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Big Sean iHeartRadio Music Fest 2015

The rapper, who was on the iHeartRadio Music Festival lineup on Saturday, Sept. 19, told Billboard that he predicted Kanye’s presidential bid a few years ago. “I called that back in like 2012, that Kanye was gonna be running for president. He has so many ideas. He’s so passionate,” he said. “Aside from that, though, I know he’s incredible. I mean, he discovered me.” “Anybody who can listen to a kid rap at a radio …

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Puff Daddy at iHeartRadio Music Fest 2015 on Performing: ‘I’m the Ringmaster’

During his Saturday night (Sept. 19) set at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Puff Daddy brought out tons of friends, including Lil Kim, Busta Rhymes, Mase, Tori Kelly and Machine Gun Kelly. Backstage at the festival, the Bad Boy chief explained his live performance philosophy to Billboard. “I’m the ringmaster,” Puffy said. “It’s my job to bring out the lions and tigers, the bears, the surprises. Not only do I play my hits, …

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DRAKE CLOSES FUTURE’S SET AT BIRTHDAY BASH

“We never ever thought this would happen,” says Future in one of the two previews preceding tonight’s (September 20) main event, What A Time To Be Alive. Drake. Future. Back to back, like the cover of “Lethal Weapon,” for one album. What started off as a possible hoax two weeks ago, driving the Internet into mass hysteria, has since erected into a dream collaboration of epic proportion as the FBGOVO bruddas are set to command …

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Jennifer Lopez at iHeartRadio Music Festival 2015 on Her Vegas Residency: ‘I Feel Really Blessed’

Jennifer Lopezhit the stage Saturday at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2015, where she revealed that her upcoming Las Vegas residency, which kicks off Jan. 20, will be called “All I Have.” Backstage, the singer — who performed her songs “Jenny From the Block,” “On the Floor” and teamed with Spanish singer Alvaro Soler on their hit “El Mismo Sol” — told Billboard backstage about her Sin City residency at Axis theater stage in Planet Hollywood Resort …

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Little Simz on Her Debut Album, Artistic Authenticity & Learning Patience

After much anticipation, Little Simz’s debut album, A Curious Case of Trials + Persons, is out and ready for the world to hear. The LP speaks to Simz’s complexity and concept-inclined lyricism. In a recent conversation with Billboard, Simz shares some insights on making the album in Red Bull Studios, being vulnerable as an artist and staying balanced amidst her rising popularity. In your writing process, what comes first — the lyric or the concept?  The …

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Game Unveils ‘The Documentary 2’ Tracklist

Game doesn’t just drop albums, he drops all-star events. Since the inception of his first major label album, 2005’s The Documentary, the Compton rap bully has invited just about everyone there is in hip-hop (from old-school to new-school) and R&B to join in on his releases. His last album, the well-received Jesus Piece, featured over 25 special guests that ranged from Kanye West to Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre. Fun Fact: From The Documentary through …

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Go Behind The Scenes Of August Alsina’s ‘Why I Do It’

August Alsina’s forthcoming album This Thing Called Life is finalized and ready for the world to hear. It’s understandable. Alsina has a tall task at hand after the release his well-received Def Jam debut, Testimony, last year. Nevertheless, he’s prepared to come back strong with his second LP. The New Orleans native is not afraid of the so-called “sophomore jinx  Putting this album together wasn’t as tough as I thought. I have so much to …

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Kanye West: Fatherhood Influenced His New Fashion Line

After premiering Yeezy Season 2 yesterday (September 17), Kanye West sat down with former Vogue Editor-at-Large for a quick chat about fashion and his evolution as a creator. Talley specifically asked about effect fatherhood has had on West and the designer revealed just how much having children has influenced him. “Yeah, it’s definitely about being as relaxed as possible and being able to swing my daughter around,” ‘Ye told Talley.

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Ice Cube To Star In New Hollywood Adaptation Of ‘A Christmas Carol’

The holidays aren’t even around the corner, but Hollywood is already making room for gifts under its money tree. Yesterday (September 17), it was reported that Mariah Carey has been tapped to star in and direct a Chrismas movie for The Hallmark Channel, titled “Melody & Mistletoe.” Now, another big name expected to star in a jolly-themed flick is Ice Cube, who landed the lead role in a new adaptation of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas …

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The Weeknd Rules The Charts, Tops Hot 100, Billboard 200, Artist 100

The Weeknd is clearly having his moment, but upon closer review it’s impressive just how dominating the crooner is ruling the charts. According to Billboard, Abel Tesfaye is topping the Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Artist 100. That makes the Canadian star the first male to do so at one time in the history of all three charts existence. Projects also estimate that The Weeknd will top the Billboard 200 chart for a third straight …

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Rihanna Promises ‘Something Great’ With New Album, But Reveals ‘It’s Not Done

