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Watch JAY-Z Rap Over Drake’s ‘Know Yourself’ in Toronto

Fans in Toronto were treated to JAY-Z rapping over Drake’s “Know Yourself” during his tour stop in Drizzy’s hometown Friday night (Nov. 24). Delivering a verse from his track “Jigga, What, Jigga Who,” JAY-Z flowed seamlessly over the Boi-1da, Vinylz, and Syk Sense-produced track, as HotNewHipHop recently pointed out. The duo collaborated on 2013’s “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2,” as well as tracks like 2010’s “Light Up” and 2009’s “Off That.” JAY-Z also recently shared new videos for the standout 4:44 tracks “Legacy,” “Smile,” and “Marcy Me.” Watch him rap over the hit If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late single below. #jayz rapping over #drake “know yourself” while in Toronto. Drake was there too pic.twitter.com/OES93JAg9R — DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) November 24, 2017 This article or...

The 10 Best Stories From The Grammys 60th Anniversary TV Special: Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars & More

This year, the Grammy Awards celebrate 60 years of bringing together the most famous names in every genre for music’s biggest night. To commemorate the special anniversary ahead of the Jan. 28 show — and before the highly anticipated nominations are revealed Nov. 28 — an all-star lineup of musicians paid tribute to the Grammys by recalling some of their favorite and, for some, even life-changing, moments. The two-hour special, Grammy’s Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special, featured the likes of Justin Timberlake, Sting, Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Paul McCartney and Alicia Keys, with John Legend and Carrie Underwood featured as hosts. From iconic collaborations and reunions to unforgettable tributes, here are the best stories from the special. Bruno Mars on his Prince tr...

Watch Lorde Cover Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ in Australia

Lorde is currently on the Australian and New Zealand leg of her Melodrama world tour, and over the past couple nights she’s performed a few brief covers during her sets. At a show in Sydney earlier this week, she sang the chorus of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” with a rainbow flag wrapped around her from the audience in celebration of the country’s recent vote in favor of marriage equality. At that same show, she sang “Throw Your Arms Around Me,” the 1984 single from Australian band Hunters & Collectors. And a few nights later she paid tribute to another Australian rock band, Powderfinger, by singing the chorus of their 2000 track “My Happiness.” Check out videos of all those performances below. A pleasant surprise, Lorde last night sang the cover – Throw Your A...

Colleges, High Schools Use ‘Hamilton’ to Enhance Teaching

More than 2,000 students got into the hottest show in Chicago for free — Hamilton: An American Musical — as part of their acceptance to Northwestern University. It’s one of the ways colleges and high schools are using the hugely popular musical to teach students about history, art, drama, culture, and even politics. There’s even a high school program coordinated through the show that has allowed nearly 49,000 students in four cities to see the show for free or reduced admission. “It’s one thing to learn about these kind of events in a classroom but to go and see this in a production it’s different, and it’s just amazing,” said Northwestern freshman Alex Richards after seeing the smash hit musical. First-year Northwestern students went to two matinees at CIBC Theatre in October ...

Maluma Debuts Three Songs in New Short Film: Watch

Thanksgiving weekend surprise includes “GPS,” a trap track with French Montana, and a cameo appearance by Bad Bunny. Maluma has kicked off the holiday season with a gift for his fans — a short film that features three new songs. “X (The Film)” includes “GPS,” a trap track featuring French Montana. The extended music video also debuts “Vitamina” with Arcangel, and “23.” Bad Bunny is among the guest artists who make cameos in “X.” The 26-minute clip takes place in Medellín, Maluma’s hometown. It centers on the story of Juan Luis, who struggles to rise up and realize his dream of becoming a music star. Watch below. [embedded content]

Danielle Bradbery Talks Songwriting & Sharing Vulnerabilities on Second Album ‘I Don’t Believe We’ve Met’

America first fell in love with Danielle Bradbery in 2013 when she became the youngest contestant to win The Voice at the time. Then just 16, Bradbery wowed viewers and coach Blake Shelton with her unique take on country classics and her powerful vocals well beyond her age. Now 21 and about to release her second album, I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, life has changed drastically for the reality singing star. The Texas native returns with her first album in four years and this time around, she dove deep into songwriting and penned seven of the project’s 10 tracks. Her first foray into writing her own songs, the soft-spoken singer admits to being hesitant before walking into the writing room for the first time. “Getting in the room with writers at first was scary,” B...

