1. 'Rising Star': Ludacris on Voting Honestly, 'I Ain't Afraid!'

    June 23, 2014 7:59 PM EDT While not all of "Rising Star"'s first crop of contestants won over America with a qualifying vote, one expert in particular might be rubbing audiences the wrong way: Ludacris. And he doesn't mind at all. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It…

  2. Rick Ross 'Prevented And Threatened' From Performing At Hot 107.5 Summer Jamz: Report

    June 23, 2014 1:58 PM EDT Rick Ross was reportedly denied entry to Detroit's Hot 107.5's Summer Jamz concert on Saturday (June 21), where he was scheduled to perform. When he approached the Chene Park Amphitheater, Hot 107.5's program director Jay Hicks says Rick Ross was "met by 100 individuals…

  3. Sam Smith Apologizes For Canceling U.K. Fest Set Over Vocal Issues

    June 23, 2014 10:45 AM EDT "This is the first show I've ever had to cancel and I am praying that it is the last," writes the "Stay With Me" singer. An extremely busy schedule surrounding the release of Sam Smith's debut album "In the Lonely Hour" apparently caught up with the…

  4. Robin Thicke Sends Apologetic Texts In 'Get Her Back' Video: Watch

    June 23, 2014 10:34 AM EDT Robin Thicke is willing to do everything in his power to get his estranged wife, Paula Patton, back. Robin Thicke Debuts 'Get Her Back' at Billboard Music Awards (Video) After debuting his apologetic single, "Get Her Back," at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, the singer…

  5. The Man Behind Jay-Z and Mariah Carey's New Beverages: Going to 'Disrupt the Consumer Package Goods Market'

    June 22, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Jay-Z and Mariah Carey-brand drinks are coming to a Walgreens and Duane Reade store near you.  Carey's "Butterfly" pink lemonade and Jay-Z's "40/40" Arnold Palmer-like drink are hoping the "disrupt the consumer package goods market" says Kevin Liles of…

  6. Kanye West Plays Surprise Set at Dave Chappelle's Radio City Show

    June 21, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Kanye West seems to be feeling a lot better after a complicated Bonnaroo set and burying the hatchet with his wedding photographer: the rapper surprised fans at Dave Chappelle's show last night (Friday) at Radio City Music Hall, where the comedian is performing a nine-date run. Complex…

  7. Lorde Responds to Iggy Azalea’s Criticism of Her Nirvana Rock Hall Tribute

    June 21, 2014 3:35 PM EDT Lorde has responded to critical comments made by Iggy Azalea to Billboard about her performance with the surviving members of Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April. Iggy Azalea On Lorde's Nirvana Rock Hall Tribute: 'She Is Not Kurt Cobain's…

  8. Shooting Involving ScHoolboy Q Likely Not Random, Authorities Say

    June 21, 2014 1:55 PM EDT A shooting involving rapper ScHoolboy Q after a concert at the historic Red Rocks amphitheater west of Denver was likely not a random act of violence, authorities said Saturday. "This is not just a coincidence. We think there is probably more to it than that," said Jacki Kelley, a…

  9. 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…

  10. Ab-Soul Talks About the Duality of 'These Days' Album & Danny Brown's Advice

    June 20, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Ab-Soul is focused on his own — in between jugs of cough syrup, mid-conversation naps and fights with his own label. His raps frequently evoke higher consciousness, but Ab-Soul is only half-awake — if that. It's 11:15 a.m. on a Saturday and the self-described "Black Lip Bastard…

  11. ScHoolboy Q May Have Been Target of Red Rocks Shooting

    June 20, 2014 4:10 PM EDT Rapper ScHoolboy Q was in a vehicle that was fired on after a concert at the popular Red Rocks outdoor amphitheater in Colorado, but he was not injured, investigators said Friday. Three other people were hurt in the shooting late Thursday in the parking lot at Red Rocks, but their injuries…

  12. The Juice Podcast: Kanye West's Bonnaroo Set, Lil Wayne's Two 2014 Albums & Drake's '0 to 100'

    June 20, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Also, will Frank Ocean pull a Beyoncé, and drop his sophomore album out of nowhere? The Juice Podcast discusses. On the eighth episode of The Juice Podcast, Billboard's own – Jason Lipshutz (Pop Editor) and Brad Weté (Features Editor) – join me to discuss a few of this week's…

  13. Russell Simmons Shooting TV Pilot, Producing Rap Opera & Spending Millions on Movies

    June 20, 2014 11:38 AM EDT The hip-hop mogul looks to "reintegrate Hollywood" Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat. The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles early in 2014. Now, he is…

  14. Lana Del Rey, Maroon 5 & Ab-Soul: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Video Show Ep. 3 (Watch)

    June 20, 2014 10:57 AM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  15. Michael Jackson 'Hologram' Show Triggers New Lawsuit

    June 20, 2014 4:32 AM EDT It's now been a month since a Michael Jackson recreation at the Billboard Music Awards earned heavy buzz. In the days leading up to the spectacle, Hologram USA, owned by firebrand entrepreneur Alki David, attempted to stop it by claiming it infringed patented hologram technology that…

  16. Kanye West Retracts Negative Comments on Photographer Annie Leibovitz

    June 20, 2014 3:50 AM EDT Kanye West is back at it again, this time backtracking on recent comments he made about photographer Annie Leibovitz while speaking at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, claiming his remarks "have been taken out of context and sensationalized." He told the…

  17. G-Eazy's Hot Rap Songs Debut, Jeremih Returns With 'Don't Tell 'Em'

    June 19, 2014 6:13 PM EDT G-Eazy scores first Hot Rap Songs hit with 'Lotta That,' Jeremih debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'Don't Tell 'Em' California rapper G-Eazy makes his Hot Rap Songs debut with "Lotta That," featuring A$AP Ferg and Danny Seth, arriving at No. 21.…

  18. Beyonce Lands HBO Series of Mrs. Carter World Tour Concert Segments

    June 19, 2014 2:14 PM EDT "Beyoncé: X10" will feature four-minute performances from her Mrs. Carter World Tour ahead of the final episodes of "True Blood" Beyoncé is heading back to HBO. Following her 2013 documentary "Life Is But a Dream," Beyoncé will return to the premium network for…

  19. Nicki Minaj, John Legend & More To Perform At 2014 BET Awards

    June 19, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Tracy Morgan will not be attending the award show following his accident. He's recovering. After killing her performance at Hot 97's Summer Jam on June 1, Nicki Minaj will grace the stage at the 2014 BET Awards. The Juice Podcast 6/13/14: Nicki Minaj's 'The Pink Print,&…

  20. Carnegie Hall Concert Honors Black History

    June 19, 2014 11:39 AM EDT In a rehearsal room near Times Square this week, some two dozen men with Broadway-honed voices huddled to strategize. They were practicing choral work ahead of a landmark concert Monday at the mighty Carnegie Hall, and creator-producer Chapman Roberts knew what those voices will be facing. …

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