1. Jazmine Sullivan Is 'Completely Finished' With 'Reality Show' Album; Talks 3-Year Hiatus: Exclusive

    May 19, 2014 3:35 PM EDT While she's "a little scared" to step back into the spotlight, Jazmine Sullivan "can't escape my calling." The singer-songwriter – whose vocal prowess is heart-stirring – released her first official single, "Dumb," last Monday (May 12) after taking a…

  2. KCON 2014 Grows to 2 Days of Concerts, More Artists to Perform at the U.S. K-Pop Convention

    May 16, 2014 9:00 PM EDT The Los Angeles festival lineup will begin its reveal next week To supplement the swelling interest of K-pop in America, KCON is growing. The U.S.-based convention devoted to all things K-pop culture will boast two separate nights of concerts. KCON says more artists will perform at…

  3. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  4. Skin in the Game: Leather and How Beyonce, Justin Bieber and More are Rocking It

    May 01, 2014 6:30 PM EDT Nothing comes between rock stars and their leather. And the truism seems even more so today than ever. Adidas' Music Gamble: Why They're Betting on Pharrell Williams and Kanye West Why? "Leather is just badass," says Jonny Cota, the designer of Skingraft, a 7-year-old,…

  5. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your…

  6. Adidas' Music Gamble: Why They're Betting on Pharrell Williams and Kanye West

    April 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT More than just a marketing coup, Kanye West's defection from Nike -- where he helped design the coveted Air Yeezy sneaker -- to Adidas in December signaled a redoubling of the 64-year-old publicly traded German brand's fashion-focused strategy for sneaker dominance. Although…

  7. Iggy Azalea Talks 'The New Classic' Album & Former Interscope Deal

    April 21, 2014 12:30 PM EDT 'Why is it that you can have The Rolling Stones,' Azalea asks, 'but a white rapper is weird?' "Fancy" is giving Iggy Azalea life. It's the fourth single from the Australian rapper's forthcoming debut, "The New Classic" (April 22, Def Jam…

  8. K-Pop Convention KCON Returns to Los Angeles in August

    April 03, 2014 9:23 PM EDT Last year's festival brought out Missy Elliot, G-Dragon, EXO, Crayon Pop and other Korean stars America's annual K-pop convention KCON announced it will return to Los Angeles for another two-day festival. The announcement came today via the convention's official trailer: As…

  9. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  10. Inside the Topanga Canyon Studio of Jacknife Lee, Producer for U2, Taylor Swift & 'Divergent'

    March 28, 2014 3:15 PM EDT The words "Abandon Taste" glow on a neon sign in the main room of Jacknife Lee's Topanga Canyon recording studio, part of a three-structure compound that also includes his home -- and a yurt. It's an ironic statement, considering Lee, real name Garret Lee, is the acclaimed…

  11. Ginuwine Reflects on 15th Anniversary of Classic Album '100% Ginuwine'

    March 14, 2014 1:20 PM EDT Everybody knows “Pony.” Ginuwine’s 1996 debut single is synonymous with sex and the timeless art of titillation, immortalized by its own video , Internet meme and the 2012 male stripper drama “Magic Mike.” But the R&B singer born Elgin Lumpkin, Timbaland’s first solo artist and…

  12. SHINee's Key & INFINITE's Woohyun Turn Bromance Into Funky Duo: Watch Toheart's 'Delicious' Debut

    March 12, 2014 8:38 PM EDT The popular boy band members combine for what might be K-pop's feel-good track of 2014 While Pharrell's "Happy" spends another week atop the Billboard Hot 100 , there's another feel-good anthem in town. Under the name Toheart, K-pop stars Key and Woohyun -- members of…

  13. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Drake Lead Hot Rap Songs' 25th Anniversary Rankings

    March 06, 2014 2:08 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have had a monumental run since the 2012 release of their debut album, "The Heist." The duo has performed numerous sold out-shows and recently garnered four Grammy Awards. Now, there's another achievement that the rapper and producer can tuck…

  14. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 50 Artists, Most Top 10s, Most No. 1s

    March 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rap Songs chart , which made its debut on March 11, 1989, we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top 100 rap songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the top 50 Hot Rap Songs artists, the artists with the…

  15. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    March 06, 2014 1:15 PM EST To honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally's top 100 tracks ever. Rap is a victorious genre. Having built its history on songs of overcoming the harshest of hard-knock lives, in addition to observances of all of life'…

  16. Top 10 Biggest GRAMMY Upsets Of The Past 10 Years

    January 21, 2014 1:40 PM EST Esperanza Spalding, Bon Iver, Herbie Hancock and more artists who shocked the world with GRAMMY wins in the past decade. One of the more enjoyable reasons to watch the GRAMMY Awards each year is because of the shocking upset victories -- the artists, songs and albums in the running that…

  17. Katy B Moves Beyond The Bass: 'I Wanted There To Be A Focus On My Songwriting'

    January 17, 2014 2:00 PM EST After jumping from pirate radio to the pop charts, the U.K. reaches past her dubstep roots even further with new album. In 2010, an unknown BRIT School graduate singing over dizzying bass drops took the U.K. singles chart by storm with the song "Katy on a Mission," a boastful…

  18. Drake's Aaliyah Project Halted, Says Producer

    January 08, 2014 7:32 PM EST The would-be Aaliyah record of unreleased tracks from the late singer is staying on the shelf -- for good, this time. Production of the posthumous album, spearheaded by Noah "40" Shebib and Drake, has been halted, according to a new Vibe interview with Shebib. "Aaliyah’s label…

  19. 2013's Biggest-Selling K-Pop Songs in America: PSY, Girls' Generation, 2NE1 & More

    December 17, 2013 8:00 PM EST Acts may have felt sales spurts from TV placements, high-profile award wins and, of course, general fanfare. When you consider we're in 2013, a look through America's 10 best-selling K-pop songs has expected and majorly-unexpected inclusions. Unsurprisingly, PSY leads…

  20. Katy B's Sophomore Album Gets February Release Date

    December 12, 2013 3:45 PM EST "Little Red" features collaborations with Diplo and Sampha. Back in March , one of Pop Shop's favorite up-and-comers -- British dancefloor siren Katy B -- told Billboard her sophomore album was "95 percent done" and due for a summer 2013 release. The new album wound…

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