1. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 25, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The minute Dave Chappelle walked out on stage at Radio City Music Hall, the sold-out audience smiled, cheered loudly, and laughed. These are the reactions to feelings we have when we’re reunited with a long lost friend, and to many, that is who Chappelle is to us: A friend we have missed…

  2. Rewinding The Charts: In 1988, Debbie Gibson Bopped To The Top

    June 25, 2014 8:05 AM EDT On this date, the then-17-year-old high schooler-turned-pop star became the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a Hot 100 No. 1 Twenty-six years ago, while most high school seniors likely were looking for a summer job, one precocious overachiever was adding a historic…

  3. Lana Del Rey's 'Ultraviolence' Is a Hit. How Will It Influence Pop Music?

    June 23, 2014 3:15 PM EDT With a No. 1 debut coming, expect more brooding, rock experimentation and mystique from mainstream music's biggest stars. Here's another Lana Del Rey thinkpiece! The authenticity of one of pop's most confounding… No, wait, come back. I didn't mean to scare you. If you'…

  4. U.K. Singles Chart To Incorporate Music Streams For First Time

    June 23, 2014 2:05 PM EDT The United Kingdom's Official Singles Chart is to undergo one of the biggest shake-ups in its 62-year history next month when it begins incorporating audio streams for the first time The United Kingdom's Official Singles Chart is to undergo one of the biggest shake-ups in its 62…

  5. Rick Ross 'Prevented And Threatened' From Performing At Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz: Report

    June 23, 2014 1:58 PM EDT Rick Ross was reportedly denied entry to Detroit's Hot 107.5's Summer Jamz concert on Saturday (June 21), where he was scheduled to perform. When he approached the Chene Park Amphitheater, Hot 107.5's program director Jay Hicks says Rick Ross was "met by 100 individuals…

  6. Kanye West Plays Surprise Set at Dave Chappelle's Radio City Show

    June 21, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Kanye West seems to be feeling a lot better after a complicated Bonnaroo set and burying the hatchet with his wedding photographer: the rapper surprised fans at Dave Chappelle's show last night (Friday) at Radio City Music Hall, where the comedian is performing a nine-date run. Complex…

  7. Ab-Soul Talks About the Duality of 'These Days' Album & Danny Brown's Advice

    June 20, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Ab-Soul is focused on his own — in between jugs of cough syrup, mid-conversation naps and fights with his own label. His raps frequently evoke higher consciousness, but Ab-Soul is only half-awake — if that. It's 11:15 a.m. on a Saturday and the self-described "Black Lip Bastard…

  8. Russell Simmons Shooting TV Pilot, Producing Rap Opera & Spending Millions on Movies

    June 20, 2014 11:38 AM EDT The hip-hop mogul looks to "reintegrate Hollywood" Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat. The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles early in 2014. Now, he is…

  9. Avett Brothers Prepping New Album, Expect to Record With Rick Rubin in November

    June 19, 2014 9:09 PM EDT Seth Avett says he and older brother Scott are "sitting on about 30 songs right now" for the Avett Brothers eighth album, which will be the follow-up to 2013's Top 5 "Magpie and the Dandelion."  The Avett Brothers Q&A and LIVE at Bonnaroo 2014 Avett adds that…

  10. Linkin Park's 'The Hunting Party': Track-by-Track Review

    June 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT There's a war going down on the new Linkin Park album, the band's first since 2003 not produced by Rick Rubin. Without the guidance of their bearded generalissimo, these Cali rap-rock commandos go rogue, flinging missiles in all directions. They attack record companies,…

  11. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit of it in deeply moral terms. For Jobs, that…

  12. Jennifer Lopez, 'A.K.A.': Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 17, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has long been a jack-of-all-trades, excelling in acting rolls, as an on-stage entertainer and in her assorted business ventures.  “A.K.A.” marks the eighth studio album for the songstress, and first with Capitol Records.  An eclectic mix of sounds ring throughout the set as she…

  13. Jennifer Lopez Works Her Ass Off on 'A.K.A.' Album, Powerhouse Brand (Cover Story)

    June 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has a lot of titles on her business card these days. At this point in a career stretching back more than two decades, she's less a musician or actress than a walking lifestyle brand, and a hyper-productive one at that. On today's schedule: an interview and photo shoot…

  14. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Shakira Shakes Her 'Hips' To No. 1

    June 16, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2006, the Latin pop superstar topped the Hot 100. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Rick Astley, the Four Tops, Carrie Underwood and Robin Thicke Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history June 16, 1990…

  15. 20 Hot Bonnaroo Moments Day 4: Elton John Brings Out Ben Folds, Arctic Monkeys & Wiz Khalifa Shine

    June 16, 2014 4:13 AM EDT Even if it seemed like Kaskade’s late night Saturday set was barely over, Bonnaroo cruised into its final day (June 15) with the approaching Elton John finale giving everyone a little extra incentive to power on. But before the piano legend made his first-ever American festival appearance, an…

  16. Casey Kasem: The Man Who Made Countdowns “Coast To Coast"

    June 15, 2014 7:14 PM EDT “American Top 40,” the syndicated program currently heard worldwide on hundreds of radio stations, has been around so long that it’s easy to assume all countdowns began with the show co-created and hosted by Casey Kasem starting in 1970. Kasem, who died today at 82 after a long battle with…

  17. Casey Kasem’s Death: Musicians and Celebrities React on Twitter

    June 15, 2014 11:58 AM EDT With the sad news that legendary radio DJ Casey Kasem died on Sunday (June 15) at the age of 82, musicians and celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the American Top 40 radio who brought them great music for nearly four decades. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Host, Dies at 82…

  18. Rick Rubin Says He’s Working on Kanye West's Seventh Album

    June 14, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Producer Rick Rubin has confirmed that he’s working with Kanye West on the rapper’s follow-up album to 2013’s “Yeezus,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Kanye West's 2014 Album: Everything We Know So Far Rubin told BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe that he’s currently "…

  19. 'Ghostbusters' At 30: A Soundtrack Appreciation

    June 08, 2014 9:10 AM EDT It's spooky and it's kooky...and, no, we're not talking about the Addams Family. Thirty years ago this weekend on June 8, 1984, the world got its first taste of "Ghostbusters" -- the Ivan Reitman film starring Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis (who co-wrote the script) as…

  20. Rock Hall of Fame: Dave Grohl on Nirvana Honors, Reuniting with Courtney Love: 'It Was Beautiful'

    June 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On a chilly night in April, 20 years to the month since the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl did what many people thought was unimaginable. Taking the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at New York's Barclays Center, the 43-year-old rocker embraced Courtney…

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