1. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer…

  2. Angela Bassett Talks Whitney Houston Biopic on Emmys Red Carpet: 'Controversy Can Be Good'

    August 25, 2014 7:40 PM EDT Angela Bassett thinks her work on the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic is going smoothly. On the red carpet of the 2014 Emmys during NBC's pre-show, Bassett was asked about the controversy surrounding the Lifetime movie. Whtiney Houston's Mom Blasts Biopic "It felt like it was…

  3. Watch Eminem and Rihanna Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage in Detroit

    August 24, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Eminem and Rihanna saved the biggest splash of The Monster Tour for last. Literally. Eminem chose the duo's Saturday night show at Comerica Park in his home town of Detroit -- the sixth and final date of their tour -- to answer Dr. Dre's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As the MC and…

  4. Deborah Cox on Re-Recording Whitney Houston’s Vocals for Lifetime Biopic: ‘I Had Some Big Shoes to Fill’

    August 22, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Airing in 2015, Lifetime’s I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story ,” starring Yaya DaCosta (pictured below, right) , has already faced major challenges. Family matriarch Cissy Houston denounced the biopic, directed by Angela Bassett . Then there were problems securing the rights…

  5. T.I. Releases 'New National Anthem'; Talks Pharrell Williams Executive Producing 'Paperwork'

    August 21, 2014 2:29 PM EDT " What the fuck do you know about being a black man in America? And you wonder why we walk around strapped.. ." T.I. spits truth on the injustice and racism in America on his new single, "New National Anthem." The rapper's third single, which features Skylar Grey ,…

  6. Weezer Pushes Back 'Everything Will Be Alright in the End' Release Date

    August 21, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Bummer news for Weezer stans -- the band is pushing back the release date on their upcoming album Everything Will Be Alright in the End. But take heart! They're only pushing it back one week, and they're giving fans who've preordered the record an advance song on the original…

  7. Nicki Minaj's Smoking-Hot 'Anaconda' Video Arrives Online: Watch

    August 20, 2014 12:27 AM EDT After weeks of teasing, Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video has finally snaked its way online. And there’s no prizes for guessing its pure NSFW fantasy. Minaj pumps and grinds her way through a 5-minute teenage dream, complete with provocative banana and cream sequences, girl-on-girl butt…

  8. T.I. Sounds off on Ferguson: 'America Has Created a Monster'

    August 19, 2014 7:33 PM EDT As protests over the Aug. 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. have continued to turn from peaceful to riots, Tuesday T.I. spoke out about the issue on Instagram.  In two posts, about three hours apart, the Atlanta rapper included two of the more iconic images to…

  9. Watch Nicki Minaj's Sexy 'Anaconda' Lyric Video

    August 16, 2014 7:02 PM EDT While fans will have to wait until Wednesday (August 20) for the premiere of the official "Anaconda" video, Nicki Minaj has gifted her Barbz and Kenz with the lyric video to the raunchy track. The lyric video includes plenty of close-ups of derrieres, obviously, including the rapper…

  10. Rich Jacobellis Named Partner at First Artists

    August 15, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Composer and music supervisor agent Rich Jacobellis has been named partner at the music agency First Artists Management. Jacobellis' clients include Emmy-winning and nominated composers Bear McCreary ( Da Vinci's Demons ), Wendy and Lisa ( Nurse Jackie ), Nathan Barr ( The Americans…

  11. Watch Joey Bada$$' Gritty 'Big Dusty' Music Video

    August 12, 2014 5:40 PM EDT A week after releasing his first single "Big Dusty," off his upcoming debut album B4DA$$ , Joey Bada$$ debuts its accompanying music video. The gritty video, directed by Dee Frosted, follows the rapper and the Pro Era collective through dark Brooklyn alleys and illuminated basements…

  12. Juicy J and DJ Paul Sued Over Three 6 Mafia Samples

    August 12, 2014 4:14 PM EDT A label head is taking Juicy J and DJ Paul to court over samples from a rap duo they'd previously collaborated with. Juicy J and DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia , the Oscar-winning southern rap group formed in 1991, and their label businesses (Select-O-Hits, S.A.T. Entertainment Music and Scale…

  13. Exclusive Video Premiere: Sugur Shane Celebrates Philly Vogue Culture With 'Kill Da Bitch'

    August 12, 2014 2:31 PM EDT Pairing Philly hip-hop sensibilities with house-inspired beats, Sugur Shane delights in defying classification. The title track off the animated rapper’s new  Kill Da Bitch  EP reflects this indefinable approach, layering chopped vocal snippets and searing rap verses over grumbling synth…

  14. Exclusive: The Knocks Share Awesome Mix of Classic Songs to Fete Their "Classic" Single

    August 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The electronic duo's 40-minute mix includes jams from Paul Simon, Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk. New York electronic band The Knocks have a new single titled “ Classic ,” featuring the band Powers , that is  available to buy today through Big Beat records. To fete the song’s release,…

  15. Exclusive: T.I. Talks Female Rappers & Executive Producing 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop'

    August 12, 2014 11:50 AM EDT T.I. has advanced from being in front of the reality TV cameras to going completely behind the scenes, as executive producer of  Sisterhood of Hip Hop debuting Tuesday, Aug. 12, on Oxygen. The eight-episode docu-series produced by 51 Minds ( T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle , Below Deck )…

  16. Chris Brown Kicks Off Weekend With Bizarre, NSFW Instagram Pic

    August 08, 2014 12:01 PM EDT If you began the day thinking, "I wonder what Chris Brown is licking," you're in luck! The R&B singer Instagrammed a picture of himself licking a woman's butt on Friday morning along with the caption, "Eat da booty!" It's not a recent picture, though --…

  17. Eminem & Rihanna's Monster Tour Roars to Life at Rose Bowl: Concert Review

    August 08, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Eminem & Rihanna 's long-awaited Monster tour, which kicked off Aug. 7 in Los Angeles at a sold-out Rose Bowl, is billed as a co-headlining tour between the two music superstars, and the pair treated the show as if they were equals, starting and ending together. However, sharing the…

  18. Whitney Houston Biopic Actor Defends Lifetime Movie

    August 05, 2014 11:18 PM EDT "Let her rest." That was Whitney Houston's mother's message for the makers of the upcoming Lifetime biopic about her daughter. But the actor who plays Bobby Brown in theAngela Bassett-directed TV movie told The Hollywood Reporter that while he understands where the late…

  19. Drake Welcomes Usher, 50 Cent, Lauryn Hill And Many More To Fifth Annual OVO Fest

    August 05, 2014 4:37 AM EDT Drake’s OVO Festival is like hip-hop Christmas in Toronto – you anticipate it every year but you never know what you’re gonna get. Prior years have brought surprise cameos from the likes of Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg , or Diddy, Mase, Kanye West and Lil Wayne , and this year’s…

  20. Myspace Relaunches Secret Shows with Mysterious Spoon Set in New York City

    August 04, 2014 1:45 PM EDT "Hello, brothers and sisters." Just a moment ago, we had been lined up outside Manhattan's McKittrick Hotel to see Spoon 's not-that-hush-hush set, to kick off the relaunch of Myspace's Secret Show series. We were guided into an elevator, then abruptly plunged into…

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