1. The Juice Podcast: Ferguson, Michael Brown & the Importance of Hip-Hop Artists

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Ever since unarmed, college-bound Michael Brown was shot six times and killed by Ferguson, Miss. police officer Darren Wilson, eyes and hearts all over the world have been glued to social media streams, internet livecasts and traditional news outlets; mine included. From New York I watched as…

  2. MTV VMAs Artists to Watch: Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Schoolboy Q and Fifth Harmony Battle for the Moonman

    August 22, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Artist to Watch may be the VMAs' most coveted category. Which new artists should take the prize Sunday night? It’s been a breakthrough year for Sam Smith , 5 Seconds of Summer , Charli XCX , Schoolboy Q and Fifth Harmony . But only one of these hot newcomers will walk away with a coveted…

  3. 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…

  4. Billboard Cover: Diplo on His Katy Perry Connection, Madonna Collaboration and 8-Figure Lifestyle

    August 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The most valuable backpack in Los Angeles is a capacious, sturdy-looking black number loaded with a pair of sticker-emblazoned MacBook Pro laptops, a set of headphones and a mobile Internet hotspot. It belongs to the 35-year-old DJ-producer Wesley Pentz, better-known as  Diplo , and it’s with…

  5. Watch Talib Kweli Call Out CNN & All Media for Ferguson Coverage

    August 21, 2014 9:35 PM EDT Rapper takes issue with reporting around Michael Brown's fatal shooting at the hands of a Missouri police officer. Talib Kweli 's CNN interview started off on a nice enough note, with host Don Lemon lauding the rapper for his activism and referring to him as a "passionate voice…

  6. Here's Every Musical Guest on 'The Simpsons' in Chronological Order

    August 21, 2014 6:30 PM EDT If you're not watching FXX's 'Simpsons' marathon, that's a paddlin' The longest-running TV marathon in history kicks off on Thursday when FXX starts airing every episode of the longest-running scripted primetime TV series ever: The Simpsons. Yep, all 25…

  7. Tank Is 'Stronger' Than Ever at No. 1

    August 21, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Plus: Drake gets his 32nd Rap Airplay hit, Chris Brown's 'New Flame' flies up the charts and Watsky grabs a top 10 debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Tank Takes No. 1:  R&B singer Tank caps the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as  Stronger  enters at No. 1 with just under…

  8. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  9. T.I. Releases 'New National Anthem'; Talks Pharrell Williams Executive Producing 'Paperwork'

    August 21, 2014 2:29 PM EDT " What the fuck do you know about being a black man in America? And you wonder why we walk around strapped.. ." T.I. spits truth on the injustice and racism in America on his new single, "New National Anthem." The rapper's third single, which features Skylar Grey ,…

  10. Run the Jewels Drop 'Blockbuster Night' Song & Announce 'RTJ2' Release Date

    August 21, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The duo has signed with Mass Appeal Records. Run the Jewels are officially Mass Appeal Records' newest signee. Nas to Record On Mass Appeal Records; Will Release 'Lost Tapes 2' & Posthumous Pimp C Album The duo, consisting of El-P and Killer Mike,  will release their…

  11. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  12. Taylor Swift's '1989' Album: 10 Dream Collaborators From 1989

    August 20, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Here are the producers, songwriters and music video auteurs that could make T-Swift's next project truly feel like a blast from the past. "I was listening to a lot of late 80's pop music," Taylor Swift explained to her audience on Monday's big announcement…

  13. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Triple Up In Hot 100's Top 10, MAGIC! Still No. 1

    August 20, 2014 2:45 PM EDT While 'Rude' rules for a sixth week, Grande and Azalea infuse the top 10 with three hits apiece, including new top 10s 'Break Free' and 'Black Widow' MAGIC!'s pop/reggae smash "Rude" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, narrowly…

  14. Exclusive: The Supremes' Mary Wilson Talks No. 1 Single 'Where Did Our Love Go' 50 Years Later

    August 20, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The singer reveals why the trio didn’t care for the song, how they felt about Motown’s other girl groups and how a Billboard chart-topper changed their lives. Before Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard became the most successful girl group of the rock era, Motown released eight…

  15. MTV VMAs' 15 Best Performances of All Time

    August 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Like summer's end, the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards are fast approaching. If the show's 30-year legacy is any indication, we're in for superstar collabs and elaborate sets come Sunday (Aug. 24). To celebrate the annual spectacular, we’ve picked the best performances in VMA…

  16. 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…

  17. Foo Fighters Parody 'Carrie' in Brilliant Ice Bucket Challenge Video

    August 19, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Just when you thought this whole ice bucket thing might have run dry, along comes the Foo Fighters with a genius take on the viral charity stunt. Justin Timberlake & More: Music's Top 10 Ice Bucket Challenges Paying homage to Brian De Palma 's 1976 classic film Carrie , the Foos…

  18. Read Ferguson Native Michael McDonald's Take On Violence, Race & Michael Brown

    August 19, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Before his time with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald learned music growing up in Ferguson, Mo., where he spent 14 years of his childhood. With the nation now watching his hometown in horror and disbelief, McDonald penned an insightful op-ed on Michael Brown's death…

  19. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems Underlying the Chaos in Ferguson

    August 19, 2014 3:05 PM EDT "This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them." I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope…

  20. Victoria Justice's Music Career: Why Ariana Grande's Co-Star Is Still Worth Watching

    August 19, 2014 2:50 PM EDT While Grande continues to score chart hits, Justice has struggled to kick-start a solo career. Here's why she shouldn't be counted out. To paraphrase William Carlos Williams , so much depends upon a debut single in modern pop music. Want proof? Look at the recent career trajectories…

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