1. Raury Releases 'Indigo Child'; LoveRenaissance Talks Signing with Columbia Records

    August 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT After captivating a generation thirsty to be moved -- and a healthy portion of the music industry -- in less than a year, Raury releases his digital debut album, Indigo Child . The 13-song effort features the singer-songwriter channeling his frustration, which stems from the hardship he faced…

  2. Ludacris Q&A: His Next Album, Mourning Paul Walker & Vin Diesel's Rap Skills

    August 22, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Rapper, receiving BMI President's Award this weekend, is looking at November for personal 'Ludaversal' album. This weekend in Los Angeles, rapper Chris " Ludacris " Bridges will be given BMI's President's Award , a honor for songwriting and impact on pop…

  3. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Idol' Hits New Low

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Also: Sale pricing in the iTunes Store lifts Linkin Park, while The Vamps take a historic tumble down the chart. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17,…

  4. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  5. School Tries to Fire Teacher for Playing Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love' to Students

    August 22, 2014 12:45 PM EDT Oh baby. One Atlanta school district isn't a fan of surfborts. The school district is seeking to remove a sixth grade teacher for playing  Beyonce  and  Jay Z' s steamy hit "Drunk in Love" in the classroom, presumably to assist with teaching...Sex appeal? How to grind on a…

  6. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  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. Buju Banton Granted New Appeal Hearing

    August 19, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Jamaican reggae star was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2011. A lawyer for convicted Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton says a U.S. federal appellate court has agreed to hear his appeal. Buju Banton Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison The Grammy-winning singer is serving a 10-year sentence for…

  9. The 25 Most Popular Music Clubs in the U.S.

    August 19, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On April 23, just one day after the release of her soon-to-be No. 3 album on the Billboard 200, Iggy Azalea was onstage at the House of Blues in Boston playing for a sellout crowd of 2,500. A major artist in front of a small crowd -- investors call it a "perishable experience"; fans…

  10. Future Releases New Single ‘Monster’: Listen

    August 19, 2014 5:45 AM EDT Future , it would seem, is putting his split with Ciara behind him. The Atlanta-based rapper has dished out new music, with the help of some old friends. The hip hop artist has released "Monster," a new single produced by Metro Boomin' and Southside . The track is expected to…

  11. Exclusive: Isaac Hayes Family Pushes Legacy Into the Future With 'Unvaulted' Project

    August 18, 2014 1:18 PM EDT This week marks six years since the untimely passing of music legend Isaac Hayes , but it should also be noted as new beginning of sorts. His family has united to form the Isaac Hayes Enterprises in Atlanta, a project which honors his legacy. Though his discography includes 22 studio albums,…

  12. The Juice Podcast: Young Thug, Future & Atlanta Rap Scene; Makonnen Talks Drake 'Tuesday' Remix

    August 15, 2014 3:53 PM EDT Atlanta has a history of redefining the sound of hip-hop and birthing unconventional artists. Today is no different, with emerging acts including Young Thug and Makonnen . Makonnen has been garnering buzz with singles as "I Don't Sell Molly No More" and "Club Going Up On a…

  13. 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…

  14. French Montana Talks New Album, Kanye and Media Attention on His Relationship With Khloe Kardashian

    August 15, 2014 1:15 PM EDT On a sweltering afternoon, a camera flashes on French Montana at his new house in suburban Pompton Plains, N.J. "Yo! Make sure they get my six-pack," jokes the rapper, while holding his snarling German shepherd Zane near the edge of his turquoise swimming pool. Under a white…

  15. New Signings: DJ Mustard Joins AM Only, Eardruma/Interscope Signs Two-9

    August 15, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Here's a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.   RECORD LABELS  -- Rap collective Two-9 joins producer Mike WiLL Made-It 's Eardruma Records/Interscope Records.…

  16. Tomorrow's Hits: Kim Cesarion, Like a Storm & Sonia Leigh

    August 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Kim Cesarion With its daring pick-up line "I'll cover your body with my autograph," Kim Cesarion 's "Undressed" …

  17. Uncapped Concert Series Returns Aug. 19 With Run The Jewels and Jeremih

    August 14, 2014 10:01 AM EDT For the past three years, vitaminwater and The Fader's Uncapped concert series has been creating one-of-a-kind musical moments in intimate settings, from Frank Ocean and Bon Iver playing a New York City synagogue in 2012 to Solange performing at a laundromat in 2013.  For its latest…

  18. Exclusive: Erica Nicole Gets Candid About Her Longtime Struggle With Hearing Loss

    August 13, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Listening to newcomer Erica Nicole 's 2014 single "I Listen To My Bad Girl," the last thing you'd expect to learn about the Atlanta singer is that she's struggled with hearing loss since her teenage years. Now, in an exclusive interview with Billboard, Nicole admits…

  19. Exclusive: Que Premieres Ty Dolla $ign 'Standout' Song, Talks Career Start & Migos Rivalry

    August 13, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Que doesn’t say much ordinarily, although today is different. At DJ Drama's Means Street Studios, the Atlanta-bred rapper is ready to get a few things off his chest; and, it's beyond the right time. Que, born Quintin Square Jr., refrained from saying much when the smash hit "…

  20. Killer Mike Honors Michael Brown In Fiery Instagram Post

    August 12, 2014 4:52 PM EDT "Look at what govt sanctioned murder has done," the rapper writes in his moving essay. Atlanta rapper Killer Mike has never been shy about voicing his political opinions -- he once rapped "George Bush don't like blacks? No shit, Sherlock!" and has made his audiences…

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