1. Macklemore's 'Complex' Cover Story: 5 Things We Learned

    July 28, 2015 3:13 PM EDT Courtesy Photo Macklemore , who's been fairly quiet since finishing promotion and tours for his 2012 smash album The Heist , broke his silence in a new cover story for the August/September 2015 issue of  Complex . In the story, he discusses his growing family, his next album and the…

  2. Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' Has Become an AC Hit… Without Wiz Khalifa

    July 22, 2015 4:00 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 soundtrack smash "See You Again" has become an adult contemporary radio hit, bulleting for a second week at its No. 15 highpoint on Billboard 's AC chart . Um, small detail: The pop/rap hit has crossed over essentially without Wiz Khalifa, the…

  3. Panic! at the Disco, Drake Hit Top 10 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks Chart

    July 16, 2015 1:30 PM EDT The rock group glorifies the top 10 with "Hallelujah," while Drake's "Energy" video helps the track bounce back. Plus, Taylor Swift helps boost a newcomer. Rock group Panic! at the Disco blasts onto Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks (dated July 25) at No. 7 with …

  4. Jidenna & Kendrick Lamar Party With Janelle Monae in 'Classic Man' Remix Video: Watch

    July 15, 2015 2:36 PM EDT In case the original "Classic Man" wasn't enough, Jidenna and Kendrick Lamar now have a remix and video to strut their style a little further. The two take their track to the West Coast, where they join Wondaland Records founder and singer Janelle Monae . Singer-Rapper Jidenna…

  5. Kendrick Lamar Sued Over 'Blacker the Berry' Single Artwork

    July 13, 2015 6:44 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar is being sued for allegedly using a photograph without permission to promote the his single "The Blacker the Berry," off of his latest album,  To Pimp A Butterfly . Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Vince Staples & Meek Mill: 2015 Is Rap's Best Year in Recent Memory …

  6. Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Vince Staples & Meek Mill: 2015 Is Rap's Best Year in Recent Memory (Opinion)

    July 13, 2015 4:30 PM EDT This is the year that the biggest hip-hop records stopped pandering & repeating and returned to disturbing & pioneering. It's no quiet sentiment that 2014 was far from a banner year for hip-hop, where full-length albums are concerned. Most of hip-hop's A-List sat the year…

  7. Meek Mill Vaults to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    July 09, 2015 5:15 PM EDT As his album "Dreams Worth More Than Money" arrives, the rapper dethrones Taylor Swift at No. 1. Meek Mill is the new top musical act in the U.S., vaulting to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 (dated July 18), as the arrival of his new album fuels his vault to the top. The rapper…

  8. Demi Lovato's 'Summer' Sizzles on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks

    July 09, 2015 4:51 PM EDT The pop singer is off to a hot start for "Cool for the Summer," while new music videos race Rihanna & Kendrick Lamar into the top 10. Pop star Demi Lovato heats up the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (dated July 18) as “Cool for the Summer” bows at No. 3. The seasonal…

  9. Wiz Khalifa's 'See You Again' Still the No. 1 Song of the Summer… So Far

    July 07, 2015 11:40 AM EDT At roughly the one-third mark through summer, the collab with Charlie Puth has led the Songs of the Summer chart in each of the list's first five weeks. Just past July 4th barbecuing, the race for 2015's top song of the summer continues to smolder. Not that there's any dispute…

  10. The Game Teams Up With Migos to Get 'Everybody On The Floor': Listen Now

    July 07, 2015 10:35 AM EDT The Game continues on his apparent quest to work with all 2015's hottest rappers with "Everybody On The Floor," a new single featuring Atlanta trap all-stars Migos . The Game Wins Sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Like his earlier singles with Drake and DeJ Loaf , "…

  11. Director Colin Tilley Explains Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright' Video

    July 05, 2015 3:02 PM EDT Colin Tilley, the director of Kendrick Lamar 's new "Alright" video, recently sat down with MTV for a lengthy interview about the making of the striking clip. Apparently the whole visual was built around one idea: seeing Kendrick fly. Tilley told MTV , "[Kendrick's…

  12. Kendrick Lamar Responds to Geraldo Rivera: 'Hip-Hop Is Not the Problem, Our Reality Is'

    July 02, 2015 8:21 PM EDT "How can you take a song that's about hope and turn it into hatred?" asked Kendrick Lamar in a response to Geraldo Rivera's criticisms of his BET performance and hip-hop in general. "The overall message is 'We gonna be alright.' It's not the message of…

  13. Puff Daddy, Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar & Lil Wayne: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 56

    July 02, 2015 6:50 PM EDT Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show Real-Time Rewind, which recaps the past week's notable trends on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts --Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. This week's episode takes place at the…

  14. Kendrick Lamar Sees the World in Black-and-White in 'Alright' Video: Watch

    June 30, 2015 6:07 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar dropped a music video for his latest single "Alright" on Tuesday (June 30). The song comes from To Pimp a Butterfly , his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The nearly seven-minute-long video directed by Colin Tilley and The Little Homies is filmed entirely…

  15. Geraldo Rivera on Fox News: Kendrick Lamar's BET Awards Performance Sends 'Exactly the Wrong Message'

    June 30, 2015 3:58 PM EDT Geraldo Rivera and other news anchors took to Fox News' The Five segment on Tuesday (June 30) to discuss Kendrick Lamar 's powerful performance of "Alright" at the 2015 BET Awards -- and they weren't impressed. 2015 BET Awards: Puffy's Salute to Bad Boy; Smokey…

  16. 2015 BET Awards: Puffy's Salute to Bad Boy; Smokey Robinson, Janet Jackson Tributes Ring In Show's 15th Anniversary

    June 29, 2015 3:18 AM EDT The BET Awards pulled out all the stops to celebrate its 15th anniversary Sunday night (June 28) at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. Between anticipated tributes to Janet Jackson and Smokey Robinson to a roof-raising tribute to 20 years of Diddy’s Bad Boy -- with a let’s-squash-the-beef moment…

  17. BET Experience 2015: N.W.A Reunites, Kendrick Lamar Gives Commanding Performance in L.A.

    June 28, 2015 11:58 AM EDT Maybe Dr. Dre didn't join Ice Cube , MC Ren and DJ Yella for the highly anticipated N.W.A. reunion. But rap fans were treated to another history-making event -- the legend-building ascendance of Kendrick Lamar -- at the third and final Staples Center concert of BET Experience at L.A.…

  18. Exclusive: Janelle Monae, Robin Thicke, Kelly Rowland And More Join BET Awards Lineup

    June 24, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Janelle Monae , Robin Thicke , K. Michelle , Tyga and Jidenna are the latest additions to the performer lineup at the 2015 BET Awards. Also announced today as presenters are Grammy winner Kelly Rowland and Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Celebrating its 15 th anniversary,…

  19. Raury Brings His Unique Mash Of Genres To The Highline Ballroom: Live Review

    June 23, 2015 1:30 PM EDT Raury , a 19-year-old singer-songwriter, emerged in 2014 with a story like an artistic fairy-tale. He played foot-stomping folk speckled with hip-hop, which seemed to situate him a long way from pop's center. But the center made room, scooped him up, and showered him with praise. His…

  20. Miguel Chooses His Path (Sort Of) on 'Wildheart': Album Review

    June 23, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Ever since his 2012 breakthrough hit single "Adorn," Miguel Pimentel has faced a contradiction: There's the 21st-century loverman vibe much of his public wants him to incarnate -- a new-generation R. Kelly, without the repellent baggage -- and the more eclectic, left-field…

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