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Rick Ross Demands Terry Crews Step Up For the Black Community, Issues New Challenge to 50 Cent

On Thursday night (Aug. 6), Rick Ross and 2 Chainz squared up for their anticipated Verzuz matchup and did not disappoint. The two rap behemoths slugged it out with their unshakable catalog and delivered new and unreleased music for their fans to savor. Ross’ narrow-margin victory included a fistful of surprises, most notably a lost verse from […]

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Post Malone's 'Circles' Sets More Records With Run to No. 1 on Adult Contemporary Chart

The versatile artist makes an unprecedented segue from Rap Airplay to AC. Post Malone‘s “Circles” adds more honors to its chart résumé, as it reaches No. 1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary radio airplay ranking (dated Aug. 8). With the coronation, Post Malone becomes the first artist to have topped both the AC and Rap Airplay […]

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Juice WRLD’s Posthumous ‘Smile’ Collaboration With The Weeknd Is Here: Stream It Now

There hasn’t been much to smile about in 2020, though a new collaboration between the late Juice WRLD and The Weeknd might change that. The Weeknd teased “Smile” earlier this week, a special tag-team with the rising hip-hop star Juice WRLD, who died last December from an accidental overdose, aged just 21. At the stroke […]

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Megan Thee Stallion & Cardi B Unleash 'WAP': Watch the Video

Two hip-hop queens came together on Friday (Aug. 7), delivering a thumping new collaboration. Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B unleashed “WAP” just in time for the weekend, and as expected, it’s a twerk-ready, scorching banger. To accompany the release, the duo unveiled the music video for the song, which takes place at a luxurious […]

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Republicans push Kanye West 2020. But will it really hurt Joe Biden?

Kanye West’s unlikely White House bid is getting help qualifying for presidential ballots in key states from Republicans around the country, fueling suspicions he’s being pushed to run by allies of President Donald Trump hoping to siphon support away from Joe Biden. The rapper qualified for Colorado’s presidential ballot on Thursday, after the Secretary of […]

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Rick Ross vs. 2 Chainz in Rap Hitmaker 'Verzuz' Battle: See Billboard's Scorecard & Winner For the Showdown

It felt like 15 years of hip-hop history in one night, as Rick Ross and 2 Chainz — two of the most prolific star rappers of their generation, and collaborators with nearly every other big name in the genre — squared off on the latest installment of Verzuz, Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’ live video battle […]

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Tyga Asked to Cancel Belarus Concert Criticized as 'Propaganda Stunt'

The concert is due to take place the night before the country's high-stakes presidential election that could end the 26-year rule of its authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko. Rapper Tyga has been asked by the U.S.-based Human Rights Foundation to cancel his participation in a government-sponsored concert in Belarus. According to the non-profit organization, Tyga — […]

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Kanye West Implies His Presidential Campaign Is Intentionally Trying to Hurt Biden's Chances

As Kanye West‘s hectic presidential run continues to legitimize, appearing on ballots in a number of states, public questioning of his intentions are heating up. Earlier this week, Vice magazine published an article claiming the Republican Party helped the rapper submit the required signatures to appear on the ballot in the swing state of Wisconsin. In a new […]

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Rod Wave’s ‘Rags2Riches’ Becomes Second Song to Rule Both Top Triller Charts

“Rags2Riches” rules after debuting on the charts dated Aug. 1. Rod Wave’s “Rags2Riches,” featuring ATR Son Son, becomes the second song to crown both Billboard’s Top Triller U.S. and Top Triller Global charts as once, ruling both lists dated Aug. 8. The Top Triller U.S. and Top Triller Global charts highlight the biggest songs on […]

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How We Work Now: Radio Journalist Sway Calloway

In a new series amid the coronavirus pandemic, Billboard is asking individuals from all sectors of the music business to share stories of how they work now, with much of the world quarantined at home and unable to take in-person meetings, attend conferences or even go into the office. Submissions for the series can be sent to […]