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Love, Pain & Prayer: How Rod Wave Became Rap's Brightest Street Star

In February, Rod Wave shared snippets of new music using the hashtag #Pray4Love. It was a subtle way of revealing he was dropping another album, just months after releasing his debut LP, Ghetto Gospel, which featured Kevin Gates as the executive producer. The singer, rapper, and songwriter told his fans that same month that music saved his […]

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Kim Petras, Jessie Reyez & Princess Nokia Join NYX Cosmetics' Virtual Music Festival: Exclusive

Below, Petras talks to Billboard about the new ‘Epic Together’ event. NYX Professional Makeup is bringing the summer festival experience to your living room with its new Epic Together event, Billboard can exclusively reveal today (April 6). In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the beauty brand opted to connect its audience with their favorite musicians with […]

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You Down With… Rita Wilson? Check Out Her Charity Remix of 'Hip Hop Hooray'

Naughty by Nature join the singer on the charity re-do. Rita Wilson is ecstatic to be on the other side of her coronavirus health scare. The actress/singer who recently sang the National Anthem before NASCAR’s iRacing Pro Invitational Series race in her first official performance since she and husband Tom Hanks returned to the U.S. […]

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Nicole Richie on Becoming Nikki Fresh and The Importance of Conscious Trap

About six years ago, Nicole Richie posted a photo on Instagram of her first harvest of spinach — and with it, Nikki Fre$h was born. “I was so proud of it and wanted to share with the world how beautiful and spiritual gardening is,” Richie recalls today. “I was like, ‘This is more than just words, […]

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YoungBoy Never Broke Again Flexes With Ghouls & Cars in New 'AI Nash' Video: Watch

YoungBoy Never Broke Again released his new video for “AI Nash” on Saturday (April 4), and it finds the rapper getting a little spooky while he stunts on his haters. Directed by hip-hop’s go-to director, Lyrical Lemonade’s Cole Bennett (Eminem, Juice WRLD, Lil Tecca, Jack Harlow), the video shows the rapper flexing his prized jewels on […]

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Tori Kelly, Dinah Jane & More Set For Billboard Live At-Home Concerts: See This Week's Schedule

Another week of quarantine means another week of Billboard Live At-Home concerts to raise money for charity — and to keep you entertained! This week’s lineup will include at-home sessions by Tori Kelly, Dinah Jane, Echosmith and more via Billboard‘s Facebook page. DaniLeigh, who recently unveiled her new DaBaby-assisted single “Levi High,” will kick the […]

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Jay-Z and Meek Mill's REFORM Alliance Donates 130,000 Surgical Masks to Correctional Facilities

The REFORM Alliance, the justice reform organization co-founded by Jay-Z and Meek Mill, has stepped up to help the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic inside prisons. According to spokespeople for the rappers and the organization, this weekend REFORM donated more than 130,000 surgical masks to a variety of correctional facilities to help inmates, correctional officers […]

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Toni Braxton Signs with Island Records, Releases New Single ‘Do It’: Exclusive

Toni Braxton is back with a new single and label home. The seven-time Grammy Award winner has teamed with Island Records and is releasing “Do It,” the first track under the newly minted pact. In announcing the news, Island Records president/CEO Darcus Beese states, “It’s an honor and pleasure to welcome the incomparable Toni Braxton […]

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Cardi B Thinks This 'Tiger King' Player Gave a Tiger Coronavirus

Cardi B is still obsessing over Tiger King. Like everyone else holed-up at home with a Netflix account, the “Bodak Yellow” star has lived with the wild seven-part series on the eccentrics whose worlds revolve around big cats and huge feuds. Last week, Cardi joked about starting a GoFundMe for Joe Exotic (real name Joe […]

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A Timeline of YNW Melly's Career & Legal Troubles: From 'Murder On My Mind' to Murder Charges

YNW Melly made headlines on Thursday (April 2) when his Instagram account confirmed that he had contracted coronavirus while behind bars inside Florida’s Broward County Jail. The rapper’s legal team has since filed an emergency motion for his restricted release to receive better care and treatment for his diagnosis amid the virus’ outbreak. “I have […]