Mary J. Blige’s Billboard Magazine Cover

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The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Bronx’s own talks to Billboard about why she had to record with Disclosure and why pal Sam Smith’s album ruled 2014. SUBSCRIBE NOW http://bit.ly/BillboardSub for more exclusive performances, interviews and in-depth coverage of the world’s biggest music events.

Nicki Minaj Lands On The Cover Of Billboard Magazine

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She has the most Hot 100 hits of any female hip-hop artist, She’s about to release her third album The Pinkprint on December 15, Nicki plans to produce a TV show in 2015, is eyeing her next acting role, and is launching her as-yet-unnamed record label with singer Parker Ighile and rapper Brinx. her face is on the covers off V Magazine and GQ.


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Usher Covers Billboard Magazine

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Usher on Getting Tough With Justin Bieber, Why He’s Not Ready for a New Album, Opens Up About his New Girlfriend, manager Grace Miguel and Life as a Single Dad. http://www.billboard.com/usher

Andre 3000 Covers Billboard Magazine

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Andre 3000 is currently busy promoting the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side where he plays the main lead. The Outkast rapper is on the cover of latest issue of Billboard magazine and in the cover story, he opens up about his relationship with Big Boi, if they have any new music recorded, what he does to keep himself busy in his private life, possibility of doing more movies and his solo music.

Bruno Mars Named Billboard’s “Artist of the Year”

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Atlantic recording artist Bruno Mars has been named Billboard magazine’s “2013 Artist of the Year” — an extraordinary honor to cap off an already incredible year. In addition to having one of the best-selling albums of the year with “UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX,” Billboard announced today that Mars topped 8 of their 2013 Year-End charts, including “Hot 100 Artists” and “Top Overall Artists.” To celebrate these accolades, the GRAMMY®-winning superstar has unveiled the eagerly awaited next leg of his blockbuster “Moonshine Jungle World Tour.” The acclaimed trek will hit arenas and amphitheaters across North America beginning summer 2014 (see listing of cities below). Full details — including dates, venues, and ticket information — will be announced soon. For up-to-the-minute news, please see http://www.brunomars.com/moonshinejungletour.

In addition to topping the “Hot 100 Artists” and “Top Overall Artists” charts, Bruno also came in at No. 1 on the following Billboard year-end rankings: “Hot 100 Singles Airplay,” “Hot Digital Songs,” “Mainstream Top 40” and “Pop Digital Songs.” On top of the Billboard “Artist of the Year” honors, Mars was also just named among the top nominees for the upcoming 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. “Locked Out Of Heaven,” the #1 smash single from his blockbuster second album, “UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX,” received nods as “Record Of The Year” and “Song Of The Year.” What’s more, the multi-talented singer/songwriter/superstar received two further nominations: “Best Pop Solo Performance” for the chart-topping “When I Was Your Man,” and “Best Pop Vocal Album” for UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX.

Mars — accompanied by his awesome eight-piece band, The Hooligans — will of course headline the upcoming Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, slated for Sunday, February 2nd, 2014. In the meantime, he and The Hooligans will wrap up 2013 on December 29th & 31st with the inaugural concerts at The Chelsea, the newest performance space at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Mars will then return to The Chelsea for an extended engagement through 2014, including shows on February 15th & 16th, May 23rd & 24th, and August 22nd & 23rd — for complete details, including ticket information and VIP packages, please see http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/index/experience/Bruno-Mars.aspx.

With 120 million singles sold worldwide, the 18-time GRAMMY® Award nominee and winner has made music history more than once, including such milestones as scoring his first five Billboard “Hot 100” chart-toppers faster than any male solo artist since Elvis Presley. In addition to his two acclaimed multi-platinum albums — 2010’s “DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS” and 2012’s “UNORTHODOX JUKEBOX,” of which share a combined certification total of 60x platinum worldwide — Mars has logged an extraordinary catalogue spanning 22 “Hot 100” hits, marking his numerous gifts as singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. A charismatic and irresistible live performer, he recently concluded the epic 2013 leg of the “Moonshine Jungle World Tour,” having performed sold-out shows in over 90 cities around the globe.

Furthermore, Mars is one of the most acclaimed artists of this or any other era, with Billboard hailing his work as “boldly ambitious and gloriously irreverent.” “Bruno Mars is beginning to stake a claim as one of the most gifted songwriters of his generation,” declared GQ, while The Hollywood Reporter ranked him “among the best male vocalists that the music industry has to offer.” The New York Times summed it up: “(Bruno Mars) is the most formidable synthesizer of styles going in pop today.”

Eminem på omslaget av Billboard Magazine

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Eminem står inför en massiv PR-kampanj och världslansering av Marshall Mathers LP 2. I kommande numret av tidningen Billboard Magazine pryder Eminem omslaget, kommer ut 9 november. Den efterlängtade (och nyligen läckta) albumet släpps den 5 november. Det är Marshall Law som gäller.

Jay-Z Covers Billboard Magazine

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Jay-Z graces the front page cover of the latest issue of Billboard magazine. Inside, the magazine will be breaking down his new Magna Carta Holy Grail album deal with Samsung and what it means for the music business. If you haven’t heard about it yet, SoundScan Will Not Count Jay-Z’s 1 Million ‘Magna Carta’ Sales Through Samsung. #newrules #magnacartaholygrail