1. Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse In CRWN Interview

    March 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT "I'm approaching it like it is my last project – I think that's why it's a lot different than anything else." Lil Wayne expands on why "Tha Carter V," set for a May release, will likely be his last solo album in the first episode of his "Lil Wayne CRWN…

  2. Ice Cube Raps On Making Movies, the Grammys and N.W.A.'s Hall of Fame Snub

    March 14, 2014 12:31 AM EDT In the 20-plus years since Ice Cube decided to focus on movies, he's taken on key roles in filmmaking - acting, writing, even directing. But it's his work as a producer, with his own production company Cube Vision, that's given him the most satisfaction - and perhaps the most…

  3. Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar Team for 'It's On Again' on 'Spider-Man 2' Soundtrack

    March 11, 2014 6:47 PM EDT The Neighbourhood, Pharrell, more also to appear on April 22-released soundtrack A song written by Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar and Hans Zimmer has found its way onto the "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" soundtrack. "It's On Again," produced by Pharrell, will be…

  4. ScHoolboy Q's 'Oxymoron' Debuts at No. 1 On Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    March 05, 2014 11:00 AM EST As forecast, ScHoolboy Q's major-label debut,"Oxymoron," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 139,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the new album is ScHoolboy Q's first in a joint…

  5. Kendrick Lamar Talks Macklemore Text, Could Release New Album in 2014

    February 28, 2014 7:18 PM EST "That text surprised me, but Macklemore is a genuine dude," says Lamar, who could release his next album in September. According to Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith, plans are in motion to release a new Kendrick Lamar album this year. Lamar has also followed up on…

  6. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    February 28, 2014 12:25 PM EST Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith tell the full story of how L.A.'s unexpected indie label rewrote rap's rules It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars.…

  7. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 2:30 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tapping the sound of classic R…

  8. Arcade Fire Nominated for Three mtvU Woodie Awards

    February 14, 2014 1:02 AM EST Canadian alternative rockers Arcade Fire leads this year's mtvU Woodie Awards nominations with three. Other artists receiving multiple nominations include Oscar nominee Pharrell Williams, Jay Z, Imagine Dragons, Disclosure and Chance the Rapper, all with two apiece. Arcade Fire will vie…

  9. 7107 International Music Festival: Kendrick Lamar, Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining

    February 04, 2014 8:51 PM EST Empire of the Sun, Kaskade also set to appear at Philippines festival There's been a flux of festival announcements in the United States over the past month or so, but turns out America isn't the only country getting into the festival spirit. The 7107 International Music…

  10. J. Cole Releases 'Revenge of the Dreamers' Mixtape, Announces Dreamville Label

    January 29, 2014 11:11 AM EST J. Cole celebrated his 29th birthday in a big way. Yesterday (Jan. 29), J. Cole took to Twitter to announce the launch of his own label, Dreamville, in partnership with Interscope Records. J. Cole, 'Born Sinner': Track-By-Track Review "This shit started back in 07'…

  11. Macklemore Tells Kendrick Lamar It 'Sucks That I Robbed You' After GRAMMYs

    January 27, 2014 4:12 PM EST Macklemore and Ryan Lewis swept four wins at the 56th annual Grammy Awards Sunday evening, while Kendrick Lamar, who was nominated in seven categories, took not one Grammy home. Following his win, Macklemore sent a text message to Lamar and later posted the message on Instagram . Pop Shop…

  12. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Sweep Rap Categories at GRAMMYs

    January 27, 2014 1:55 AM EST Another year, another GRAMMY award show where influential R&B and rap categories are not televised, such as Rap Album and R&B Album. Surprising, considering the debate which arose from the moment the GRAMMY nominations were announced on December 6. Many argued on who, between…

  13. Rock Music Finds Winning Tough at GRAMMYs

    January 27, 2014 12:47 AM EST At the end of Sunday night’s ceremony, host LL Cool J noted that “here at the Grammy Awards, we never stop rockin’.” But you could have fooled us. With a paucity of major category nominations (only Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” for Record of the Year) rockers were consigned to the Rock…

  14. Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons Rock GRAMMYs With Strobe Light-Filled Collaboration: Video

    January 26, 2014 10:36 PM EST Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons hit the stage at Sunday's Grammys (Jan. 26), coming together for a head-turning (and head-pounding) team-up. GRAMMYs: News, Winners, Photos & More The artists joined forces for a mashup of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," for which…

  15. Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar to Play ESPN's Pre-Super Bowl Party

    January 17, 2014 7:54 PM EST Before the teams take to the football field, Robin Thicke and Kendrick Lamar will take center stage at the ESPN The Party. The pre-game bash will be held on Friday, Jan. 31, at the Lower Manhattan’s Pier 36/Basketball City -- just a few miles from MetLife Stadium, where Super Bowl XLVIII will…

  16. Pharrell ‘Speechless’ Ahead of Oscars, GRAMMY Awards

    January 17, 2014 1:19 AM EST A week before his big night at the Grammy Awards, Pharrell is happy — and speechless — over his Oscar nomination. The producer-rapper-singer's "Happy," from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, is nominated for best original song. "Uh, speechless," Pharrell…

  17. Pepsi Premieres Grammy Best New Artist Video Series Starring All Five Nominees (Exclusive)

    January 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST An artist's first Grammy nomination can be a life-changing event – particularly when that nod is for Best New Artist. Pepsi is amplifying its support of the 56th Grammy Best New Artist program with a series of video interviews with all five nominees – James Blake, Kendrick Lamar,…

  18. Taylor Swift, One Direction Top List of Most Charitable Stars

    December 26, 2013 3:40 PM EST Beyonce, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also hit top five Taylor Swift and One Direction are 2013’s most charitable celebrities, according to social change organization DoSomething.org. The country-pop singer tops the sixth annual Top 20 Celebs Gone Good list for the second year in a row, as she…

  19. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2013: Justin Timberlake, Drake & Macklemore Claim The Charts

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Blue-eyed soul and hip-hop. New R&B breakthroughs. Rap icons still holding it down. Those are just a few of the key takeaways from 2013 in R&B and hip-hop. Monitoring all this activity to draw a more detailed picture: a host of new R&B and rap charts. Year-End Charts: R&B/Hip…

  20. Eminem Has 10 Tracks on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    November 14, 2013 9:01 PM EST Eminem is the king of the Billboard charts this week. He not only has the No. 1 album on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, but also earns 10 concurrent songs on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. (His new "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" tops both album…

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