1. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 50 Artists, Most Top 10s, Most No. 1s

    March 06, 2014 2:00 PM EST As Billboard celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Hot Rap Songs chart , which made its debut on March 11, 1989, we've delved into the tally's history to countdown the top 100 rap songs, and here we dive even deeper and list the top 50 Hot Rap Songs artists, the artists with the…

  2. Hot Rap Songs Chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs

    March 06, 2014 1:15 PM EST To honor the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, we’re counting down the tally's top 100 tracks ever. Rap is a victorious genre. Having built its history on songs of overcoming the harshest of hard-knock lives, in addition to observances of all of life'…

  3. ScHoolboy Q, 'Oxymoron': Track-By-Track Review

    February 25, 2014 12:13 PM EST On his 2012 independent release "Habits & Contradictions," ScHoolboy Q was dangerous -- and not in the boasting-about-your-guns type of way, but in the I-love-drunk-driving type of way. He was fiendish and self-sabotaging, sinking into the simple indulgences of sex, money…

  4. Lil Wayne's Rumored 'Tha Carter V' Track List Features Kanye West, Drake

    February 21, 2014 8:07 PM EST Even though Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter V" won't be out for another few months, the rapper's newest album may already have a track list. According to Rap-Up , the album's tracklisting surfaced after engineer Mike B. reportedly held a listening session, during which…

  5. Mobb Deep Reveals 'The Infamous Mobb Deep' Album Cover: Exclusive

    February 18, 2014 11:53 AM EST Two months before its release, Mobb Deep reveals the album cover for "The Infamous Mobb Deep." Check it out above, premiered here on The Juice. Mobb Deep is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of their "The Infamous" album (April, 1995) a year early, with the double disc…

  6. Ricky Martin's World Cup Song Written By Elijah King; Salaam Remi to Produce

    February 10, 2014 4:00 PM EST Ricky Martin will record a 2014 World Cup song written by Elijah King, an artist who has made several appearances on the Billboard Latin charts since 2009. Sony Music announced today (Feb. 10) that King is the winner of Sony's "Supersong" World Cup song contest. The…

  7. Olympics Playlist: 20 'Gold' Songs For Sochi

    February 07, 2014 3:25 PM EST With the 2014 Winter Olympics underway in Sochi, Russia, what better way to inspire the U.S.A. to go for the gold with a list of "golden" Hot 100 hits? From Kanye to the Black Keys to David Bowie to Shirley Bassey, the Hot 100 chart has featured its fair share of songs with "…

  8. Eminem, Dr. Dre, Diddy Headline 'Live Playlist' At Beats Music's Over-Capacity Launch Party

    January 25, 2014 4:42 AM EST Beats Music welcomed its new streaming service with a splashy launch concert at the Belasco Theatre where guests like Eminem, Diddy, Mase, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Ice Cube, Bone Thugz N Harmony and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre himself all played their hits as part of a “live playlist.” But, if you…

  9. GRAMMY Party Live Blog: Friday

    January 24, 2014 11:57 PM EST Billboard is on the scene as chart-topping musicians and big-time industry execs celebrate GRAMMY week at L.A.'s most exclusive events The GRAMMY Awards may not be handed out until Sunday night (Jan. 26), but the GRAMMY-week parties are already in full swing. Stay tuned to this page as…

  10. Don Omar, Nas to Headline Soulfrito Festival

    January 22, 2014 3:03 PM EST Reggaeton kingpin Don Omar and multi-platinum hip hop artist Nas will share the stage at Soulfrito, an urban Latin music festival coming Feb. 22 to the grounds of the Sun Life stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins and the South Florida festival’s new production and marketing partner. Memphis…

  11. Governors Ball 2014: Outkast, Jack White, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes

    January 15, 2014 10:39 AM EST Governors Ball announced its lineup Wednesday not with a tweet or a press release, but with a full-page ad in The New York Times . As expected, reunited rap duo Outkast will headline the annual festival on Randall's Island in NYC, being held June 6-8. Joining them atop the bill are…

  12. Nas to Be Honored at Vibe Impact Awards

    January 07, 2014 9:00 AM EST Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum rapper Nas will be the honoree at Vibe magazine’s second annual Impact Awards. The pre-Grammy, invitation-only gala will be held Jan. 24 at a private location in downtown Los Angeles. Additional details will be announced closer to the gala date.…

  13. Emeli Sandé Being Honored at Essence Black Women in Music Event

    December 18, 2013 11:22 AM EST Singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé will be the honoree at Essence magazine's fifth annual Black Women in Music celebration. The invitation-only, Grammy Awards week reception will take place on January 22, featuring an exclusive performance by Sandé with special guests and music by DJ Kiss.…

  14. Beyonce Unexpectedly Releases New Self-Titled 'Visual Album' on iTunes

    December 13, 2013 12:12 AM EST Just minutes before midnight EST Friday (Dec. 13) morning, Beyonce released her fifth album, a self-titled set, exclusively on iTunes . Details are still emerging on confirmed producers, but guests credited on the "exclusive visual album" are Jay Z, Drake, Frank Ocean…

  15. How Rap Genius Won The SEO Game

    December 03, 2013 11:24 AM EST Inside the company's triumphs over legal traps, PR disasters... and cancer. It's an early-October afternoon in the penthouse offices of Rap Genius. The floor taken up by the 4-year-old startup -- in a modern glass building on the waterfront in Brooklyn's Williamsburg…

  16. Raphael Saadiq, 'Black Nativity: The Music Behind the Film': Video Exclusive

    November 18, 2013 11:43 AM EST At the core of the holiday drama, "Black Nativity," is the music. Raphael Saadiq was moved by director Kasi Lemmons' interpretation of Langston Hughes' play, and immediately got on board as executive music director. "'Black Nativity' I was familiar with…

  17. Jhené Aiko Talks 'Sail Out' EP & New Wave of R&B

    November 11, 2013 10:47 AM EST Jhené Aiko, the first signee to No I.D.'s Artium imprint, makes formal debut with the new EP. From vegan cafe waitress to breakthrough artist. That's the short take on Jhené Aiko. But like most seemingly overnight sensations, there's a lot more to her story. Like the fact…

  18. Eminem Set for No. 1 on Billboard 200 With Year's Second-Biggest Week

    November 05, 2013 7:06 PM EST Eminem is set to rock the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as his new album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," is on course to earn the second-largest sales week of the year and debut at No. 1. Released today (Nov. 5), industry sources forecast the new album to…

  19. Leslie West, 'Still Climbing': Exclusive Album Premiere

    October 21, 2013 1:30 PM EDT Listen to the Mountain frontman's new album here now, a week before release After having the promotion of his 2011's "Usual Suspects" curtailed by a right leg amputation, Mountain frontman Leslie West wanted to come out roaring with its follow-up, "Still Climbing.…

  20. Pitbull & Ke$ha's Tour of Australia Canceled

    October 14, 2013 12:04 AM EDT Pitbull & Ke$ha’s planned tour of Australia has been scrapped a little more than two weeks out from the first show. The five-city trek had been billed as the year’s “hottest double-act,” but it won’t be happening. Promoter Dainty Group today confirmed the run was off. The “Pitbull &…

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