1. Wiz Khalifa, 'Blacc Hollywood': Track-by-Track Review

    August 19, 2014 4:50 PM EDT Since the release of his mixtape in 2005, Wiz Khalifa has evolved from a rising Pittsburgh rapper to a pop icon. While his easygoing persona makes him come off like one of hip-hop's most casual rappers, his work ethic speaks otherwise, spanning from a ceaseless touring schedule to a…

  2. Levi's Threw a Free Concert in Brooklyn Featuring Haim, Sleigh Bells

    August 07, 2014 11:54 AM EDT To attend the event, attendees just had to show up in Levi's jeans. On Tuesday (Aug. 5), Levi's hosted a free concert at New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park that featured two of the year’s hottest bands: Haim and Sleigh Bells. The event kicked off the new Live in Levi's…

  3. Chart Highlights: 'Bang Bang' Debuts, Sia, Billy Currington & Big Data Score New No. 1s

    August 04, 2014 8:13 PM EDT Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj fly onto multiple airplay lists as the trio's "Bang Bang" bounds onto Pop Songs, Rhythmic Songs and Rap Airplay. Meanwhile, an array of acts -- including Sia and Hozier -- notch new No. 1s Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select…

  4. Common Returns to No. 1, 'No Flex Zone' Flies Into Top 20

    July 31, 2014 6:40 PM EDT Common leads Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'Nobody's Smiling,' while newcomers Rae Sremmurd hit the top 20 on Hot Rap Songs with 'No Flex Zone!!' Common commandeers the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as Nobody's Smiling enters with 24,000 units sold…

  5. Nicki Minaj Gets Animated For Cartoon Network

    July 26, 2014 9:20 PM EDT Nicki Minaj has taken on a number of personas in her music, but now the MC is flexing her flair for the dramatic on the small screen. The rapper will appear on an upcoming episode of Cartoon Network's "Steven Universe." During the animated appearance, Minaj will play a…

  6. Shaq Comes Out of Rap Retirement to Get on Pharrell's 'NBA 2K15' Soundtrack

    July 25, 2014 5:16 PM EDT Could a 'Kazaam' sequel be next? When Pharrell Williams said he was "pumped and excited" to be curating the NBA 2K15 soundtrack, he probably didn't realize he'd be getting a very special submission from one Shaquille O'Neal. The artist responsible for a…

  7. Katy Perry Makes Splashy Brooklyn Debut With 'Prismatic' Tour: Live Review

    July 25, 2014 10:55 AM EDT "If you don't want to sing along," Katy Perry demanded on Thursday night (July 24), "then now is your time to leave." Positioned at the vertex of a triangular stage and swiveling her head in order to see her thousands of fans, Perry made this declaration three songs…

  8. Beyonce Channels Rosie the Riveter In Girl Power Snap

    July 23, 2014 2:37 AM EDT Despite being married to one of the biggest names in the music industry, Beyonce has always modeled herself as a strong independent woman. On Tuesday, she took it a step further by posing as cultural icon Rosie the Riveter, who became the face of female empowerment during World War II, when…

  9. August Alsina Releases Nicki Minaj-Assisted 'No Love' Remix: Listen

    July 21, 2014 5:07 PM EDT A day after August Alsina teased his collaboration with Nicki Minaj, "No Love," he releases the official full-version. "I swear this is my favorite song. I'm serious," Nicki Minaj says, before giggling. She re-appears at the latter end to softly sing and rap to Alsina…

  10. Nicki Minaj Releases 'No Flex Zone' Remix: Listen

    July 15, 2014 2:49 PM EDT Nicki Minaj released a freestyle over Rae Sremmurd's "No Flex Zone" "just 4 da fuq of it."   #NickiFreestyle 30 mins away just 4 da fuq of it http://t.co/OwMiha240p — PillsNPotions (@NICKIMINAJ) July 15, 2014   Minaj spits a boastful verse over the Mike WiLL Made…

  11. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All…

  12. Bobby Womack Dead: CeeLo Green, Flea, Big Boi, Q-Tip Pay Tribute to Soul Legend

    June 27, 2014 10:20 PM EDT As news broke of legendary soul singer Bobby Womack's death Friday at the age of 70, the music world paid tribute via social media.  Bobby Womack, Legendary Soul Singer, Dead at 70 The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — who was signed to SAR Records by Sam Cooke at an early age and went on…

  13. 30 Years Ago Today: Duran Duran's 'The Reflex' Hit No. 1 on the Hot 100

    June 23, 2014 6:07 PM EDT years ago today -- on June 23, 1984 -- Duran Duran earned its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "The Reflex." The single's success was due in large part to a remix produced by Nile Rodgers. The mega-producer reworked the original album version -- as heard on …

  14. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  15. Angie Martinez Talks Hot 97 Departure & Power 105.1 Move: Exclusive

    June 20, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Angie Martinez has broken her silence since resigning from New York City's famed radio station Hot 97 earlier this week. The radio personality, who spent two decades on-air with Hot 97, resigned earlier this week through a social networking announcement and a tearful goodbye during…

  16. Funkmaster Flex to Dame Dash Amidst Growing Beef: 'You Didn't Adapt to the Game'

    June 05, 2014 10:24 PM EDT A dispute between Funkmaster Flex and Damon "Dame" Dash has been heating up and is finally coming to a boil, with Flex calling Dash out on his Hot 97 radio show Thursday. He alleged racism and claimed Jay-Z's former manager and business partner at Roc-a-Fella Records is a "…

  17. Chuck D Blasts Hot 97’s Summer Jam As ‘Sloppy Fiasco’ Of Hip Hop Culture

    June 04, 2014 6:17 AM EDT Chuck D is not a fan of Hot 97’s Summer Jam. The outspoken Public Enemy founder has slammed the annual concert as a “sloppy fiasco” of hip hop culture, and he’s dished some choice words for its parent New York radio station and for program director and host Ebro Darden. Chuck D kicked…

  18. Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & More at Summer Jam 2014: Live Blog

    June 01, 2014 6:47 PM EDT Summer Jam – New York radio station Hot 97's annual celebration of hip-hop and R&B – is just getting under way at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The concert series, historically never short on big surprises, will be live-blogged here, so keep checking back for…

  19. 615 Spotlight: Jill & Julia Talk 'Wildfire' Single, Vegas Life

    May 29, 2014 5:05 PM EDT No pun intended, but the Nevada-based sister duo known as Jill and Julia have caused a "Wildfire" with their latest single. OK, that just happens to be the title of their brand new single release. The duo's Jill told The 615 that they are happy with the attention the song has…

  20. Chart Highlights: Justin Timberlake Passes Bruno Mars For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Solo Males

    May 26, 2014 4:35 PM EDT Timberlake tallies his seventh leader - and debuts with Michael Jackson on 'Love Never Felt So Good.' Plus, new No. 1s for Enrique Iglesias, Pop Evil and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

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