1. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  2. BSBB Round 3: Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off" vs. Sia, "Chandelier"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Shake It Off Taylor Swift Chandelier Sia CAITLIN WHITE: This is a face-off between a fluffy, happy song about fighting off sadness and a sad, trembling song about grasping for happiness — clearly 2014 is full of confusion.…

  3. 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…

  4. Joanna Newsom Guests On Radiohead's 'Spooks' From 'Inherent Vice' Soundtrack

    December 10, 2014 12:05 PM EST New Radiohead music you say? Well, sort of. For the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson flick Inherent Vice , Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood put a new spin on the band’s 2006 non-album track “Spooks,” with some help from the film’s star, singer-songwriter-turned-actress Joanna Newsom . Check out the…

  5. Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 20, 2014 5:53 PM EST Meanwhile, Eminem lands on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & O.T. Genasis debuts with 'CoCo.' Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica , moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  6. Beyonce Instagrams Gorgeous Pictures of Solange's Wedding

    November 17, 2014 10:06 AM EST Solange 's new husband Alan Ferguson  officially put a ring on it over the weekend, and the pictures from the ceremony -- would we expect anything less from the Knowles family? -- are gorgeous.  Thankfully, Solange's big sister Beyonce (Maybe you've heard of her?) was there…

  7. Sugarhill Gang Rapper Dead at 57

    November 11, 2014 12:18 PM EST Sugarhill Gang rapper Big Bank Hank -- born Henry Jackson -- has died at age 57. TMZ first reported the news , which  Rolling Stone later confirmed . Jackson was suffering from cancer and passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The Bronx-born rapper was one of hip-hop's…

  8. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Fifth Harmony to Spandau Ballet

    November 07, 2014 3:10 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Billy Currington "Don't It" Mercury Records "Baby, don't say no so quick/This ain't about me trying to see how far that I can get," the ever-smooth Billy Currington purrs on "Don't It."…

  9. Borgeous, Feat. Wiz Khalifa, Waka Flocka Flame & DJ Whoo Kid, 'Toast': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 05, 2014 1:18 PM EST Borgeous continues to flex his DJ and production skills. He's teamed up with Wiz Khalifa , Waka Flocka Flame and DJ Whoo Kid for his latest song, "Toast." Check out a stream of "Toast" below, exclusively premiered here on The Juice and Code: "Toast"…

  10. Billboard Cover: Lorde on Her ‘Hero’ Kanye West, the ‘Hunger Games’ Soundtrack and Hype-Proofing Her Career

    October 31, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On this mid-October Friday, San Diego State University's campus looks like a certain kind of college-goer's paradise: guys in flip-flops and their tanned female counterparts lounge in the sunbaked quad, chatting about weekend plans, while dudes practice mixed martial arts…

  11. The Juice Podcast: Kehlani & BJ the Chicago Kid Talk Upcoming Projects & Career Start

    October 24, 2014 3:40 PM EDT Every October, rising artists take advantage of the Big Apple's annual CMJ Music Marathon to flex their talent to those outside their regional borders or simply late. I took advantage of the festival myself and invited two singer-songwriters in town to join me and my co-host Steven…

  12. Exclusive: Chance the Rapper Reveals New Album 'Surf,' Working With Frank Ocean & J. Cole

    October 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT 0 Chance and the Social Experiment are aiming to drop 'Surf' for free by the end of the year. In the year and a half since he released his breakout mixtape, Acid Rap , Chance the Rapper has charted a remarkable course. Forgoing signing with a major label, the Chicago…

  13. Exclusive: Snoop Dogg Prepping New Pharrell-Produced Album For I Am Other/Columbia

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Now that Snoop Dogg ’s ended his Instagram feud with Iggy Azalea -- thanks to her mentor T.I. -- some other news has emerged about the prolific rapper. His next project will be released via Pharrell ’s I Am Other and Columbia Records. Billboard Cover: Why The Managers of Madonna, Miley,…

  14. Jessie J Premieres Steamy 2 Chainz-Assisted 'Burnin' Up' Video

    October 08, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Jessie J brings the heat in the music video for her  2 Chainz  collabo,  "Burnin’ Up." Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More Surrounded by crystalized water and glistening, shirtless men, the U.K. pop singer seduces and flexes…

  15. ACL 2014's 10 Best Moments: Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Matthew McConaughey & More

    October 06, 2014 3:42 PM EDT marked the second year that Austin City Limits stands as a two-weekend festival, and round one (which wrapped on Sunday, Oct. 5) featured larger crowds in Zilker Park and more bass drops than ever, thanks to the noticeably larger influx of dance/electronic acts on the bill this year.…

  16. Drake Presents His 'Hood Grammys' on Instagram

    October 05, 2014 10:45 PM EDT Drake dropped his own "Hood Grammys" on the world Sunday with five Instagram posts, giving props to his favorite rap releases from the past year.  Would Drake Work on Music With LeBron James? The hip-hop star began by honoring Bobby Shmurda with "Vocal Performance of the…

  17. Check Out Kanye West Balling With an NBA Star

    October 03, 2014 9:42 AM EDT Kanye West and Kobe Bryant are just a couple veterans looking to stay on top of their game. In that spirit, they hit the court on Oct. 1 to flex their brands, pose for the camera, and maybe shoot some hoops, too. Front row seats all summer long. Excited to see the Black Mamba return to the…

  18. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  19. Wu-Tang Clan & Lil’ Kim Reign in Brooklyn: Live Review

    September 22, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Nostalgia was the selling point at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Sept. 19, when hip-hop magazine The Source held its inaugural SOURCE360 variety concert to commemorate its 25th anniversary. While relative newcomers Curren$y and Dom Kennedy opened the evening, it was the electric sets…

  20. Jennifer Hudson, 'JHUD': Track-by-Track Review

    September 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT It's a difficult time for female R&B singers -- right now, Tinashe , Beyoncé and Jhené Aiko are the only three in the top 25 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts -- and veterans face an especially tough market. Ashanti released an album earlier this year that sold 28,000 copies in its…

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