1. Summerfest 2015 Announces Grounds Stage Headliners: Kaskade, Bastille, the Flaming Lips, Sheryl Crow, More (Exclusive)

    March 24, 2015 8:30 AM EDT Summerfest, the Guinness Book of World Records-certified largest festival in the world, has announced its 2015 Grounds Stage headliners in addition to its previously revealed Marcus Amphitheater headliners.  Executive Playlist: Bob Babisch's ...

  2. Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' Lands At No. 1 in U.K.

    March 23, 2015 4:26 AM EDT Rapper Kendrick Lamar has scored his first U.K. No. 1 album, after To Pimp A Butterfly  (Aftermath/Interscope/Universal) finished the week just ahead of Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour  (Capitol/Universal). Lay Me Dow n (Capitol/Universal/ Columbi ...

  3. Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Floats to No. 1 in Australia

    March 23, 2015 1:36 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar's surprise album release To Pimp A Butterfly  is the standard-setter on this week's Australian albums chart. The new set, which established Spotify's global first-day streaming record (9.6 million) last week, has ope ...

  4. Modest Mouse Set For Top Five Debut on Billboard 200

    March 20, 2015 5:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rock band Modest Mouse is aiming for its second top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Strangers To Ourselves . Industry forecasters say the new set, which was released on March 17 through Epic Records, may move around 65,000 in album equivale ...

  5. Meghan Trainor, Snoop Dogg, 'Blurred Lines' & Kendrick Lamar: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 41

    March 20, 2015 3:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 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 drivi ...

  6. Meghan Trainor, Snoop Dogg & Kendrick Lamar: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 41

    Meghan Trainor, Snoop Dogg & Kendrick Lamar: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 41

    March 20, 2015 12:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 Meghan Trainor, Snoop Dogg & Kendrick Lamar: Real-Time Charts Rewind Ep. 41 chartroundup , Kendrick Lamar , Snoop Dogg , Meghan Trainor Videos Kendrick Lamar Snoop Dogg Meghan Trainor ...

  7. Exclusive: ASAP Rocky Reveals New Album Features FKA Twigs & Lykke Li

    March 20, 2015 5:41 AM EDT "I'm high as fuck right now, I'm drunk as fuck right now, and I just don't give a fuck right now." A$AP Rocky is onstage at Samsung's tricked-out Milk Music Lounge, filled with Vegas-style flashing lights, free boo ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Kendrick Lamar Heading for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    March 18, 2015 5:09 PM EDT 10.004 k 196 54 Kendrick Lamar is off to a fast start with his surprise early release , To Pimp a Butterfly , and it should give the artist his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources are forecasting the set to move over ...

  10. Kendrick Lamar Collaborator Bilal on 'To Pimp a Butterfly': 'A Lot of This Is Kendrick's Genius'

    March 17, 2015 5:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 The singer talks to Billboard about channeling Parliament for a "fuller sound" on the just-released album. A popular guest vocalist whose credits range from Common to Kimbra , Bilal is featured on two songs from Kendrick Lamar 's To P ...

  11. Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Sets First-Day Streaming Record

    March 17, 2015 5:09 PM EDT 2.274 k 531 36 Kendrick Lamar's surprise release of To Pimp A Butterfly around midnight on Sunday prompted a deluge of commentary and a surfeit of surprise across the Internet through the dark hours of Monday straight through the late afternoon of Tu ...

  12. Now Earl Sweatshirt is Dropping a Surprise New Album

    March 17, 2015 5:10 AM EDT Another day, another surprise hip-hop album release.  Just hours after Kendrick Lamar's sophomore arrived online ahead of schedule , and a month after Drake surprised everyone with his latest album release, Earl Sweatshirt has pulled his ow ...

  13. Explained: Kendrick Lamar's Chaotic (and Planned) Surprise Release of 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

    March 16, 2015 12:55 PM EDT Update, 3:34PM, March 16:  To Pimp A Butterfly  is now available for purchase on iTunes. Around 11:45PM last night (March 15), Kendrick Lamar 's To Pimp a Butterfly appeared on the iTunes Store and Spotify , a week earlier than initially e ...

  14. Update: Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' Gets Surprise Digital Release

    March 16, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Update, 11:00 a.m. ET: To Pimp A Butterfuly now appears in iTunes as a pre-order, with only first single "The Blacker the Berry" being available for download. The album is available in full if you search for it on Spotify. You can also ...

  15. Taylor Swift Is Very Excited For Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

    March 16, 2015 7:57 AM EDT There's one person already blasting Kendrick Lamar 's just-released album, To Pimp a Butterfly . That person?   Taylor Swift . "KENDRICK PUT HIS ALBUM OUT EARLY," she wrote on Mar. 16. "NO ONE TOUCH ME." KENDRICK PUT ...

