1. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  2. Rico Love Talks Working With Diddy, Rick Ross & Usher's 'Looking 4 Myself' Album

    May 29, 2012 2:05 PM EDT This month has been memorable for Rico Love. After celebrating his second win for Songwriter of the Year at SESAC Annual POP awards on May 10, Rico Love's latest effort, Rick Ross ' "Touch 'N You," debuted at No. 74 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with 1.7 million…

  3. Brandy Gets To 'Put It Down' with Chris Brown on New Single: Listen

    April 26, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Although Brandy 's sixth studio album is coming a little later than expected -- after originally being slated to come out in March, the full-length will now arrive this summer -- the singer unveiled its first single, "Put It Down," on Thursday (Apr. 26). The Chris Brown …

  4. Justin Bieber Taps Lil Wayne For New Album

    February 02, 2012 2:15 PM EST Get Ready For Weezy F. 'Baby' First it was Ludacris on "Baby." Then Kanye West remixed his "My World 2.0" track "Runaway Love" with Raekwon . Then, just when we thought he wasn't going to ask Busta Rhymes to be on his version of "Little…

  5. Brandy: 2012 Album Preview

    January 17, 2012 8:58 AM EST Brandy Title: TBA | Release Date: May Initially planned for a March release, Brandy 's yet-untitled first album through her new deal with Chameleon/RCA (made official last August) is now scheduled to arrive in May. "Fans have been patient with me, tweeting and asking when the album…

  6. The Boy's Still Theirs: Brandy and Monica Make Studio Reunion

    January 09, 2012 10:11 PM EST It's been 14 years since R&B singers Brandy and Monica battled over a man in "The Boy is Mine," a track that topped the Hot 100 for 13 weeks -- but the dynamic duo is back. Monica tweeted pictures of the pair in a Miami studio on Friday, writing, "We have Both Been…

  7. Brandy Discusses New Album, How Frank Ocean 'Inspired' Her

    December 16, 2011 3:25 PM EST With an extended run on the BET sitcom "The Game" beginning in January and a role in Tyler Perry's upcoming film "The Marriage Counselor," Brandy is devoting a large chunk of 2012 to the expansion of her acting repertoire. However, the "Boy Is Mine" singer…

  8. Weekly Chart Notes: Greg Laswell, Adele, Justin Bieber

    December 08, 2011 4:45 PM EST The "Glee" cast isn't the first act to to turn Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" into a ballad. Singer/songwriter Laswell first stripped the song down in 2007. 'GIRLS' POWER: For the first time this TV season, the A VERY SHE & HIM '…

  9. K-Pop Hits Madison Square Garden at SMTown Live

    October 24, 2011 9:30 AM EDT If fans storming hotel rooms or camping out at 4:00 a.m. for their general admission seats wasn't enough indication, K-Pop officially hit New York City this weekend. October 23 marked the first performance of an Asian pop group in Madison Square Garden with the SMTown Live '10 World…

  10. Enrique Iglesias Says 'Beat It' To Michael Jackson on Dance Chart

    August 12, 2011 3:44 PM EDT With Enrique Iglesias ' "Dirty Dancer" ascending to No. 1 on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart this week (chart dated Aug. 20), he not only earns his ninth No. 1, but pulls back ahead of Michael Jackson for the most No. 1s among men. Iglesias had actually owned the record since…

  11. The 40 Biggest Duets Of All Time

    February 14, 2011 9:50 AM EST One big name on a red-hot hit is great, but sometimes two superstar voices come together in an inspired pairing that is truly special. With Valentine's Day's celebration of couples in mind, our experts dove into over 50 years of Hot 100 hits to single out the biggest songs by two…

  12. Beyonce Headlining Glastonbury Festival

    February 10, 2011 6:15 PM EST B eyonce has been confirmed as a headliner at this year's Glastonbury Festival, which will take place from June 22-26 in South West England. The R&B/pop star, who is currently working with producers like Sean Garrett on her fourth album, will perform a 90-minute set on the final day…

  13. Justin Bieber to Release 'Remixes' Album on Valentine's Day

    January 31, 2011 2:59 PM EST J ustin Bieber has announced the release of "Never Say Never - The Remixes," a seven-track album featuring collaborations with Rascal Flatts , Chris Brown and Usher . The album will hit stores on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14), three days after the pop star's 3D biopic, "…

  14. Weekly Chart Notes: Enrique Iglesias, Bruno Mars, Decemberists

    January 27, 2011 5:55 PM EST HE'S THE GREATEST DANCER: Enrique Iglesias passes a King (of Pop) and a Prince for most No. 1s among solo males in the 34-year history of Dance/Club Play Songs . "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)," featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E, rises 2-1 to become Iglesias' eighth…

  15. Beyonce Hits the Studio with Diplo, Sleigh Bells?

    January 24, 2011 6:13 PM EST If a recent blog post by indie producer/DJ Diplo is true, Beyoncé could be going for a much more experimental sound on her new album. On Monday (Jan. 24), Diplo -- who is best known for his work with M.I.A. and as one-half of the duo Major Lazer (with longtime collaborator Switch) -- revealed…

  16. Sean Garrett Working 'Feverishly' on New Justin Bieber & Beyonce Albums, Columbia Debut

    January 20, 2011 1:48 PM EST S ean Garrett , the producer/songwriter who has helped create hits like Usher 's "Yeah!," Beyonce 's "Ring the Alarm" and Chris Brown 's "Run It," expects to "work harder than I've ever worked" in 2011 by contributing to new albums…

  17. Producer Says He Didn't Rip Off Lil Wayne '6 Foot, 7 Foot' Beat

    December 24, 2010 8:09 AM EST Lil Wayne 's latest single, "6 Foot, 7 Foot" surfaced on the net last week to rave reviews from music fans -- except for one. Just a couple of days after the release, a producer named Nicholas RAS Furlong, who is signed to OneRepublic 's Ryan Tedder's label, tweeted…

  18. Jesse McCartney Letting Shoppers 'Have It All' After Holidays

    November 30, 2010 2:15 PM EST The Tuesday after Christmas is typically one of the quietest album release dates of the calendar year, with most other titles out in time to become stocking stuffers. "Have It All," Jesse McCartney 's fourth effort on Hollywood Records, is one of the only major releases slated…

  19. American Music Awards 2010: 10 Things You Didn't See On TV

    November 21, 2010 11:18 PM EST You saw will.i.am's Lego hat while you were in your living room chilling on the couch -- but what did people at the 2010 American Music Awards catch behind the scenes at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles? Here, Billboard gives you the scoop on 10 things you didn't see on TV:…

  20. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: ABK, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross

    October 29, 2010 11:10 AM EDT Last Thursday I took a stab at writing a chart story that highlights some of the top hip-hop and R&B albums/songs making noteworthy chart moves for the week. And, as fun as that was *blank stare* , I've decided to go to the professionals this time, recruiting my trusty chart guy,…

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