1. Hear FKA Twigs Cover Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’

    September 06, 2014 1:43 PM EDT FKA Twigs also performed “Two Weeks,” from her debut album "LP1." R&B experimentalist FKA Twigs put a unique twist on Sam Smith ’s hit song “Stay With Me” during an in-studio performance for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. Robert Pattinson & FKA Twigs Are Dating “There was one…

  2. Late Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly to Receive Honor at Hip-Hop Gala

    September 06, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Proceeds will go to music scholarships for students at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Former Kriss Kross rapper Chris Kelly will be honored at the first annual Live and Die for Hip-Hop Black Out gala. Chris Kelly of Kris Kross Died of Drug Overdose: Medical Examiner The event will…

  3. CeeLo Green Dropped From Louisiana Festival Lineup

    September 06, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Cee Lo Green has been dropped as the headline act of an annual Louisiana music festival following his brush with the law . How CeeLo Green’s Career Can Be Saved The Grammy-winning singer, rapper and producer was scheduled to headline the Gretna Heritage Festival in Gretna, La., on Oct. 5.…

  4. Hear Mary J. Blige's Team-Up With Disclosure & Sam Smith 'Right Now'

    September 05, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Mary J. Blige recently announced a new record called The London Sessions that will feature collaborations with Disclosure and Sam Smith , and on Friday (Sept. 5), she dropped the first taste with the smooth and compelling "Right Now." The track was produced by Disclosure and co…

  5. Curren$y, P. Reign & Lil Bibby: Free Music Round Up

    September 05, 2014 5:45 PM EDT This week's free music includes an EP from Curren$y , who is currently sitting at No. 13 on Billboard's Trending 140 chart, a mixtape from Drake 's friend P. Reign and Lil Bibby 's follow-up to his acclaimed mixtape Free Crack . Curren$y, Saturday Night Car Tunes (EP) In…

  6. Jay Z Argues Sound Engineer's Song Rights Lawsuit Came Too Late

    September 05, 2014 5:08 PM EDT Jay also explains why Chauncey Mahan shouldn't be considered a joint author of 45 songs. Jay Z has filed a motion to dismiss Chauncey Mahan 's lawsuit that asks a judge to declare the sound engineer to be a joint author of 45 songs, including "Big Pimpin" and "Things…

  7. The Juice Podcast: Jeezy, Jhene Aiko & Ariana Grande's 'My Everything'

    September 05, 2014 4:50 PM EDT It's a great week for new music in the R&B and rap realms. This week, Jeezy released his studio album, Seen It All : The Autobiography, while another Def Jam Recordings artist, Jhene Aiko , unleashed a stream of her first major label debut, Souled Out , on iTunes. For this week'…

  8. DJ Mustard Talks Opening for Skrillex & Working With Diplo

    September 05, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Hot hip-hop producer down to join EDM duo in Jack U. Life is really good right now for producer DJ Mustard . The 24-year-old from Compton, Calif., who most people got to know as YG 's DJ, is stepping quickly into the limelight on his own with a string of hit singles he's produced…

  9. CeeLo Green Dropped From Navy Concert Lineup Following Rape Tweets

    September 05, 2014 4:05 PM EDT The losses keep mounting for CeeLo Green in the wake of his shameful comments about rape. On Friday (Sept. 5), the singer was dropped from a United States Navy-sponsored concert planned for Sept. 20 in Washington, D.C. "Unfortunately, one of the performers we signed for the JBAB Freedom…

  10. Kanye West Reveals First Adidas Sneaker Coming This Fall

    September 05, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Nearly a year after breaking up with Nike and hooking up with Adidas , Kanye West revealed his union with the shoe giant is about to birth its first child: The Yeezy III sneaker. Awww. During his Thursday concert in Perth, Yeezus made the announcement during one of his patented mid-show…

  11. Beyonce Shares Behind-the-Scenes VMA Rehearsal Video Featuring Blue Ivy

    September 05, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Still thinking about Beyonce 's 15-minute VMA performance? In honor of Flashback Friday, Beyonce posted a behind-the-scenes video about how her already-iconic performance came together. No surprise, the clip -- which showcases the nearly 50 dancers the show requried -- features some last…

  12. Jeezy on Ferguson: '13-Year-Olds Holding Molotovs? That's Not Supposed to Happen'

    September 05, 2014 12:00 PM EDT On Aug. 24, rapper Jeezy , born Jay Jenkins , and five associates were arrested on felony gun charges after -authorities found an AK-47 on his tour bus. The police were investigating the death of an attendee of Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa ’s Under the Influence of Music Tour ( Eric Johnson , 38),…

  13. Watch Jeezy & Future Perform 'No Tears' With The Roots on 'Tonight Show'

    September 05, 2014 10:08 AM EDT Jeezy also pays tribute to Joan Rivers during his performance Jeezy is out promoting a new studio album, Seen It All: The Autobiography , one of hip-hop’s most anticipated releases of 2014. On Sept. 4, he stopped by The Tonight Show for a one-of-a-kind performance of album cut “No Tears.”…

  14. Hip-Hop Activist Talib Kweli on Ferguson: 'There Needs to Be an All-Out Revolution' to Change Racism

    September 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT I am a child of the civil rights movement. My parents met in 1969. They attended New York University together and protested the Vietnam War. My mother got into NYU thanks to a scholarship that was established in Dr. Martin Luther King’s name the year that he was murdered. Because my parents…

  15. Billboard Cover: Chris Brown Opens Up About Rihanna, Jail & Accepting Life as a 'Learning Experience'

    September 05, 2014 9:00 AM EDT On Aug. 13, a high spirited Chris Brown gave Billboard his first formal interview since leaving jail in June. Kicked back in front of a control board at Hollywood’s hot Chalice Recording Studios, a vintage-gear-stuffed space favored by young artists, the 25-year-old was taking a…

  16. Ja Rule to Star in MTV Family Docu-Series 'Follow the Rules'

    September 04, 2014 7:04 PM EDT Rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule is set to turn the spotlight on his family. MTV has handed out a straight-to-series order for docuseries Follow the Rules , The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Nick & Drew Lachey's New Reality Series 'Lachey's Bar' Gets Greenlight From MTV…

  17. Kem's 'Promise' Tops R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    September 04, 2014 6:59 PM EDT R&B singer Kem earns his second No. 1, while Eminem blasts onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'Guts Over Glory,' featuring Sia. Kem collects his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as  Promise to Love: Album IV  arrives with 52,000 units sold in the week ending Aug. 31,…

  18. Watch Jennifer Lopez & Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' Video Teaser

    September 04, 2014 5:09 PM EDT Nicki Minaj ' s "Anaconda" has some competition. Jennifer Lopez just posted a tease of the video for her "Booty" remix, featuring Iggy Azalea , and, no surprise, the clip focuses on one particular ass -et of the two women. The steamy 30-second preview shows the…

  19. Chris Brown's Billboard Cover Tease: 'I Hope That I Am Not Defined By Just A Few Moments In My Life'

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Just hours after receiving a positive probation progress report in a Los Angeles courtroom, Chris Brown candidly spoke with Billboard for our latest cover story, opening up about his upcoming sixth album, X , and what life was like for him behind bars. Less than two weeks later, Brown was at…

  20. NFL Players Talk Music: What's On Their Pre-Game Playlists?

    September 04, 2014 5:00 PM EDT A brand new NFL season kicks off tonight, as the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Super Bowl-contending Green Bay Packers in a nationally-televised game. There will be plenty of live music in and around Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden…

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