1. Nicki Minaj Delivers Flame Emoji-Worthy Remix to Yo Gotti's 'Down in the DM'

    February 04, 2016 12:00 PM EST Nicki Minaj gets down with Yo Gotti  for take two of his explicit thirst bucket anthem "Down in the DM." The Head-Barb-in-Charge seasons the Schife Karbeen and Ben Billions beat with her witty punchlines, even sprinkling in references to Kylie Jenner, Bill O'Reilly and  Miley…

  2. Grammys 2016: Who Will Win and Who Should Win

    February 04, 2016 12:00 PM EST Two Billboard critics survey the field, from Lamar vs. Swift to Dylan vs. Manilow, with a wary eye on the "Beck factor." Jody Rosen Is this Kendrick Lamar 's year? The stars seem to be aligned for Lamar, who has a near-record 11 ­nominations. To Pimp a Butterfly was the year&…

  3. Meek Mill Reignites Drake Feud on New '4/4' EP: Listen

    January 17, 2016 1:09 PM EST Just when you thought it was finally over, Meek Mill has reignited his beef with Drake . Meek Mill vs. Drake: A Full Timeline of the Rap Beef & Who Weighed In After five months of peace, Mill is firing back at the Toronto on his surprise new EP, 4/4 , which dropped on Saturday (Jan. 16).…

  4. Nicki Minaj Calls Farrah Abraham a Big 'C---' in Heated Twitter Exchange

    January 10, 2016 9:27 PM EST Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to air some unflattering thoughts about Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham on Sunday (Jan. 10), starting a heated exchange between the two celebrities.  Nicki Minaj on Female Rapper Criticism: 'To Undermine My Skill as an MC Is Actually Comical' Presumably…

  5. Meek Mill To Miss New Year's Eve Gig With Nicki Minaj Following Court Ruling

    December 29, 2015 2:30 PM EST Meek Mill 's parole violation has put a dent in his New Year's Eve plans. Originally scheduled to take the stage with his girlfriend  Nicki Minaj  at Drai's Nightclub at The Cromwell in Las Vegas on Dec. 31, the rapper will reportedly stay in his native Philadelphia to perform…

  6. Guy Behind Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian Games Explains His Strategy in Podcast

    December 28, 2015 1:35 PM EST In a rhetorical style best described as "rich know-it-all," Glu Mobile CEO Niccolo de Masi sat down with Recode executive editor Kara Swisher to discuss his strategy for mobile games . His company was behind the successful Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, as well as a game for Katy Perry…

  7. Nicki Minaj Sends Cryptic Wedding Tweet

    December 28, 2015 12:15 PM EST The Internet heard wedding bells for  Nicki Minaj  and Meek Mill after the Queens rapper tweeted on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 27): "RT for beach wedding. Fave for church wedding." RT for beach wedding. Fave for church wedding. — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) December 27, 2015 The couple…

  8. Nicki Minaj Recruits Ariana Neal, Selita Ebanks & Whoopi Goldberg For ABC Family Comedy 'Nicki'

    December 18, 2015 3:23 PM EST Nicki Minaj has officially locked in talent for her forthcoming ABC Family comedy  Nicki . The  Billboard  cover star announced the actors slated to star in the scripted series in an Instagram post on Friday (Dec. 18).   I am honored and excited to announce that I've literally…

  9. Meek Mill Found Guilty of Parole Violation, Faces Prison Time Next Year

    December 17, 2015 5:54 PM EST Meek Mill faces a potential prison sentence early next year after a judge in Philadelphia found the rapper guilty of probation violations. The judge said Thursday she's not sure she'll keep Mill on probation after he repeatedly ignored travel and other rules she set for him in…

  10. Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and More Artists Who Made the Leap to Arena Headliner in 2015

    December 14, 2015 1:13 PM EST Lots of acts have hits -- but only a select few can fill Madison Square Garden. These are the artists who made the leap from theater to arena headliner in 2015.   This story originally appeared in the  Dec. 19 issue of Billboard . Year in Music 2015 Year in Music 2015 Billboard Staff Ed…

