1. Album Review: Swedish Troubadour Jose Gonzalez's 'Vestiges & Claws' Is a Study in Restraint

    February 17, 2015 4:29 PM EST Ever since his transfixing 2005 cover of The Knife 's "Heartbeats" earned him an international following, Swedish troubadour Jose Gonzalez has developed one of the most recognizable sounds in indie rock. His voice is a singular instrument, warm and textured, like a soft leather…

  2. Drake's Surprise Album Sets Spotify Records

    February 17, 2015 3:41 PM EST 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' beat out Drake's last album for the most-streamed debut week in Spotify history. Drake 's surprise album has set records on Spotify. The music-streaming service said Tuesday (Feb. 17) that the rapper's new album, If You…

  3. Chris Brown & Trey Songz Bring 'Between the Sheets' Show to Brooklyn: Live Review

    February 17, 2015 3:10 PM EST After NBA's All-Star Weekend subsided, Chris Brown and Trey Songz held court at Brooklyn's Barclays Center for their fourth show on the joint Between the Sheets tour Monday night. The 26-date gig was postponed last month after a judge ordered Brown to complete 1,000 hours of…

  4. Listen to Big Sean's New Ballad 'One Man Can Change the World' With Kanye West & John Legend

    February 16, 2015 9:31 PM EST Big Sean has dropped the second single off his highly anticipated Dark Sky Paradise , a soulful ballad called "One Man Can Change The World" that features cameos by Kanye West and John Legend .  Big Sean Previews 'Dark Sky Paradise' Album: 'I Want to Be the Best&…

  5. Chart Highlights: Mana, Shakira Debut at No. 1 on Latin Airplay

    February 16, 2015 4:15 PM EST Plus, new leaders for Walk the Moon, Modest Mouse, Mary J. Blige, Florida Georgia Line, Ricky Martin & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club Songs, which is based on…

  6. Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' Returns to No. 1 in U.K.

    February 16, 2015 3:58 AM EST Coverage of Sam Smith's triumphant night at the Grammy Awards helped his debut album In The Lonely Hour  (Capitol/Universal) return to the U.K. chart summit Sunday (Feb. 15). Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" (Polydor/Universal), from the "Fifty Shades Of Grey…

  7. VIDEO: Drake Covers, Performs With Kanye West in NYC

    February 14, 2015 6:36 PM EST Drake not only surprised fans this week with the unexpected release of his If You're Reading This It's Too Late album, but he had a few more tricks up his sleeve when he took the stage at Irving Plaza on Friday (Feb. 13). He was on hand to perform at the Sprite NBA All-Star Weekend…

  8. Drake's Surprise Album Heading For Over Half-Million Sales Debut at No. 1

    February 14, 2015 2:15 PM EST The sales of Drake 's surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late continue to pile up. Industry sources now project (as of Feb. 14) that the album will likely sell more than 500,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Feb. 15 -- with a serious chance…

  9. Watch Kevin Hart Get Schooled at Basketball by Little League Star Mo'ne Davis

    February 13, 2015 9:44 PM EST Kevin Hart 's known to run his mouth playing basketball, but at least for a moment Friday night a 13-year-old girl shut him up.  Quotes of the Week: Drake and Kevin Hart Throw Shade, Justin Bieber Atones for His Sins and More The comedian got schooled by Little League Baseball phenom Mo&…

  10. Drake Decoded: 10 Subliminal Shots on 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late'

    February 13, 2015 5:11 PM EST Thursday night felt like Christmas day for Drake fans. The 28-year-old rapper dropped his brand-new album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, unannounced. In true Drake fashion, there are hidden messages and subliminal shots littered throughout the LP. Drake's Surprise Album…

  11. Exclusive: Read Bobby Shmurda's Full Jailhouse Interview Transcript

    February 13, 2015 4:40 PM EST On the morning of Saturday, Feb. 7, viral rap star Bobby Shmurda called Billboard from Manhattan Detention Complex, where he's been held since Dec. 17, after the NYPD raided Quad Recording studios in Times Square and arrested the 20-year-old along with about a dozen others. Prosecutors…

  12. Who Is Fetty Wap? 8 Things To Know about Kanye West's Latest Co-Sign

    February 13, 2015 3:15 PM EST   ZooGod x Yé A photo posted by RemyBoyz"1738" (@fettywap1738) on Feb 13, 2015 at 11:03am PST At Kanye West 's Roc City Classic show in New York City on Thursday night (Feb. 12), the rap superstar brought out a slew of big-name guest stars, including Big Sean , Travi$ Scott ,…

  13. Avicii's Manager Expands Into Hip-Hop with iSHi

    February 13, 2015 3:06 PM EST Ash Pournouri is reaching beyond dance music with iSHi, a hip hop artist whose debut single features Pusha T. Watch the trailer here. Ash Pournouri , the starmaker behind Swedish dance-pop sensation Avicii , is looking to reach outside of EDM. For his next venture, he's betting on the…

  14. Drake's Surprise Album Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 13, 2015 1:45 PM EST 'If You're Reading This…' could sell 400,000 copies by Sunday night. Drake 's surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late is aiming to become his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry forecasters expect the set -- which was released late in…

  15. Drake & Tyga Diss Each Other... Again

    February 13, 2015 1:43 PM EST Drake and Tyga 's beef continues to brew. Drake threw not-so subliminal shots at Tyga on "6 PM In New York," the last song off his surprise full-length album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late . "I heard the lil' lil' homie talking reckless in VIBE /…

  16. Drake's 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' & 14 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    February 13, 2015 11:40 AM EST From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 15 instances of…

  17. Bobby Shmurda Speaks Out About His Gang-Related Charges: 'That Shit Is Bullshit'

    February 13, 2015 11:39 AM EST When Bobby Shmurda , the charismatic star of the surprise 2014 hit "Hot N---a," emerged from the back of a New York County Supreme Court room in January, the 20-year-old looked sad and serious. Shmurda sat very still at the defense table, showing none of the viral persona that…

  18. Drake Releases 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' Album Out of Nowhere

    February 12, 2015 11:35 PM EST As rumored, Drake releases a project tonight, Thursday, Feb. 12, except it's not a free mixtape as expected but a surprise full-length album titled If You're Reading This, It's Too Late . The 17-song album -- which features PARTYNEXTDOOR , Lil Wayne and Travi$ Scott --…

  19. Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney's 'FourFiveSeconds' Tops Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 12, 2015 4:29 PM EST The ascent gives McCartney a new chart record: longest span between No. 1s. Rihanna , Kanye West and Paul McCartney 's "FourFiveSeconds" makes big news on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs , as the song steps 2-1, taking both Airplay and Streaming Gainer honors. The climb gives Rihanna…

  20. Drake Takes You Way Back to His Toronto Past in 'Jungle' Short Film

    February 12, 2015 10:24 AM EST Well, it is Oscar season, and our man Drake has some cinematic aspirations. This week, with little warning, Drizzy dropped a new 14-minute film titled Jungle on his official web site. Check it out below: "The whole energy out here is just changing," a pensive Drake remarks early on.…

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