1. Top 20 Christmas Rap Songs

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST No one has the type of holiday spirit as a rapper. From Kanye West to Run-D.M.C. , they're spins on Christmas classics or originals range from the hilarious, weird to serious, but all stay true to themselves. Busta Rhymes -- whose Jim Carrey-featured "Grinch" song merely…

  2. Anthony Hamilton Hits 'Home' With First Holiday Album

    December 17, 2014 9:43 AM EST The Grammy Award winner and current nominee will also appear as a special guest on Fox's new drama "Empire." To co-opt a popular phrase during this time of year, 'tis the season for Anthony Hamilton . Home for the Holidays , the R&B singer/songwriter/producer’s first…

  3. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  4. Best Song Bracket Battle 2014 - Rules & Writers

    December 14, 2014 10:15 AM EST How does this year-end bracket work, and who wrote for it? Explore below. Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules   How It Works Best Song Bracket Battle is a bracket-style tournament in which the year's biggest songs are placed against each other in head-to…

  5. Drake, FKA Twigs & A-Trak Bring Music to the Beach: Art Basel Music Roundup

    December 10, 2014 9:52 PM EST This year's Art Basel Miami Beach was a half-week whirlwind of contemporary art showcases, celebrity sightseeing and musical performances. From the bustling Wynwood Arts District to exclusive Palm Island mansion parties, Billboard takes you back to South Beach to recap some of the…

  6. Dr. Dre Tops Forbes' World's Highest Paid Musicians, Beats Beyoncé by $500M

    December 10, 2014 7:08 PM EST After dominating Forbes ' Hip-Hop Cash Kings list a few months ago, it should come as little surprise Dr. Dre tops the magazine's 2014 World's Highest-Paid Musicians list as well -- beating out Beyonce by half a billion dollars.   Dr. Dre Destroys Forbes' Hip-Hop…

  7. Diddy: Drake 'Stole' the Beat for '0 to 100'

    December 10, 2014 2:03 PM EST News surfaced Sunday that Diddy and Drake got into a fight outside of a club in Miami, allegedly over the Boi-1da-produced beat for Drake's hit "0 to 100" -- which has been on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart for 20 weeks, peaking at No. 8. TMZ released a video on Wednesday, Dec…

  8. Drake & Diddy Reportedly Brawled in Miami Sunday Night

    December 08, 2014 7:11 PM EST Drake and Diddy allegedly got into a fight outside a Miami Beach club during Art Basel's final night, early Monday morning.  Billboard has reached out to Diddy's rep for comment, but so far no report has been confirmed.  Usher Uses Vagina Phone Charger, Miley Cyrus & A$AP…

  9. Corner Office: Lava Records Founder/CEO Jason Flom on Discovering Katy Perry, Lorde’s Genius and His Label’s Sale

    December 08, 2014 10:08 AM EST The hair-metal whisperer turned pop-star finder on discovering Katy Perry, Lorde's genius and his label's sale. In an industry teeming with tenacious characters, Jason Flom ’s track record speaks for itself. During the past three decades, he has signed Katy Perry , Tori Amos and…

  10. Quotes of the Week: Madonna Prefers Recording in 'Prison,' Ariana Grande Gets Smacked By an Angel and More

    December 05, 2014 5:52 PM EST "You are my favorite rapper, but dude ShadyXV is f---ing ASS...why won't someone who loves him tell him NO." -- Tyler, The Creator The rapper, in tweets he has since deleted, dissing the new compilation from Eminem 's Shady Records. "Kurt heard that, and kissed me…

  11. Tim McGraw Notches 25th Hot Country Songs No. 1 With 'Shotgun Rider'

    December 05, 2014 5:05 PM EST The veteran scores a milestone leader. Plus, action for Craig Wayne Boyd of NBC's 'The Voice' & more. Tim McGraw scores his first No. 1 in nearly four years on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (and his first on the list since it switched from measuring core…

  12. Throwback Thursday: Suge Knight Disses Diddy at 1995 Source Awards

    December 04, 2014 5:43 PM EST Blame (or thank) Pusha T for this week's edition of Throwback Thursday on The Juice. Lil Wayne: Birdman & Cash Money Records 'Refuse to Release' Album After Lil Wayne took to Twitter to air his frustration with Birdman and Cash Money Records on Thursday (Dec. 4), Pusha T…

  13. Madonna Bests Paul McCartney As World's Richest Recording Artist

    December 02, 2014 1:43 PM EST Madonna tops a new list of the world's wealthiest recording artists, besting fellow 1 percenters Paul McCartney and Dr. Dre . According to Wealth-X's net worth valuation of the pop queen, Madge is worth a staggering $800 million. That's significantly less than the one billion…

  14. Rick Ross Releases Two New Videos: 'Hood Billionaire' & 'If They Knew'

    November 26, 2014 1:24 PM EST Rick Ross has a way with the ladies, at least in his music videos. The rapper charms his on-screen love interest, singer K. Michelle , in the music video for "If They Knew," one of the two videos Ross released this week. The Dre Films-directed video for the Hood Billionaire…

  15. Rap’s Bottle-Service Timeline: How Hip-Hop Has Bigged Up Booze Through the Years

    November 25, 2014 6:24 PM EST Jay Z has once again done what no other rapper has: buying outright an existing liquor brand, Armand de Brignac Champagne, in a deal announced this month. But this isn’t the first time hip-hop has bigged up booze, whether through song, collabs or in an ad. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne…

  16. Fox's 'Empire' Nabs Post-'American Idol' Slot

    November 19, 2014 5:48 PM EST Hip-hop drama stars Oscar nominees Terrence Howard & Taraji P. Henson. Fox is giving midseason drama Empire as good of a launch pad as it has to offer. The network announced Wednesday (Nov. 19) that the high-profile collaboration from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong will bow after a one…

  17. Throwback Thursday: The LOX vs. Diddy in 2005 Hot 97 Interview

    November 13, 2014 5:44 PM EST Nine years ago this month (November 2005), the LOX 's Jadakiss and Styles P turned it up on Diddy while being interviewed on NYC’s Hot 97. It feels like ages ago, doesn't it? I bet it doesn't for the LOX though. Diddy has a reputation for allegedly mistreating his artists. We…

  18. Nicki Minaj, Ozzy Osbourne and U2 in the Same Room: Talking to the Architect of the MTV's EMA Awards

    November 08, 2014 9:30 AM EST The 20th annual MTV European Music Awards takes place this Sunday, Nov. 9 in Glasgow, Scotland, where host Nicki Minaj will introduce performances from U2 , Charli XCX , Royal Blood , Calvin Harris , Enrique Iglesias , Ed Sheeran , Kiesza and Ariana Grande , among others. Ozzy Osborne…

  19. CMA Awards' Exec Producer Gives the Inside Scoop on This Year's Show -- From the All-Star Duets to the Surprise Guests

    November 03, 2014 5:53 PM EST An interview with CMA's executive producer Robert Deaton Robert Deaton is a very busy man. As executive producer of the CMA Awards, Deaton is preparing for the 48th Annual CMA Awards live on ABC Wednesday night (Nov. 5) from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. On Friday, he'll…

  20. Will Fox Score Another 'Glee' With 'Dynasty'-Style Hip-Hop Soap Opera 'Empire'?

    October 31, 2014 3:01 PM EDT The network that launched 'American Idol' and the studio that birthed 'Glee' team up with Columbia Records and Timbaland for a 'Dynasty'-inspired hip-hop soap, but will it produce stars and sales? "Once I picked my mouth up off the floor, the idea of…

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