1. Wade Hayes Shares Good News on Cancer Fight, Begins Work on New Album

    June 13, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Wade Hayes was still barely a newcomer on the charts when he filmed the video for his third single, "Don't Stop," back in the spring of 1995. Though he had made videos for his prior two singles – this one was a little different. The clip required some flirtatious scenes with an…

  2. Usher Says He's 'Keeping It Sexy' with Next Album and 'Good Kisser' Single

    May 20, 2014 2:48 PM EDT If nothing else, Usher considers himself a facilitator. “I try to make the conversation between men and women easier with my records,” the veteran R&B singer and Cupid of sorts says. His efforts have been fruitful for nearly 20 years, with sultry R&B hit singles like 1998'…

  3. Britney Spears' Hits-Filled 'Piece of Me' Show Opens In Las Vegas: Live Review

    December 28, 2013 5:47 AM EST Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Selena Gomez and more attend. It was a non-stop hits bonanza at the opening night of Britney Spears' "Britney: Piece of Me" show in Las Vegas on Friday night (Dec. 27). Spears' 24-song concert was the first of a planned 100 shows over the…

  4. Vixen Guitarist Jan Kuehnemund Dead at 51

    October 11, 2013 5:35 PM EDT Jan Kuehnemund, the founding member and lead guitarist for the all-female glam metal band Vixen, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 10 after a long battle with cancer . She was 51. An official statement has not been released. Kuehnemund was born on November 18, 1961 in St. Paul, Minnesota…

  5. Kanye West: How the Rapper Grew From 'Dropout' to 'Yeezus'

    June 14, 2013 11:40 AM EDT The college dropout is now an icon. Read up on Kanye's musical journey to "Yeezus." It's been nearly a decade since Kanye West--elite artist and at times social pariah--released his debut album "The College Dropout," a soulful multi-platinum album. Since then…

  6. Lady Antebellum, 'Golden': Track-by-Track Review

    May 06, 2013 1:35 PM EDT Lady Antebellum rolls out their fourth studio album, "Golden." After striking a heavier tone on their last album, "Own The Night," the Capitol Nashville trio includes several more up tempo numbers on the new set. Led off by the flirty first single "Downtown,…

  7. Rita Ora Goes Glam for Elle’s Women in Music Issue

    April 17, 2013 12:28 PM EDT Rita Ora rocks royal regalia on the May cover of Elle’s Women in Music issue. The second of three covers for Elle’s May Women in Music issue stars Rita Ora. Channeling 18th century vixens, Ora shines in a textured pink Chanel Haute Couture gown, a blossoming headpiece by Ken O’Rourke,…

  8. Pop Shop Picks: Vampire Weekend, Little Mix, Florrie & More

    April 05, 2013 5:16 PM EDT Each Friday, Pop Shop will showcase a handful of tracks that have been burning up its speakers over the past week. These can include a brand-new song or a track that's been simmering for a minute; the only rule is that it's worth space in the Pop Shop! VAMPIRE WEEKEND "Diane…

  9. Britney Spears Shows Her Dark Side in Fantasy Twist Perfume Ad: Photo

    October 11, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Britney Spears has revealed her dark side on the duality-inspired ad for her Fantasy Twist fragrance campaign. The new scent combines the singer and "X Factor" judge's two best-selling perfumes, Midnight Fantasy and Fantasy, into one bottle. The corresponding ad reflects this…

  10. G-Eazy Video Premiere: 'Plastic Dreams'

    September 20, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Three years after releasing "The Epidemic," G-Eazy preps for the debut of his second LP, "Must Be Nice," for Wednesday (Sept. 26). In anticipation for "Must Be Nice," The Juice is premiering the visual for his newest single, "Plastic Dreams." The Tyler…

  11. Nas Opens Up About Personal Moments On 'Life Is Good' Album

    June 29, 2012 4:30 PM EDT "'Life Is Good' represents the most beautiful, dramatic and heavy moments in my life," Nas says. Nearly a decade ago, celebrated hip-hop lyricist Nasir " Nas " Jones discovered Marvin Gaye 's divorce masterpiece, "Here, My Dear." Detailing the late…

  12. Sleigh Bells 'Reign of Terror': Track-By-Track Review

    February 22, 2012 4:15 PM EST When listeners first encountered Sleigh Bells in early 2010 (or late 2009, if they were ahead of the curve), most were not sure what to think. Pummeling electronic beats, hardcore guitar arpeggios, angelic female vocals, no choruses. It defied logic, yet somehow, it worked. The sound was…

  13. BET Refuses to Air Nicki Minaj Music Video: Report

    February 01, 2012 9:38 AM EST Has Nicki Minaj been banned by BET? According to TMZ , the music network has banned the rapper's new music video for her song "Stupid H-e" after deeming it too raunchy. Nicki Minaj Gets Colorful in 'Stupid Hoe' Video In the clip, directed by Hype Williams, Minaj --…

  14. Lana Del Rey Goes Big-Budget in 'Born To Die' Video

    December 14, 2011 5:55 PM EST After the lo-fi pastiche of retro images that comprised her "Video Games" clip, viral vixen and budding pop star Lana Del Rey flaunts a bigger budget in her music video for "Born To Die," which hit the web on Wednesday (Dec. 14). The video for the ethereal track alternates…

  15. Rick Ross & Wale: The Billboard Cover Story, Part II

    November 28, 2011 11:00 AM EST The latest issue of Billboard features an in-depth look at the partnership of Rick Ross and Wale , hip-hop's latest odd couple who joined forces on Maybach Music Group and have created a buzz online, on the radio, and on the Billboard 200 albums chart. See how Wale went from written-off…

  16. Rick Ross Debuts Two New Songs, Talks Nicki Minaj Feature and Album Release Date

    October 05, 2011 12:40 PM EDT "I'm trying to bring you into my world," Rick Ross says on "I Love My B*tches," the first record he debuted yesterday (Oct. 4) on Hot 97 In Flex We Trust radio show. Over Just Blaze scapes reminiscent of circa '01, Ross rhymes of luxury living and his "…

  17. Charlie Sheen Makes His Rap Video Debut in 'Steak & Mash Potatoes'

    July 08, 2011 1:40 PM EDT Producer Jack Splash and former MTV VJ Simon Rex, aka Dirt Nasty , have buddied up with Charlie Sheen for their Chain Swangaz music video, "Steak & Mash Potatoes." A Charlie Sheen Playlist Sheen plays the role of a fast food joint manager as a favor to his friends, TMZ reports .…

  18. Ask Billboard: Pen Pals

    June 24, 2011 6:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, 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. PEN PALS Hi Gary,…

  19. Video Snippet: Beyonce Teases 'Run the World (Girls)'

    May 04, 2011 12:56 PM EDT B eyoncé teases us with a video snippet of her first single, "Run the World (Girls)," off her forthcoming fourth studio album. Check out the twenty second sneak peak of the Francis Lawrence-directed video below. Last month (April), Bey' was spotted in the Mojave Dessert in…

  20. Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Track By Track

    March 29, 2011 8:50 AM EDT Has it really been over 12 years since Britney Spears released her first album, "...Baby One More Time"? Though it seems only like yesterday to some, in that dozen years, she's released six studio albums -- not to mention two greatest hits compilations. Fast-forward to the…

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