1. Chart Juice: Def Jam Scores Fourth Straight No. 1 Debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    August 24, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Def Jam is on a roll. The label claims its fourth consecutive No. 1 debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the arrival of 2 Chainz ' "Based On a T.R.U. Story" (147,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan). 2 Chainz follows a two-week run from Rick Ross ' "God Forgives,…

  2. DJ Khaled, 'Kiss the Ring': Track-By-Track Review

    August 21, 2012 2:05 PM EDT In the past decade, few entities have stayed steady. Wars have ended, 'The Hangover' rose and fell, and 4 Loko got banned within a month. Meanwhile, as the world has turned, DJ Khaled has managed to put out six studio albums -- each and every one of them, in his words, "the…

  3. Chart Juice: Elle Varner Debuts at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    August 17, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Elle Varner bows at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her debut "Perfectly Imperfect," selling 33,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is home to three charting singles on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs . "Only Wanna Give It To You," Varner's breakthrough song …

  4. Flo Rida's 'Whistle' Works Way to Top of Hot 100

    August 15, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 'Whistle' blows Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' out of the top spot after nine weeks, while fun., Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift also make notable moves Flo Rida's "Whistle" takes over atop the Billboard Hot 100 , pushing Carly Rae Jepsen '…

  5. 'Gangnam Style' Viral Video Sends Psy Onto Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    August 11, 2012 3:58 PM EDT The wacky antics of Psy have captivated the Internet's attention this past week, as the K-Pop artist erupts out of United States obscurity and debuts on the Billboard Social 50 at No. 25 thanks to the viral success of his video for "Gangnam Style." The Social 50 chart ranks the…

  6. Chart Juice: 2 Chainz Gets Back-to-Back No. 1s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 10, 2012 11:55 AM EDT On the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, 2 Chainz gets his second overall No. 1 -- and first topper as a lead artist -- as "No Lie" (featuring Drake ) rises 2-1. 2 Chainz replaces himself atop the list as "No Lie" bumps "Mercy" down to No. 3 after a five-week…

  7. Chart Highlights: Gotye Extends Multi-Format Chart Success

    August 06, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Wide Awake" Katy Perry…

  8. Chart Juice: Jennifer Lopez's Greatest Hits Debuts in Top 10

    August 03, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez debuts her first greatest hits package, "Dance Again…The Hits," at No. 6 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 20 on the Billboard 200 with 14,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. On the former list, it's the highest new entry this week, where Nas' "…

  9. Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Rides to No. 1 Again on K-Pop Hot 100

    August 03, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Psy is having a bigger comeback than he may have dreamed with his latest single "Gangnam Style." The rapper/singer is finding himself with a huge hit not only in his home country as it tops the K-Pop Hot 100 again, but he's receiving a lot of Western attention with the song&…

  10. Chart Juice: Nas Nets Ninth No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 27, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Nas debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Life Is Good," securing the veteran artist his ninth topper on the tally. The set starts with a larger-than-expected 149,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and enters the Billboard 200 at No. 1. (Last week, industry…

  11. Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' Spends Seventh Week Atop Hot 100

    July 25, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Elsewhere, Flo Rida's 'Whistle' tops Digital Songs and Ellie Goulding's 'Lights' leads On-Demand Songs Carly Rae Jepsen 's "Call Me Maybe" spends a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , while Flo Rida 's "Whistle" tops…

  12. Chart Juice: Wale 'Bag's Fourth Top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    July 13, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Wale nabs his fourth top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Bag of Money," featuring Meek Mill , T-Pain and Rick Ross , jumps 13-9. The Greatest Gainer/Airplay earner (17 million audience impressions, up 17%, according to Nielsen BDS) gives fellow Maybach crew…

  13. Carly Rae Jepsen Still No. 1, Nicki Minaj Makes History On Hot 100

    July 11, 2012 2:55 PM EDT 'Call Me Maybe' notches a fifth week at No. 1, while 'Starships' has spent its first 21 weeks in the top 10, a new record Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Call Me Maybe," while Nicki Minaj 's "Starships" has logged…

  14. Linkin Park Squeaks By Maroon 5, Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200

    July 04, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Maybach Music Group, R. Kelly Also Score Top 5 Debuts As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be…

  15. Chart Juice: Rick Ross, Usher Bound Up R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 25, 2012 12:35 PM EDT Rick Ross ' "Touch 'N You," which features Usher in a role reversal situation from their other current collaboration (Usher's "Lemme See" features Ross), earns Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as it surges 74-41. ("Lemme See"…

  16. Ask Billboard: 'Call Me Maybe' ... by 'Payphone'?

    May 14, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. 'CALL ME MAYBE…

  17. Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Announce Summer Tour

    April 30, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Wisin Y Yandel Tapped as Openers for North America Trek Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez , two Latin pop stars undergoing impressive career revivals, have joined forces to co-headline a summer tour. The initial 16 dates of the North America trek were announced on Monday (Apr. 30), with…

  18. NBA Playoff Songs: 16 Anthems For the First Round

    April 27, 2012 10:30 AM EDT From Lady Gaga to Wu-Tang, These Tracks Represent The NBA's Best With the National Basketball Association's regular season ending triumphantly on Thursday night (Apr. 26), the real fun begins -- at least it does for the 16 teams left standing in the playoffs (and maybe for the Nets,…

  19. Missy Elliott and Timbaland Debut New Song in NYC

    April 06, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Last night (April 5), Missy Elliott and Timbaland reunited on stage to perform a new song at Hennessey's 'White Rabbit' campaign launch event in NYC. The untitled cut samples lyrics from Run D.M.C. 's "Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)," according to HipHopDX .…

  20. T-Pain Talks Struggle & Stardom on VH1 'Behind the Music' Episode

    March 29, 2012 11:55 AM EDT T-Pain 's way to the top wasn't easy. The Tallahassee, FL singer-songwriter, producer and rapper had to prove naysayers wrong since childhood. On tonight's (Thursday, March 29) episode of VH1's "Behind the Music," T-Pain opens up about his struggle to stardom. …

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