1. Beyonce, Pharrell Williams Lead Mid-Year SoundScan R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    July 02, 2014 3:31 PM EDT Beyonce's self-titled surprise album is far-and-away the year's biggest selling R&B/hip-hop set. As we reach the half way mark of 2014, we take a moment to glance at the biggest selling R&B/hip-hop albums and digital songs through the sales week that ended June 29. '…

  2. Nicki Minaj Addresses Rumors of Iggy Azalea Shade

    July 02, 2014 2:02 PM EDT Nicki Minaj gave one hell of an acceptance speech at the 2014 BET Awards on Sunday (June 30). She won the award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. Everyone amusingly tuned in as she kicked off her speech with: "What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj…

  3. Trey Songz's 'Na Na' Translated for Old People on 'Kimmel' (Video)

    July 02, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Last night, R&B pretty boy Trey Songz came on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" so Kimmel could tell everyone how good Songz is at sex. Well, that's not exactly what the plan was, but that's how it turned out. As part of the segment "New Lyrics For Old People," Songz…

  4. Kanye West's A.P.C. Collection Returns

    July 01, 2014 8:42 PM EDT For those who missed out on Kanye West's first A.P.C. collection, which sold out in a matter of hours when it hit shelves last July, here's your chance at owning a piece from the rapper's second and final collaboration with the French clothing brand, which debuts July 17. West,…

  5. Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J: Whose New Album Are You Most Excited For?

    July 01, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Vote now! On Tuesday (July 1), it was announced that Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj are combining for a new single , "Bang Bang," that is sure to be one of the high-wattage pop singles of the summer when it's released on July 29. "Bang Bang" will be the lead…

  6. Arty, 'Up All Night': Exclusive Premiere

    July 01, 2014 1:00 PM EDT When it sees release this fall, Arty’s debut album will represent a litany of firsts. As well as being the 24-year-old Russian artist’s first major foray into songwriting, it will also mark the first album released by Live Nation’s Insomniac’s fledgling record label in partnership with…

  7. 20 Awesome 'America' Songs

    July 01, 2014 12:53 PM EDT It's impossible to live in the 50 states and not know about schoolhouse classics like "The Star Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land," but those famous patriotic odes aren't the only way to give a musical shout-out to America. To celebrate the 4th of…

  8. Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj Combine For 'Bang Bang' Single

    July 01, 2014 10:38 AM EDT Jessie J will return later this month with a new single, "Bang Bang," that features two of the biggest female stars in pop music today. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj are both guest artists on "Bang Bang," a self-described "powerhouse anthem" (thanks,…

  9. Latin Grammy Academy Honoring Willy Chirino, Los Lobos and Others

    July 01, 2014 7:27 AM EDT Cuban singer/songwriter Willy Chirino, Chicano rock band Los Lobos and Argentinean songstress/actress Valeria Lynch are among the honorees receiving special lifetime achievement awards by the Latin Recording Academy.   The special awards will be given during Latin Grammy week on Nov. 19, a…

  10. Chart Highlights: Nico & Vinz Vault To No. 1 On Adult Pop Songs With 'Am I Wrong'

    June 30, 2014 7:35 PM EDT The Norwegian duo notches its first airplay chart No. 1. Plus, new No. 1s for Coldplay, Blake Shelton and Calibre 50 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 below. All…

  11. Jennifer Lopez's 'A.K.A.' Debut: An Icon Reaches a Crossroads

    June 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT With a lackluster sales debut for her latest album, Lopez should consider a musical makeover. Jennifer Lopez is an icon. We knew that long before she won the Icon Award last month . But musically, Lopez sounds trapped in a different era.   Her eighth studio album, "A.K.A.," starts…

  12. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  13. Majical Cloudz Talks Tour with Lorde, Premieres Tim Hecker's 'Savage' Remix (Listen)

    June 30, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Devon Welsh also discusses new music Majical Cloudz has been recording When Lorde heads out on her North American tour this September, she'll be taking along not a polished, major label next-big-thing, but a cult favorite used to playing to a few hundred spectators, or less. But…

  14. 10 Things Seen and Heard at the 2014 BET Awards

    June 30, 2014 1:03 AM EDT From Lionel Riche’s tribute to Nicki Minaj’s onstage bunny co-star, Billboard runs down what you didn’t see on TV. The BET Awards red carpet was hot—literally—at about 80 degrees, but that didn’t stop the entertainment industry from sashaying in style and looking mighty fab -- from…

  15. Pharrell Williams & August Alsina Win Big at BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 11:59 PM EDT The BET Awards never fail to deliver memorable surprises. This year wasn’t any different. Pharrell Williams kicked off the 2014 BET Awards at LA's Nokia Theatre with a performance of his latest "G I R L" single, "Come Get It Bae." With a handful of dancers dressed…

  16. BET Awards 2014: Iggy Azalea Performs 'No Mediocre' with T.I., Gets 'Fancy'

    June 29, 2014 10:58 PM EDT Iggy Azalea pulled double duty at the BET Awards, performing "No Mediocre" with T.I., then taking on her on hit "Fancy." Summer of Iggy Azalea: The Billboard Cover Story In a black crop top and tight black pants, Azalea got the crowd -- inculding Nicki Minaj and Snoop…

  17. Nicki Minaj Brings 'Pills N Potions' to 2014 BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 9:58 PM EDT Nicki Minaj opened with menacing rhymes on the back of a motorcycle at the 2014 BET Awards, but that lasted all of 30 seconds. Then came tambourines and a slow bass line for her new single “Pill N Potions.” 2014 BET Awards: Red Carpet Photos Contortionists, bunny rabbits, giant mushrooms…

  18. Drake, Beyonce, Jay Z Atop BET Awards Nominees

    June 29, 2014 7:18 PM EDT Could this year be a repeat for Drake at the BET Awards? Last year the rapper won video of the year and two more awards, and he could do the same Sunday, where he is nominated for five honors. The only difference: He'll actually be in attendance this year. Man Stabbed at BET Awards Pre…

  19. Man Stabbed at BET Awards Pre-Show Party: Update

    June 29, 2014 4:52 PM EDT UPDATED: Two separate violent events occurred at locations hosting preshow parties, with one victim dead from gunshot wounds. Two separate violent incidents — a shooting and stabbing — occurred on Saturday night and early Sunday at Los Angeles events where preshow parties were held ahead…

  20. BET Experience 2014: Outkast, A$AP Rocky & Rick Ross Pack the House on Day 2

    June 29, 2014 1:53 PM EDT Duo headlines second night of BET Experience concerts, joined by A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, August Alsina and more It was all about Outkast Saturday night (June 28) as the pair brought their 20th anniversary celebration to Los Angeles. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles…

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