1. You Might Be Dead Before Wu-Tang Clan's 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin' Comes Out

    March 02, 2015 9:55 PM EST The Wu-Tang Clan 's secret one-of-a-kind, Cher - featuring album Once Upon A Time In Shaolin that's being sold to the highest bidder now has an auction going. But unless you're willing to dish out the dough, chances are you won't hear this album for at least 88 years, if…

  2. Op-Ed: If Skrillex and Diplo Can't Get Us Off Our Phones, Who Can?

    February 27, 2015 4:55 PM EST We’re all responsible for keeping our culture of capturing memories from killing the moment. Thursday night, Skrillex and Diplo released their debut Jack U album by playing an 18-hour set for an L.A. crowd that seemed to value the idea of its presence more than actually being present.…

  3. 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Breaks Down Jamal's Coming Out

    February 26, 2015 12:00 PM EST [Warning: This story contains spoilers from the eighth episode of  Empire's  first season, "The Lyon's Roar."] Jamal Lyon ( Jussie Smollett ), the middle son of hip-hop mogul Lucious ( Terrence Howard ) on  Lee Daniels  and  Danny Strong 's  Empire,  is now an out and…

  4. Cypress Hill's B Real Talks Opening His Medical-Marijuana Dispensary, New All-Star 'Mixtape' and 'Ultimate Stoner Lineup'

    February 17, 2015 2:34 PM EST Cypress Hill 's B Real (whose real name is Louis Freese) has fame and money, but he still needed a lot of luck for his next business venture outside of music: a medical marijuana dispensary in Southern California's Orange County. The musician-actor-TV entrepreneur was one of six out…

  5. D'Angelo's 'Voodoo' at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    January 23, 2015 4:53 PM EST Some music comes armored in myth -- Brian Wilson 's Smile sessions, My Bloody Valentine 's Loveless , Nas ' Illmatic . In these cases, the stories of all-star personnel, torturous recording sessions, or delayed release dates are almost as important as the actual songs. D'…

  6. Billboard Cover: Mark Ronson on His Surprise No. 1 Hit, Amy Winehouse and His Neurotic Ways

    January 16, 2015 10:00 AM EST Four hours from now, Mark Ronson will learn, via text, that his song "Uptown Funk" has dislodged Taylor Swift from her perch atop the U.S. singles chart, giving him his first No. 1 hit as an artist. For now, he's in his recording studio in an industrial area of North London…

  7. Kim Fowley, Legendary Record Producer, Dead at 75

    January 15, 2015 6:31 PM EST After a long battle with bladder cancer, Kim Fowley, an impresario, record producer and scenester best known for his work with the Runaways, has died, Ralph Peer of Peer Music confirmed via author Harvey Kubernik. He was 75.  Throughout his career, Fowley stepped in and out of…

  8. Billboard Cover: Kendrick Lamar on Ferguson, Leaving Iggy Azalea Alone and Why 'We're in the Last Days'

    January 09, 2015 9:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar’s not your average hip-hop savior: He’s a poetic, God-fearing introvert with maverick views on everything from police violence to Iggy Azalea -- and, yes, the rapture. Most of Kendrick Lamar 's days begin -- or maybe end -- around 5 a.m., when the 27-year-old king of…

  9. Wu-Tang Clan Bring the Latest 'Ruckus' to 'Letterman'

    November 26, 2014 10:31 AM EST In advance of their sixth studio album  A Better Tomorrow , the Wu-Tang Clan performed their latest single, "Ruckus In B Minor," on Letterman . (Not to be confused with "Bring Da Ruckus," the opening track on Wu-Tang's debut album.) Watch their performance below.…

  10. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  11. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Boosie to Screaming Females

    November 21, 2014 4:09 PM EST Tove Styrke "Borderline" RCA/Sony Sweden Can two Swedish singers named Tove cross over with confessional jams in the same year? New RCA signee Tove Styrke would love to match the success of Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" with the slithering "Borderline,"…

  12. Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins Says U2's New Album 'Sounds Like a Fart Any Way You Listen to It'

    November 10, 2014 9:54 PM EST It's not every day you get an album review that'll compare the music to flatulence, but you've got to hand it to Foo Fighters ' Taylor Hawkins for breaking the mold on this one. The band's drummer recently summed up his feelings about U2 's new album, Songs…

  13. Def Jam Promotes No I.D. to Head of A&R

    November 04, 2014 12:23 PM EST Def Jam Recordings has promoted industry veteran Dion "No I.D." Wilson to executive vice president in charge of all A&R activities at the label. It's a title bump for No I.D., who was previously co-head of A&R. According to a press release, the producer/executive will…

  14. Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Album Thrills at Listening Party in NYC

    November 04, 2014 11:44 AM EST After months of delays, false starts and media bickering , the new Wu-Tang Clan album, A Better Tomorrow , is miraculously on its way, with a rock-solid release date (Dec. 2) and label home (Warner Bros. Records). On Monday night (Nov. 3), Wu mastermind the RZA hosted a private listening…

  15. Billboard Cover: Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album and Life as a Single Dad

    October 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT There Are Segways, and then there's Usher Raymond IV 's Segway. Usher's scooter is a custom-built, gold-plated number with rims that look like they were lifted from Rick Ross ' Maybach. It shines like Louis the XIV's jewels as he zips through the hallways…

  16. Exclusive: Logic Breaks Down 6 Things to Know About Him

    October 22, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Logic , born Sir Robert bryson Hall II, is one of 2014's biggest surprises. Under Pressure (Def Jam, Oct. 21), the debut LP from the 24-year-old Maryland native, is a gem, with a mix of earnest raps and lush beats reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole . Logic, 'Driving Ms.…

  17. Tory Lanez Channels the Classics in First NYC Headlining Show

    October 16, 2014 5:37 PM EDT "I believe in keeping sh-- classic" announced Tory Lanez during the middle his show at Webster Hall on Wednesday night -- his first headlining show in New York City. Lanez, who hails from Toronto, wasn't lying: He sang Bell Biv DeVoe during the performance; his Chixtape II…

  18. Billboard Cover: Florida Georgia Line on Being ‘Professional Partiers,’ Haters and Hip-Hop

    October 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The banjo player has magenta highlights in his hair. The drummer is wearing sunglasses and a Motley Crue T-shirt. In the first song, there's a bass drop: The sound briefly stops, and when it storms back in, a meter at the sound board spikes to 120 decibels. Welcome to the 2014 version…

  19. Why 1995 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 08, 2014 10:30 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992  and  1993 . Today, we look at 1994 and 1995 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE Picking your favorite year in a decade of musical…

  20. Why Did R&B Singer Jhene Aiko Roll Out Her New Album at a Pot Dispensary?

    September 29, 2014 1:22 PM EDT In the week her first full-length album, Souled Out , debuted, singer Jhene Aiko cooked up a novel idea for its rollout: She performed for a crowd of 80 at the popular -- and legal -- West Hollywood pot shop The Farmacy. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review Aiko…

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