1. Corner Office: Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels on Label's Future, Kanye West's 'Incredible' New Album and Why Justin Bieber Isn't Overexposed

    October 13, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin , Russell Simmons , Lyor Cohen , Jay Z , L.A. Reid ...Def Jam has seen a succession of iconic leaders during its 30 years, and on April 1, Steve Bartels found himself next in line. And while his sleek corner office in the Midtown Manhattan building of Universal Music Group (UMG)…

  2. Jessie J on Digging Deep for Her New Album: ‘I’m Not Afraid of the Pain’

    October 10, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Jessie J is trying something new: not oversharing. On the phone from Hong Kong, where she recently wrapped a series of shows, the singer is expressing regrets about comments she made earlier this year to The Mirror about her bisexuality. ("It was a phase," she said then.) …

  3. Jessie J Premieres Steamy 2 Chainz-Assisted 'Burnin' Up' Video

    October 08, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Jessie J brings the heat in the music video for her  2 Chainz  collabo,  "Burnin’ Up." Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More Surrounded by crystalized water and glistening, shirtless men, the U.K. pop singer seduces and flexes…

  4. Jennifer Hudson Jumps Onto Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 02, 2014 5:35 PM EDT Jennifer Hudson returns to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 'JHud'; meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar scores his highest debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with 'i.' Jennifer Hudson debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her third album  JHud  (24,000 copies sold in…

  5. Outkast's #ATLast Hometown Blowout Brings Erykah Badu, Bun B and More to Atlanta

    September 29, 2014 1:30 PM EDT Janelle Monae, 2 Chainz and a host of Southern rap pioneers were also guests at Outkast's 3-day homecoming concert "One for the money, yes sir, two for the show/A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe/Was the start of something good" — Outkast, “Elevators (Me & You)”…

  6. From Kendrick Lamar to Garth Brooks, the Best and Worst Singles of the Week

    September 26, 2014 5:23 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar "I" Interscope/TDE Kendrick Lamar conquered rap with his eye-to-mouth rhymes during the past two years, documenting his Compton, Calif., streets on the impervious Good Kid, M.a.a.d City . The grim extrospection persists on "I," the first peek at his…

  7. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  8. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Britney Demos, Azealia Banks & More

    September 24, 2014 2:00 PM EDT This week's Must-Hear Music podcast kicks off with a detailed dissection of Kendrick Lamar's "i," the first full taste of his sophomore album. While everyone ( Jason Lipshutz , Erika Ramirez  and Joe Lynch ) agrees it was far from what we expected, the Billboard staff…

  9. OutKast Reveals Details for #ATLast Weekend Shows: Special Guests, Ticket Giveaways

    September 23, 2014 8:44 PM EDT In June  OutKast 's upcoming three nights at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta sold out in 24 hours, without any help of details about the what the #ATLast weekend would hold other than homecoming performances by the Southern rap pioneers. Now fans are likely applauding themselves in…

  10. Jamie Foxx Sued Over New 2 Chainz-Featuring Song, 'Party Ain't a Party'

    September 19, 2014 9:46 PM EDT According to a Florida lawsuit, his "Party Ain't a Party" lyrics are identical to ones sung by another artist Less than a week after Jamie Foxx released his first new song in four years, the Oscar winning actor and musician is being dragged into court over the release. The…

  11. Jamie Foxx Drops New Banger 'Party Ain't a Party' With 2 Chainz

    September 16, 2014 9:51 PM EDT It was late 2010 when Jamie Foxx last released any new songs, topping the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with his melancholy Drake -featuring "Fall For Your Type." Now the Oscar-winner returns to music with a pumped up banger, "Party Ain't a Party" with some guest help…

  12. Fergie Working on New Album for 2015 Release

    September 15, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Mike WiLL Made-It is also involved with the project, sources tell Billboard. Fergie has not released an album in a little over eight years, but the Black Eyed Peas singer may finally be finishing a sequel to The Dutchess . Sources tell Billboard that Fergie is indeed working on new…

  13. Kem Says He's 'Keeping the Light On for R&B'

    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Motown artist will tour with Charlie Wilson in 2015; scores third week at No. 1 with 'It's You.' Fresh off scoring a third week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B chart with "It's You" -- not to mention debuting a week before at No. 3 on the Billboard 200…

  14. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Leads To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The band rewrites the record for the most No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Linkin Park, Kenny Chesney, MercyMe & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  15. DJ Mustard Talks Opening for Skrillex & Working With Diplo

    September 05, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Hot hip-hop producer down to join EDM duo in Jack U. Life is really good right now for producer DJ Mustard . The 24-year-old from Compton, Calif., who most people got to know as YG 's DJ, is stepping quickly into the limelight on his own with a string of hit singles he's produced…

  16. Hip-Hop Moves As Strong Force for Michael Brown

    August 30, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Rappers are making their voices heard in song and on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of Michael Brown's shooting death, channeling hip-hop's earlier roots when the genre worked as a voice for the oppressed and spoke out against injustice. Op-Ed: Killer Mike on the…

  17. Ferguson Protest Songs Impact Real-Time Charts

    August 28, 2014 7:28 PM EDT The Game's 'Don't Shoot' is the latest Ferguson-related viral track to chart high on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 tally. The protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 have been an important topic of online conversation on Twitter,…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Exclusive: Que Premieres Ty Dolla $ign 'Standout' Song, Talks Career Start & Migos Rivalry

    August 13, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Que doesn’t say much ordinarily, although today is different. At DJ Drama's Means Street Studios, the Atlanta-bred rapper is ready to get a few things off his chest; and, it's beyond the right time. Que, born Quintin Square Jr., refrained from saying much when the smash hit "…

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