1. The Top Five Artists Who Could (Successfully) Drop a Surprise Album

    August 18, 2014 11:30 AM EDT It's not just about popularity, but the mechanics of the modern record business. What other acts could follow Beyonce and her surprise self-titled album release last December? Well, just about anybody. But who could do it and find tremendous success — like Beyonce ? (2 million sold in…

  2. Watch Kim Kardashian Meet French Montana!

    August 16, 2014 8:52 PM EDT French Montana recently told Billboard fans would have to "wait and see" if he would make any cameos on the current season of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." Well, they won't have to wait much longer.  A preview for this week's "KUWTK" takes viewers…

  3. Tomorrow's Hits: Kim Cesarion, Like a Storm & Sonia Leigh

    August 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Kim Cesarion With its daring pick-up line "I'll cover your body with my autograph," Kim Cesarion 's "Undressed" …

  4. Exclusive: T.I. Talks Female Rappers & Executive Producing 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop'

    August 12, 2014 11:50 AM EDT T.I. has advanced from being in front of the reality TV cameras to going completely behind the scenes, as executive producer of  Sisterhood of Hip Hop debuting Tuesday, Aug. 12, on Oxygen. The eight-episode docu-series produced by 51 Minds ( T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle , Below Deck )…

  5. Listen to Wiz Khalifa & Nicki Minaj Rapping & Crooning on 'True Colors'

    August 12, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Nicki Minaj is popping up everywhere. Fresh off her collaboration with Beyonce and her track with Ariana Grande and Jessie J -- not to mention her  own in-the-works album  The Pink Print -- she now lends a hand to Wiz Khalifa on his new song "True Colors," off his upcoming album…

  6. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untitled Cole project, picked up for six half-hour…

  7. Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman Launches DIY-Focused Startup

    August 11, 2014 2:40 PM EDT It took the Dillinger Escape Plan 's Ben Weinman a few years to figure out what he actually wanted to do with his own record label. Launched in 2009, Party Smasher Inc. was first and foremost a way for the mathcore minor deities to release their own music after finishing out their…

  8. Shooting Death of Unarmed Youth, an Aspiring Musician, Triggers Looting in Missouri

    August 11, 2014 12:45 PM EDT A candlelight vigil for an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. Streets in Ferguson upended on Sunday…

  9. Mike Doughty Premieres New Hip-Hop-Influenced Song, Announces New Album & Tour

    August 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty is back with a brand new album that’s a sharp left turn from anything he’s released lately. It’s fan-funded, heavily influenced by alternative hip-hop, and led by a track with a killer banjo riff. Check out the premiere of new song “Light Will Keep…

  10. Electric Wurms Song Premiere: Hear 'The Bat' from the Flaming Lips Side Project

    August 11, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd discuss their new collaboration, touring possibilities and Miley Cyrus. Wayne Coyne says the Electric Wurms is "mostly Steven's group," referring to his Flaming Lips compatriot Steven Drozd. But Drozd insists that Coyne get his due credit for the…

  11. Selena Gomez To Receive 'Ultimate' Surfboard At Teen Choice Awards

    August 09, 2014 5:24 PM EDT Selena Gomez has proven she can do just about anything when it comes to entertaining the masses. And now the multi-hyphenate performer is being recognized for her work on the charts and on the big screen. 2 014 Teen Choice Awards: See All the Photos Here! Gomez will be presented with the…

  12. Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim Beef Is ‘Complicated,’ T.I. Says

    August 09, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Lil’ Kim is in full attack mode against Nicki Minaj and it may be more "complicated" than anyone realizes, according to T.I., who tells Billboard that things are bound to get sticky when a “new and younger version” of an artist comes around after one who’s been "dominating…

  13. The Juice Podcast: Beyonce's 'Flawless' Remix, Jay Z Divorce Rumors, Nicki Minaj vs. Lil Kim

    August 08, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ladies -- Beyoncé , Nicki Minaj , Lil' Kim and Remy Ma -- took over R&B and hip-hop this week. Beyoncé kicked off the week with a surprise release of the remix to "Flawless," which features Nicki Minaj, on Sunday morning, Aug. 3. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed…

  14. Elton John, Billie Jean King to Host Tennis Match

    August 08, 2014 12:32 AM EDT Billie Jean King and Elton John will host a tennis match at Royal Albert Hall in London. The longtime friends will coach teams that feature former No. 1-ranked Kim Clijsters and John McEnroe and Britain's Tim Henman and 2013 Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki. Bonnaroo 2014: Elton John…

  15. Most Viewed K-Pop Videos in America & Around the World: July 2014

    August 07, 2014 9:48 AM EDT f(x) and SISTAR own the Top 2 as America shows extra love to HyunA, INFINITE and an English cover of a K-pop hit on YouTube It's the dog days of summer, but fans are still spending a healthy amount of time watching their favorite K-pop artists. Multiple internationally-recognized artists…

  16. FCC Probes Complaints About 'Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour' Special

    August 06, 2014 10:16 PM EDT Although it only drew three complaints from the more than two million viewers, the Federal Communications Commission is in the process of determining if NBC's Fourth of July weekend special Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour violated its rules against broadcast indecency or profanity. The FCC…

  17. Should Nicki Minaj Respond to Lil Kim's 'Identity Theft'? (Poll)

    August 06, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Kimmy's at it again! Lil' Kim releases another diss track aimed at Nicki Minaj , titled "Identity Theft." "Identity Theft" features Lil' Kim throwing shots at female rappers she claims are borrowing from her, and as you can see from the single artwork, one…

  18. Call Her Mrs. West: Kim Kardashian Shares Name Change With New Passport Photo

    August 05, 2014 9:05 PM EDT A couple months after making an honest man outta Kanye West , reality TV star Kim Kardashian has made it official: she's Mrs. West now, you guys. How are we privy to such details? Oh come on, she told us. Kardashian West took to Instagram on Tuesday to share of-all-things her new…

  19. Poll: What's Your Favorite HyunA Music Video: 'Change,' 'Bubble Pop!,' 'Ice Cream' or 'Red'?

    August 05, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Co-starring in PSY's "Gangnam Style" might have eternally cemented HyunA in YouTube viewers consciousness, but the K-pop star has been racking up millions of views on her own just fine. With four solo singles to her name, the 22-year-old has earned more than 145 million views…

  20. Lil' Kim Disses Nicki Minaj on Remix to Beyonce's 'Flawless' Remix

    August 05, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Two days after Beyoncé released her Nicki Minaj -assisted remix to "Flawless," Lil' Kim drops a remix to the remix and reignites her beef with Minaj. Lil' Kim comes in after Minaj raps "The queen of rap/ Slayin' with Queen Bey," to reclaim the crown. …

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