1. Big K.R.I.T. Releases 'See Me On Top Vol. 4' Mixtape: Listen

    September 16, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. , who hardly ever abandons his style, shows the virtues of persistence and consistency. He's been releasing mixtapes since 2005 -- some of these, like 2011's Return of 4 Eva , are potent -- carrying the torch for an older tradition of southern rap that draws its…

  2. Christian Rapper Lecrae on Hip-Hop's 'Inconsistency' and Ferguson

    September 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT And on the eighth day, God created air conditioning. Biblically speaking this may not be true, but on this sweltering late-August morning in Atlanta, any cool breeze feels heaven-sent. Out in the heat, 34-year-old rapper Lecrae and a six-person video crew are filming a music video for "…

  3. Code Picks of the Week: Knife Party, Fehrplay & More

    September 08, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Each week, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen! Knife Party, “Resistance” [Earstorm/Big Beat] If Knife Party’s high-octane new single is any indication, the duo’s forthcoming album Abandon Ship should see no shortage of twisted…

  4. Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd

    August 30, 2014 11:35 AM EDT This year's crowd is thinner, the weather is breezier and the sound is lower. To borrow the ubiquitous Lil Jon lyric, Electric Zoo has “turned down.” Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made…

  5. Pioneering Rumba King Peret Dead at 79

    August 27, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Barcelona bids goodbye to the father of its urban gypsy sound. Peret, the singer and guitarist known as the king of the Catalan rumba -- Barcelona's original party music -- died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 79. Peret once described the rumba catalana as a fusion of gypsy music, Afro-Cuban…

  6. Henry Rollins Pens 'F--- Suicide' Essay Criticizing Robin Williams, Suicidal

    August 21, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Henry Rollins ' newest article for LA Weekly is sure to raise some eyebrows. In his weekly column posted Thursday, titled "Fuck Suicide," Rollins lambasts the suicidal, including the deceased Robin Williams .  In it he begins with compliments to Williams' talent and…

  7. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Taylor Swift, Ryn Weaver, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

    August 20, 2014 5:39 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, the Billboard staff tackles the week's biggest (and most divisive) single: Taylor Swift 's full-on-pop transformation "Shake It Off." The only thing we agree on is that it's definitely still stuck in our heads. Aside…

  8. Top 10 EDM/Rap Collaborations Of All Time

    August 15, 2014 2:20 PM EDT EDM and rap have been flirting with each other for decades. Countless EDM remixes of rap songs exist, and producers like Just Blaze and Kanye West have incorporated elements of electronic music into rap. Still, true collaborations between the two genres have been few and far between--until…

  9. Emma Stone in Talks to Perform in Broadway's 'Cabaret'

    August 13, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Emma Stone , who last year abandoned appearing in the Broadway revival of "Cabaret," might still be in need of fishnets and a bowler hat. Roundabout Theatre Company said Monday that Stone is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles. She would take over from…

  10. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith Settles In For A No. 1 'Stay' On Adult Contemporary

    August 11, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The British singer/songwriter's 'Stay With Me' makes a quick climb to the top. Plus, new No. 1s for Nico & Vinz, Royksopp & Robyn, Milky Chance, Godsmack and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  11. Sinead O'Connor on Celebrity Crush Dave Chappelle: 'If He Were a Bike, I'd Be Riding Him'

    August 08, 2014 11:35 AM EDT Through the years, Sinead O'Connor -- who is featured on the cover of Billboard's Aug. 16 issue -- hasn't been shy about expressing unbridled lust for comedian Dave Chappelle and actor Robert Downey Jr., but she has never really gone into detail about her crushes. Until now.…

  12. Exclusive Video Premiere: Twin Peaks' 'I Found a New Way'

    August 08, 2014 10:00 AM EDT You may assume from Twin Peaks' name that the scrappy Chicago foursome is nostalgic for the pop culture of our youth (ironically, since the 20-year-olds didn't even know David Lynch's arguable masterpiece existed when they thought of the band name). But the video for "I…

  13. Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch Restored, Prepped for Sale

    August 01, 2014 6:15 PM EDT Bubbles the chimp is long gone. So are the amusement rides and zoo animals. But the Peter Pan -inspired tudor house and sprawling, 2,600-acre property that make up Michael Jackson 's former Neverland Ranch are still in tact, and have been restored and readied for potential sale. That&…

  14. Beck Faces Grim Reaper & His 'Loser' Past in 'Heart Is a Drum' Video

    July 29, 2014 9:29 AM EDT Beck 's "Heart Like a Drum" video is a lovely, eerie and meditative clip that finds the master singer-songwriter wandering around an abandoned farm with the Grim Reaper, astronauts (or at least the '50s comic book version of astronauts) and a swagged-out version of himself…

  15. Pandora Co-Founder Tim Westergren's Political Donations Show a Singular Focus

    July 28, 2014 5:05 PM EDT A report Monday (July 28) from the Trichordist , a blog that often focuses on regulatory issues that would affect songwriters, accuses Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren of supporting anti-gay politician Jason Chaffetz , but a closer look at Westergren's donation history seems to…

  16. Kanye West Buries Coinye With Lawsuit Victory

    July 27, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Coinye West, a whimsical addition to the cryptocurrency craze, whose founders hitched its name and logo to the wagon of one of the biggest stars in hip-hop, has officially died. In documents filed July 22 in New York , a U.S. District Court declared Kanye West the victor over most of Coinye&…

  17. That's Rap Group 7262 in the 'We Still Coming' Photo; Here's the Video They Were Shooting

    July 25, 2014 8:08 PM EDT An accidental wedding invitation that spawned the "We Still Coming" Internet meme this week has, not surprisingly, turned up fake. No, a bride did not send a stranger directions to her reception before realizing her mistake. And no, said stranger did not promise to bring his…

  18. Interpol on Becoming a Trio & Maintaining Harmony: 'It's a Hard Thing to Do'

    July 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT 'Psychologically, it's just bedlam,' says Interpol frontman Paul Banks about the relationship among a group of guys as the quartet becomes a trio after a four-year hiatus Interpol frontman Paul Banks walks onto the deck of the Frying Pan, an antique ship that’s now a floating…

  19. Why Linda Perry Decided to 'Make or Break' It on Reality TV

    July 22, 2014 11:32 AM EDT The former 4 Non Blondes singer and hitmaking songwriter tells Billboard why she's trying her hand at a new VH1 competition show -- and putting her uncompromising attitude on display "Sometimes I’ll look back at old pictures where I’m a little heavy and dressed funny and think, …

  20. Seether Scores Second No. 1 On Top Rock Albums

    July 11, 2014 12:25 PM EDT The band bows with 'Isolate and Medicate.' Plus, Vance Joy hits the top 10 and AWOLNATION's 'Sail' tops Rock Streaming Songs at last Seether scores its second No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart, as "Isolate and Medicate" starts with 37,000 first…

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