1. Watch the Trailer for Billboard's Hot 100 Music Fest

    July 22, 2016 3:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 The trailer for Billboard Hot 100 Festival is here! Watch as the star of the video pops, locks, jams, and breaks through New York City all the way to the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, where the fest returns for its second year. With headliners  Aria ...

  2. Billboard Hot 100 Festival: Daily Lineup Revealed

    June 21, 2016 8:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 The daily lineup for the second-annual Billboard Hot Music Festival is out now! The two-day fest, produced by Billboard in partnership with Live Nation, returns to Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in New York and will feature performances from Ariana Gr ...

  3. Sprite Covering Its Cans With 2Pac, Missy Elliott and J. Cole Lyrics

    June 15, 2016 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Summer's here and Sprite is bringing back its Obey Your Verse Lyrical Collection, featuring limited-edition packaging adorned with 16 song lyrics from 2Pac , Missy Elliott and J. Cole . "We wanted to make sure we identified artists who rep ...

  4. Drake and The Weeknd Lead 2015's Top 10 Earners in Streaming

    May 05, 2016 1:02 PM EDT 0 0 0 As part of  Billboard's annual Moneymakers  ranking of music's top earning artists, we are breaking out the Top 10 in four revenue stream sources: Sales, Publishing, Streaming and Touring. Streaming is the primary revenue driver of the rec ...

  5. New Orleans Jazz Fest 2016 Day 3 Sees More Tributes to Prince & David Bowie, Red Hot Chili Peppers Shine

    April 24, 2016 10:52 PM EDT The third day of the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival commenced at the Fair Grounds Race Course Sunday (April 24) with sets from gospel royalty CeCe Winans , Louisiana rock vets ( Better Than Ezra ) and young comers ( Royal Teeth ), plu ...

  6. Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem to Headline Lollapalooza 2016: Source

    March 18, 2016 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lollapalooza is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, so the long-running Chicago fest has been expected to roll out a buzzworthy lineup. Billboard has learned through an industry source that the 2016 bill will feature headliners Radiohead , R ...

  7. J. Cole's Dreamville Label to Send Free Merchandise to Donald Trump Protestor

    March 14, 2016 11:04 AM EDT A J. Cole fan will be receiving a special package from the rapper's Dreamville camp. Tommy DiMassimo was present at Donald Trump's Ohio rally and rushed the stage at the presidential candidate only to be stopped by Secret Service officia ...

  8. Bas Talks 'Peeling Back Layers' on Sophomore Set 'Too High to Riot,' Protesting in Ferguson With J. Cole & Dreamville

    March 09, 2016 6:30 PM EST 0 0 0 As the Internet pumps out drug-induced trap tracks,  Bas  uses his high -- and lows -- for perspective. Look to his recently released sophomore studio effort  Too High To Riot  and cuts like "Methylone" and "Dopamine" are far fro ...

  9. J. Cole to Perform at President Obama DNC Fundraiser

    February 25, 2016 11:13 AM EST President Barack Obama has requested J. Cole 's presence for a special performance at his Democratic National Committee fundraiser next month at SXSW. Cole's longtime friend and chief of the rapper's Dreamville Records label, Ibraham ...

  10. Grammys 2016 Preview: From Kendrick to Kanye, a Look at the Best Rap Song and Best Rap Album Nominees

    February 13, 2016 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Best Rap Album 2014 Forest Hills Drive J. Cole Executive Producers Jermaine Cole, Mark Pitts Label Roc Nation/Columbia Records Releasing 2 014 Forest Hills Drive just three weeks after it was announced, the North Carolina rapper managed to parlay hi ...

  11. J. Cole's 7 Best Music Videos

    January 28, 2016 5:15 PM EST 1.069 k 0 1 J. Cole celebrated his 31st birthday on Thursday (Jan. 28) with a special  Forest Hills Drive Live  album , a set taken from his recent nationwide trek and HBO special. While the Fayetteville MC has been treating stages like his stoop across t ...

  12. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Classic David Bowie Albums Hit New Highs

    January 21, 2016 6:44 PM EST 0 0 0 On the most recent Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Jan. 30, 2016; but reflecting data for the week ending Jan. 14, 2015), David Bowie ’s Blackstar debuted at No. 1 , giving the late legend his first chart-topping album. The set was released on Jan ...

