1. Bobby Shmurda Pleads Not Guilty to Gun, Drug Charges

    December 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST Up-and-coming rapper Bobby Shmurda appeared in a New York City court on Thursday (Dec. 18) to face charges he moonlighted as a gun-toting member of a street gang that was behind several shootings, one fatal, during turf wars over drug trafficking. Shmurda (real name: Ackquille Pollard)…

  2. Lorde, Rick Astley, Skrillex, Gotye & More Appear In Hilarious Australian Video: Watch

    December 17, 2014 1:55 AM EST Lorde , Rick Astley , Skrillex , Steve Aoki , Paul Kelly and  Flume  are among the laundry-list of hip and household-name artists who appear in a hilarious new clip created by Australia’s Triple J radio network.   In the video, Triple J’s weekday breakfast DJs Matt and Alex gather more…

  3. Nicki Minaj, 'The Pinkprint': Track-by-Track Review

    December 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST Most artists spend their lives crafting their most personal album. For Nicki Minaj , it's not until her third studio album, The Pinkprint , where she extends her autobiography beyond slivers of detail and zooms in on her post-fame dealings with love and family. In 2007, Minaj flooded…

  4. YouTube Music Admin Company AdRev Snaps Up Distro Service DashGo

    December 15, 2014 1:16 PM EST AdRev , a music administration service for YouTube, has acquired digital distributor DashGo . Terms of the deal were not disclosed. All DashGo employees will make the transition to AdRev, and DashGo will retain its name, according to AdRev CEO Ryan Born . Ben Patterson will continue on as…

  5. Wondering Sound Cuts Editorial Staff

    December 12, 2014 8:15 PM EST Update, Dec. 13: A source familiar with the situation tells Billboard that editor-in-chief J. Edward Keyes and managing editor Laura Leebove were not affected by the downsizing. Online music publication Wondering Sound  has cut what seems to be nearly all of its editorial staff, saying it…

  6. Listen: Timbaland Shares New Track ‘UFO’ Featuring Tink & Andre 3000

    December 07, 2014 2:13 PM EST Timbaland has shared his new track “UFO” featuring Chicago R&B singer Tink and Andre 3000. Timbaland Previews Tink's 'Movin' Bass,' Feat. Jay Z & Rick Ross: Listen After recently previewing a snippet of “UFO” on Instagram, the producer shared the infidelity…

  7. Taylor Swift Beats Laryngitis, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande Shine at KIIS FM Jingle Ball

    December 06, 2014 5:21 PM EST Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Jessie J and special guests galore joined the Los Angeles radio station's annual extravaganza. With the moment the lights dropped at the KIIS FM Jingle Ball in Los Angeles Friday night (Dec. 5), so launched more than four hours of excited teenage…

  8. 'Shady XV' Compilation Starts at No. 1 on Rap Albums

    December 05, 2014 2:36 PM EST New albums from the Shady Records crew, Rick Ross, and Iggy Azalea debut. Meanwhile, Glade freshens the chart with a hit by Kevin Ross. Shady Records' roster -- including head honcho Eminem -- have taken the No. 1 spot on Rap Albums with 138,000 units of Shady XV sold in its first week…

  9. Taylor Swift's '1989' Returns to No. 1 on Revamped Billboard 200

    December 03, 2014 11:24 AM EST The chart now includes on-demand streaming and digital track sales. The newly refreshed Billboard 200 albums chart welcomes a familiar face back to No. 1, as Taylor Swift's 1989 hops back to the top slot (2-1) after a one-week vacation. This is the album's fourth non…

  10. Meek Mill Released From Prison

    December 02, 2014 5:44 PM EST Rick Ross ' socks have had their wish granted. #FreeMeekMill pic.twitter.com/qpAMnbaqA0 — Hood Billionaire (@rickyrozay) December 1, 2014 On Tuesday (Dec. 2), at 4 p.m. ET, Maybach Music's Meek Mill was released from a Philadelphia prison. The rapper had been incarcerated since…

