Kendrick Lamar

  1. The Hudson Project Festival's First Year Had a Good Start, Got Muddy, Canceled Final Day

    July 14, 2014 2:50 PM EDT It was the first music festival to be held on Winston Farm in Saugerties since "Mudstock" was held twenty years ago, which drew roughly 350,000 people and ended in chaotic anarchy. #MudsonProject was decidedly smaller and more organized, ...

  2. Chart Moves: 'Divergent' Soundtrack Debuts on Billboard 200, Christian Music Takes Over Dance Chart

    March 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the unstoppable "Frozen" soundtrack returned to No. 1 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, while Luke Bryan's latest "Spring Break" EP started at No. 2. Outside the top 10, there we ...

  3. Top Dawg's Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q Cover Story: Enter the House of Pain

    March 04, 2014 5:25 PM EST It doesn't exactly look like the place that so recently has launched the next generation of hip-hop superstars. Indeed, the Top Dawg Entertainment recording studio - christened the House of Pain and located in the back of a family-style home ...

  4. ScHoolboy Q Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    February 26, 2014 6:59 PM EST ScHoolboy Q is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The rapper's major-label debut album, "Oxymoron," could sell between 150,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 2, according to i ...

  5. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 4:47 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tappi ...

  6. Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' Breaks Record For Longest Hot 100 Run

    February 19, 2014 3:22 PM EST Imagine Dragons rewrite Billboard Hot 100 history, as "Radioactive" (No. 26) logs its record-breaking 77th week on the chart. The total tops the mark previously established by Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" in 2008-09. Mean ...

  7. Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' Ties For Longest Hot 100 Run

    February 12, 2014 3:56 PM EST The band's smash equals the 76-week chart life of Jason Mraz's 'I'm Yours' in 2008-09. Meanwhile, AWOLNATION's 'Sail' posts its 75th week on the chart. Imagine Dragons tie a vaunted Billboard Hot 100 record ...

  8. J. Cole on His Dreamville Label Deal with Interscope’s Joie Manda: Like ‘Dr. Dre to His Jimmy Iovine’ (Exclusive)

    February 10, 2014 11:38 AM EST On Jan. 28, on his 29th birthday, J. Cole walked in his mentor/Roc Nation boss Jay Z’s big footsteps once again. At his headlining gig at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the “Power Trip” rapper officially became an executive, revealing t ...

  9. Chart Moves: John Legend, Sara Bareilles Hit New Highs; Imagine Dragons Close In On Hot 100 History; Daft Punk's 'Lucky' Grows Post-Grammys

    February 09, 2014 8:24 AM EST As previously reported, Katy Perry's "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Beyonce's "Drunk in Love," featuring Jay Z, darts 13-2. Who else makes notable moves on ...

  10. 'Frozen' Longest-Running No. 1 Film Soundtrack Since 2003

    February 05, 2014 10:45 AM EST The soundtrack to "Frozen" holds steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth nonconsecutive week, fending off the surging "2014 Grammy Nominees" album at No. 2. The last theatrical film soundtrack to spend four weeks atop ...

  11. Alex Da Kid on Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar and the Grammys

    February 04, 2014 5:13 PM EST Alex Da Kid is having his best year ever. In addition to winning a Grammy for Best Rock Performance with his group, Imagine Dragons -- which to date has sold 1.9 million copies of their 2012 debut, "Night Visions," and 14.4 million songs ...

  12. Sean Combs' 'Revolt Live' Launches with Wiz Khalifah & Mack Wilds Interviews

    January 28, 2014 12:51 AM EST The daily flagship show of Sean Combs' Revolt TV went live Monday in the network's Hollywood studios with interviews of Wiz Khalifah and Mack Wilds, discussions about Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore and the Grammys and a look at music around ...

  13. Spotify Predicts Grammy Winners

    January 21, 2014 8:52 PM EST Predicting Grammy Winners has now become a sort of parlor game among digital music companies over the past few years. The idea is to see if large sets of data on listener behavior can be used to pick the winners. The answer is: It depends. If list ...