  13. J. Cole Is a Fitting Hometown Hero In 'Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming' HBO Special: Review

    January 11, 2016 6:58 PM EST J. Cole is a conundrum. On his last release, 2014’s  2014 Forest Hills Drive , the rapper shone the spotlight on his own insecurities while bulking up on bravado. One of the set’s singles "Wet Dreamz" zoomed into the awkwardness of Cole ...

  14. Is a Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Joint Project On the Way? 'Anything's a Possibility,' TDE President Says

    January 08, 2016 5:05 PM EST 1.598 k 0 47 Top Dawg Entertainment is plotting a 2016 takeover. While Kendrick Lamar has earned 11 Grammy nominations for his sophomore studio effort  To Pimp a Butterfly , the TDE camp appears ready to roll out releases from the entire crew. "I’m e ...

  15. Watch J. Cole Take His Talents to Madison Square Garden In 'Road to Homecoming' Episode 4

    January 07, 2016 5:28 PM EST For the final installment of his  Road to Homecoming  miniseries, J. Cole brings the cameras on the road as his team tries to piece together the final phase of the rapper's Forest Hills Drive tour. The bigger production calls for more props an ...

  16. 11 Lyrics To Use As New Year's Resolutions

    January 01, 2016 4:00 PM EST 0 0 0 'Tis the season for new year goals. While holing up in the gym or pursuing a passion project are Facebook-worthy updates, artists like J. Cole , Nicki Minaj  and Otis Redding have given their new year vows the lyrical treatment.  Skip all the & ...

  17. Watch Wale, Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna Make a Cameo In Episode 3 of J. Cole's 'Road to Homecoming' Miniseries

    December 30, 2015 1:49 PM EST The Dollar and a Dream tour has become a tradition of sorts for J. Cole . Each year, the Fayetteville rapper charges his fans a dollar per entry, attracting thousands to wait in line.  For the third go-round, the cameras follow Cole and his team a ...

  18. Meet J. Cole's Supporting Cast in Episode 2 of His 'Road to Homecoming' Miniseries

    December 23, 2015 3:11 PM EST Team work makes Dreamville work. In episode 2 of J. Cole 's Road to Homecoming  miniseries -- the pre-game for his HBO  Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming  special airing Saturday, Jan. 9 -- the cameras follow the rapper as he ventures from his a ...

  19. Watch Episode 1 of J. Cole's 'Road to Homecoming' Miniseries

    December 16, 2015 6:22 PM EST 0 0 0 J. Cole's third studio effort  2014 Forest Hills Drive  brought blessings on blessings to the Dreamville founder's resume. After bagging his third No. 1 album and touring across the country (whether charging a dollar for his  Dollar and a ...

  20. Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran and More Artists Who Made the Leap to Arena Headliner in 2015

    December 14, 2015 1:13 PM EST 0 0 0 Lots of acts have hits -- but only a select few can fill Madison Square Garden. These are the artists who made the leap from theater to arena headliner in 2015.   This story originally appeared in the  Dec. 19 issue of Billboard . Year in Music 2015 ...

  21. 2016 Grammy Awards: Twitter Offers Mixed Reactions To Rap Nominations

    December 07, 2015 11:10 AM EST 0 0 0 The rap nominations for the 58th Grammy Awards already have timelines going from zero to 100 rather quickly. With Kendrick Lamar -- last year's unsung hero -- bagging 11 nods this go-round, Drake , Fetty Wap, Nicki Minaj , Kanye West  and J. Co ...

  22. J. Cole's 'Forest Hills Drive' HBO Special Trailer Hits Web: Watch

    December 06, 2015 11:49 AM EST HBO teased J. Cole 's upcoming special over the weekend with a trailer that gives an inside look into the rapper's life and upbringing. Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Trade Instrumentals For a Pair of 'Black Friday' Freestyles: ...

  23. Who Is Fancy, Adele, Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole: Real-Time Rewind for Dec. 4

    December 04, 2015 12:02 PM EST Who is Fancy scored big with “Boys Like You,” which swept to No. 1 on both the Trending 140 and Emerging Artists charts. The track, which boasts appearances from  Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor , raced to the top on the strength of its animated p ...

