1. Cali Swag District Member Jayare Dies at 25

    June 07, 2014 11:43 AM EDT Jayare, a member of Inglewood, Calif., rap group Cali Swag District, died on Friday at 25 years old. Cali Swag District Spreads 'Dougie' Fever Jayare, whose real name was Cahron Childs, suffered from sickle cell anemia and was admitted to the hospital on Thursday night, according to…

  2. Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons & More: Songwriters Hall of Famers on Writing Their Hits

    June 06, 2014 4:03 PM EDT The songwriters tell the stories behind penning The Kinks' "You Really Got Me," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Donovan's "Sunshine Superman," and more! The Songwriters Hall of Fame will recognize The Kinks' Ray Davies, Imagine Dragons'…

  3. Funkmaster Flex to Dame Dash Amidst Growing Beef: 'You Didn't Adapt to the Game'

    June 05, 2014 10:24 PM EDT A dispute between Funkmaster Flex and Damon "Dame" Dash has been heating up and is finally coming to a boil, with Flex calling Dash out on his Hot 97 radio show Thursday. He alleged racism and claimed Jay-Z's former manager and business partner at Roc-a-Fella Records is a "…

  4. Miranda Lambert Talks 'Platinum' Song-By-Song: Exclusive Interview

    June 02, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Miranda Lambert's new album "Platinum" (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011's "Four The Record," when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On "Platinum,…

  5. Chris Brown Released From Prison

    June 02, 2014 6:32 AM EDT Chris Brown is out of jail.  The singer was released around midnight after serving 108 days of his 131-day sentence, TMZ reports .  A clearly thrilled Brown posted this tweet some hours follow his release: Humbled and Blessed — Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) June 2, 2014 Brown had been in…

  6. Linkin Park Releases Heavy New Track ‘Wastelands’: Listen

    June 01, 2014 3:51 PM EDT Linkin Park has released a heavy-sounding new track from the rock band’s sixth full-length album, “The Hunting Party,” due June 17. Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars Announce Carnivores Tour The new three-minute track, titled “Wastelands,” was posted as a lyric video on YouTube on June 1.…

  7. Nicki Minaj's 'Pills N Potions' Pushes Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 29, 2014 4:51 PM EDT Nicki Minaj continues her rise up the Social 50 chart, moving 5-2 after releasing a new single, “Pills N Potions,” on May 21. It matches her peak on the tally, registered on the Feb. 25, 2012 list, after she performed with Madonna on that year's Super Bowl. The Social 50 incorporates the…

  8. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Takeover: 10 Key Ingredients To a Summer Smash

    May 29, 2014 10:50 AM EDT From her social media presence to her "Clueless" tribute, check out the 10 biggest reasons why Iggy Azalea is now ruling the Hot 100. It will be months before Billboard officially names the 2014 Song of the Summer , but if one song has a better shot than any other at following Robin…

  9. Robyn and Röyksopp's 'Accidental Pop' Gem: Inside The Making of 'Do It Again'

    May 26, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "It was an outlet for not having to live up to anything but my own expectations," says Robyn of the collaborative project. Every time Robyn and production duo Röyksopp get together, they stumble into something new, weird and great. Five days after traversing the outskirts of…

  10. Mysteryland USA: Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Acres of Music Rule EDM Fest on Woodstock's Grounds

    May 26, 2014 9:46 AM EDT Tens of thousands of attendees descended upon the original Woodstock grounds May 23-25 for the Mysteryland electronic music festival featuring Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Moby, Flosstradamus, Dillon Francis and many more. The Bethel Woods, New York event, produced by the Dutch company ID&T …

  11. Wiz Khalifa Arrested for Marijuana Possession In Texas, Tweets Jail Selfie

    May 25, 2014 12:09 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa is eager to release his new mixtape, “28 Grams,” but there’s one thing holding the rapper back: he’s been arrested for marijuana possession in Texas. Wiz Khalifa Says 'Blacc Hollywood' Will 'Come Right After the Tour' (Video) On Sunday morning (May 25), Khalifa…

  12. Brantley Gilbert Is Ready for a Throwdown: Singer Talks Album, Rowdy Next Single

    May 21, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Brantley Gilbert releases new album "Just As I Am" this week, and industry sources tell Billboard it has a strong chance to be the second best seller of the week, in all genres, behind Coldplay. The Georgia native admits hearing talk like that takes him by surprise. "It's…

  13. Chris Brown Writing Music With James DeBarge In L.A. County Jail (Report)

    May 17, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Chris Brown seems to be making the most of his time while locked behind bars. Brown has been collaborating on music with R&B singer James DeBarge, who is located in the cell next to him, TMZ reports . Apparently, the two artists can’t see each other but have already written three songs…

  14. Tech N9ne & Atmosphere Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    May 15, 2014 6:36 PM EDT Kansas City, Mo. rapper Tech N9ne scores his second Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums No. 1 as the fifth installment of his Tech N9ne Collabos series, "Strangeulation," opens with 36,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first chart-topper, the solo set "All 6's & 7's…

  15. Justin Bieber's Twitter Message for Haters: 'The Truth Will Set U Free'

    May 15, 2014 10:50 AM EDT It seems like every time we turn around Justin Bieber’s in the media, getting into some sort of trouble whether racing Lambos in Miami , peeing in a mop bucket or most recently, being accused of trying to scoop a lady’s cell phone . Well now the Biebs is fed up and he took to Twitter to tell…

  16. Haim Rocks Terminal 5 In New York: Live Review

    May 12, 2014 9:05 AM EDT The sister trio amps up its recorded pop polish at the cavernous Hell's Kitchen venue "No texties … live in the moment!" Such was Haim's message to an adoring crowd that, even if it didn't fully abide by the directive (a transgression revealed by the continuous…

  17. Mother's Day Playlist: 20 Songs for Mom

    May 11, 2014 8:20 AM EDT Chart Article From 2Pac appreciating his mother to Danzig belting "Mother" at a full-throated, hard-rock howl, there are plenty of ways to toast the women who gave us life on Mother's Day, this Sunday. Raise a glass this Mother's Day, and let these songs be your…

  18. Top 10 New School Pop-Punk Bands You Need To Know

    May 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Modern Baseball, Candy Hearts and more are setting new trends in power chords, mosh pits and angst. In case you haven't noticed, pop-punk isn't dead. But even if you weren't aware, it's completely understandable. The mainstream music scene -- major labels, Top 40 radio…

  19. Alanis Morissette Writes Campaign Song for Congressional Candidate

    May 07, 2014 10:24 AM EDT "Today" is an ode to Marianne Williamson, a long-shot House of Representatives hopeful You oughta know about United States Congress hopeful Marianne Williamson . Alanis Morissette believes in the independent candidate from California's 33rd Congressional District so much that…

  20. Rewinding The Charts: Eagles' 'Hotel California' Checks In At No. 1

    May 07, 2014 8:05 AM EDT On this date in 1977, the band topped the Billboard Hot 100 with a rock classic "The casually beautiful, quietly intense, multileveled vocal harmonies and brilliant original songs that meld solid, emotional words with lovely melody lines are all back in full force, keeping the Eagles at…

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