1. A$AP Rocky's New Album Gets Early Release

    May 26, 2015 2:30 AM EDT A$AP Rocky’s trippy year has just peaked with the surprise release overnight of his new album, At.Long.Last.ASAP. The Harlem rapper’s sophomore set was originally slated to drop on June 2, but he alerted his fans of the quick release with a pair of tweets overnight.  A$AP Rocky Delivers A Non…

  2. Brandon Flowers Blooms on U.K. Albums Chart With 'The Desired Effect'

    May 25, 2015 3:54 AM EDT Brandon Flowers made it two No. 1s from two solo albums in the U.K. last night (May 24), as The Desired Effect  (EMI) entered at the top, 5,000 combined chart sales ahead of Paul Weller’s Saturns Pattern  (Parlophone/Warner Music). OMI’s Felix Jaehn remix of “Cheerleader” (Ultra) started a…

  3. It's Wiz Khalifa vs. Taylor Swift for No. 1 on Hot 100 Next Week

    May 22, 2015 12:00 PM EDT Strong first-week sales for Swift's "Bad Blood" should set the song up for a battle for the top with Khalifa's "See You Again." Taylor Swift and her celebrity heroine friends successfully battle formidable opposition in the video for her new single, …

  4. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Fifth Harmony Scores First Top 20 Hit

    May 22, 2015 10:30 AM EDT The vocal group's "Worth It" rises 21-19. Plus, moves for Rachel Platten, Chris Young, Maroon 5 and new "American Idol" champ Nick Fradiani. As previously reported , Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 soundtrack hit "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth , tops…

  5. Kendrick Lamar & Lady Gaga's Unreleased Collaboration 'Partynauseous' Reportedly Leaks

    May 21, 2015 8:10 AM EDT Remember when Kendrick Lamar recruited Lady Gaga  to appear his 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city ? At that time, the duo had recorded the track "Partynauseous," but it never made the final cut of the album. Now, according to Stereogum , a version of that collaboration has made…

  6. Bilal Enlists Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T. & Kimbra for New Album 'In Another Life'

    May 20, 2015 7:09 PM EDT After tapping Bilal to collaborate with him on To Pimp a Butterfly , Kendrick Lamar returns the favor as a guest on "Money Over Love." The song is one of 12 tracks comprising Bilal's upcoming fifth studio album In Another Life. During their show at the Regent Theatre in Los…

  7. Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Video: 15 Things We Need To Talk About Right Now

    May 17, 2015 10:14 PM EDT Band aids may not fix bullet holes, but Taylor Swift 's latest video, for 1989 track "Bad Blood," showed that sometimes, friends make the best enemies.  In a star-studded video for the track, Swift regulars such as Selena Gomez , Lena Dunham, and -- in the largest non…

  8. Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar: A History of Their Public Lovefest

    May 17, 2015 8:10 PM EDT No "Bad Blood" here. In addition to his already-announced cameo in  Taylor Swift 's "Bad Blood" video, Kendrick Lamar had a surprise for fans during the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night (May 17): He also guested on the track, being featured in two brand-new verses…

  9. Kendrick Lamar Debuts New Track 'Money Over Love' In L.A.: Watch

    May 16, 2015 7:55 PM EDT During Adrian Younge and Bilal 's gig at the Regent Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, fans were treated to an A-list cameo. Younge and Bilal were joined by Kendrick Lamar during the show on May 15. During his cameo, the To Pimp a Butterfly rapper (who worked with Bilal on his latest…

  10. Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar and Other Acts Who Helped Rap Rebound in 2015

    May 15, 2015 1:30 PM EDT Hip-hop had a lackluster 2014, but 2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for the genre. Not only does it have two 500,000-plus-selling albums -- Drake 's If You’re Reading This It's Too Late and Kendrick Lamar 's To Pimp a Butterfly ; in 2014 at this time there were none --…

  11. Mumford & Sons Makes Record Leap to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

    May 14, 2015 3:00 PM EDT The group flies 83-1 for its first week on top. Plus, OMI debuts thanks to his rising hit 'Cheerleader.' Mumford & Sons become the week's top music act in the U.S., skyrocketing 83-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 (dated May 23) powered by the arrival of their new album.…

  12. Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Returns To Essence Festival

    May 05, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will close out the Essence Festival’s July 3 tribute to the city of New Orleans in recognition of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The special tribute also marks the popular R&B group’s return to the Essence Festival stage. A festival closing night…

  13. Billboard Cover: A$AP Rocky on Grieving for A$AP Yams, Police Brutality and Why Drugs Help Him 'Cope With Life'

    May 01, 2015 9:00 AM EDT On a late Friday afternoon, in a hotel apartment in London's mercilessly expensive Mayfair area, rapper A $AP Rocky 's day is just getting started. Rocky, 26, was in the studio until 8 a.m. working with M.I.A. and producer Danger Mouse . And he is now, he freely admits, "really…

  14. Kendrick Lamar Gets On-Brand Salad Called 'Beets Don't Kale My Vibe'

    April 29, 2015 10:36 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar , though not known for his ambitions of mogul-dom, is making a foray into lifestyle branding with a somewhat unlikely corporate partner: Sweetgreen, an East Coast salad chain. The company has been selling shirts that say "Beets Don't Kale My Vibe" since 2013,…

  15. Watch Kendrick Lamar Throw Out First Pitch at Los Angeles Dodgers Game

    April 28, 2015 8:49 AM EDT When a celebrity is asked to throw the first pitch at a baseball game, the results can sometimes be embarrassing. But that wasn't the case for Kendrick Lamar . The rapper took to the field on Monday (April 27) to throw out the first pitch of the night when the Los Angeles Dodgers'…

  16. NBA Playoffs Playlists: Ballers Love Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and Mozart

    April 17, 2015 12:00 AM EDT There is no doubt by now that Drake loves basketball. But it should be noted, too, that basketball loves Drake.  With the NBA Playoffs starting Saturday, we asked players from the Eastern Conference's Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards and the Western Conference's Portland Trail…

  17. Essence Festival Unveils Nightly Schedule: Kevin Hart Opens, Kendrick Lamar Closes

    April 16, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Beenie Man & the Zagga Zow Band join Missy Elliott, Usher, Charlie Wilson & more previously announced performers. Kendrick Lamar will make his formal main-stage debut at the 2015 Essence Festival on July 5, while fellow first-timer Missy Elliott will take command the night before.…

  18. Listen to Rumored Kanye West Demo 'Midas Touch'

    April 11, 2015 2:52 PM EDT A portion of a song that's rumored to be an unreleased demo by Kanye West has found its way online.  Listen to Vic Mensa's Kanye West Collaboration 'U Mad' It's speculated that the rough cut -- reportedly titled "Midas Touch" -- could be from the…

  19. Kendrick Lamar Interviewed by Flying Lotus: 'Always Put Your Heart Over a Dollar Sign'

    April 09, 2015 9:52 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar joined Flying Lotus on his monthly BBC Radio 1 show that's part of their Residency series , speaking about hip-hop, making music and Lamar's new album To Pimp A Butterfly .  How Kendrick Lamar Transformed Into 'The John Coltrane of Hip-Hop' on 'To Pimp…

  20. Tyler, The Creator's 'Cherry Bomb' Ready to Go Off

    April 09, 2015 1:07 AM EDT Tyler, The Creator’s new album Cherry Bomb is primed and ready to blow up next week.   The hip hop artist’s fourth studio set is loaded into iTunes and it’s timed to go live Monday (April 13) via Odd Future LLC. Two tracks from it are already available to purchase, the opener “Deathcamp…

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