  16. Kendrick Lamar Reveals Title, Artwork for New Album

    March 11, 2015 5:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kendrick Lamar has shared the title and artwork for his sophomore album release.   The rapper has named his awaited set To Pimp a Butterfly , and used his Instagram account to spread the news.    "Don't all dogs go to heaven? Don't Ga ...

  17. Kendrick Lamar Freestyles Over Notorious B.I.G.'s 'The What'

    March 09, 2015 4:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the 18th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G. 's death, Kendrick Lamar paid tribute to the late rapper by spitting a freestyle over a few Biggie beats, including the Method Man -assisted " The What ." On the freestyle -- which Lamar spi ...

  18. Sweetlife Festival 2015 Lineup: Kendrick Lamar, Calvin Harris, The Weeknd & More

    March 04, 2015 4:12 PM EST Kendrick Lamar , Calvin Harris and the Weekend are among the acts playing this year's sixth annual Sweetlife Festival. The event, which was launched by East Coast organic food chain Sweetgreen, will take place on May 30 and 31 at Columbia, ...

  19. Azealia Banks Vows to Give Up Twitter for Lent: 'I Need to Give My Mind a Break'

    March 03, 2015 5:51 AM EST 0 0 0 Azealia Banks won't be starting any Twitter tirades this month. She's vowed to give-up tweeting for Lent. "I missed the beginning of Lent but better late than never. I'm going off tweets until April 2nd!! My management will tweet ...

  20. Kendrick Lamar & Katy Perry Debut in Top 10 on Twitter Tracks Chart

    February 20, 2015 6:08 PM EST Kendrick Lamar grabs a No. 2 debut as Katy Perry lands in the Top 10. Plus, Taylor Swift brings 'Style' to the helm. Fresh off a pair of Grammy wins on Feb. 8, Kendrick Lamar squeezes into the runner-up slot on the Billboard + Twitter T ...

  21. Kendrick Lamar to Make Essence Festival Debut

    February 18, 2015 4:36 PM EST Mary J. Blige, Common, Kevin Hart & Erykah Badu are also part of the 2015 lineup. Kendrick Lamar , Mary J. Blige , Common , Erykah Badu and Kevin Hart are among the first round of announced performers for the 2015 Essence Festival. Lamar wi ...

  22. Samuel L. Jackson Channels Russell Simmons and More Insider Scoop

    February 17, 2015 12:00 PM EST Russell Simmons Does Samuel L. Jackson Doing Russell Simmons Def Jam co-founder  Russell Simmons  has been hearing for weeks that  Samuel L. Jackson  channeled him to portray the lisping, baseball hat-and-Adidas-wearing villain Valentine in  Kingsm ...

  23. Drake Decoded: 10 Subliminal Shots on 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late'

    February 13, 2015 5:11 PM EST 0 0 0 Thursday night felt like Christmas day for Drake fans. The 28-year-old rapper dropped his brand-new album, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, unannounced. In true Drake fashion, there are hidden messages and subliminal shots littered th ...

  24. Terrace Martin on Kendrick Lamar's 'The Blacker the Berry' & Delivering a Message

    February 12, 2015 2:58 PM EST 0 0 0 'We don't give a f--- about record sales, first-week numbers [or] who's hot or not. We just want to touch somebody's soul.' An entire episode of Unsung could be dedicated to Terrace Martin . The producer/rapper/multi-instrum ...

  25. Listen to Kendrick Lamar's Hard Hitting New Song, 'The Blacker The Berry'

    February 09, 2015 7:07 PM EST 0 0 0 When Kendrick Lamar released "i" in September, he had some critics saying he'd gone soft on the poppy feel-good tune. But with his new single, "The Blacker The Berry," which he released Monday, surely K-Dot's going to s ...

  26. Iggy Azalea & Sam Smith Lead 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominations

    February 04, 2015 8:40 AM EST 0 0 0 With five nominations each, Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith are the early leaders heading into the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards, nominations for which were announced Wednesday. Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande are close behind with four nods each. On the n ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Jimi Tents, 'Elmer Fudd': Exclusive Song Premiere

    January 29, 2015 2:25 PM EST Jimi Tents doesn't shy away from heavy issues. The New York-born rapper's new single "Elmer Fudd" -- premiered here on The Juice -- is about growing up and taking responsibility. Listen below: Tents starts "Elmer Fudd" ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Check Out Dr. Dre's New Protégé

    January 28, 2015 4:39 AM EST Dr. Dre has another asset to show off. The multi-millionaire entrepreneur, co-founder of N.W.A. and production mastermind/hip hop svengali who helped launch the careers of Eminem , Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar , is now working closely with Justi ...

  31. Watch Chris Brown Play Samurai in New 'Autumn Leaves' Video

    January 22, 2015 7:31 PM EST 1.91 k 81 33 0 Chris Brown 's appropriated some Japanese swag for his new "Autumn Leaves" video, playing a forlorn ronin Samurai amidst an exotic landscape.  Chris Brown's Probation Revoked in Rihanna Assault Case   In the clip, the si ...

