Nicki Minaj made her second appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on Dec. 6, performing three new songs from her upcoming album The Pink Print and starring in two sketches in the episode hosted by James Franco. The resulting online buzz catapults her 27-4 on the Social 50 chart, her highest rank since Oct. 4 (No. 4).
Album delays are nothing new for Lil Wayne. But the MC sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world on Dec. 4 when he publicly blamed his label for the ever-shifting release date of his new album, Tha Carter V.
Tomorrow (Dec. 13) marks the one-year anniversary of Beyoncé’s game-changing, surprise self-titled album, and a year later, she’s treated us with another surprise.
Okay, it’s not quite another "Beyoncé," but this new mini-documentary video is still worth every second.
Drake's last LP, Nothing Was the Same, arrived in September 2013, but thanks to a stream of songs surprise-released online, carefully curated remixes, touring and big-time TV spots, there was no question he was hip-hop’s center of gravity this year.
John, Paul, George, Ringo, and ... Iggy? The rump-shaking, hair-flipping, shade-throwing Australian rapper became The Beatles' unlikeliest successor as the second act ever to claim both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions at the same time with her first two U.S. Billboard Hot 100 hits.
In one week Steve Colbert's The Colbert Report will end its 10-year run, as the host moves on to usurp David Letterman's throne at The Late Show and his final guests include Kendrick Lamar, Seth Rogen and National Book Award-winner Phil Klay.