For her umpteenth magazine cover this year, Rihanna heralds in a new era for UK-based publication NME. The “FourFiveSeconds” songstress is the first cover star for the “brilliant new free weekly magazine” since its revamp, and while it doesn’t arrive until tomorrow, several pull quotes from their conversation has hit the net, including a much-needed update on the oft-delayed eighth studio album, R8.  Thanks to several false starts initiated by the release of records like “FourFiveSeconds,” “American …

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A Def Jam Biopic is in the Works

After the successful release and positive reception of N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, it seems like other legendary hip-hop acts are hopping on the trend. On top of an alleged sequel for Straight Outta Compton on its way, Gang Starr and Wu-Tang Clan have plans to develop their own. The latest rumored project in the works is a film that details the rise of Def Jam Recordings. Reported by Deadline, the Universal movie is based …

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Madonna Gets Surprisingly Nostalgic at First NYC Tour Stop, Then Kicks Amy Schumer’s Ass

For an artist who rarely looks back creatively, Madonna was in a particularly wistful mood during her Madison Square Garden concert on Wednesday (Sept. 16) night, the first of three NYC dates on her Rebel Heart Tour. “I’m feeling very nostalgic tonight,” Madonna said (twice, actually). “I played Madison Square Garden 30 years ago. That’s crazy.” When she trailed off for a moment, you almost thought she was lost in sentimental reverie. But as always, …

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Young Thug Unleashes ‘Slime Season’ Mixtape

Yeezy Season approached earlier today (September 16), but now get ready for the Slime. After much delay, Young Thug released his Barter 6 follow-up in mixtape form today with the 18-track Slime Season.  Metro Boomin, London On Da Track, Migos, and the Lil Wayne-featured “Take Kare” (troll?) all make appearances, while tracks like “Best Friend,” “Stunna” and “Again” are also featured on the project.

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Katharine McPhee’s Album ‘Hysteria’ Right Here: Exclusive

Katharine McPhee‘s new album is finally here! Hysteria drops Friday, Sept. 18, but fans can get a sneak preview of the whole thing right now, exclusively on Billboard. ​ McPhee previously chatted with Billboard about how proud she was of this upcoming album and how it felt the most personal of her work thus far. That’s a point she’s continued to make while promoting this work. “Making this album was definitely a journey into exploring more of …

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Taylor Swift Tops Hot Tours Tally Again

Taylor Swift edges out Neil Diamond to earn the top ranking on the Hot Tours tally (see list, below), taking No. 1 for the second consecutive week based on box-office sales from her ongoing 1989 World Tour. Sold-out performances in Salt Lake City and Denver add $4.4 million to her world tour’s overall gross of $134 million from 40 shows in North America and Europe, reported since the tour kicked off in May. Diamond follows …

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Naughty Boy Previews New Song With Beyoncé

With a name like Naughty Boy, what do you expect? The British DJ posted a video on his Instagram today (September 16) of what appears to be a teaser to a new record featuring Beyoncé vocals. The track appears to be titled “Lose It All” from the hashtags NB used and in the brief snippet we can hear B singing “Nothing else matters now you’re not here/ So where are you? I’ve been calling you/ I’m missing …

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Kanye West Debuts New Dark Record At Yeezy Season 2 Show At NYFW

Yeezy Season just made its way to New York Fashion Week and, like Season 1, there was new music to go along with it. Moments ago, Mr. West unveiled the Yeezy Season 2 collection, his latest in the fashion line, to a star-studded audience, featuring his wife Kim Kardashian, Pusha T, Anna Winter, Post Malone, and many more. And like he did with “Wolves” during Season 1’s presentation, Kanye also premiered a brand new song, …

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Grimes Announces ‘Rhinestone Cowgirls’ Tour

After waiting what seems to be forever for her fourth album, Grimes announced something just as good this morning. The Canadian artist will be taking her talents on tour this fall to 18 cities across the U.S and Canada. ‘The Rhinestone Cowgirl’ tour is going to hit many main metropolises including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Chicago. Grimes tweeted out a series of promises after announcing the tour including new videos and music to …

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Travi$ Scott Appears In Rihanna’s New Puma Ad

Rihanna‘s collection for Puma is about to launch. Available tomorrow on Puma.com for presale and, from September 15 to 17, at an exclusive pop-up boutique at 312 Bowery Street, between East First and Bleecker Streets, in Soho, the collection is teased with a brand-new image today which shows her and Travi$ Scott. La Flame is posing shirtless next to Puma’s Creative Director, who wears suede sneakers nd a black dress. Rumors of them dating each …

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Anderson .Paak Talks ‘NxWorries’ Collab, Working With Dr. Dre On ‘Compton

With the announcement of Dr. Dre’s first official studio release in nearly two decades, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, attention and focus from the project swiftly began to shift to the avid set of features on the project. Aside from talented musicians BJ The Chicago Kid, Kendrick Lamar and Jill Scott contributing their artistry to the esteemed comeback album, another significant question comes to mind: who is Anderson .Paak and how did he manage …