1. Going With The Pitch: More and More, R&B and Hip Hop Artists Are Also TV Spokespersons

    December 23, 2014 4:48 PM EST Usher, Salt-N-Pepa, Waka Flocka Flame and newcomer Kevin Ross are among a growing number of R&B/hip-hop acts doubling as TV spokespersons. Waka Flocka Flame left many viewers scratching their heads and wondering if it was April Fool’s in November when his television spot extolling the…

  2. Rich the Kid, 'From the Streets': Exclusive Video Premiere

    December 23, 2014 1:15 PM EST Two days before gifting the Internet with his mixtape Rich Than Famous on Christmas, Rich the Kid releases the music video for "From the Streets." Atlanta's Top 8 New Rappers Check out the video premiere of "From the Streets" here on The Juice: Rich the Kid was born…

  3. Azealia Banks Now Beefing with Action Bronson on Twitter

    December 19, 2014 5:17 PM EST "THE DEVIL LIVES IN THERE," Bronson says of Azealia's nether regions. Happy holidays, everybody! The Young Gunz song “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” might have been written about Azealia Banks ’ tendency to argue with other artists on Twitter! After taking aim at Iggy Azalea for the…

  4. George Harrison, Bee Gees & More to Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards

    December 18, 2014 5:09 PM EST Beloved Beatles legend George Harrison will receive yet another honor in 2015 when the Recording Academy posthumously gives him the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award . Stevie Wonder to Receive All-Star Tribute From Grammys The Bee Gees  and  Buddy Guy  will also be honored with the Grammy…

  5. Wendy Rene, Soul Singer Sampled by Wu-Tang Clan & Alicia Keys, Dies at 67

    December 18, 2014 4:12 PM EST Wendy Rene, the budding Stax Records singing and songwriting talent who quit music after the death of Otis Redding in 1967 and saw her music revived through samples decades later, died Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn., following a stroke. She was 67. Born Mary Frierson in Memphis, Rene was given…

  6. Beyoncé Earns Eighth No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs With '7/11'

    December 11, 2014 7:09 PM EST Plus: Wu-Tang Clan returns to the charts with 'A Better Tomorrow' In only its second week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Beyoncé 's "7/11" reaches No. 1, granting the singer her eighth chart-topping title as a solo artist. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Beyoncé,…

  7. The 10 Best Rap Songs of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:10 PM EST Maybe it's just where the industry's headed, maybe it's just a result of how 2013's calendar worked, but this year rap fans digested their music through song, not album. And the songs came from unexpected places, like Vine and Soundcloud, to speak nothing of Detroit and…

  8. Album Review: Ghostface Killah Follows Up Wu-Tang Clan's Reunion Album With Solo Concept LP '36 Seasons'

    December 09, 2014 1:00 PM EST After 20 years of rapping, there are few things the Wu-Tang Clan hasn't been able to do -- except get along. In 2007, ahead of the release of its fifth LP, 8 Diagrams , group members Ghostface Killah and Raekwon trashed the album publicly, blaming its poor quality on the direction of…

  9. The Year in Pop 2014: One Direction, 'Frozen,' & Pharrell Dominate

    December 09, 2014 12:15 PM EST One Direction takes home the trophy as Billboard's top artist of the year for 2014. See All the Year End Charts Here! The English/Irish quintet (comprising Niall Horan , Liam Payne , Zayn Malik , Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson ), is the first group to earn the top artist distinction…

  10. Watch Wu-Tang Clan' Protest Footage Compilation for ‘A Better Tomorrow’ Video

    December 07, 2014 2:48 PM EST The Wu-Tang Clan has successfully captured some of the nation’s frustrations with the justice system in their new music video for “A Better Tomorrow,” the title track from the group’s sixth album. Wu-Tang Clan Bring the Latest 'Ruckus' to 'Letterman' In the wake of grand…

  11. No, Skrillex Didn't Buy Wu-Tang's $5M 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' Album

    December 01, 2014 4:16 PM EST One of the year's great mysteries -- who will buy the Wu-Tang Clan's one-of-a-kind record? -- remains unsolved. Skrillex can afford a lot of nice things -- he made $15 million two years ago, according to Forbes -- from a nice home studio to a communal , techno-artistic downtown…

  12. Wu-Tang Clan Bring the Latest 'Ruckus' to 'Letterman'

    November 26, 2014 10:31 AM EST In advance of their sixth studio album  A Better Tomorrow , the Wu-Tang Clan performed their latest single, "Ruckus In B Minor," on Letterman . (Not to be confused with "Bring Da Ruckus," the opening track on Wu-Tang's debut album.) Watch their performance below.…

  13. Ask Billboard: Max Martin Notches Another No. 1

    November 25, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 MAX MARTIN SCORES ANOTHER No. 1 @gthot20 Why no mention of…

  14. Song Premiere: Amigos Invisibles' Jose Luis Pardo Does Shakira

    November 24, 2014 4:15 PM EST Listen to tropi-pop dance version of "Buscando un Poco de Amor" Get out your air bongos and turn up the volume on your hairbrush! On his new sing-along set, Música Moderna , José Luis Pardo infuses Latin pop classics like Luis Miguel’s “Cómo Es Posible Que a Mi Lado” and Enanitos…

  15. Five Reasons Why Lorde Won The AMAs Without Winning Any Awards

    November 24, 2014 12:10 AM EST Hanging with Taylor, dancing to Jessie, tweeting about Pitbull -- all in a day's work for young Ella. Lorde went home empty-handed at the 2014 American Music Awards, losing out in all four of her nominated categories. And while one could quibble about those results — losing out to…

  16. Motown Singer Jimmy Ruffin Dies at Age 78

    November 19, 2014 3:40 PM EST 'What Becomes of the Brokenhearted' was a top 10 hit for the singer. Jimmy Ruffin , the Motown singer whose hits include "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" and "Hold on to My Love," died Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78. Philicia Ruffin and Jimmy Lee…

  17. Inside the Brooklyn Pizzeria That Has Hip-Hop Artists From A$AP Rocky to Action Bronson Salivating

    November 18, 2014 6:56 PM EST What would a hip-hop pizzeria look like? From the outside, Williamsburg's Best Pizza is indistinguishable from any other Brooklyn dollar-slice joint, but chef-owner Frank Pinello 's acclaimed pies and an ear-splitting hip-hop playlist that includes The Notorious B.I.G. , Nas and…

  18. The Best and Worst Singles of the Week -- From Wu-Tang Clan to Shawn Mendes

    November 14, 2014 6:13 PM EST " alt="" width="510"> Shawn Mendes "Something Big" Island The Ed Sheeran -esque folk-pop of Shawn Mendes' "Something Big" is an awkward fit for the Vine phenomenon. Unlike the slow contemplation of debut hit "Life Of The Party,"…

  19. Exclusive: Hear Penguin Prison's Remix of Chuck Inglish & Chromeo's 'Legs'

    November 13, 2014 2:00 PM EST Today Billboard is premiering the Penguin Prison remix of "Legs," a funky collaboration between the rapper  Chuck Inglish (formerly of the duo Cool Kids ) and Chromeo . Inglish tells Billboard that the track, "sounds like you're being electrocuted, beautifully."…

  20. Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    November 12, 2014 10:00 AM EST On her self-titled 1983 debut , Madonna sang perky little tunes about going on vacation (“Holiday”) and falling in and out of love (“Lucky Star” and “Borderline”). These were ideas grandma and grandpa could get behind, and yet the 20-something Michigan native caused a minor sensation,…

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