1. Chuck D Q&A: The Record Store Day Ambassador Looks to the Past for Music's Future

    March 23, 2014 5:44 PM EDT A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood this week to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stations. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer…

  2. Usher's 'Confessions' at 10: An Oral History with Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri & More

    March 22, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of the 10th anniversary of "Confessions," an elite group of contributors who were involved in its creation share the story of making the album. There aren’t many albums that make you feel as if your life is being recited back to you or as if you have your very own…

  3. Big Boi Signs New Management Deal: 'We Have a Lot of New Material Coming' (Exclusive)

    March 21, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Big Boi, the rap artist best known as half of hip-hop duo Outkast, has signed a management deal with Jordan Feldstein's Career Artist Management, whose clients include Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke. The news comes as Big Boi (born Antwan André Patton) is reuniting for the first time since…

  4. Avicii Goes Country: 'Hey Brother' With 'Less Thump' Crosses Over on Radio

    March 21, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Swedish DJ Avicii makes his introduction to Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Hey Brother" bows at No. 59.  Avicii … country? Certain country programmers say that despite Avicii's status as one of EDM's cornerstones, the bluegrass-tinged "Hey Brother"…

  5. Record Store Day Unveils 2014 Releases: David Bowie, Jay Z, Coldplay, Haim + More

    March 20, 2014 3:56 PM EDT Record Store Day has just announced a complete list of its 2014 exclusive releases (below) for its seventh annual celebration on April 19. The list of exclusive vinyl, which includes everything from a 7" David Bowie picture disc, a 12" of Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good…

  6. Tove Lo Debuts Talks 'Truth Serum' EP, Working With Adam Lambert

    March 19, 2014 3:02 PM EDT  "When you live in a safe environment like I grew up in, you need the adrenaline to come from somewhere," says the Swedish pop artist. Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo first made a major Stateside impression last April with the self-release of her single "Habits," an…

  7. Musicians Embrace Magnises, a Black Card for the Younger Set

    March 18, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland launches a high-end, low-cost version of the AmEx status symbol. Wale & French Montana are among the card-holders. Getting better access doesn’t always mean having bigger bucks. Just ask Billy McFarland, the 21-year-old college dropout who launched…

  8. Rock Hall Defends Curbing Kiss: New Guys 'Took On Personas Created by Ace and Peter'

    March 18, 2014 9:20 AM EDT With the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony looming closer, neither Kiss nor the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation seem ready to relax the entrenched positions that led to the group's decision not to perform April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  Kiss, according…

  9. Kiss, Def Leppard Announce Summer Tour

    March 17, 2014 8:53 PM EDT After its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month, Kiss will hit the road to celebrate. The rock band announced today (March 17) a co-headlining tour this summer with fellow rockers Def Leppard. The 42-city jaunt across North America is set to begin June 23 in West Valley…

  10. Def Jam Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 2 Chainz and Pusha T Rocking, Kanye West Watching

    March 12, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Def Jam records celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW with a star-studded showcase, which included performances by 2 Chainz, Pusha T, YG, and a host of top picks from the Def Jam Roster. 
 The event, which took place at Stubbs BBQ, was sponsored by web hosting companyMedia Temple and…

  11. SXSW 2014's 10 Must-See Shows: Lady Gaga, Skrillex, 50 Cent & More

    March 11, 2014 2:47 PM EDT As usual, SXSW has a lot to offer this year, with non-stop music taking over Austin, Texas through March 16. Deciding which concerts to hit is always a daunting task, but with the line-ups nearly solidified we're giving our intel on this year's 10 must-see SXSW shows. SXSW 2014:…

  12. Skrillex's 'Recess' & 10 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    March 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 11 instances of…

  13. Kanye West and Jay Z to Kick Off Samsung's SXSW Concert Series

    March 10, 2014 6:57 PM EDT For the first time since the twosome wrapped their Watch the Throne tour in 2012, rap royalty Kanye West and Jay Z will perform a full concert this Wednesday (March 12) at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. West and Z will headline the first night of Samsung's SXSW…

  14. Pharrell Williams’ ‘G I R L’ Grabs Top Spot in U.K.

    March 10, 2014 6:18 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has followed the million-selling U.K. success of his “Happy” single with a No. 1 debut for his “G I R L” album (Columbia/Sony). Sunday's (March 9) new Official Charts Company sales data also saw London DJ-producer Route 94 go straight to the top of the singles chart…

  15. Lady Gaga to Present Keynote Address at SXSW

    March 09, 2014 1:00 AM EST Lady Gaga is not only attending South by Southwest as a performer. She'll also be a featured speaker. Related Articles Samsung Launches Mobile Radio Service Milk Music Ahead of SXSW SXSW Executive Strategies - Def Jam's Sickamore: 'When You’re Down There It’s Very Intimate…

  16. MisterWives Keeping Busy On The Road Ahead Of Recording Debut Album

    March 07, 2014 4:48 PM EST "It's going to be amazing to be able to live and breathe the making of an album," says the group's Etienne Bowler. Before she linked up with four male musicians to form MisterWives (the name a gender-corrected take on the term "sisterwives") in late 2012,…

  17. Young Thug Is Still Signed to 1017 Brick Squad/Atlantic, Says Source

    March 07, 2014 1:09 PM EST The Atlanta rapper preps collaborative project with Rich Homie Quan. Young Thug, 22, is one of rap's hottest new commodities. His Auto-Tune heavy song, "Stoner," rises 59-58 in its third week on the Billboard Hot 100, and has sold 116,000 downloads, according to Nielsen…

  18. Kanye West's Donda Partners With Roc Nation

    March 04, 2014 9:28 AM EST Kanye West's creative design and content entity Donda has entered into a partnership with Jay Z's Roc Nation, which will manage all DONDA Music, according to a press release and an official statement on the latter's web site . The alliance will focus on West's…

  19. Rick Ross Masterminds Death-Defying Return: Video Q&A + Photo Shoot Behind-The-Scenes

    February 28, 2014 12:36 PM EST A murder attempt and now "Mastermind," an album back from the dead. Rick Ross is proud and warm. In a blue chinchilla jacket, black sweatshirt and a Saint Laurent belt hoisting up his jeans, he sits at the head of the table in a conference room in Def Jam’s New York offices,…

  20. Asher Roth Talks New LP 'RetroHash,' Premieres 'Tangerine Girl' Song: Listen

    February 26, 2014 12:50 PM EST Listen to new song "Tangerine Girl," from the April full-length, first at Billboard.com. "Growing up is inevitable," Asher Roth tells Billboard when talking about his new album, "RetroHash." Five years ago, the Pennsylvania rapper was not talking about…

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