1. Nas Announces 'Time Is Illmatic' Fall Tour With Documentary Screenings

    August 12, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Nas is hitting the road with the album that started it all. The rapper will take stages across North America this fall for a tour that coincides with screenings of his Tribeca Film documentary, Nas: Time Is Illmatic , it was announced Tuesday. The tour will kick off on Oct. 2 in Rochester and…

  2. Outside Lands 2014: 10 Best Performances

    August 11, 2014 4:50 PM EDT For three days, we strapped on our trainers to traipse seven stages laid out across the vast grounds of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, where more than 100 acts played their hearts out at the seventh annual Outside Lands. With weekend crowd estimates hovering around 200,000, the sold-out…

  3. Chance the Rapper Breaks the Mold with ‘Everyday Wonderful: Arthur’

    August 11, 2014 6:04 AM EDT It is not every day that an artist kicks off a mass discussion on Twitter about a theme song from a '90s children sitcom, but Chance The Rapper managed to do so on July 30 with the release of his track “Everyday Wonderful: Arthur” that has resided on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140…

  4. Dawn Richard Pens Open Letter After Danity Kane Breakup

    August 10, 2014 5:04 PM EDT Shortly after Danity Kane revealed that they have broken up (again), Dawn Richard penned an open letter to her fans.  The letter is in response to the reports that she punched Aubrey O'Day after a recording session, a report she previously called "exaggerated lies and false…

  5. Outside Lands 2014 Friday Highlights: Kanye West, Disclosure, Kacey Musgraves and More

    August 09, 2014 10:40 AM EDT There was a mellow beginning and a repeatedly "Bloody" end to the first day of the lucky seventh edition of Outside Lands, the festival so beloved by San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park that organizers Another Planet have a contract to host it there until at least 2021. Don’t worry,…

  6. Danity Kane on Their Breakup: 'My Group Member Punched Me in the Back of My Head'

    August 08, 2014 3:18 PM EDT The reunion of Danity Kane is already over. Aubrey O’Day got punched by Dawn Richard Monday after a recording session, according to TMZ . ( Billboard has reached out to Richard, but did not immeadiately receive a response.)  Now, earlier today, O'Day and Shannon Bex released a lenghty…

  7. The Inside Story of How Lorde Came to Rule 'The Hunger Games'

    August 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT A nontraditional deal with Lionsgate finds the 17-year-old curating a major soundtrack. The Hunger Games franchise has a new heroine on the horizon: Lorde.  The 17-year-old singer-songwriter has been commissioned by Lionsgate and music publisher Songs to deliver the first single from…

  8. 20 Most Forced Rhymes In Pop Music History

    August 08, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Ariana Grande's "Break Free" isn't the only offender: here are the 20 most awesomely awkward rhymes in popular music. "I fought him on it the whole time...'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It&…

  9. Eminem & Rihanna's Monster Tour Roars to Life at Rose Bowl: Concert Review

    August 08, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Eminem & Rihanna 's long-awaited Monster tour, which kicked off Aug. 7 in Los Angeles at a sold-out Rose Bowl, is billed as a co-headlining tour between the two music superstars, and the pair treated the show as if they were equals, starting and ending together. However, sharing the…

  10. Mexican Star's Death Spurs No. 1 Chart Return

    August 07, 2014 7:54 PM EDT Following the death of Banda Los Recoditos' Luis Fernando Muñoz Castro  on July 25, the group re-enters Regional Mexican Digital Songs at No. 1 with "Mi Ultimo Deseo." The track sold 3,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a 685…

  11. Kid Ink's 'I Don't Care' Storms Twitter Trending 140 Chart

    August 07, 2014 6:04 PM EDT Kid Ink makes waves on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140 chart after the release of his new video for "I Don't Care" featuring Maejor Ali , which was released on Kid Ink's YouTube channel on July 31. The song was on the chart for five consecutive days before peaking at No…

  12. ASCAP Files Appeal Against Rate Court Decision

    August 07, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing Group plan to follow suit. ASCAP has filed an appeal to the Pandora rate court ruling that set its annual licensing rate at 1.85% of revenue from the music streaming service and prevents individual music publishers from partially withdrawing its rights…

  13. Cody Bryan Band on the 'Dangerous Love' Behind Their 'Wreck Me' Album

    August 06, 2014 6:29 PM EDT The Cody Bryan Band's latest album, Wreck Me , has been out for a few months now, but the Texas-based band's frontman said they have really picked up the pace of promoting it. "We put out our first single, and we did our first radio tour through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and…

  14. Max Schneider Charts on Billboard Twitter Trending 140 With 'Mug Shot'

    August 06, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Singer-songwriter and YouTube star Max Schneider charts on the Billboard Twitter Trending 140  this week after releasing a tour compilation video for his single, “Mug Shot.”  During his “Say Max” tour, Max and his team filmed the crowd in more than 24 cities each singing a different line of…

  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. Eminem & Rihanna Ready to Kick Off The Monster Tour: See the Pic

    August 06, 2014 9:39 AM EDT It's finally here! Almost! After announcing their co-headlining tour waaaaay back in February , Eminem & Rihanna 's The Monster Tour kicks off Thursday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Final rehearsals for tour with @rihanna ..see you soon in Pasadena pic.twitter.com…

  17. Gospel Singer Joseph Habedank's Journey Through Addiction, Towards His New Record

    August 05, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Joseph Habedank -- longtime member of the successful gospel group The Perrys -- is branching out on his own with a new solo album, Welcome Home , that was created as he emerged from the crucible of addiction (to pain medication) that eventually saw him check into Nashville-area treatment…

  18. Perry Farrell Wants Lollapalooza to 'Go Global'

    August 05, 2014 12:40 PM EDT "Canada is one place we're looking at for sure," says the Jane's Addiction frontman of Lolla's next incarnations. With Lollapalooza now ensconced on two continents, Perry Farrell has global domination -- or something like it -- in mind for the festival he helped…

  19. Action Bronson Cruises to No. 2 on Trending Chart With 'Easy Rider'

    August 04, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Queens native Action Bronson stormed the real-time Billboard Trending 140 chart Monday morning (Aug. 4) with his just-released track "Easy Rider." The song was premiered on WQHT New York (Hot 97) the night before by DJ Peter Rosenberg, and the conversation that ensued on Twitter…

  20. Trinidad James Responds to Being Dropped by Def Jam With "Doin' Me"

    August 04, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Three days after Atlanta rapper Trinidad James published a statement (that has since been deleted) on Twitter suggesting he had been dropped by his label Def Jam , the rapper released a surprise track entitled "Doin' Me" (produced by Raak) on SoundClound. Quickly peaking at No.…

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