1. Billboard Cover: Kendrick Lamar Is Determined to Score Big at the Grammys -- 'I Want to Win Them All'

    February 04, 2016 9:00 AM EST Kendrick Lamar is wearing black sandals and white socks. It’s not a look that you associate with rappers -- or with anyone, really, except possibly Alpine butterfly hunters. And yet here is Lamar, striding socks-and-sandals-first through a studio that sprawls across the second floor of a…

  2. Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap & Joey Bada$$ Join Calvin Klein Campaign

    January 27, 2016 5:14 PM EST Calvin Klein recruited some of rap's finest for the spring 2016 campaign. After Justin Bieber and his CK underwear made a splash on timelines Tuesday, MCs like Kendrick Lamar , Fetty Wap and Joey Bada$$ stepped in front of the camera to promote the brand. They also filled in the blank…

  3. The Rubens' 'Hoops' Wins Triple J's Hottest 100 Poll

    January 26, 2016 5:23 AM EST The Rubens ’ "Hoops" has taken top prize in Triple j’s Hottest 100, one of the world’s biggest fan-voted annual  music competitions. The hook-laden song, the title track from the homegrown indie band’s sophomore album (via Ivy League Records), came in at No. 1 on the countdown,…

  4. Compton Shows Love to Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright' in New Grammys Promo

    January 25, 2016 4:34 PM EST Kendrick Lamar is doing alright. After earning 11 Grammy nominations for his sophomore studio set  To Pimp a Butterfly,  the unfiltered California rapper shows love to his native city in a new promo titled "Witness Greatness." Grammys 2016: All Our Coverage The people of Compton…

  5. 2016 Grammys Poll: Vote for Who You Think Will Win Album of the Year, Best New Artist & More

    January 21, 2016 3:25 PM EST With a little less than a month to go until the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, it’s time to start making predictions on who will win Grammy gold come Feb. 15.  Pandora Predicts Grammy Winners: The Weeknd, Chris Stapleton Expected to Win Big Will record of the year be Taylor Swift ’s “Blank Space”…

  6. Kanye West Drops 'No More Parties in L.A.' Featuring Kendrick Lamar: Listen

    January 18, 2016 11:06 AM EST Kanye West shared the full-length version of "No More Parties in L.A.” with Kendrick Lamar on Monday (Jan. 18) after teasing the track earlier this month. New Kanye West Music Dropping 'Every Friday,' According to Kim Kardashian The Madlib-produced song showcases West’s…

  7. Between Kendrick Lamar & Drake, President Obama Would Choose...

    January 15, 2016 5:14 PM EST Days after his last State of the Union address  in office, President Barack Obama had to pick favorites in a live-streamed interview (Jan. 15) with YouTube stars Destin Sandlin, Ingrid Nilsen and Adande Thorne at the White House. The Commander-in-Chief was put to task with pressing inquiries…

  8. Recording Academy Launches 'Witness Greatness' Campaign Featuring Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Others: First Look

    January 14, 2016 8:00 AM EST Lady Gaga , Kendrick Lamar , Bruno Mars , Sam Smith , Carrie Underwood and The Weeknd will be the faces of a new multi-faceted campaign building buzz around the 2016 Grammy Awards. The stars will feature on outdoor billboards, wild postings and online advertisements throughout the "…

  9. Kanye West 'Parties' to Three Top 10s on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks

    January 13, 2016 4:24 PM EST The rapper scores a hat trick, while David Bowie's album release sparks two re-entries. Kanye West records a triple play in the top 10 of the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart dated Jan. 23 , led by the No. 3 debut of “No More Parties in LA” (featuring Kendrick Lamar ). West…

  10. David Bowie, Kendrick Lamar, Zayn Malik & Kanye West: Real-Time Rewind for Jan. 12

    January 13, 2016 2:31 PM EST Real-Time Rewind breaks down this week in three Trending 140 stars and a remembrance for David Bowie. Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and…

