1. Meghan Trainor, Kendrick Lamar Rule Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 Chart With New Releases

    March 04, 2016 2:10 PM EST The first taste of Trainor's forthcoming album arrives, while Kendrick's surprise set generates eight entries. There's "no" stopping Meghan Trainor on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart, as the pop star's new single, "No," jumped to No…

  2. The Surprise Release Is A Good Strategy If You're in the One Percent of the One Percent

    March 04, 2016 1:06 PM EST Your band probably shouldn't put out an album without telling anybody in advance. The names read like a list of Grammy performers or A-list festival headliners: Beyonce, U2 , Jay Z, Radiohead , Drake , Eric Church , David Bowie , Frank Ocean , D’Angelo, Skrillex , Kid Cudi and Kendrick…

  3. 17 Religious References on Kendrick Lamar's 'Untitled Unmastered' Project

    March 04, 2016 12:17 PM EST The Internet praised Kendrick Lamar for his surprise  Untitled Unmastered  release (March 4), a project that finds the West Coast rap god infusing religion into eight tracks. Whether requesting to "get God on the phone" or shouting out Allah or Buddha, the Grammy-winning MC salutes…

  4. Swizz Beatz Reveals His 5-Year-Old Son Produced for Kendrick Lamar on 'Untitled Unmastered' Project

    March 04, 2016 9:54 AM EST Swizz Beatz ' five- year- old son Egypt Dean landed placement on Kendrick Lamar 's Untitled Unmastered  project. "This is the best Dad moment everrrrr!!!," t he prolific producer wrote on Instagram (March 4). " Congrats to my son Egypt for producing his 1st track on…

  5. Billboard Cover: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Are Determined to Speak Out on Race and Stop Being 'Silent Out of Fear'

    March 03, 2016 9:00 AM EST Macklemore, the 32-year-old born Ben Haggerty, is like a black comedian’s caricature of a white rapper: He looks like a real-life Bart Simpson. He graduated from Evergreen State College. And -- here’s the punchline -- he’s insecure about his white privilege. THIS COVER STORY FIRST APPEARED IN…

  6. Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire to Headline New York's Panorama Fest

    March 01, 2016 11:27 AM EST Panorama has announced the lineup for its inaugural year at New York City’s Randall’s Island Park. Arcade Fire , Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem will headline the new fest, which is set for July 22-24. This is Arcade Fire’s first confirmed U.S. festival date for 2016; they’ll headline the…

  7. New Kendrick Already? Top Dawg's Boss Reveals 2016 Rollout Plan

    March 01, 2016 10:37 AM EST Top Dawg Entertainment is ready to take over 2016. TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith revealed the roster's rollout plans in a new Instagram post (Feb. 29), writing, "Shit about to get nasty real soon... I told y'all I got y'all in 2016 #TDE." First up is…

  8. Grammys Boost Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar & Demi Lovato on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks

    February 24, 2016 7:47 PM EST As expected, the 58th annual Grammy Awards became a social affair, with the Feb. 15 ceremony fueling Twitter activity. The broadcast sparked 7.8 million tweets, according to the social media network, and the enormous volume triggers multiple re-entries on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks…

  9. Kendrick Lamar to Induct N.W.A at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2016

    February 22, 2016 2:04 PM EST The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has confirmed that Kendrick Lamar will be inducting legendary West Coast rap crew N.W.A at the April 8 ceremony descending on Brooklyn's Barclays Center.  It's official: @kendricklamar & @KidRock join #RockHall2016 on April 8 @barclayscenter !…

  10. Kendrick Lamar's Stylist Shares the Hidden Messages in His Grammys Performance: Exclusive

    February 22, 2016 1:00 PM EST The day of Kendrick Lamar ’s Grammy performance, the soon-to-be-seven-time winner saw his completed show for the first time at dress rehearsal. He took in what the rest of the world would see in just a few hours: Four shackled men dressed as inmates (the “Chain Gang,” as Lamar’s team called…

