1. LMFAO Keeps 'Party' Rocking Atop Hot 100

    July 13, 2011 3:30 PM EDT LMFAO spends its second week atop the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (July 14) on Billboard.com, with "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, while Lil Wayne 's "How to Love" and OneRepublic 's "Good Life" claims the…

  2. Nicki Minaj: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 2:56 PM EST Until Lil Wayne discovered Nicki Minaj on the DVD series "The Come Up" two years ago, nearly a decade had passed since a female rapper created much buzz in the music industry. Minaj, born Onika Maraj, has appeared on albums by Gucci Mane , Mariah Carey and Robin Thicke ; received…

  3. Video: Juvenile Ego Trips On 'Cocky and Confident'

    October 30, 2009 11:23 AM EDT Southern Rapper Returns After A Three-Year Hiatus Long before Lil Wayne was topping sales charts, Juvenile was selling albums and laying the foundation for Cash Money Records, the label that eventually launched the tattooed rapper to superstardom. As part of the Hot Boy$ , along with rappers…

  4. Twista Links With EMI

    February 27, 2009 11:22 AM EST After parting ways with Atlantic Records in 2007, Twista has signed a joint venture with EMI Global Music Services for his Get Money Gang Entertainment, it was announced yesterday (February 26). The first project under the new partnership is the rapper's own sixth studio album, "…

  5. Swift Back To No. 1 As Plant/Krauss, Coldplay Soar

    February 18, 2009 11:37 AM EST In a chart week encompassing Grammy boosts and Valentine's Day sales, Taylor Swift's Big Machine effort "Fearless" returns to the top of The Billboard 200. The set moved 92,000 copies on a 44% sales jump, resulting in its nine non-consecutive weeks at No. 1. The last album…

  6. Beyonce Upstages Jay-Z, Wayne At Radio Show

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Ne-Yo brought major star power to Power 105's Powerhouse concert last night (Oct. 29) at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., but it was a surprise appearance by Beyonce that Lil Wayne, Jay-Z and Ne-Yo brought major star power to Power 105's Powerhouse…

  7. Sans Michael, Jacksons Reunite At BMI Awards

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Jacksons were crowned icons at the BMI Urban Awards last night (Sept. 4) in Los Angeles, but the King of Pop was an absentee. The Jacksons were crowned icons at the BMI Urban Awards last night (Sept. 4) in Los Angeles, but the King of Pop was an absentee. Janet Jackson presented her music…

  8. Bobby Valentino Snags EMI Distribution Deal

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer Bobby Valentino has signed a distribution deal with EMI Global Music Services for his Blu Kolla Dreams imprint. R&B singer Bobby Valentino has signed a distribution deal with EMI Global Music Services for his Blu Kolla Dreams imprint. The first album released will be…

  9. Wonder, Stone Enrich New Saadiq Album

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B artist/songwriter/producer Raphael Saadiq will be back in the spotlight with his own music this fall. R&B artist/songwriter/producer Raphael Saadiq will be back in the spotlight with his own music this fall. His latest album, "The Way I See It," will arrive Sept. 16 via…

  10. Lil Wayne

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a late night in an Atlanta recording studio, the croak in Lil Wayne's voice is especially noticeable. A little more than two weeks ago, the self-proclaimed and highly co-signed "best rapper aliv After a late night in an Atlanta recording studio, the croak in Lil Wayne's…

  11. Bobby Valentino Exits Disturbing Tha Peace

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bobby Valentino has exited Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam and plans to release two independent projects: a six-track EP followed by a full-length studio album. Bobby Valentino has exited Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam and plans to release two independent projects: a six-track EP followed by a…

  12. Def Jam Rounds Up Rarities From Top Acts

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fans of the Def Jam roster will receive an unexpected stocking stuffer next month, when the label unveils "Def Jam Sessions, Vol. 1." Fans of the Def Jam roster will receive an unexpected stocking stuffer next month, when the label unveils "Def Jam Sessions, Vol. 1." Due…

  13. Chingy Spreads The 'Love' On New DTP Album

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here in August, former Capitol rapper Chingy returns to the Disturbing Tha Peace fold this winter with "Hate It or Love It." Due Dec. 11, the set features guest appearances from Amerie, Luda As tipped here in August, former Capitol rapper Chingy returns to the Disturbing…

  14. DTP Shows 'Strength' With New Compilation

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ludacris is eyeing an Aug. 28 release date for his third Disturbing Tha Peace label compilation, "Strength in Numbers." The 14-track package features 12 previously unreleased tracks, including first s Ludacris is eyeing an Aug. 28 release date for his third Disturbing Tha Peace…

  15. T. Pain Tastes Hot 100 Glory With 'Drank'

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT T-Pain's "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')" climbs 3-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 to earn the Florida native his first chart-topper there. The cut is the chart's greatest airplay gainer for a seventh str T-Pain's "Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin')"…

  16. Buble Sidesteps Bone Thugs To Claim No. 1

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michael Buble's 143/Reprise set "Call Me Irresponsible" moves 2-1 to claim the top spot on The Billboard 200. In its second week on the chart, the album sold 145,000 copies in the United States, accor Michael Buble's 143/Reprise set "Call Me Irresponsible" moves…

  17. Valentino Goes Back To The Drawing Board For New CD

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Having your album leak days before it is set to hit stores might be a major setback for any artist, but not for Bobby Valentino. After his intended sophomore release leaked last year, the R&B sing Having your album leak days before it is set to hit stores might be a major setback for any…

  18. Back In The Game

    March 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Up until this point, Lloyd's career hasn't gone quite as planned. "I came to play ball but was sitting on the sidelines," the R&B singer recalls of watching friends like Bobby Valentino score hit Up until this point, Lloyd's career hasn't gone quite as…

  19. Omarion Joins Ne-Yo, Mario On Scream 5 Tour

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer and former B2K frontman Omarion has been added to the lineup for the Scream 5 tour, joining fellow young vocalists Ne-Yo, Pretty Ricky and Mario as well as rapper Yung Joc. R&B singer and former B2K frontman Omarion has been added to the lineup for the Scream 5 tour,…

  20. Ask Billboard

    August 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about Savage Garden's Darren Hayes, Danity Kane and City High. SAVAGE DROUGHT Dear Keith, First of all, I love your column. Thank you for answering my Mandy Moore question! Now I was wondering what was going on with Darren Hayes. I am a big fan of his…

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