1. Watch Nicki Minaj & James Franco's Secret Best-Friend Handshake in 'SNL' Promos

    December 04, 2014 8:21 PM EST Nicki Minaj will join Saturday Night Live this week as musical guest, along with host James Franco. And little did we know the two are actually best friends with a secret handshake -- or so the promo video released Thursday would have you believe. Nicki Minaj Reveals Lost Child Would Have…

  2. Questlove Challenges Artists to Write Protest Songs After Mike Brown & Eric Garner Rulings

    December 04, 2014 5:35 PM EST Roots mastermind says musicians -- in hip-hop and beyond -- are not singing about the issues nearly enough. Listen up, y’all: Questlove has something to say, and as usual, it's pretty much gospel. Following the non-indictments of police officers in the Mike Brown and Eric Garner…

  3. K. Michelle Opens Up About Liposuction, Upcoming TV Shows & Recording High

    December 04, 2014 10:28 AM EST There are few filters on R&B singer K. Michelle . The Memphis native, 30, chased a fiery stint on VH1's Love & Hip-Hop with an R-rated debut album, Rebellious Soul , in 2013, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. That straight-shooter attitude may be tamer on her sophomore LP…

  4. Run the Jewels Releases Flashy Video for 'Oh My Darling (Don't Cry)'

    December 03, 2014 11:40 AM EST Killer Mike has been politically active lately, penning op-eds on the use of rap lyrics in trial and speaking about the grand jury verdict in the Ferguson case. Somehow he's also found time to keep releasing videos for his rap duo with El-P , Run The Jewels . The latest, for "Oh…

  5. Ex-Cake Drummer Pete McNeal Gets 15 Years to Life for Molesting Toddler

    December 03, 2014 1:46 AM EST Peter Ivan McNeal , a former drummer with the alternative rock band Cake , has been sentenced to 15-years-to-life in state prison for molesting a three-year-old girl at a Thanksgiving 2009 party. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fred Wapner sentenced McNeal, the L.A Times reports ,…

  6. 7 Reasons to Tune Into MAMA 2014 Wednesday & How You Can Watch

    December 02, 2014 8:47 PM EST One of Asia's biggest music ceremonies promises John Legend, G-Dragon, EXO, K-pop kisses, sexy performances and more. One of K-pop's biggest nights will soon be upon us with the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (aka MAMA). Likened to be the Asian equivalent of the MTV Video Music…

  7. George Berry, Music Wholesaling Pioneer, Dies at 89

    December 02, 2014 6:34 PM EST George Berry, a music wholesaling pioneer, died due to heart failure on Nov. 27 in his home in Lafayette, La. He was 89. Berry -- who is credited with co-founding NARM, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers now known as the Music Business Assn. -- began his career in the music…

  8. Kygo Releases First Original Single 'Firestone,' Talks Crafting His Upcoming Debut Album

    December 02, 2014 5:15 PM EST After making his name with a series of viral remixes, Norwegian tropical house star Kygo released his first original track "Firestone" this week. The single represents the first material to see light from Kygo's forthcoming debut album, which is scheduled for release next…

  9. Publishing Briefs: Dan the Automator Signs With Atlas Music Group, RightsFlow Enters 3D Printing Biz, Riptide Expands

    December 02, 2014 11:57 AM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. -- The Atlas Music Group has signed producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to a worldwide publishing deal, which will include his entire catalog (except for collaborations with Dr. Octagon ), as…

  10. John Legend, G-Dragon, EXO & Top K-Pop Stars to Perform at 2014 MAMA

    December 01, 2014 9:29 PM EST The R&B superstar joins acts like Ailee, Taeyang, SISTAR and many more at one of Asia's biggest music ceremonies. UPDATE:  Watch a livestream of MAMA 2014 right here . John Legend will perform at one of the biggest nights for K-pop at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards (a.k.a.…

  11. EDM Is More Official Now That It Has Its Own White Paper

    December 01, 2014 3:11 PM EST The large and growing EDM genre has officially arrived: it has its own white paper. "The EDM Guide: Technology, Culture, Curation" is not just a white paper , it's a brand created to create an ongoing discussion about the economic and cultural impacts of EDM. Related…

  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. Moby Reportedly Sells Hollywood Hills 'Castle,' Possibly to Banksy, for Big Profit

    December 01, 2014 10:02 AM EST Electronic musician, DJ and known vegan Moby has sold off his castle-like compound in the Hollywood Hills for a hefty profit. According to multiple reports , the Play star, whose given name is Richard Melville Hall , purchased the home for $3.9 million in March 2010, and just unloaded it…

  14. Iggy Azalea's Reps Tried to Quash Racy Footage of Her Wardrobe Malfunction

    November 29, 2014 2:01 PM EST Iggy Azalea 's recent wardrobe malfunction at the L.A. bar mitzvah for Julian Kemper, son of realtor Ross Hilton Kemper and Kirk Kerkorian's daughter Linda, has left an impression. Iggy Azalea Tears Her Pants, Possibly Flashes Some Skin at Bar Mitzvah While Azalea was performing…

  15. John Densmore and Shepard Fairey Talk Record Store Day Black Friday Collab, Ferguson Riots & More

    November 28, 2014 3:16 PM EST “It feels a little weird. Here we are doing this interview, and our streets are filled with protesters in regards to Ferguson,” Doors drummer John Densmore says. The Doors' John Densmore to Recall 'Meetings With Remarkable Musicians' in New Book Densmore and “Obey” artist…

  16. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Band Aid 30 Debuts, Nicki Minaj Ties Madonna's Hit Total

    November 28, 2014 11:05 AM EST 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' returns, while Minaj ties for the third-most visits among women. Plus, chart action for Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Pentatonix and Fergie. As previously reported , Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank…

  17. New Maná Single Will Feature Shakira

    November 27, 2014 11:43 AM EST 'Mi Verdad' marks the first collaboration for the Latin superstars. In the middle of her second pregnancy, Shakira found time for a new musical collaboration. She met up with Mexican rock band Maná in Barcelona during Thanksgiving week to shoot the video of "Mi Verdad" …

  18. Thanksgiving Songs: Music About Food, Giving Thanks, and the Holiday

    November 27, 2014 8:00 AM EST Songs for Thanksgiving fall into three different categories. First, there are songs recorded explicitly for the holiday. However, there are a lot fewer of these for Thanksgiving then there are for Christmas or Valentine's Day, so you have to get more creative unless you want to listen…

  19. Sia, Chet Faker Win Big at ARIA Awards

    November 26, 2014 10:04 PM EST Sia cleaned-up at Wednesday’s (Nov. 26) ARIA Awards at Sydney’s Star Event Centre, where she took out four categories on what is the Australian record industry’s big night. The singer and songwriter cemented her career-year by snaffling the annual event’s traditional top award, best album,…

  20. Check Out Miley Cyrus Partying Like a... Taco?

    November 26, 2014 6:45 PM EST Miley Cyrus might be channeling her inner-taco on some new recordings.  Miley Cyrus Goes Topless at 22nd ‘Happyland’ Birthday Party in L.A. From the looks of the pop star's Instagram account , Cyrus is awfully fond of a new taco costume and has been wearing it around. And to avoid any…

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