1. Comedy Issue: Live Comedy Becomes a $300 Million Punchline

    May 16, 2014 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 By virtually every metric — ticket sales, the number of stars moving up to the theater and arena level, the volume of acts doing good business — touring comedy is in the midst of a golden age. “The comedy business has never been stronger,” says Nick ...

  2. Ice Cube Raps On Making Movies, the Grammys and N.W.A.'s Hall of Fame Snub

    March 14, 2014 12:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 In the 20-plus years since Ice Cube decided to focus on movies, he's taken on key roles in filmmaking - acting, writing, even directing. But it's his work as a producer, with his own production company Cube Vision, that's given him th ...

  3. Romeo Santos Reveals Yankee Stadium Concert

    February 24, 2014 4:03 PM EST One day before dropping his sophomore solo album "Formula, Vol. 2," Bronx-born Bachata superstar Romeo Santos announced that he will be headlining a concert at Yankee Stadium on July 12, 2014. Santos will be the first Latin artist to hav ...

  4. T.I., 'Hell You Sayin'' Feat. Iggy Azalea, Young Dro & Travi$ Scott: Exclusive Song Premiere

    February 06, 2014 3:07 PM EST DJ Whoo Kid, DJ Skee & DK MLK's mixtape 'SXEW' will debut February 10. DJ Whoo Kid, DJ Skee and DJ MLK are teaming up for a SXSW-inspired mixtape, "SXEW (South by East West)." The three veterans have produced a colla ...

  5. Skee-Lo's 'I Wish' Scores ESPN Ad Alongside Kevin Hart – Inside Hip-Hop's Most Unlikely Comeback

    December 24, 2013 1:31 PM EST On Christmas Day, Kevin Hart, his “Ride Along” co-star Ice Cube and ESPN will help cap off a triumphant year for hip-hop’s most unexpected comeback.   Skee-Lo’s “I Wish,” a hip-hop anthem for would-be ballers that peaked at No. 13 on the Hot 100 i ...

  6. Trey Songz Makes 'Chainsaw'-Fueled Return to Social 50 Chart

    January 11, 2013 7:20 PM EST Trey Songz rides the buzz (so to speak) from his role in the slasher flick "Texas Chainsaw 3D" to a re-entry on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Tw ...

  7. Trey Songz Makes 'Chainsaw'-Fueled Return to Social 50 Chart

    January 10, 2013 7:50 AM EST 0 0 0 New Chart Peak For Ed Sheeran Trey Songz rides the buzz (so to speak) from his role in the slasher flick "Texas Chainsaw 3D" to a re-entry on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week.   The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists ...

  8. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  9. The Business of New Year's Eve Concerts

    December 27, 2012 8:10 AM EST 0 0 0 On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music from their favorite artists, whether it's the rare double-billing of Coldplay and Jay-Z at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn or an intimate performance wit ...

  10. The Business of New Year's Eve Concerts

    December 27, 2012 7:30 AM EST On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music from their favorite artists, whether it's the rare double-billing of Coldplay and Jay-Z at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn or an intimate performance w ...

  11. Psy Still No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, 50 Cent Makes 'Sexy' Return

    September 14, 2012 7:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Psy tops the Billboard Social 50 for the third week in a row as he continues to showcase his "Gangnam Style" song and its signature dance in the United States. Last week, he appeared on MTV's Video Music Awards broadcast (Sept. 6), wh ...

  12. Psy Still No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, 50 Cent Makes 'Sexy' Return

    September 14, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Psy tops the Billboard Social 50 for the third week in a row as he continues to showcase his "Gangnam Style" song and its signature dance in the United States. Last week, he appeared on MTV's Video Music Awards broadcast (Sept. 6) w ...

  13. MTV VMAs Push Sales Gains For Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Psy

    September 12, 2012 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Though the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards' ratings were down from their record high last year, the show still causes waves on Billboard's sales charts. The Sept. 6 show earned 6.1 million viewers according to Nielsen -- down more than 50% com ...

  14. MTV VMAs Push Sales Gains For Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Psy Despite Ratings Drop

    September 12, 2012 2:37 PM EDT Though the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards' ratings were down from their record high last year, the show still causes waves on Billboard's sales charts. Register today for the Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference Prese ...

  15. Britney Spears & Psy Do the 'Gangnam Style' Dance on 'Ellen': Watch

    September 11, 2012 7:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ellen DeGeneres never misses a beat when it comes to viral videos, and the afternoon talk show host has done it again. On her show Tuesday (Sept. 11), Ellen brought Psy out to teach Britney Spears his infamous "Gangnam Style" dance, and th ...

  16. Backbeat: Scooter Braun, Todd Moscowitz, More Rock 'In Touch' VMA After Party

    September 07, 2012 11:22 AM EDT MTV VJ and KISS FM DJ Karli Henriquez (left) and singer Kat Deluna (right) hang out with Schoolboy Records chief Scooter Braun at the In Touch VMA After Party. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Of the myriad VMA parties to choose from, for many, the In Touch ...

  17. MTV VMAs 2012: Rihanna, One Direction Find Love & Moonmen

    September 06, 2012 10:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Taylor Swift Dazzles, Rivals Chris Brown & Drake Win Big Video from the MTV VMA Red Carpet The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards ? That would be the lack of shocking moments at the show, held for the first time at the Stapl ...

  18. MTV VMAs 2012: Rihanna, One Direction Find Love & Moonmen (Updated)

    September 06, 2012 9:48 PM EDT The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards? That would be the lack of shocking moments at the show, held for the first time at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Chocked with stars, including Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Drake, Lil Wa ...

