1. Coachella 2015 Friday Weekend 2 Recap: Alabama Shakes Delivers Standout Set, AC/DC Returns With Fireworks & More

    April 18, 2015 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Just before they took the stage for a typically shreddy, dream-state set on Friday (April 17) on the second weekend of Coachella 2015, the members of The War On Drugs stood stageside, hugging each other. "Let's have some fun," said on ...

  2. NBA Playoffs Playlists: Ballers Love Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and Mozart

    April 17, 2015 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 There is no doubt by now that Drake loves basketball. But it should be noted, too, that basketball loves Drake.  With the NBA Playoffs starting Saturday, we asked players from the Eastern Conference's Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards and ...

  3. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Artist 100, Wiz Khalifa Blasts to No. 3

    April 16, 2015 12:30 PM EDT 17.261 k 805 41 Swift is feelin' 22 (weeks at No. 1), while Wiz Khalifa roars 23-3 as his 'See You Again' tops the Hot 100. Taylor Swift logs week No. 22, a favorite number of hers , as the top music act in the U.S., as she remains atop the ...

  4. Drake's OVO Fest Denied Grant Money From Canadian Government

    April 15, 2015 12:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 There was no uproar this time. Drake 's Toronto-based hip-hop festival OVO Fest received $300,000 last year from Canada's Ontario government but this year their grant application was denied, Billboard has learned. "Celebrate Ontario i ...

  5. Watch Robert Pattinson Dance During Drake's Coachella Set

    April 15, 2015 6:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 While everyone was looking at the stage during Drake's headlining set at Coachella last weekend (you know the one where he kissed Madonnna ), there was another A-lister in the crowd just having himself a really good time. That guy is Robert Pat ...

  6. Drake Weighs In On His Reaction To That Madonna Kiss at Coachella

    April 14, 2015 6:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 Despite what it may have looked like, Drake is totally fine after that unforgettable Coachella kiss with Madonna . The now-infamous smooch went down in California on Sunday night during the rapper's headline set. And while fans were surprised b ...

  7. Drake Announces North American 'Jungle' Tour

    April 13, 2015 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 If you didn't (or won't) catch Drake at Coachella, not to worry. Besides headlining festivals (Governor’s Ball, Wireless Festival), the rapper will embark on his North American " Jungle " tour this summer, alongside Future . Drak ...

  8. Why The Weeknd Is Winning Coachella Before It Even Starts

    April 10, 2015 1:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Can you name the three headliners of this year's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival? If you said AC/DC , Jack White and Drake , you'd be wrong. On Mar. 25, it was announced that the Weeknd , not Jack White, would be closing out the ...

  9. Taylor Swift Leads Billboard Artist 100; Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth Surge

    April 09, 2015 5:59 PM EDT Swift scores her record 21st week at No. 1, while Khalifa & Puth make moves thanks to their fast-rising "Furious 7" soundtrack hit "See You Again." Taylor Swift tallies a record-extending 21st week at No. 1 on the Billboa ...

  10. Here's How The Game Badgered Drake Out of $6,000

    April 06, 2015 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Previously-undefeated Kentucky's loss to Wisconsin over the weekend set plenty of people back a few bucks, including die-hard Kentucky (since circa 2012) fan Drake .  The Game won six stacks from Drizzy, which both rappers documented over Insta ...

  11. iLoveMakonnen Releases New 'Drink More Water 5' Mixtape

    March 31, 2015 1:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 iLoveMakonnen was one of 2014's biggest musical success stories. " Tuesday ," as strange as it was undeniable, became a hit, landing this rapper/warbler a deal with Drake 's label OVO Sound. That was one of several inspired Makon ...

  12. Chilly Gonzalez Explains Why the Classical Music World Should Stop Resisting Rap & Pop Music

    March 26, 2015 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Why are pop hits so effective? Last year, the musician Owen Pallett wrote a couple of popular posts about this topic for Slate ,where he explained the technical structure underpinning several radio juggernauts ( Katy Perry 's "Teenage Drea ...

