John Legend revealed the cover art and track list for his upcoming seventh studio album, Bigger Love, on Friday (June 12). Painted by artist Charly Palmer, the artwork features a smiling portrait of the singer-songwriter covered in blooming flowers and a starry sky against a pop of turquoise backdrop. The LP’s 16 tracks include singles “Conversations in […]

This year, Black Music Month takes a different turn. Because of the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and more, we at Billboard hope to uplift and empower African Americans during this cloudy and dubious time. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the remainder of the month, an artist will provide a playlist designed […]

Hardcore, reggae, hip-hop, and Beyoncé provide the soundtrack to protests against police brutality and systemic racism The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others have sparked widespread international protests over the span of several days. With hundreds of people speaking out against systemic racism and police brutality, music is playing a […]

Beyoncé was among the speakers for Barack and Michelle Obama’s YouTube “Dear Class of 2020” virtual graduation ceremony today. During her commencement address, she discussed the protests surrounding the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Watch her entire speech below. “Thank you for using your collective voice and letting the worlds know that black lives […]


A teenager was injured Wednesday night (June 3) after gunfire rang out during the filming of a music video in Atlanta, the city’s police said. Rapper YFN Lucci, whose real name is Rayshawn Bennett, was filming the music video in an apartment complex in the southeastern part of the city, Atlanta police told WGCL-TV. READ MORE Here […]

With clubs closed across the country and Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart on hiatus, we’re asking reporting club DJs what they’ve been listening to lately, while at home, of course. This week, we spoke with San Diego DJ Victor Dinaire; Rhode Island’s Abby Duren; and Long Island, New York’s Fresh. Victor DinaireVictor Dinaire has been digging British trance trio Above […]

As previously reported, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande‘s “Rain on Me” rolls in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart (dated June 6). The duet debuts as Gaga’s fifth Hot 100 leader and Grande’s fourth. Notably, Grande becomes the first artist with four No. 1 Hot 100 debuts, as all four of her chart-topping songs have arrived in […]

On Thursday (June 4), Forbes announced the 2020 edition of its annual Celebrity 100 list and revealed Kanye West as the world’s highest-paid musician. Clocking in with 2020 earnings of $170 million, the rapper ranks at number two, just behind sister-in-law Kylie Jenner, whose billionaire status was called into question last week by the magazine due to discrepancies in the financial statements of […]

On a day when the music industry took a pause to reflect on Black Out Tuesday, Jay-Z and Team Roc took out full-page newspaper ads across the nation honoring George Floyd. The ads featured a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from a speech in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 in which the late civil rights leader laid […]

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