1. Jamaica’s I-Octanes Debuts Video for 'A Yah Wi Deh,' Featuring Ky-Mani Marley: Watch

    April 05, 2014 12:00 AM EDT Throughout his nearly decade-long recording career, which accelerated into high gear in 2010, Jamaican sing-jay I-Octane has amassed a hit-filled catalog rife with vigorous dancehall anthems recorded on the latest digitized rhythms, as well as some of contemporary roots reggae’s most…

  2. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout': An Oral History

    February 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST In celebration of its upcoming 10-year anniversary, 26 collaborators share their stories behind the making of Kanye West's debut album. "The College Dropout" is the story of and for the underdog, the underachiever. It still is, 10 years after its release (February…

  3. Jennifer Hudson Headlining Carnival Cruise Concert Series

    January 22, 2014 7:47 PM EST Chicago, Foreigner, Daughtry also set to perform during concert series Back when she was a nobody, long before she blasted to stardom on "American Idol" and "Dreamgirls," Jennifer Hudson sang on a cruise ship. And on Wednesday, the singer said she would do it again -- this…

  4. Foxes and Twerking Teddy Bear Costumes Selling Well for Halloween

    October 24, 2013 4:00 PM EDT What does the fox say? Ka-ching at the moment, at least for some Halloween costume sellers and two Norwegian TV hosts who asked the question in a goofy video that landed them on U.S. talk shows and music charts. Funny brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker, known as Ylvis (ILL-vis), elevated…

  5. Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar To Headline Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival

    September 19, 2013 3:25 AM EDT Imagine Dragon's Wayne "Wing" Sermon remembered hearing all the childhood stories drummer Daniel Platzman used to tell about the Music Midtown Festival. "He made it seem like an epic thing," said Sermon, the guitarist of the four-man rock group. They're among…

  6. Arctic Monkeys Announce Fifth Album, 'AM'

    June 24, 2013 11:35 AM EDT Arctic Monkeys will release "AM," their fifth full-length and first since 2011's "Suck It and See," on Sept. 10 through Domino. The album will feature contributions from Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, who co-produced the group's 2009 album "Humbug.…

  7. W&W and Ummet Ozcan, 'The Code': First Look

    April 24, 2013 1:04 PM EDT The Ultra Music Festival favorite gets a free-running clip on the mean streets of Queens, New York. There’s plenty the CODE team likes about the new video for Dutch DJ/producers W&W and Ummet Ozcan’s festival banger, premiering below. 1 Its Name The track is called “The Code.” Holla…

  8. Sigur Ros vs. Dipset: Two Dazzling NYC Shows In One Evening

    March 26, 2013 2:53 PM EDT Read our live breakdown of the Icelandic band's Madison Square Garden debut and the "Diplomatic Immunity" 10th anniversary show. Nine blocks. That's the distance that separates the north side of Madison Square Garden and the entrance to B.B. King Blues Club & Grill…

  9. The Year In Chart Beat Meet & Greets: Gotye, The Wanted, Alicia Keys & More

    December 29, 2012 11:05 AM EST Chart Beat had your passes to up-close performances and interviews all year long. A new venue opened in New York this year that's since welcomed star acts from various genres. No, not Brooklyn's Barclays Center (although that's had some good shows, too). The tight spaces of…

  10. Jessie Ware Plays U.S. Debut In New York, Talks Meeting Katy Perry

    December 12, 2012 11:30 AM EST Jessie Ware , a 28-year-old U.K. soul singer, may be popping up all over critics' year-end lists for 2012, but her debut U.S. gig at New York's The Box Monday night (Dec. 10) gave a glimpse into why the rest of America will be raving about her well into 2013. Performing an intimate…

  11. Kendrick Lamar: The Story Behind 'good kid, m.A.A.d city'

    October 22, 2012 4:45 PM EDT It's a Tuesday evening in early October and Kendrick Lamar just dozed off in the back of a black mini coach. He's got a black Top Dawg Entertainment hooded sweatshirt pulled low over his eyes as the inexplicable in-car entertainment, a live recording of the Blue Man Group, dances…

  12. Music's 15 Worst TV Cameos Ever

    October 03, 2012 6:55 PM EDT With Adam Levine joining "American Horror Story," Miley Cyrus appearing on "Two and a Half Men," and Justin Bieber swinging by for a cameo on "The Simpsons," this fall TV season is going to be overwhelmed with musicians. Even Adam Lambert is returning to…

  13. Hot Tours: Linkin Park & Incubus, Journey, Enrique and J-Lo

    September 24, 2012 2:30 PM EDT The Honda Civic Tour, co-headlined by rock acts Linkin Park and Incubus, score this week's No. 1 Hot Tours ranking as the annual sponsored rock concert makes its way through North America. The 2012 edition, with MuteMath also on the bill, launched on August 11 at the outdoor amphitheater…

  14. Fashion's Night Out: Solange Talks Stylish Album + More Music Highlights

    September 07, 2012 11:30 AM EDT As the sun set yesterday in NYC the Empire State Building's iconic tower lights burned red in honor of the biggest evening in fashion, Fashion's Night Out. This evening of fashion splendor also ushers in the hottest in musical performances. Azealia Banks, Cyndi Lauper, Chairlift,…

  15. The Avett Brothers Gain Rick Rubin's Trust on 'The Carpenter'

    September 06, 2012 4:00 PM EDT "We felt like ['I and Love and You'] was boot camp, and with this record Rick was like, 'Do your own thing,'" says Seth Avett. After feeling "a little bit out of our element, a little unfamiliar with the territory" on 2009's lauded "I and Love…

  16. Foo Fighters Not Done, Will Play at Democratic National Convention

    August 29, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Dave Grohl gave Foo Fighters fans quite the scare Monday night, telling the audience at England's Reading Festival that the performance would be "the last show of the tour" and "the last show for a long time." But not to worry -- the Foos still have a few shows lined…

  17. Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament Gets RNDM With Joseph Arthur

    August 28, 2012 4:45 PM EDT RNDM, the Pearl Jam bassist's project with Arthur & drummer Stuverud, releases 'Acts' Oct. 30 ahead of a U.S. tour. Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has joined forces with singer/songwriter Joseph Arthur for a new side project called RNDM, which is rounded out by drummer…

  18. 2 Chainz Talks 'Based on a T.R.U. Story' Album & Success

    August 06, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Chainz glides effortlessly across a wide Midtown Manhattan sidewalk looking like he just strutted out of central casting for the world's coolest hip-hop star. In fact, he plays the part with vigor: a crisp fedora hat, designer shades, a T-shirt that covers myriad tattoos, charcoal…

  19. 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…

  20. Pearl Jam Sets Montana Gig, Sen. Tester Preshow Event

    June 12, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Public onsale 6/22. MT Senator Jon Tester offering pre-show event with band. Pearl Jam's only non-festival U.S. show of 2012 will be a one-nighter in Missoula, Montana on Sept. 30, the band announced today. Tickets for the show at Missoula's Adams Center go onsale to the public on…

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