1. Ludacris Reveals the Best Advice Ice Cube Ever Gave Him

    February 20, 2015 11:33 AM EST The Scene Stealer For Christopher ­" Ludacris " Bridges, all it took to crack Hollywood was a quick audition tape shot backstage while on tour with Eminem . Director John Singleton, known for plucking talent from hip-hop for films like Poetic Justice and Boyz N the Hood , gave him…

  2. French Montana, DJ Drama Feel the Burn at Reebok Industry Workout

    February 13, 2015 2:10 PM EST French Montana , DJ Drama and celebrity trainer Lita Lewis joined Reebok in West Hollywood Wednesday night (Feb. 11) for a high profile workout event at the Reebok Lounge. The Los Angeles event brought fitness and music industry influencers together to take part in an exhausting, bootcamp…

  3. Big Sean on 'Supercool' Girlfriend Ariana Grande, Working With Kanye and His Personal Heartbreak

    February 06, 2015 11:36 AM EST Here's a list of things that Big Sean admittedly gives an "F" about: his family; his girlfriend, pop star Ariana Grande ; his business; his charitable foundation; "how people feel"; Dragon Ball Z; professionalism; video games; all the Batman movies; the "good as…

  4. How Broad City's 22-Year-Old Music Supervisor Crafts the Show (and Shares a Playlist)

    February 05, 2015 5:08 PM EST Comedy Central's Broad City centers around two twenty-something white women living in New York City, but it's not a Brooklyn show or a hotbed for indie rock, "I think there is a misconception that New York young people are just automatically from Brooklyn now" says the…

  5. Lil Wayne Announces 'The Free Weezy Album'

    February 05, 2015 10:44 AM EST With his Tha Carter V album up in the air, Lil Wayne is releasing a free album, The Free Weezy Album . He announced the news on Twitter early Thursday morning, Feb. 5: "Free album. Free Weezy season. The Free Weezy Album #FWA." Free album. Free Weezy season. The Free Weezy Album. …

  6. 15 (Or More …) No. 15 Hot 100 Hits for 2015

    January 01, 2015 10:05 AM EST Happy New Year! As 2015 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers 15 songs that rose to No. 15 peaks on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite their falling five spots shy of the top 10, all remain memorable hits among the Hot 100's five-decade-plus history. Actually … in looking through the Hot 100…

  7. 'Entourage' Trailer Arrives: Vincent Chase Plays a Mutant DJ

    December 23, 2014 3:26 PM EST The big-screen adaptation of HBO's comedic bro-fest Entourage is headed to theaters in June, and fans just received their first look at the long-awaited reunion of Vince, E, Drama and Turtle. And after "starring" in fake movies like Aquaman and Medellin , Vinnie Chase (Adrian…

  8. The 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:30 PM EST K-pop fans may remember 2014 as a dramatic, and at times heartbreaking, year. Members left groups fans envisioned them in for years, tragedy struck the live scene and the dark sides of the industry were brought to light in the wake of mourning one of the scene's most promising acts…

  9. The 10 Best R&B Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:15 PM EST Much has been made of the way women dominated the Hot 100 in 2014, but the genre where women really shined this year was R&B. This may not have been reflected in the charts, but when Billboard staff picked their ten favorite R&B albums of the year, 7 were helmed by women (and that…

  10. Chart Highlights: Maddie & Tae, Girls in a No. 1 Country Song

    December 08, 2014 5:15 PM EST The duo is just the second female twosome to reign with a debut single. Plus, new No. 1s for Idina Menzel & Michael Buble, Zhu, Big Sean and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts…

  11. Mike Simonetti Leaving Italians Do It Better, Launching Label with Captured Tracks' Mike Sniper

    December 04, 2014 12:00 PM EST Mike Simonetti is striking out on his own once again. Perhaps best-known for founding dream-pop label Italians Do It Better with Johnny Jewel  -- and, solo, noise rock staple Troubleman Unlimited in the early '90s and New Jersey in 2012 -- the DJ, producer, and label head is leaving…

  12. Chart Highlights: Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Meghan Trainor Debut Holiday Songs on AC

    December 01, 2014 3:10 PM EST 'Tis the season for the Adult Contemporary chart to welcome a sleighful of yuletide tunes. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  13. Idris Elba Working on 'Luther'-Inspired Album

    November 24, 2014 9:41 PM EST There's just no stopping the multi-talented Idris Elba at the moment. Radio Times reports that Elba is planning an album inspired by John Luther , the conflicted police detective he plays in the darkly absorbing BBC crime drama. Luther has just been confirmed to return in a two-part…

  14. 'I Only Blame Myself': Is Reclusive R&B Singer Jeremih Holding Back His Own Career?

    November 21, 2014 12:30 PM EST Fifty-two different songs have reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 in 2014. Only one of them doesn't have an official music video: Jeremih 's "Don't Tell 'Em." "I blame myself," the singer says, sitting on the rooftop of West Hollywood hotel…

  15. Nicki Minaj Earns 56th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With 'Only'

    November 06, 2014 4:11 PM EST Also: Danity Kane collects third top 10 album, Jagged Edge returns, and Kem's 'Nobody' rises. Nicki Minaj lands her 56th entry on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs , as "Only" featuring Drake , Lil Wayne and Chris Brown , debuts at No. 16. The Hot Shot Debut extends Lil…

  16. Executive Turntable: New Faces, Promotions at Beggars, Republic Records, Capitol & More

    October 21, 2014 1:11 PM EDT -- The Beggars Group announced the following expansion and promotions within the radio department: Risa Matsuki was promoted to VP, Promotions; Brien Terranova joined as Sr. Director, Promotions; and Hector Montes rose to National Director, Promotions.  -- Republic Records announced the…

  17. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Frozen’ and 'Hunger Games,' Oh My! How This Was the Year of the Soundtrack

    October 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Frozen was just the tip of the iceberg at a time where music triumphed at the movies Not since "Greased Lightnin'" and "Night Fever" electrified the movies in 1978 have soundtracks proven to be such an indomitable force in the music industry. Triple-platinum sales…

  18. 1980s White Rap Pioneers 3rd Bass Reveal the Stories Behind Their Music -- From Gang Hits to Beef With the Beastie Boys

    October 06, 2014 4:27 PM EDT When New York duo 3rd Bass -- MC Serch (real name Michael Berrin) and Prime Minister Pete Nice (born Peter Nash), now both 47 -- burst onto the scene in 1989 with the single "Steppin' to the A.M.," they were a revelation to the public. Serch's first single, "Melissa…

  19. Hear Childish Gambino's 'STN MTN' Mixtape Now

    October 02, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Childish Gambino has dropped the STN MTN half of his much-anticipated mixtape project, with the Kauai half set to hit iTunes later Thursday (Oct. 2). Listen to the 11-track STN MTN below: This is the first project from the actor/rapper (real name: Donald Glover) since last year's…

  20. Watch: Childish Gambino Talks Ariana Grande Collab, New Mixtape at iHeartRadio Fest

    September 20, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Childish Gambino surprised fans at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival by joining Ariana Grande on stage to deliver a cheeky guest rap on "Break Your Heart Right Back," from Grande’s new chart-topping album My Everything . iHeartRadio Fest 2014: Photos Live from Las Vegas! Prior…

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