1. Drake, Beyonce, Jay Z Atop BET Awards Nominees

    June 29, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Could this year be a repeat for Drake at the BET Awards? Last year the rapper won video of the year and two more awards, and he could do the same Sunday, where he is nominated for five honors. The only difference: He'll actually be in attendance this year. Man Stabbed at BET Awards Pre…

  2. Man Stabbed at BET Awards Pre-Show Party: Update

    June 29, 2014 4:52 PM EDT UPDATED: Two separate violent events occurred at locations hosting preshow parties, with one victim dead from gunshot wounds. Two separate violent incidents — a shooting and stabbing — occurred on Saturday night and early Sunday at Los Angeles events where preshow parties were held ahead…

  3. BET Experience 2014: Outkast, A$AP Rocky & Rick Ross Pack the House on Day 2

    June 29, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Duo headlines second night of BET Experience concerts, joined by A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, August Alsina and more It was all about Outkast Saturday night (June 28) as the pair brought their 20th anniversary celebration to Los Angeles. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles…

  4. Rick Ross Arrested in North Carolina on Outstanding Warrant

    June 28, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Rapper Rick Ross was arrested last night (June 27) in Greenboro, N.C., following his performance at the 2014 SuperJam at the Greensboro Coliseum. The arrest stemmed from a year-old warrant for another North Carolina arrest related to marijuana possession; Ross reportedly failed to appear in…

  5. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles at Staples Center In L.A.

    June 28, 2014 3:02 PM EDT The pair kick off BET Experience at L.A. Live’s three-night concert series “Are you feeling delicious tonight?” A resounding chorus of female screams gave Maxwell the unequivocal answer to his question Friday night (June 27) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  It was the ninth stop on the suave…

  6. Is Big Smo For Real? A Q&A With the Self-Proclaimed 'Hick Ross'

    June 27, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Meet the country-rap "hick-hopper" with an A&E show and a record deal. A&E’s latest reality star? A country rapper named Big Smo. Real name John Smith, the 39-year-old Unionville, Tenn., native falls somewhere between Colt Ford and Bubba Sparxxx. Smo’s self-titled series,…

  7. Judas Priest On Fall U.S. Tour: 'We're Ready To Go'

    June 27, 2014 3:12 PM EDT Frontman Rob Halford says the legendary metal group is "reconstructing the way we tour." With a 21-date U.S. tour announced for the fall, it's clear that reports of Judas Priest's touring demise after its 2011-12 Epitaph World Tour were greatly exaggerated. The iconic…

  8. Scars on 45 Song Premiere: Listen To New Single 'Crazy For You'

    June 27, 2014 12:07 PM EDT This fall, British alt-pop collective Scars on 45 will release their sophomore album, "Safety In Numbers," through new label Nettwerk. Lead single "Crazy For You" is set to be released digitally on July 15, but you can hear the song in full now, exclusively on Billboard…

  9. J.Lo Tops R&B/Hip Hop Albums, T.I. & Iggy Team Up for a Top 10 Hit

    June 26, 2014 8:04 PM EDT JLO, A.K.A. CHART LEADER: Jennifer Lopez crowns the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with "A.K.A.," which arrives with 33,000 copies sold in the week ending June 22, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The entrance marks her third No. 1 on the chart (and eighth top 10). She…

  10. Dave Chappelle Brings Out Janelle Monae, Busta Rhymes at Radio City Music Hall

    June 26, 2014 4:52 PM EDT DJ Premier also performed -- with a 45-piece orchestra! -- at Chappelle's latest show. On Wednesday night (June 25), Dave Chappelle continued his tour de force music/comedy residency at New York's Radio City Music Hall by bringing out Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, DJ Premier and a…

  11. Demi Lovato Invades L.A. Pride in 'Really Don't Care' Video: Watch

    June 26, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Demi Lovato called on some famous pals -- Cher Lloyd! Travis Barker! Perez Hilton! -- and made some new ones at L.A. Pride for the official "Really Don't Care" video. Watch the grin-inducing clip for the song, which is currently at No. 1 on our Trending 140 chart ,…

  12. Rihanna Tweets Support For Germany in World Cup

    June 26, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Thousands -- nay, millions! -- are watching the USA-Germany World Cup match right now and rooting for the United States to win the match. Rihanna is not among those millions. The pop superstar decided to take to Twitter shortly after Germany took a 1-0 lead in the game, sending out a…

  13. Barbra Streisand Duets Album Almost Finished, Says Babyface

    June 26, 2014 1:24 PM EDT "It's a beautiful, beautiful record," says the legendary producer of the upcoming all-star album. Barbra Streisand's upcoming all-star duets album is nearing completion, according to one of its producers. "It took a long time to get it done, but we're…

  14. Pop Shop Podcast: Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & More

    June 26, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual…

  15. Zola Jesus Returns With Pop Ambitions: 'I Want To Be Number 1'

    June 26, 2014 11:55 AM EDT The experimental singer-songwriter discusses her brave new album "Taiga," leaving her longtime label and why she's never been more excited than right now. "I want to be No. 1 on Billboard," declares Nika Roza Danilova, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter behind the…

  16. Australia’s Big Day Out Fest Canceled for 2015, Owners Promise ‘We Will Be Back’

    June 26, 2014 5:55 AM EDT Australia’s once mighty Big Day Out has been scrapped for 2015. But its new sole owners, the U.S. live event promoters C3 Presents, insist it’ll return in future in some configuration.  Execs at Austin, Texas-based C3, which produces Lollapalooza, say BDO will take a year off to rejig the…

  17. CliffLight Song Premiere: Listen To 'Morning Light'

    June 25, 2014 5:33 PM EDT Boston five-piece CliffLight have already released one synth-pop delicacy this year with "Do What You Want To Me," and now the Berklee alums have unveiled another with "Morning Light." Listen to the sunny track first at Billboard.com below: CliffLight makes undeniable…

  18. Hollywood's 10 Favorite Music Films: 'Wizard of Oz,' 'Almost Famous,' 'Lion King' & More

    June 25, 2014 4:22 PM EDT There are plenty of great films and almost just as many lists of great films. So The Hollywood Reporter set out to do one better -- for the July 4 issue, they surveyed over two thousand distinguished members of the movie industry for the ultimate insiders list. What resulted is Hollywood&…

  19. Aretha Franklin Talks Working With Andre 3000, Covering 'Rolling In The Deep'

    June 25, 2014 3:59 PM EDT The legendary singer says of her new covers album, "We're going to give you exactly what you're expecting and what you're not expecting." Aretha Franklin is "more than happy" with the progress of her upcoming divas covers album, but she acknowledges that…

  20. Iggy Azalea Leads Hot 100 For Fifth Week, Maroon 5 Debuts In Top 20

    June 25, 2014 2:51 PM EDT The Australian rapper reigns again with 'Fancy,' while staying at No. 2 as featured on Ariana Grande's 'Problem.' Plus, MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Digital Songs and Maroon 5 debuts. Iggy Azalea notches a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100…

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