1. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  2. Electric Zoo Returns With Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Tightened Security and Smaller Crowd

    August 30, 2014 11:35 AM EDT This year's crowd is thinner, the weather is breezier and the sound is lower. To borrow the ubiquitous Lil Jon lyric, Electric Zoo has “turned down.” Electric Zoo Festival Tightens Security After two drug-related deaths at last year’s scorching event forced its cancellation and made…

  3. 3 Convicted in Death of Georgia Rapper Lil Phat

    August 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT A jury has convicted three men in the shooting death of an Atlanta rapper known as Lil Phat . Rapper Lil Phat Killed in Atlanta Shooting Melvin Vernell III was shot and killed in June 2012 outside a hospital where he was awaiting the birth of his child. On Friday, prosecutors said the gunman,…

  4. Nicki Minaj's 'Pinkprint' Release Date Not Yet Determined: Update

    August 29, 2014 4:18 PM EDT UPDATE: Reps for Nicki Minaj tell Billboard that a 2014 release date for The Pinkprint has not yet been determined. Nicki Minaj plans to release her third studio album, The Pinkprint , on Nov. 28. Fall Album Preview: 72 Must Hear Releases The rapper/singer has released two chart hits from…

  5. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Slithers to Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 28, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The single logs third-largest streaming week on record, while Wiz Khalifa debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Smokey Robinson launches at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums. Following the release of Nicki Minaj 's steamy music video for "Anaconda," along with an equally…

  6. Listen: Lil' Kim Remixes Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

    August 28, 2014 5:37 PM EDT After remixing Bobby Shmurda 's "Hot Ni--a" and Rae Sremmurd 's "No Flex Zone," Lil' Kim hops on Iggy Azalea 's "Fancy." I'm so fancy!! Had to show my girl @IGGYAZALEA some love!! Muuaaahhh!!! #KimmySoFancy https://t.co/l0g43ykOkb — Lil&…

  7. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  8. Song of the Summer 2014: Billboard Staff Picks

    August 27, 2014 2:00 PM EDT It’s time to face facts: summer 2014 is almost at an end. But before we pack away our beach towels and sunscreen, we’re taking a moment to salute all the great tunes that have soundtracked our lives for the last 3 months. In advance of naming Billboard’s official Song of the Summer next week,…

  9. Watch Vine Star Bobby Shmurda Crash Drake & Lil Wayne's Concert

    August 27, 2014 9:54 AM EDT Drake is on tour battling Lil Wayne , but that doesn’t mean he can't break from the mano a mano and bring a guest on stage every now and then. So on Monday night in Holmdel, New Jersey, Drizzy enlisted the help of Vine star Bobby Shmurda to liven up his set. “You’re my boss, you’re my…

  10. Drake Laughs Off Winning Best Hip-Hop Video VMA for R&B Song

    August 26, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Drake 's Street Fighter -styled tour with Lil Wayne prevented him from accepting his VMA for Best Hip-Hop Video of the Year in person on Sunday night, but don't think for a minute that Drizzy would forgo an acceptance speech. During the duo's Boston concert, Drake gave a half…

  11. Publishing Briefs: Raekwon to Scion Three, Warner/Chappell Signs The-Dream, SESAC Nabs Zac Brown

    August 26, 2014 10:43 AM EDT --  Warner/Chappell Music  has signed an agreement to extend its global music publishing agreement with  Terius "The-Dream" Nash , which covers the artist/songwriter's entire catalog, including such songs as Rihanna 's "Umbrella," Beyonce 's "Single…

  12. Which Fall Releases Have Blockbuster Retail Potential?

    August 25, 2014 12:52 PM EDT With streaming curtailing downloads and the holiday shopping season suffering sales erosion in five of the last seven years, retailers can feel buoyed by how the fourth-quarter release schedule is shaping up. One music retailer says that October alone could be the strongest in years,…

  13. 2014 VMAs Winners: Miley Cyrus, Drake, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry & More

    August 24, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Even if the VMAs are more about jaw-dropping performances , wardrobe malfunctions and unexpected moments (um... Katy Perry and Riff Raff channeling Britney & Justin ) than handing out awards, the annual MTV ceremony still finds a lot of artists taking home hardware.  MTV VMAs:  News  …

  14. Chris Brown’s ‘X’ Track List: Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly, Trey Songz & More

    August 24, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Chris Brown's new album will be released on Sept. 16 through RCA. Chris Brown’s long-delayed sixth album, X , will feature guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar , R. Kelly , Trey Songz , Akon and Brandy , among others. Brown has already released several new tracks for the forthcoming…

  15. Watch Eminem and Rihanna Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge On Stage in Detroit

    August 24, 2014 12:58 AM EDT Eminem and Rihanna saved the biggest splash of The Monster Tour for last. Literally. Eminem chose the duo's Saturday night show at Comerica Park in his home town of Detroit -- the sixth and final date of their tour -- to answer Dr. Dre's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. As the MC and…

  16. Chris Martin Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge From Ex Gwyneth Paltrow

    August 23, 2014 8:19 PM EDT "Conscious Uncoupling" just got a little wetter. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin just accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from his ex-wife, Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow. Joined by fashion designer Stella McCartney, Martin and McCartney (who was also challenged by Paltrow) get…

  17. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lil Wayne Take Top Honors at 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards

    August 23, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Ludacris is given President's Award at Hollywood ceremony. The 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards crowned Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with the Song of the Year prize, Lil Wayne with the Songwriter of the Year trophy, and Warner-TamerLane Publishing Corp. was named Publisher of the Year.…

  18. Chris Martin, Jay Z, Adele and More: 10 Music Stars Who Haven't Taken the Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 22, 2014 9:59 PM EDT Since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on July 29, it's become a viral sensation raising more than $40 million in donations to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Gwyneth Paltrow Calls Out Ex Chris Martin for Ice Bucket Challenge The brilliant…

  19. Capitol's Steve Barnett, Manager Troy Carter, UMG's Jeff Harleston Get Into ALS Ice Bucket Act

    August 22, 2014 9:34 PM EDT The Capitol Music Group chairman likes his ice water in a silver pitcher. As the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to snowball in virality at a furious rate, the music industry is getting into the act, with Republic Records EVP Charlie Walk and now Capitol Music Group chairman Steve Barnett…

  20. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

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