1. Ciara, 'Ciara': Track-by-Track Review

    July 02, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Confidence is a fatal weapon; the fearlessness it conceives makes one invincible, even to one's worst enemy. Ciara is one who exudes confidence beyond her strut. The singer stepped on to the scene close to 10 years ago with the Petey Pablo-assisted "Goodies" -- a song that…

  2. BET Says Sorry to Fashion Blogger Told to Tone-Down His Outfit

    July 02, 2013 12:41 AM EDT BET is apologizing to a fashion blogger who says it made him tone down his feminine look to appear on the network's pre-awards show. The network called the incident with B. Scott, which took place before Sunday's BET Awards, a "miscommunication." On his blog Monday,…

  3. Taylor Swift Rules Billboard.com's 2013 Mid-Year Music Awards

    July 01, 2013 3:09 PM EDT k 0 Miley Cyrus, P!nk, Ariana Grande also score big wins in the annual mid-year poll. Taylor Swift continued a stellar year by dominating the 2013 edition of Billboard.com's Mid-Year Music Awards poll, which allowed fans to weigh in on their favorite artists, songs,…

  4. Nicky Romero, 'Sensation: Into The Wild': Exclusive Preview


    July 01, 2013 2:00 PM EDT The Dutch DJ headlines a sold-out festival this weekend. Sensation, the high-concept mega-rave from The Netherlands, successfully launched in North America last year, but the hometown event is doing better than ever. Sensation Amsterdam sold out all 40,000 tickets in less than half a day.…

  5. Kendrick Lamar Wins Big At BET Awards, Capping Inaugural BET Experience Festival

    July 01, 2013 7:00 AM EDT “The best of the best in Black entertainment. All Day. All Night. All In.” That’s what BET promised to deliver with its inaugural three-day music and lifestyle festival, the BET Experience. Staged in association with AEG at the latter’s L.A. Live downtown complex (June 28-30), the…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: Kanye West Brings 'God' To Billboard Charts

    June 28, 2013 5:15 PM EDT A theological debate infuses the charts department this week. Meanwhile, Phillip Phillips, Pink and Plumb net more traditional chart honors One of the oddest discussions in memory took place among the members of the Billboard charts department this week. "Is God an artist?" Thanks…

  7. Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Leads Four Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    June 26, 2013 11:00 AM EDT J. Cole, Mac Miller, Kelly Rowland all crash the upper reaches of the album chart. Led by Kanye West's "Yeezus," the entire top four albums on the Billboard 200 chart this week are new entries. West's "Yeezus" arrives with 327,000 -- the third-largest sales…

  8. 2NE1's CL Defines 'Baddest Female,' Women Empowerment & Ideal Type: Exclusive Video

    June 25, 2013 6:00 PM EDT "I want people all around the globe to know that there are girls in Asia, like me, who like hip-hop and dress uniquely." Her fans are fanatical. CL is the snazzy leader of K-pop's famous girl group 2NE1 (under YG Entertainment, home to PSY, BIGBANG, Se7en and more).…

  9. Jay-Z's New Blueprint: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 21, 2013 1:40 PM EDT Samsung made Jay-Z's new album profitable before it was even released. What does it mean for the music industry? And which brands and artists can follow next? Not only did Samsung score exclusive access to Jay-Z's first solo album in four years, the consumer electronics behemoth…

  10. Wale Can't Sleep, Nightmares of Failure: Read the Billboard Feature Story

    June 19, 2013 3:16 PM EDT Even with the success of his last album, memories of past defeats still haunt Wale. Between headlining shows and nightclub walkthroughs, interviews and studio sessions, Wale doesn't rest much. On this spring afternoon, he's fresh off a brief nap he snuck in after a slew of morning…

  11. Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' & 8 Examples of Female Pop Stars Recruiting Hip-Hop Producers

    June 19, 2013 1:10 PM EDT Before Miley & Mike WiLL, there was Britney & the Neptunes and Nelly & Timbaland. We explore the pop-rap history. As big a single as the recently released "We Can't Stop" looks to be for Miley Cyrus -- debuting at No. 11 on this week's Hot 100 chart, an…

  12. Chart Highlights: Bruno Mars' 'When I Was Your Man' Tops Adult Contemporary

    June 17, 2013 6:10 PM EDT The singer/songwriter returns to the chart's summit for the first time since he led with 'Just the Way You Are' in 2011. Plus, new No. 1s for Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  13. Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller Lead Hip-Hop's Super Tuesday

    June 14, 2013 3:15 PM EDT Next week could be the biggest for new rap albums in two-and-a-half years. June 18 sees the release of three hip-hop sets that are all on course for sizable sales debuts: Kanye West's "Yeezus," J. Cole's "Born Sinner" and Mac Miller's "Watching…

  14. Miley Cyrus 2.0: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 14, 2013 12:05 PM EDT In control of her sound and image, Miley is mixing hip-hop edge with country twang, and storming the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Can't Stop" This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "This is the worst spot to stand."…

  15. Kanye West: How the Rapper Grew From 'Dropout' to 'Yeezus'

    June 14, 2013 11:40 AM EDT The college dropout is now an icon. Read up on Kanye's musical journey to "Yeezus." It's been nearly a decade since Kanye West--elite artist and at times social pariah--released his debut album "The College Dropout," a soulful multi-platinum album. Since then…

  16. Sting, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson Perform As Legends Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:13 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss…

  17. Summer Songs 1985-2012: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer

    June 12, 2013 12:00 PM EDT Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape). In order to aid your festive flashbacks, we analyzed the Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of the past 28 years and came up with this definitive list of the 10 jams that pumped out of your stereo most between Memorial Day and Labor…

  18. Chart Highlights: Nine Inch Nails Soar Onto Rock Airplay, Alternative Songs Charts

    June 10, 2013 6:25 PM EDT Newly signed to Columbia Records, the act's new single blasts in, previewing its album 'Hesitation Marks,' due Sept. 3 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys…

  19. Karmin Sings 'Acapella' on New Single: Listen

    June 10, 2013 4:07 PM EDT YouTube darlings-turned-Top 20 auteurs Karmin have returned with a new single, "Acapella," that will preview the duo's forthcoming album on Epic Records. "Acapella" finds Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan concocting more pop-rap with largely their mouths, which spit…

  20. Mariah Carey Announces Album Release Date

    June 05, 2013 5:30 PM EDT "The New Era Begins," the "#Beautiful" singer posts on Twitter. Mariah Carey's thirteenth studio album has a release date: the pop superstar revealed that her next full-length is due out on July 23, and Island Def Jam has confirmed the date. "The New Era Begins…

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