1. Killer Mike Honors Michael Brown In Fiery Instagram Post

    August 12, 2014 4:52 PM EDT "Look at what govt sanctioned murder has done," the rapper writes in his moving essay. Atlanta rapper Killer Mike has never been shy about voicing his political opinions -- he once rapped "George Bush don't like blacks? No shit, Sherlock!" and has made his audiences…

  2. Juicy J and DJ Paul Sued Over Three 6 Mafia Samples

    August 12, 2014 4:14 PM EDT A label head is taking Juicy J and DJ Paul to court over samples from a rap duo they'd previously collaborated with. Juicy J and DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia , the Oscar-winning southern rap group formed in 1991, and their label businesses (Select-O-Hits, S.A.T. Entertainment Music and Scale…

  3. Exclusive Video Premiere: Sugur Shane Celebrates Philly Vogue Culture With 'Kill Da Bitch'

    August 12, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Pairing Philly hip-hop sensibilities with house-inspired beats, Sugur Shane delights in defying classification. The title track off the animated rapper’s new  Kill Da Bitch  EP reflects this indefinable approach, layering chopped vocal snippets and searing rap verses over grumbling synth…

  4. Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies

    August 12, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry recently, Brad Paisley is in his element. Though he’s been busy this summer appearing Sunday nights on ABC’s Rising Star competition and traveling across the U.S. on his Kraft-sponsored Country Nation tour, Paisley is never too busy to come home and…

  5. Justin Timberlake Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Watch

    August 12, 2014 1:34 AM EDT Justin Timberlake has taken a cold shower, for a good cause. The pop superstar honored his nomination to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which he did for the cameras and shared on his social networks. Post by Justin Timberlake .   Timberlake was challenged to do the deed within 24…

  6. Outside Lands 2014 Sunday Highlights: The Killers, Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis & More

    August 11, 2014 1:10 PM EDT An estimated 200,000 people showed up in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this weekend for the seventh installment of Outside Lands. Acts like Spoon , The Flaming Lips and The Killers placed the festival’s closing day firmly in rock territory. It was also a day of girl power, with strong…

  7. KCON 2014 Day 1: G-Dragon, IU, B1A4 & More Rock Los Angeles

    August 10, 2014 7:45 PM EDT K-pop stars like Teen Top, VIXX, Lee Seung Gi and more all made showings at a convention's deafening concert Saturday morning, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and its surrounding area was turned into a K-pop heaven with panels, workshops and a marketplace dedicated to all things…

  8. Exclusive Video: Miranda Lambert Gives the Behind-the-Scenes Story Behind Her Song 'Platinum'

    August 08, 2014 3:15 PM EDT Miranda Lambert knows how to celebrate ten years on the charts -- with what appears to be shaping up as her biggest album yet. Platinum , the fifth studio album from the native Texan, recently debuted at the top of the Top Country Albums chart, as well as the Billboard 200. The first two…

  9. Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ at 35: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    August 08, 2014 12:40 PM EDT There comes a time in every young man’s life when he must put on a snug tuxedo and gleaming white socks and go his own way. For Michael Jackson , that time was 35 years ago, on August 10, 1979. It was then, weeks shy of his 21st birthday, that Jackson released Off the Wall , the album that…

  10. Sinead O'Connor on Celebrity Crush Dave Chappelle: 'If He Were a Bike, I'd Be Riding Him'

    August 08, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Through the years, Sinead O'Connor -- who is featured on the cover of Billboard's Aug. 16 issue -- hasn't been shy about expressing unbridled lust for comedian Dave Chappelle and actor Robert Downey Jr., but she has never really gone into detail about her crushes. Until now.…

  11. Gaslight Anthem Debuts New Music During Secret NYC Show at Old CBGB Site

    August 08, 2014 11:15 AM EDT The Gaslight Anthem showed up at the old site of CBGB on Thursday night to share their new album Get Hurt , playing many of its songs live for the first time. Loved by classic rockers and punks alike, Gaslight is a band that pays tribute to the gods of rock and roll. It was appropriate they…

  12. Exclusive Video Premiere: Twin Peaks' 'I Found a New Way'

    August 08, 2014 10:00 AM EDT You may assume from Twin Peaks' name that the scrappy Chicago foursome is nostalgic for the pop culture of our youth (ironically, since the 20-year-olds didn't even know David Lynch's arguable masterpiece existed when they thought of the band name). But the video for "I…

  13. Billboard Cover: Sinead O'Connor on Having No Regrets, Being 'Irregular' and Resurrecting Her Career

    August 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT After fading into the abyss, the bald and brutally honest singer is back with a bold new album, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.' “It’s the bald woman from Ireland,” writes Sinéad O’Connor in an email. She’s following up on our last conversation, expanding her thoughts…

  14. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Should Play The Super Bowl, New Petition Argues

    August 06, 2014 6:14 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic collected the first No. 1 album of his 30-year career this year. What's next? Performing during the Super Bowl halftime show, of course. A new petition has urged the White House to influence the National Football League's Super Bowl halftime…

  15. MAGIC! Maintains No. 1 Perch on Hot 100; 'Bang Bang,' Meghan Trainor Soar Into Top 10

    August 06, 2014 3:14 PM EDT While "Rude" rules for a fourth week and Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" jumps to No. 2, the top 10 is shaken up by the arrival of a super-trio and a chart newcomer. "Rude's" ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 continues for a fourth week as MAGIC!'…

  16. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Tops $100 Million, 'Everybody’s Winning'

    August 05, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Plagued by rumors of poor ticket sales and still a target for the tabloids, the Jay Z/Beyonce On The Run stadium tour will nevertheless wrap as a huge success. Jay Z and Beyonce 's On The Run tour wraps in North America with two nights at AT&T Park in San Francisco, both tonight …

  17. Beyonce Drops 'Flawless' Remix Featuring Nicki Minaj: Listen

    August 03, 2014 1:16 AM EDT "Of course sometimes shit goes down when there's a billion dollars on an elevator." Happy weekend, everyone! Beyonce has joined forces with Nicki Minaj for a surprise remix of "Flawless" that has left the rap blogosphere and Twitter completely blown away. Listen…

  18. Lollapalooza 2014 Friday Highlights: Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Lorde Rule Day 1

    August 02, 2014 3:10 AM EDT There may have been a little rain on this year’s parade, but the afternoon drizzle did nothing to dampen the spirits of the thousands of young revelers who flooded Chicago’s Grant Park for the first day of Lollapalooza 2014. Celebrating its 10th year in the Windy City, the annual summer bash…

  19. Oregon's Pickathon Points the Way to Music Festivals Going Green

    August 01, 2014 4:45 PM EDT When the stage goes quiet at the close of any summer music festival, there comes a new kind of chorus known to anyone who's tromped back to a campsite alongside 10,000 other weary music lovers: the crunch of a sea of disposed water bottles. From California’s Coachella to New York City’s…

  20. Apple's Beats Acquisition Is Complete

    August 01, 2014 11:17 AM EDT Update : Th e Wall Street Journal has reported that Ian Rogers will be leading iTunes Radio following the completion of Apple's acquisition. It's official: Beats is now all Apple's. The companies confirmed the $3 billion acquisition in two separate posts earlier this morning.…

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