1. SXSW 2012: 10 Acts To Watch

    March 12, 2012 1:40 PM EDT There are thousands of bands that will be hitting stages around Austin, Tex. during SXSW 2012. These are the 10 acts absolutely not to miss. While Austin will be crawling with unproven artists looking for an iota of buzz, these 10 acts head down to SXSW with proven performing credentials and…

  2. Report: Kendrick Lamar, Black Hippy Sign with Aftermath & Interscope

    March 08, 2012 6:50 PM EST Hip-hop collective Black Hippy -- comprised of Kendrick Lamar , ScHoolboy Q , Jay Rock , and Ab-Soul -- has reportedly signed a joint venture deal with Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records, Top Dawg Entertainment founder, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith, told Fader . The move…

  3. Pitchfork Festival 2012 Lineup: Vampire Weekend, Feist, ASAP Rocky Performing

    February 28, 2012 12:40 PM EST Vampire Weekend , Feist , Hot Chip and A$AP Rocky are among the first acts announced for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival, which reveals its lineup bit-by-bit each year. The three-day indie music mecca will take place July 13-15 at Union Park in Chicago. Indie rock mavericks Vampire Weekend…

  4. Fun., A$AP Rocky to Play MTVu's Debut Woodie Awards Festival

    February 17, 2012 8:50 AM EST Rising acts Fun. , A$AP Rocky , Walk the Moon and Wallpaper. will perform at MTVu's inaugural Woodie Awards Festival on March 15. The afternoon event, held during Austin, Texas' annual SXSW Music Festival, will precede the awards ceremony later that evening. All four are nominated…

  5. Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup Announced: Radiohead, Phish, Chili Peppers Headlining

    February 14, 2012 12:00 PM EST Radiohead , Phish , the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the reunited Beach Boys will head to Manchester, Tenn. this June for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The initial lineup for the annual festival, which takes place from June 7-10 this year, was announced on Tuesday (Feb. 14).…

  6. Skrillex, Jay-Z, Black Keys Up for Woodie Awards

    February 09, 2012 4:10 PM EST MTV has announced the nominees for the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards. Skrillex , Kanye West and Jay-Z , The Black Keys , Mac Miller , M83 , and Cloud Nothings are among those up for awards, which include Woodie of the Year, Performing Woodie, Best Video, Breaking Woodie, and the new dance-oriented…

  7. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q Talk Upcoming Albums, Working with Pharrell & More

    February 02, 2012 2:45 PM EST Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q took last year by storm. Both West Coast rappers debuted highly-praised independent albums last year: Lamar's "Section.80" and ScHoolboy Q's "Setbacks." Kendrick Lamar Talks 'Section.80,' New Album & Upcoming Videos…

  8. Drake Doubles Up Again in R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10

    January 19, 2012 9:27 PM EST D rake earns his 22nd top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Song s as "The Motto" (featuring Lil Wayne), the anthem that preaches the way of the Young Money assemblage, jumps 13-9. The song earns the Greatest Gainer/Airplay award with an increase of 3.5 million audience impressions, with WHTA …

  9. Drake to Kick Off 2012 Club Paradise Tour on Valentine's Day

    December 13, 2011 12:15 PM EST Drake will kick off his 2012 Club Paradise Tour in Miami on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14). Toronto's own will hit 17 U.S. cities, stopping in college towns like Tallahassee, FL and Tuscon, AZ in support of his Billboard 200 No. 1, "Take Care." Drake, "Take Care:"…

  10. Dr. Dre to Take a 'Break' From Music, 'Detox' Future Unclear

    November 16, 2011 8:38 PM EST Dr. Dre stopped just short of announcing his retirement last week, admitting that he was ready to take a break from working on music. While discussing his latest protégés, Slim the Mobster and Kendrick Lamar, Dre told Fader TV that his next order of business was to "wrap it up for a…

  11. Drake, 'Take Care': Track-by-Track Review

    November 15, 2011 12:40 PM EST Drake 's sophomore studio album, "Take Care," is as much for his fans as it is for him. The 25-year-old Toronto native took his time and care -- no pun intended -- to craft a project that best showcases his life behind the lens. Drake brought along only close friends and family…

  12. Mac Miller: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 04, 2011 11:00 AM EDT At one in the afternoon, kids were already lining up around the block in Denver's trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood. Nine-and-a-half hours later, But among Miller's listeners back then were Grinberg and Pitt. Miller befriended them and he hustled relentlessly, with people like…

  13. Drake Debuts 'The Motto,' T.I.'s 'Headlines' Remix & Talks Kendrick Lamar Feature

    November 01, 2011 2:30 PM EDT While stopping by L.A.'s Power 106 radio station yesterday (Oct. 31), Drake debuted a gem for the west coast, titled " The Motto ," and T.I. 's remix to his Rap Songs No. 1, "Headlines." "The Motto," featuring Lil Wayne , pays tribute to the Bay Area…

  14. Lady Gaga, LMFAO Added to Z100 Jingle Ball

    October 21, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Lady Gaga and LMFAO have been added to New York radio station Z100's Jingle Ball , the annual holiday blowout held on Dec. 9 celebrating the biggest and brightest in pop music, it was revealed Friday. Demi Lovato, who will also perform, was on hand in Times Square to help the station…

  15. Rick Ross Suffers Second Health Scare; Reportedly in Stable Condition

    October 14, 2011 11:50 PM EDT Rapper Rick Ross was reportedly hospitalized in Alabama on Friday evening after suffering two medical scares in six hours that required planes to be diverted. The first scare came Friday afternoon as Ross was on a Delta Air Lines flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Memphis, Tenn., where…

  16. Drake Debuts Video for 'Headlines': Watch

    October 02, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Drake takes us on a journey through his hometown of Toronto in the video for his first single, "Headlines." Directed by Lamar Taylor and Highly Alleyne, of The Weeknd's XO team, Drizzy Drake and his camp tour their city, ranging from The Guild to the Rogers Center, before…

  17. Q&A: DJ Drama Talks Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa & The Mixtape's Future

    October 02, 2011 10:00 AM EDT With roughly 100 mixtapes to his credit since his first, "Illadelph" in 1995, DJ Drama is regarded as the leading hip-hop mixtape DJ of the past 10 years. Through his signature "Gangsta Grillz" mixtape series, the Philadelphia-born, Atlanta-based DJ has helped break the…

  18. Exclusive: Daryl Hall's Web Show Coming to Broadcast TV

    September 20, 2011 6:10 PM EDT After nearly four years as an Internet sensation, Daryl Hall's "Live From Daryl's House" is coming to broadcast TV. The award-winning music and conversation program, debuts in 95 markets on Sept. 24 with back-to-back half-hour episodes featuring Train and Fitz & the…

  19. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 08, 2011 11:45 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold, Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which were officially announced on Thursday morning (Sept. 8). Weezy received a…

  20. Kendrick Lamar Talks 'Section.80,' New Album and Upcoming Videos

    September 02, 2011 6:00 PM EDT "I'm making music that represents my generation, their struggle," Kendrick Lamar told Billboard.com's The Juice before hitting the stage in NYC on Wednesday (Aug. 31). Lamar's refreshing style of storytelling has an uncanny way of connecting with his fans. This was…

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