1. CODE Guest Playlist: Yogi

    May 21, 2014 1:45 PM EDT CODE caught up with Yogi last week to discuss the outfit’s new production deal with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, as well as provide a glimpse into the music they’re currently listening to. Here’s the hybrid hip-hop-dance playlist they delivered. Hit Boy ft. Nipsey Hussie, "Alert…

  2. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Face Royalties Claim From Beats Headphones Co-Founder

    May 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As the rumored marriage between Apple Computers and Beats Electronics remains stubbornly awaiting its "I do's," a royalty dispute that looks back at the beginning of the headphones giant is heating up. Last Friday, former hedge-fund manager Steven Lamar fired a legal salvo…

  3. 5 Other Awesome Holograms: Tupac, Janelle Monae and M.I.A., More

    May 19, 2014 12:45 AM EDT Michael Jackson may have invented the moonwalk, and he certainly inaugurated his signature strut as a hologram -- and the MJ hologram was certainly the talk of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards . But the King of Pop was not the first artist to perform 2D on a 3D stage. From Tupac's…

  4. Miley Cyrus' Mom and Tyrese's 'Billionaire' Video Stir Big Social Chart Gains

    May 15, 2014 7:27 PM EDT Thanks in part to revised chart methodology, Miley Cyrus zooms from No. 18 to No. 2 on the latest Social 50 chart. As the chart has been reconfigured to emphasize reactions of fans to an artist's postings on social networks, a well-liked photo on Instagram can cause a huge chart jump.…

  5. Director of Nina Simone Film Sues Over Production Company's Hijacking

    May 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Cynthia Mort is taking legal action after being cut out of decision-making on a biopic about legendary jazz singer Nina Simone that she spent years trying to develop. Although Nina still is being credited to her, Mort is unhappy she's being associated with a movie starring Zoe Saldana…

  6. Top 100 'American Idol' Hits of All Time

    May 14, 2014 5:11 PM EDT As "American Idol" celebrates its 500th episode & Season 13 comes to a close, here's our countdown of "American Idol" alums' biggest Hot 100 hits ever - and the untold stories behind the songs. When “American Idol” premiered on Fox-TV on June 11, 2002, it…

  7. Yogi Talks Signing with Aftermath, OWSLA, and Trap Music’s Past & Present

    May 14, 2014 1:40 PM EDT As trap music makes its way from maligned subgenre to main stage staple, dance and hip-hop are locked in a closer embrace than ever. Few can claim to straddle the stylistic line as well as Yogi, the buzz worthy British production outfit now signed to both Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and…

  8. Big Boi Announces New Record Deal

    May 10, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Big Boi is back in a big way indeed, and not just for his string of Outkast reunion tour dates this summer: the Atlanta-raised rapper has announced a new deal with Epic Records for his next solo record. Big Boi Debuts 'Mrs. Vandebilt' Mash-Up Video: Exclusive "I'm back…

  9. Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre's Success: From Eminem to Beats by Dre to Selling to Apple

    May 10, 2014 10:53 AM EDT They truly are marching to the beat of their own drum. It's as though anything Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre touches turns to gold: The dynamic duo marked epic-level success when they introduced Eminem to the music world 15 years ago, and their lucrative Beats by Dre business reached…

  10. Which Is More Annoying: Apple Earbuds or Beats By Dre? (Poll)

    May 09, 2014 4:34 PM EDT If you're like us here at Billboard, the big news of Apple closing in on a $3.2 million purchase of Beats Electronics got you talking about headphones. An awful lot of people own Beats By Dre and many, many others own the standard-issue earbuds that accompany the music-listening…

  11. Will Dr. Dre Be the 'First Billionaire in Hip-Hop'? A Look at the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 09, 2014 3:19 PM EDT With news breaking yesterday evening of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion, the question of whether Beats principle Dr. Dre (née Andre Young) -- who co-founded the company with Interscope boss Jimmy Iovine -- stands to become the wealthiest hip-hop…

  12. Apple Closes In On Purchase of Beats (Report)

    May 08, 2014 7:27 PM EDT Apple is reportedly closing in on a deal to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, according to a Financial Times report .  If completed at that price, the deal would be the largest ever for Apple. The deal is said to include both Beats’ music subscription service and its hardware…

  13. iHeartRadio 'Isn't Just Another Music Awards Show' Says Producer

    May 01, 2014 8:38 PM EDT Marking NBC's first major music awards show, the iHeartRadio Awards will veer away from the mainstream to "explore the genre and move the needle," revealed the producers when The Hollywood Reporter went behind the scenes before the show. The star-filled event at the historic…

  14. Priyanka Chopra Preposterously Claims She Can't Make You Love Her In New Video

    May 01, 2014 5:37 PM EDT "I probably discovered it after some stupid boy broke my heart," Priyanka Chopra says about her new single. The assertion is just about as preposterous as the former Miss World claiming she can't make someone love her. But on her dance remake of Bonnie Raitt's classic…

  15. 'Regulate' At 20: Warren G & Michael McDonald Discuss the G-Funk Jam

    April 28, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Warren G is interested in recruiting Macklemore for a 20-year anniversary version of 'Regulate.' Michael McDonald had just hit the Lower East Side of the N-Y-C, and while he wasn't on a mission trying to find Mr. Warren G, fate was about to intervene. This was 1996 or '…

  16. OutKast, 'Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    April 26, 2014 12:25 PM EDT Hip Hop in 1994, for the most part, was akin to the same government that it was at war with. You had the East Coast acting as the Republican party, leaning on classical sounds and ideologies, while the West Coast promoted the more Democratic, liberal side of things. Then you had the South…

  17. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

  18. 23 Hot Coachella Moments: Ellie Goulding Cheers, Beyoncé Covers & Prince Sightings Day 1

    April 12, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Coachella 2014 got underway in Indio, Calif. Friday (April 11) with huge sets by The Replacements , Ellie Goulding, Girl Talk and headliners OutKast among the dozens of acts rocking the desert. Take a time-stamped look at the 23 hottest happenings on the festival's first day. Find…

  19. Top 15 Coachella Performances Ever

    April 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT From The Cure breaking curfew to Madonna dazzling the dance tent to Tupac's on-stage resurrection, these are the 15 moments that helped make Coachella the king of all U.S. festivals. On April 11 -- and then again on April 18 -- thousands of sun-worshipping music fans will head out to…

  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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