1. ASCAP Expo Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Announces Initial 2015 Lineup

    February 27, 2015 10:37 PM EST The ASCAP Expo celebrates its tenth anniversary this year with the 2015 edition scheduled to be held April 30 through May 2 at Los Angeles' Loews Hollywood Hotel. Among the hitmakers to gather for the annual confab dedicated to "the craft and business of songwriting, composing and…

  2. Kid Rock Aiming for Eighth Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 27, 2015 8:55 PM EST Kid Rock is on track for his eighth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his latest album, First Kiss , should open at No. 2 on next week's list. The set, which is his first for Warner Bros. Records after a long tenure with Atlantic Records, was released on Feb. 24. Industry…

  3. Drake Ties the Beatles With 14 Simultaneous Hot 100 Hits

    February 27, 2015 5:57 PM EST The records keep coming for Drake, who matches the Beatles' feat first set 51 years ago. Thanks to his surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late , which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated Feb. 28) with 535,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen…

  4. Bobby Brackins Says 'My Jam,' With Zendaya & Jeremih, Will Be One of the 'Songs of the Summer'

    February 27, 2015 3:14 PM EST If the music industry were a sports league, 2014 marked Bobby Brackins ' breakthrough season. The Oakland, Calif., native helped pen two of the year's most acclaimed R&B tracks -- Tinashe 's "2 On" and Chris Brown 's "Loyal" -- which both reached…

  5. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kim Gordon Talks About Her Memoir, NYC in 2015 & More

    February 26, 2015 2:45 PM EST After decades as one of rock's preeminent experimenters and badasses, Kim Gordon released her memoir, Girl In a Band , this week. We ( myself and Tye Comer ) were beyond honored that the rock icon sat down with us for an interview about her book on this week's Must-Hear Music (or in…

  6. Big Sean Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 25, 2015 9:05 PM EST Big Sean is heading for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources project his new album Dark Sky Paradise to debut with 140,000 album equivalent units earned in the week ending March 1. That should be enough to enable the set, which was released on Feb. 24 through…

  7. Drake's Entire Album Is on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    February 25, 2015 6:47 PM EST Seven more songs debut from surprise album, giving Drake a record-breaking 21 entries. Drake rules 42 percent of the 50-position Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (dated March 7), as the hip-hop star has 21 concurrent songs on the tally -- breaking his own record for the most…

  8. Chris Brown Claims Canada Won't Let Him In, Tour Dates Canceled

    February 24, 2015 5:44 PM EST UPDATE:  After this story was published, Chris Brown deleted his tweets. You can still read the text below. Live Nation has also confirmed with CBC News in that Brown's two two Canadian shows in Toronto and Montreal have been cancelled "due to immigration issues" and refunds…

  9. 'Saturday Night Live': Chris Hemsworth & Zac Brown Band on the Way

    February 24, 2015 4:53 PM EST Bring on the superhero parodies: Chris Hemsworth will host Saturday Night Live on March 7, the show announced Tuesday (Feb. 24). He'll be joined by Zac Brown Band as the musical guest; both are making their SNL debuts.     Following the show's 40th anniversary celebration Feb. 15,…

  10. 7 Best Lyrics From Chris Brown & Tyga's 'Fan of a Fan' Album

    February 24, 2015 4:26 PM EST Chris Brown and Tyga released their collaborative album Fan of a Fan on Tuesday (Feb. 24). Fan of a Fan is the two artists' attempt to prove they're racking up more studio time than controversial headlines (hi, Drake ), except they miss the mark. Their 2010 Fan of a Fan mixtape --…

  11. Chris Brown Says if Rihanna & Leonardo DiCaprio Rumors Are True, 'I Just Tip My Hat'

    February 23, 2015 9:34 PM EST The rumors of romance between Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio are just speculation right now, but Chris Brown says if they're true he's got to give his ex props for upgrading.  Is Rihanna Dating Leonardo DiCaprio? "I'm gonna have to give her that, because you know what? Ain&…

  12. Chris Brown & Tyga Talk Kylie Jenner, Drake & 'Bullsh--' Grammys on Hot 97

    February 23, 2015 5:28 PM EST Chris Brown and Tyga stopped by Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning show to discuss their Fan of a Fan collaboration and their feelings about Kylie Jenner (positive), the Grammys (negative), and Drake (also negative). Watch the interview below: Unsurprisingly, Tyga's rumored girlfriend…

  13. Chart Highlights: Madonna's 'Living for Love' Debuts on Pop Songs, Leads Dance Club Songs

    February 23, 2015 4:45 PM EST The Queen of Pop returns to top 40 radio and, as previously reported, celebrates her historic coronation on Dance Club Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for Calvin Harris, Thomas Rhett & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below…

  14. Big Sean, 'Dark Sky Paradise': Track-by-Track Review

    February 23, 2015 3:00 PM EST Close to a year ago, things weren't looking so good for Big Sean . The G.O.O.D. Music rapper was in the midst of a breakup with former fiance and Glee star Naya Rivera ; it seemed to be on the verge of getting very public and very ugly. Kendrick Lamar 's verse off "Control…

  15. Hollywood A-listers Take a Casual Day for Oscar Rehearsals

    February 22, 2015 1:08 PM EST Less than 24 hours before the super-fancy Oscar ceremony, it was jeans-and-sneakers day at the Dolby Theatre. Oscars 2015 Live Blog Eddie Murphy , Jennifer Aniston, Liam Neeson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomi Watts, Kevin Hart , Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana were among the casually-clad stars…

  16. Drake Has Record-Tying 14 Tracks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 19, 2015 7:49 PM EST Also, The Weeknd debuts & Nicki Minaj achieves a Rap Airplay record. Drake enters at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums ( along with a Billboard 200 No. 1 ) with his surprise release If You're Reading This It's Too Late . The entrance spurs 10 of the album's tracks onto…

  17. Drake Becomes First Rapper to Top Artist 100

    February 19, 2015 3:25 PM EST Drizzy dominates, soaring 21-1 thanks to the arrival of his surprise album 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late.' Drake takes over as the top artist in the U.S., rocketing 21-1 for his first week atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The catalyst: the lofty, and sudden,…

  18. PETA Slams Chris Brown's NYFW Fur: 'More of the Same From Him: Ugly Violence'

    February 17, 2015 9:42 PM EST After Chris Brown and his girlfriend Karrueche Tran appeared at the Michael Costello runway show during New York Fashion Week on Tuesday evening, PETA is blasting the singer for his choice of clothing.  Musicians Who've Posed for PETA (and Sometimes Stripped Down): Pink, Sia and More …

  19. Chris Brown & Trey Songz Bring 'Between the Sheets' Show to Brooklyn: Live Review

    February 17, 2015 3:10 PM EST After NBA's All-Star Weekend subsided, Chris Brown and Trey Songz held court at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for their fourth show on the joint Between the Sheets tour Monday night. The 26-date gig was postponed last month after a judge ordered Brown to complete 1,000 hours of…

  20. Exclusive: Ultra Music Marks 20th Anniversary With 2015 Dance Compilation

    February 17, 2015 12:15 PM EST It's been a good year for Ultra Music, and now fans will have a chance to relive it. The Sony-affiliated record label today announced the release of Ultra Dance 16 , exclusively revealing to Billboard its flagship dance compilation series' latest installment. The two-disc and 24…

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