1. Stream Gucci Mane's 'Trap God 3' Album Now

    October 16, 2014 4:09 PM EDT Even prison can’t hold Gucci Mane back. A day before its release, the rapper previews a stream of his new album, Trap God 3, on iTunes . Listen below courtesy of XXL . Trap God 3 will be released on Friday, on the two-year anniversary of the original Trap God mixtape. The 17-song effort&…

  2. Album Review: Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley's 'American Middle Class' a Strong, Focused Debut

    October 14, 2014 7:43 PM EDT Angaleena Presley 's strong solo debut album, American Middle Class , is sure to be lumped in with work from country's other prominent female singers from the last few years. This association is partially because Presley first gained attention as a member of the Pistol Annies with…

  3. Exclusive: NBA Live 15 Soundtrack Unveiled, Cover Star Damian Lillard Discusses The Music

    October 14, 2014 8:00 AM EDT NBA Live 15 , the latest incarnation of the best-selling basketball video game franchise, is due out on Oct. 28, but the soundtrack to the EA Sports game has been unveiled on Tuesday morning (Oct. 14). The 26-song track list is highlighted by hip-hop and R&B stars like Jeezy, Jeremih, G…

  4. Happy Birthday, 'Single Ladies'! Beyonce's 6 Best Performances of the Hit

    October 13, 2014 10:19 AM EDT Don't be mad when you see that we all want it. Everybody put your hands up: Arguably  Beyonce ’s biggest hit, "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)," turns six years old today (also turning six? "If I Were a Boy"). The song was released to radio this week in 2008, and…

  5. Nas Celebrates 20 Years of 'Illmatic' at Toronto Concert & Documentary Screening

    October 09, 2014 3:20 PM EDT Nas performed all of his breakthrough album after a screening of 'Nas: Time Is Illmatic.' Those who filled Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Wednesday night to watch Nas ' documentary and witness the rapper perform Illmatic from front to back left the concert with new…

  6. Elle Varner on Recording 'Four Letter Word' Album & Being Inspired by Eminem

    October 08, 2014 4:21 PM EDT Earlier this week, Elle Varner released the video for her vengeful ballad, "F--k It All." The song grabs your attention immediately with an explosive title and raw, wounded vocals. The video doubled down on the track's intensity by cutting out right before the singer is…

  7. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  8. Why 1991 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 06, 2014 2:15 PM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. Monday, we make a case for 1990 and 1991 . POP SHOP HOMEPAGE The first musical year of a decade is usually transitional at best -- listening to the most notable releases from a…

  9. Rainbow Room Reopens Atop NYC's Skyline

    October 06, 2014 1:09 AM EDT The Rainbow Room reopened Sunday in its historic perch atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza after a five-year absence from the New York City skyline. "It's breathtaking," guest Jamie Greenwald , one of more than 200 brunch guests who took in the sweeping views outside and the…

  10. Avicii on His Health Struggles: 'I Needed to Take a Break' (Exclusive)

    October 03, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Listen to new single 'The Days' below. If everything had gone as planned, on Sept. 29, Tim Bergling, otherwise known as 25-year-old EDM superstar Avicii , would have been making his way from a headlining gig at TomorrowWorld in Atlanta to another at Storm Festival in Shanghai.…

  11. Aretha Franklin Dishes on Covering 'Rolling in the Deep': 'It's What Contemporary Music Needs More Of'

    October 02, 2014 1:50 PM EDT On Wednesday night, Aretha Franklin and longtime collaborator and mogul Clive Davis sat down with veteran music journalist Anthony DeCurtis at New York City's 92Y for a lengthy discussion and preview of her upcoming covers album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics (due out…

  12. Harry Styles Helps With a Marriage Proposal During a One Direction Concert

    October 02, 2014 9:43 AM EDT That's what makes him beautiful. Sometimes it's about the little things, and sometimes love is all about the big, romantic gesture -- like proposing to your girlfriend at a  One Direction  concert. Note to all other guys: The proposal bar has officially been raised thanks to…

  13. Tove Lo Live in New York: Watch the Exclusive Concert Tonight at 10PM ET

    October 01, 2014 6:30 PM EDT On this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart , Tove Lo ’s intoxicating single "Habits (Stay High)" moves into the top 10 in the same week that her debut album, Queen of the Clouds , is released. To celebrate her rush of U.S. success, the Swedish singer-songwriter will take the stage at…

  14. Blake Shelton, 'Bringing Back The Sunshine': Track-by-Track Review

    September 30, 2014 4:40 PM EDT On Bringing Back The Sunshine , the eighth studio disc from Blake Shelton , there are plenty of songs that will go hand in hand with weekend parties and celebrations, but if you look a little deeper into the album, you will see another side of the four-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year.…

  15. What the Ello Is Happening? Behind the New Social Network's Big Week and Musical Roots

    September 29, 2014 2:16 PM EDT "Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life. You are not a product." Somehow, the Vermont-based serial entrepreneur and artist behind KidRobot, a team of nine developers in Denver and a handful of designers in Boulder have…

  16. Exclusive: Brandy Breaks Down the Songs of Her Self-Titled Debut 20 Years Later

    September 27, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Brandy gives Billboard a song-by-song breakdown of her first album, released Sept. 27, 1994. Like many of her fans 20 years later, Brandy can still remember the first time she heard her debut single “I Wanna Be Down” on the radio in the late summer of 1994. Brandy, 'Brandy' at 20:…

  17. Nu-Blu Talk Collaborative Effort of 'All the Way'

    September 26, 2014 7:58 PM EDT Nu-Blu 's Carolyn Routh is a very humble and modest person. You find that out just seconds into a conversation with her. But she's very confident when it comes to the band's just-released disc, All the Way . "The new album is good, if I'm allowed an opinion,"…

  18. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Revelations From Andre 3000 About His Career Crossroads

    September 25, 2014 5:53 PM EDT With Outkast 's reunion tour coasting along smoothly and his Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side set for a national release on Sept. 26, Andre 3000 spoke with Billboard for our new cover story. Over the course of an alternately candid and cagey interview, the bohemian rapper (born…

  19. Justin Bieber Chase Revives Anti-Paparazzi Charges

    September 24, 2014 8:59 PM EDT An appellate court has ordered the reinstatement of anti-paparazzi charges against a photographer accused of engaging in a high-speed chase of Justin Bieber in 2012. Which 'Baywatch' Star Is Filming With Justin Bieber? A three-judge Los Angeles Superior Court panel ordered Friday…

  20. Austin Mahone Working on First Album, Sees 'The Secret' EP as 'A Little Side Project'

    September 23, 2014 1:26 PM EDT "I was putting it out just to get some more material out there,” says the “Mmm Yeah” star. As he continues touring to promote his debut EP, The Secret , Austin Mahone is eyeballing an early 2015 release for his first full-length album. With a short three-date swing of Brazil…

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