Trump Claims He Declined Time Magazine’s 2017 ‘Person of the Year’ Honor

President Donald Trump says he turned down an interview and photo shoot for Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” issue. In a tweet Friday (Nov. 24), Trump says the magazine informed him he was “probably” going to be granted the title for the second year in a row. He tweets: “But I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!” The president was chosen as 2016’s Person of the Year, when he stated it was “a great honor. It means a lot.” Nancy Gibbs, the magazine’s managing editor, told NBC’s Today show that Hillary Clinton was the runner-up for the honor and that the choice of Trump was simply “straightforward.” Time Magazine called to ...

JAY-Z Shares New ‘4:44’ Videos for ‘Legacy,’ ‘Smile’ & ‘Marcy Me’: Watch

JAY-Z surprised fans with a trio of gifts on Black Friday, sharing three new videos from his 4:44 album. Visuals for “Legacy,” “Smile” and “Marcy Me” were released on his streaming service Tidal, of course, at 4:44 p.m. ET, of course, Friday afternoon (Nov. 24). The video for 4:44’s closing track, “Legacy,” stars Susan Sarandon, Ron Perlman, Jesse Williams, Emile Hirsch and more. It examines the criminal justice system — a hot topic Jay continues to speak about. He recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Times condemning the treatment of his friend and Roc Nation signee Meek Mill. “Probation is a trap and we must fight for Meek and everyone else unjustly sent to prison,” he wrote. The “Smile” video features...

13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Debuts at No. 1, Set for Second Week on Top

Plus, chart action for Elton John, Eminem, Beyonce & more. Happy Taylor Week! Taylor Swift dominates Billboard‘s charts this week, with her latest album, Reputation, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the largest sales week of 2017. The launch also helps the pop star return to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 for a record-extending 34th week. Plus, Post Malone’s “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage, holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth total week on top. Here are 13 other things to know about Billboard‘s charts this week: 1. Looking ahead to next week’s Billboard 200, Swift’s Reputation looks locked in for a second week at No. 1, while Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s collaborative LP is slated for a No. 2 debut. Click here...

BTS and Steve Aoki Drop ‘Mic Drop’ Remix Feat. Desiigner: Watch

Just a few days after killing it at the AMAs, BTS returned Friday morning (Nov. 24) with the remix of their song “Mic Drop,” the highly anticipated collaboration between the K-pop group, Steve Aoki, and Desiigner.   A swaggering hip-pop track featured on their album, Love Yourself: Her, which quickly became the highest-charting Korean album ever upon its release in September, “Mic Drop” is an energetic hype song about BTS’ global popularity– and even features a shout-out to Billboard. The new, Steve Aoki-produced version — stylized “MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)” — lays thick EDM synths and trap beats over the original melody veering the song away from its original hip-hop leanings. The remix was released with a music video that features both Aoki and the Korean septet. An ...

Fabolous & Jadakiss on Joint Mixtape ‘Friday on Elm Street,’ Favorite Verses & Dream Collaborations

For years, the anticipation for Fabolous and Jadakiss’ long-awaited joint effort, Freddy Vs. Jason, was at an all-time high. Inspired by their punchy Friday freestyle releases in 2015, New York’s highly-touted lyricists joined forces to provide the city of Gotham with a hearty meal consisting of icy raps and bone-chilling metaphors.  After a series of delays and even a name change — last month, they axed Freddy Vs. Jason for Friday on Elm Street — Fab and Kiss liberate their elusive mixtape on Black Friday (Nov. 24). On Friday on Elm Street, Loso and Kiss exude seamless chemistry and New York moxie, most notably on tracks like “Soul Food” and “Principle.” Fab’s elastic delivery shines on the former, as he throws a series of lyrical dart...

The 6 Best BTS Remixes and Covers: Critic’s Picks

K-pop supergroup BTS has been gaining steam ever since they came together in 2013 and dropped their single “No More Dream.” The seven-member band has an incredibly loyal fan base and recently, broke the world record for the most Twitter engagements. BTS made their official U.S. television debut at the 2017 American Music Awards on Nov. 19 where they performed their new hit “DNA.” The record peaked at No. 67 on the Hot 100 and is on its way to hitting the 100 million stream mark on Spotify. Steve Aoki had the honor of remixing their single “MIC Drop” featuring Desiigner, which leads our list of the best remixes and covers of BTS songs. See below for the list, curated by Billboard Dance. BTS (방탄소년단) – “MIC Drop” (Steve Aoki Remix) [embedd...