1. T.I. Releases 'New National Anthem'; Talks Pharrell Williams Executive Producing 'Paperwork'

    August 21, 2014 2:29 PM EDT " What the fuck do you know about being a black man in America? And you wonder why we walk around strapped.. ." T.I. spits truth on the injustice and racism in America on his new single, "New National Anthem." The rapper's third single, which features Skylar Grey ,…

  2. Run the Jewels Drop 'Blockbuster Night' Song & Announce 'RTJ2' Release Date

    August 21, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The duo has signed with Mass Appeal Records. Run the Jewels are officially Mass Appeal Records' newest signee. Nas to Record On Mass Appeal Records; Will Release 'Lost Tapes 2' & Posthumous Pimp C Album The duo, consisting of El-P and Killer Mike,  will release their…

  3. The K-Pop Makeup Craze: 2NE1, SPICA & More Share Favorite Products & Tips

    August 20, 2014 8:52 PM EDT As the popularity of Korean music acts soars, its effect on the beauty industry kicks into full gear. It's undeniable that K-pop is taking over the world. YouTube reports viewership of K-pop videos has grown from around 700 million views in 2010 to more than 5.5 billion in 2013. No…

  4. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  5. Billboard 200: Did 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Stay at No. 1?

    August 20, 2014 11:13 AM EDT The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack defends its position at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The compilation album sold another 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 15 percent from the week previous). Soundtracks have crowned the…

  6. Kiss Guitarist Ace Frehley on Paul Stanley & Gene Simmons: 'Maybe You Should Focus on Your Records a Little More'

    August 20, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley has released his first solo album in five years, and by the sound of Space Invader the axeman seems to have had as much fun playing on it as -- gasp -- his early years in Kiss . From the opening title track to the instrumental closer, “Starship,” where Frehley…

  7. T.I. Sounds off on Ferguson: 'America Has Created a Monster'

    August 19, 2014 7:33 PM EDT As protests over the Aug. 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. have continued to turn from peaceful to riots, Tuesday T.I. spoke out about the issue on Instagram.  In two posts, about three hours apart, the Atlanta rapper included two of the more iconic images to…

  8. Watch 'Black Widow' Get Taken Over by Batman, Mickey Mouse & More

    August 19, 2014 3:12 PM EDT You know a song is a hit when the parodies and homages begin -- which is exactly what is happening with Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora 's hit "Black Widow." YouTubers Danny Padilla and  Mason Sperling  are viral-ready in their latest, which has the talented duo singing "Black…

  9. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems Underlying the Chaos in Ferguson

    August 19, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them." I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope…

  10. 'Midnight Rider' Executive Producer Pleads Not Guilty to Sarah Jones Manslaughter Charge

    August 19, 2014 4:56 AM EDT Midnight Rider executive producer and production manager Jay Sedrish has waived his right for an arraignment and asked the court to enter a not guilty plea to criminal charges in the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones . Sedrish, director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin were charged…

  11. Meek Mill's Appeal of Jail Term Rejected

    August 18, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill pleaded to be released from jail Monday (Aug. 18) to resume his music career and support his son and 30-person entourage, but the judge who jailed him on a parole violation last month was unmoved. She ordered the 27-year-old to take anger management classes for…

  12. Ed Sheeran Taps Rick Ross for 'Don't' Remix: Listen

    August 18, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Rick Ross has awkwardly remixed some decisively non-hip-hop fare before -- remember his re-imagining of Lorde's "Royals" last year? Now Rozay is back to help his scat-rapping pal Ed Sheeran with a new version of "Don't," the second single from Sheeran's x…

  13. Grimes Responds to Wikipedia Trolls With Tumblr Post on Drug Use

    August 18, 2014 10:41 AM EDT “I want people to know that I hate hard drugs. All they’ve ever done is kill my friends and cause me to be unproductive.” Scoff at Wikipedia all you want -- Grimes knows a lot of people take it very seriously. So when trolls began repeatedly adding quotes about amphetamine usage to her Wiki…

  14. Watch Nelly Lead 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Protest Chant for Michael Brown

    August 18, 2014 9:34 AM EDT At a charity event in Los Angeles over the weekend, St. Louis native Nelly asked the crowd at  Chris Brown and Quincy Combs ’ celebrity flag football game to stand and put their hands in the air and join him in chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot." Those words have come…

  15. 'Rising Star' Recap: With a Record Contract Pending, Contestants Show Their True Artistic Colors

    August 18, 2014 3:46 AM EDT Tonight’s Rising Star began with Josh Groban accepting his official ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which makes sense, because this show is a lot like scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed: there’s a good bit of secondhand embarrassment, occasionally something is interesting enough to make you…

  16. Nile Rodgers Is Clear of Cancer

    August 18, 2014 12:19 AM EDT Nile Rodgers has many more good times ahead…he’s cancer free. The disco legend revealed he’s received the all-clear on cancer following his latest twice-yearly check-up. He tweeted over the weekend that he’s now 42 months clear of the disease. Every 6 months I have to get tested for cancer…

  17. Gene Simmons Apologizes for Comments on Depression 'Made Without Regard for Those Who Truly Suffer'

    August 15, 2014 6:58 PM EDT After making some insensitive comments about depression as well as drug and alcohol addiction in a recent interview, KISS bassist Gene Simmons is eating his words.  Kiss' Gene Simmons: 'I'm On the Side of Donald Sterling' The question of whether he gets along with his…

  18. Watch Iggy Azalea's Pre-Stardom Music Video: She Wasn’t Always Rapping

    August 15, 2014 5:51 PM EDT The Internet may have just uncovered an untold chapter in the Iggy Azalea story -- a song that sounds nothing like her. In her June 2014 Billboard cover story , Iggy Azalea said she’d been writing raps since the age of 14, long before she topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “Fancy.” A…

  19. Gregg Allman Movie Production Company Cited Over On-Set Death

    August 15, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Federal safety officials have cited the production company formed to make a film about rock singer Gregg Allman for exposing its workers to grave risk, according to  Reuters . Back in February, camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was killed and eight other crew members were injured…

  20. Musicians React to Ferguson & Michael Brown: Frank Ocean, J. Cole & More

    August 15, 2014 12:52 PM EDT Given the impact of Michael Brown's tragic death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Mo., it's no surprise musicians are letting their voices be heard. Billboard has compiled some of the voices that have resonated the loudest via social media on the topics of life, death,…

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