1. Grammys 2015: The Awards You Didn't See

    February 08, 2015 6:40 PM EST Not all of the 2015 Grammys were given away on camera. Here are the prizes awarded before the ceremony hit TV. Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman, Winds of Samsara Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier, The Legacy Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta Grammys…

  2. Slash on His Famous Guns N' Roses Riff, His Grandma's Inspiration and How Les Paul Once 'Wiped the Stage' With Him

    January 23, 2015 10:48 AM EST The late guitar pioneer Les Paul once "wiped the floor" with Slash when the former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist played with the veteran instrument inventor at a New York City club some years back.  Now, on Jan. 24, at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., Slash…

  3. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 6:26 PM EST BEST RAP SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "Anaconda" Nicki Minaj Songwriters: Ernest Clark, Jamal Jones, Onika Maraj, Marcos Palacios, J. Solone-Myvett Publishers: Harajuku Barbie Music, Money Mack Music, Songs of Universal Inc., My Diet Starts Tomorrow Inc., U Can't Teach Bein&…

  4. Why Reddit to Richard Branson Are Betting Big on Crowdfunding

    November 07, 2014 3:00 PM EST This September, when rap super duo Run the Jewels announced preorder sales for their second album, RTJ2 , Atlanta rapper Killer Mike and Brooklyn rapper-producer El-P included a few playfully absurd special options on RTJ’s website. In addition to the $1 million "Retirement Plan"…

  5. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  6. Iggy Azalea Leads American Music Awards With Six Nominations

    October 13, 2014 9:00 AM EDT With six nominations, Iggy Azalea is at the front of the pack leading into next month’s 2014 American Music Awards .  The Hot 100 chart-topping, Australian-born performer is up for artist of the year, new artist of the year, single of the year, favorite female artist - pop/rock,…

  7. Robin Williams' Life Celebrated at San Francisco Tribute

    September 28, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Family and famous industry friends of  Robin Williams ' gathered to celebrate his legendary life Saturday in San Francisco,  The Hollywood Reporter  has learned. The private tribute – held at the Curran Theatre – drew hundreds of guests and included music and video tributes as well as…

  8. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  9. It's Official: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett Announce Album, Premiere 'Anything Goes' Video

    July 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT The main G.U.Y. in Lady Gaga's life these days? Tony Bennett.  Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett made their long-in-the-works project official today, announcing the album  Cheek to Cheek --  a collection of jazz standards including "It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),"…

  10. Beastie Boys v. Monster: Ad-Rock Takes Stand, IDs Mike D In a Sailor Suit

    May 27, 2014 6:48 PM EDT The Beastie Boys' lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp. went to trial today in Manhattan's Financial District. Seated in a large, ornate courtroom in the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse -- which Federal Judge Paul A. Engelmayer described as "ancient... like a haunted house"…

  11. Ty Dolla $ign & DJ Mustard Hit Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 20, 2014 4:44 PM EST In its 13th week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Ty Dolla $ign's "Paranoid," featuring B.o.B, steps 11-10 to mark the former's first top 10 on the list. The track gains in all three of the chart's metrics with a 13% lift to 33,000 downloads, its best sales week yet …

  12. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  13. Beyonce Scores Sixth No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart

    January 23, 2014 6:04 PM EST In just its sixth week on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love" (featuring Jay Z) jumps 5-1 to mark her sixth leader on the list. She last topped the chart in 2012 when "Love on Top" reigned for seven weeks. In terms of most No. 1s by a female, Mrs.…

  14. Kid Ink's 'Own Lane' to the Top 10 of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    January 16, 2014 8:05 PM EST The rapper scores his highest peak yet with "My Own Lane" Kid Ink scores his highest position yet on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as “My Own Lane” opens at No. 2 with 50,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the Los Angeles rapper’s third appearance on the list after his…

  15. Pharrell Gets 'Happy' With Debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    January 09, 2014 9:24 PM EST "Happy" marks singer/producer's first stop on the chart as a solo artist since 2006 After posting four songs on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as a featured artist in 2013 -- including 17 weeks at No. 1 with Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” -- Pharrell Williams opens 2014 with his own…

  16. Eminem's 'Monster' Posts Biggest Sales Week Yet

    January 03, 2014 1:30 PM EST In its ninth week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Eminem's "The Monster" takes home Digital Gainer honors thanks to a 123% increase to 433,000 downloads, its best week yet according to Nielsen SoundScan. The most recent tracking week ending on Dec. 29. The Rihanna-assisted…

  17. Beyonce's 'Drunk In Love' Debuts at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    December 27, 2013 10:15 AM EST The song marks the singer's highest debut on the chart Just one week after "Beyonce" surprised the world and debuted at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, its lead single "Drunk in Love," featuring Jay Z, opens at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The addictive…

  18. Beyonce Scores Fifth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 19, 2013 6:23 PM EST Beyoncé's self-titled surprise album opens at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums marking her fifth leader on the list. The iTunes exclusive (through Dec. 18) set sold 617,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, her best sales week yet. All four of Beyoncé's previous…

  19. 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…

  20. Sevyn Streeter Makes ‘Crazy’ Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    December 12, 2013 6:53 PM EST Sevyn Streeter streaks to her first top 10 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as her EP “Call Me Crazy, But…” opens at No. 5 with 17,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 27-year-old singer first appeared on a Billboard chart more than 11 years ago when her…

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