1. Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Redman & Method Man Perform At One Music Fest 2014: Live Review

    September 15, 2014 2:45 PM EDT On Saturday, Sept. 13, music fans flocked to Atlanta's Aaron's Amphitheatre for One Music Fest. The day-long festival featured three stages: Zeus (main stage), Hercules (small stage) and the DJ stage, Soulection. After Atlanta's own Cody ChesnuTT kicked off the afternoon,…

  2. Kendrick Lamar Says Taylor Swift’s Remarks Help Himself, Hip-Hop

    September 14, 2014 11:18 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar appreciated Taylor Swift for paying homage to his music in a recent interview. Chris Brown's 'Autumn Leaves' Collabo With Kendrick Lamar Leaks Lamar was grateful to hear about Swift knowing the words to his lyrics and putting her in a great mood. The rapper…

  3. Def Jam 30th Anniversary Show Coming to NYC

    August 14, 2014 3:58 PM EDT Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, DMX, Fabolous & Foxy Brown among performers scheduled for Brooklyn concert. Five months after Def Jam celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW , the party is coming to Brooklyn. The game-changing record label will celebrate three decades of trend-setting hip-hop with…

  4. James Brown's Band 'Get On Up' for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert: The Inside Story

    August 05, 2014 12:10 AM EDT To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up , executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to…

  5. Charlie Haden, Veteran Jazz Bassist, Dead at 76

    July 11, 2014 5:30 PM EDT Charlie Haden, one of the most influential bass players of his generation, has died after a prolonged illness, according to his family and his record label, ECM. Charles Edward Haden was born in Shenandoah, Iowa in 1937 and was raised in Springfield, MO. The youngest of four kids,…

  6. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  7. Anatomy Of A Hit: 'Turn Down For What'

    May 20, 2014 1:05 PM EDT How an unknown French DJ, a rapper without a recent hit and their team took a song with just 12 words to the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 How has DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" ruled Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for seven weeks running and…

  8. 'Frozen' Spends Lucky 13th Week At No. 1, Lindsey Stirling Bows At No. 2

    May 07, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Ray LaMontagne also debuts in the Top 5, while Ariana Grande's "Problem" nets a huge digital debut. As expected, Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" refuses to budge from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. The set spends a lucky 13th nonconsecutive week at No. 1…

  9. Easter Meets 420: A Mixed Bag of Our Favorite Tweets

    April 20, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Every so often, holidays of various nature collide in an unexpected way -- and today (April 20) is one of those days.  While some are spending this Easter Sunday celebrating the resurrection of Christ at church or a family brunch, the Cannabis crowd is taking note of the 420 holiday by…

  10. 4/20 Songs: 20 Smokin' Tunes About Weed

    April 20, 2014 9:50 AM EDT It's hard to imagine that Bob Dylan, Three 6 Mafia and Toby Keith have much in common, but all three artists understand the power of a classic stoner track. Marijuana has served as the inspiration for classic cuts in rock, hip-hop, pop, and of course, reggae, and is still influencing…

  11. Why Wu-Tang's Stunt Could Actually Work

    April 08, 2014 2:58 PM EDT The rap legends claim to have a $5 million bid already on the one and only copy of their next album as its heads to auction. Fans have been waiting for a Wu-Tang Clan reunion record since 2007 — but would one pay millions to hear it? That's what the rap group is counting on by…

  12. Lil Jon Feels 'Great Validation' Thanks To 'Turn Down For What' Success

    April 07, 2014 3:08 PM EDT "I'm still around, I'm still doing my thing, and I've got a classic voice," says the hip-hop/dance producer. Nearly eight years after last visiting the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart as a lead act, Lil Jon returned last week with "Turn Down The What," his…

  13. 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…

  14. Def Jam Celebrates 30th Anniversary with 2 Chainz and Pusha T Rocking, Kanye West Watching

    March 12, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Def Jam records celebrated its 30th anniversary at SXSW with a star-studded showcase, which included performances by 2 Chainz, Pusha T, YG, and a host of top picks from the Def Jam Roster. 
 The event, which took place at Stubbs BBQ, was sponsored by web hosting companyMedia Temple and…

  15. SXSW 2014's 10 Must-See Shows: Lady Gaga, Skrillex, 50 Cent & More

    March 11, 2014 2:47 PM EDT As usual, SXSW has a lot to offer this year, with non-stop music taking over Austin, Texas through March 16. Deciding which concerts to hit is always a daunting task, but with the line-ups nearly solidified we're giving our intel on this year's 10 must-see SXSW shows. SXSW 2014:…

  16. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all with nine total nominations…

  17. Matt Redman, TobyMac & Jason Crabb Win Big at Dove Awards

    October 16, 2013 6:12 AM EDT Matt Redman, TobyMac and Jason Crabb were the top winners at the 44th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards held last night (10/15) in Nashville at Allen Arena on the campus of David Lipscomb University. Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin hosted the show, which was taped to air on Up! Oct. 21 at…

  18. Doctor P and Adam F featuring Method Man, 'The Pit': Song and First Look at Video Teaser

    October 03, 2013 4:53 PM EDT Bass-based electronic music and hip-hop have always been close cousins, never so much as right now. Check out Waka Flocka Flame's love affair with Steve Aoki (they're currently on tour together), Skrillex chilling in the Dominican Republic with A$AP Rocky, and Baauer dropping the…

  19. 10 Emo Hip-Hop Moments That'll Bring You to Tears

    September 20, 2013 4:15 PM EDT From Wayne and Birdman's bromance to Mister Cee's on-air sob-fest, relive rap's most tender moments It's hard to imagine something in hip-hop as emotional as the soundscapes of Drake, let alone what they compel us to reveal through vulnerable text messages and tweets.…

  20. Chart Highlights: Robin Thicke Links Year's Longest Pop Songs Reign With 'Blurred Lines'

    August 26, 2013 7:35 PM EDT The song, already the Billboard Hot 100's longest leader of 2013 (11 weeks to date), commands the Pop Songs airplay tally for an eighth frame. Plus, new No. 1s for Jay Z, Keith Urban and Prince Royce Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

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