1. Eminem, Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Heading Down Under for ‘Rapture’ Stadium Tour

    October 21, 2013 12:54 AM EDT Eminem is heading back Down Under. And this time, he’s bringing Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole with him. The rap superstar will headline four stadium shows next February. The run will open with Eminem's first-ever date in New Zealand (Auckland, Feb. 15), before visiting each of Australia’s…

  2. Robin Thicke Ties Record Run at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    September 19, 2013 6:01 PM EDT With a 15th week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) ties the Nielsen-era record for the chart's longest No. 1 run. Since the chart migrated to monitored airplay by Nielsen BDS and SoundScan sales data in December…

  3. TLC Returns To Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    September 12, 2013 6:36 PM EDT As featured on J. Cole's 'Crooked Smile,' the act logs its first top 10 since 1999. Celebrated R&B trio TLC logs its first Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs top 10 since 1999, and 10th overall, as J. Cole's "Crooked Smile," on which it's featured, jumps 12-9.…

  4. J. Cole Announces What Dreams May Come Tour

    July 29, 2013 6:52 PM EDT Wale will be joining. J. Cole is embarking on a North American tour titled, What Dreams May Come. The tour, which features Wale, will kick off on Sept. in Miami, Fl. and close on Oct. 30 in Seattle, WA. "It's going to be a wild ride," J. Cole says of the trek. Chart Juice: J.…

  5. Rapper J. Cole Apologizes for Autism Lyric

    July 22, 2013 3:52 AM EDT Rapper J. Cole is apologizing to those with autism and their families for an offensive lyric. Cole says in a blog post Sunday that he doesn't agree with the recent trend of pressure rappers have faced to apologize when they step over a perceived line, but in this case he feels he went…

  6. Chart Juice: J. Cole Overthrows Wale and Outsells Kanye West

    July 11, 2013 11:31 AM EDT In its third week on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, J. Cole's "Born Sinner" claims the No. 1 spot to mark his second chart-topper after his 2011 debut "Cole World: The Sideline Story." With 58,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, "Born Sinner"…

  7. ‘Yeezus’ Opens at No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

    June 24, 2013 6:49 AM EDT As Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s second-bestselling single of 2013 and started a fourth week at No. 1 yesterday (June 23), Kanye West scored his second chart-topping album in the market with “Yeezus” (Def Jam…

  8. Hip-Hop Super Tuesday: Kanye West Leads, J. Cole Gets Bigger

    June 19, 2013 5:11 PM EDT June 18 was a Super Tuesday for hip-hop, with new albums from Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller all going on sale that day. At the present, West's new "Yeezus" album is selling strongly -- though not quite as brisk as anticipated. Industry sources forecast that the set…

  9. J. Cole, 'Born Sinner': Track-By-Track Review

    June 07, 2013 2:08 PM EDT Perhaps inspired by his release-date rival, Kanye West, J. Cole has learned how to make an entrance. Last night (June 6), in a more intimate, high-tech version of the premiere of Yeezy's "New Slaves" — which was shown via projector in public spaces in 66 cities worldwide —…

  10. J. Cole Releases TLC-Assisted 'Crooked Smile'; Announces 'Dollar And A Dream' Tour

    June 03, 2013 12:15 PM EDT A day after performing his first single, "Power Trip," alongside Miguel at Hot 97's Summer Jam XX, J. Cole releases his second, "Crooked Smile." The "Born Sinner" track is an uplifting ode to all those who continue to hold their heads up, especially women,…

  11. J. Cole Talks Moving Up Album Release To Compete With Kanye West: Exclusive

    May 21, 2013 2:57 PM EDT 'It's a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident,' the Roc Nation rapper says. Yesterday (May 20), J. Cole announced he's moving up the release date of his upcoming album, "Born Sinner" to June 18. Initially, his sophomore…

  12. J. Cole Debuts Miguel-Assisted 'Power Trip' Video, Sets 'Born Sinner' For June Release

    April 09, 2013 2:54 PM EDT J. Cole's high-school crush turns fatal in the video for his Miguel-assisted single, "Power Trip." The rapper is involved in a murder surrounding his love interest, which happens to be Miguel's on-screen girlfriend. Check it out below: "Now I'm in this bitch…

  13. J. Cole Releases Free EP, 'Truly Yours'

    February 12, 2013 12:18 PM EST J. Cole plans to release first 'Born Sinner' single this week. While J. Cole continues to work on his sophomore album, "Born Sinner," he releases new EP, "Truly Yours," online as a free download . The five-track EP features cuts that didn't fit onto "…

  14. J. Cole Discusses 'Born Sinner' Album Delay, Upcoming Short Film

    November 20, 2012 3:45 PM EST J. Cole told Billboard on the red carpet at the 2012 American Music Awards that he wanted to "change the conversation" in mainstream hip-hop with the release of the hard-hitting single "Miss America" last week. The lead track off his forthcoming sophomore album, "Born…

  15. J. Cole Defends Crown on 'Miss America' Track: Listen

    November 13, 2012 2:05 PM EST The first sample of J. Cole 's forthcoming sophomore album "Born Sinner" has arrived in the form of "Miss America," a snarling new track posted late online on Monday (Nov. 12). The track is also now available on iTunes. Cole sounds downright possessed over a beat that…

  16. J. Cole Announces Sophomore Album, 'Born Sinner'

    November 06, 2012 11:35 AM EST J. Cole has announced the details of "Born Sinner," the follow-up to his 2011 debut "Cole World: The Sideline Story." The new album is due out Jan. 28, 2013. The North Carolina rapper broke the news on Monday night (Nov. 5) during a UStream, and released the following…

  17. Listen To Big Sean's 'Detroit' Mixtape

    September 06, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Before the world gets to hear his contribution to the G.O.O.D. Music compilation "Cruel Summer," Big Sean has dropped a new mixtape, "Detroit." The follow-up to his "Finally Famous" mixtape series was released on Wednesday night (Sept. 5). "Detroit"…

  18. Lil Wayne Releases Oft-Delayed 'Dedication 4' Mixtape: Listen

    September 04, 2012 10:05 AM EDT After several push backs, Lil Wayne released his highly-anticipated mixtape, "Dedication 4" yesterday (Sept. 3). The fourth installment of his "Dedication" mixtape series, hosted by DJ Drama, is laced with features by YMCMB artists Birdman , Nicki Minaj , Jae Millz , and J…

  19. Big Sean Readies 'Detroit' Mixtape; Recruits Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa & More

    August 22, 2012 4:05 PM EDT When not working on the Good Music compilation album, "Cruel Summer," alongside Kanye West , Big Sean has been prepping his upcoming mixtape, "Detroit." The rapper recently told Hip-Hop Wired that his fourth mixtape, slated for a Sept. 5 release, will feature appearances…

  20. Usher, 2 Chainz, Big Sean To Perform At BET Awards

    June 12, 2012 1:05 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- If video-of-the-year nominee Usher wins at the BET Awards this summer, he won't be far away: He's agreed to perform at the show. 2 Chainz and Big Sean also will take the stage at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1 in Los Angeles. They join previously announced…

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