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

    August 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Drake experienced notable social gains during the charting week (ending Aug. 10) as his joint tour with Lil Wayne kicked off on Aug. 8 in Darien Lake, N.Y. The Street Fighter -inspired Drake vs. Lil Wayne trek launched with the release of a new co ...

  2. Uncapped Concert Series Returns Aug. 19 With Run The Jewels and Jeremih

    August 14, 2014 10:01 AM EDT For the past three years, vitaminwater and The Fader's Uncapped concert series has been creating one-of-a-kind musical moments in intimate settings, from Frank Ocean and Bon Iver playing a New York City synagogue in 2012 to Solange performi ...

  3. BET Orders Reality Series Starring Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Mann Family

    August 12, 2014 3:44 AM EDT BET is bulking up its unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned cable network has handed out series orders to docuseries starring rapper Nelly , a new entry with Keyshia Cole and one featuring Meet the Browns stars David and Tamela Mann . The untit ...

  4. Jay Z Can Thank Supreme Court for Setback in 'Big Pimpin' Lawsuit

    August 07, 2014 5:14 AM EDT History might record Jay Z as being one of the first victims of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last May to allow Paula Petrella to sue MGM and 20th Century Fox over the Martin Scorsese film, Raging Bull . What does Jay Z have to do with Ra ...

  5. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jack White’s Vinyl Sales Still Sizzle, Adele’s ‘21’ Nears 11 Million Sales & More

    August 03, 2014 4:29 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, 5 Seconds of Summer saw its self-titled debut full-length album arrive atop the list , selling 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is not only the third-b ...

  6. Death Grips Post-Mortem: Better to Slash-and-Burn Out Than Fade Away

    July 18, 2014 10:36 AM EDT When noise collective Death Grips, anchored by drummer Zach Hill and vocalist MC Ride but with an always rotating roster, called it quits — announcing the news on July 2 with a note handwritten on a napkin — it was only the latest in a string of s ...

  7. Beyonce Fashion Exhibit to Debut at Rock Hall Museum

    July 18, 2014 8:58 AM EDT A fashion exhibit centered on Beyonce will debut at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in a section previously featuring only Hall of Famers. The Rock Hall announced Friday that outfits from Beyonce's Super Bowl performance and music v ...

  8. 'Straight Outta Compton' Studio Distances Itself From Offensive Casting Call

    July 18, 2014 8:42 AM EDT Universal Pictures and the filmmakers behind the planned N.W.A. biopic are distancing themselves from an offensive casting announcement for the film. The company said in a statement late Thursday that "the filmmakers ... did not approve and d ...

  9. Faith Evans Signs to BMG for Publishing, Artist Services

    July 18, 2014 2:51 AM EDT R&B Grammy winner Faith Evans has signed a worldwide exclusive publishing and BMG Artist Services deal with BMG Chrysalis U.S. for her first new studio album in four years, "Incomparable," which will come out this fall. Her eighth st ...

  10. Michele Obama and Janelle Monae Discuss Arts Education at Grammy Museum Awards Event

    July 16, 2014 9:54 PM EDT First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the importance of arts education Wednesday at the Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award Luncheon, emphatically declaring "we cannot be satisfied until every child has some exposure to the arts. ...

  11. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (June 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated t ...

  12. Stax Records Broadway Musical in Development

    July 09, 2014 10:02 PM EDT Following on the heels of the successful "Motown: The Musical Broadway" show, Concord Music Group and Academy Award-nominated and Grammy-winning producer Stuart Benjamin have begun development of a musical production based on the dramati ...

  13. Jay Z Faces Sound Engineer's Bold Claim Over Song Rights

    July 09, 2014 11:43 AM EDT After being accused by Jay Z of stealing master recordings of seminal work, Chauncey Mahan has responded with a provocative lawsuit against the hip-hop star and Roc Nation. Jay Z Involved In Extortion Plot Over Master Recordings: Report Although ...

  14. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Jay Z, No Doubt To Headline

    July 09, 2014 8:08 AM EDT The third annual Global Citizen Festival will feature performances from Jay Z, No Doubt and more big names when it returns to the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on Sept. 27. Coinciding each year with the United Nations General Assembly ...

  15. Essence Festival Hits Record Attendance for 20th Anniversary

    July 08, 2014 8:43 AM EDT The Essence Festival's 20th anniversary set a record for annual attendance, with more than 550,000 participants celebrating four days of R&B music, community and black culture at the New Orleans' convention center and Superdome, orga ...

  16. Ted Joseph To Manage Relaunched Kalimba Music

    July 07, 2014 10:22 PM EDT EWF founder Maurice White created indie label in late ‘90s Ted Joseph has been appointed label manager for Kalimba Music, relaunched last year by Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White. In his new role, Joseph will also be working with Kalim ...

  17. Drake Surges to No. 2 on Twitter Top Tracks Chart Thanks to Remixes

    July 04, 2014 9:47 AM EDT Also: Beyonce charges up the Social 50 chart following the launch of her On the Run tour with Jay Z Following the June 1 release of Drake's song "O to 100," more than 80 remixes of the song have surfaced online -- according to Vice& ...

