Kendrick Lamar’s 'To Pimp a Butterfly' appears set for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as the rapper’s earlier-than-expected album will have little competition for the top slot next week.
At SXSW, Timbaland said Aaliyah came to him in a dream and told him Tink is “the one.” Well, the 20-year old Chicago artist certainly has been making waves lately, and now she’s got a slickly produced video for her anthem, “Ratchet Commandments.”
Billboard speaks with Kamasi Washington, Ambrose Akinmusire, Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin at length about the close-knit community of jazz players and hip-hop operators in Los Angeles, their close collaborations with Kendrick Lamar on 'To Pimp A Butterfly,' the confluence of jazz and hip-hop, and much more.
Harlem and Brooklyn have come together for an irrefutably New York track: "Bring Em Out," the lead single off Bodega Bamz's debut full-length, Sidewalk Exec. Bamz, a native of Spanish Harlem, is joined by Brooklyn's Flatbush Zombies for the cinematic, gritty single produced by V-Don (2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Pusha T).
After a triumphant set at Milk Music Lounge during SXSW, A$AP Rocky revealed to Billboard that his next studio album would be named "A.L.L.A." and that it would include collaborators like FKA Twigs, Lykke Li, and Clams Casino. Well, now we know what A.L.L.A. stands for.
Bradley Cooper is making his directorial debut behind a remake of the 1954 showbiz drama "A Star Is Born," and reports say he wants Beyoncé to star alongside him. Yesterday (March 24), Deadline Hollywood reported that Warner Bros. is negotiating with Bradley Cooper to direct and star in the reworked classic.
Brandy will be the next famous face to lead Chicago, producers announced Tuesday. The Grammy winner will step into the role of Roxie Hart for an eight-week limited engagement beginning April 28 and running until June 21.