  14. Grammys: Beyonce and Jay Z to Perform

    January 20, 2014 4:05 PM EST A CBS promo that aired Jan. 19 confirmed the duo would hit the stage Jan. 26. After some speculation last week, Beyonce has been confirmed to be taking the Grammy Awards stage on Jan. 26, alongside hubby Jay Z. The appearance was confirmed in a co ...

  15. Jay Z to Play DirecTV's Super Saturday Night Party During Super Bowl Week

    January 15, 2014 2:33 PM EST Jay Z will headline DirecTV’s Super Saturday Night party during Super Bowl weekend on Saturday, Feb. 1. The invite-only event will take place at DirecTV’s SuperFan Stadium at New York’s Hudson River Park Pier 40, co-hosted by Mark Cuban’s AXS TV a ...

  16. Pepsi Premieres Best New Artist Video Series Starring 2014 Nominees (Exclusive)

    January 14, 2014 9:00 AM EST An artist’s first Grammy nomination can be a life-changing event – particularly when that nod is for Best New Artist. Pepsi is amplifying its support of the 56th Grammy Best New Artist program with a series of video interviews with all five nomine ...

  17. DJ Drama Joins Atlantic A&R Team (Exclusive)

    January 08, 2014 9:00 AM EST Q4 Label Special: Atlantic's Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman on Navigating 'the Xmas Bum-Rush' (Q&A) Coldplay, David Guetta Go To Atlantic Records; Radiohead & Pink Floyd Catalogs, Kylie Minogue, Damon Albarn To Warner Bro ...

  18. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2013: Justin Timberlake, Drake & Macklemore Claim The Charts

    December 11, 2013 5:22 PM EST Blue-eyed soul and hip-hop. New R&B breakthroughs. Rap icons still holding it down. Those are just a few of the key takeaways from 2013 in R&B and hip-hop. Monitoring all this activity to draw a more detailed picture: a host of new R&B ...

  19. Grammy 2014 Noms —R&B & Rap: Mainstays, Left-Field Surprises

    December 07, 2013 11:22 AM EST Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Florida Georgia Line: Which Newcomer Will Dominate Tonight's Grammy Nominations? Grammys 2014 Rock Noms: Black Sabbath Rules; Zep, Bowie, Stones, QOTSA, Alabama Shakes, Neko Case Get Nods Grammy Nominations ...

  20. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all ...

  21. Drake's 'Nothing Was The Same' Passes 1 Million In Sales

    November 06, 2013 7:17 PM EST In its fifth week at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and sixth week in the top five of the Billboard 200, Drake's third studio album "Nothing Was the Same" moves 38,000 copies to cross the million copies sold mark, according t ...

  22. Q4 Label Special: Interscope's John Janick on Eminem, Lady Gaga's Albums, Setting up New Artists, 'Quality Over Quantity'

    October 25, 2013 8:45 AM EDT TOP RELEASES, YTD Imagine Dragons, "Night Visions" 1.9M TEA, 1M copies No. 2, 58 weeks Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines" 1.1M TEA, 505,000 copies No. 1, 11 weeks BIG Q4 RELEASES Eminem, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" Relea ...

  23. Eminem, Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Heading Down Under for ‘Rapture’ Stadium Tour

    October 21, 2013 12:54 AM EDT Eminem is heading back Down Under. And this time, he’s bringing Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole with him. The rap superstar will headline four stadium shows next February. The run will open with Eminem's first-ever date in New Zealand (Auckland, ...

  24. Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Smokey Robinson Lead Soul Train Awards Lineup

    October 10, 2013 10:09 AM EDT Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton and Smokey Robinson are among the marquee names announced today as performers for the 2013 Soul Train Awards. The fifth annual show is being taped on Nov. 8 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. It will premiere on Ce ...

  25. Spotify Throws Its Weight Behind Artist Marketing

    October 01, 2013 11:52 AM EDT Spotify has rolled out a new artist marketing program, called Spotlight , that the company will use to support artists over an extended period of time. The first two Spotlight artists are American trio Haim, whose debut album was released Tuesda ...

  26. Chili Peppers, Phoenix, Kendrick Lamar To Headline Atlanta's Music Midtown Festival

    September 19, 2013 3:25 AM EDT Imagine Dragon's Wayne "Wing" Sermon remembered hearing all the childhood stories drummer Daniel Platzman used to tell about the Music Midtown Festival. "He made it seem like an epic thing," said Sermon, the guitarist of ...

