1. What's It Like Working with Kanye West? Let Theophilus London Break it Down

    November 04, 2014 8:43 AM EST “Anybody will tell you: working for Kanye, man, you gotta become like an alcoholic or something, 'cause man, he'll drive you crazy," up-and-comer Theophilus London tells HotNewHipHop about working with Kanye West. "In the middle of the night, he’ll change up the whole…

  2. Beyonce's New Surprise Album Is Actually a Platinum Box Set With New Songs

    November 04, 2014 8:22 AM EST You heard the rumors on Monday, and now there's official word : the Beyoncé Platinum Box Set  will arrive on Nov. 24. It's quite a bit different than what the initial report said, so check it out: there's no Beyoncé: Volume 2 . Bummer. But there is a disc titled More  with…

  3. Wu-Tang Clan Shares O.D.B.-Sampling New Track, 'Ruckus in B Minor'

    November 04, 2014 6:30 AM EST It's hard knowing how to feel about the first new Wu-Tang Clan  album in seven years. The couple bits we've heard so far --  "Keep Watch,"  lead single "Ron O'Neal" and the big Daily Show performance -- have been promising. "Ruckus in B Minor,"…

  4. Hear a 12-Year-Old Lorde Cover Kings of Leon

    November 03, 2014 5:04 PM EST Billboard's recent feature on Lorde revealed that it was the singer's cover of Duffy 's "Warwick Avenue" -- played at an Intermediate school talent show when she was 13 years old -- that landed her a development deal at Universal. Now audio has surfaced that's…

  5. Check Out Nicki Minaj's Bold Album Art for 'The Pinkprint'

    November 03, 2014 10:30 AM EST Nicki Minaj 's first two albums, 2010's Pink Friday and 2012's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, featured some impressive, Nicki-centric cover art. First was Nicki as a pink-haired Barbie with crazy-long legs, and then came Nicki with bleach-blonde hair, the biggest eyelashes in…

  6. Ariana Grande & The Weeknd Release 'Love Me Harder' Video

    November 03, 2014 8:14 AM EST Ariana Grande 's My Everything unleashed a volley of jams on the world, and "Love Me Harder" is close to the top of the list. It was one of two songs Grande brought to SNL for the Season 40 premiere, and now it's getting a music video with the shine of a big…

  7. Is Beyonce About to Release a Second Surprise Album?

    November 03, 2014 6:58 AM EST Less than a year after Beyoncé threw her self-titled album onto the internet as a surprise one December morning, there's a growing rumor about a sequel . It's been bubbling for some time, and according to an alleged screenshot of a "Release Confirmation" from Columbia…

  8. Nicki Minaj Drops 'The Pinkprint' Teaser on Instagram

    October 31, 2014 9:58 AM EDT Nicki Minaj might have just pushed The Pinkprint back to Dec. 15, but she's got a new teaser as a consolation prize. It's short, although if you've been listening to the flurry of stellar Nicki tracks and guest verses this year, any reminder of the album is exciting. The…

  9. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  10. Iggy Azalea, the Most-Nominated 2014 AMAs Artist, Will Also Perform

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Make way, Lorde, One Direction, and Fergie: Iggy Azalea is hitting the American Music Awards stage, too. The news arrived Friday morning in a press release. In addition to being the night's newest performer, Azalea is also the AMA's most-nominated artist, with six chances to…

  11. Watch Fall Out Boy Perform 'Centuries' Live With Suzanne Vega

    October 30, 2014 8:50 AM EDT The Fall Out Boy dudes have been making some new friends recently. First was Rick Ross, cameoing in the video for "Centuries," the band's first new music since their 2013 reunion album, Save Rock and Roll . And now, with a performance on Ellen , Fall Out Boy are hanging with…

  12. Ingrid Michaelson Helps Fans Overcome Their Fears in 'Afterlife' Video

    October 30, 2014 7:08 AM EDT Fears: we've all got plenty of 'em. But it's not every day we're asked to write them on a big card and then face them alongside with singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson . That's the premise of the video for "Afterlife," the second single from Lights Out ,…

  13. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1980s

    October 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In the '80s, disco's popularity decreased, and the top 20 Hot 100 hits present a more complicated picture than it did a decade before. Not that disco completely disappeared: Diana Ross 's "Upside Down," produced with the help of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from…

  14. Magnetic Fields Frontman (and Scrabble Nut) Stephin Merritt Schools You on How to Rock at the Word Game

    October 29, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Stephin Merritt has a way with words, and not just because he’s the lead singer of acclaimed indie-pop band The Magnetic Fields . A Scrabble nut, Merritt, 49, has a new book of poems, 101 Two Letter Words (W.W. Norton & Company), to help you memorize each of the two-letter words in The…

  15. T-Pain Says Kanye West Doesn't Use Auto-Tune the Right Way

    October 29, 2014 8:49 AM EDT "There are a lot of guys that use Auto-Tune that cannot sing," T-Pain tells the Huffington Post in a new video interview. “ Kanye uses it, but he doesn’t use it correctly." T-Pain was quick to say Mr. West still "makes great music with it," but his issue is that…

  16. Watch Daniel Radcliffe Flawlessly Rap Blackalicious' 'Alphabet Aerobics'

    October 29, 2014 7:36 AM EDT "I think I was the first kid in my class to learn all the words to 'The Real Slim Shady,'" Daniel Radcliffe told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on Tuesday. (He was 10!) "I've always had kind of an obsession with memorizing complicated, lyrically intricate…

  17. Taylor Swift Performs 'Welcome to New York' on 'Letterman,' Gives Lengthy Interview

    October 29, 2014 6:49 AM EDT With a shimmering green dress and a smile, Taylor Swift performed "Welcome to New York" on Late Show With David Letterman on Tuesday. Great way to celebrate the fact that she's probably going platinum in the first week , right? In the sit-down portion of the evening, Taylor…

  18. David Guetta Reteaming With Nicki Minaj & Sia on New Album 'Listen'

    October 28, 2014 8:52 AM EDT French DJ extraordinaire David Guetta has his sixth album, Listen , arriving Nov. 24. The hitmaker behind "Titanium" and "Turn Me On" recently  told Billboard , "There are featured artists of course, but none that you’d expect with me, and really it’s just…

  19. Nick Jonas' 'Kingdom' Costar Frank Grillo Refused to Work With Him, At First

    October 28, 2014 7:39 AM EDT Actor Frank Grillo ( Warrior, The Purge: Anarchy ) has a new drama about mixed martial arts, Kingdom , airing on DirecTV. His costar, 22-year-old Nick Jonas , wasn't exactly welcome initially. "People are very surprised because there's a Jonas Brother in it and he fights,…

  20. Future Pays Tribute to Fallen Friend in 'Hardly' Video

    October 28, 2014 6:56 AM EDT Future 's Monster mixtape is set to be released sometime today, Oct. 28, and the downloadable follow-up to April's no. 2 album Honest has a new video to hype us up. The clip's for "Hardly," and it's directed by Future himself. The sparse production pays…

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