1. What's Nicki Minaj Up to Before 'SNL'?

    December 06, 2014 6:44 PM EST With only hours until she takes the stage as the night's performer on Saturday Night Live , Nicki Minaj is prepping for the gig in the way only she knows how: with revealing selfies and some Instavids. The rapper, who will drop  The Pinkprint  on Dec. 15, took to Instagram in the…

  2. Max Weinberg on Bruce Springsteen: 'The Music Is Timeless and So Is the Butt'

    December 06, 2014 4:55 PM EST It's been forty years since Max Weinberg was enlisted by Bruce Springsteen to drum in the legendary E Street Band . But if you ask the drummer, nothing has changed. And that includes one of Springsteen's most iconic physical features. "You know, you took the words right out…

  3. Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

    December 05, 2014 2:30 PM EST Early Friday on CBS This Morning , Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams stopped by to reveal four major categories of nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Head Here for Our Complete Coverage of the 2015 Grammys Sheeran's own x (pronounced "multiply") got a nod…

  4. Taylor Swift Attends (Another) 1975 Show With Victoria's Secret Models

    December 05, 2014 10:32 AM EST Billboard's Woman of the Year Taylor Swift went to a show by the band The 1975 at New York City's Terminal 5 last night -- the second time she's checked them out within one month. This time, she brought along a couple of Victoria's Secret Models, Lily Aldridge and Martha…

  5. Billboard Woman of the Year Taylor Swift on Writing Her Own Rules, Not Becoming a Cliche and the Hurdle of Going Pop

    December 05, 2014 9:00 AM EST Taylor Swift never doubted that her fifth album, 1989 , would sell 1 million copies in its first week. But others were not so confident. "Everyone, in and out of the music business, kept telling me that my opinion and my viewpoint was naive and overly optimistic -- even my own…

  6. Questlove Challenges Artists to Write Protest Songs After Mike Brown & Eric Garner Rulings

    December 04, 2014 5:35 PM EST Roots mastermind says musicians -- in hip-hop and beyond -- are not singing about the issues nearly enough. Listen up, y’all: Questlove has something to say, and as usual, it's pretty much gospel. Following the non-indictments of police officers in the Mike Brown and Eric Garner…

  7. No Charges in Eric Garner's Chokehold Death: Hip-Hop Community Reacts

    December 03, 2014 3:57 PM EST Just over a week after a Ferguson grand jury failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has chosen not to bring charges in the death of Eric Garner, a New York man who died after being placed in a…

  8. HBO Picks Up Mick Jagger-Produced Rock Drama

    December 02, 2014 3:19 PM EST The 1970s-set series, from 'Boardwalk Empire' duo Martin Scorsese & Terence Winter, has been in development since 2011. HBO has picked up to series a rock 'n' roll drama from Boardwalk Empire 's Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter. The show is also exec produced…

  9. Can the Internet Will Harry Styles & Emma Watson Into Romance?

    December 01, 2014 9:38 PM EST The Internet is all hot and bothered over a run in between One Direction 's Harry Styles and actor Emma Watson at the 2014 British Fashion Awards Monday.  Here's What Harry Styles Had to Say on Taylor Swift Writing About Their Relationship...   When the boy band…

  10. Taylor Swift Plays the Tease: What Song Will She Sing at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show?

    December 01, 2014 8:44 PM EST With preparations underway for this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Taylor Swift is teasing her performance plans for massive annual event Tuesday.  Swift posted the question, "Wonder what I'll be singing at the VS Fashion Show tomorrow..." along with…

  11. Exclusive Premiere: Max Cooper's 'Origins' (David August Remix)

    November 28, 2014 6:00 PM EST When London artist Max Cooper compiled his holiday wish list, David August 's name sat right at the top. "He is probably the best musician in house music for me," says Cooper. "His work has always stood out." It's not difficult to see why. With mesmerizing…

  12. Check Out Miley Cyrus Partying Like a... Taco?

    November 26, 2014 6:45 PM EST Miley Cyrus might be channeling her inner-taco on some new recordings.  Miley Cyrus Goes Topless at 22nd ‘Happyland’ Birthday Party in L.A. From the looks of the pop star's Instagram account , Cyrus is awfully fond of a new taco costume and has been wearing it around. And to avoid any…

  13. T.I., Big Sean & More Rappers Hand Out Turkeys for Thanksgiving

    November 26, 2014 3:28 PM EST Ludacris, Snoop Dogg & MC Hammer were also spotted giving back. A handful of rappers are giving thanks and giving back for Thanksgiving, handing out turkeys in their communities ahead of the holiday. All About That Baste: Recipe for a Thanksgiving Soundtrack Big Sean helped his…

  14. Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' No. 1 on Hot 100 for Second Week

    November 26, 2014 3:05 PM EST Swift holds at the summit, while Hozier becomes the first solo male in the top five in nearly three months. Taylor Swift spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blank Space," while Hozier surges 6-3 with "Take Me to Church," becoming the first solo…

  15. Rihanna Gives In-Studio Preview of New Song on Instagram

    November 25, 2014 7:35 PM EST There's no word yet on when Rihanna will release her new album, but the songstress is doing quite the job playing the tease. After making a splash with her return to Instagram earlier this month, she's made good use of the photo and video sharing app by reminding us of what we&…

  16. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  17. Ferguson Decision: Hip-Hop Community & Other Artists React

    November 24, 2014 10:17 PM EST Rihanna, Katy Perry, Killer Mike, Q-Tip, Hayley Williams, Alicia Keys and many more speak out. The death of Michael Brown has been a rallying cry in the hip-hop community since the unarmed teen was fatally shot in Ferguson, Mo., by a police officer back in August. Monday night (Nov. 24)…

  18. Kobalt Publishing Hires Jamie McLaughlin as Creative Director

    November 24, 2014 11:47 AM EST Kobalt Music Publishing has appointed Jamie McLaughlin to the position of creative director, charged with signing new talent, arranging writer collaborations and pitching songs. She has hit the ground running in the new job, having already played a part in the signing of Lady Gaga…

  19. American Music Awards 2014: What You Didn't See on TV

    November 24, 2014 12:17 AM EST One Direction's Harry Styles & Niall Horan make sure to stay in the audience for J.Lo & Iggy's 'Booty' fest, and more behind-the-scenes action. At Sunday night's American Music Awards , you saw Selena Gomez bare her heart -- and Iggy Azalea and…

  20. Ariana Grande and Big Sean's 5 Cutest Moments

    November 22, 2014 8:55 PM EST Since October, when Ariana Grande confirmed her relationship with Big Sean , the lovebirds haven't been shy about expressing their affection for one another. On Saturday (Nov. 22), Grande dropped two adorable pictures featuring her rapper beau on Instagram. In honor of their…

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