1. Billboard Cover: Kendrick Lamar on Ferguson, Leaving Iggy Azalea Alone and Why 'We're in the Last Days'

    January 09, 2015 9:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar’s not your average hip-hop savior: He’s a poetic, God-fearing introvert with maverick views on everything from police violence to Iggy Azalea -- and, yes, the rapture. Most of Kendrick Lamar 's days begin -- or maybe end -- around 5 a.m., when the 27-year-old king of…

  2. Spotify Spotlight Lifts Avicii on Dance/Electronic Charts

    January 08, 2015 7:27 PM EST Avicii earns multiple streaming gains following his New Year's Eve Spotify event, One World Party. His exclusive playlist was touted by the streaming service as the perfect soundtrack to party into 2015 with, and it yields chart results for the superstar DJ. On Hot Dance/Electronic…

  3. Swedish Teen Pop Star Wears Condom on Leg to Disprove Men's 'Too Big' Claims

    January 08, 2015 6:37 PM EST To all those guys out there who claim they're just "too big" to use a condom: Swedish pop star Zara Larsson is calling you out.  Beyonce Loses Feminist of the Year Title to Emma Watson The former Sweden's Got Talent winner posted a photo to instagram earlier this week of…

  4. Foo Fighters Flex Their Dual Mainstream & Alternative Appeal

    January 08, 2015 5:54 PM EST The band is the only act to lead both Mainstream Rock Songs and Alternative Songs airplay charts simultaneously in the past five years, a feat they've accomplished with three hits. Foo Fighters continue to flex their rare appeal across multiple rock formats. The band's "…

  5. 15 Spot-On Hipster Parodies From 'Portlandia'

    January 08, 2015 3:50 PM EST Season five of Portlandia debuts tonight on IFC. In anticipation of the pitch-perfect Portland parody program's return, we've rounded up the show's 15 best sketches that skewer hipster life in all its glorious facets. Some feature indie all-stars, some feature obscure music…

  6. 'Glee': Watch Lea Michele's Full Performance of 'Let It Go'

    January 08, 2015 3:01 PM EST Add Rachel Berry to the list of people declaring "the cold never bothered me anyway." You've heard the audio and now, ahead of Friday's  Glee  premiere, the full video of Lea Michele performing "Let It Go" from the episode has arrived, courtesy of Hulu. '…

  7. Hear Charli XCX & Rita Ora Team Up for New Version of 'Doing It'

    January 08, 2015 1:25 PM EST Charli XCX and Rita Ora know a thing or two about providing assists to a certain Australian female rapper: both British singer-songwriters helped Iggy Azalea score massive U.S. hits, as Charli was featured on "Fancy" and Ora delivered the hook to "Black Widow." The pair…

  8. RAC & Matthew Koma Live Video Premiere: Watch An Acoustic Take on 'Cheap Sunglasses'

    January 08, 2015 1:00 PM EST Acclaimed artist and producer-remixer RAC linked up with Matthew Koma last year for the sumptuous single "Cheap Sunglasses," which followed RAC's Cherrytree Records debut album, Strangers . Watch RAC and Matthew Koma strip down the song for an acoustic performance at the…

  9. Rap Duo Rae Sremmurd: 'We Want You to Know Who the F--- We Are'

    January 08, 2015 1:00 PM EST "I'm going to go out there and pop those balloons, man," says Aaquil "Slim Jxmmi" Brown. "I love breaking shit." It's 10 a.m. on a frigid December morning and Jxmmi (pronounced Jimmy) and his younger brother Khalif "Swae Lee" Brown,…

  10. Did Iggy Azalea or Igloo Australia Win a People's Choice Award?

    January 07, 2015 9:47 PM EST Presenter Monica Potter uses Azealia Banks' favorite Iggy moniker before presenting the MC with Favorite Hip-Hop Artist. Iggy Azalea beat some pretty impressive competition for Favorite Hip-Hop Artist at Wednesday's (Jan. 7) People's Choice Awards, but what really caught…

  11. 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…

  12. Terrence Howard on 'Empire': Hip-Hop Success Comes With 'A Great Deal of Issues'

    January 07, 2015 5:26 PM EST Lee Daniels' new hip-hop drama Empire premieres Wednesday night (Jan. 7) on Fox, and with a high-caliber list of contributors it has piqued interest across film, TV and music. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson fill the starring roles of a former drug dealer-turned-hip-hop mogul and…

  13. Governors Ball Lineup Takeaways: Lana Del Rey's NYC Return, Drake Is Festival King & Björk Is Back

    January 07, 2015 11:48 AM EST One day after the Coachella 2015 lineup was released , another major U.S. fest, the Governors Ball Music Festival, unveiled its full lineup and stoked anticipation for the annual June jamboree. Drake , the Black Keys and deadmau5 will lead the way at Gov Ball, which touches down in New…

  14. Happy Birthday, Blue Ivy Carter: 5 Sweet Moments From The Year

    January 07, 2015 10:41 AM EST Happy Birthday, Blue Ivy Carter! The (already quite famous) daughter of Beyonce and Jay Z turns 3 today. While she's still just a toddler, she's also a world traveler, accompanying her parents on many of their trips; a media star, as evidenced by her buzzy, adorable-as-heck…

  15. Beyonce & Jay Z Scolded by World Animal Protection for Baby Tiger Photo

    January 06, 2015 6:05 PM EST On a recent family vacation in Thailand, Beyonce , Jay Z and Blue Ivy took a photo with a baby tiger. A cute pic for a fun family photo album? Not according to Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach, who works for World Animal Protection. New Photo Suggests Beyonce is a Queen Now Schmidt-Burbach…

  16. Lana Del Rey Q&A: On 'Big Eyes' & Her Upcoming 'Honeymoon' Album

    January 06, 2015 3:35 PM EST Lana Del Rey has nine songs and a cover ready for her 'Ultraviolence' follow-up. Lana Del Rey has nine songs written for her next album, titled Honeymoon -- four of which "the production is perfect; I'm looking for a few more songs to tie everything together" -…

  17. Exclusive Book Excerpt: Marky Ramone Sets the Record Straight in 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone' Memoir

    January 06, 2015 12:36 PM EST Marky Ramone had one intention for his new memoir, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone -- to set the record straight. "It was time to quell all the exaggerations from all the other books and tell what really happened," Ramone (nee Marc Bell), the sole surviving Rock…

  18. Watch Courtney Love Perform a Song From Her Upcoming Stage Musical

    January 06, 2015 12:25 PM EST Musical theater is the place to be these days for rock royalty: Bono and the Edge were involved in Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark , and Sting wrote -- and recently took the stage in -- the Broadway musical The Last Ship . Courtney Love is joining the fun as the lead in Kansas City Choir…

  19. Scott Weiland, Lindsey Stirling Join Lineup for Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe

    January 06, 2015 10:00 AM EST ASCAP's annual event at the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance ASCAP Music Café, will feature performances by Scott Weiland , Andrew Dost of fun. , Lindsey Stirling and Jamestown Revival , among other acts, the organization announced. The Music Café will be located at Rich Haines…

  20. Chart Highlights: U2 Debuts Biggest AC Hit Since 1992 With 'Every Breaking Wave'

    January 05, 2015 3:20 PM EST The band reaches the chart's top 30 for the first time since 'One' 23 years ago. Plus, new No. 1s for Brad Paisley, Gerardo Ortiz & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio…

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