1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Kanye West Soars With Friends Big Sean, Drake & Paul McCartney on Top Twitter Tracks

    February 06, 2015 12:20 PM EST The powerhouse duo of Big Sean and featured artist Drake lands the top debut on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks with "Blessings," which roars onto the chart at No. 2. The song, from Sean's forthcoming Dark Sky Paradise album, leapt to No. 1 on the real-time Billboard + Twitter…

  4. Nicki Minaj, Drake, David Guetta Booked for London's Wireless Fest

    February 02, 2015 11:09 PM EST Nicki Minaj , Drake , David Guetta , Avicii and Kendrick Lamar will headline this year's Wireless Festival in London. The 10th annual edition of the event will once again take place in Finsbury Park in the British capital. It will use the name New Look Wireless this year. Drake, who was…

  5. India Shawn & James Fauntleroy Return With 'Outer Limits': Exclusive Song Premiere

    February 02, 2015 12:40 PM EST Last March the first collaboration between India Shawn and James Fauntleroy hit the internet, and you couldn't ask for much more out of a debut track: " Floating Away " mixed classic soul instrumentation -- strings, warm bass -- with a slightly askew beat and a '90s R&…

  6. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Style' Soars, Nicki Minaj Notches 60th Hit

    January 30, 2015 11:15 AM EST 'Style' enters the top 40, while Minaj bows with 'Truffle Butter.' Plus, moves for Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd & Natalie La Rose. As previously reported, Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth…

  7. J. Cole's 'January 28th' Tops Twitter Trending 140 on... January 28th

    January 28, 2015 5:46 PM EST Thanks to a well-titled track, J. Cole scores a pretty rare gift: Spending his birthday atop the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . J. Cole Wants to Turn His Childhood Home Into Rent-Free Living for Single Mothers "January 28th," the rapper's chart-topping track, takes…

  8. Snapchat Launches 'Discover' Feature with Warner Music, Big Media in Tow

    January 27, 2015 3:47 PM EST Today Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging service fresh off a $485 million Series D round of fundraising, announced the launch of its new media platform Discover. It is a built in feature on the Snapchat app that offers daily refreshed content from select and disparate group of major media…

  9. 'The Three Little Migos': A Classic Children's Story Retold With Rap Lyrics

    January 23, 2015 12:46 PM EST From Slick Rick 's funky fables to The Notorious B.I.G. 's underworld novellas, hip-hop is home to some of the greatest stories ever told. Narration is a core element of the art form, a necessity for rap purists. For Danny Brown , it's a skill he's taking off the beat.…

  10. Watch Drake Correct a Comedian's Drake Impression

    January 07, 2015 7:16 PM EST Drake 's no stranger to comedy, as we well know by now thanks to his hosting duties on Saturday Night Live and the ESPYs last year. So it shouldn't come as a surprise the hip-hop star would stand up for himself when a comedian's poking fun at his moves.  Drake's Mom…

  11. Solange vs. Jay Z and More: 2014's Music Beefs by the Numbers

    December 31, 2014 2:29 PM EST This past year was filled with artists beefing with one another, both in and out the e-streets. Even Ariana Grande jumped in. From the hilarious ( Cam'Ron vs. Nick Cannon ) to the severe ( Jay Z vs. Solange ), below are 2014's music beefs by the numbers. No. of music beefs in 2014…

  12. New Year's Eve Prep in Las Vegas Takes Year Effort

    December 27, 2014 10:43 AM EST A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can't just throw any old party to ring in the New Year. Iggy Azalea Joins Billboard Hollywood Party on New Year's Eve For one night only, about 340,000 people spending some $226 million are expected to crowd the…

  13. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard…

  14. 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…

  15. Why Drake Managed to Rule Hip-Hop in 2014 -- Without a New Album or Hit Single

    December 12, 2014 10:05 AM EST The best rapper in 2014 didn't need a new album or hit single to prove his dominance. Drake 's last LP, Nothing Was the Same , arrived in September 2013, but thanks to a stream of songs surprise-released online, carefully curated remixes, touring and big-time TV spots, there was…

  16. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  17. Drake, FKA Twigs & A-Trak Bring Music to the Beach: Art Basel Music Roundup

    December 10, 2014 9:52 PM EST This year's Art Basel Miami Beach was a half-week whirlwind of contemporary art showcases, celebrity sightseeing and musical performances. From the bustling Wynwood Arts District to exclusive Palm Island mansion parties, Billboard takes you back to South Beach to recap some of the…

  18. Diddy: Drake 'Stole' the Beat for '0 to 100'

    December 10, 2014 2:03 PM EST News surfaced Sunday that Diddy and Drake got into a fight outside of a club in Miami, allegedly over the Boi-1da-produced beat for Drake's hit "0 to 100" -- which has been on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart for 20 weeks, peaking at No. 8. TMZ released a video on Wednesday, Dec…

  19. Drake & Diddy Reportedly Brawled in Miami Sunday Night

    December 08, 2014 7:11 PM EST Drake and Diddy allegedly got into a fight outside a Miami Beach club during Art Basel's final night, early Monday morning.  Billboard has reached out to Diddy's rep for comment, but so far no report has been confirmed.  Usher Uses Vagina Phone Charger, Miley Cyrus & A$AP…

  20. Ed Sheeran is Spotify's Most-Streamed Act for 2014

    December 03, 2014 4:26 AM EST British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is the year's most streamed artist on Spotify, while Eminem tops the list in the United States. Spotify announced its top streaming artists, albums and songs of 2014 on Wednesday. Pharrell's ubiquitous "Happy" was the most…

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