1. Sam Smith Set For Big Chart Debut With 'In the Lonely Hour'

    June 20, 2014 7:25 PM EDT The British singer's aiming for No. 2 Billboard 200 next week, behind Lana Del Rey's likely No. 1 British singer Sam Smith and rock band Linkin Park are heading for the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart with their just-released albums -- though it looks like Lana Del Rey will…

  2. 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…

  3. The Juice Podcast: Kanye West's Bonnaroo Set, Lil Wayne's Two 2014 Albums & Drake's '0 to 100'

    June 20, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Also, will Frank Ocean pull a Beyoncé, and drop his sophomore album out of nowhere? The Juice Podcast discusses. On the eighth episode of The Juice Podcast, Billboard's own – Jason Lipshutz (Pop Editor) and Brad Weté (Features Editor) – join me to discuss a few of this week's…

  4. Beyonce Lands HBO Series of Mrs. Carter World Tour Concert Segments

    June 19, 2014 2:14 PM EDT "Beyoncé: X10" will feature four-minute performances from her Mrs. Carter World Tour ahead of the final episodes of "True Blood" Beyoncé is heading back to HBO. Following her 2013 documentary "Life Is But a Dream," Beyoncé will return to the premium network for…

  5. Lady Gaga's Sex-Filled 'Do What U Want' Video with R. Kelly & Terry Richardson Leaks (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 12:21 PM EDT Lady Gaga released the "Artpop" track "Do What U Want" as a single last year, but strangely never shared an official music video for it. Today TMZ leaked a 30-second semi-NSFW video clip that may reveal why. The video features snippets of what is allegedly Gaga's …

  6. Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run Tour Isn't Struggling

    June 19, 2014 12:08 PM EDT Despite what you've heard, demand appears high for Jay Z and Beyonce's On The Run tour. Multiple published reports that the upcoming Jay-Z/Beyonce co-headlining stadium tour -- set to begin in Miami on June 25 and wrap in San Francisco Aug. 5 -- is struggling, or that ticket sales…

  7. Angie Martinez Resigns From Hot 97

    June 18, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Angie Martinez took to social media today (June 18), announcing that she's resigned from New York radio station, WQHT Hot 97. She posted a photo on Instagram of the words "Life has to move forward. Everything has its time and everything ends" over a pair of sunglasses. She…

  8. 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…

  9. Lady Gaga 'Judas' Plagiarism Lawsuit Dismissed

    June 17, 2014 7:23 PM EDT A judge has dismissed a plagiarism lawsuit against Lady Gaga that claimed the pop star's hit single "Judas" ripped off elements of Chicago musician Rebecca Francescatti's 1999 track "Juda." Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett Surprise NYC School on Last Day of Classes In his…

  10. Nico & Vinz Goes Top 10: Norwegian Duo On The Making of 'Am I Wrong'

    June 17, 2014 2:44 PM EDT "We always knews it was possible to reach outside of Norway with our music," says Nico Sereba. Nico & Vinz's pop smash is called "Am I Wrong," but so far the song can only do right. The Norwegian duo's debut chart entry leapfrogged into the top 10 of the…

  11. Bad Suns, 'Language & Perspective': Exclusive Album Premiere

    June 17, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Bad Suns figure it's time to shine. The L.A retro-indie newcomers warmed up for The 1975 on the British alt-rock group's U.S. tour earlier this month, and now they're putting steam into their debut album with a headline tour of their own. "Language & Perspective"…

  12. Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett Surprise NYC School on Last Day of Classes

    June 16, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City Monday, performing and hosting a master class in the school’s Tony Bennett Concert Hall.  Bennett opened the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in 2001 in his hometown of…

  13. Playboy Jazz Festival: Allen Stone, Fantasia, Dianne Reeves Heat Up Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 6:09 PM EDT A relatively sedate audience was on hand for Los Angeles' summer rite of passage, the 36th annual Playboy Jazz Festival (June 14-15). There was no line of dancing patrons snaking around the Hollywood Bowl as in years past. Or beach balls being volleyed from box to box. But several acts…

  14. Swizz Beatz Becomes Muse for Kehinde Wiley Portrait

    June 16, 2014 1:53 PM EDT On set with the art-obsessed hitmaker and artist, Wiley. "Eyes on the camera, lean in, look up." Artist Kehinde Wiley spits out directions so fast that it's hard for a spectator to keep up, let alone one of his models. On an ordinary day the 37-year-old's subject might be…

  15. Jay-Z Gets Into the Game on 'Jungle' Remix in New Beats Commercial (Video)

    June 15, 2014 10:11 PM EDT By now any American sports fan with a television knows the track "Jungle" that's been featured with an all star cast in a Beats by Dre commercial and short film designated to pump you up. Now hip-hop champion Jay Z has entered the ring, adding a heavy hitting verse to a remix…

  16. Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Linkin Park All Have Super Sales Week Ahead

    June 13, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Next week's No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 seems secure, as industry forecasters say Jack White's "Lazaretto" should bow atop the list without competition. But, look to the following week's list, and the tally should be flush with major sales -- and major stars. On…

  17. Ray Davies, Donovan, Gamble & Huff Honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 13, 2014 1:57 PM EDT The Songwriters Hall of Fame is the Grammys of the publishing industry, the place where legendary songwriters and executives are honored and the titans of the industry mingle. Hey, there's Marty Bandier! Paul Williams! Willard Adritz! Ed Christman! And wow that guy looks just like ……

  18. Tomorrow's Hits: Good Charlotte's Madden Brothers Return with Pharrell

    June 13, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Madden Brothers, Milky Chance and Mike Jay. The Madden Brothers After leading pop/punksters Good Charlotte to three top 10…

  19. Dear Daddy Playlist: 25 Songs for Father's Day

    June 12, 2014 3:05 PM EDT With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to think of the man that stood tall in your life from day one. Of course, not all us us are so lucky to have had ones. So from Jay Z and Stevie Wonder showing love to their newborn daughters to Tupac Shakur giving his pops the…

  20. Stevie J of VH1's ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Released On Bond, Denies Child Support Claims

    June 12, 2014 3:00 AM EDT An attorney for music producer Stevie J denies prosecutors' allegations that his client owes $1 million in child support, and the reality star says he's happy to be home on bond. The star of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta," whose real name is Steven Jordan, was…

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