1. Op-Ed: Why 2014 Was Pop's 'End of Men' Moment

    December 15, 2014 1:40 PM EST Pop music came to a ringing conclusion this year: Girls rule and boys drool. The lasting image will be Beyoncé posing defiantly in front of the word feminist at MTV’s Video Music Awards. Its comedic corollary was Drake , on the receiving end of history’s most emasculating lap dance, in…

  2. D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Album Finally Drops: First Listen

    December 14, 2014 11:37 PM EST After 14 years without a full-length album, D’Angelo ’s Black Messiah was released Sunday (Dec. 14) just before midnight. The 12-track set is available here via iTunes.   How can you possibly encounter an album like this? The weight of expectations looms large, and it cuts two ways.…

  3. BSBB Round 1: Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora, "Black Widow" vs. Bobby Shmurda, "Hot Boy"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Black Widow Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora Hot Boy Bobby Shmurda CRAIG JENKINS: “Black Widow” began life as a Katy Perry song and, as such, is designed almost entirely to buttress its titanic hook. Iggy Azalea’s just treading water…

  4. Coldplay, Lorde, and Sia Among Oscars' Best Original Song Contenders

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  5. Op-Ed: John Legend Demands Change After Eric Garner & Ferguson Decisions

    December 12, 2014 11:30 AM EST When Common and I wrote the song "Glory" for the stunning new film Selma , we drew inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contemporaries who strived and sacrificed to achieve racial equality in the face of seemingly hopeless odds. As I watched the final version of…

  6. Mary J. Blige Earns 10th No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    December 11, 2014 8:32 PM EST Blige ties Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1s among women. The queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , returns to No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her new genre-spanning set The London Sessions . It's her tenth No. 1, tying Blige with Aretha Franklin for the most No. 1 albums…

  7. Russell Simmons Appears on 'The O'Reilly Factor' to Debate the Roots of Racial Divisions

    December 11, 2014 10:43 AM EST Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons appeared on The O'Reilly Factor again last night to debate the Fox host on the perceived racial divisions in America revealed in a recent CBS News poll , which sought to address the civil unrest in the wake in the deaths, at the hands of police, of…

  8. Earl Hayes & Stephanie Moseley Tried to Reconcile Before Killing, Police Say

    December 10, 2014 6:11 AM EST Rapper Earl Warren Hayes and his estranged wife were trying to reconcile and she was optimistic about their chances only days before Hayes killed her and committed suicide, a police detective said Tuesday. The bodies of Hayes, 34, and 30-year-old Stephanie Elyse Moseley were found Monday…

  9. Beatles Top Vinyl Chart After Record Store Day

    December 04, 2014 7:13 PM EST The Beatles top Billboard's Vinyl Albums chart for the fifth time with Long Tall Sally , a Black Friday Record Store Day exclusive. The limited-edition four-song 7" reissue also starts at No. 22 on Top Rock Albums , selling 6,000 copies (all on vinyl) in the week ending Nov. 30,…

  10. Watch Mary J. Blige's Violent Video for 'Whole Damn Year'

    December 02, 2014 3:44 PM EST Mary J. Blige 's new album, The London Sessions , is notable for its uptempo tracks, which are produced and written with the help of artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith . But one of the album's strongest songs is a classic Blige ballad, "Whole Damn Year." The singer…

  11. Killer Mike Pens Op-Ed on Rap Lyrics Used as Legal Evidence in Court

    December 01, 2014 8:04 PM EST If hip-hop was always taken at face value, rapper Killer Mike  of Run the Jewels might be convicted for his name alone. But that's not how our justice system works, right? Wrong, according to a new op-ed co-written by Killer Mike called "Rap's poetic (In)justice,"…

  12. Eminem Quoted by Supreme Court Justice

    December 01, 2014 4:59 PM EST The high court tackles how to interpret statements made on social media and what constitutes a 'true threat.' On Monday (Dec. 1), the U.S. Supreme Court delved into modern times by looking at social media, rap music and how to balance an individual's freedom to shoot…

  13. Angels & Airwaves Song Premiere: Hear 'Tunnels' From 'The Dream Walker'

    December 01, 2014 12:14 PM EST Tom DeLonge discusses his "art project" of a side group and gives an update on blink-182's next record. The fifth time's the charm for Angels & Airwaves -- at least insofar as group founder and blink-182 principle Tom DeLonge's dream to make the group "an…

  14. Supreme Court to Consider Free Speech on Social Media Today, Thanks In Part to Eminem

    December 01, 2014 9:54 AM EST The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media. The justices will hear arguments Monday in the case of a man who was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for posting graphically violent rap…

  15. Ferguson Officer Who Shot Michael Brown Resigns

    November 29, 2014 8:11 PM EST The Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown has resigned, his attorney said Saturday, nearly four months after the confrontation between the white officer and unarmed black 18-year-old that ignited protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation. Darren Wilson, who has…

  16. Cranberries Singer Arrested for Violent Airplane Attack

    November 10, 2014 3:12 PM EST Cranberries vocalist Dolores O'Riordan was arrested early Monday morning (Nov. 10) after attacking a stewardess and a police officer on a flight from New York City to Ireland. The 43-year-old alt-rock frontwoman allegedly first attacked a stewardess on board -- fracturing one of her…

  17. The Challenges of Finding Syncs for Kanye West at Billboard/THR Film & TV Conference

    November 05, 2014 7:12 PM EST ''Yeezus' was a very daring and amazing album that was completely anti-commercial,' says Amy Hartman, Island/Def Jam VP of film and TV sync. A number of interesting topics were raised at a panel on "Defending the Value of a Song" at Wednesday's (Nov. 5)…

  18. Wayne Static Remembered by Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Corgan, Motorhead & More

    November 02, 2014 2:13 PM EST The sudden death of former Static-X frontman Wayne Static caused an outpour of tributes from the hard rock music community. Static-X's Wayne Static Dead at 48 Static’s publicist confirmed to Billboard on Saturday (Nov. 1) that the artist had passed away. He was 48. No information was…

  19. Jian Ghomeshi Scandal: New Details Emerge From Radio Host's Ex-Employer

    November 01, 2014 10:43 AM EDT The embattled radio host is accused of violent sexual abuse. Canada's CBC has begun to lay out its version of events leading up to the firing of Jian Ghomeshi last Sunday (Oct. 26), which includes evidence of "physical injury to a woman." Jian Ghomeshi Dropped By The Agency…

  20. Jian Ghomeshi Dropped By The Agency Group

    October 31, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Toronto-based The Agency Group released a statement Friday (Oct. 31) that it is no longer the agent of representation for Jian Ghomeshi . Nine women have come forward to major Canadian media outlets with firsthand accounts of being victimized by the former CBC radio host, including getting…

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