  11. Kendrick Lamar Meets With President Obama: Watch

    January 11, 2016 9:56 PM EST Kendrick Lamar and President Barack Obama recently met to discuss the importance of mentorship for today's youth.  In a video shared Monday (Jan. 11) by Lamar's label and management company, Top Dawg Entertainment, Lamar explains the importance of mentorship on his own life…

  12. Kendrick Lamar Makes Cameo in 'Black-ish' Promo: Watch

    January 10, 2016 3:50 PM EST Kendrick Lamar paid a visit to the Johnson family in a new promo ad for the ABC sitcom Black-ish . Is a Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Joint Project On the Way? 'Anything's a Possibility,' TDE President Says The minute-long clip features Lamar’s song “Alright” in a music video…

  13. Is a Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Joint Project On the Way? 'Anything's a Possibility,' TDE President Says

    January 08, 2016 5:05 PM EST Top Dawg Entertainment is plotting a 2016 takeover. While Kendrick Lamar has earned 11 Grammy nominations for his sophomore studio effort  To Pimp a Butterfly , the TDE camp appears ready to roll out releases from the entire crew. "I’m excited for people to hear the new SZA album,…

  14. Kendrick Lamar Performs New Music on 'Fallon': Watch

    January 08, 2016 1:59 AM EST A huge No. 1 album, 11 Grammy Award nominations, and a legion of fans (critics included) stretching the globe. It’s fair to say 2015 was an excellent year for Kendrick Lamar . The West Coast rapper's 2016 has begun in the same fashion with a guest musical slot and interview on …

  15. Adele's '25' Rules as Nielsen Music's Top Album of 2015 in U.S.

    January 05, 2016 11:04 PM EST Total album units and streams rise, sales continue to fall… while vinyl album sales are red-hot. Adele’s 25 triumphs as 2015’s most popular album in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music, as the data company reports that the title earned 8.01 million equivalent album units during the…

  16. Grammys 2016 Preview: The Lowdown on '1989,' 'Beauty Behind The Madness' and the Acclaimed Discs Vying for Album of the Year Honors

    January 05, 2016 9:00 AM EST Five unanimously acclaimed records -- eclectic ones, too -- representing rock, hip-hop, country, pop and R&B Sound & Color Alabama Shakes Producers Alabama Shakes, Blake Mills Engineer/Mixer Shawn Everett Mastering Engineer Bob Ludwig Label ATO Records Alabama Shakes may be perceived…

  17. Grammys 2016 Preview: Taylor Swift, Little Big Town and More Dish on Their Song of the Year Nominations

    January 05, 2016 9:00 AM EST Five exquisitely written numbers, including a movie anthem, a political rallying cry and a groundbreaking country ballad "Alright" Kendrick Lamar ​Songwriters  Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears, Pharrell Williams Publishers  WB Music Corp., TDE Music, Hard Working Black Folks…

  18. Kendrick Lamar Debuts 'God Is Gangsta' Video

    December 31, 2015 9:20 AM EST Kendrick Lamar goes on a fiery drunken rant in his new video "God Is Gangsta," which features the tracks "u" and "For Sale?" from his sophomore studio effort  To Pimp a Butterfly. The short film begins with K.Dot hugging a bottle while spazzing on "u."…

  19. Kendrick Lamar on 11 Grammy Nominations: 'I Want All of Them'

    December 29, 2015 3:06 PM EST The Recording Academy acknowledged Kendrick Lamar 's brilliance on his sophomore studio album  To Pimp a Butterfly  with 11 Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rap Performance. In an interview with  The New York Times   (Dec. 29), Compton's…

  20. Here's What Happens When Kendrick Lamar Meets 'Mario Kart'

    December 29, 2015 11:42 AM EST Kendrick Lamar gets a Power-Up from the Internet with a  Mario  Kart  mashup of his 2012 hit "Swimming Pools (Drank)." Aptly titled "Kendrick Lamariokart," the Nintendo-inspired remix arrives courtesy of New York-based mashup master Jed Kronfeld for his The Slop Sink: One…

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