1. Watch: Kid Cudi Collapses During Performance at North Coast Music Festival

    August 31, 2014 12:54 PM EDT “Ill do a better and make sure to eat properly on show days," Kid Cudi tweeted afterward. Rapper Kid Cudi collapsed during his headlining set at the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park on Saturday (Aug. 30) night. While performing his 2009 song “Pursuit of Happiness,” Cudi…

  2. Nicki Minaj's 'Pinkprint' Release Date Revealed: Update

    August 29, 2014 4:18 PM EDT UPDATE (9/10): Nicki Minaj announced on Twitter that The Pinkprint will arrive Nov. 24. Nicki Minaj plans to release her third studio album, The Pinkprint , on Nov. 28. Fall Album Preview: 72 Must Hear Releases The rapper/singer has released two chart hits from the set, "Pills N…

  3. Snoop Dogg Dons Whiteface for... Some Reason

    August 29, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Happy Friday? Following in the footsteps of Nick Cannon for the first time in his life, Snoop Dogg has donned whiteface for a series of Instagram videos. Whiteface Snoop, who goes by the name Todd, is urging his fellow bros to sign up for a website called WhiteGuysConnect.com, which a quick…

  4. Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Slithers to Top of Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 28, 2014 6:55 PM EDT The single logs third-largest streaming week on record, while Wiz Khalifa debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and Smokey Robinson launches at No. 1 on Top R&B Albums. Following the release of Nicki Minaj 's steamy music video for "Anaconda," along with an equally…

  5. Max Martin Scores 18th No. 1 On Billboard Hot 100

    August 28, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The co-writer and co-producer of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' increases his impressive tally of leaders. With the No. 1 debut of Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" on the Billboard Hot 100 , the song's co-writer and co-producer, Max Martin , adds yet another…

  6. The Brief Rap Career of NBA Player Robbie Hummel

    August 28, 2014 1:11 PM EDT Minnesota Timberwolves second year small forward Robbie Hummel isn’t exactly a household name for his NBA exploits (yet!) but what about as a rapper? On Aug. 27, Hummel sent out a few tweets to hype what was apparently a burgeoning hip-hop career. It’s too bad his own team’s PR didn’t take…

  7. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their opinions.  Killer Mike penned an op-ed for…

  8. Watch Cypress Hill’s B-Real Turn Pot-Head for Ice Bucket Challenge

    August 27, 2014 1:18 AM EDT Cypress Hill’s B-Real has given a boost to his “green” credentials by completing the ALS Ice Bucket challenge in his own inimitable style.   The Californian rapper (real name Louis Freese) refuses to waste water, so he’s done a dry shower of sorts. “I know we’re going through a drought,” he…

  9. National Dog Day: 6 Best Music Videos With Dogs

    August 26, 2014 9:22 PM EDT Puppies! Happy National Dog Day ! Sure, this is a totally made-up holiday, but any excuse to look at cute puppy pictures is fine by us. Or, better yet, you could look at cute puppy videos . Below, we list the six best music videos that include dogs. There are a surprising number of videos…

  10. Which Fall Releases Have Blockbuster Retail Potential?

    August 25, 2014 12:52 PM EDT With streaming curtailing downloads and the holiday shopping season suffering sales erosion in five of the last seven years, retailers can feel buoyed by how the fourth-quarter release schedule is shaping up. One music retailer says that October alone could be the strongest in years,…

  11. T.I. Releases 'New National Anthem'; Talks Pharrell Williams Executive Producing 'Paperwork'

    August 21, 2014 2:29 PM EDT " What the fuck do you know about being a black man in America? And you wonder why we walk around strapped.. ." T.I. spits truth on the injustice and racism in America on his new single, "New National Anthem." The rapper's third single, which features Skylar Grey ,…

  12. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  13. Watch Dr. Dre Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, See Who He Nominated

    August 19, 2014 1:16 PM EDT Dr. Dre was challenged to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by his new employer , Apple CEO Tim Cook , so he clearly wasn’t going to back down. He’s so rich he’s got a custom-built water-dropping device and doesn’t even bother taking his watch off when the water drops. Check out the video…

  14. CODE Guest Playlist: Claude VonStroke

    August 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Summer is nearly over, but don't tell the Dirtybird crew. Originally formed around a grill in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, Claude VonStroke's merry band of misfits have taken their BBQ concept on the road. Between now and November, the forward-thinking dance label will…

  15. Upstart Label ChiBase Productions Targets Worldwide Audience For African Music

    August 19, 2014 11:44 AM EDT As the ancestral home of American jazz and the blues, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian calypso, the music of Africa has had a far-reaching influence on genres throughout the world. Yet contemporary African artists, with few exceptions, struggle to impact beyond the continent, or fan bases…

  16. Lindsey Stirling Partners With Maker Studios

    August 19, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Maker Studios has partnered with violinist Lindsey Stirling , whose top-rated YouTube channel boasts more than 5 million subscribers who have watched videos of her unique style of classical dubstep more than a half-billion times. The partnership will afford Stirling access to production…

  17. Instagram Sensation ‘Fat Jew’ Is Making Big Bucks With His Crazy Antics

    August 18, 2014 4:39 PM EDT ”Up until a year ago I was pretty much just getting paid to be an idiot,” says 30-year-old Josh Ostrovsky , better-known as comic and Instagram sensation The Fat Jew . These days, he’s an idiot with a very bright future. After amassing half a million Instagram followers -- including Katy…

  18. Drake & Lil Wayne Team Up for Big Chart Move

    August 15, 2014 9:30 AM EDT The duo's tour launch -- and hot new track 'Grindin'' -- pushes Drake up the Social 50 chart. Plus: Zendaya returns and Jacob Whitesides debuts. Drake experienced notable social gains during the charting week (ending Aug. 10) as his joint tour with Lil Wayne kicked off on…

  19. Watch Lil Wayne Rap Over ESPN's 'Sports Center' Theme

    August 14, 2014 7:03 PM EDT It's no secret Lil Wayne loves sports and ESPN, but getting him to rap over the Sports Center  theme is new level of fan engagement. Watch: Lil Wayne Debuts 'Krazy' Video The rap icon showed up at the sports network offices in Bristol, Conn. offices bright and early following a…

  20. Lil Wayne Reveals 'Tha Carter V' Release Date & Album Cover

    August 14, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Lil Wayne has finally announced the release date for Tha Carter V : October 28. The rapper took to ESPN 's "SportsCenter" on Thursday, Aug. 14, to reveal the release date and album cover for the anticipated album. The album artwork features a knee-high, tattooed Lil Wayne…

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