1. Sean Paul Releases 'Got 2 Love U' Single, Taps Akon for New Album

    July 21, 2011 5:10 PM EDT After a two-year hiatus, Jamaican rapper/singer Sean Paul has returned with a new single, "Got 2 Love U," that hit iTunes on Tuesday (July 19). Produced by Stargate and featuring Roc Nation singer Alexis Jordan , the track finds Paul pairing his distinct flow with dark, sultry…

  2. Pitbull's 'Planet Pit:' Track-by-Track Review

    June 21, 2011 4:29 PM EDT Why do they call Armando Perez, aka Pitbull , "Mr. Worldwide"? That's the question the Miami-based, Cuban American MC sets out to answer with "Planet Pit," his sixth studio album that finds him collaborating with hitmaking producers Dr. Luke and RedOne and guest…

  3. Billboard Bits: MCR Responds to Glenn Beck, Pitbull's 'Planet Pit' Landing in June

    May 04, 2011 6:17 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. My Chemical Romance Responds to Glenn Beck's 'Propaganda' Accusations Conservative pundit Glenn Beck has targeted My Chemical Romance as his latest enemy, calling out the February "Glee"…

  4. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Talks Chris Brown Restraining Order, Miley Cyrus Disses Rebecca Black

    March 30, 2011 6:04 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna on Chris Brown: 'We Don't Have to Talk Ever Again in My Life' In her Rolling Stone cover story, Rihanna reveals why she agreed to loosen the stipulations of a restraining order against ex…

  5. Chart Beat Thursday: Eminem, Katy Perry, Billy Ray Cyrus

    August 19, 2010 5:55 PM EDT ONE OF THE BOYS: As "Recovery" spends a sixth week atop the Billboard 200 and "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna , tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth frame, Eminem joins an elite group of male artists who have led both lists with albums and accompanying singles…

  6. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 2003

    July 13, 2010 1:05 PM EDT B'DAY: Seven years ago this week, Beyonce bounded to her first solo No. 1s on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200. The singer jumped 3-1 on the Hot 100 dated July 12, 2003, with "Crazy in Love," featuring then-future husband Jay-Z . On the Billboard 200 the same week,…

  7. Debi Nova, "Drummer Boy"

    April 02, 2010 3:08 PM EDT Already a star in her home country, Costa Rican newcomer Debi Nova is positioning herself to achieve the same global appeal with "Drummer Boy" that Pitbull did last spring with "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." Melody is the focal point on Nova's mainstream debut…

  8. Chart Beat Thursday: Rihanna, Ludacris, Timbaland

    March 18, 2010 4:15 PM EDT ATTA 'BOY'!: Rihanna rules the Billboard Hot 100, as "Rude Boy" rides 4-1. With the ascension, the singer improves upon an already impressive chart history that began less than five years ago. The song marks Rihanna's sixth trip to the Hot 100 summit, tying her with…

  9. Lady Gaga, Beyonce Match Mariah's Record

    March 15, 2010 10:55 AM EDT With one song, two divas make history on Billboard's Pop Songs chart. DOES THE "TELEPHONE" VIDEO LIVE UP TO THE HYPE? With a 2-1 rise for "Telephone," Lady Gaga and the track's featured artist Beyoncé have tied the record for most No. 1s since the Nielsen BDS…

  10. Chart Beat Wednesday: Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Lady Antebellum

    March 03, 2010 11:55 AM EST THIS JUST IN ...: Timbaland 's "Carry Out" lifts 12-9 on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart, pushing featured artist Justin Timberlake past Akon and Nelly for most top 10s among solo males. The song is Timberlake's 13th top on the chart and first since T.I. &…

  11. Jay Sean Flips The Script

    March 01, 2010 9:48 AM EST You know Jay Sean best as the fresh-faced pop/R&B up-and-comer who launched himself into the top 10 of the Hot 100 with both of his first two singles -- including his current tag-team hit with rappers Lil Jon and Sean Paul , "Do You Remember." You know The Script as the…

  12. Video: Jay Sean Acoustic "Do You Remember"

    February 17, 2010 11:34 AM EST After acing the Hot 100 with his debut single "Down" last fall, Jay Sean returned to the top ten -- and to Billboard.com's video performance studio -- last month with "Do You Remember." "I came with no expectations," Sean said of releasing the follow up to…

  13. Stars Speak Up on the Grammy Red Carpet

    February 01, 2010 5:17 PM EST Today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, comes straight from the red carpet at last night's 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. We found out what the Grammys meant to top stars including Best Metal Performance winner Rob Halford , Best Reggae Album nominee Sean Paul ,…

  14. Ke$ha Controls Hot 100 Summit For A Second Week

    December 31, 2009 8:00 AM EST As reported yesterday on Billboard. com , Ke$ha maintains her perch atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "TiK ToK" while setting the record for most single-week downloads by a female artist (610,000). The prior female mark was set by Lady Gaga 's "Just Dance…

  15. Chris Brown Gets Personal With Rihanna On Leaked 'Graffiti' Tracks

    December 03, 2009 2:29 PM EST Though Chris Brown hasn't discussed the intimate details about his assault of Rihanna in interviews to promote the Dec. 8 release of "Graffiti," several tracks from the just-leaked album seem to directly address the singer's feelings about his ex-girlfriend. "I might…

  16. Rihanna's 'Roulette' Lands In Hot 100's Top 10

    November 12, 2009 11:00 AM EST R ihanna earns her 12th career top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart released today, as "Russian Roulette" rockets 75-9, triggered by first-week download sales of 132,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Russian Roulette" also opens at No. 9 on Digital Songs and edges 36…

  17. Chart Beat Wednesday: Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey, Zac Brown Band

    October 28, 2009 3:16 PM EDT THE WINNER BY A MILEY: The new No. 1 on Billboard's Pop Songs radio airplay chart is the 200th leader in the list's history. How far back does the chart date? The survey first appeared in Billboard's pages in the print issue dated Oct. 3, 1992. The artist who notches the tally&…

  18. Beyoncé, Maxwell, Keri Hilson Lead Nominations For Soul Train Awards Return

    October 23, 2009 11:27 AM EDT With four nominations each, Beyoncé , Keri Hilson and Maxwell head the list of nominees for the return of the Soul Train Awards. The awards ceremony, hosted by actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will be the first special aired on BET's recently launched CENTRIC Network. Taping…

  19. Jay-Z Plays NYC, Slipknot Cancels Shows, Sean Paul Talks Album

    August 24, 2009 4:29 PM EDT In this Monday's edition of Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard, Jay-Z will be generating a lot of attention for his new album - and help for a worthy cause - when he plays Madison Square Garden this September 11. The rapper will be releasing 'The Blueprint 3' on…

  20. Matchstik

    July 23, 2009 6:33 PM EDT To say up-and-coming rapper Matchstik had a rough childhood is an understatement. Matchstik, born Allen Forrest in Fort Camble, Ky., grew up in the run down, drug-infested Martin homes of Dothan, Ala. When he was nine-years-old, his father tried to commit suicide and then walked out on the…

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