  11. Nicki Minaj on Female Rapper Criticism: 'To Undermine My Skill as an MC Is Actually Comical'

    December 11, 2015 7:06 PM EST Nicki Minaj is not one to let trash talking go without reply.  On Friday (Dec. 11), the rapper took to Twitter in response to some comments made by and retweeted by the African American gossip site Bossip that she took personally.  Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda': Listen to an…

  12. Live Music's $20 Billion Year: The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well Reunion, Taylor Swift, One Direction Top Boxscore's Year-End

    December 11, 2015 3:04 PM EST Grateful Dead’s "Fare Thee Well" tops all, though Taylor Swift, U2, Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney perform well. As the sun began to set on Chicago’s Soldier Field, the positive vibe was palpable as more than 70,000 fans -- most of them clutching American Beauty roses -- settled in for…

  13. Nicki Minaj: 'I'll Definitely Drop a Mixtape -- I Have To'

    December 10, 2015 12:45 PM EST The last time Nicki Minaj  released a mixtape, the calendar was 2009. Powered by Trapaholics Records, the 23-track set titled  Beam Me Up Scotty  featured the curvy Queens MC in Wonder Woman garb on the cover as she spit fire on tracks like "Itty Bitty Piggy" and the carrier track …

  14. Nicki Minaj Says She Looks to Jay Z and Beyonce For Relationship Advice: 'They're So Strong'

    December 10, 2015 12:05 PM EST Nicki Minaj 's love life has been under the microscope since she began parading arm-in-arm with rapper  Meek Mill . Sandwiched in between the Philadelphia MC and her longtime Young Money label mate Drake during their viral beef this past summer, the Queens rapper born Onika Maraj didn&…

  15. Nicki Minaj Gets Political: Her Take on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Why the War on Drugs 'Has Become Slavery'

    December 10, 2015 10:00 AM EST Billboard's cover star shares her thoughts on the presidential frontrunners & why Sandra Bland's death "hit me so hard." Nicki Minaj has always been outspoken, but 2015 saw the rapper getting more politically vocal than ever before. In Billboard's Year-End issue,…

  16. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop 2015: Drake & The Weeknd Dominate

    December 09, 2015 9:00 AM EST Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop charts were largely governed by a handful of superstar acts in 2015, led by Drake and The Weeknd , while also making way for emerging artists, including Fetty Wap , Silento and Rae Sremmurd . Chart veterans like D’Angelo and Janet Jackson made big comebacks, as…

  17. 2015's Best Awards-Show Moments: From Kanye in 2020 to 'Miley, What's Good?'

    December 08, 2015 12:00 PM EST Big things went down at music awards shows in 2015. Kanye West told us he was going to run for president in 2020, Nicki Minaj put Miley Cyrus on blast, and a comeback performance brought Justin Bieber to tears. And that was just the VMAs! Awards-show moments had a knack for crossing over to…

  18. 2016 Grammy Awards: Twitter Offers Mixed Reactions To Rap Nominations

    December 07, 2015 11:10 AM EST The rap nominations for the 58th Grammy Awards already have timelines going from zero to 100 rather quickly. With Kendrick Lamar -- last year's unsung hero -- bagging 11 nods this go-round, Drake , Fetty Wap, Nicki Minaj , Kanye West  and J. Cole also join the ranks with several shout…

  19. Justin Bieber, One Direction & Selena Gomez Duke It Out for Most Popular on Instagram in 2015

    December 02, 2015 9:30 AM EST Instagram has released stats for the app’s most popular music-related subjects in 2015, and its findings -- the pecking orders in particular -- will give fan armies even more of the ammunition they crave. One Direction edged out Justin Bieber for the artist who garnered the most mentions of…

  20. Music's Top 10 Instagram Accounts of 2015: Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez & More

    December 02, 2015 8:45 AM EST It's been a big year for Instagram. The fact that Taylor Swift nearly quadrupled her account's following in 2015, gaining more than 39 million followers to make her the social network's most popular account with 53.3 million followers as of Wednesday (Dec. 2), is a staggering…

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