1. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg, Common, DJ Mustard, YG Among Performers Set For BET Hip Hop Awards

    September 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Doug E. Fresh named 2014 I Am Hip Hop Icon Award honoree With his return engagement as host of BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 announced earlier, Snoop Dogg is now also set to perform. He will be joined by a high-wattage confirmed performer lineup that includes Common , Birdman , DJ Premier , DJ…

  2. Frank Ocean Signs to New Management With Three Six Zero

    September 15, 2014 10:55 AM EDT As Frank Ocean gears up for the follow-up to Channel Orange , his 2012 major-label debut -- which has sold 621,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and took home a 2013 Grammy for best urban contemporary album -- he has made a key change behind the scenes. Since July, Ocean has been…

  3. Frank Ocean's Dad Sues Russell Simmons for $142 Million: Report

    September 14, 2014 6:35 PM EDT Frank Ocean 's father is suing hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons for calling him a deadbeat dad, requesting $142 million in damages.  Frank Ocean Nabs Three Six Zero's Mark Gillespie as Manager Ahead of New Album Ocean's dad, Calvin Cooksey, has been absent from his son's…

  4. Ladies First: Meghan Trainor & 20 Females Who Topped the Hot 100 With Their First Entry

    September 12, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Lorde, Fergie, Mariah Carey and more: these ladies took their first Hot 100 hits all the way to the top. On this week’s Hot 100 chart , Meghan Trainor ’s “All About That Bass” climbs to No. 1 in its ninth week on the chart , giving the 20-year-old her first No. 1 single on the chart with her…

  5. Primal Scream's Robert 'Throb' Young Dies at 49

    September 11, 2014 5:08 PM EDT The guitarist was with the band from 1984 until 2006. Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert "Throb" Young was found dead at age 49 in his home in England on Tuesday, The Guardian reports. His cause of death has yet to be determined. Primal Scream Turns Up 'Heat' on North…

  6. Listen: Lil' Kim Releases Jadakiss-Assisted Song, 'Real Sick'

    September 11, 2014 1:49 PM EDT "The Queen's back, bitches." Lil' Kim kicks off her new song, "Real Sick," strong: "Lil' Kim, the one they all love and hate / The Queen's back bitches, regurgitate / I got these hos real sick like a stomach ache." "Real Sick" --…

  7. ACM Honors: Carrie Underwood Cries, Kelly Clarkson Belts It Out and More

    September 10, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The Academy of Country Music paid a visit to Music City Tuesday night for the 8 th Annual ACM Honors, an evening of special tributes to the honorees and winners of awards that are not a part of the yearly CBS awards-show telecast. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, the program’s host, Jake Owen ,…

  8. What Are Taylor Swift and Katy Perry Fighting About? 5 (Silly!) Theories!

    September 10, 2014 2:09 PM EDT Don't you think 24 is too young to be messed with? Red alert:  Taylor Swift and Katy Perry are fighting -- or, at least, shading the hell out of each other. Wednesday, the NY Post said the feud, which Swift was careful to point out was mostly professional, not personal, notes that…

  9. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 With 'All About That Bass'

    September 10, 2014 1:31 PM EDT The pop newcomer's debut hit dethrones Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' after two weeks on top. It's all about Meghan Trainor on this week's Billboard Hot 100 , as her debut hit "All About That Bass" crowns the tally with a 2-1 climb. The positive-body…

  10. Memphis Soul Doc ‘Take Me to the River’ Is Giving Back to Musicians in Need

    September 09, 2014 5:09 PM EDT In Take Me to the River , Martin Shore 's documentary about music scenes in and around Memphis since the late 1950s, veteran artists are united in recording studios with singers and rappers two or three generations younger. Snoop Dogg Helps Premiere 'Take Me to the River' at…

  11. Jazz Musician Gerald Wilson Dies at 96

    September 09, 2014 6:27 AM EDT Gerald Wilson , the dynamic jazz musician whose career spanned more than 75 years, has died. He was 96. Wilson's son, Anthony Wilson , said his father died Monday at his Los Angeles home from pneumonia. The big band leader began his career in the 1930s as a trumpeter for Jimmy Lunceford…

  12. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  13. Hear One of Joan Rivers' Final Interviews

    September 08, 2014 5:18 PM EDT When Joan Rivers died last week at age 81 , the world lost the rare comedy legend who never slowed down over the course of a five-decade career. Just this past July, the caustic comic stopped by SiriusXM to discuss everything from her '60s comedy peers to one-liners written on scraps of…

  14. Joel Embiid Sounds Off: Philadelphia 76ers Rookie Talks Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & The Shmoney Dance

    September 08, 2014 3:39 PM EDT The NBA rookie discusses his crazy Twitter account, Rick Ross grunts, Nicki Minaj's butt and bonding over Bobby Shmurda. On June 20, six days before being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Joel Embiid had two screws inserted into the…

  15. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Eminem Enters With Sia Collab, Beyonce's 'Flawless' Debuts

    September 05, 2014 1:36 PM EDT The rapper bows with his newly released track featuring Sia, while Beyonce bows after her VMAs performance. Plus, moves for Tove Lo, Ed Sheeran and Usher. As previously reported, Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Shake It Off." Who else moves…

  16. Paisley Opens 'Trunk' At No. 1 on Top Country Albums

    September 04, 2014 5:14 PM EDT Plus: Rucker's 'Honey' sweetens Songs chart, Jason Aldean’s No. 1 reign continues & Lady A tops Airplay chart Brad Paisley  claims his eighth No. 1 on Top Country Albums (all of which have debuted at the summit), as his 10th studio set,  Moonshine in the Trunk , bows with…

  17. Hear Robyn Cover Arthur Russell's Loose Joints Disco Track 'Tell You (Today)'

    September 03, 2014 9:28 PM EDT Robyn's in good company paying tribute to the late Arthur Russell , on the upcoming covers album Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell . But even alongside Hot Chip , Sufjan Stevens , Blood Orange and José González , standing in the shadow of a musical giant, the Swedish pop singer shines…

  18. Electric Zoo Overcomes 'Curse' – Of Drug-Related Deaths, At Least

    September 02, 2014 1:03 PM EDT While the fest was forced to end early again, at least everyone remained safe this year. Severe thunderstorms forced New York city's Electric Zoo festival to cancel it's final day on Sunday, Aug. 31. A flash flood warning was issued to the greater New York area around 4 p.m., and…

  19. Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift Out-'Shake's Mariah Carey

    September 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT A song called 'Shake It Off' tops the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Swift's place in pop/country crossover history, Christina Aguilera's career sales and more As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com .…

  20. Watch: Rihanna Does the Shmoney Dance in a Bikini

    August 31, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Rihanna has been enjoying some downtime since completing her co-headlining stadium tour with Eminem in Detroit on Aug. 23. Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Goes From Vine Star to Major-Label Player The singer was recently partying with some friends on a yacht and decided to show off her Shmoney…

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