1. Grammys 2016: Who Will Win and Who Should Win

    February 04, 2016 12:00 PM EST Two Billboard critics survey the field, from Lamar vs. Swift to Dylan vs. Manilow, with a wary eye on the "Beck factor." Jody Rosen Is this Kendrick Lamar 's year? The stars seem to be aligned for Lamar, who has a near-record 11 ­nominations. To Pimp a Butterfly was the year&…

  2. Hear Dr. Dre's Smooth New Track 'Back to Business,' Featuring T.I., Victoria Monet & Others

    January 10, 2016 11:43 AM EST Dr. Dre shared yet another previously unreleased track during his Beats 1 show The Pharmacy on Saturday, Jan. 9. Dr. Dre Drops Unreleased Track 'Naked' on Beats 1 Show: Listen The legendary hip-hop producer used his Apple Music radio program to debut the smooth never-before-heard…

  3. Calvin Harris Becomes First DJ to Play Coachella as Premier Headliner

    January 05, 2016 12:09 PM EST Calvin Harris has officially entered a league of his own. Coachella dropped its 2016 lineup yesterday (Jan. 4), listing LCD Soundsystem , Guns N’ Roses and Calvin Harris as the top-billed acts. Coachella 2015 Earns Over $84 Million, Breaks Attendance Records While the U.K. DJ-producer is no…

  4. Billboard.com's 10 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2015: Critics' Picks

    December 21, 2015 5:03 PM EST Billboard hip-hop editors Adelle Platon and Dan Rys narrowed down this year's stellar crop to their 10 favorites. Hip-hop was allergic to release dates in 2015 with several noteworthy projects making out-of-nowhere arrivals, like Dr. Dre 's  Compton , Drake 's  If You're…

  5. James Taylor, Janet Jackson and More Legendary Stars Who Rang Up Big Chart Numbers in 2015

    December 15, 2015 12:09 PM EST was a big year for legendary stars to make their return. From Janet Jackson's Unbreakable  to James Taylor's Before This World (the singer's first-ever No. 1 album), over-40 stars gave younger artists a run for their money on the charts.   This story originally appeared in…

  6. 5 Best Music Movies of the Year

    December 10, 2015 9:25 PM EST This year was full of shockingly good -- and not-so-shockingly bad -- music-based films, from stellar documentaries on gone-too-soon icons to biopics that defied the often creativity-stifling genre form. And then there were the bombs -- movies so bad they only lasted two weeks before being…

  7. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop 2015: Drake & The Weeknd Dominate

    December 09, 2015 9:00 AM EST Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop charts were largely governed by a handful of superstar acts in 2015, led by Drake and The Weeknd , while also making way for emerging artists, including Fetty Wap , Silento and Rae Sremmurd . Chart veterans like D’Angelo and Janet Jackson made big comebacks, as…

  8. The Muppets Perform Eminem's 'My Name Is': Watch

    November 25, 2015 9:34 PM EST After lip-sync covers of N.W.A's "Express Yourself," ODB's "Shimmy Shimmy Ya," Naughty By Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray" and more, it's well established now the Internet likes seeing Kermit and Co. mashed up with classic hip-hop.  The Muppets'…

  9. 'Straight Outta Compton' Unreleased Director's Cut, Soundtrack & Score Arriving in January

    November 19, 2015 11:50 AM EST The unreleased director’s cut, soundtrack and score of the N.W.A  biopic Straight Outta Compton  are headed straight for the new year.  The F. Gary Gray production -- which hit theaters this past August -- will roll out two releases, Straight Outta Compton: The Soundtrack  (not the same as Dr…

  10. Dr. Dre Drops Unreleased Track 'Naked' on Beats 1 Show: Listen

    November 08, 2015 3:01 PM EST Dr. Dre dropped an unreleased track on his Beats 1 show The Pharmacy on Saturday, Nov. 7. 'Straight Outta Compton' Becomes Highest-Grossing Movie From African-American Director The legendary producer used his Apple Music radio program to debut the never-before-heard song “Naked,”…

