1. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, Boxer Who Inspired Bob Dylan, Dies at 76

    April 20, 2014 3:59 PM EDT Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, died Sunday. He was 76. He had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto, the New Jersey native's adopted home. John Artis, a longtime friend and…

  2. Beck Hopes to Release Next Album This Year

    April 17, 2014 1:39 PM EDT The songs are "more boisterous" than this year's mellow "Morning Phase" album, Beck says at a concert in Santa Monica Although nearly six years passed between Beck's "Modern Guilt" and "Morning Phase," the singer believes he may well have…

  3. 'Let It Go' Helps Idina Menzel Make Hot 100 History

    March 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Idina Menzel has made history on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The singer's rise into the top 10 with "Let It Go" makes her the first person with both a top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Menzel's Oscar-winning "Let It Go" (from the film "Frozen"…

  4. Shakira Dances Through the Forest in New Activia Ad: Watch

    March 13, 2014 7:16 PM EDT You may have seen an Activia yogurt campaign that features smiling tummies. Now, you’ll see plenty more of the Activia-tummy connection, featuring Shakira. The Colombian star has signed a global partnership with the yogurt brand to support its new “Dare to Fell Good” campaign. The campaign,…

  5. Kendrick Lamar & TDE Take Over iTunes Festival at SXSW

    March 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar and the rest of Top Dawg Entertainment continue to outdo themselves. Lamar headlined day two of SXSW’s iTunes five-night concert series, alongside TDE artists ScHoolboy Q and newcomer Isaiah Rashad. The show, which took place at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre Wednesday night …

  6. Justin Bieber's 20 Biggest Billboard Hits

    February 28, 2014 6:50 PM EST Justin Bieber will exit teenage life when he celebrates his 20th birthday on Saturday, March 1. In less than five years since being discovered as a YouTube talent, the pop superstar has amassed an impressive collection of Hot 100 hits as a solo performer and collaborator: from his …

  7. Ask Billboard: The All-Pharrell Edition

    February 28, 2014 4:05 PM EST Readers discuss other acts who've hit No. 1 solo, with duets and as part of trios, Oscar songs on the Hot 100 & more 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…

  8. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    February 28, 2014 12:25 PM EST Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith tell the full story of how L.A.'s unexpected indie label rewrote rap's rules It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars.…

  9. NAACP Image Awards: Beyonce, John Legend Win Top Music Honors

    February 23, 2014 8:19 AM EST "12 Years a Slave" swept the film categories at the NAACP Image Awards, which honor the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and honors those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. The historical epic's four…

  10. Deep Dish Reuniting With New Single 'Quincy,' Miami Show

    February 12, 2014 11:45 AM EST After an almost eight year hiatus, the groundbreaking duo returns for a highly-anticipated, if uneasy reunion Deep Dish is officially reuniting. After remaining mum on rumors and offering little explanation for a cryptic countdown on their website, pioneering electronic duo Deep Dish has…

  11. Top 50 'Love' Songs of All Time

    February 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST In honor of Valentine's Day, we've ranked the biggest 'Love' songs to ever hit the Hot 100 Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones -- from swooning '50s ballads to contemporary club bangers -- have been penned about the ups and…

  12. Debbie Gibson Q&A: Celebrating 25 Years Of 'Electric Youth'

    January 24, 2014 9:05 AM EST On Jan. 24, 1989, Gibson released her sophomore album. It would spend five weeks atop the Billboard 200 and yield the Hot 100 No. 1 'Lost in Your Eyes.' On the set's 25th anniversary, Gibson reflects on its success and reveals what's ahead in 2014 Cautiously…

  13. John Mayer Receives UCLA Head and Neck Surgery Department Honors

    January 24, 2014 3:22 AM EST The UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery hosted its own version of a pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Wednesday evening, honoring John Mayer as a UCLA Luminary and rewarding the work of Dr. Gerald Berke who played a prime role in Mayer’s recovery. Berke noted that Mayer&…

  14. 56th GRAMMYs Preview: Album of the Year

    January 20, 2014 2:25 PM EST A closer look at the releases that earned album of the year nominations for the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Jan. 26, 2014. These five artistic statements are in the running for the album of the year honor at the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26). Jump To: Song of the Year |…

  15. Lou Reed Tribute Concert to Feature Members of TV on the Radio, the Vaccines

    November 22, 2013 8:52 PM EST An extensive Lou Reed tribute concert in New York will feature a number of notable musicians, including members of TV on the Radio and the Vaccines. According to Brooklyn Vegan , the concert, named "Last Great American Whale: A Concert in Memory of Lou Reed," will take place this…

  16. A Tribe Called Quest Crushes 'Yeezus' Tour, in One of Their 'Final' Shows

    November 21, 2013 1:55 PM EST In August, ATCQ did our last show FOR Cali. It's only right we do our FINAL 2 joints where we started...NYC — QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) October 15, 2013 Roughly five weeks ago the most renowned member of A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip, shot that tweet out. He was referring to Wednesday night …

  17. Nada Surf, !!! to Play Yellow Dogs Benefit Show

    November 18, 2013 12:15 PM EST Brooklyn Bowl event also features TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone, a DJ set from Interpol's Paul Banks, and more Tonight in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a lengthy bill of musicians will pay tribute to the Yellow Dogs, the Brooklyn-based, Iranian-bred band who lost two members and a…

  18. Surviving Members of Iranian Band Yellow Dogs 'Paralyzed with Grief'

    November 13, 2013 11:03 PM EST The surviving members of an Iranian indie rock band said Wednesday they are "paralyzed with grief" over the shocking shooting deaths of their drummer and guitarist and another friend at their Brooklyn apartment. Siavash Karampour and Koory Mirzeai of the Yellow Dogs weren't…

  19. Members of Rock Band Gunned Down in Brooklyn

    November 11, 2013 12:05 PM EST The Yellow Dogs, originally from Iran, were granted asylum in the United States A musician shot and killed two members of an Iranian indie rock band and a third musician early Monday, and wounded a fourth person at their Brooklyn apartment before killing himself on the roof, police and the…

  20. CODE Picks of the Week: Mikky Ekko and Switch, Skrillex and Alvin Risk, heRobust and More

    October 18, 2013 2:28 PM EDT Each Friday the CODE crew comes to you with their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below and tell us what you think in the comments section. Mikky Ekko: “Kids” (Switch remix) [RCA] Diplo’s former Major Lazer partner Switch (aka Dave Taylor), understands both the…

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