1. A$AP Yams, Founder of A$AP Mob, Mourned by Hip-Hop Community

    January 18, 2015 12:41 PM EST The rap community is mourning the loss of A$AP Yams, a founding member of New York rap collective A$AP Mob, who has died at the age of 26. Further details of Yams' (real name: Steven Rodriguez) death were not available at time of publication. "All of us at RCA Records are shocked…

  2. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  3. Report: Katy Perry and John Mayer Are Back Together

    January 10, 2015 3:31 PM EST It seems more and more likely that Katy Perry and John Mayer have rekindled their romance. Katy Perry's Boyfriend Timeline: 9 Relationships & Songs Inspired By Romance The two music stars are officially back together following an appearance together at Los Angeles' Sunset…

  4. ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott Mourned by the Music Community

    January 04, 2015 11:20 AM EST The music community is mourning the loss of veteran ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, who died on Sunday (Jan. 4) at the age of 49. Scott, a longtime anchor for the network's SportsCenter , had been fighting cancer since a diagnosis in late 2007, according to the Associated Press .…

  5. The Game, Azealia Banks, Lecrae & More React to NYPD Officer Killings in Brooklyn

    December 21, 2014 2:22 PM EST Members of the hip-hop community are sharing their thoughts on social media following the shooting of two NYPD officers who were killed on Saturday (Dec. 20) in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown Rappers like The Game ,…

  6. 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…

  7. Paul Revere Dick, 'The Madman of Rock & Roll': An Appreciation

    October 05, 2014 7:09 PM EDT In 1775, one Paul Revere, a Massachusetts silversmith by trade, road around the countryside announcing that the British were coming.  Nearly 200 years later, the British had come again and another Paul Revere -- this one an Idaho keyboardist and bandleader -- held the ground for American…

  8. Usher Breaks His Silence on Justin Bieber’s Racist Jokes

    June 07, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Usher wrote on Instagram that Justin Bieber is "unequivocally not a racist." Usher, who first introduced his protégé Justin Bieber in 2009, posted a message on his Instagram account Saturday in defense of the 20-year-old pop star, who has been under fire for racist jokes he made as…

  9. Governors Ball Emerges From the Mud: Fest's Booker Talks 'Cracking' NYC, Weather Prep

    June 05, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Prior to the successful launch of Governors Ball in 2011, some in the music industry had lost hope that New York could have a large-scale music festival to call its own. “Our business had grown accustomed to saying that a music festival could not succeed in New York City,” Tom Windish,…

  10. Nas, 'Illmatic' At 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 18, 2014 12:45 PM EDT There are few artists in hip-hop who have ever truly matched their hype. Twenty years ago today, on April 19, 1994, Nasir "Nas" Jones became one of them. On that day he released his highly-anticipated debut album, "Illmatic." And while the project didn't initially…

  11. 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…

  12. Tegan and Sara Win, Justin Bieber Booed at Canada's Juno Awards

    March 31, 2014 3:05 AM EDT With only six awards given out on the televised awards, it looked like there could be no big winner at the 43rd annual Juno Awards, which concluded at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre Sunday evening for the two-hour televised broadcast. The 35 awards given out the night before all went to single winners…

  13. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams Help Raise $2.4 Million for MOCA

    March 31, 2014 12:17 AM EDT When it comes to fundraising evenings, “gala” is a much-abused label, but the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 35th anniversary event Saturday was a gala in every sense of the word -- a transporting celebration of art, new beginnings, philanthropy and the beauty of exquisite design. On a purely…

  14. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  15. Miley Cyrus, Lorde & More Perform at Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Party

    January 26, 2014 3:37 PM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston, the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And between sets, co-host and icon himself Clive…

  16. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Saturday

    January 25, 2014 10:00 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards won't be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page…

  17. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites Of 2013

    December 27, 2013 4:05 PM EST As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 CHART BEAT READERS'…

  18. Billboard Touring Awards: Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, P!nk and Bon Jovi Among Finalists

    October 22, 2013 12:00 PM EDT The top achievers in the touring world will be honored at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Awards, hosted by Gary Dell'Abate, aka Baba Booey, executive producer of the Howard Stern Show, and set for Nov. 14 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Billboard Touring Awards Register…

  19. Nine Inch Nails Drop Four Covers for 'Hesitation Marks'

    July 17, 2013 8:22 PM EDT Artist Russell Mills has re-teamed with the group to deliver individual art for each of the album's release formats.  Nine Inch Nails' "Hesitation Marks" will have no shortage of album covers. The group's new album's individual editions -- digital, CD, deluxe…

  20. Carly Rae Jepsen Wins Big at Juno Awards

    April 22, 2013 12:23 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen added two more Junos on Sunday night, one of seven trophies given out at Canada’s 42nd annual Juno Awards, which was televised live on CTV from Brandt Centre in Regina. The pop singer had already won an award at the previous day's private gala dinner , where 35…

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