1. Rock Against Trafficking Founder Gary Miller Hopes to Launch at the Grammys

    August 29, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The founder of the all-star Rock Against Trafficking (R.A.T.) campaign is eyeballing next year's Grammy Week for the organization's public launch, with a variety of activities that include the release of an album featuring Police and Sting covers, a party and perhaps a performance…

  2. Billboard Music Cities: Miami -- Top Venues

    August 07, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Here's where to see the best live bands, DJs and other performers in Miami. Adrienne Arsht Center For The Performing Arts Spanning two city blocks in the heart of downtown Miami, this performing arts complex boasts two separate major venues as well as black-box spaces. There's…

  3. 'Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: To the Maks!

    May 21, 2014 4:53 AM EDT “It’s just plastic, but it means so much.” In that one sparkle-teary sentence, Maks summed up both his FINALLY completed quest to win the coveted mirrorball trophy and loyal viewers’ commitment to “Dancing With the Stars” itself. This one’s for all of us: Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy…

  4. DJ E-Z Rock, The Sugarhill Gang & More to Be Honored at Hip Hop Hall of Fame 2014

    May 06, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The Hip Hop Hall of Fame will honor a handful of legends at its awards show on Monday, May 19. The honorees to be inducted this year include The Sugar Hill Gang, Charles Ahearn and the film, "Wildstyle," Mr. Magic, Busy Bee, Spoonie G & The Treacherous Three, Sequence, Cornbread…

  5. Thievery Corporation, Zedd Zoom On Dance Charts

    April 10, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Thievery Corporation debuts its first album in nearly three years, as "Saudade" enters Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart at No. 2 with 7,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Featuring songs from five guest vocalists, the album's unique brand of…

  6. Ed Sheeran Un-Zipped: On His Pharrell-Produced Single, Being a Sex Symbol and Turning Betrayal Into Song (Cover Story)

    April 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The sensitive singer-songwriter grapples with the big time as Taylor Swift's pal, a hot Pharrell collaborator and a new status as a one-man arena band Ed Sheeran has found the perfect way to shield himself from fans: He is walking down lower Broadway carrying a load of five boxes…

  7. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  8. Paul Simon and Sting Merge Voices, Styles in Tour Opener: Live Review

    February 09, 2014 10:38 AM EST Paul Simon and Sting apparently meant it when they decided to title their joint concert tour On Stage Together. On opening night at Houston's Toyota Center the two veteran headliners spent plenty of time in each other's company, standing side by side for 10 of the two-hour…

  9. Cable's Dev Hynes-Produced 'Roxanne': Exclusive Video Premiere

    November 07, 2013 1:10 PM EST Watch the debut of NYC noise-rock duo Cable and their mesmerizing video for first single "Roxanne," only at Billboard. Tracy Antonopoulos and Ben Morsberger, better known as Cable, are stepping out with a captivating music video for their debut single "Roxanne."…

  10. Sting's 20 Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits

    October 02, 2013 12:01 PM EDT Happy Birthday, Sting! For Sting's 62nd birthday today (October 2), Billboard has compiled a list of the rocker's top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits, both with the Police and as a soloist. He's notched a No. 1 in each iteration: with the Police, in 1983, with "Every Breath…

  11. Franz Ferdinand Take 'Right' Turn With Album That Almost Didn't Happen

    August 27, 2013 4:13 PM EDT Glasgow, Scotland, dance-rock act Franz Ferdinand is back with its first album in four-and-a-half years. But singer/guitarist Alex Kapranos admits the comeback almost didn't happen. "I met up with (bassist) Bob (Hardy) before we started this record and had a very forthright…

  12. Blondie, Talking Heads Among '70s Rockers on 'CBGB' Film Soundtrack

    August 02, 2013 3:00 AM EDT The film soundtrack, out Oct. 8, will also feature Television, the New York Dolls and more acts of the era. Talking Heads, Television, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, the Dictators and other bands that played significant roles in the New York rock ‘n’ roll scene of the mid-1970s will…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Steve Martin, Edie Brickell Blast Back; Lana Del Rey Debuts; Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj Get Hot (100)-Headed

    May 05, 2013 5:05 AM EDT With their new collaboration, Martin and Brickell net their highest Billboard 200 ranks in decades. Plus, Del Rey reaches new Hot 100 heights and Billboard charts spur Carey and Minaj's latest sparring. Steve Martin and Edie Brickell make impressive returns to the Billboard 200, as…

  14. R. Kelly Previews 'Trapped In the Closet' Chapters, Hints at Broadway Show

    November 20, 2012 11:35 AM EST "I don't have a job, so I just sit in the studio and think of stupid stuff to do," says the R&B star at the NYC "Trapped" premiere. "'Trapped in the Closet' is an alien, and I'm happy to be one of the astronauts." R. Kelly looks anxious.…

  15. R. Kelly's 'Trapped In The Closet': Chapter 23 Recap

    October 18, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Where's Chuck? Welcome to the first installment of Billboard.com's "Trapped in the Closet" recaps, in which we reflect upon each new entry of R. Kelly 's fantasia of sex, lies and singing. By now, the whole world has soaked in every last drop of Robert's first 22…

  16. Adele, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson: Whose New Single Is Best?

    October 11, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Vote now Pop fans have watched the Web become flooded with high-profile single releases over the past two weeks, as the fourth-quarter onslaught of highly anticipated albums gets underway. Three new songs -- the latest offerings from Adele , Bruno Mars and Kelly Clarkson -- have particularly…

  17. Top 7 British Female Rappers Making Noise

    September 10, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Since its birth in the 1970s, hip-hop has been dominated mostly by men. Along the way, though, we have been blessed with some strong females who like to rock the mic too, and even best their male counterparts. From Roxanne Shanté to Nicki Minaj , each female rapper has brought their unique…

  18. 'The Voice' Recap: Final Four Endure 'Insane' Last Week

    May 08, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Who Will Win? We Size Up Chris, Jermaine, Juliet and Tony Before Tonight's Finale The final night of competition in "The Voice" boiled down to three performances each of the final four contestants. They had a solo song, a duet with their coach and a song originated by their…

  19. 'The Voice' Recap: Juliet Simms Lights It Up, Erin Martin Stumbles

    April 10, 2012 9:45 AM EDT The 10,000 hour theory gets frequently quoted when aging rock fans aim to point out that today's music lacks character, skill, instrumental chops -- you name it. The theory contends that to excel at anything, 10,000 hours need to be invested in practice and/or research before someone is…

  20. Lana Del Rey's 'Born To Die': Track-By-Track Review

    January 25, 2012 3:20 PM EST It seems everyone has an opinion on recent Billboard cover girl Lana Del Rey. Now that her hotly anticipated debut "Born To Die" has widely leaked, expect the still-unproven live singer to elicit a whole new wave of "she's not that bad on record!" defenses all over…

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