1. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  2. Pras Michel, Founding Member of the Fugees, Takes Ice Bucket Challenge in North Korea

    August 31, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Pras Michel passed on the challenge to four people, including former bandmate Lauryn Hill. It's pretty hard to find a novel way to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by now, but two-time Grammy-winning rapper Pras Michel , a founding member of the Fugees , has done it -- getting his dousing…

  3. Exclusive: Guitarist Jason Becker, Who Suffers From ALS, Calls Ice-Bucket Trend 'Amazing'

    August 28, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Jason Becker, a former guitarist for David Lee Roth who has lived with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for 25 years, is thrilled to see what the ice-bucket challenge is doing in the fight against the disease. “I love it. It is amazing,” Becker tells Billboard via phone from his…

  4. The 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.

    August 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On April 23, just one day after the release of her soon-to-be No. 3 album on the Billboard 200, Iggy Azalea was onstage at the House of Blues in Boston playing for a sellout crowd of 2,500. A major artist in front of a small crowd -- investors call it a "perishable experience"; fans…

  5. 'Danny Elfman's Music From the Films of Tim Burton' Adds Second L.A. Show

    July 28, 2014 6:56 PM EDT Elfman, along with 87-piece Hollywood Studio Symphony and 45-member choir, will perform Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live. " Danny Elfman 's Music From the Films of Tim Burton" has added a second performance in Los Angeles. Elfman and the 87-piece Hollywood…

  6. Is 'Weird Al' The First Artist to 'Pull A Beyonce' Successfully?

    July 25, 2014 2:38 PM EDT With "Mandatory Fun's" No. 1 debut, the veteran parody artist became essential to the Internet conversation. "Pulling a Beyonce" has become the most overused trope in music writing ever since Queen Bey dropped her self-titled fifth album out of nowhere last December,…

  7. Why Linda Perry Decided to 'Make or Break' It on Reality TV

    July 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT The former 4 Non Blondes singer and hitmaking songwriter tells Billboard why she's trying her hand at a new VH1 competition show -- and putting her uncompromising attitude on display "Sometimes I’ll look back at old pictures where I’m a little heavy and dressed funny and think, …

  8. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Name-Drops Tons of Celebrities in ‘Lame Claim to Fame’ Video (Watch)

    July 20, 2014 12:44 PM EDT Here’s a little-known fact about “Weird Al” Yankovic: “I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy who knows Kevin Bacon." 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart At least that's what he claims in his celeb…

  9. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Vents Frustrations, Channels Pixies in ‘First World Problems’ Music Video

    July 19, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Wi-Fi troubles, itchy cotton sheets, Amazon shipping fees, forgetting the gardener’s name — these are just a few of life’s small annoyances that "Weird Al" Yankovic addresses over Pixies-inspired music in his latest video “First World Problems.” 'Weird Al' Yankovic Aiming…

  10. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Sends Up Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' with 'Word Crimes': Watch

    July 15, 2014 12:30 PM EDT After kicking off his eight-videos-in-eight-days campaign on Monday (July 14), "Weird Al" Yankovic has celebrated Tuesday's release of new album "Mandatory Fun" with a brand new clip, this time for the "Blurred Lines" parody "Word Crimes":…

  11. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Spoofs Pharrell's 'Happy' with 'Tacky': Watch

    July 14, 2014 11:56 AM EDT Margaret Cho, Jack Black, Kristen Schaal and more guest in the video to Yankovic's parody of Pharrell's No. 1 smash. "Weird Al" Yankovic is rolling out his new album, "Mandatory Fun," by releasing eight videos over the next eight days. The first one comes…

  12. John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas & Gretchen Peters Picked for Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    July 08, 2014 5:05 PM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees, with four of Music City’s top tunesmiths being selected for induction this October. Being named to the Hall of the “Class of 2014” are John Anderson, Paul Craft, Tom Douglas, and Gretchen Peters. "Here in…

  13. Jazz Legend Horace Silver Dead at 85

    June 18, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Jazz pianist Horace Silver , a progenitor of the style known as hard bop and whose piano riff in "Song for My Father" was the backbone of Steely Dan's biggest hit, died June 18 at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85. Working with the drummer Art Blakey, he co-founded the…

  14. Spoon Announces New Album 'They Want My Soul' & Shares New Music

    June 05, 2014 1:00 PM EDT The band's first album since 2010 drops August 5 via Loma Vista. One of indie rock's most reliable, critically acclaimed bands is back for another go. Following an uncharacteristic four-year break between full-lengths, Spoon will release a new studio album titled "They Want My…

  15. How Marty Friedman Went From Megadeth to the 'Ryan Seacrest Of Japan'

    June 03, 2014 11:37 AM EDT "Chubo desu yo!" translates into English as “It's the Kitchen!,” and it's a mainstay of Japanese TV. Each week the show's jovial host Masaaki Sakai, a singer-comedian and household name, cooks a meal while engaging guests in humorous off-topic banter. Tonight's…

  16. Jordin Sparks' 2014 Billboard Music Awards Best Dressed List

    May 20, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Singer and 2014 BBMAs red carpet host Jordin Sparks lists her favorite looks of the night. I had such a blast co-hosting the 2014 Billboard Music Awards "Samsung (thanks for my phone!!!) Red Carpet LIVE!" with Lance Bass on Sunday! My feet still hurt! Yikes! We got to talk…

  17. Top 20 Most Underrated Girl Group Songs

    April 28, 2014 3:12 PM EDT From Girls Aloud to SWV to Electrik Red, check out Billboard's editorial countdown of underappreciated girl group tracks. Most casual pop fans can rattle off a few of the biggest girl group hits of all time -- the classic cuts by the Supremes, TLC, Destiny's Child and more --…

  18. 4 Non Blondes to Reunite at L.A. Event

    April 17, 2014 11:45 AM EDT What's up with 4 Non Blondes? How about a one-night-only reunion? The '90s rock band will perform May 10 at "An Evening With Women" to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Linda Perry, the band's former lead singer and hit songwriter, has produced the event for…

  19. Michael Cera Readies Broadway Debut In 'This Is Our Youth'

    April 10, 2014 2:46 AM EDT Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, which has been a magnet for top talent since it was first produced in 1996, is headed for Broadway, with Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and fashion media darling Tavi Gevinson set to play the three adrift characters in the caustic but compassionate…

  20. Spandau Ballet Makes U.S. Return With SXSW Film Premiere and Concert

    March 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Wednesday's gig marked the British New Romantic band's first Statesdie performance in nearly 30 years Having finished their first performance in the U.S. in more than 28 years, Spandau Ballet will wait until George Hencken's documentary, "Soul Boys of the Western World,…

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