1. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne Brand, So He Bought It

    November 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST Jay Z 's champagne of choice is now part of his portfolio. The rapper and entrepreneur extraordinaire has purchased the gilded Armand de Brignac (nicknamed "Ace of Spades") brand of bubbly, which retails for $300 a pop but can go as high as $200,000 -- if you like 30…

  2. Beyonce's Platinum Edition: Feeling a Twinge of Disappointment About The False Rumors

    November 04, 2014 6:00 PM EST Can we be blamed for feeling slightly let down that Beyonce’s repackaging of her last album isn’t a new standalone set? For a few days, we thought Beyonce had done it again. On Saturday (Nov. 1), a screenshot of a Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records memo surfaced on Twitter that…

  3. 'Voice' Runner-Up Jacquie Lee Shares Christina Aguilera's Advice

    November 04, 2014 4:00 PM EST 'When you're on the road and meeting all of these new people, you sort of lose your sense of reality and who you can trust.' Voice runner-up Jacquie Lee is ready to compete in the post-reality show music scene, which is much more cutthroat than any televised talent…

  4. Freddie Gibbs Reportedly the Target of Brooklyn Shooting

    November 04, 2014 2:52 PM EST Freddie Gibbs was the target for a shooting that took place outside of Rough Trade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on early Tuesday, Nov. 4. The gunman ran up to a black GMC Denali, which Gibbs and camp sat in, and shot inside, according to the New York Post . Gibbs and his crew were parked at…

  5. Maya Angelou’s Posthumous Album, ‘Caged Bird Songs,’ Debuts

    November 04, 2014 2:17 PM EST New album blends poet’s prose with hip-hop; Oprah Winfrey is co-producing a music video for the project Before her death at age 86 on May 28, Dr. Maya Angelou had signed off on a unique music project she had been actively involved with over the last seven years. Today (Nov. 4) marks the…

  6. Seether, Papa Roach Announce Co-Headlining Tour

    November 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Because "it's fun to tour with your friends," according to Seether bassist Dale Stewart, his band and Papa Roach will start 2015 with a co-headlining tour that begins Jan. 9 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Fla., and wraps up Feb. 7 at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino's The…

  7. Taylor Swift Announces '1989' World Tour Dates

    November 03, 2014 9:18 AM EST It's official: Fans will be able to shake it off with Taylor Swift all through 2015. The singer officially announced a 1989 World Tour Monday morning (Nov. 3), writing on Twitter , "So yeah, #The1989WorldTour is happening!! Go to http://TaylorSwift.com  for details. I CANNOT WAIT!…

  8. Iggy Azalea Dresses as ‘White Chicks’ Character for Halloween After Snoop Dogg Beef

    November 01, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Iggy Azalea has proven that she can take a joke -- even if it’s pretty mean-spirited. Celebs Celebrating Halloween! The “Fancy” rapper doesn’t seem to be holding a grudge against Snoop Dogg after the two beefed over some nasty remarks he tweeted about her in mid-October. In…

  9. 13 Things We Learned From Chris Brown's Hot 97 Interview: Drake, Usher Dance-Off, Rihanna & More

    October 31, 2014 5:53 PM EDT Chris Brown appeared on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning for a lengthy interview, touching on his past struggles with drugs, his relationship with Rihanna , his reconcilation with Drake , and a possible dance-off with Usher . It's the first time Brown's sat down on the show.…

  10. 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…

  11. Tyler, the Creator Talks Beyonce's Surprise Album: 'F--- You!

    October 31, 2014 2:12 PM EDT Tyler, the Creator knows how to give back to fans. For his crew Odd Future 's third annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Los Angeles' The Park at L.A. Coliseum on Nov. 8, the rapper has enlisted an eye-popping roster including Pharrell Williams , Rick Ross and Mac Miller . He's…

  12. Shawn Mendes Exclusive: Watch Episode II of His ‘Life On The Road’ Series

    October 30, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Also: a new single, "Something Big," is due out on November 10. Last month, Billboard.com premiered the first episode of Shawn Mendes’ video diary , dubbed Life On The Road , which chronicled the 16-year-old’s experiences on his first major tour. At long last, the second…

  13. Robin Thicke & Pharrell Lose First Fight Against Marvin Gaye's Family

    October 30, 2014 2:53 PM EDT A California judge rules that Marvin Gaye's family has made a sufficient showing that elements of "Blurred Lines" may be substantially similar to "Got to Give It Up." In a ruling that could set up one of the biggest trials ever over alleged song theft, U.S.…

  14. Revisionist History, Part 3: Michael Jackson Gets Revenge on Prince! Year-End Hits of the Past, Re-Analyzed

    October 30, 2014 12:15 PM EDT If you've been following our ongoing look at what happens when Billboard's No. 1 song for each of the Hot 100 's first 46 years is re-figured to reflect Nielsen SoundScan-measured digital song sales since 2004, weighted fairly equally with Nielsen BDS airplay since 2010, you…

  15. Justin Vernon & Boston Calling Producers Creating New Music Fest in Wisconsin

    October 29, 2014 11:44 AM EDT The Eaux Claire Music and Arts Festival will take place in a remote, wooded location in July 2015. Although Bon Iver has been fairly quiet lately, frontman Justin Vernon is as busy as ever. The Wisconsin singer-songwriter is bringing a brand new music festival to his hometown of Eau Claire,…

  16. 2015 Grammys Best New Artist Contenders: Whose Stock Is Rising?

    October 28, 2014 6:21 PM EDT 0 Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith look like safe bets, while artists like Vance Joy and Tove Lo are making late pushes. Don’t look now, but Grammy season is fast approaching. The nominees will be revealed in a mere 38 days, when the Grammy Nominations Concert touches down on Dec. 5 to…

  17. What Is Bad? A Worst Songs Countdown Goes Beyond Good and Evil

    October 28, 2014 10:45 AM EDT What do “Who Let The Dogs Out” and “Stairway To Heaven” have in common? Both make a prominent appearance among the 88 worst songs of all time, as voted by listeners of triple-A WXPN Philadelphia . WXPN unveiled the listing last Saturday, Oct. 25, as the kicker to its countdown of its top…

  18. Nicki Minaj's 'The Pinkprint' Release Date Pushed Back to December

    October 27, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Nicki Minaj 's highly anticipated third studio album, The Pinkprint , has been pushed back to a Dec. 15 release.  The word comes according to a press release from Minaj's camp, promoting Tuesday's release of her new Drake , Lil Wayne and Chris Brown -featuring single "…

  19. Ryn Weaver's Semi-Charmed Life: Why The Internet Is Infatuated with the 'OctaHate' Singer

    October 27, 2014 4:05 PM EDT Benny Blanco thinks she’s a sure thing. Charli XCX is working with her on a top-secret project. She cries easily, loves Samuel Beckett and blew up the Web with her debut single. Inside the rise and inevitable takeover of Ryn Weaver. Ryn Weaver is sprawled out on the bed in the cluttered…

  20. Chart Highlights: Gwen Stefani Returns, Foo Fighters Fly to No. 1

    October 27, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Stefani scores her first solo airplay hit since 2007, while Foo Fighters crown Rock Airplay and Mainstream Rock Songs. 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.…

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