chris Brown , rises to No. 8 from No. 11. The song becomes the Bronx Bomber's first top 10 since "Make It Rain" made a splash (No. 6 peak) in 2007.…

  13. Ask Billboard: What Are the Billboard 200's Longest-Charting Albums Ever?

    March 19, 2012 5:15 PM EDT A look at the chart's history reveals that Johnny Mathis and Metallica aren't so different after all. Plus, analysis of Alanis Morissette's sales and the new On-Demand Songs chart. Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts,…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: fun., Lionel Richie, Adele

    March 09, 2012 10:35 AM EST Fun. reigns on its first try, Richie returns and Adele's better than the 'Macarena' FIRST IMPRESSIONS, FIRST PLACE: Rookies rock. As previously reported, ROCK POPS: Alternative music is well represented in the upper reaches of this week's Hot 100. While "We Are Young…

  15. 'American Idol' Recap: Jessica Sanchez Soars in (Lackluster) 400th Episode

    March 08, 2012 9:00 AM EST Gee, for the 400th episode of "American Idol," that was... sort of lackluster, eh? The singing competition celebrated the milestone with the Top 13 taking the stage to perform the tunes of two singing icons. To the credit of "Idol," the producers tried to up the drama to…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Madonna

    March 02, 2012 2:55 PM EST What goes around comes around when it comes to hit songs' borrowed lyrics. CATCH(Y)PHRASES: Sometimes a song's lyrics lift an unfamiliar expression to pop culture prominence, from R.E.M.'s 1991 hit "Losing My Religion," a Southern saying that translates to losing one&…

  17. Trae Tha Truth and T.I.'s Reps Talk Alliance

    March 02, 2012 2:00 PM EST Grand Hustle's Jason Geter says the ink isn't dry just yet but looks 'forward to making it official.' On Feb. 29, veteran Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth appeared on MTV's " RapFix Live " with chart-topping Atlanta rapper Clifford " T.I. " Harris to…

  18. 'American Idol' Top 25: Male Round Led by Joshua Ledet, Colton Dixon

    February 29, 2012 12:05 PM EST "American Idol" has finally rolled into the voting rounds, in which fans -- for the most part -- control the fates of the remaining 25 singers on the show. If Tuesday night's male semi-finalist show is any indication, the decision in 2012 will be a tough one. Top 24 '…

  19. Adele's '21': Longest-Running No. 1 Album Since 'Purple Rain'

    February 29, 2012 11:00 AM EST Not unexpectedly, Adele 's "21" album spends a 22nd week atop the Billboard 200 chart, selling 297,000 (down 59%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's now the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution 's "Purple Rain" soundtrack scored 24 weeks…

  20. Tyga's Album's First Week at Retail Disrupted by Uncleared MLK Sample

    February 23, 2012 6:20 PM EST Tyga trumpeted Tuesday's release date for his long-awaited Young Money/Universal debut, "Careless World," for weeks. The album's title has come to mean more than the MC probably intended: While the LP did officially drop on that date, an uncleared sample meant that it didn…

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