1. Kanye West/'SpongeBob Squarepants' Mashup Goes Viral, But It's Been Done Before

    May 26, 2016 5:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 A viral clip of a young producer mashing up the closing credits to SpongeBob Squarepants with Kanye West 's "I Love Kanye" has been making the rounds on Facebook this week. The 50-second video shows a guy who goes by the name Asadi us ...

  2. Beyonce, Drake and the 'Exclusives' Explosion: How Streaming Has Changed the Way Albums Are Released

    May 26, 2016 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 In November 2014, Larry Jackson, then a new Apple executive, sat down for dinner at Soho House in West Hollywood, Calif., with Drake ’s ­co-manager Adel “Future the Prince” Nur and started an argument. Drake hits like "0-100/The Catch Up" ...

  3. Kanye West Sued by Hungarian Musician Over 'New Slaves' Sample

    May 24, 2016 10:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West is being sued in New York City by a Hungarian musician who says West sampled his song without permission. Gabor Presser says West's 2013 album Yeezus  contains a song called "New Slaves" that sampled a song Presser wrote in ...

  4. Chance The Rapper on Working With Kanye, Why He's Not Selling His Records & Taking a Break

    May 24, 2016 2:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chance the Rapper 's  Coloring Book  mixtape is a hot commodity, becoming the first streaming-exclusive set to chart in the Billboard 200 . The Chicago rapper opened up about the sensational project during an interview with Beats 1's Zane ...

  5. Miike Snow: 'Kanye West Is the Most Important Artist of Our Time'

    May 24, 2016 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 “This is our favorite kind of conversation,” Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt says as Billboard sits backstage with Wyatt and the band’s Pontus Winnberg at KROQ’s Weenie Roast on a Southern California Saturday afternoon. We’re flattered, but we can’ ...

  6. Paul McCartney: Oprah Said I Shouldn't Do 'All Day' With Kanye West Over N-Word Use

    May 24, 2016 12:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 “All Day” didn’t make it onto The Life of Pablo  -- or any other album for that matter -- but it’s still one of the biggest bangers Kanye West has given us in recent years. Paul McCartney was billed as a featured musician on the 2015 track, providin ...

  7. Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Return to Italy to Celebrate 2-Year Wedding Anniversary

    May 24, 2016 11:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kim Kardashian and Kanye West got lovey dovey in Italy for their two-year wedding anniversary.  The reality star mogul shared flicks of their romantic rendezvous overseas on Instagram (May 24). "My ring shined so bright for our love in Rome whi ...

  8. Tegan & Sara: 'When Men Like Drake or Kanye Talk About Sex and Feelings, They're Geniuses'

    May 20, 2016 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Drinking Arnold Palmers in an upscale Los Angeles burger joint, Tegan and Sara Quin have just been slipped a love note: a folded napkin delivered by the waiter, from a trio of young fans sitting nearby. It's a fitting tribute to the Canadian si ...

  9. Schoolboy Q Recruits Kanye West for 'THat Part': Listen

    May 13, 2016 9:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 "GET TOP DAWG ON THE PHONE !," Kanye West screamed in his Twitter voice at Schoolboy Q hours before their new collaboration "THat Part" hit iTunes and Spotify on Thursday night (May 12).  . @ScHoolBoyQ GET TOP DAWG ON THE PHONE ! ...

  10. Kanye West's Rapping Helped Lamar Odom Recover, Says Kim Kardashian

    May 10, 2016 9:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West 's ultra light beams may have been Lamar Odom's saving grace. On Sunday night's episode of E!'s  Keeping Up With The Kardashians  (May 8), the first family of reality TV revealed how 'Ye's rapping apparently ...

  11. Zayn Malik Shares 'Tron'-Inspired 'Like I Would' Video: Watch

    May 10, 2016 2:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 Zayn Malik has shared the futuristic video for his latest single, “Like I Would.” Shot by Director X ( Kanye West , Drake , Rihanna ) in a Los Angeles studio fitted-out with a dazzling array of lights and lasers (and an energetic squad of dancers), ...

