1. Barbra Streisand Duets Album Almost Finished, Says Babyface

    June 26, 2014 1:24 PM EDT "It's a beautiful, beautiful record," says the legendary producer of the upcoming all-star album. Barbra Streisand's upcoming all-star duets album is nearing completion, according to one of its producers. "It took a long time to get it done, but we're…

  2. 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…

  3. Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga's Biggest Hot 100 Hits

    March 30, 2014 9:05 AM EDT In the latest mailbag, a recap of Gaga's best-selling albums, songs and more; Soko's quick Hot 100 run; and your favorite one-word-titled hits As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  4. Grand Ole Opry House Turns 40: Watch President Nixon Perform on Opening Night

    March 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A little lesson in country music history -- it's all about perspective. The Grand Ole Opry -- the radio show made famous by WSM since 1925 -- has had several homes over the years, with possibly the most iconic one being the Ryman Auditorium, which housed the show from 1943-1974, as well…

  5. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 50 Artists, Most Top 10s, Most No. 1s

    March 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rap Songs chart , which made its debut on March 11, 1989, we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top 100 rap songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the top 50 Hot Rap Songs artists, the artists with the…

  6. Ask Billboard: Katy Perry Regains No. 1 Momentum

    February 17, 2014 1:15 PM EST A monster mailbag on Perry topping the Hot 100 again after missing the top 10; Mariah Carey's best-selling songs; Hall & Oates' 20 biggest hits and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please…

  7. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Beatles Songs

    February 09, 2014 8:05 AM EST On the 50th anniversary of the band's U.S. breakthrough, readers share favorite Fab Four songs, covers, solo hits and 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…

  8. New Barbra Streisand Duets Album Coming Soon, With Beyonce & Lady Gaga?

    January 25, 2014 2:09 PM EST Album could also include Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder and more Superstar diva Barbra Streisand is preparing a new duets album, and it may feature the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Blake Shelton. Her publicist confirmed the forthcoming duets set today (Jan. 25) to Billboard, but had no…

  9. BET Honors MC Lyte With I Am Hip Hop Award

    September 12, 2013 10:22 AM EDT Hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte will receive the I Am Hip Hop Award presented by Sprite at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2013. Hosted by Snoop Dog, the awards telecast will be filmed at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on Sept. 28 for its premiere on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. ET.   Blazing inroads…

  10. 'American Idol': The Randy Jackson Era Is Over

    May 09, 2013 6:03 PM EDT It’s official: Randy Jackson is leaving American Idol. The longtime judge and last remaining member of the original panel, which featured Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, exits the program after 12 seasons. "Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of…

  11. Youssou N’Dour & Kaija Saariaho Feted With Sweden's 2013 Polar Music Prize

    May 07, 2013 6:30 AM EDT Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho are the 2013 recipients of Sweden’s prestigious Polar Music Prize. The Prize was created and funded in 1989 by Stig Andersson, the late manager of ABBA (sometimes called ABBA's fifth member) and the founder of two…

  12. Mumford & Sons Win Top Prize at Fun.-filled Grammy Awards

    February 10, 2013 11:34 PM EST Artists responsible for two of the biggest-sellers of 2012 were rewarded with Grammy Awards on Sunday night at Staples Center, a rare moment in which public taste and the ballots of Recording Academy voters were in sync. CLICK FOR WINNERS Fun. was named best new artist and their "We…

  13. Black Keys, Drake, Gotye Among Grammys Pre-Telecast Winners

    February 10, 2013 7:57 PM EST The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach had three Grammys in his possession before the 55th annual Grammy Awards telecast began Sunday night. Auerbach was named producer of the year, non-classical, and the Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" was named best rock song and "El Camino"…

  14. 2 Chainz, John Legend, MC Lyte Honored at Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball

    January 21, 2013 8:55 AM EST John Legend believes hip-hop played its part in helping Barack Obama become president, and he's proud at how the genre has matured over the years.   "I think hip-hop had a role in making sure we elected a black president in America because we made it so that black people were in…

  15. Four-Play: Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz & 50 Cent

    June 13, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Chris Brown chases the girl of his dreams, Ne-Yo makes "Lazy Love," Trey Songz hits the club for two reasons, and 50 Cent shows us what life in jail is really like. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime featuring C.B., Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, and 50. Chris Brown can't…

  16. Chuck D Talks New Public Enemy Albums, Skid Row Festival Performance

    January 13, 2012 3:55 PM EST While Public Enemy prepares to stir up some hype with a performance on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Chuck tells Billboard.com that the legendary hip-hop group will return in full force this year with two new studio albums. "Most of My Heroes Still Don't Appear on No Stamp…

  17. Carrie Underwood Performing at Nashville Fashion Show

    January 09, 2012 11:30 PM EST Carrie Underwood is considered to be not only one of the biggest success stories in country music, but also the owner of one of Nashville's biggest hearts. She continues that tradition with a performance at the Nordstrom Symphony Fashion Show on Tuesday, Feb. 28 -- all for a good cause.…

  18. Neil Diamond Prepping New Material: 'The Songs Are Just Coming'

    December 07, 2011 3:00 PM EST After celebrating his past with an assortment of honors and the new retrospective "The Very Best of Neil Diamond -- The Original Studio Recordings," some new music awaits Diamond on the other side of a greatest hits tour slated for next summer. Diamond tells Billboard.com that "…

  19. 'Giant Monster-Like Lady Gaga' to Greet Holiday Shoppers at Barneys

    November 15, 2011 1:30 PM EST Lady Gaga has taken over for Mr. Clause and is decking the halls over at Barneys in NYC. Mother Monster will bring her bizarre and glitter-drenched style over to the high-end retailer for a complete holiday makeover. The entrance to the department store will be disguised to "create the…

  20. Yo-Yo Ma Trades Bach for Bluegrass in 'Goat Rodeo Sessions'

    October 27, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Their schedules are hard to mesh and match, but the four bluegrass and classical musicians who made "The Goat Rodeo Sessions" are hoping their collaboration will continue in the future. "We had a really great time doing it, but there's a lot more depth there that we could…

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