1. Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Prince & More Feature In Ebony Power 100

    December 02, 2015 12:42 PM EST Ebony revealed who made their Power 100 list, their feature recognizing the many leaders of the black community within the fields of the arts, politics, education, community activism, media, and medicine.  Among the individuals being honored are artists known for their musical prowess, like D…

  2. Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Trade Instrumentals For a Pair of 'Black Friday' Freestyles: Listen

    November 27, 2015 5:56 PM EST Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole are getting into the holiday spirit with a pair of complementary freestyles -- not only are they a gift to their fans, it seems almost like the two emcees are giving musical gifts to eachother.  Million Man March Activists Chant Kendrick Lamar's '…

  3. Million Man March Activists Chant Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright' on 20th Anniversary

    October 10, 2015 3:44 PM EDT Activists gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Saturday (Oct. 10) to honor the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March and to protest racial inequality. Among the thousands-strong crowd were rappers J. Cole , Common and Jay Electronica , according to numerous photos of the…

  4. Troye Sivan & Janet Jackson Control Trending 140 on Big Release Day

    September 25, 2015 9:16 PM EDT On a day packed with new releases,  Troye Sivan  bested challengers to take the No. 1 slot on the real-time  Billboard + Twitter Trending 140  chart with “Fools,” after dropping the song’s emotional music video. The clip is the second installment of Sivan’s “Blue Neighbourhood” trilogy,…

  5. J. Cole Leads Hot Tours Tally, Taylor Swift's Trek Surpasses $150M Mark

    September 24, 2015 9:16 PM EDT J. Cole earns the No. 1 slot on this week’s tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $16.4 million reported from the third leg of his tour, a North American run from July 12 through Sept. 4. With concerts booked primarily in outdoor amphitheaters -- along with a handful of arena dates --…

  6. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor's 'Marvin Gaye' Hits Top 40

    August 06, 2015 7:33 PM EDT The pair's ode to an icon jumps 48-36. Plus, moves for Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Janet & Bea Miller. As previously reported, OMI's "Cheerleader" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Aug. 15) for a fourth week, while The Weeknd closes the gap at No. 2 with …

  7. OVO Fest Ends Early Due to Inclement Weather, Cutting Off J. Cole's Set

    August 03, 2015 11:03 AM EDT The first day of Drake 's sixth annual OVO Fest ended a little early last night, after inclement weather forced J. Cole to cut off his headlining set early. Drake's 'Charged Up' Debuts at No. 3 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks Chart Thunder and hail had greeted festival…

  8. Meek Mill vs. Drake: A Full Timeline of the Rap Beef & Who Weighed In

    July 31, 2015 11:01 AM EDT OG Maco, Chris Brown, Noah "40" Shebib, Lupe Fiasco & more offer their two cents. It all started with a tweet, as many rap beefs go nowadays: "Stop comparing Drake to me too... He don't write his own raps!" Stop comparing drake to me too.... He don't…

  9. Janet Jackson & J. Cole Team Up for 'No Sleeep' Remix: Exclusive

    July 22, 2015 9:50 PM EDT Janet Jackson is getting some company on her sultry new single, "No Sleeep." A version of the song featuring J. Cole will be sent to radio Thursday, Billboard has exclusively learned. The new iteration with the red-hot rapper will appear on Jackson's new album, out in late…

  10. J. Cole Gets Hit in the Face With an iPhone in San Diego: Watch

    July 19, 2015 8:42 PM EDT J. Cole got a surprise onstage while performing “Power Trip” at San Diego club Bassmnt on Friday, July 17: an iPhone to the face. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart​ In a video found on YouTube (taken by Francisco Madriz and uploaded by Dustin Harman), J. Cole appears to…

  11. Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Vince Staples & Meek Mill: 2015 Is Rap's Best Year in Recent Memory (Opinion)

    July 13, 2015 4:30 PM EDT This is the year that the biggest hip-hop records stopped pandering & repeating and returned to disturbing & pioneering. It's no quiet sentiment that 2014 was far from a banner year for hip-hop, where full-length albums are concerned. Most of hip-hop's A-List sat the year…

  12. Album Review: 'The Album About Nothing' Is Wale's Most Personal and Best Work

    April 02, 2015 2:13 PM EDT Wale made his breakthrough with the Seinfeld -inspired The Mixtape About Nothing seven years ago. Since, the D.C. rapper has changed record labels, rebounding from the commercial failure of his 2009 debut, Attention Deficit , by topping the Billboard 200 with his last effort, The Gifted .…

  13. SXSW 2015 Day 5: Hudson Mohawke Surprises at Fader Fort, Timbaland Introduces Tink, J. Cole Drops Iggy Azalea Line & More

    March 22, 2015 3:25 PM EDT The music portion is in full swing at SXSW, and we're bringing you daily recaps of the action from Austin. Here are some unforgettable moments from music's fifth day at the fest on Saturday (March 21). SXSW 2015: Check Out Our Full Coverage 12:00 p.m. -- Lyle Lovett , who was…

  14. After J. Cole's Success, RCA Exec Mark Pitts Gambles on New Roster

    February 10, 2015 4:57 PM EST ByStorm Entertainment CEO also talks Miguel, Usher & Mali Music's breakthrough. Between his dual roles as president of urban music at RCA and CEO of ByStorm Entertainment, a joint venture with the label, Mark Pitts, 44, rode into 2015 with 10 Grammy nominations and a third…

  15. J. Cole's 'January 28th' Tops Twitter Trending 140 on... January 28th

    January 28, 2015 5:46 PM EST Thanks to a well-titled track, J. Cole scores a pretty rare gift: Spending his birthday atop the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . J. Cole Wants to Turn His Childhood Home Into Rent-Free Living for Single Mothers "January 28th," the rapper's chart-topping track, takes…

  16. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: J. Cole's Trio of No. 1 Albums Puts Him in Elite Hip-Hop Company

    December 19, 2014 9:49 PM EST J. Cole is one of six rap acts to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their first three full-length studio albums On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, J. Cole 's 2014 Forest Hills Drive debuted at No. 1 , his third consecutive album to reach the top slot (his entire output of…

  17. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, J. Cole Debuts at No. 2

    December 18, 2014 2:32 PM EST Swift reigns for a ninth week, while Cole launches fueled by album sales. Taylor Swift remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, logging a record-extending ninth week at No. 1, while J. Cole soars in at No. 2, powered by sales for his new album. The Artist 100 provides the first weekly…

  18. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2014 4:34 PM EST J. Cole 's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story , and its follow-up,…

  19. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand out in any year, thanks to their lyrical…

  20. J. Cole Aiming for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 10, 2014 9:07 PM EST Rapper J. Cole is heading for his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release 2014 Forest Hills Drive . Industry forecasters suggest the album -- which was released Dec. 9 through Roc Nation/Columbia Records -- could sell well over 300,000 copies in the week ending…

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