1. SoMo Debuts & Future Makes 'Move' on R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    April 17, 2014 5:02 PM EDT Twenty-six-year old Texas native SoMo starts his self-titled debut at No. 2 on both Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and R&B Albums with 23,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In terms of new R&B acts, "SoMo" is the biggest debut since Jhene Aiko's "Sail Out…

  2. SZA Talks 'Z' Album & Being the Only Girl In Top Dawg Entertainment

    April 07, 2014 10:45 AM EDT A year ago , if you lived in New York and were running low on moisturizer, SZA might have been your girl. Back then she was working the floor at the cosmetics retail chain Sephora, "standing around with an ear piece in [and] helping people out with their face cream." Today, her job…

  3. Kendrick Lamar, Flaming Lips to Headline Inaugural Hudson Project

    April 01, 2014 2:28 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar, Flaming Lips, Bassnectar and Modest Mouse will headline the inaugural edition of The Hudson Project , a new three-day festival set for July 11-13 in Saugerties, NY. Located at Winston Farm in view of the Catskill Mountains and featuring four stages, an art village and gourmet…

  4. 20 New Charges Filed Against SXSW Crash Suspect

    April 01, 2014 1:35 PM EDT A driver already charged with murder is facing 20 new charges of aggravated assault after he plowed into a crowd during the South by Southwest music festival in Austin. Jail documents posted online Tuesday list the additional charges against 21-year-old Rashad Owens. An arrest report says…

  5. Fourth Person Dies From Injuries in SXSW Crash

    March 27, 2014 4:25 PM EDT The tragic car crash which occurred in Austin on March 18 during SXSW has claimed another victim. DeAndre Tatum, 18 years old, passed away from injuries sustained in the violence which occurred on the evening of March 13. The news was verified by the Austin Police Department. DeAndre Tatum,…

  6. ScHoolboy Q, St. Vincent Added To Pitchfork Fest Lineup

    March 20, 2014 3:26 PM EDT The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival has rounded out its lineup, with an assortment of artists joining previously announced headliners Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and Kendrick Lamar on Thursday (Mar. 20). Lamar's TDE cohort has joined this year's lineup, along with indie rock chanteuse St…

  7. Third Person Dies of Injuries From SXSW Crash

    March 17, 2014 1:06 PM EDT A woman who was critically injured during last week's car crash in Austin during South By Southwest has died, police and hospital officials confirmed Monday morning. It is the third fatality stemming from the crash. Sandy Thuy Le, 26, died at University Medical Center Brackenridge,…

  8. SXSW Car Crash: Suspect, Victim Identified

    March 13, 2014 6:52 PM EDT Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, has been identified as the driver who allegedly killed two people and injured 23 others during Austin’s SXSW festival Wednesday night. Related Articles Mowhawk, Cheer Up Charlie's Staying Open Following Crash Musicians Give Account of Fatal Incident SXSW…

  9. SXSW Carries On in Wake of Fatal Crash; New Details on Victims, Suspect

    March 13, 2014 1:35 PM EDT UPDATE: Suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Rashad Charjuan Owens Organizers of South By Southwest planned to carry on with all daytime events in the wake of last night's deadly car accident that left two dead and 23 injured. At a press conference at the scene on Thursday morning,…

  10. Kendrick Lamar & TDE Take Over iTunes Festival at SXSW

    March 13, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar and the rest of Top Dawg Entertainment continue to outdo themselves. Lamar headlined day two of SXSW’s iTunes five-night concert series, alongside TDE artists ScHoolboy Q and newcomer Isaiah Rashad. The show, which took place at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre Wednesday night …

  11. SXSW: Two Dead, 23 Injured After Car Plows Into Crowd (Updated)

    March 13, 2014 3:22 AM EDT A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was intentional. The driver struck multiple pedestrians at about 12:30 a.m. on…

  12. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    February 28, 2014 12:25 PM EST Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q and Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith tell the full story of how L.A.'s unexpected indie label rewrote rap's rules It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars.…

  13. Beyonce Earns 7th No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs No. 1 with 'Drunk In Love'

    February 06, 2014 6:50 PM EST Beyonce’s roll continues as “Drunk in Love” jumps 4-1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs to mark her seventh chart-topper as a solo artist. (She also led the list four times as a member of Destiny’s Child.) Bey’s last leader on the chart was 2011’s “Love on Top” which ruled for seven weeks in 2012.…

  14. 615 Spotlight: Joy Styles Takes 'Fast' Lane With New Single, Video

    October 24, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Newcomer Joy Styles remembers her first writing session – very well. "It's so random, but I was in bed one night when the inspiration came," she recalled to Billboard. "I was an only child, so I learned at an early age to keep myself amused. I always kept pen and paper…

  15. Jeff Buckley Musical Could Grace Broadway Stage

    April 11, 2013 5:34 AM EDT The Old Globe in San Diego will open its 2013-14 season in the fall with "The Last Goodbye," a musical conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that reimagines the conflicted love story against a soundtrack by late singer-songwriter Jeff…

  16. Blackground Clarifies Rumors of Aaliyah's Posthumous Album

    August 09, 2012 2:55 PM EDT Aaliyah's cousin, Jomo Hankerson, denies that Drake is contracted to executive produce the project. Update (4:00 pm): Following publication of this article, Blackground reached out to Billboard.biz to officially confirm that Drake and Noah '40' Shebib will be co-executive…

  17. Drake to Executive Produce Posthumous Aaliyah Album?

    August 01, 2012 3:25 PM EDT Report says Drake will also debut an Aaliyah-assited song at 2012 OVO Festival Drake may have something special planned for this year's OVO festival, taking place on Sunday (August 5) in Toronto. According to HipHopDX , a close source says Drake is set to debut a new song on Sunday which…

  18. Producer: New Aaliyah Album on Way

    March 06, 2012 3:04 PM EST A new album of material from the late singer Aaliyah may be nearing completion, over a decade after her untimely death in 2001. On Sunday, Producer Jeffrey "J. Dub" Walker broke the news on his Twitter account (@JDUBAKAGOAT). He wrote: "Just got great news today; the smash…

  19. Nine Things We'll Never Forget About Aaliyah

    August 25, 2010 4:10 PM EDT Nine years ago today, Aaliyah was tragically killed in a plane crash, marking the too-soon end of one of the music industry's most unique voices. Here's our list of nine things we'll never forget about Aaliyah's too-brief time in the spotlight: Aaliyah Remembered By Celeb…

  20. Billboard Bits: Something Corporate, Iggy Pop, Diggy Simmons and More

    March 24, 2010 9:51 AM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every day. Andrew McMahon is reuniting with his pop-punk band Something Corporate after going on hiatus in 2004. McMahon, who records solo under the name Jack's Mannequin, was forced to put his music career on…

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