  18. ScHoolboy Q Concert Shooting: Cops Have No Leads

    June 25, 2014 1:02 AM EDT Investigators haven't been able to develop a description of a gunman who opened fire on an SUV carrying rapper ScHoolboy Q after a concert at the Red Rocks amphitheater near Denver. ScHoolboy Q Concert Shooting: Dispatch 911 Audio Released Je ...

  19. Kevin Liles on Mariah and Jay-Z's Beverages, Lyor's 300 & D'Angelo’s New Record (Q&A)

    June 22, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Kevin Liles calls himself an entrepreneur, and it's hard to imagine a more accurate catch-all term for the items in his overstuffed portfolio. My Day: Kevin Liles, Founder of KWL Enterprises Lyor Cohen Unveils 300, New 'Content Company ...

  20. Michael Jackson 'Hologram' Show Triggers New Lawsuit

    June 20, 2014 3:42 AM EDT It's now been a month since a Michael Jackson recreation at the Billboard Music Awards earned heavy buzz. In the days leading up to the spectacle, Hologram USA, owned by firebrand entrepreneur Alki David, attempted to stop it by claiming it i ...

  21. Kanye West Charms Cannes With His Moral Take on Brands and Culture

    June 18, 2014 4:41 AM EDT Kanye West was roundly ridiculed last year when he likened himself to Steve Jobs in a New York Times interview. But the rapper is very much like the late Apple founder in at least one respect: He is obsessed with good taste, and frames his pursuit ...

  22. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Personality, Dead at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at S ...

  23. 5 Seconds of Summer and Diddy Hit New Highs on Social 50 Chart

    June 12, 2014 6:42 PM EDT Diddy notches his best week yet on the three-and-a-half-year old Social 50 chart, as a teaser for his new video “I Want the Love” spurs a re-entry for the hip-hop mogul at No. 23. The Social 50 incorporates the following metrics: weekly additions ...

  24. Beastie Boys' Defense Says 'Paul's Boutique'-Suing Label Doesn't Actually Own Copyrights

    June 11, 2014 8:28 PM EDT The Beastie Boys might be finished producing new music, but the hip-hop group isn't done with copyright law. Amazingly, Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch appear poised to score their third big legal win this year. Just la ...

  25. BET, Louder Than Life Partner For 'Music Matters' Compilation Series

    June 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT BET Networks and its new artist program Music Matters has partnered with Louder Than Life/Red Associated Labels to launch the new compilation album series, "BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1." Featuring new music from Miguel, Big Sean, M ...

  26. Led Zeppelin Reissues Set for Splashy Return to Billboard 200 Chart

    June 06, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Cent heading for sixth top 10, “If/Then” cast album set for big debut Reissues of Led Zeppelin's first three albums are set to storm back onto the Billboard 200 chart next week. The three titles should re-enter the chart within the top 15, ...

  27. Common Signs to No I.D.’s Artium/Def Jam Label

    June 04, 2014 6:25 PM EDT Two-time Grammy Award-winning Chicago rapper and actor Common has signed to longtime friend and collaborator No I.D.’s Artium/Def Jam Recordings label.  “Kingdom,” featuring Vince Staples, is out now, the lead track from his upcoming 10th studio a ...

  28. Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    May 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo will receive ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award, respectively, at the performing rights organization’s 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The invitation-only event will be held June 26 at the Beverly Hil ...

  29. Beastie Boys v. Monster: Ad-Rock Testifies, Position Against Product Endorsements

    May 28, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Beastie Boys rapper Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz had an easy answer Wednesday for a lawyer asking why the hip-hop group refuses to endorse products but licensed its music for a watch company's snowboarding video. "We like sports,&qu ...

  30. Beastie Boys v. Monster: Ad-Rock Takes Stand, IDs Mike D In a Sailor Suit

    May 27, 2014 6:52 PM EDT The Beastie Boys' lawsuit against Monster Beverage Corp. went to trial today in Manhattan's Financial District. Seated in a large, ornate courtroom in the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse -- which Federal Judge Paul A. Engelmayer describe ...

  31. Kanye West's New Song ‘God Level’ Debuts In Adidas Ad (Watch)

    May 25, 2014 12:11 PM EDT Less than three weeks ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Adidas has released a new advertisement for its "The Dream: All In or Nothing" campaign that features new music by Kanye West, who married Kim Kardashian in Florence on Saturda ...

  32. Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards Sunday, taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena. Imagine Dr ...

  33. Billboard Music Awards 2014: Full Winners List

    May 18, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Justin Timberlake was the big winner at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, with 7 trophies on the night including Top Artist and Top Male Artist. Other winners include Imagine Dragons with five, and Pharrell, Robin Thicke and T.I. each scoring four ...

  34. Jay Z & Beyonce Release 'Run' Trailer With Sean Penn, Blake Lively, Jake Gyllenhaal (Watch)

    May 18, 2014 2:18 AM EDT A little more than a month ahead of their On The Run summer stadium tour , Jay Z and Beyonce have unexpectedly released a Bonnie and Clyde-style mini-movie featuring A-list actors Sean Penn, Blake Lively and Jake Gyllenhaal. Jay Z And Beyonce: T ...

