1. Chuck D Wants to 'Change the Face of Urban Radio' in Wake of Hot 97 'Fiasco'

    June 08, 2014 9:32 PM EDT "That shit is over," Chuck says of the liberal use of the n-word at Hot 97's Summer Jam. "If there was a festival and it was filled with anti-Semitic slurs... or racial slurs at anyone but black people, what do you think would happen?" Chuck D wants Urban radio to…

  2. Hot 97 Co-Hosts Respond to Chuck D’s Harsh Criticism of Summer Jam

    June 06, 2014 9:16 PM EDT In a wide-ranging stream of tweets that began by calling Hot 97’s Summer Jam a “sloppy fiasco” on June 2 and has continued as recently as Thursday evening, Chuck D’s timeline has been scattered with the remnants of a conversation about hip-hop, social activism and radio business. Hot 97 on…

  3. Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & More at Summer Jam 2014: Live Blog

    June 01, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Summer Jam – New York radio station Hot 97's annual celebration of hip-hop and R&B – is just getting under way at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The concert series, historically never short on big surprises, will be live-blogged here, so keep checking back for…

  4. Blink-182's 'Enema of the State' at 15: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    May 30, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Five years after Green Day's "Dookie," punk purists had another platinum-selling trio to yell "Sellout!" at. But for everyone not taking themselves so seriously, there was another reason to rock out to teenaged angst (real or remembered), with three dudes in…

  5. Nas Invests In Higher Education

    May 28, 2014 4:17 PM EDT Rapper partners with educational firm Koru to provide scholarships, real-world coaching for college grads. Rapper and entrepreneur Nas adds another business venture to his portfolio. He is partnering with educational company Koru to assist top graduates in making successful college-to…

  6. Maya Angelou Dead: Beyonce, Rihanna, Common Pay Tribute to Iconic Poet

    May 28, 2014 12:22 PM EDT As news broke that author Maya Angelou -- who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page -- died on Wednesday morning at 86 , the music world paid tribute via social media. Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Common and Ryan Seacrest took…

  7. Tyler, the Creator and the Ironic(ish) Style of His Golf Wang Line

    May 27, 2014 12:30 PM EDT “I mean, that’s my least favorite sport, to be honest,” says 23-year-old Tyler, The Creator, referring to the name of his clothing company, Golf Wang , a play on Wolf Gang, which is short for the hip-hop collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. “I don’t know, the word just looks sick…

  8. Mariah Carey, 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse': Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT In the nearly five years since Mariah Carey's last proper studio album, the singer has given birth to twins, served a stint on "American Idol," and reaffirmed her acting skills with a couple of films thankfully not called "Glitter II." She's also logged a ton…

  9. Made In America: Imagine Dragons, John Mayer Headliners In Los Angeles

    May 22, 2014 6:09 PM EDT The same afternoon Budweiser announced the lineup for this year's Philadelphia edition of Made in America, the festival's Los Angeles lineup has also been made public. Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Kendrick Lamar and others will lead the bill for Made in America's inaugural LA…

  10. Summer Music Album Preview 2014: 30 Must-Hear LPs

    May 22, 2014 5:53 PM EDT As hot as the season, these are the albums set to scorch this summer. As the weather warms and the debate over the "song of the summer" starts to rage, the new season is already jam-packed with great albums on the horizon. There are the returns of J. Lo and Mariah, highly…

  11. Top 20 Cool Songs With 'Hot' Titles

    May 22, 2014 1:31 PM EDT What better to go along with another sizzling summer than the 20 highest-charting songs with 'hot' and 'heat' in the title? PHOTOS: 65 Hot Celebrity Beach Bodies | Top 30 'Summer' Songs The ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100.…

  12. Made In America: Kanye West, Kings of Leon Headliners In Philadelphia

    May 22, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Budweiser has announced the lineup for its third Made In America Festival in Philadelphia this Labor Day weekend, with headliners Kings of Leon and Kanye West. Performers for the first Los Angeles edition, also set for Labor Day, will be announced around 3 p.m. ET. Made In America is the…

  13. Ex-Billboard Writer Undertakes Labor of Love for New Orleans' Gay Gospel Legend Raymond Myles

    May 21, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Back in 1982 on his first visit to New Orleans when Leo Sacks was a 25-year-old Billboard correspondent covering the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, he wrote about a vibrant performer and powerful gospel singer named Raymond Myles, who led a spirited choir called The RAMS (the…

  14. Fun Fun Fun Fest: Judas Priest, Nas, Death Cab for Cutie Headlining

    May 20, 2014 9:28 AM EDT This year's Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin looks hell bent on being a good time. The lineup for the 9th annual festival was announced Tuesday, with heavy metal legends Judas Priest tee'd up as one of the headliners. FFF Fest takes over Auditorium Shores and Butler Park from Nov. 7-9. …

  15. Meek Mill Releases New Song, 'I Don't Know': Listen

    May 19, 2014 1:51 PM EDT The Philly rapper recruits Paloma Ford for his first 'Dreams With More Than Money' single. Meek Mill offers the official first single "I Don't Know," off his sophomore studio album, "Dreams With More Than Money." Over production by Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and…

  16. Nas to Record On Mass Appeal Records; Will Release 'Lost Tapes 2' & Posthumous Pimp C Album

    May 16, 2014 12:55 PM EDT Juicy J, Mike Will Made It and DJ Mustard on deck to produce posthumous Pimp C album. Nas, who turned hip-hop on its ear 20 years ago with his groundbreaking debut album "Illmatic," is going independent. The venerated rapper, 40, is launching Mass Appeal Records, an independent…

  17. Jennifer Lopez's Top 10 Biggest Billboard Hits

    May 15, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has been ruling the Billboard charts for the past decade and a half. Before the singer/dancer/actress takes the stage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on May 18 to perform and also to accept the Icon Award, in recognition of all she has achieved so far in her career, we'…

  18. Mariah Carey Debuts Rich Homie Quan-Assisted Song, 'Thirsty': Listen

    May 13, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Three months after releasing her ballad, "You're Mine (Eternal)," Mariah Carey unleashes a hit for the clubs, "Thirsty." Mariah Carey's Journey to a New Album: The Billboard Cover Story "You're thirsty for a dream/ Leaving me drowning/ Boy, there ain&…

  19. Tribeca Film Picks Up Nas Documentary, Eyes October Release

    May 13, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Time Is Illmatic, the documentary by the artistOne9 which recounts the creation of Nas’ classic 1994 hip-hop album Illmatic. The film had its world premiere as the opening night selection at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. Tribeca Film is…

  20. Jay Z Physically Attacked By Solange Knowles After Met Gala: Report

    May 12, 2014 12:33 PM EDT Video footage has reportedly surfaced of Jay Z being physically attacked by his wife Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles, in an elevator at the Standard Hotel in New York, following the Met Gala last Monday night (May 5). According to TMZ , Solange attacked Jay Z in an elevator at…

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