  12. Chance the Rapper's Co-Sign Gives Fan Petition for Grammy Eligibility of Free Music a Push

    May 09, 2016 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Should the Recording Academy allow free music to be considered for the Grammy Awards nominations? One fan started a petition on Change.org to ask the Recording Academy to do just that -- and with 15,000 signatures as of press time and support from t ...

  13. Kanye West Surprises Kim Kardashian With Private Orchestra on Mother's Day: Watch

    May 08, 2016 6:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mom of two Kim Kardashian woke up to a very special musical gift from her family on Mother’s Day: a private orchestra concert in the comfort of her own home. Kanye West, Madonna, Diplo & More Stars Celebrate Mother's Day on Social Media Kar ...

  14. Kanye West, Madonna, Diplo & More Stars Celebrate Mother's Day on Social Media

    May 08, 2016 2:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 Happy Mother's Day! Music stars like Kanye West , Madonna , Ariana Grande , Diplo and many more took to social media on Sunday (May 8) to pay tribute to their cherished moms. 12 Most Popular Mom Songs on YouTube Each Mother's Day: Exclusiv ...

  15. Yasiin Bey, a.k.a. Mos Def, Shares New Song 'Dec 99th - N.A.W.': Listen

    May 06, 2016 3:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def , has shared a new song titled "Dec 99th - N.A.W.," amid legal battles and his recent announcement of retirement. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) Arrested in South Africa for Violating Local Immigration Laws The haunting ...

  16. 'Lemonade' Producer Mike Dean Gives the Behind-the-Scenes Scoop on Beyoncé's Opus

    May 06, 2016 3:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mike Dean's music bona fides range from touring  as a musical director for late singer  Selena , producing and recording with  Tupac  and being a go-to  Kanye West  collaborator (he's worked with West from his demo to  The Life of Pablo ). ...

  17. Billboard Cover: Fifth Harmony on Surviving Pop-Star Fame and 'Finally Having a Damn Voice'

    May 05, 2016 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Girl groups were supposed to have been kaput when 'The X Factor' threw together five young women sharing little more than hard-knock childhoods and inexhaustible zest. At 10:30 a.m. on a Tuesday in late March, the face of sisterhood is not ...

  18. Webby Awards Names Kanye West Artist of the Year

    May 04, 2016 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West 's Pablo-sized stardom has earned him a Webby Award. The rapper/designer will be honored with the artist of the year trophy for "changing the cultural paradigm of how music is shared, released, presented & consumed," ac ...

  19. Kanye West Hints at New Tour, Talks Taylor Swift & Britney Spears

    May 04, 2016 2:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West is feeling The Force. The superstar rapper is so confident his tour in support of The Life of Pablo will be a blockbuster, he’s identified Star Wars as a point of reference.  Speaking on the Steve Harvey Morning Show , West revealed his n ...

  20. Kanye West Wears Blue Contacts at Met Gala, The World Reacts On Social Media

    May 03, 2016 12:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West was feeling blue at Monday night's Met Gala. That is, the rapper, wore a pair of blue contacts on the red carpet, where he matched Kim Kardashian's silver metallic Balmain gown. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Wear Matching Meta ...

  21. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Wear Matching Metallics (Even Kanye's Eyes) at Met Gala 2016

    May 02, 2016 9:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 'Ye matches his studded Balmain jacket with silver contact lenses. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian wore matching silver Balmain at Monday's (May 2) Met Gala -- and 'Ye even wore silver contacts. Kardashian stepped out in a long-sleeve B ...

  22. Kanye West's Charge in Paparazzi Scuffle Cleared From Record: Report

    May 02, 2016 8:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West has reportedly gotten the charge from a 2013 scuffle with a paparazzo at Los Angeles International Airport expunged from his record.  Kanye West Hitches a Ride From the Paparazzi: Watch TMZ reports a judge has approved the hip-hop star� ...

  23. Kid Cudi Reveals His Struggle With Drugs and Depression: 'I Was Living a Nightmare'

    April 22, 2016 5:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Scott “ Kid Cudi ” Mescudi is beaming from behind a Los Angeles studio console as his new single, “Frequency,” blasts through the speakers. Both the song’s sound (progressive, melodic rap) and the smile are surprising, coming from the 32-year-old. C ...