  11. Elle King & Rachel Platten Co-Writer Dave Bassett Shares His 2016 Grammys Diary

    February 18, 2016 4:31 PM EST Dave Bassett scored two big radio hits last year, co-writing and producing Elle King 's "Ex's & Oh's" and co-writing Rachel Platten's "Fight Song." Earning a best rock song Grammy nomination for the former, the Malibu songwriter/record producer kept…

  12. Kendrick Lamar Has About 10 'To Pimp a Butterfly' Outtakes He Will Play Live

    February 17, 2016 12:05 PM EST Kendrick Lamar has been rocking stages with previously unheard verses on the late night TV circuit. In Dec. 2014, he debuted an untitled track as the final musical guest on  The Colbert Report   before performing more unreleased material on the Jan. 7 episode of  The Tonight Show .  For his…

  13. Grammy Scoreboard: Tallying the Major & Indie Label Wins

    February 16, 2016 7:59 PM EST The Grammy scorecard for artists places Kendrick Lamar , Taylor Swift , Alabama Shakes and The Weeknd among the big winners last night (Feb. 15) -- but a look at labels and groups shows a tighter race. Executives at the Universal Music Group and the Warner Music Group are, unofficially, each…

  14. Lady Gaga's Davie Bowie Tribute Was Facebook's Top Grammys Moment

    February 16, 2016 3:59 PM EST The 2016 Grammys had its high and its lows, and Facebook gathered the data from all the viewers sending updates on Music’s Biggest Night for the night's top five social moments.  All Grammy Record of the Year Winners, Ranked: Critics' Picks According to the findings, Lady Gaga ’s…

  15. Grammys Power Adele, Taylor Swift to Top Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 Chart

    February 16, 2016 12:57 AM EST Country champs Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town also scored big gains. Despite not being up for any Grammys this year, Adele  scored a social media victory as her song “All I Ask” hit No. 1 on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart after she performed the cut during the 58th…

  16. Kendrick Lamar Makes a Big Statement, Taylor Swift Wins Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammys

    February 16, 2016 12:33 AM EST He stole the show with a stunning performance, cruised to five Grammy wins and declared his Best Rap Album victory a win for hip-hop. But Kendrick Lamar , for the second time now, was shut out of the major awards for his latest album, To Pimp A Butterfly , and its anthemic song "Alright.…

  17. Kendrick Lamar Performs 'The Blacker The Berry' In Chains & Lights Up Stage with 'Alright' at the 2016 Grammys

    February 15, 2016 10:06 PM EST After grabbing up five of his 11 Grammy nominations on Monday night (Feb. 15), Kendrick Lamar  delivered rousing renditions of "The Blacker The Berry" and "Alright" off his Grammy-nominated sophomore studio effort  To Pimp a Butterfly . Following an intro from actor Don…

  18. Kanye West Says 'The Life of Pablo' Will Never Be for Sale, Only on Tidal

    February 15, 2016 7:27 PM EST Kanye West is making his allegiance to Tidal well known with his new album, The Life of Pablo . The hip-hop superstar posted to Twitter on Monday (Feb. 15) that the LP would never be on Apple and would never be for sale.  Kanye West's Latest Twitter Spree: Wants Funding to 'Bring…

  19. Grammy Producer Ken Ehrlich Talks Kendrick Lamar's 'Provocative' Performance, Smacks Down 'All-White Tribute' Criticism

    February 15, 2016 11:00 AM EST In the days leading up to the 2016 Grammy Awards on Monday night (Feb. 15), the issue of race has been at the forefront of the conversation around the ceremony: LL Cool J said Kendrick Lamar ’s performance will be “ very controversial ,” and a New York Post report claimed that the show is…

  20. Grammys 2016 Preview: From Kendrick to Kanye, a Look at the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    February 13, 2016 10:00 AM EST Best Rap Album 2014 Forest Hills Drive J. Cole Executive Producers Jermaine Cole, Mark Pitts Label Roc Nation/Columbia Records Releasing 2 014 Forest Hills Drive just three weeks after it was announced, the North Carolina rapper managed to parlay his near-surprise third album into a fruitful…

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