1. Drake's 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late' & 14 Other Unexpected Album Releases

    February 13, 2015 11:40 AM EST From David Bowie to Beyonce, see who else dropped LPs without a ton of warning. Over the past half-decade, artists have dropped full-lengths with zero, or very little, advance notice, shocking their fans and setting forth some unexpected listening delights. Check out 15 instances of…

  2. Beyonce & Jay Z Album Coming Soon? Producer Detail Hints at 2015 Release

    February 09, 2015 3:25 AM EST "When you think of Jay and Bey together, you think 'album,'" says the veteran producer. Is the long-rumored Beyonce and Jay Z joint album actually going to appear in 2015? Noel Fisher, the producer known as Detail , seems to think so, coyly telling Billboard…

  3. Why Jay Z's Streaming Purchase Is a Very Smart Move

    January 30, 2015 6:19 PM EST Jay Z should close the deal on Aspiro, the company behind streaming services WiMP and Tidal. Few artists or executives could bring more value to a music streaming company that's trying to gain a foothold in a growing market. Reports say Jay Z will pay $56 million for Aspiro. That'…

  4. Jay Z Is Not Buying Hot 97, Station Owner Says

    January 21, 2015 3:15 PM EST You know that rumor that Jay Z is in negotiations to buy New York radio station Hot 97? Well, "That story is false." Emmis Communications, owner of WQHT Hot 97, debunks the rumor by telling Hip-Hop Wired that it's not true. Is Jay Z Buying Hot 97? The story circulated the…

  5. We Sorted 12 Pop Stars Into Hogwarts Houses

    December 29, 2014 5:58 PM EST Lorde was pretty much born to be a 'Harry Potter' character -- but what house would she be in? In a series of tweets on Sunday, Charli XCX expressed offense when someone told her: "If [you] were at hogwarts [you]'d definitely be in slytherin." However, after…

  6. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2014 4:34 PM EST J. Cole 's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's Cole World: The Sideline Story , and its follow-up,…

  7. Corner Office: Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Label's Future, Kanye West's 'Incredible' New Album and Why Justin Bieber Isn't Overexposed

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin , Russell Simmons , Lyor Cohen , Jay Z , L.A. Reid ...Def Jam has seen a succession of iconic leaders during its 30 years, and on April 1, Steve Bartels found himself next in line. And while his sleek corner office in the Midtown Manhattan building of Universal Music Group (UMG)…

  8. The Download Heard 'Round the World: iTunes Numbers Show 81 Million 'Experienced' U2 Album

    October 09, 2014 3:43 PM EDT 'Songs of Innocence,' the band's latest release delivered for free, is firmly entrenched with 26 million customers downloading the set in its entirety. U2 has gone from setting records to breaking them and, with the band's game-changing Apple partnership, simply defying…

  9. How Thom Yorke Kept His New Album a Surprise

    October 05, 2014 11:02 PM EDT Thom Yorke jolted fans Sept. 26 with a new album. Even more startling, however, was how the Radiohead frontman chose to release Tomorrow's Modern Boxes : via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent. Once the preferred vessel of Internet pirates, BitTorrent -- actually a privately…

  10. U2: When Art Becomes the Ad (Guest Column)

    September 19, 2014 3:23 PM EDT 'They might as well be selling Buicks,' writes the host of KCSN's morning show. U2 has always been about messages. In the band's early days in Dublin, beginning with the 1980 album Boy and its hit single "I Will Follow," they openly addressed Bono and the Edge…

  11. U2's 'Songs' Arrives, But Giveaway Model Will Push Back Its Billboard 200 Debut

    September 09, 2014 6:57 PM EDT While U2 surprised the music world by releasing its new album, Songs of Innocence , today as a free download to iTunes Store account holders and for streaming on Beats Music, you won't see it on the Billboard 200 albums chart for another month and a half. U2's Surprise '…

  12. Samsung's Milk Music Joins the Premium Radio Service Race

    July 31, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Samsung has added a premium tier to its streaming service, Milk Music, making it the latest company to roll out an inexpensive, radio-like streaming service. For $3.99 per month, Milk Premium adds offline listening and unlimited song skipping to the regular offering of 200 stations and a…

  13. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with 'Mandatory Fun'

    July 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since 1963, and logs the largest sales week for a…

  14. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Jay-Z Debuts Atop Billboard 200

    July 21, 2014 8:05 AM EDT A year ago this week, Hova scored his lucky 13th leader. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Alice Cooper, Richard Marx and UB40 Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history July 21, 1990 Black Box flew to No. 1 on Dance Club…

  15. Paul McCartney Releases Five Post-Beatles Albums As iPad Apps (Report)

    July 16, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Paul McCartney is a future-forward guy--he smirks for selfies , tops Twitter charts and makes iPad apps like Björk. Through the Concord Music Group, the rock legend has released five new apps covering five of his post-Beatles albums: "McCartney," "McCartney II," "Band…

  16. Sia Earns First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 with '1000 Forms of Fear'

    July 16, 2014 10:53 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Sia nabs her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and her best sales week ever — as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuts atop the list. The new album, released on Monkey Puzzle through RCA Records, sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to…

  17. Trey Songz Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Trigga'

    July 09, 2014 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Trey Songz secures his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Trigga" debuts atop the list. The set, which was released on July 1, sold 105,000 copies in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Songz also saw his last album, 2012's "…

  18. Jeezy Releases Jay Z-Assisted 'Seen It All': Listen

    July 01, 2014 12:58 PM EDT Shortly after announcing the coming of his album, "Seen It All" (September 2) yesterday (June 30), Jeezy releases the album's title track featuring Jay Z. The Cardo-produced cut features both rappers teaming up yet again and spitting about their heydays in the dope game.…

  19. Beyonce Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List, Springsteen, Calvin Harris Also Make the Cut

    June 30, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Queen B reigns supreme in Forbes Celebrity 100 list, which was released Monday. Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Rihanna and Katy Perry were also in the top 10 on the list that rates the cultural icons success and influence against one another.  Beyonce runs the show after a year that included 95 massive gigs…

  20. Jay Z & Beyonce's "RUN" Fashion: Stylist Rob Zangardi on Dressing Music's Hottest Couple

    June 03, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Jay Z’s latest video from summer 2013 album “Magna Carta… Holy Grail” for “Part II” does plenty in its three minutes and 44 seconds, functioning as a star-studded (Jake Gyllenhaal, Blake Lively, Don Cheadle) movie trailer for a feature-length film co-starring wife Beyonce called "RUN…

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