1. Joey Bada$$ Talks New Album, Performs With Pro Era: Video

    February 26, 2013 11:30 AM EST Joey Bada$$ adjusts to life as a hip-hop's new golden boy. In January, the same month he celebrated his 18th birthday, lanky rapper Joey Bada$$ was named creative director of Ecko Unltd., the pioneering streetwear brand founded by Marc Ecko in 1993. As creative director, Bada$$, born…

  2. Mindless Behavior to Release Sophomore Album in March

    January 16, 2013 2:35 AM EST Debut peaked at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Mindless Behavior are back. The R&B quartet -- comprised of Princeton, Prodigy, Ray Ray, and Roc Royal --  will release their sophomore studio album, "All Around the World," on March 12. "All Around the World"…

  3. Top 10 EDM Moments of 2012

    December 27, 2012 11:10 AM EST From Madonna hitting a rave, to a billionaire financier buying one, 2012 was full of unbelievable moments for EDM and its artists. Here we touch on 10 top moments in the genre's most formative year thus far.   Best of 2012: Billboard's Year-End Charts & More | The Year in EDM   …

  4. 10 Best Albums of 2012: Critics' Picks

    December 17, 2012 2:45 PM EST Chart Article From aggressive indie-rock to mainstream superstars exploring new ground to a handful of revolutionary R&B discs, 2012 saw a bevy of classic albums released in an era where the album is supposed to be dying. After months of blasting these LPs throughout our office, the…

  5. Michael Jackson's Biggest Chart Thrills

    November 30, 2012 9:05 AM EST On the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Thriller,' a look back at the late King of Pop's most memorable chart reigns. • EXCLUSIVE: How 'Thriller' Changed Music • REVIEW: 'Thriller' At 30, Track By Track • GALLERY: Michael Jackson's Life In Photos As…

  6. Porter Robinson: 21 Under 21 (2012)

    September 17, 2012 6:40 PM EDT No. 7: Porter Robinson Last Year's Rank: 18 Birthdate: July 15, 1992 (age 20) Why He's Hot: This year, Porter Robinson was carried by themomentum of his 2011 tours with early mentors Tiesto and Skrillex to become a headlining star in his own right. He sold out solo nightclub dates,…

  7. Mindless Behavior: 21 Under 21 (2012)

    September 17, 2012 5:29 PM EDT No. 13: Mindless Behavior Last Year's Rank: 16 Birthdates: Prodigy - Dec. 26, 1996; Ray Ray - Jan. 6, 1997; Princeton - April 21, 1997; Roc Royal - July 23, 1997 (All age 15) Why They're Hot: The R&B quartet has seen a success since stepping into the spotlight in2010. Their…

  8. Banned Music: 21 Artists Censors Tried To Silence

    August 17, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Since the dawn of rock 'n' roll, radio stations, TV networks and even entire countries have sought to silence controversial musicians by making their music, videos, and, in some cases, the artists themselves less accessible to the public. Provocative punk band Pussy Riot felt the…

  9. Bob Birch of Elton John's Band Dead in Apparent Suicide

    August 15, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Elton John "devastated and shocked" ... "In all our years on the road he never played or sang a bad note" Bob Birch, a bass player and prolific session sideman best known as a long-time member of Elton John's band, died Wednesday of an apparent suicide at his home in…

  10. Marc Anthony, Chayanne & Marco Antonio Solis Deliver Once-in-a-Lifetime Sets at Gigant3s Tour

    August 07, 2012 11:20 AM EDT In a world of showy tours and staging one-up-manship, music often seems to take second place to just about everything else. Not so with Gigant3s, the joint tour by Latin stars Marc Anthony , Chayanne and Marco Antonio Solís that launched Aug. 2 with two sold-out dates at the American Airlines…

  11. Olympics Opening Ceremony: Union Jack Jukebox With McCartney, Arctic Monkeys + Best of Britain

    July 28, 2012 8:55 AM EDT Getty Images It's not a concert, Danny Boyle stressed. It's about the athletes. In a very real way, though, the director of the Olympic opening ceremony was wrong. While sports are the heart of the Olympics, music - loud, bold, world-conquering British music, amplified in the most…

  12. Mindless Behavior Talks Upcoming Sophomore Album

    July 27, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Boy bands ruled the childhoods of many, especially through out the late '90s, early '00s. Within R&B realm there was the inception of B2K, the reconfiguration of Immature into IMX and the short-lived, but impactful success of groups such as 3rd Storee and B5. But, now that we&…

  13. Pitchfork Music Festival 2012: Invading Hipster Central With My Father

    July 16, 2012 2:00 PM EDT "If you a trill n---a..." "Get your motherfucking hands up!" That first quote is from A$AP Rocky, who's working the crowd at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival like a man possessed and grinning from ear-to-ear like a six-year-old with a secret. The second quote is from…

  14. Chart Juice: Wale 'Bag's Fourth Top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    July 13, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Wale nabs his fourth top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Bag of Money," featuring Meek Mill , T-Pain and Rick Ross , jumps 13-9. The Greatest Gainer/Airplay earner (17 million audience impressions, up 17%, according to Nielsen BDS) gives fellow Maybach crew…

  15. Azealia Banks Unleashes 19-Track 'Fantasea' Mixtape

    July 12, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Upstart NYC rapper Azealia Banks has followed her four-song "1991" EP with a massive, 19-track mixtape, "Fantasea," which was released online on Thursday (July 12). Originally titled "Fantastic" and given a July 4 release date, "Fantasea" gathers a…

  16. Farewell Thrice: A Thunderous Appreciation

    June 14, 2012 6:30 PM EDT There was no elegiac note to be found in Thrice 's New York City appearance last month, despite the Best Buy Theater's digital marquee blaring the decisive words FAREWELL TOUR. Thrice had acknowledged as far back as November this would be the last live run "for the foreseeable…

  17. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Young Jeezy Take Over 2012 Summer Jam

    June 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT After Lil' Wayne Orders Nicki Minaj to Cancel Set, Nas Steps Up, With Hill's Help, at Hot 97 Fest Hip-hop beefs aren't new to Hot 97's Summer Jam. One of the most notorious feuds was ignited on the Summer Jam stage in 2001. Jay-Z and Nas 's rivalry took physical form…

  18. Carole King: 'It Would be Lovely to Retire'

    May 10, 2012 9:26 PM EDT The voice behind dozens of standards like "It's Too Late," ''You've Got a Friend" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" says her music-making days are likely over. Carole King , now a best-selling author, doubts she will ever write another…

  19. Weekly Chart Notes: Kimbra, One Direction, Rascal Flatts

    May 04, 2012 4:05 PM EDT We love the '90s: Kimbra is the first woman born in the '90s to top the Hot 100. Get ready to feel old, thanks to the young artist featured on the 'LIGHTS' UP: In its 19th week on the Hot 100, Ellie Goulding 's "Lights" shines in the chart's top 40 at…

  20. Coachella 2012: 10 Best Performances of Both Weekends

    April 23, 2012 11:35 AM EDT This year, Southern California got two Coachellas for the price of one. The unprecedented model of having identical festivals on consecutive weekends not only meant that more fans got to have fun in the blazing sun, it also gave the artists two chances to bring their A-game to the desert. Set…

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