1. Jay-Z Heading for Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 17, 2013 7:03 PM EDT "Magna Carta Holy Grail" should top Sara Bareilles' new "The Blessed Unrest." Next week, Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" should become the first rap album in nearly two years to spend two weeks at No. 1. While it's too early to tell just how…

  2. Lil Wayne Releases 'God Bless Amerika' Video

    July 16, 2013 10:08 AM EDT Lil Wayne's bleak video for "God Bless Amerika," released by the rapper on Monday night, is filled with scenes of urban devastation in his native Hollygrove, New Orleans. There are closeup views of poverty, decked-out riot police and abandoned homes, one with "They…

  3. Cory Monteith: Thoughts on Losing 'Glee's Heartbeat

    July 14, 2013 11:00 PM EDT "Finn was our hero, our everyman" Early Sunday morning (late Saturday night on the west coast) my phone began to light up with text messages. First it was rumors that "Glee" star Cory Monteith had passed away, and then came condolences once the Vancouver police…

  4. Kanye West 'Black Skinhead' CGI Video Lands Online

    July 08, 2013 8:07 PM EDT Watch the dark, leaked lead video from West's "Yeezus" album. The first video from Kanye West's "Yeezus" has arrived. A CGI video for West's "Black Skinhead" emerged online on Monday, though the video appears to be an accidental leak, landing via…

  5. Loud Fashion: A Q&A with Jam Master Jay’s Son and Stylish DJ, TJ Mizel

    July 02, 2013 2:23 PM EDT Growing up in NYC, the birthplace of hip-hop, can be quite inspiring for a young DJ. Take that and couple it with being the son of one of the most influential artists in hip-hop history, Jam Master Jay of Run DMC, and you get a cool and authentic take on music mixing. TJ Mizel of Scratch…

  6. Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus & Clearing Up Blurred Lines in Music Videos (Opinion)

    June 25, 2013 1:15 PM EDT What the "Blurred Lines" video gets (kind of) wrong, the "We Can't Stop" video gets (completely) right "To my homegirls here with the big butts/Shaking it like we at a strip club/Remember only God can judge us, forget the haters, 'cause somebody loves…

  7. Aussie Rapper 360 Plays With All-Star Line-up on New Album, Bound for Lollapalooza

    June 21, 2013 3:39 AM EDT Two years ago, Australian rapper 360 could walk into any pub in his own country for a quiet drink. Not any more. The tall, heavily tattooed artist is already hard to miss. But he’s become a national star since his sophomore album, “Falling & Flying”, exploded Down Under on its release…

  8. Lil Wayne: 'I Didn't Step On the Flag On Purpose'

    June 18, 2013 11:48 AM EDT Lil Wayne stirred up controversy yesterday (June 17) when behind-the-scenes footage of his upcoming "God Bless Amerika" video hit the Internet. The one-minute clip shows Lil Wayne rapping before an American flag and surrounded by an assembly of Hollygrove, New Orleans locals. As…

  9. APRA Music Awards for Tame Impala, Sia, Timomatic

    June 18, 2013 5:27 AM EDT Tame Impala, Sia Furler, Timomatic, 360 and Hilltop Hoods were among the big winners Monday night at the APRA Music Awards in Melbourne. Kevin Parker’s psychedelic rockers Tame Impala added to their impressive collection of industry-plaudits with the most prestigious APRA Awards category,…

  10. The 10 'Baddest Females' in K-Pop

    June 17, 2013 6:00 PM EDT "This is for my bad girls all over the world. Not bad meaning bad, but bad meaning good, you know?" -CL Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce, Christina, Shakira... the top divas of the West all ooze sex appeal and confidence. The same is not true in South Korea as most top acts have an…

  11. Miley Cyrus 2.0: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 14, 2013 12:05 PM EDT In control of her sound and image, Miley is mixing hip-hop edge with country twang, and storming the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Can't Stop" This is an excerpt. For the complete story,  buy this week's issue  of Billboard. "This is the worst spot to stand."…

  12. CODER Picks of the Week: Lucas Nord & Tove Lo, Helix, Alex Sibley & More

    June 07, 2013 2:57 PM EDT Each Friday, the CODE crew reviews their favorite dance tracks of the week. Listen to the cuts below, and see what Kerri, Zel, Jacob and Elissa have to say. Lucas Nord featuring Tove Lo: “Run On Love (Radio Edit)”   The bright chords that open this tune, leading directly to Tove Lo’s Sia…

  13. Chart Highlights: Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift Take 'Highway' To No. 1 On Country Airplay

    June 03, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Seven years after Swift arrived with "Tim McGraw" - the song - the pair rules Country Airplay. Plus, Capital Cities take over atop Alternative Songs Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest…

  14. The Seed: A$AP Ferg, Wu-Tang Clan, The Weeknd & More

    May 20, 2013 10:00 AM EDT After weeks of anticipation, A$AP Mob’s second-in-command, A$AP Ferg, lets loose the remix to his breakout song,“Work." The remix features verses from French Montana, Trinidad James, ScHoolboy Q, and of course, A$AP Rocky. The song's accompanying video, premiered on May 14, has…

  15. Mariah Carey Scores 27th Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Hit, Fourth-Most For a Woman

    May 16, 2013 7:27 PM EDT With a 39-7 catapult on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, "#Beautiful," featuring Miguel, becomes the 27th top 10 hit for Mariah Carey. The singer was previously tied with Whitney Houston for the fourth-most top 10s all-time for a female but now claims the position all to herself. Ahead…

  16. The Seed: Ace Hood, French Montana, 2 Chainz & More

    May 14, 2013 1:04 PM EDT A slew of remixes hit the 'net this past week in attempt to extend the life of several chart-climbing songs. B.o.B’s "We Still in this Bitch," which sits at its peak of No. 19 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, receives the remix treatment with new verses from Young Jeezy, Young…

  17. Gucci Mane Pleads Not Guilty in Club Assault

    May 14, 2013 9:10 AM EDT Gucci Mane has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge stemming from an altercation with a fan at a downtown Atlanta nightclub. The rapper, whose real name is Radric Davis, was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon. An arrest warrant was issued for Gucci Mane after James Lettley of…

  18. LL Cool J Scores 13th Top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    May 09, 2013 11:04 PM EDT The rapper's "Authentic" is his first independently distributed album after a long run with Def Jam. LL Cool J’s 14th full-length release, “Authentic,” opens at No. 7 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 14,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Queens rapper has…

  19. Led Zeppelin Wouldn't Reunite for Bill Clinton

    May 06, 2013 8:30 PM EDT The former president of the United States reportedly asked the group to reform for the 12-12-12 benefit concert. It's a diplomatic failure at the highest level: Bill Clinton couldn't get Led Zeppelin to reunite. The CBS "60 Minutes Overtime" webcast reported Monday that…

  20. Tyler, the Creator Talks Mountain Dew Controversy: 'It's Not Gonna Change My Art in Any Way'

    May 02, 2013 10:25 PM EDT On Wednesday, PepsiCo removed an online ad for Mountain Dew developed by Odd Future rapper Tyler, the Creator after it was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. In the 60-second spot, a battered white woman on crutches is urged by an…

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