  35. Beyonce & Jay Z Lead 2014 BET Awards

    May 14, 2014 7:36 PM EDT BET has announced the nominees for the 2014 BET Awards. Beyoncé and Jay Z take the lead with four nominations each. Beyoncé is nominated for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Best Collaboration ("Drunk In Love"), and Video of the Year twic ...

  36. Shakira To Perform at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards

    May 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Shakira is the latest superstar confirmed to perform at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! ?• Video:   Top BBMA Performances ?• GIFs: ? See the Finalists • Photos:   60 Memorable ...

  37. Meek Mill Loses Suit Over Philly Police Stop

    May 05, 2014 8:38 AM EDT Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill lost his civil-rights case against city police Thursday over a 10-hour traffic stop that he called racially motivated. Mill, who trying to catch a flight to Atlanta to launch his debut album, was instead handcuffed an ...

  38. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Heading Toward 13th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 02, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack, which has racked up 12 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, seems likely to spend a 13th week at No. 1 on the tally. The album could sell another 90,000 to 100,000 copies in the tracking ...

  39. YouTube Offers Pharrell, Pepsi, Google Preferred Ad Tool At Upfront

    May 01, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Just two years ago, YouTube touted a lineup of premium content from traditional-media players and Hollywood talent (an investment valued at over $100 million) to pitch advertisers on buying TV-quality content online. But at YouTube (and Google’s) ...

  40. Pharrell Williams Launches Sprint's HTC M8 Phone with High Tech, Sound Sessions Concert

    April 30, 2014 7:53 PM EDT On Tuesday (April 29) night, Hot 100 leading man (for 10 straight weeks now) Pharrell Williams packed out New York City’s Webster Hall to headline the Sprint Sound Session, a concert event to launch the mobile service provider’s new HTC M8 phone. ...

  41. DJ E-Z Rock, Hip Hop Pioneer Who Recorded 'It Takes Two,' Dies At 46

    April 28, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Rodney “Skip” Bryce, the hip hop artist who as DJ E-Z Rock enjoyed a breakout in the late ‘80s with “It Takes Two”, has died at 46. At time of writing, there was no verifiable information on the cause of his death. DJ E-Z Rock had the biggest hit ...

  42. Moogfest 2014: Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, FlyLo, Janelle Monae Hit Asheville

    April 26, 2014 11:39 AM EDT Moogfest feels like a Philip Dick fan convention soundtracked by a heavy, relentless bass line. The weird and wired festival kicked off in Asheville on Wednesday afternoon with perhaps its least exciting event: a panel with Moog Music CEO Mike Ada ...

  43. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Flying Towards 12th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 25, 2014 8:43 PM EDT The "Frozen" soundtrack will likely continue its lengthy run at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. According to industry sources, the album could sell around 100,000 copies in the week ending April 27, which should secure its 12 ...

  44. Mariah Carey Is Planning a 'Beyoncé'-Style Album Drop (Updated)

    April 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT This story was updated following its original publication after a Def Jam rep said the new album would have a traditional roll-out strategy leading up to a “late May” simultaneous digital/physical street date. Read the full report here.   which d ...

  45. One Direction's 'You & I' Video Returns Group to Top 10 on Social 50

    April 24, 2014 6:28 PM EDT After a nine-week absence from the top 10 on the Social 50 chart, One Direction returns to the region, vaulting 14-8 after the debut of their video for "You & I" on April 18. The nine-week vacation from the region was the group' ...

  46. My First 'American Idol': An Intern's Tale

    April 24, 2014 5:01 PM EDT The stage may be smaller in person, but the talent -- especially at the judges' table -- feels much bigger. I might not fit into what is now the stereotypical "American Idol" fangirl demographic, but growing up on the show that chan ...

  47. Moog CEO Mike Adams on Retooled Moogfest: ‘It’s More the Engineering Geeky Side of Things’

    April 24, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Where can you see futurist George Dvorsky by day and living meme Riff Raff by night? This year's retooled Moogfest is an eccentric five days of daytime musings on sci-fi, instrument design and music visuals and evening performances ranging fr ...

  48. Michael Jackson’s Doctor Denied Latest Appeal

    April 24, 2014 12:23 AM EDT The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, rejecting his lawyer's petition without comment. The decision by the state's highest court was the latest ...

  49. Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Tops Britain’s All-Time Downloaded Chart

    April 23, 2014 3:52 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been revealed as the most downloaded track of all-time in the United Kingdom. The controversial hit (which features T.I. and Pharrell Williams) is one of only two songs to sell more than 1.5 million downloads, ac ...

  50. Jay Z Involved In Extortion Plot Over Master Recordings: Report

    April 21, 2014 6:09 PM EDT Police have reportedly confiscated a collection of Jay Z's old master recordings that had been stolen. Producer Chancey Mahan, who worked with Jay Z from 2008-09, was allegedly found in possession of Roc-A-Fella Records master recordings from ...

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