1. Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways' Dropped From 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    March 27, 2014 4:55 PM EDT A quick update on the litigation involving Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," one of last year's biggest songs. Thanks to an agreement between the parties, Bridgeport Music is no longer a defendant as of Wednesday. That means that the lawsuit won't be considering whether…

  2. Happy Birthday, Mariah Carey: 7 Things from Her Classic 'Fantasy' Video that She Should Do Today

    March 27, 2014 4:15 PM EDT Today (March 27), Mariah Carey celebrates her 44th birthday. To mark the moment, we thought, "How would MC want to spend the day?" After watching some of her most notable music videos, we landed on "Fantasy" and figured the fun-filled carnival themed vid was a no-brainer.…

  3. YG Debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 27, 2014 2:48 PM EDT YG's "My Krazy Life" debuts at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 61,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It leads a new peak of highly anticipated rap releases on the chart. The Los Angeles rapper’s No. 1 debut -- a concept album…

  4. Asaad, 'Flowers II': Exclusive Mixtape Download

    March 27, 2014 1:45 PM EDT It's not that he's misunderstood, it's that to know Asaad you have to dig deep. In a short period of time, the North Philly rapper has felt two record deals fall through his fingers (G-Unit/Interscope and Atlantic Records) and the dishonesty from former friend and collaborator…

  5. Run-D.M.C.'s 'Run D.M.C.' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    March 27, 2014 11:08 AM EDT It's been thirty years since the release of Run-D.M.C.'s self-titled debut LP, which made its way to record stores on March 27, 1984. The album is a cultural landmark, introducing legendary rappers Joseph "Run" Simmons and Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, plus their…

  6. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  7. The Monkees Swing In For U.S. Tour

    March 27, 2014 12:33 AM EDT Original members of The Monkees Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will return to the concert stage after last year’s successful tour, for a 14-date U.S. trek, starting May 22 in Hampton, NH. Tork insists he’s “happily looking forward to reuniting with my partners and sharing this…

  8. Chief Keef Involved in Shooting North of Chicago: Reports

    March 26, 2014 3:57 PM EDT Rapper Chief Keef was present during a shooting incident early Wednesday north of Chicago that put another person in the hospital, according to reports. Keef's publicist told  TMZ  that Keef -- born Keith Cozart -- was present at the time but was not the shooter. Keef's rep has…

  9. Wu-Tang Clan To Release One Copy of Secret Double-Album

    March 26, 2014 3:15 PM EDT "This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king," says RZA of "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin." The Wu-Tang Clan have been busy trying to finish "A Better Tomorrow," the proper full-length follow-up to 2007's "8 Diagrams" that doubles…

  10. Wall Street Titans & Their Warbling Daughters

    March 26, 2014 2:48 PM EDT These four daughters of Wall Street honchos have singing careers in sight The daughters of some of the most prominent financial executives are making music instead of money, from a hedge fund billionaire's daughter with four albums under her belt to Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman'…

  11. 'Glee' Recap: 'New Directions' Masters the Art of Making the Never-Ending Seem Final

    March 26, 2014 3:43 AM EDT "Glee" is obsessed with writing final episodes, or episodes that at least feel that way. That’s "Glee" 101 for you, both literally and figuratively. While we’re still a season and a half away from the actual finale of the series, so many episodes to date have carried the…

  12. Lost Bob Dylan Songs to Be Reimagined by Peers on Upcoming Album

    March 25, 2014 7:41 PM EDT A collection of unfinished Bob Dylan songs from the 1960s are finally getting the star treatment, though it's not coming from Dylan himself. An all-star cast of musicians has convened to take two dozen Dylan tunes, purportedly written around 1967 during the singer's "Basement…

  13. Ty Dolla $ign Doubles His Money With Two Hits & All-Star Friends

    March 25, 2014 3:08 PM EDT Ty Dolla Sign seems to be living up to his name. In the issue dated March 29, the Los Angeles rapper/singer/producer's newest single, "Or Nah" (featuring Wiz Khalifa), debuts at No. 91 on the Billboard Hot 100, jumps 30-24 in its third week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and has…

  14. Christian Rap Gains Traction, Chart Cred

    March 25, 2014 9:16 AM EDT Savvy marketing and a wholesome image are turning religious rappers into mainstream players "Hip-hop is an expression of what is dearest to you," says Christian rapper KB. "It's coming from who I love. And who I love is Jesus." The religious artist's passion was…

  15. Sean Combs Back to Puff Daddy With Upcoming Album

    March 24, 2014 8:19 PM EDT Puff Daddy -- the name, in addition to the rapper -- is returning to music. Sean Combs, who for the last near-decade has gone by Diddy for his stage name, announced the change today, Radio.com reports -- oh, and there's a new album involved, too. "MMM," the rapper's first…

  16. Rihanna to Receive CFDA Fashion Award

    March 24, 2014 7:14 PM EDT Rihanna earned an icon award at the American Music Awards last year. Now she's receiving a similar honor from the fashion world. The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc., announced Monday that the 26-year-old pop star will receive the CFDA Fashion Icon Award on June 2 in New…

  17. Chart Highlights: Passenger, Pharrell Williams, Dierks Bentley Score New No. 1s

    March 24, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Among this week's new leaders, Passenger's 'Let Her Go' crowns AC, Williams' 'Happy' takes over atop two more tallies and Bentley parks 'I Hold On' atop Country Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts…

  18. Eric Bellinger Signs With 300 Entertainment

    March 24, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Lyor Cohen’s 300 Entertainment has signed Grammy Award-winning songwriter Eric Bellinger, Billboard has learned exclusively. Under terms of the new deal, the Warner Music Group-distributed 300 Entertainment will release, market and promote Bellinger’s debut solo album, "The Rebirth."…

  19. Smoke DZA Talks 'Dream.Zone.Achieve' Album, Performs Two Songs: Watch

    March 24, 2014 11:58 AM EDT There's more than meets the eye when it comes to Smoke DZA. The rapper and R.F.C. Music Group label head has been in the game for over a decade, and his personal journey has been one to marvel at. On his upcoming album, "Dream.ZONE.Achieve," DZA breaks down his sonic excursion…

  20. This Week In Billboard Chart History: Evanescence's 'Bring Me To Life' Tops Alternative Songs

    March 24, 2014 8:05 AM EDT This week in 2003, the band crowned the chart with its breakthrough smash. Plus, remembering key chart feats for Michael Jackson, the Supremes and the all-star Voices That Care Your weekly recap celebrating significant milestones from more than seven decades of Billboard chart history March…

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