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Rapper and dance craze instigator Soulja Boy was in the Billboard.com studios April 16 taking your questions live via Twitter hashtag #bblivechat to @billboarddotcom . Don't miss the archived video of the action-packed half-hour chat below. Conducted by Billboard editorial director Bill Werde (@bwerde on Twitter), the interview found Soulja Boy spinning his new single, giving Justin Bieber collaboration deets, doing a hilarious dance tutorial, and answering tweets about dating fans, playing in Iraq, and face tats.
Part 1: Soulja Boy Dishes About His New Album "Dre"
Part 2: Soulja Boy Divulges Justin Bieber Collaboration & More
Part 3: Soulja Boy Answers Tweets About His Label, His Artist Jabar, and His Book
Part 4: Soulja Boy Explains His Stage Name
Part 5: Soulja Boy Answers Tweets About His Goals
Part 6: Soulja Boy Answers Tweets About Whether He'll Play A Show For Iraq Troops
Part 7: Soulja Boy Holds Forth On Whether He Dates Fans And Talks Tattoos
Part 8: Soulja Boy Teaches Billboard How To Dance (!)
19-year-old Soulja Boy shot to fame in 2007 with the huge popularity of his first single "Crank That" which sparked an accompanying dance craze and became a Hot 100 No. 1 and the top-selling digital track of the year thanks in large part to so many people first watching the clip on YouTube and checking out the music on MySpace. In the three years since, Soulja has notched three more Hot 100 top 20 singles, a pair of albums that hit No. 1 and 2 on the Rap Albums chart, and collaborations with Sean Kingston, T.I. and Gucci Mane. Recently, he's also worked with Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and 8Ball & MJG.
"I was one of the first artists to have a YouTube account, if not the first. I joined two months after the site launched," Soulja Boy told Billboard in 2008 about his hefty online presence, which initially helped him gain his large number of fans. Now, he's a fixture on Twitter as well (@souljaboytellem has over 2 million followers and he tweets every day), so he was ready for your tweeted questions about his hits and the new music he's getting ready for 2010.
You can watch Billboard's Bill Werde deliver the freshest music news every weekday on the Billboard.com/Fuse video segment The Daily Noise.