1. Gloriana Had No 'Trouble' Picking a Feisty Lead Single

    October 30, 2014 10:01 PM EDT Warning: Don't mess around with Gloriana 's Rachel Reinert. On the trio's explosive new single "Trouble" -- which she co-wrote with fellow member Mike Gossin (as well as Ross Copperman and Jon Nite) and sings -- she gets a chance to express a little bit of angst…

  2. Run the Jewels Can't Stop Putting Albums Online for Free

    October 24, 2014 8:09 AM EDT Run the Jewels , the rap duo comprised of Atlanta's Killer Mike and Brooklyn's El-P , just dropped its second album on the world. And like the original Run the Jewels , RTJ2 is free and downloadable. Go ahead and grab it , via the middle-man-eliminating direct link both Mike and…

  3. Ask Billboard: Sam Smith Triples Up In The Top 40

    June 01, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Is the pop singer/songwriter the first British act to place three songs in the top 40 at back-to-back-to-back ranks? A trip through Hot 100 history reveals the answer As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  4. Christina Perri on 'Head or Heart,' Her Musical 'Soul Mate' & What Makes Her Heart Explode

    March 28, 2014 4:37 PM EDT For her 2011 debut LP "lovestrong," which spawned the hit single "Jar of Hearts" and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, pop singer/songwriter Christina Perri hit the road hard, enduring a relentless touring schedule that saw her riding nine tours straight over 27…

  5. 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…

  6. Newport Folk Festival's Popularity Soars As it Celebrates 54th Edition

    July 21, 2013 11:54 PM EDT Tickets for the main two days of this year's Newport Folk Festival sold out five months early and before anyone knew who was playing -- another indication of how the 54-year-old event is staying fresh and relevant with a mix of musical icons and young artists looking for their big…

  7. 'Glee' Recap: Britney Spears, One More Time

    September 21, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Several 'Glee' characters are having a tough week, and Spears is the only way to convey that particular brand of pop misery "Glee" is cyclical, and the stories of high school kids have to follow repetitive molds -- back to school, holidays, class elections, prom, the…

  8. Top 10 Dirtiest Rappers

    September 13, 2012 12:15 PM EDT The 10 hip-hop stars with the filthiest lyrics, from Lil Wayne to Akinyele to Plies, all for your nasty listening pleasure. If you're a rapper whose first name is not "Will" and whose last name is not "Smith," you probably utilize profanity, some sexual innuendo, and…

  9. DJ Khaled, 'Kiss the Ring': Track-By-Track Review

    August 21, 2012 2:05 PM EDT In the past decade, few entities have stayed steady. Wars have ended, 'The Hangover' rose and fell, and 4 Loko got banned within a month. Meanwhile, as the world has turned, DJ Khaled has managed to put out six studio albums -- each and every one of them, in his words, "the…

  10. Listen: Plies Releases Trayvon Martin Tribute, 'We Are Trayvon'

    March 28, 2012 5:00 PM EDT The death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American who was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. by a community watch captain in February despite being unarmed, has sparked a media firestorm and allegations of racism. Many public figures, from President Obama to the members of the Miami…

  11. The Top 20 Music Moments of 2011

    December 14, 2011 4:40 PM EST There will be few year-end retrospectives this month, whether music-based or not, that won't at least mention the death of British soul virtuoso. There were other heavy stories, namely Steve Jobs' death and the Indiana State Fair stage collapse , records were broken or tied, thanks…

  12. Conrad Murray Found Guilty in Michael Jackson Death Trial

    November 07, 2011 4:20 PM EST Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson. A jury took less than nine hours to decide the verdict following a six-week trial in which prosecutors painted Murray as a reckless physician who plied Jackson with irresponsible amounts of…

  13. Snoop Dogg's Top 10 Billboard Hits

    October 20, 2011 5:30 PM EDT The Doggfather is no longer the young pup he used to be: on Thursday (Oct. 20), Snoop Dogg turned 40 years old. Since the launch of his career in the early '90s,   5. "Holidae In" Chingy featuring Ludacris and Snoop Dogg Peak Position: No. 7 Peak Date: Nov. 8, 2003 St. Louis…

  14. Ben Folds Five Returning To Studio, Plan on 'Making Another Sound'

    September 27, 2011 2:50 PM EDT After reuniting the Ben Folds Five for three new songs on the upcoming compilation "The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective," Folds says a new album from the trio isn't guaranteed -- but is likely. Folds, who's currently judging the just-launched third season of NBC&…

  15. DJ Khaled Talks 'We the Best Forever': Video Track-By-Track

    July 19, 2011 3:40 PM EDT There's truth to DJ Khaled 's words. "I live at Billboard. Check the charts. I've been there for seven years straight," DJ Khaled tells Billboard.com the day before the release of "We the Best Forever" (July 18). DJ Khaled: Behind the Scenes with Hip-Hop&…

  16. Mary J. Blige Debuts New Song at 2011 BET Awards: Watch

    June 27, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Mary J. Blige opened the 2011 BET Awards last night (June 26), performing vintage songs such as "You Bring Me Joy" and "Real Love." Mary then brought out her first guest Anita Baker to perform the classic, "Caught Up in the Rapture." Chris Brown Wins Big At BET…

  17. 'Idols' Scotty McCreery & Lauren Alaina Top Hot 100 Debuts, Adele Still No. 1

    June 01, 2011 4:05 PM EDT A dele 's "Rolling in the Deep" banks a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (June 2) on Billboard.com, while this year's "American Idol" champion and runner-up roar in with top 20 debuts. "Deep" ascends 2-1 on Radio…

  18. Young Jeezy Is 'Ballin' with Lil Wayne on New Single: Listen

    April 12, 2011 4:28 PM EDT As Young Jeezy fans await the release of his long-delayed fourth full-length, "TM 103," the rapper has issued the album's next single. "Ballin'," featuring Lil Wayne , was unleashed online today (April 12) and boasts hard-hitting verses from the rap veterans. …

  19. Dean Fertita 'Fires' Up Solo Project, Talks New QOTSA & Dead Weather Albums

    December 29, 2010 10:24 AM EST Dean Fertita likes making his own music, but not necessarily under his own name. The Queens of the Stone Age and Dead Weather guitarist-keyboardist recently released "Hello=Fire," a title that serves as both the name of the 12-track album and of the entity that recorded it. And…

  20. Eminem's 'Recovery' Earns the Rapper Top Spot On R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    December 10, 2010 4:38 PM EST During the past 12 months, the R&B and hip-hop charts have been rife with comebacks, buzz-drawing upstarts and hitmaking assists. Working his way up the comeback trail after the mediocre "Relapse," Eminem hit a peak with the refreshing sequel, "Recovery" (Web/Shady…

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