  27. Morning Fix: Pandora Prevails Over ASCAP; Should You Upgrade to iOS 7?; T Bone Burnett Announced For Billboard Film & TV Conf.

    September 18, 2013 5:29 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BETTY WHO SIGNS TO RCA AS PROPOSAL VIDEO GOES VIRAL Betty Who, the Australian-born, New York-based pop singer, who released her debut EP "The Movement" last April (and which premiered on ...

  28. Gallo's Film/TV Briefs: Robert Kraft Returns to Performing; Arsenio Hall Lines Up Guests; James Brown Biopic Set

    September 04, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Robert Kraft , the former president of music at Fox who put his music career on hold for more than two decades, is returning to the stage for two shows, one in New York and one in L.A. Kraft will perform at Joe's Pub on Oct. 30 and Largo at ...

  29. Jay Z's 'Made In America' Doc to Air on Showtime

    August 30, 2013 11:05 AM EDT Ron Howard's "Made in America" documentary about the Jay Z-curated music festival in Philadelphia will air Oct. 11 on Showtime.  After Jay Z's "Budweiser Made in America" festival debuted on Labor Day weekend last y ...

  30. Chart Moves: Lorde Keeps Leaping With 'Royals'; Miley Cyrus Debuts Next Single; Keith Urban Tops Country Airplay

    August 30, 2013 9:15 AM EDT As previously reported , Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, spends a 12th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Katy Perry's "Roar" holds at No. 2. What other moves on the Hot 100 a ...

  31. Rap-A-Lot Records Signs with RED Distribution

    August 26, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Houston-based label Rap-A-Lot Records has signed a multi-year agreement with RED Distribution, a Sony Music Entertainment-owned sales and marketing division that handles releases for over sixty independent record labels, for digital and physica ...

  32. New Signings: August Alsina to Def Jam, Windish Agency Wins Bobby Womack, Frankie Rose Goes and Labrinth to Paradigm

    August 23, 2013 4:03 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters ...

  33. Bubbling Under: Will Hoge Makes 'Strong' Start

    August 23, 2013 10:37 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Will Hoge, Andra Day, Martin Garrix and Schoolboy Q. Will Hoge Will Hoge makes ...

  34. Kendrick Lamar 'Control' Feature Yields Huge Twitter Followers Jump

    August 23, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar re-enters Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 15 after creating one of the biggest news stories in hip-hop so far this year. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikiped ...

  35. Kendrick Lamar Out Front With 14 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    August 23, 2013 12:46 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar made a splash with his major label debut. He recently called out some of rap's best by name, warning them about his aim for hip-hop's top spot on Big Sean's "Control." Now, BET is taking notice. In a state ...

  36. Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Lead the Pack Ahead of the MTV Video Music Awards

    July 17, 2013 8:15 AM EDT Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are the top nominees for the 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards with six apiece, followed by Bruno Mars with four.  MTV unveiled nominations Wednesday morning via the network’s Instagram and Vin ...

  37. Chart Moves: AWOLNATION 'Sail's Onto Mainstream Top 40; Avicii Evolves; Lorde Keeps Leaping With 'Royals'

    July 05, 2013 10:00 AM EDT As previously reported, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. + Pharrell, spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love," featuring Mary Lambert, roar ...

  38. Charlie Wilson's Career Celebrated At BET Awards As Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Rihanna Take Trophies

    July 01, 2013 12:02 AM EDT “The best of the best in Black entertainment. All Day. All Night. All In.” That’s what BET promised to deliver with its inaugural three-day music and lifestyle festival, the BET Experience. Staged in association with AEG at the latter’s L.A. Li ...

  39. Backbeat: Kendrick Lamar, Usher, 2 Chainz, Noah "40" Shebib, Sony/ATV Top Winners At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 28, 2013 11:31 AM EDT 2 Chainz and producer Noah "40" Shebib shared songwriter of the year honors and Sony/ATV was named publisher of the year at ASCAP¹s 26th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony, held last evening (June 27) at the Beverly Hi ...