  13. Madonna Vaults Onto Billboard Artist 100 at No. 7, Taylor Swift Still No. 1

    March 19, 2015 10:05 AM EDT The Queen of Pop soars in, thanks to sales of her new album "Rebel Heart," while Swift reigns for a record-extending 19th week. Madonna bursts onto the Billboard Artist 100 chart at No. 7, fueled by sales of her new album Rebel Heart . ...

  14. Hear New Releases From Awful Records' Father & Lord Narf

    March 18, 2015 5:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rap and R&B are two of the fastest-moving musical genres -- releases come quickly and without advance notice. Still, this has been a surprising week. The stars weighed in, as Kendrick Lamar 's album leaked and Tinashe dropped a short free t ...

  15. Exclusive: Fun. Frontman Nate Ruess to Receive Hal David Starlight Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame

    March 18, 2015 8:00 AM EDT Fun. frontman Nate Ruess will receive the Hal David Starlight Award at this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame, Billboard can reveal. The honor, which each year recognizes a brilliant young songwriter, will be presented at the 46th Annual Inducti ...

  16. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100, Kelly Clarkson Vaults to Top Five

    March 12, 2015 3:45 PM EDT 15.406 k 725 287 Swift logs a record-extending 18th week at No. 1, while Clarkson rockets 48-5 thanks to the debut of her album "Piece by Piece." Taylor Swift holds atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, tallying a record-extending 18th week at th ...

  17. Drake-Donated Recording Studio Up & Running at Philly High School

    March 11, 2015 9:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 A troubled city high school has finally heard the sound of music coming from a recording studio donated by Drake after a monthslong search for a teacher to run it. The Grammy-winning rapper gave $75,000 to help create the space at Strawberry Mansion ...

  18. Madonna on Her Brit Awards Fall: 'I Came Out All Right Because I'm in Good Shape'

    March 08, 2015 10:32 PM EDT Exercising regularly has been like a prayer answered for Madonna : The singer says thanks to staying active, she didn't suffer much after falling during her performance at the Brit Awards. "If I wasn't in good shape -- tuck and ro ...

  19. Taylor Swift Back Atop Billboard Artist 100, Big Sean Blasts to No. 2

    March 05, 2015 1:45 PM EST 13.256 k 590 147 Swift returns for a record-extending 17th week at No. 1, while Big Sean surges 32-2 thanks to the start of his album 'Dark Sky Paradise.' Taylor Swift returns to her familiar perch atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, rebounding ...

  20. Drake Called Homophobic Slur by Die Antwoord

    March 03, 2015 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 Well, this is upsetting. Drake and Die Antwoord are both currently playing Australia's Future Music Festival, which hits five cities on the continent between Feb. 28 and March 9. But that's not the disturbing part. Following the March 1 sh ...

  21. Drake Ties the Beatles With 14 Simultaneous Hot 100 Hits

    February 27, 2015 5:57 PM EST 91.682 k 888 18 The records keep coming for Drake, who matches the Beatles' feat first set 51 years ago. Thanks to his surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late , which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (dated Feb. 28) with 53 ...

  22. Breyon Prescott Heads Urban A&R at Epic

    February 26, 2015 10:40 PM EST Music industry veteran Breyon Prescott has joined Epic Records as head of urban A&R. In addition to developing new and existing talent, Prescott will house his Chameleon Entertainment imprint at Epic. Prescott is among the executive producer ...

  23. Analyzing Drake's Surprise Album Streams: Which Track Could Be a Single?

    February 26, 2015 6:45 PM EST 26.135 k 136 48 Now that the first full seven-day tracking period after the release of Drake 's surprise mixtape album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late , has passed, its tracks are starting to storm onto the Streaming Songs chart.  On ...

  24. Kanye West Talks 'Hottest Rapper' Drake, Paul McCartney & Grammys in Tearful BBC Interview

    February 26, 2015 4:46 PM EST 1.231 k 227 28 Kanye West continued his recent publicity blitz by sitting down for an interview Thursday (Feb. 26) with BBC's Zane Lowe. Kanye's interview game is on point right now: honest, passionate, eminently quotable and simultaneously self ...