  11. Throwback Thursday: *NSYNC Rock Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1998

    November 27, 2014 7:00 AM EST Happy Thanksgiving! We all know *NSYNC knows their way around Christmas (Never forget Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays ), but back in 1998 they were also all about Thanksgiving -- or, at least, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The boy band, decked out in parkas, performed "…

  12. Sia, Chet Faker Win Big at ARIA Awards

    November 26, 2014 10:04 PM EST Sia cleaned-up at Wednesday’s (Nov. 26) ARIA Awards at Sydney’s Star Event Centre, where she took out four categories on what is the Australian record industry’s big night. The singer and songwriter cemented her career-year by snaffling the annual event’s traditional top award, best album,…

  13. Tink, Hudson Mohawke & Julian Jordan: Emerging Picks of the Week

    November 26, 2014 2:29 PM EST Heading into this Thanksgiving weekend, Billboard offers a triple play of tracks to check out, all of which debuted on this week’s Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart. Be sure to give them a listen, and check back next week for a new set of selections. “Movin Bass,” Tink Though Tink…

  14. Rick Ross Releases Two New Videos: 'Hood Billionaire' & 'If They Knew'

    November 26, 2014 1:24 PM EST Rick Ross has a way with the ladies, at least in his music videos. The rapper charms his on-screen love interest, singer K. Michelle , in the music video for "If They Knew," one of the two videos Ross released this week. The Dre Films-directed video for the Hood Billionaire…

  15. Rick Ross Sheds Pounds, Shares Tips On His Get-Fit Regime

    November 25, 2014 10:41 PM EST Rick Ross had two seizures in a single day, sending him to the hospital three years ago. Health didn't concern the 300-pound rapper then, but he's shed nearly 100 pounds in the last seven months by eating healthier foods and embracing a high-intensity workout plan. Ross, 37, says…

  16. Rap’s Bottle-Service Timeline: How Hip-Hop Has Bigged Up Booze Through the Years

    November 25, 2014 6:24 PM EST Jay Z has once again done what no other rapper has: buying outright an existing liquor brand, Armand de Brignac Champagne, in a deal announced this month. But this isn’t the first time hip-hop has bigged up booze, whether through song, collabs or in an ad. Jay Z Had a Favorite Champagne…

  17. Album Review: Rick Ross Puts Quantity Over Quality With 'Hood Billionaire,' His Second LP of 2014

    November 25, 2014 11:46 AM EST Rick Ross is at an impasse. The Miami rapper, 38, is still one of hip-hop's most commercially successful acts, with five No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 . But on Hood Billionaire , Ross' second LP this year, he's clinging to an increasingly charmless drug-kingpin kabuki act…

  18. 5 Seconds of Summer Rock Out During 'What I Like About You' at the 2014 AMAs: Watch

    November 23, 2014 8:35 PM EST 5 Seconds of Summer  had no problem getting the audience dancing during their performance during the 2014 American Music Awards Sunday night (Nov. 23). Surprisingly, the Australian pop-punk band eschewed performing their hit "She Looks So Perfect," or their ballad "…

  19. Jimmy Fallon's 'Lip Sync Battle' Now a Spike TV Series

    November 21, 2014 7:04 PM EST The show, also produced by John Krasinski & Stephen Merchant, will debut in April. Spike TV is partnering with Jimmy Fallon , John Krasinski and Stephen Merchant to bring Lip Sync Battle to TV. The Viacom-owned cable network has picked up the series based on Fallon's regular late…

  20. Timbaland Previews Tink's 'Movin' Bass,' Feat. Jay Z & Rick Ross: Listen

    November 19, 2014 3:48 PM EST You know an artist has what it takes when he or she can hold their own against greats. That's the case with Tink . Tink Talks Chicago Rap Scene & Female Rappers; Premieres 'All That' On the original version of "Movin' Bass," produced by Timbaland , Tink…

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