  24. J. Cole 'Forest Hills Drive' Homecoming Special Lands on HBO

    December 03, 2015 5:58 PM EST Fayetteville's hometown rap hero J. Cole is bringing his talents to HBO. The network announced Thursday (Dec. 3) that the J. Cole Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming special will air Saturday, Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. ET. The presentation will include cam ...

  25. Beat Swap For Black Friday

    Beat Swap For Black Friday

    December 02, 2015 2:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole dropped a pair of Black Friday gifts on fans as the rappers traded beats off their respective albums to create their own new songs, both titled "Black Friday." In Lamar's f Kendrick Lamar , j. cole , wochit ...

  26. Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Prince & More Feature In Ebony Power 100

    December 02, 2015 12:42 PM EST 0 0 0 Ebony revealed who made their Power 100 list, their feature recognizing the many leaders of the black community within the fields of the arts, politics, education, community activism, media, and medicine.  Among the individuals being honored are art ...

  27. Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Trade Instrumentals For a Pair of 'Black Friday' Freestyles: Listen

    November 27, 2015 5:56 PM EST Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole are getting into the holiday spirit with a pair of complementary freestyles -- not only are they a gift to their fans, it seems almost like the two emcees are giving musical gifts to eachother.  Million Man March Activ ...

  28. J. Cole Remixes A Tribe Called Quest's 'Can I Kick It?' for 25th Anniversary Reissue

    November 11, 2015 10:40 AM EST Rapper J. Cole slides into the producer seat for a remake of A Tribe Called Quest 's 1990 classic “Can I Kick It?” The original track -- recorded in 1989 -- contains a slew of samples including Lou Reed 's "Walk On The Wild Side,&q ...

  29. Million Man March Activists Chant Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright' on 20th Anniversary

    October 10, 2015 3:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Activists gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Saturday (Oct. 10) to honor the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March and to protest racial inequality. Among the thousands-strong crowd were rappers J. Cole , Common and Jay Electroni ...

  30. Troye Sivan & Janet Jackson Control Trending 140 on Big Release Day

    September 25, 2015 9:16 PM EDT On a day packed with new releases,  Troye Sivan  bested challengers to take the No. 1 slot on the real-time  Billboard + Twitter Trending 140  chart with “Fools,” after dropping the song’s emotional music video. The clip is the second installme ...

  31. J. Cole Leads Hot Tours Tally, Taylor Swift's Trek Surpasses $150M Mark

    September 24, 2015 9:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 J. Cole earns the No. 1 slot on this week’s tally of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $16.4 million reported from the third leg of his tour, a North American run from July 12 through Sept. 4. With concerts booked primarily in outdoor amphitheaters - ...

  32. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor's 'Marvin Gaye' Hits Top 40

    August 06, 2015 7:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 The pair's ode to an icon jumps 48-36. Plus, moves for Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Janet & Bea Miller. As previously reported, OMI's "Cheerleader" is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Aug. 15) for a fourth week, whi ...

  33. OVO Fest Ends Early Due to Inclement Weather, Cutting Off J. Cole's Set

    August 03, 2015 11:03 AM EDT 0 0 0 The first day of Drake 's sixth annual OVO Fest ended a little early last night, after inclement weather forced J. Cole to cut off his headlining set early. Drake's 'Charged Up' Debuts at No. 3 on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks C ...

  34. Meek Mill vs. Drake: A Full Timeline of the Rap Beef & Who Weighed In

    July 31, 2015 11:01 AM EDT OG Maco, Chris Brown, Noah "40" Shebib, Lupe Fiasco & more offer their two cents. It all started with a tweet, as many rap beefs go nowadays: "Stop comparing Drake to me too... He don't write his own raps!" Stop comp ...

  35. Janet Jackson & J. Cole Team Up for 'No Sleeep' Remix: Exclusive

    July 22, 2015 9:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Janet Jackson is getting some company on her sultry new single, "No Sleeep." A version of the song featuring J. Cole will be sent to radio Thursday, Billboard has exclusively learned. The new iteration with the red-hot rapper will appear o ...