  25. Blur Steps 'Out' on Twitter Top Tracks

    February 26, 2015 4:12 PM EST Britpop band previews first studio album in 12 years. Plus, Drake's new album spurs five debuts. U.K. rock band Blur flashes onto Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks (dated March 7), earning a No. 15 bow for "Go Out." The group's new ...

  26. Drake Tops Billboard Artist 100, Imagine Dragons Fire Up to No. 2

    February 26, 2015 1:58 PM EST 2.546 k 232 55 Drizzy's No. 1 for a second week, while Imagine Dragons roar 22-2 thanks to the start of their album 'Smoke + Mirrors.' Drake is the top artist in the U.S. for a second week, as he holds atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart. T ...

  27. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Ariana Grande Blasts Into Top 40, Taylor Swift Debuts With 'Wonderland'

    February 26, 2015 11:00 AM EST Grande's 'One Last Time' zooms 80-34, while Swift's '1989' bonus track, now available on iTunes, starts at No. 51. Plus, moves for Imagine Dragons, Walk the Moon & Drake. As previously reported , Mark Ronson &# ...

  28. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Grammys Spark Gains for Kanye West, Miranda Lambert & Annie Lennox

    February 20, 2015 4:51 PM EST All three acts bullet following Grammy performances. Plus, Drake ups his count to 80 career Hot 100 hits & more. As previously reported , Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars , rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a se ...

  29. Kanye West, Drake, Ariana Grande & Taylor Swift: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 37

    February 20, 2015 2:30 PM EST Welcome back to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's drivin ...

  30. Drake Becomes First Rapper to Top Artist 100

    February 19, 2015 3:25 PM EST 6.192 k 1.37 k 93 Drizzy dominates, soaring 21-1 thanks to the arrival of his surprise album 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late.' Drake takes over as the top artist in the U.S., rocketing 21-1 for his first week atop the Billboard A ...

  31. VIDEO: Drake Covers, Performs With Kanye West in NYC

    February 14, 2015 6:36 PM EST 0 0 0 Drake not only surprised fans this week with the unexpected release of his If You're Reading This It's Too Late album, but he had a few more tricks up his sleeve when he took the stage at Irving Plaza on Friday (Feb. 13). He was on hand to ...

  32. Drake's Surprise Album Heading For Over Half-Million Sales Debut at No. 1

    February 14, 2015 2:15 PM EST 53.943 k 635 78 The sales of Drake 's surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late continue to pile up. Industry sources now project (as of Feb. 14) that the album will likely sell more than 500,000 copies by the end of the tracking ...

  33. Avicii's Manager Expands Into Hip-Hop with iSHi

    February 13, 2015 3:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Ash Pournouri is reaching beyond dance music with iSHi, a hip hop artist whose debut single features Pusha T. Watch the trailer here. Ash Pournouri , the starmaker behind Swedish dance-pop sensation Avicii , is looking to reach outside of EDM. For h ...

  34. Kanye West Soars With Friends Big Sean, Drake & Paul McCartney on Top Twitter Tracks

    February 06, 2015 12:20 PM EST 0 0 0 The powerhouse duo of Big Sean and featured artist Drake lands the top debut on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks with "Blessings," which roars onto the chart at No. 2. The song, from Sean's forthcoming Dark Sky Paradise album, leapt to ...

  35. Nicki Minaj, Drake, David Guetta Booked for London's Wireless Fest

    February 02, 2015 11:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj , Drake , David Guetta , Avicii and Kendrick Lamar will headline this year's Wireless Festival in London. The 10th annual edition of the event will once again take place in Finsbury Park in the British capital. It will use the name ...

  36. India Shawn & James Fauntleroy Return With 'Outer Limits': Exclusive Song Premiere

    February 02, 2015 12:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Last March the first collaboration between India Shawn and James Fauntleroy hit the internet, and you couldn't ask for much more out of a debut track: " Floating Away " mixed classic soul instrumentation -- strings, warm bass -- with ...

