1. Jay Z & Beyonce To Embark On Summer Stadium Tour?

    April 16, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Jay Z and Beyonce could be coming to a stadium near you. According to reports, hip hop’s golden couple is set to announce a 20-stadium U.S. tour that will start in late June. The claims are published in the N.Y. Post’s Page Six  column. There's also a hint that the trek would pull…

  2. Ask Billboard: Hits That Have Out-Charted The Songs They Sample

    April 15, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Your knowledgeable responses about hit songs with samples, from Eminem to the 'Macarena.' Plus, John Legend has added class to the Hot 100 As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first…

  3. Jay Z & Kanye West Give SXSW A Bromance For the Ages

    March 13, 2014 5:45 AM EDT In a sort of one-off relaunch of their "Watch The Throne" tour, rap titans Jay Z and Kanye teamed up again last night for a celebratory -- if not revelatory -- show at the Austin Music Hall during SXSW, filling the small-for-them 4,600-seater to the point of nearly popping.…

  4. Skrillex's 'Recess' & 10 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    March 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  5. Kanye West and Jay Z to Kick Off Samsung's SXSW Concert Series

    March 10, 2014 6:57 PM EDT For the first time since the twosome wrapped their Watch the Throne tour in 2012, rap royalty Kanye West and Jay Z will perform a full concert this Wednesday (March 12) at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. West and Z will headline the first night of Samsung's SXSW…

  6. Jay Z, Daft Punk Collaborate on Leaked Track 'Computerized': Listen

    March 10, 2014 6:21 PM EDT Daft Punk…  and Jay Z… on the same track? It can't be real, can it? Well, apparently it is: "Computerized," a one-song collaboration between the French electronic duo and Brooklyn rapper, mysteriously made its way online on Monday (Mar. 10), and Pitchfork has confirmed that the…

  7. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2014: The Rich List

    March 10, 2014 11:10 AM EDT Billboard ranks the highest-paid musicians of the past year. Who makes the biggest bucks in music? Billboard’s annual Money Makers ranking of the top earners is more than a little bit country (Taylor storms in at No. 1), with plenty of hip-hop and a whole lot of rock’n’roll …

  8. T-Pain Announces 34-Date 'I Am T-Pain Tour' (Exclusive)

    March 03, 2014 3:08 PM EST It's unlikely anyone forgot who T-Pain is. But just in case they did, he's about to remind them with the I Am T-Pain Tour, beginning March 6 in Sacramento. Billboard is excited to exclusively announce the upcoming concerts. The 34-date North American tour will allow the two-time…

  9. Rick Ross Reveals 'Mastermind' Track List

    February 08, 2014 3:48 PM EST Kanye West, Jay Z, The Weeknd to appear on rapper's sixth album Rick Ross' "Mastermind" finally has a track list. The rapper released the list of songs to be featured on his sixth studio album yesterday (Feb. 7), Pitchfork reports . As with many of Ross' past records…

  10. Beyonce & Jay Z Kick Off GRAMMYs With Steamy 'Drunk In Love' Performance: Video

    January 26, 2014 9:01 PM EST Jay Z and Beyoncé, music’s hottest power couple , kicked off the 56th GRAMMY Awards with their steamiest performance yet. GRAMMYs: News, Winners, Photos & More Lights shined down on a wet-haired, Chromat-wearing Bey’ as she straddled a chair to "Drunk In Love." Her husband,…

  11. Beyoncé, Jay Z Top Billboard's Power 100 List

    January 23, 2014 8:00 PM EST What is power? At its base, it's the ability to reshape the world around you according to your vision. And who in the music industry did so better in the last year than this power couple? FULL LIST OF THIS YEAR'S POWER 100 BUY THE ISSUE Leveraging their star power to release…

  12. Beyonce, Jay Z To Perform at GRAMMY Awards

    January 20, 2014 12:08 PM EST After some speculation last week, Beyonce has been confirmed to be taking the GRAMMY Awards stage on Sunday night (Jan. 26), alongside hubby Jay Z. The appearance was confirmed in a commercial that aired on CBS on Sunday (Jan. 19), listing the married couple among the performers of…

  13. Howard Stern: The Billboard Cover Q&A

    January 20, 2014 11:00 AM EST When Howard Stern jumped from terrestrial to satellite radio, Sirius had half a million subscribers. Today it has 25.6 million. As he turns 60, Stern looks back at his career and sees radio on the verge of the next step in its evolution. It doesn't take long to figure out how…

  14. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' 2013's Best Selling Album, 'Blurred Lines' Top Song

    January 02, 2014 6:49 PM EST Final sales totals are in; how did 2013 stack up against previous years? Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" finish 2013 as the year's top selling album and song in the United States, respectively,…

  15. Top 20 Music Moments of 2013

    December 26, 2013 12:30 PM EST It was a year of blockbuster comebacks, surprise albums, game-changing moves in hip-hop, twerking teddy bears and tearful goodbyes of all kinds. For sure, 2013 kept us busy. These are the 20 biggest music moments in a 12 month span that was crammed with milestones. BEST OF 2013: Year-End…

  16. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2013: Justin Timberlake, Drake & Macklemore Claim The Charts

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Blue-eyed soul and hip-hop. New R&B breakthroughs. Rap icons still holding it down. Those are just a few of the key takeaways from 2013 in R&B and hip-hop. Monitoring all this activity to draw a more detailed picture: a host of new R&B and rap charts. Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip…

  17. Beyonce Unexpectedly Releases New Self-Titled 'Visual Album' on iTunes

    December 13, 2013 12:12 AM EST Just minutes before midnight EST Friday (Dec. 13) morning, Beyonce released her fifth album, a self-titled set, exclusively on iTunes . Details are still emerging on confirmed producers, but guests credited on the "exclusive visual album" are Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean…

  18. Jay Z Pays Tribute to Nelson Mandela at L.A. Concert: Watch

    December 10, 2013 11:27 PM EST Jay Z has joined the ranks of stars paying tribute to Nelson Mandela. During his concert at Los Angles' Staples Center on Dec. 9, the rapper dedicated "Young Forever" to Mandela, who died Dec. 5. "We want to dedicate this song to Nelson Mandela. A great man, spent 27 years…

  19. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  20. Grammy Predictions 2014: Who Will Land The Major Nominations?

    December 04, 2013 7:00 PM EST Expect big nights for JT, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde. But who else is striding into the major categories? On Friday night (Dec. 6), the nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's…

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