  24. Pop Shop Podcast: MAGIC!'s Nasri Talks New Album, Plus Chart Chat About The Lumineers, Rihanna & Kanye West

    April 19, 2016 10:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co ...

  25. Kanye West's Early 'Pablo' Raps Got Flushed Down the Toilet -- Literally

    April 18, 2016 9:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 "No Apple Genius was genius enough." For anyone who felt Kanye West took too long releasing his highly anticipated eighth studio album, The Life of Pablo , it seems he had a good reason.  Appearing on Khloé Kardashian's talk show on F ...

  26. Tyler, the Creator Beats Kanye West at Coachella Track Race: Watch

    April 16, 2016 10:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West 's having an action-packed Coachella and it's just one day in.  Kanye West Joins A$AP Rocky & Jack U for Surprise Coachella Appearances After joining A$AP Rocky and Jack Ü at the SoCal desert festival on Friday, he wound up ...

  27. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Drake Moves Closer to Elvis, Rihanna's 'Kiss It Better' Debuts

    April 14, 2016 7:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 As Rihanna's Drake-featuring "Work" reigns for an eighth week, her pop radio follow-up bows. Plus, moves for Drake himself, Kanye West, Tim McGraw & Bryson Tiller. As previously reported , Rihanna's "Work," featurin ...

  28. Justin Bieber Keeps No. 1 'Company' on Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks

    April 13, 2016 5:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 The superstar gains a new leader, while Drake doubles in the top five. Plus, moves by Carly Rae Jepsen & Thomas Rhett. Justin Bieber ’s “Company” jumps from No. 10 to No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Top Tracks chart (dated April 23), becoming h ...

  29. Kanye West Notches 75th Billboard Hot 100 Hit, Tying Ray Charles' Total

    April 12, 2016 4:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 With eight debuts, West passes Taylor Swift, The Beatles & Aretha Franklin's sums and matches Charles for the eighth-most Hot 100 entries all time. As Kanye West debuts eight songs on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 23) from his new albu ...

  30. 'Panda' Rapper Desiigner on Why His Mind Operates in a 'Crazy' Way and Working With Kanye West

    April 12, 2016 12:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 At just 18 years old, Desiigner (aka Sidney Selby III) has a hit on the Billboard charts, a recording deal with G.O.O.D. Music, and ample time with Kanye West in the studio -- a co-sign that has brought him, as it did for rappers like Vic Mensa and ...

  31. Kanye West Calls Taylor Swift VMA Incident 'The Beginning of the End of My Life': Watch

    April 11, 2016 8:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 "If I get in trouble for saying the truth, what's being said the rest of the time?" When Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift 's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, it was a big deal all around. It was all over t ...

  32. Kanye West Performs 'Pop Style' Live, Freestyles in Manila

    April 11, 2016 9:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West took his talents to Manila, Philippines on Saturday (April 9) for the country's star-studded Paradise International Music Festival.  The unfiltered multi-hyphenate -- whose recent release  The Life of Pablo  debuted at No. 1 on the B ...

  33. Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    April 10, 2016 3:01 PM EDT 6.138 k 0 18 Kanye West scores his seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his latest release, The Life of Pablo , arrives atop the list. The set earning 94,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 7, according to Nielsen Music. Of t ...

  34. Kanye West Confirms Upcoming Tour in Support of 'Life of Pablo' Album

    April 09, 2016 1:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West has confirmed that he will tour in support of his latest album, The Life of Pablo . Kanye West's 'Life of Pablo' Headed For A No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200, Despite Wild Rollout On Friday night (April 8), after tweeting than ...

  35. Kanye West's 'Life of Pablo' Headed For A No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200, Despite Wild Rollout

    April 08, 2016 4:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 From its late night arrival on Feb. 13 to April Fool’s Day, Kanye West confined his seventh solo full-length, The Life of Pablo , exclusively to streaming on Tidal while he tinkered with his “living album.” Then, after six weeks of withholding its n ...

