1. Rap’s Bottle-Service Timeline: How Hip-Hop Has Bigged Up Booze Through the Years

    November 25, 2014 6:24 PM EST Jay Z has once again done what no other rapper has: buying outright an existing liquor brand, Armand de Brignac Champagne, in a deal announced this month. But this isn’t the first time hip-hop has bigged up booze, whether through song, collabs or in an ad. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne…

  2. Lorde Crushes 'Yellow Flicker Beat' at the 2014 AMAs: Watch

    November 23, 2014 9:20 PM EST The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 dominated at the box office this weekend, and Lorde 's theme for the film, "Yellow Flicker Beat," continued crushing it this weekend when the singer performed her newest hit at the American Music Awards.  American Music Awards  Full…

  3. ODESZA Disrupts Dance Music with Lush, Post-Dubstep Beats

    November 21, 2014 5:41 PM EST Before Odesza 's Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight were topping Billboard's Dance/Electronic Albums chart and headlining nearly sold-out, back-to-back world tours, the two Seattle beatmakers were just another unsigned band dealing with the hardships of the road -- and extreme…

  4. Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

    November 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's…

  5. Watch Rebel Wilson Crush It in 'Pitch Perfect 2' Trailer

    November 20, 2014 12:07 PM EST The pitch is back, and we couldn't be more thrilled. The aca-amazing news is true: The Barden Bellas are returing for a sequel to Pitch Perfect , and the first trailer is finally here. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and all the rest kick things off by singing a slowed-down, a cappella…

  6. Lee Hi & Akdong Musician's Suhyun Say 'I'm Different' on Brassy Collaboration

    November 19, 2014 10:30 PM EST The 21 Under 21 honorees prove they're special to Bobby of upcoming boy band iKON. Two of K-pop most promising, young musicians have teamed up for a special collaboration single. The 18-year-old soul-pop star Lee Hi and  Akdong Musician 's 15-year-old member Suhyun  joined forces…

  7. Mad Decent Boat Party Highlights: Skrillex's Surprise, Dillion Francis' Alter Ego & More

    November 17, 2014 6:00 PM EST Ever since HARD's Holy Ship! set a lofty standard for dance music cruises, few have succeeded in meeting it. However, Diplo 's label Mad Decent has the star power and curatorial credibility necessary to field a serious contender. Fans from across the globe clamored aboard the…

  8. Watch K-Pop Boy Band BtoB Teach 'America's Next Top Model' Contestants Their Dance Moves

    November 11, 2014 8:37 PM EST The models are challenged to stay fierce while performing highly technical choreography -- a common trial for K-pop acts. Earlier this spring,  America's Next Top Model   announced  that its upcoming Seoul-based season would include cameos by popular K-pop acts. Boy band BtoB makes the…

  9. MTV EMA 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

    November 10, 2014 6:52 PM EST Nicki Minaj , Ariana Grande , U2 , Alicia Keys , Ed Sheeran and Enrique Iglesias all lit up the stage at Sunday's 2014 MTV European Music Awards , but behind the scenes it was a riotous cacophony of shocking diva tantrums, rock-star hissy fits and preening pop-star indulgence. Well,…

  10. Why Daft Punk Licensed Songs for $3,700 to Indie Drama 'Eden'

    November 10, 2014 3:54 PM EST The elusive duo believed in the film, which chronicles the rise of French house music. There's a moment early in Eden when a teenage Thomas Bangalter (played by  Vincent Lacoste ) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (played by  Arnaud Azoulay ), the music duo better known as Daft Punk ,…

  11. Big K.R.I.T. Delivers Best Work With 'Cadillactica': Track-by-Track Review

    November 10, 2014 1:44 PM EST Before Big K.R.I.T. releases an album, he puts his music through the car test. That is, once his project is complete, the 28-year old rapper/producer cues up his recorded compilation of songs and takes a four-hour drive from his Atlanta home and recording base back to his hometown of…

  12. Spooky Black & The Stand4rd Prove They're No Bedroom Project at SOBs

    November 10, 2014 10:45 AM EST "This is a legendary motherfucking night," roared DJ Khaled , onstage in a black fur-collared leather coat and enough gold and sparkles to drown a man. One of hip-hop's reigning polymaths had come to SOBs in Lower Manhattan to introduce to the city, and the world at large,…

  13. Watch Nicki Minaj's Totalitarian 'Only' Lyric Video With Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown

    November 07, 2014 6:58 PM EST Nicki Minaj is the boss and she's hell-bent on world domination in the lyric video for her Drake , Lil Wayne and Chris Brown -featuring single, "Only."  Nicki Minaj: The Billboard Cover Shoot The new clip, released Friday, shows animated versions of Minaj and her…

  14. Taylor Swift, Marvel Films & The Last Gasps of Monoculture

    November 07, 2014 10:00 AM EST What do Marvel and Taylor have in common? Propping up their industries and convincing fans to go for the “full experience.” On Oct. 28, one day after Taylor Swift ’s 1989 album was released, Marvel unveiled a new slate of films that will carry the Disney-owned studio through May 2019,…

  15. Billboard Cover: Nicki Minaj on Her Sex Life, Love for Larry David and Girl Crush on Beyonce

    November 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Nicki Minaj appears to be in full relaxation mode: The Los Angeles-based rapper, 31, sits cross-legged on a leather sofa inside the closet-sized green room at Hollywood's Siren Studios, having just wrapped a photo shoot that stretched past 3:30 a.m. She's wearing lavender…

  16. Moodswing Management & Crush Music Announce Joint Venture

    November 05, 2014 6:46 PM EST The deal aims to build the next generation of electronic music artists, will focus on producers from Newark & NYC areas. Moodswing Management and Crush Music, two New York City management and booking companies, have joined forces to build the next generation of electronic music artists.…

  17. Wu-Tang Clan’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Album Thrills at Listening Party in NYC

    November 04, 2014 11:44 AM EST After months of delays, false starts and media bickering , the new Wu-Tang Clan album, A Better Tomorrow , is miraculously on its way, with a rock-solid release date (Dec. 2) and label home (Warner Bros. Records). On Monday night (Nov. 3), Wu mastermind the RZA hosted a private listening…

  18. Miley Cyrus Is Maybe Dating Patrick Schwarzenegger

    November 04, 2014 10:48 AM EST Do you like your news full of anonymously sourced rumors? Then we've got a story for you: E! Online reports  Miley Cyrus has been quietly (but not too quietly, as they're reporting on it) seeing Patrick Schwarznegger for a little while. Other sources say the duo are "just…

  19. 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,"…

  20. Executive Turntable: Apollo Theater Appoints Pharrell, NAB Ups Curtis LeGeyt, Rich Christina at Sony/ATV and More

    October 31, 2014 3:07 PM EDT -- APA promoted Joshua Rittenhouse to agent in their concerts division in Beverly Hills, while also developing the agency’s Urban roster. Rittenhouse began his career as a contemporary talent buyer at the Sherman Theater before seguing to marketing director for Stan Levinstone at SLP…

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