1. DJ Mustard: How the Producer's 'Ratchet' Revolution Became the Sound of 2014

    February 14, 2014 1:26 PM EST The DJ Mustard sound, like a Van Gogh painting or a good avocado, is easy to spot when you know what to look for. It's taut and spare, snappy and insistent. There are usually gruff chants in the background, like the song is a boozy party where a dance circle has just taken shape. …

  2. Arcade Fire Nominated for Three mtvU Woodie Awards

    February 14, 2014 1:02 AM EST Canadian alternative rockers Arcade Fire leads this year's mtvU Woodie Awards nominations with three. Other artists receiving multiple nominations include Oscar nominee Pharrell Williams, Jay Z, Imagine Dragons, Disclosure and Chance the Rapper, all with two apiece. Arcade Fire will vie…

  3. Def Leppard Revisits Overlooked Album: 'It Went Against the Grain'

    February 10, 2014 11:02 AM EST "Slang" (1996) gets an expanded edition... "We could've put out 'Sgt. Pepper's' and I think it would have been the same because it was Def Leppard and we had gotten lumped in with all the crap metal bands of the 80s" Nearly 18 years later, the members…

  4. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

  5. Early Kanye West Videos: Never-Before-Seen ‘College Dropout’ Footage (Exclusive)

    February 07, 2014 2:56 PM EST Directors Coodie & Chike give Billboard a look at exclusive footage from Kanye's early days. "The College Dropout" introduced a relentless rapper, Kanye West, with extravagant musical and visual ideas. Two men that filled in the bubble that is West's vision were…

  6. Jimmy Fallon: The Billboard Cover Story

    February 07, 2014 11:35 AM EST Between bookings from U2 to Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and music booker Jonathan Cohen reveal how they turned late night into one of music's hottest stops Little-known fact: Before he had his own NBC talk show or landed a gig with "Saturday Night Live,…

  7. Fashion Week: 10 Epic Music Moments

    February 05, 2014 9:54 AM EST With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week taking over New York City Thursday (Feb. 6), we dug through the archives and stitched together a list of 10 legendary moments where music and fashion converged during fashion weeks the world over. As was proved last fall during Spring 2014 shows, when…

  8. 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…

  9. Olivia Newton-John Devoted to Las Vegas Show

    February 04, 2014 9:42 AM EST "Grease" star Olivia Newton-John is headed to Las Vegas. The 65-year-old singer and actress announced a headlining residency Tuesday. She will perform 45 shows at the Donny and Marie Showroom at The Flamingo, starting April 8. Dates are scheduled through the summer. More Vegas…

  10. Lorde, Robin Thicke Lead Pre-GRAMMY Universal Music Showcase

    January 25, 2014 8:25 PM EST Kacey Musgraves, Zedd, Juanes also performed at Hollywood showcase Robin Thicke, Lorde and another 11 acts signed to Universal Music Group acts performed Saturday afternoon at Lure nightclub in Hollywood for an audience of label and publishing executives as well as media. Related Articles…

  11. Rick Ross To Release Young Jeezy-Assisted Song, 'War Ready'; Reveals 'Mastermind' Album Cover

    January 24, 2014 6:20 PM EST Rick Ross is turning heads with his oft-delayed upcoming album, "Mastermind" (out March 4). A month after releasing his Jay Z-assisted single, "The Devil Is a Lie," the rapper unveils the album's cover artwork and teases an upcoming single with Young Jeezy. Ross and…

  12. Beyoncé, Jay Z Top Billboard's Power 100 List

    January 23, 2014 8:00 PM EST What is power? At its base, it's the ability to reshape the world around you according to your vision. And who in the music industry did so better in the last year than this power couple? FULL LIST OF THIS YEAR'S POWER 100 BUY THE ISSUE Leveraging their star power to release…

  13. Justin Bieber Arrested in Miami Beach, Charged With DUI and Resisting Arrest

    January 23, 2014 2:56 PM EST An early morning drag race with friends landed Justin Bieber in a Miami Beach jail on Thursday where a judge charged the pop singer (via video feed) with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license. Clad in an orange jumpsuit at Turner Guilford Knight…

  14. Singer Khalil Arrested Alongside Justin Bieber; See Mug Shot & Police Report

    January 23, 2014 12:39 PM EST R&B singer Khalil Sharieff was arrested alongside Justin Bieber Thursday morning (Jan. 23) in Miami Beach. Justin Bieber Arrested for DUI in Miami Beach Miami Beach Police Department's Police Chief Raymond A. Martinez said the 19-year old, who was seen racing a red Ferrari, was…

  15. Ronny Jordan, Jazz Guitarist, Dead at 51

    January 14, 2014 9:05 PM EST The musician was a leading player in the acid jazz movement Ronny Jordan, a guitarist and leading player in the acid jazz movement of the '80s and '90s, has died. He was 51. The guitarist's death was confirmed on Facebook today (Jan. 14) after Jordan's siblings set up a…

  16. Afrojack, Above & Beyond, more Announced as New Residents at Hakkasan Las Vegas: Exclusive

    January 06, 2014 10:59 AM EST The megaclub goes all in on big talent for the coming year, adding new names to its lineup while Tiësto and Calvin are continuing their residencies. A new year means new alliances on the Vegas Strip as Hakkasan Las Vegas unveils its lineup of DJ residencies for 2014. Afrojack, Above &…

  17. The Year In Bubbling Under: Lorde, Bastille, Passenger, A Great Big World, American Authors & More

    December 27, 2013 10:00 AM EST A look back at 10 breakout acts whose chart action Billboard heralded early on For a second year, Billboard presented our weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100.   The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts…

  18. Beyonce Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 26, 2013 2:13 PM EST "Beyonce" sold 991,000 in its first 10 days and is (so far) the 12th biggest-selling album of 2013 Beyonce's new self-titled album remains unstoppable on the Billboard 200 chart, as it spends a second week atop the list. "Beyonce" sold 374,000 copies in the…

  19. Kanye West Sued Over Sample in 'Bound 2'

    December 25, 2013 5:20 PM EST Ricky Spicer, singer from The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, sued West over a sample in the song's chorus While Seth Rogen, James Franco and Ellen Degeneres got plenty of laughs for spoofing Kanye West's "Bound 2" single, one former soul singer is less than pleased by the…

  20. Def Leppard Denies It'll Take Legal Action Against One Direction for Similar-Sounding Song

    December 19, 2013 7:30 PM EST Mirror UK originally reported potential legal action for similarities between "Midnight Memories" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" The boys of One Direction may have a sticky situation on their hands over the chorus of the group's new song "Midnight Memories."…

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