  36. Japanese Producer Makes His Own 'The Life of Pablo' -- Without Hearing Kanye West's Original

    April 07, 2016 5:54 PM EDT Japanese producer TOYOMU created an entire album called Imagining “The Life of Pablo” based on what he thought Kanye West ’s The Life of Pablo sounded like -- without ever listening to the actual record.  The Future of Pablo: What's Next for ...

  37. Chris Stapleton's 'Traveller' & Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' Both Vying for Top of Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    April 05, 2016 9:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 West's formerly Tidal-exclusive album was released to all streaming services this week. Chris Stapleton ’s Traveller is eyeing a return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart dated April 23, while Kanye West ’s The Life of Pablo has an outs ...

  38. Drake's 'Pop Style' & 'One Dance' Seize Top 2 Spots on Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 Chart

    April 05, 2016 4:22 PM EDT 1.389 k 0 4 It’s a Drizzy double on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart. Drake ’s “Pop Style” and “One Dance” claimed the chart’s No. 1 and No. 2 spots on April 5, becoming the most shared and discussed songs on the social media network a ...

  39. GOT7 'Fly' Into Multiple Billboard Charts, Outpeak PSY on Artist 100 Chart

    April 04, 2016 8:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 GOT7  made a big return to the K-pop scene last month with their risky  Fly  EP and it appears the group has found its sweet spot, as the seven-member boy band soars into multiple charts (dated April 9) with impressive rankings on each. GOT7 Takes K ...

  40. Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' Now Available to Buy Or Stream, 'Saint Pablo' Leaks

    March 31, 2016 10:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 This is no April Fools' Day prank: Kanye West’s   The Life of Pablo  is streaming across myriad digital music platforms and its available to buy for the first time.  The rap superstar’s seventh album premiered at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 1 ...

  41. Kanye West's 'Life of Pablo' Will Finally Be For Sale: Sources

    March 31, 2016 1:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 UPDATE:  In a statement to The New York Times , Def Jam said that "a newly updated, remixed and remastered version" of The Life of Pablo  would be streaming on all major services by midnight on Friday. It also stated, "In the months t ...

  42. Tidal Claims Three Million Global Subscribers, Finally Releases Kanye's 'Pablo' Stream Numbers

    March 29, 2016 11:14 AM EDT 0 0 0 The one-year anniversary of Tidal's gaudy, much-maligned launch event in New York City is tomorrow, March 30 -- so naturally, the service celebrating with an announcement the day before, releasing new numbers on both subscribers and exclusive r ...

  43. Aww! Watch Kanye and Tyga Dress Up As Easter Bunnies For North West

    March 28, 2016 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West didn’t just release the Life of Pablo offshoot track “Ultralight Prayer” yesterday. He knows he has got to keep his dad game on point, so he and Tyga put on a little dress up show for North West and friends. North West Has Her Own Emojis ...

  44. Kanye West Shares 'Ultralight Prayer': Listen

    March 27, 2016 4:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Easter Sunday, Kanye West posted a new track called “Ultralight Prayer,” which seems to be an alternate version of Kirk Franklin ’s sermon from The Life of Pablo opener “Ultralight Beam.” Kelly Price Discusses Working With Kanye West on 'Ult ...

  45. Kanye West Praises 'Inspiring' Young Thug as 'Slime Season 3' Rolls Out

    March 25, 2016 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Young Thug 's  Slime Season 3  delivery arrived with a high note from Kanye West . "Young Thug is super inspiring to me. Amazing artist!!!," the Chicago multi-hyphenate tweeted before sharing a SoundCloud link to Thugger's " ...

  46. Did Kanye West Actually Sell $1M of Pablo Merch in 48 Hours? Experts Weigh In

    March 23, 2016 5:35 PM EDT Kanye West is prone to exaggeration. (This is, after all, the man who referred to himself as “a god” on his second-to-last album.) So when the 38-year-old hip-hop artist and Adidas design collaborator tweeted Tuesday that his surprise, 3,600-squar ...

  47. 11 DJ Twitter Beefs That Rocked Dance Music

    March 23, 2016 1:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Guess how many involve deadmau5? In the dance music world, nothing beats a good drop, but a good diss comes pretty damn close. When DJs fight, it brings the rest of the rave world together. No matter if we camp out at main stage or wouldn't be ...

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