1. This Kanye West & Sam Smith Mashup Is Fantastic

    November 26, 2014 10:15 AM EST Carlos Serrano's SoundCloud page is wall to wall mashups, all available for free download: There's  2pac and Banks , Rihanna and Daft Punk , TLC and Haim . His most recent concoction mixes Sam Smith 's Hot 100 top 10 single "I'm Not The Only One" with a song…

  2. From 'Ignition' to 'Macarena,' 13 Remixes That Eclipse the Originals

    November 26, 2014 9:00 AM EST One of the fascinating things about pop music is that there's more to songwriting than just writing the song. Take, for instance, "You're All I Need/I'll Be There For You," the Method Man - Mary J. Blige duet, which went to No. 3 on the Hot 100 in 1995 thanks to its…

  3. From Sugarhill Gang to Trinidad James, a Look at the Influences of Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars' 'Uptown Funk'

    November 24, 2014 10:01 AM EST Part of the excitement of Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk," the just-released kickoff single from the DJ/producer's  Uptown Special is catching the allusions to one early '80s funk/R&B classic after another. Even on Ronson's own Facebook page fans cite "…

  4. Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

    November 21, 2014 12:45 PM EST At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- demonstrated that flexibility plays a crucial role in a band's longevity. Groups often solidify as they get older: they settle in and focus. In an…

  5. What's The Most Common Hot 100 Song Title? (Updated)

    November 21, 2014 10:55 AM EST Last year, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Hot 100 with the latest entry titled 'Hold On.' Is that still the most common song title in the chart's more than five-decade history? Hold on a second. Or third. Or fourth ... In March 2013, Alabama Shakes debuted on the Billboard…

  6. 15 Musician Sex-Tape Scandals, From Tommy Lee to Usher

    November 13, 2014 2:54 PM EST News got out Wednesday that a sex tape featuring Usher and ex-wife Tameka Raymond was stolen and being shopped around, and the  singer's legal team is hot on the case .  Usher Hunting Down Stolen Sex Tape Like the rumors of an Iggy Azalea sex tape that surfaced in September , this…

  7. ‘Try Me’ Rapper Dej Loaf: ‘What I’m Doing Hasn’t Been Done’

    November 10, 2014 2:45 PM EST The Detroit rappers talks 'Try Me' remixes, her upcoming 'Sell Dole' project & women in rap. This past summer, rapper Dej Loaf (real name Deja Trimble) quit her janitorial job at the Chrysler plant in her native Detroit, unsure of the future. But after she uploaded…

  8. On the Road & Backstage With Rising British DJ Hot Since 82

    November 03, 2014 2:46 PM EST "Wooo, disco bus!" The vehicle idling by the manicured white lobby of the SLS Beverly Hills Hotel is nothing special, but Hot Since 82 is easy to please. Daley Padley is a rakish 30-something Brit wearing a white graphic tee and an unflagging smile that persists despite his…

  9. Orlando Jones, 'Sleepy Holloween Vol. 1': Exclusive Mixtape Premiere

    October 31, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Orlando Jones never ceases to surprise. In celebration of Halloween, the actor has releasesd his first mixtape, Sleepy Holloween Vol. 1. He collaborates with his DriveBy Entertainment partner, writer/producer Noam Dromi to create a 20-song project laced with relationship-heavy songs and…

  10. Taylor Swift's Entire '1989' Album Selling for 99 Cents

    October 28, 2014 7:13 PM EDT While Taylor Swift 's new 1989 isn't available on streaming sites like Spotify, there is one place the Internet can get it for a pretty good deal.  Taylor Swift's '1989' Heading for 1 Million Sales Debut Microsoft’s new Music Deals app that launched last week is…

  11. Barry Manilow Brings Whitney Houston Back to Life on 'The View'

    October 28, 2014 3:13 PM EDT More and more artists are interested in bringing back the dead. 2Pac and Michael Jackson were brought to life via hologram, and both artists have "released" posthumous albums using old vocal tracks. But Barry Manilow has gone a step further, recording an entire album that features…

  12. Tyga: I Don't Really Get Along With Drake or Nicki Minaj

    October 22, 2014 5:40 PM EDT Tyga isn't biting his tongue. The rapper opened up about his relationship with fellow Young Money artists, Drake and Nicki Minaj  in a recent interview with Vibe , saying: "I don't really get along with Drake. I don't really get along with Nicki . " "I…

  13. T.I., 'Paperwork': Track-by-Track Review

    October 20, 2014 12:30 PM EDT T.I. has always had some source of inspiration behind his albums, whether it came off sounding good or not. On his first three albums, T.I. was looking to live up to the "King of the South" title he bestowed upon himself as a rookie. King (2006) saw him enjoying his self-professed…

  14. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Music Signs Admin Deal With PRMD Publishing (Exclusive), Warner Chappell Music Teams With Mike Dean

    October 16, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Imagem Music has just signed a global administration deal with PRMD Publishing , the company formed by EDM impressario Ash Pournouri . As part of the deal, Imagem will now represent the publishing catalog of Cazzette , and any future signings made by PRMD (pronounced "pyramid").…

  15. Jada Pinkett Smith Remembers 2Pac & 'Surviving War Zone' of Her Past

    October 14, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Over the weekend, Jada Pinkett Smith spoke about Tupac 's death -- and a culture of violence against African Americans that she likens to genocide -- on Facebook. See the whole post here . Jada Pinkett Smith Defends Willow Smith Over Controversial Photo Smith posted a photo of…

  16. Billboard and CLIO Music's Top Commercials Powered by Shazam

    October 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT For the 55 th annual CLIO Awards honoring creativity in advertising, Billboard and Shazam teamed up to create three charts that honor the best uses of music in advertising over the past year.  Using tagging data from Shazam, as well as sales, airplay and streaming tracked by Nielsen…

  17. 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,…

  18. LouFest 2014: OutKast Has Ferguson Moment, Arctic Monkeys & Portugal. The Man Rock

    September 08, 2014 11:05 PM EDT Forest Park in St. Louis dropped its traditional role as quiet urban oasis over the weekend to host the fifth-ever LouFest, where OutKast , Arctic Monkeys , Future Islands and other staples of this winding-down festival season gave record crowds a reason to dance, sweat and just basically…

  19. Ludacris Q&A: His Next Album, Mourning Paul Walker & Vin Diesel's Rap Skills

    August 22, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Rapper, receiving BMI President's Award this weekend, is looking at November for personal 'Ludaversal' album. This weekend in Los Angeles, rapper Chris " Ludacris " Bridges will be given BMI's President's Award , a honor for songwriting and impact on pop…

  20. Dear Daddy Playlist: 25 Songs for Father's Day

    June 12, 2014 3:05 PM EDT With Father's Day just around the corner, now is the time to think of the man that stood tall in your life from day one. Of course, not all us us are so lucky to have had ones. So from Jay Z and Stevie Wonder showing love to their newborn daughters to Tupac Shakur giving his pops the…

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