  36. J. Cole Gets Hit in the Face With an iPhone in San Diego: Watch

    July 19, 2015 8:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 J. Cole got a surprise onstage while performing “Power Trip” at San Diego club Bassmnt on Friday, July 17: an iPhone to the face. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart​ In a video found on YouTube (taken by Francisco Madriz and uplo ...

  37. Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Vince Staples & Meek Mill: 2015 Is Rap's Best Year in Recent Memory (Opinion)

    July 13, 2015 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 This is the year that the biggest hip-hop records stopped pandering & repeating and returned to disturbing & pioneering. It's no quiet sentiment that 2014 was far from a banner year for hip-hop, where full-length albums are concerned. M ...

  38. Album Review: 'The Album About Nothing' Is Wale's Most Personal and Best Work

    April 02, 2015 2:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Wale made his breakthrough with the Seinfeld -inspired The Mixtape About Nothing seven years ago. Since, the D.C. rapper has changed record labels, rebounding from the commercial failure of his 2009 debut, Attention Deficit , by topping the Billboar ...

  39. SXSW 2015 Day 5: Hudson Mohawke Surprises at Fader Fort, Timbaland Introduces Tink, J. Cole Drops Iggy Azalea Line & More

    March 22, 2015 3:25 PM EDT The music portion is in full swing at SXSW, and we're bringing you daily recaps of the action from Austin. Here are some unforgettable moments from music's fifth day at the fest on Saturday (March 21). SXSW 2015: Check Out Our Full Co ...

  40. After J. Cole's Success, RCA Exec Mark Pitts Gambles on New Roster

    February 10, 2015 4:57 PM EST 0 0 0 ByStorm Entertainment CEO also talks Miguel, Usher & Mali Music's breakthrough. Between his dual roles as president of urban music at RCA and CEO of ByStorm Entertainment, a joint venture with the label, Mark Pitts, 44, rode into 2015 with ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, J. Cole Debuts at No. 2

    December 18, 2014 2:32 PM EST Swift reigns for a ninth week, while Cole launches fueled by album sales. Taylor Swift remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, logging a record-extending ninth week at No. 1, while J. Cole soars in at No. 2, powered by sales for his new album ...

  44. J. Cole Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 17, 2014 4:34 PM EST 11.198 k 269 49 0 J. Cole 's third album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the rapper's third consecutive chart-topper. He previously led the list with his debut effort, 2011's Cole World: ...

  45. The 10 Best Rap Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:20 PM EST As was well-documented on Twitter, especially in the latter part of the year, 2014 has been pretty quiet for full-length hip-hop releases, whether they be from major labels or indies. With that said, there were more than a few LPs that would stand ...

  46. J. Cole Aiming for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 10, 2014 9:07 PM EST Rapper J. Cole is heading for his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release 2014 Forest Hills Drive . Industry forecasters suggest the album -- which was released Dec. 9 through Roc Nation/Columbia Records -- could sell w ...

  47. J. Cole Aiming for Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    December 10, 2014 9:07 PM EST Rapper J. Cole is heading for his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release 2014 Forest Hills Drive . Industry forecasters suggest the album -- which was released Dec. 9 through Roc Nation/Columbia Records -- could sell ...

  48. J. Cole Says 'White People Have Snatched the Sound' On 'Fire Squad'

    December 03, 2014 4:40 PM EST Rapper calls out Iggy Azalea, Eminem, Justin Timberlake & Macklemore on the '2014 Forest Hills Drive' track. A week before its official release, J. Cole 's album 2014 Forest Hills Drive has sprung a leak. One album cut in partic ...

  49. J. Cole Unveils '2014 Forest Hills Drive' Album Track List

    November 30, 2014 1:49 PM EST Rapper J. Cole has unveiled the track list for his surprise new studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive , which is scheduled for release on Dec. 9. J. Cole Reveals '2014 Forest Hills Drive' Album Coming By End of Year Cole caught fans off ...

  50. Made in America Philly Day 1 Highlights: The National, Steve Aoki, Kanye West & More

    August 31, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Here’s a minute-by-minute recap of Saturday’s Philly highlights. Now in its third year, Budweiser Made in America got off to an auspicious, business-as-usual start in Philadelphia on Saturday (Aug. 30), featuring headlining performances from The ...

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