1. Paul Giamatti to Star in 'Straight Outta Compton' as N.W.A Manager

    August 16, 2014 11:31 AM EDT The actor will play Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller Paul Giamatti has closed a deal to star in Straight Outta Compton , The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The actor will play Jerry Heller, manager of the pioneering rap group N.W.A. Casting Company Apologizes for…

  2. Exclusive: Fool's Gold to Release 'Draft Picks 2014' Compilation Through BitTorrent

    July 31, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Brooklyn label Fool's Gold has announced the release of a free BitTorrent Bundle,  Draft Picks 2014 , featuring unreleased tracks from new signees including Salva , Giraffage , and Troyboi . The compilation also features an assortment of demos, leaks, remixes, and remastered material. …

  3. N.W.A Biopic Casts MC Ren & DJ Yella Roles

    July 29, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. round out the 'Straight Outta Compton' cast. Universal's N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is rounding out the cast, adding Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. They'll join O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason…

  4. Parker Ighile On His Forthcoming Artist Album: ‘I’ve Taken The Time To Perfect It’

    July 29, 2014 6:01 AM EDT Parker Ighile is a relaxed character. He won’t be rushed. The British-Nigerian producer, songwriter and protégé of Nicki Minaj has been honing his first extended artist release, and he's been at it for some time now. It’ll come when it’s ready. “I’m still an active producer and I’ve been…

  5. Casting Company Apologizes for Offensive 'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Call

    July 19, 2014 10:43 PM EDT The company behind a casting call that caused an uproar is saying sorry. In a casting call for the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” Sande Alessi Casting put out a call earlier this week seeking women in different categories. Universal Distances Itself From 'Straight Outta Compton&…

  6. Universal Distances Itself From 'Straight Outta Compton' Casting Call

    July 18, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film. The company said in a statement late Thursday that "the filmmakers ... did not approve and do not condone the information in this casting…

  7. Comic-Con: MGMT, Grimes to Perform on an Aircraft Carrier

    July 08, 2014 1:17 PM EDT MGMT and Grimes are heading to San Diego's 2014 Comic-Con International, where MGMT will play a live set and Grimes will DJ at a party for CraveOnline on July 25. The event will take place aboard the USS Midway, an aircraft carrier docked adjacent to the Convention Center, and…

  8. G-Eazy, AB-Soul Claim Top Debuts on Rap Albums, Despite Lack of Airplay

    July 03, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Neither G-Eazy or AB-Soul have charted a hit on the Rap Airplay chart, yet their albums debut at Nos. 1 and 2 on Rap Albums. Independently-distributed rapper G-Eazy -- who has yet to notch a hit single on the Rap Airplay chart -- enters the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts at…

  9. Pop Shop Podcast: Robin Thicke, Sam Smith, Charli XCX & More

    July 03, 2014 11:50 AM 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…

  10. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "x" opens with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is Sheeran's second full-length effort, and was released June 23 through Atlantic…

  11. G-Eazy, Linkin Park To Perform At MTV Fan Fest, mtvU Fandom Awards During Comic-Con (Exclusive)

    July 01, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Rising rapper G-Eazy, the 25-year-old self-proclaimed “Young Elvis” , will perform at MTV’s mtvU Fandom Awards and MTV Fan Fest during Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 24 from San Diego’s Petco Park. G-Eazy joins a bill that also includes Linkin Park, with highlights to air during…

  12. G-Eazy Heading for No. 3 Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    June 27, 2014 10:31 PM EDT Rapper could see his 'These Things Happen' album also hit No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop chart Rapper G-Eazy is on course for a top 10 start on the Billboard 200 with "These Things Happen." Industry sources suggest the set, which was released on June 23, might sell around 45…

  13. Ed Sheeran Set for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 25, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Ed Sheeran should easily score his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week with his new release "x." Industry sources suggest the set, which was released on June 23, could sell upwards of 200,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 29. How Grown…

  14. Kanye West, Foo Fighters To Headline Las Vegas' Life Is Beautiful Festival

    June 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT More than 50 acts will perform the stage during the three-day fest, scheduled for Oct. 24 to 26. The Life Is Beautiful music festival, returning for its second year to Downtown Las Vegas, has announced the lineup for the 2014 edition. Scheduled for October 24 through 26, the festival…

  15. G-Eazy's Hot Rap Songs Debut, Jeremih Returns With 'Don't Tell 'Em'

    June 19, 2014 6:13 PM EDT G-Eazy scores first Hot Rap Songs hit with 'Lotta That,' Jeremih debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'Don't Tell 'Em' California rapper G-Eazy makes his Hot Rap Songs debut with "Lotta That," featuring A$AP Ferg and Danny Seth, arriving at No. 21.…

  16. N.W.A Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Shares Cast Photo & Release Date

    June 19, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Starring O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E, the Universal film takes the slot originally reserved for the next "Bourne" installment. Universal Pictures announced Wednesday that its N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta…

  17. NWA Biopic Casts Its Dr. Dre, Eazy-E (Sources)

    June 16, 2014 7:50 AM EDT After more than five years, four writers and a tough-to-please trio that holds cast and script veto power, Universal's N.W.A biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is finally getting the green light. Sources say the studio has assembled its leading threesome to tackle the roles of…

  18. G-Eazy Talks 'These Things Happen' Album; Releases A$AP Ferg Collaboration

    June 10, 2014 2:10 PM EDT Sold-out shows, screaming fans, big co-signs, but still no major-label deal: Is G-Eazy the next indie rap sensation? The teenagers spy him from across a coffee shop in San Francisco's SOMA district. "Excuse me. Are you G-Eazy?" The Berkeley, Calif.-bred rapper in the…

  19. Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre's Success: From Eminem to Beats by Dre to Selling to Apple

    May 10, 2014 10:53 AM EDT They truly are marching to the beat of their own drum. It's as though anything Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre touches turns to gold: The dynamic duo marked epic-level success when they introduced Eminem to the music world 15 years ago, and their lucrative Beats by Dre business reached…

  20. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

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