1. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems…

  2. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  3. Ferguson Protest Songs Impact Real-Time Charts

    August 28, 2014 7:28 PM EDT The Game's 'Don't Shoot' is the latest Ferguson-related viral track to chart high on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tally. The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 have been an important topic of online conversation on Twitter,…

  4. Where Is Pop's Response to Ferguson?

    August 28, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As chaos raged in Missouri, most of pop's brightest stars said nothing about the situation. Why didn't anyone want to speak? "For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri," Common said at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug. 24…

  5. Exclusive: Marc Anthony and Other Salsa Legends Share Memories of Legendary Label Fania Records

    August 28, 2014 2:47 PM EDT In this oral history, salsa legends share their memories -- good and bad -- of the most important tropical music label of all time During the early 1960s, Johnny Pacheco was riding high on Cuban-based Latin music. Dominican-born and New York-raised, Pacheco was a Juilliard-trained multi…

  6. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  7. It's Time to Stop Comparing Ariana Grande to Mariah Carey

    August 27, 2014 3:37 PM EDT With her sophomore album, the "Problem" singer no longer resembles the elusive chanteuse -- and that's okay. From the moment her breakthrough single "The Way" set her career framework, Ariana Grande has operated in the shadow of a giant: Mariah Carey. Yours Truly ,…

  8. Ariana Grande Expands on 'My Everything': Track-By-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:57 PM EDT Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly was released almost exactly a year ago, and over the past 12 months, the former Nickelodeon star has transformed from pop artist you ought to know to an undeniable superstar, with three singles in the Top 10 of the current Hot 100 chart , a slot…

  9. Ed Sheeran: I Recorded Two Songs with David Guetta

    August 25, 2014 1:41 AM EDT The 23-year-old tells Billboard that he was in the studio with the dance maestro. Before Ed Sheeran took the MTV Video Music Awards stage to accept his first-ever VMA for Best Male Video for "Sing," the U.K. singer-songwriter dished to Billboard on his most recent collaboration.…

  10. Chris Brown’s ‘X’ Track List: Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Trey Songz & More

    August 24, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Chris Brown's new album will be released on Sept. 16 through RCA. Chris Brown’s long-delayed sixth album, X , will feature guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar , R. Kelly , Trey Songz , Akon and Brandy , among others. Brown has already released several new tracks for the forthcoming…

  11. Rewinding The Charts: 50 Years Ago, The Supremes' Reign Began

    August 22, 2014 8:05 AM EDT The legendary Motown girl group scored the first of 12 Hot 100 No. 1s on Aug. 22, 1964 There are girl groups, and then there are the Supremes. 50 years ago, Florence Ballard, then 21, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson (both 20), became Motown's brightest stars, notching their first No. 1 single…

  12. Step Inside Bristol's Newly-Opened Birthplace of Country Music Museum

    August 21, 2014 7:34 PM EDT Long before Nashville became established as a recording center for country music, there were a few historic sessions that took place outside of Music City. Perhaps the most important took place about 300 miles to the east in Bristol, TN. Bristol is celebrating its role in the history of…

  13. Tank Is 'Stronger' Than Ever at No. 1

    August 21, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Plus: Drake gets his 32nd Rap Airplay hit, Chris Brown's 'New Flame' flies up the charts and Watsky grabs a top 10 debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Tank Takes No. 1:  R&B singer Tank caps the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart as  Stronger  enters at No. 1 with just under…

  14. MTV VMAs' 15 Craziest Moments of All Time

    August 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When you get the world’s biggest pop stars together in the same room, egos are bound to mix in unexpected ways. Broadcasting that live, a la the VMAs? You're just asking for fireworks. As you prepare for what will undoubtedly be another eye-popping MTV Video Music Awards, look back…

  15. Exclusive: The Supremes' Mary Wilson Talks No. 1 Single 'Where Did Our Love Go' 50 Years Later

    August 20, 2014 10:52 AM EDT The singer reveals why the trio didn’t care for the song, how they felt about Motown’s other girl groups and how a Billboard chart-topper changed their lives. Before Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard became the most successful girl group of the rock era, Motown released eight…

  16. Charles M. Young, Punk Rock Journalist, Dead at 63

    August 19, 2014 8:44 PM EDT Rock journalist Charles M. Young, who joined Rolling Stone magazine in 1976 and championed New York's CBGB punk scene at its inception, died of cancer on Monday, Aug. 18. Young's passing follows a year-and-a-half battle with with a stage four brain tumor, he was 63.  At Rolling…

  17. Bow Wow to Co-Star in 'CSI: Cyber'

    August 19, 2014 3:49 PM EDT Rapper joins Patricia Arquette in the 'CSI' spinoff. Rapper and actor Bow Wow, born Shad Moss, has been cast as a series regular on the CBS spinoff CSI: Cyber , the network announced Tuesday (Aug. 19). Moss will play 19-year-old hacker Brody "Baby Face" Nelson. A cyber…

  18. Gloria and Emilio Estefan Broadway Show Sets Launch Date, Opens Twitter Casting Call

    August 18, 2014 4:17 PM EDT The pair's worldwide -- Twitter-based -- casting search begins today. On Your Feet! , the previously announced Broadway musical based on the life of Latin music power couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan , is slated to premiere on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Marquis Theatre in New York City.…

  19. Ed Sheeran Taps Rick Ross for 'Don't' Remix: Listen

    August 18, 2014 11:58 AM EDT Rick Ross has awkwardly remixed some decisively non-hip-hop fare before -- remember his re-imagining of Lorde's "Royals" last year? Now Rozay is back to help his scat-rapping pal Ed Sheeran with a new version of "Don't," the second single from Sheeran's x…

  20. Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

    August 18, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40, a format that was itself a one-time halfway point between top 40 and R&B radio. It worked well for KAMP (97.1 Amp Radio) Los…

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