  11. From 'Compton' to 'Unbreakable': Producer Dem Jointz on Working With Dr. Dre & Janet Jackson

    November 04, 2015 7:47 PM EST Talk about your one-two punch. Songwriter/producer Dem Jointz counts multiple credits on two of this year’s headline-making albums: Dr. Dre 's Compton and Janet Jackson 's Unbreakable . Pretty cool for a former AT&T wireless call center rep who reviewed consumers' credit…

  12. 'Straight Outta Compton' Hit with Defamation Lawsuit by Former N.W.A Manager Jerry Heller

    October 30, 2015 5:37 PM EDT Heller alleges the hit film failed to get his consent, didn't give him compensation, stole his work and tarnsished his reputation. Former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller wants the world to know he's not really a "bad guy." In a $110 million defamation lawsuit filed on Friday…

  13. 'Straight Outta Compton' Premiere: 'Tripled Security' at Red-Carpet L.A. Event

    August 10, 2015 11:38 PM EDT The Los Angeles premiere of Straight Outta Compton takes place Monday, Aug. 10, at downtown entertainment complex L.A. Live and security is tight. An earlier report by L.A. Weekly noted that the LAPD was "beefing up its presence" for the event. Indeed, an onsite security staffer…

  14. Dr. Dre's 'Compton: A Soundtrack' Lives Up to Its Cinematic Aspirations: Album Review

    August 10, 2015 5:34 PM EDT Not so long ago, rappers equated their albums, songs, studio sessions, even their partying with “making a movie,” as if their life moments were epic big-screen fare. But none -- save perhaps Kanye West ’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy  -- has ever truly matched their Technicolor…

  15. Luke Bryan & Dr. Dre Aiming for Top of Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    August 10, 2015 3:49 PM EDT Country superstar Luke Bryan and returning hip-hop heavyweight Dr. Dre are aiming to take over the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week (dated Aug. 29). Industry forecasters suggest Bryan’s Kill the Lights is poised to debut at No. 1 with perhaps 340,000 equivalent album units…

  16. 'Descendants' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    August 09, 2015 3:00 PM EDT (Editor's note: Nielsen Music revised its data on Aug. 9, after our initial story was posted. The unit totals for a few titles have since changed, as have the rankings of two albums in the top 10.) The soundtrack to Disney Channel's Descendants debuts at No. 1 on the…

  17. Ice Cube's Son Becomes Him in 'Straight Outta Compton'

    August 09, 2015 12:32 PM EDT O'Shea Jackson Jr. was determined to play his father, Ice Cube , in Straight Outta Compton . Not only does the 24-year-old look uncannily like his dad, but he's also got the rapper-turned-movie star's mannerisms and expressions down -- something he used to his advantage during…

  18. Dr. Dre's 'Compton': 5 Things We Learned

    August 06, 2015 10:27 PM EDT Dr. Dre 's first new album in 16 years, Compton , is now available for preview streaming on Apple Music. ( Listen here. ) The set will go on sale at midnight for purchase. The set usurps Dre's long-anticipated album Detox , acting as a companion to the new N.W.A movie Straight Outta…

  19. Chiodos' Craig Owens Is on Dr. Dre's 'Compton' Album With Snoop Dogg (Random But True)

    August 05, 2015 11:35 AM EDT Well, here's one you didn't see coming. Craig Owens, the high-pitched voice behind the post-hardcore band Chiodos , will appear on Dr. Dre's Compton: A Soundtrack .  If you would've told me as a kid that I'd be on Dr. Dre's final album on a track w/ Snoop Dogg …

  20. Dr. Dre to Debut 'Compton: A Soundtrack' Exclusively on Beats 1 Radio

    August 04, 2015 3:50 PM EDT Dr. Dre 's first new album in 16 years will make its debut on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio, the company announced Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 4). Dr. Dre Announces 'Compton: A Soundtrack' Release Date & Pre-Order Details Compton: A Soundtrack  will stream exclusively on…

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