1. Brooklyn Rapper Bobby Shmurda Goes From Vine Star to Major-Label Player

    August 26, 2014 4:44 PM EDT Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda’s rise has been almost as fast as the Web connections that fueled it. In March, he released his raw, homemade debut video for his aggressive breakout single “Hot N---a.” At one point in the clip, the Jamaican-American rapper tosses his hat in the air and hits his…

  2. Ariana Grande's Fashion Focus: Breaking Down Her Many Confident Looks

    August 26, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Ariana Grande is frequently compared to young Mariah Carey for her vocal and emotional range, but that's not where the similarities end. Both Carey's debut, Emotions , and Grande's latest, My Everything , depict the vocalists in whimsical generational repose, Carey mid-flip and…

  3. 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,…

  4. 2014 MTV VMAs: What You Didn't See on TV

    August 25, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Ariana Grande fangirls out over Jim Carrey, Nicki Minaj explains that wardrobe malfunction & more from behind the scenes. At Sunday's 2014 MTV Video Music Awards , you saw Sam Smith's no-frills performance , you saw Miley Cyrus put a spotlight on homelessness , and you…

  5. Christina Aguilera’s Top 20 Billboard Hits

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Fifteen years ago this month, Christina Aguilera successfully shed her Disney image with her sultry self-titled debut album , a No. 1 hit and a game-changing moment for the former "Mickey Mouse Club" star. The following decade-and-a-half has been full of such reinventions for…

  6. MTV VMAs' 15 Craziest Moments of All Time

    August 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT When you get the world’s biggest pop stars together in the same room, egos are bound to mix in unexpected ways. Broadcasting that live, a la the VMAs? You're just asking for fireworks. As you prepare for what will undoubtedly be another eye-popping MTV Video Music Awards, look back…

  7. Taylor Swift Is Going Pop. And That's a Good Thing.

    August 19, 2014 6:19 PM EDT With "Shake It Off," music's most dependable superstar dives into the unknown… and sticks the landing. Confession: I love Taylor Swift's country side. She's an incredible songwriter that has built an empire on evocative storytelling and polished guitar…

  8. Austin Mahone on Tour: Behind-The-Scenes Q&A and Live Performances

    August 14, 2014 2:45 PM EDT Eighteen-year-old Austin Mahone is in the midst of his biggest tour to date, playing sold-out shows for his “Mahomies” around the country. When Mahone hit Downtown Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, the fifth show of the 30-date run, Billboard caught up with the singer, as…

  9. Exclusive: T.I. Talks Female Rappers & Executive Producing 'Sisterhood of Hip Hop'

    August 12, 2014 11:50 AM EDT T.I. has advanced from being in front of the reality TV cameras to going completely behind the scenes, as executive producer of  Sisterhood of Hip Hop debuting Tuesday, Aug. 12, on Oxygen. The eight-episode docu-series produced by 51 Minds ( T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle , Below Deck )…

  10. The Agency Group Acquires Respected Country Music Agency the Bobby Roberts Company

    August 12, 2014 10:18 AM EDT The Agency Group is expanding its footprint in Nashville by acquiring the Bobby Roberts Company, whose clients include Merle Haggard and Bobby Bare. The Agency Group has acquired highly respected boutique Nashville-based booking agency the Bobby Roberts Company, and will adopt BRC’s…

  11. Listen: French Montana Releases 'Don't Panic' Song

    August 11, 2014 3:09 PM EDT French Montana teams up with go-to producer DJ Mustard for his new song, "Don't Panic." Exclusive: DJ Mustard Talks Making of '10 Summers' Album & Chart Success "Don't Panic" is first single off the rapper's upcoming sophomore album, "Mac …

  12. Outside Lands 2014 Saturday Highlights: Tom Petty, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Haim and More

    August 10, 2014 10:10 AM EDT The second day of San Francisco’s annual music and arts festival Outside Lands brought classic rock hits, booty bouncing beats, furry freaks and even a surprise same-sex wedding proposal to scenic Golden Gate Park. Across genres, new songs were unveiled and fresh obsessions cemented. But…

  13. Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim Beef Is ‘Complicated,’ T.I. Says

    August 09, 2014 1:24 PM EDT Lil’ Kim is in full attack mode against Nicki Minaj and it may be more "complicated" than anyone realizes, according to T.I., who tells Billboard that things are bound to get sticky when a “new and younger version” of an artist comes around after one who’s been "dominating…

  14. 20 Most Forced Rhymes In Pop Music History

    August 08, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Ariana Grande's "Break Free" isn't the only offender: here are the 20 most awesomely awkward rhymes in popular music. "I fought him on it the whole time...'I am not going to sing a grammatically incorrect lyric, help me God!' Max was like, 'It&…

  15. The Juice Podcast: Beyonce's 'Flawless' Remix, Jay Z Divorce Rumors, Nicki Minaj vs. Lil Kim

    August 08, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Ladies -- Beyoncé , Nicki Minaj , Lil' Kim and Remy Ma -- took over R&B and hip-hop this week. Beyoncé kicked off the week with a surprise release of the remix to "Flawless," which features Nicki Minaj, on Sunday morning, Aug. 3. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed…

  16. Should Nicki Minaj Respond to Lil Kim's 'Identity Theft'? (Poll)

    August 06, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Kimmy's at it again! Lil' Kim releases another diss track aimed at Nicki Minaj , titled "Identity Theft." "Identity Theft" features Lil' Kim throwing shots at female rappers she claims are borrowing from her, and as you can see from the single artwork, one…

  17. Lil' Kim Disses Nicki Minaj on Remix to Beyonce's 'Flawless' Remix

    August 05, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Two days after Beyoncé released her Nicki Minaj -assisted remix to "Flawless," Lil' Kim drops a remix to the remix and reignites her beef with Minaj. Lil' Kim comes in after Minaj raps "The queen of rap/ Slayin' with Queen Bey," to reclaim the crown. …

  18. Exclusive: Fool's Gold to Release 'Draft Picks 2014' Compilation Through BitTorrent

    July 31, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Brooklyn label Fool's Gold has announced the release of a free BitTorrent Bundle,  Draft Picks 2014 , featuring unreleased tracks from new signees including Salva , Giraffage , and Troyboi . The compilation also features an assortment of demos, leaks, remixes, and remastered material. …

  19. Beck, Jenny Lewis & Conor Oberst: Watch Their Late Night Performances

    July 29, 2014 10:35 AM EDT Beck puts his comedy skills to the test with Stephen Colbert A trio of indie rock standbys gave their fans reason to flip through the channels Monday night just before bedtime. Grabbing the biggest spotlight was Beck, who appeared on Colbert Report for an interview and a two-song performance.…

  20. Jhene Aiko Talks Making Of 'Souled Out' Album & Family

    July 28, 2014 6:37 PM EDT Jhene Aiko stands around 5 feet tall and weighs perhaps as much as a decaf macchiato; the 2015 Cadillac Escalade stretches 18-and-a-half feet and tips the scales at nearly 6,000 pounds. Right now, the buzz-building singer-rapper -- she has performed with her friend Drake on "Saturday…

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