  37. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Taylor Swift's 'Style' Soars, Nicki Minaj Notches 60th Hit

    January 30, 2015 11:15 AM EST 'Style' enters the top 40, while Minaj bows with 'Truffle Butter.' Plus, moves for Ellie Goulding, The Weeknd & Natalie La Rose. As previously reported, Mark Ronson 's "Uptown Funk!," featuring Bruno Mars ...

  38. J. Cole's 'January 28th' Tops Twitter Trending 140 on... January 28th

    January 28, 2015 5:46 PM EST Thanks to a well-titled track, J. Cole scores a pretty rare gift: Spending his birthday atop the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 . J. Cole Wants to Turn His Childhood Home Into Rent-Free Living for Single Mothers "January 28th," the rap ...

  39. Snapchat Launches 'Discover' Feature with Warner Music, Big Media in Tow

    January 27, 2015 3:47 PM EST Today Snapchat, the ephemeral messaging service fresh off a $485 million Series D round of fundraising, announced the launch of its new media platform Discover. It is a built in feature on the Snapchat app that offers daily refreshed content fro ...

  40. 'The Three Little Migos': A Classic Children's Story Retold With Rap Lyrics

    January 23, 2015 12:46 PM EST From Slick Rick 's funky fables to The Notorious B.I.G. 's underworld novellas, hip-hop is home to some of the greatest stories ever told. Narration is a core element of the art form, a necessity for rap purists. For Danny Brown , it ...

  41. Watch Drake Correct a Comedian's Drake Impression

    January 07, 2015 7:16 PM EST Drake 's no stranger to comedy, as we well know by now thanks to his hosting duties on Saturday Night Live and the ESPYs last year. So it shouldn't come as a surprise the hip-hop star would stand up for himself when a comedian's pok ...

  42. Solange vs. Jay Z and More: 2014's Music Beefs by the Numbers

    December 31, 2014 2:29 PM EST This past year was filled with artists beefing with one another, both in and out the e-streets. Even Ariana Grande jumped in. From the hilarious ( Cam'Ron vs. Nick Cannon ) to the severe ( Jay Z vs. Solange ), below are 2014's music beef ...

  43. New Year's Eve Prep in Las Vegas Takes Year Effort

    December 27, 2014 10:43 AM EST A destination devoted to entertaining visitors every single day can't just throw any old party to ring in the New Year. Iggy Azalea Joins Billboard Hollywood Party on New Year's Eve For one night only, about 340,000 people spending s ...

  44. Ask Billboard: Why Is There No R&B/Hip-Hop in the Hot 100's Top 10?

    December 23, 2014 10:00 AM EST 4.463 k 656 66 0 The genre's been absent from the top 10 for a month ... why? Plus, Nicki Minaj's sales, Meghan Trainor's chart feat and Luke Bryan's big 'Party.' As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as ...

  45. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: J. Cole's Trio of No. 1 Albums Puts Him in Elite Hip-Hop Company

    December 19, 2014 9:49 PM EST J. Cole is one of six rap acts to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their first three full-length studio albums On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, J. Cole 's 2014 Forest Hills Drive debuted at No. 1 , his third consecutive album to r ...

  46. Why Drake Managed to Rule Hip-Hop in 2014 -- Without a New Album or Hit Single

    December 12, 2014 10:05 AM EST The best rapper in 2014 didn't need a new album or hit single to prove his dominance. Drake 's last LP, Nothing Was the Same , arrived in September 2013, but thanks to a stream of songs surprise-released online, carefully curated remixes ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Drake, FKA Twigs & A-Trak Bring Music to the Beach: Art Basel Music Roundup

    December 10, 2014 9:52 PM EST This year's Art Basel Miami Beach was a half-week whirlwind of contemporary art showcases, celebrity sightseeing and musical performances. From the bustling Wynwood Arts District to exclusive Palm Island mansion parties, Billboard takes yo ...

  49. Diddy: Drake 'Stole' the Beat for '0 to 100'

    December 10, 2014 2:03 PM EST News surfaced Sunday that Diddy and Drake got into a fight outside of a club in Miami, allegedly over the Boi-1da-produced beat for Drake's hit "0 to 100" -- which has been on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart for 20 weeks, peaking at N ...

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