  19. VMAs Producer Dave Sirulnick Talks 'EDM TV,' Political Conventions, Unexpected Moments and More

    September 06, 2012 6:10 PM EDT Tonight's Video Music Awards will have all the space-age glitz and laser flair of an electronic music festival -- the kind of large-scale production that requires, quite simply, an arena. Look no further than the 15,000-pound crane that exten ...

  20. Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull Nominated for Tr3s' Latino Artist of the Year

    August 14, 2012 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jennifer Lopez , Pitbull , Romeo Santos , Juanes and Wisin & Yandel have been nominated for bilingual cable network Tr3s' Latino artist of the year and the winner will be crowned during a transmission of the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards, ...

  21. The Beat 8/10: KimYe's VMAs Promo, Jordin's Next Movie, Beck On Sheet Music

    August 10, 2012 3:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome to the Friday, August 10 edition of "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts. In toda ...

  22. The Beat 8/10: Kim & Kanye's VMA Spot, Jordin Sparks's Plan, Beck's Sheetmusic

    The Beat 8/10: Kim & Kanye's VMA Spot, Jordin Sparks's Plan, Beck's Sheetmusic

    August 10, 2012 3:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Beat 8/10: LCD Soundsystem Documentary DVD gets Release Date, Kevin Hart to Host VMA’s, The Monkees on Tour jonathan brooks , featuredVideo1 , jordin sparks , Kevin Hart , Billboard , Kanye West , Shut up and Play The Hits , lcd soundsystem , Th ...

  23. Kevin Hart Hosting MTV VMAs, Releases Promo With Kanye & Kim

    August 08, 2012 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 In a new promo with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, comedian Kevin Hart announces that he will be hosting MTV's upcoming Video Music Awards. Rihanna, Drake Lead MTV VMA Nominations In the one-minute spot, Hart shares a hotel room with his famous ...

  24. Essence Fest Draws 413K, Record Sponsorship, Men; Announces 2013 Dates

    July 12, 2012 1:02 PM EDT The Essence of Essence (from left): Kimberly Paige: Associate Vice President African-American Marketing, Coca-Cola; comedian Kevin Hart; and Essence Communications president Michelle Ebanks. (Photo: Walik Goshorn) The Essence Music Festival wrappe ...

  25. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Saturday

    July 08, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige had the New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the palm of her hand on Saturday night (July 7) at the 2012 Essence Music Festival. The legendary singer took all in attendance through a roller coaster of highs and lows, with a set ...

  26. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  27. Usher, 2 Chainz, Big Sean To Perform At BET Awards

    June 12, 2012 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 NEW YORK (AP) -- If video-of-the-year nominee Usher wins at the BET Awards this summer, he won't be far away: He's agreed to perform at the show. 2 Chainz and Big Sean also will take the stage at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1 in Los Ange ...

  28. Kanye West, the Throne, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2012 7:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 BET Awards viewers will be watching the Throne. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaboration has five nominations at this year's ceremony, including Best Group, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Video of the Year ("N***as in Paris&q ...

  29. Common, Ne-Yo Join NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    February 16, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Although Justin Bieber will sadly not return to the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game this year to defend his tiny, Canadian crown, the annual basketball event will feature a bevy of stars from music, film and various sports. Common , Ne-Yo and "The ...

  30. Best VMA Performance Ever? 28 Stars Make Their Picks

    August 29, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 To celebrate the, we asked Billboard.com readers to pick the best performances in VMA history -- and not surprisingly, pop megastars including Michael Jackson , Madonna, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga came out on top of the tally. Well, we camped out ...

  31. Billboard Bits: Chris Brown Cast in Comedy, Beyonce Producer Bashes 'Motivation'

    July 19, 2011 7:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce Producer Bashes Kelly Rowland's "Motivation" Jeff Bhasker, a producer on a number of Beyonce's "4" tracks, bashed Kelly Rowland' ...

  32. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 8:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilarious ...

  33. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 7:34 AM EDT The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilario ...

  34. Billboard Bits: Sean Kingston Released from Hospital, Kreayshawn Directing RHCP Video

    June 23, 2011 8:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Sean Kingston Released From Hospital Sean Kingston has been released from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami three weeks after being involved in a jet ski accident that l ...

  35. Billboard Bits: 'Yakety Yak' Singer Dies, 'Glee' Wants Springsteen

    June 13, 2011 5:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Yakety Yak' Singer of The Coasters Dies Carl Gardner, lead singer of '50s group the Coasters, passed away Sunday (June 12) in Port St. Lucie, Florida afte ...

  36. Chris Brown Leads BET Awards Nominations

    May 18, 2011 8:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 Last year at the BET Awards, Chris Brown performed an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson . It marked the beginning of a comeback for the embattled pop star. This year, Brown is the top contender at the award show with six nominations. Brown is up ...

  37. YouTube Phenom 50 Tyson Recording Follow-up to 'I Ain't Gonna Lie' Mixtape

    January 17, 2011 3:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Since first posting amateur YouTube videos in 2009, 50 Tyson has been the target of online disses and jokes -- even parodied by comedian Kevin Hart. While a fair share of people have praised the rapper for his determination, others have blogged abou ...

  38. Girl's Hair Catches On Fire At Diddy Party (When Sexy Goes Wrong)

    December 16, 2010 10:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Diddy hosted a live ustream album release party on Tuesday (Dec. 14) for the release of his "Last Train To Paris" album, and while the cameras were rolling, a young lady's hair caught on fire. So much for trying to be sexy in the jacu ...