1. Drake's Surprise Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    February 18, 2015 12:00 PM EST Drake 's surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart as expected , easily scoring the hip-hop star his fourth chart-topper. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric…

  2. B.o.B to Iggy Azalea at Winterfest: 'Critics Come With Success, F--- 'Em'

    January 23, 2015 10:55 AM EST Billboard caught up with B.o.B  in advance of his performance at Billboard Winterfest to talk about his latest mixtape, his concept of "the new black," and Iggy Azalea  during Sundance 2015 . Watch the video above. Sundance 2015 B.o.B just released No Genre: The Label , the…

  3. Top 20 Christmas Rap Songs

    December 25, 2014 8:15 AM EST No one has the type of holiday spirit as a rapper. From Kanye West to Run-D.M.C. , they're spins on Christmas classics or originals range from the hilarious, weird to serious, but all stay true to themselves. Busta Rhymes -- whose Jim Carrey-featured "Grinch" song merely…

  4. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: J. Cole's Trio of No. 1 Albums Puts Him in Elite Hip-Hop Company

    December 19, 2014 9:49 PM EST J. Cole is one of six rap acts to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their first three full-length studio albums On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, J. Cole 's 2014 Forest Hills Drive debuted at No. 1 , his third consecutive album to reach the top slot (his entire output of…

  5. Less Could Mean More: Why Merlin's Deal With Pandora May Pay Off

    December 11, 2014 3:26 PM EST Merlin has come under attack in the last month for making a deal that, according to its critics, lowers its member labels' per-stream royalty rate with Pandora, and thus their revenues. Though in time they may ultimately be correct, those critics don't seem to understand that the…

  6. 2014: The Year in... Billboard Chart Headlines

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST A look at the biggest chart newsmakers, from Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams & Iggy Azalea to Enrique Iglesias, Meghan Trainor & Taylor Swift. From veterans who scored their biggest hits ever to newcomers who ruled with rookie releases, 2014 brought week after week of chart records…

  7. Chris Rock and Questlove Talk the Greatest MCs of All Time and Collaborating on New Movie 'Top Five'

    December 08, 2014 4:37 PM EST It's a cold November morning, and Chris Rock has come to meet Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson at his office, which is also his dressing room and his studio, on the sixth floor of 30 Rock, where Jimmy Fallon shoots The Tonight Show . Questlove, 43 -- the drummer for The Roots ,…

  8. 7 Things About One Direction's Historic No. 1 Debut

    November 27, 2014 12:20 PM EST When One Direction debuted at No. 1 with their fourth album -- appropriately titled Four --  they made history . Below, here are all the ways the album's debut was notable: One Direction Hits 1 Billion Plays on Spotify 1. They are the only group -- in the 58-year history of the…

  9. One Direction’s ‘Four’ Makes Historic No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST 0 1D is only group to debut at No. 1 with their first four albums One Direction makes history, again, as the act’s new album Four debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. They are the only group in the 58-year history of the chart to see their first four albums debut at No.…

  10. Jhené Aiko Says Staff Member's Assualt Caused Her to Miss Def Jam's 30th Anniversary Concert

    October 20, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As Def Jam celebrated its 30-year anniversary Thursday with a massive Barclays Center blowout featuring performances by Rick Ross , 2 Chainz , Fabolous , DMX , Foxy Brown and many others, one promised guest failed to grace the stage. Jhené Aiko 's absence was noticed, as the young up…

  11. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  12. 'South Park': 15 Most Memorable Music Moments

    October 14, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Lorde is the latest musical celebrity to make an “appearance” on South Park and both Billboard and the singer herself happen to think Trey Parker and Matt Stone nailed it. Mocking the Lorde birth certificate truthers with Stan’s dad moonlighting as a middle-aged, male version of the…

  13. Why 1998 Was the Best Musical Year of the '90s

    October 10, 2014 10:45 AM EDT After focusing on 1994 last week, now, we're wondering what the best year for music was of the '90s. We've already made a case for  1990 ,  1991 ,  1992 ,  1993 ,  1994 ,  1995 ,  1996  and  1997 . Now here are the final two years of the decade -- 1998 and 1999 . If there&…

  14. Check Out the 'Coming to America' Birthday Party Alicia Keys Threw for Husband Swizz Beatz

    September 12, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Swizz Beatz turned 35 Thursday and the party his wife Alicia Keys threw for him looks -- completely objectively -- amazing. The Coming to America -themed bash drew guests Diddy , DMX and Busta Rhymes , among others.  Beatz posted a few tastes of the Eddie Murphy -inspired event Thursday and…

  15. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

  16. Def Jam 30th Anniversary Show Coming to NYC

    August 14, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous & Foxy Brown among performers scheduled for Brooklyn concert. Five months after Def Jam celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW , the party is coming to Brooklyn. The game-changing record label will celebrate three decades of trend-setting hip-hop with…

  17. A Breakdown of DMX's Epic Sling Shot Video

    July 29, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Today's free laugh for the blogosphere is brought to you by DMX . On Tuesday (July 29), TMZ posted a video of the rapper and his friend riding the Sling Shot in Orlando. Let's break down the 1:36-minute video, which I wish was longer: 1. DMX yells out his signature ad-libs before…

  18. Bonnaroo 2014: 15 Things You Need In A Festival RV

    June 13, 2014 2:26 PM EDT Board games, boots and BSB: how the Billboard crew is surviving the 'Roo. Billboard has once again invaded Bonnaroo, and this year, we did it in style. A crew of fearless reporters (and a few of thier trusted friends) drove down from the New York area to Manchester, Tenn. in a 10…

  19. DMX, Naughty By Nature & More Salute Hip-Hop On Masters of Ceremony Reunion Tour

    April 02, 2014 4:06 PM EDT Add another entry to this summer's national tour schedule: the 2014 Masters of Ceremony Hip-Hop Reunion. Featuring a master class of hip-hop artists—including DMX, Naughty By Nature, Rakim and Biz Markie—the tour kicks off July 11 at Miami's American Airlines Arena.   Das EFX, Big…

  20. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

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