  40. Prime Social Launches Breakaway Fests With Bassnectar, Wu-Tang, Kendrick Lamar, Others (Exclusive)

    June 11, 2013 11:00 AM EDT Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun, Kendrick Lamar, Wu-Tang Clan, Matt & Kim among those playing stadiums in Columbus, Dallas The inaugural Breakaway Music Festival concept, produced by rising young promoters Prime Social, will launch with two ne ...

  41. Chris Brown, Wu-Tang Clan, Miguel & More To Perform At 2013 Summer Jam

    May 02, 2013 6:39 PM EDT Hot 97 has announced the line-up for this year's Summer Jam event. Chris Brown, Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, A$AP Rocky, Wale, Miguel, Joe Budden and French Montana will all be performing. Summer Jam XX will take place ...

  42. #SXSW Instagr.am: Check Out the Photos You Sent Us!

    March 17, 2013 5:15 AM EDT HEAD HERE TO SEE ALL OUR INSTAGRAM GALLERIES: Our new audience-generated Instagr.am gallery got a bumper crop of photos from #SXSW this year -- check out pics of Scooter Braun, Kendrick Lamar, Dave Grohl, Raekwon, Usher Pharrell, the Flaming Li ...

  43. SXSW Backbeat: SPIN and Solange at Stubb's, Earl Sweatshirt at Green Label Sound's Barbecue

    March 16, 2013 1:34 PM EDT After the headlining act at MySpace's Saturday showcase was revealed to be Justin Timberlake , the next surprise guest to be unveiled would join the Afghan Whigs at FADER Fort on Friday night. Like most secrets this one wasn't kept lo ...

  44. A Day in the Busy Life: Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg Entertainment Go to Austin

    March 15, 2013 11:29 AM EDT Not just anyone would get a call from Alicia Keys to perform alongside her; so when Kendrick Lamar did, he went with it. The night before hopping on a red-eye to this year's SXSW festival, Kendrick Lamar performed two songs ("Swimming ...

  45. Yahoo Announces Music Tour Featuring Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Others

    March 14, 2013 8:42 PM EDT UPDATED: The summer's 21-date traveling festival will include appearances by special guests Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Trey Songz. Yahoo! made a big announcement at South by Southwest's Interactive portion in Austin, saying ...

  46. Backbeat: Billboard and Spotify's Live Showcase Has 'Harlem Shake' Moneymakers, Kendrick Lamar

    March 14, 2013 3:28 PM EDT Billboard and Spotify presented Spotify Live Wednesday night at the 1100 Warehouse located directly across the street from the Fader Fort. That’s where headliner Kendrick Lamar made a surprise appearance at the end of Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q’s s ...

  47. Backbeat: Warner Sound's Second SXSW Showcase Brings Out Elektra's Castelaz, Tegan and Sara and More

    March 14, 2013 11:42 AM EDT On night two of The Warner Sound showcase captured by Nikon, the industry crowd mingled with some of the host label’s rising stars at The Belmont in downtown Austin, TX. Rock troubadour Gary Clark Jr. and Maybach Music's Rockie Fresh , the ...

  48. Beyonce Signs Global Administration Deal With Warner/Chappell Publishing

    February 21, 2013 5:29 PM EST Beyoncé has signed a global publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music, Billboard has learned exclusively. Effective immediately, Warner/Chappell -- headed by chairman/CEO Cameron Strang -- will administer the 17-time Grammy winner’s future s ...

  49. Chart Moves: The Lonely Island's 'Yolo' Sails Onto Hot 100, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber Soar

    February 08, 2013 2:45 PM EST As previously reported , Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, logs a third week at No. 1 the Billboard Hot 100, while the latest singles by P!nk and Calvin Harris enter the top 10. Who else makes notable move ...

  50. Webdoc Rebrands As Urturn At MIDEM

    January 27, 2013 8:54 AM EST Above, Urturn co-founders Olivier de Simone and Vincent Borel in the VIP suites at MIDEM Webdoc, a startup that was one of the four winners of last year’s Midemlab competition, has rebranded just in time for MIDEM 2013 as Urturn — with the addit ...

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