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Iggy Azalea tops Hot 100 with 'Fancy,' matches Beatles for chart record

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It’s still early in the season, but right now it looks the battle for the official song of the summer is being fought (and won) by a single woman.

On this week’s Billboard Hot 100, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” has landed number one, knocking John Legend’s “All of Me” from the top spot and passing Ariana Grande’s “Problem” in the process.

Of course, Azalea is also a featured guest on “Problem,” and with that song at number two this week, Azalea has pulled off something pretty remarkable: READ FULL STORY

Tupac musical director Kenny Leon on the 10 year journey to 'Holler If Ya Hear Me'

Theater director Kenny Leon, who was just nominated for a Tony for Best Direction of a Play for his work on the revival of A Raisin in the Sun, knows that his next project is perhaps the most challenging of his career.

Then again, the subject whose songs inspired the new show was no stranger to struggle. Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Leon, is inspired by the life and work of late hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur.

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Eminem celebrates Mother's Day with Spike Lee-directed 'Headlights' video: Watch it here

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One of the great ongoing narratives in the music world is the continued success of Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 which has kept moving big units since its release last November, without very much promotion or fanfare. But when Eminem does come out of hiding to plug a new single, he does it in the biggest ways possible.

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Wu Tang's 'secret' album has a new featured guest: Cher

Cher will appear on two tracks off of Wu-Tang’s upcoming “secret album” The Wu – Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. (Hear a snippet here).

I imagine the conversation that led to this decision went something like this: READ FULL STORY

In rapper vocab test, Ghostface beats Drake, DMX, Kanye and Lil Wayne

Who would you bet had the bigger vocabulary: Drake or Ghostface Killah? What about Common or Ludacris?

A coder and designer named Matt Daniels put together a data analysis of rap lyrics to see which rappers had the biggest vocabularies and some of the results are surprising. Ghostface blows Drake out of the water when it comes to diversity of vocabulary: The Wu-Tang Clan member uses 5,774 unique words in his lyrics, while Drake only uses 3,522. In Common v. Ludacris, meanwhile, it’s almost a tie — Common uses 4,974, but Luda is close behind with 4,806. READ FULL STORY

Eat the Beat: The tastiest songs about food

With the release of her new album Food last week, singer and Le Cordon Bleu-certified chef Kelis has gone from “Milkshake” to full-on smorgasbord — tracks on the album include “Jerk Ribs,” “Cobbler” “Friday Fish Fry,” and “Biscuits n’ Gravy.”

But she’s hardly the first artist to find her muse on a menu. Place your order below—and stream our full food playlist (minus a few songs that weren’t available on Spotify; apologies to fans of both Pumpkins and egg-based condiments): READ FULL STORY

Ariana Grande teams up with Iggy Azalea for new single 'Problem'

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Ariana Grande’s 2013 debut album Yours Truly was a frustrating one — she clearly has the chops to make waves in the pop world, but it was deeply unclear who she really was as an artist. Perhaps she’s doing some soul-searching, because her new single “Problem,” which just dropped today, is a dramatic reinvention.

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R.I.P. DJ E-Z Rock, the co-crafter of 1988 dance-rap classic 'It Takes Two'

Rodney Bryce, better known as DJ E-Z Rock, passed away on Sunday of as-yet unknown causes. He was 46 years old.

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Jay Z and Beyonce's summer 'On The Run' tour: Yes, it's happening

After nearly two weeks of speculation, the most powerful couple in music (and one of the most influential people in the world) have confirmed that they will indeed be spending the summer together on stage at various stadiums across the United States and Canada. Starting on June 25 in Miami, Jay Z and Beyoncé will be taking their On The Run tour to the people.

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RZA says he and Raekwon have 30 days to resolve issues to make July release of 'A Better Tomorrow' -- EXCLUSIVE

There is a lot going down in the land of the Wu-Tang Clan right now. They have their one-copy-only album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin currently up for auction, plus a proper album called A Better Tomorrow that has been in the works for about a year. But the release of A Better Tomorrow may be in jeopardy now that Raekwon has declared himself “on strike” from the Wu.

That does not sit will with Wu leader the RZA, who sat down with our friends over at Sports Illustrated for a conversation about his turn in the new film Brick Mansions and the upcoming Wu projects.

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