1. Ferguson Rapper Tef Poe: 'Americans Don't Tear Gas Other Americans'

    September 19, 2014 10:55 AM EDT The rapper Tef Poe -- real name Kareem Jackson -- from Ferguson, Mo., published an essay in Time this week on the events that took place after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Mike Brown on Aug. 9. Read the piece here. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the Problems Underlying the Chaos in…

  2. Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: 5 Things That Piss Off Jason Aldean

    September 18, 2014 7:03 PM EDT With "Burnin' It Down" sitting pretty at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and his sixth album, Old Boots, New Dirt, coming out Oct. 7, life is pretty good for Jason Aldean . But that doesn't mean the country star isn't as fired up as ever. In his new…

  3. Is It Still Possible To Enjoy Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'?

    September 18, 2014 4:23 PM EDT One writer bravely listens to the biggest song of last summer following the latest piece of controversy, and jots down his many thoughts. (The song starts. Pharrell Williams hollers ‘E’erybody get up!’ after four beats, and the rest of the percussion kicks in at 0:03.) Oh, hey, I know this…

  4. Watch Ariana Grande's Big Brother Find Out His 'Big Brother' Fate

    September 17, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Frankie Grande finally met a problem he couldn't talk his way out of.  The YouTube star -- and Ariana Grande 's big brother -- was eliminated on the reality show Big Brother Tuesday night, coming in fifth place. Although it was Frankie's big emotional moment, when he got out…

  5. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Ascend To No. 1 On Adult Contemporary With 'Am I Wrong'

    September 15, 2014 5:50 PM EDT The pair is the first duo to lead the list with a debut hit since 1998. Plus, new No. 1s for Milky Chance, Dustin Lynch and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed…

  6. EDM A-Listers to Co-Headline Madison Square Garden on New Year's Eve

    September 15, 2014 5:13 PM EDT Move over, Phish -- Madison Square Garden is headed in a new, drop-friendly direction this New Year's Eve. Diplo and Skrillex , who recently teamed as the EDM power duo Jack U , will co-headline the Manhattan arena on Dec. 31, 2014. And there's plenty of reasons to expect…

  7. Robert Plant on What Inspires His New Band, and What He Still Finds Interesting About Led Zeppelin

    September 15, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Robert Plant has characterized the music he makes with his new backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters, as "country and eastern." It's a cheeky bit of stylistic recasting, but if anything, it doesn't go far enough in describing the wide scope of the rock legend's…

  8. Exclusive: Listen to 'Vampire Diaries' star Michael Malarkey's Song 'Feed the Flames'

    September 15, 2014 11:42 AM EDT Now you can listen to Enzo whenever you want. Vampire Diaries  star Michael Malarkey is set to release a 5-song EP,  Feed the Flames , on Oct. 12; the title track will debut on iTunes Sept. 16. "As far as my songwriting goes, I became infatuated with Tom Waits after graduating high…

  9. Tyler, the Creator Not Pleased With Finding the New U2 Album on His Phone

    September 13, 2014 3:33 PM EDT The rapper offered U2 a few choice words on Twitter. Odd Future rapper Tyler, the Creator wasn’t too pleased after waking up and finding the new U2 album, Songs of Innocence , on his phone. Exclusive: Guy Oseary on U2's $100 Million Deal With Apple, And What's Next for the…

  10. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  11. Mac Wiseman Talks 'Songs From My Mother's Hand,' Merle Haggard Duet Album & More

    September 11, 2014 6:58 PM EDT There is no false advertising with the title of Mac Wiseman 's latest album, Songs From My Mother's Hand . "All of the material on this CD are from old composition books where my mother copied lyrics from listening to a live radio program back in the late '20s and early &…

  12. Chris Brown's 'Autumn Leaves' Collabo With Kendrick Lamar Leaks

    September 10, 2014 5:26 PM EDT As the release of Chris Brown 's X (Sept. 16) approaches, a new song surfaces, titled, "Autumn Leaves." The X collaboration with Kendrick Lamar is featured on MissInfo.tv, Nah Right, 2DopeBoyz and other sites. On the slow-tempo track, the singer-songwriter opens up about his…

  13. The Man Who Sketches Beyonce and Pharrell Is a $1,000 a Minute Art Sensation

    September 05, 2014 4:43 PM EDT If Andy Warhol had favored magic markers instead of silk screens and lived in a world where 15 seconds (not 15 minutes) of fame was the norm, he’d have a formidable rival in Donald Robertson. The cosmetics executive, whose self-appointed nickname is “Drawbertson,” has built a lucrative second…

  14. SOJA and the American Reggae Movement: D.C. Band Makes 'Noise' With Highest Debut

    September 04, 2014 1:22 PM EDT "I wanted to be Bob Marley since the first time I saw a picture of him and I still do; what I mean by that is conscious music needs to have a spotlight on it and he did that bigger than anyone who ever lived," explained Jacob Hemphill , lead singer/songwriter of the Washington D.C.…

  15. Diplo's Lawyer Joins Manatt, Phelps & Phillips As Firm Looks to Expand EDM Business

    September 02, 2014 4:32 PM EDT Attorney David Rappaport , whose clients include Diplo and Mad Decent, Phantogram , Cold War Kids and Dirty Projectors , among others, has joined the law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the New York office. He will also oversee the Manatt’s music transactional practice.…

  16. Brad Paisley Still Stinging From 'Accidental Racist' Uproar

    September 01, 2014 12:31 AM EDT Brad Paisley is taking control of the conversation about Brad Paisley with the release of his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk . The unexpected criticism he and rapper LL Cool J received over the song "Accidental Racist, " which was leaked ahead of Paisley's 2013 album…

  17. Watch: Kid Cudi Collapses During Performance at North Coast Music Festival

    August 31, 2014 12:54 PM EDT “Ill do a better and make sure to eat properly on show days," Kid Cudi tweeted afterward. Rapper Kid Cudi collapsed during his headlining set at the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park on Saturday (Aug. 30) night. While performing his 2009 song “Pursuit of Happiness,” Cudi…

  18. Free Music Round-Up: Raury, Ty Dolla $ign, Rico Love & Melat

    August 29, 2014 5:00 PM EDT This was an exciting week for free music. Raury released a precocious album debut, Ty Dolla $ign and Rico Love delivered R&B-drenched projects and rising singer Melat channeled vintage hip-hop/soul on her EP. Raury's Indigo Child (Album) Raury aims for a powerful, cohesive statement…

  19. Riff Raff Mad at 'Chubby' Sam Smith For Cropping Him Out of VMA Photo

    August 29, 2014 3:42 PM EDT This is how he do. Here's the thing about having so many celebrities at awards shows: Unless you're Beyonce , everyone gets cropped out of a photo at some point or another. Yes, Riff Raff , even you. Katy Perry's All-Denim Ensemble Is a Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake…

  20. Emerging U.K. Artist Kwabs Talks Twitter, Music & More (Q&A)

    August 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT With his unmistakable sound, Ghana-born, Camberwell (London)-based Kwabena Adjepong , better known as Kwabs , stood out on the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists Chart for the week of Aug. 30, where his track "Walk" debuted at No. 36.   In listening to "Walk," it's…

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