  32. 'Entourage' Music Supervisor Scott Vener May Just Have the Next Big Music App

    January 13, 2015 11:59 AM EST Multitasking music supervisor Scott Vener, fresh off wrapping the bro-movie, hopes that his music-sharing app Undrtone blows up. Scott Vener sits on a burgundy sofa at the Palihouse Hotel in Hollywood, sipping coffee while scrolling through email ...

  33. Kid Cudi & Lupe Fiasco Argue on Twitter Over Kendrick Lamar's Michael Brown Comments

    January 11, 2015 1:34 PM EST Kendrick Lamar 's comments about the outcome of the Michael Brown case in Billboard's recent cover story are causing quite the stir in the hip-hop community. Kendrick Lamar on Ferguson, Leaving Iggy Azalea Alone & Why We're in ...

  34. Would Kendrick Lamar Work With Taylor Swift? Watch His Answer

    January 09, 2015 5:40 PM EST Rapper also reveals his favorite T-Swift jam. Kendrick Lamar 's Jan. 9 Billboard cover story may have prompted shade from Azealia Banks , but there are plenty of good vibes heading toward King Kendrick these days too. Billboard Cover: Kendric ...

  35. Kendrick Lamar on Taylor Swift

    Kendrick Lamar on Taylor Swift

    January 09, 2015 4:47 PM EST 0 0 0 Kendrick Lamar on Taylor Swift music , Kendrick Lamar , taylor swift , song , Shake It Off , Billboard , collaborate , Backseat Freestyle , Kendrick Lamar Videos Kendrick Lamar ...

  36. Azealia Banks Blasts Kendrick Lamar's Billboard Cover Interview

    January 09, 2015 4:28 PM EST While the majority of the hip-hop community has been vocal about the disturbing outcome of the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, no one has had more to say about other rappers' responses (or lack thereof ) than Azealia Banks. On Friday (Ja ...

  37. Kendrick Lamar: The Billboard Cover Shoot

    Kendrick Lamar: The Billboard Cover Shoot

    January 09, 2015 11:34 AM EST 0 0 0 The Grammy-nominated rapper talks about the progression of his music and the importance of family. Videos Kendrick Lamar ...

  38. Kanye West's 'Only One': An Ode to Happiness & Healing

    January 02, 2015 2:45 PM EST Happiness is risky to claim. It requires one to disregard social standards, reject the enticing pull of darkness and travel inward. And even then, you have to face yourself. ONLY ONE ft. Paul McCartney http://t.co/AolpyJ6ny5 http://t.co/45EiXLvcuf ...

  39. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorites of 2014

    December 31, 2014 4:05 PM EST As always, submit questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet @gthot20 READERS ...

  40. Watch Kendrick Lamar Channel His Inspiration in Reebok Ad For New Custom Shoe Line

    December 10, 2014 7:49 PM EST "What inspired me as a kid was really illustrating my thoughts on that sheet of paper," says Kendrick Lamar in a new Reebok ad set in the Compton rapper's hometown.  As we await new music from Lamar, the black-and-white clip shows ...

  41. The Year on Twitter: Justin Bieber is Most Tweeted About Artist, Katy Perry is Most Followed User

    December 10, 2014 12:00 AM EST Music continues to be the most-discussed subject on Twitter in the U.S., according to data released by the social network. The most tweeted-about artist of the year is Justin Bieber , the most-tweeted about song of the year was "Happy" ...

  42. Chantal Kreviazuk, Featured with Kendrick Lamar on 'SNL,' on How the Song Came to Be

    November 16, 2014 9:52 PM EST "Wow, that was surreal," the Canadian singer said on Sunday morning. Canadian singer and pianist Chantal Kreviazuk put a mighty big feather in her cap when she joined Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock on Saturday Night Live for a performance o ...

  43. ‘SNL’ Recap: 'Hunger Games' Stars Parody Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space,’ Kendrick Lamar Performs 'i' & More

    November 16, 2014 11:55 AM EST Rapper Kendrick Lamar made his second appearance as musical guest on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 15, performing his feel-good single “i” and following up with Jay Rock ’s “Pay For It.”  Mark Ronson Says New Single With Bruno Mars 'Uptown Funk ...

  44. Watch Kendrick Lamar Ride Woody Harrelson in 'SNL' Promos

    November 13, 2014 9:43 PM EST Kendrick Lamar might be the musical guest on this week's Woody Harrelson -hosted episode of Saturday Night Live , but he's not Harrelson's True Detective partner. Kendrick Lamar Coming to 'Saturday Night Live' Could have f ...

  45. Listen to Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar's Feel-Good Mashup, 'Backseat Shakeoff'

    November 10, 2014 6:56 PM EST Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift have been trading winks for some time now. If you remember, it started off early this year with Swift rocking out front row to Lamar's Grammy performance with Imagine Dragons . From there the media love affai ...

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