1. J. Cole's 'January 28th' Tops Twitter Trending 140 on... January 28th

    January 28, 2015 5:46 PM EST Thanks to a well-titled track, J. Cole scores a pretty rare gift: Spending his birthday atop the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . J. Cole Wants to Turn His Childhood Home Into Rent-Free Living for Single Mothers "January 28th," the rapper's chart-topping track, takes…

  2. DJ E-Z Rock, The Sugarhill Gang & More to Be Honored at Hip Hop Hall of Fame 2014

    May 06, 2014 10:48 AM EDT The Hip Hop Hall of Fame will honor a handful of legends at its awards show on Monday, May 19. The honorees to be inducted this year include The Sugar Hill Gang, Charles Ahearn and the film, "Wildstyle," Mr. Magic, Busy Bee, Spoonie G & The Treacherous Three, Sequence, Cornbread…

  3. DMX, Naughty By Nature & More Salute Hip-Hop On Masters of Ceremony Reunion Tour

    April 02, 2014 4:06 PM EDT Add another entry to this summer's national tour schedule: the 2014 Masters of Ceremony Hip-Hop Reunion. Featuring a master class of hip-hop artists—including DMX, Naughty By Nature, Rakim and Biz Markie—the tour kicks off July 11 at Miami's American Airlines Arena.   Das EFX, Big…

  4. Rock The Bells 2013: Ol' Dirty Bastard's Hologram Performs with Son On Day 2

    September 09, 2013 11:09 AM EDT Method Man threatens to leave due to technical difficulties. Rock the Bells successfully pulled off a second hologram performance on night two of the double-date festival in San Bernardino, CA, but not without technical glitches. Photos: Rock the Bells 2013 | Eazy-E's Hologram Takes…

  5. Scuffle Backstage at BET Hip-Hop Awards

    September 30, 2012 12:30 AM EDT Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between two groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards, but no arrests were made. Police spokesman Carlos Campos said officers responded to the scuffle at around 7:30 p.m. in the backstage area of the awards show, held at a…

  6. Jay-Z Scores U2, Kanye West for 'NBA 2K13' Soundtrack

    July 31, 2012 8:13 PM EDT U2 will be rocking arenas in a whole new way this fall. The band's "Elevate" will make an appearance in "NBA 2k13," the latest installment of the popular basketball gaming franchise -- as part of a soundtrack curated by the game's executive producer, Jay-Z . …

  7. TV on the Radio: Don't Confuse These Songs for TV Themes

    July 20, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Despite no affiliation, Ed Sheeran's song 'The A Team' is conjuring thoughts of B.A. Baracus, mohawks and a cool black van. A new hit by an artist born in 1991 is bringing back memories of a TV show that went off the air in 1987. British newcomer Ed Sheeran enters the Billboard…

  8. Fun Fun Fun Fest Lineup: Run DMC, Girl Talk, Against Me! + More

    July 12, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest has announced the full lineup for the 2012 festival, to be held November 2-4 at Auditorium Shores. The 7th annual festival will feature big name acts like the reunion of Run D.M.C. , Santigold , an appearance from De La Soul , Girl Talk , and Explosions…

  9. Roots Picnic 2012: 10 Things Seen & Heard Sunday

    June 04, 2012 10:50 AM EDT Day two of Philadelphia's fifth annual Roots Picnic came with a couple of problems. The weather was uncooperative -- an afternoon downpour delayed the main stage sets and sent the entire crowd inside the already-cramped dance tent. To make matters worse, Kid Cudi , the set's…

  10. Exclusive: Sneak Peek of Tupac's Outburst in 'Yo: The Story of Yo! MTV Raps' Documentary

    May 31, 2012 12:40 PM EDT There's one thing in particular I always respected about Tupac Shakur : his honesty. Whether spitting rhymes of harsh reality or penning poetry , 'Pac was not one to hold his tongue. But although it was a charasteristic of his that was refreshing, it welcomed legal repercussions.…

  11. Roots Picnic 2012 Lineup: Kid Cudi, Wale, James Murphy Performing

    March 16, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Kid Cudi , Wale , De La Soul and James Murphy are among the top-line acts at the 2012 Roots Picnic, the annual Philadelphia festival hosted by city music legends the Roots . Now in its fifth year, the event has expanded from one day to two, invading Philly's Festival Pier at Penn's…

  12. Rock Hall Nominees Include Guns N' Roses, Cure, Joan Jett & Faces

    September 27, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Guns N' Roses , Heart , Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and The Cure are among the first-timers on short list of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2011, joining returning hopefuls the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donna Summer and others. Fifteen…

  13. Billboard Bits: First Tom Cruise 'Rock of Ages' Pic, Cee Lo Denies Homophobia Charge

    June 17, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Tom Cruise Rocks in First 'Ages' Look A photo of Tom Cruise playing the character Stacee Jaxx in the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway hit "Rock of Ages" has been released, and it's…

  14. Meet Billboard.com's New Juice Editor, Erika Ramirez

    May 10, 2011 3:20 PM EDT Allow me to re- introduce myself. I, Erika Ramirez (@ 3rika ), was born in San Jose, Calif., to two amazing Mexican parents. I have my older brother, Alex, to thank for introducing me to one of my loves; hip-hop. Playing Tribe Called Quest, Slick Rick, Rakim, Big L and others late into the…

  15. 29 Black Music Milestones: BET, 'Yo! MTV Raps' Launch

    February 16, 2011 11:05 AM EST On Jan. 25, 1980, Black Entertainment Television (BET) began broadcasting after lobbyist Robert L. Johnson decided to launch his own cable television network. First consisting of a line-up of music videos and reruns of popular Black sitcoms, BET began launching original programs in 1988,…

  16. Diggy Simmons Celebrates Christmas With DJ Premier-Hosted Mixtape

    December 23, 2010 12:25 PM EST Diggy Simmons is ringing in the holiday season with a new mixtape aptly titled "Past Presents Future," out today (Dec. 23). But the album's title isn't just a play on Christmas; it's also a reflection of the musical era that the newcomer is covering on the LP. "…

  17. Wu-Tang Clan To Revisit '36 Chambers' At Rock The Bells

    May 25, 2010 12:59 PM EDT Legendary rap collective the Wu-Tang Clan will return as headliners of the touring Rock the Bells hip hop festival and perform its debut album, "Enter the 36 Chambers," in its entirety. The 4-date tour kicks off on Aug. 21 in Los Angeles and includes stops in New York City, Mountain…

  18. Underground: Rapper Blitz Uses Old Tricks For New Pursuits

    March 30, 2010 5:26 PM EDT Rapper/composer Blitz The Ambassador may be fairly new to the game, but he's got the smarts of a veteran when it comes to branding. The 27-year-old Brooklyn MC says plenty of times he's walked by people wearing his promotional T-shirt on the streets, which he designed himself.…

  19. Chart Beat Thursday: John Mayer, Folk Albums, David Guetta

    November 26, 2009 1:05 PM EST MAYER RULES: John Mayer returns to the summit of the Billboard 200 after six years, as "Battle Studies" launches at No. 1. His "Heavier Things" opened atop the chart dated Sept. 27, 2003. The new set also starts atop Digital Albums and Rock Albums. Here is a look at the…

  20. Video: Rakim Puts 'Love Back in N.Y.' On New Album

    November 24, 2009 5:01 PM EST Rakim has long been touted as one of the most influential MCs of all time. But even with all the accolades, the New York rapper hasn't forgotten his humble beginnings. On his third solo album-and first effort in nearly a decade-"The Seventh Seal," due Nov. 17 on his own Ra…

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