1. AMAs 2012: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Exuberant Night

    November 18, 2012 11:45 PM EST Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, a big win on a night that opened with another victory for the teen star. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here…

  2. Ask Billboard: Songs Two Good Not To Be No. 1

    November 16, 2012 9:35 PM EST PSY's 'Gangnam Style' joins the list of memorable No. 2 Hot 100 hits; fun.'s 'Some Nights' does the same for No. 3-peaking songs; Demi Lovato's sales; and more soundtrack stopgap hits. A new "Ask Billboard" to cover such topics as PSY's "…

  3. Brandy, Backstreet Boys Among Presenters at American Music Awards

    November 15, 2012 5:50 PM EST | Behind-the-Scenes Video This year's ceremony will feature a new category, electronic dance music, as well as awards in genres including pop/rock, country, rap/hip-hop, soul/R&B, alternative, adult contemporary, Latin and contemporary inspirational. Rihanna and Minaj lead the…

  4. Chart Juice: Ne-Yo Nabs Fourth No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    November 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST After Ne-Yo 's last album "Libra Scale" debuted and peaked at No. 4 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in 2010, the singer/songwriter returns to the chart's summit with "R.E.D." moving 66,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set joins the…

  5. Chart Juice: Kendrick Lamar's 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' Rules R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 01, 2012 1:35 PM EDT With the release of his much-anticipated major-label debut "good kid, m.A.A.d city," Kendrick Lamar bows on multiple charts beginning with R&B/Hip-Hop Albums where the set opens at No. 1 with 241,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The top-spot opening comes three…

  6. Kendrick Lamar Debuts at No. 2 as Taylor Swift's 'Red' Tops Billboard 200

    October 31, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Tony Bennett, Gary Clark Jr., Stone Sour and Lady Antebellum also debut in the Top 10 of this week's chart. As earlier reported , Taylor Swift's "Red" album explodes at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 1.208 million copies in its first week according to Nielsen…

  7. Ask Billboard: More Soundtrack Stopgap Hits

    October 30, 2012 11:05 AM EDT Long before Adele's 'Skyfall,' artists have bridged the gap between breakout albums and follow-ups with soundtrack smashes. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your…

  8. Updated Projections: Taylor Swift To Launch Atop Billboard 200 With 'Red'

    October 27, 2012 9:45 AM EDT As previously reported, Taylor Swift is charging toward a million-unit sales week and a no-doubt-about-it No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with her fourth album, "Red." Industry sources still peg final week sales (which run through Sunday, Oct. 28) at around the 1.1 million mark,…

  9. Chart Juice: Brandy Calls It A Comeback On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    October 25, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Brandy reaches the summit of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for the second time in her nearly 18-year career, as "Two Eleven" debuts at No. 1 with 65,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's been more than 10 years since her previous chart-topper, "Full Moon,"…

  10. Presidential Debate 2012, Round 3: Musicians React on Twitter

    October 23, 2012 12:09 AM EDT In the third and final presidential debate, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney faced off on foreign policy -- prompting zingers and thoughtful disagreements alike. As America prepares to head the polls, the music world weighed in as well. Some cracked jokes, some shook their heads and others just…

  11. Brandy, Scotty McCreery Aiming For Top Five Debuts On Billboard 200 Chart

    October 20, 2012 9:30 AM EDT As previously reported, country star Jason Aldean is charging his way to a big debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest the singer's "Night Train" is on course to shift around 400,000 (if not more) copies by the end of the tracking week on…

  12. Jason Aldean's 'Night Train' Album Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 17, 2012 7:49 PM EDT Jason Aldean 's "Night Train" is steamrolling its way to a big No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry sources suggest that the album will sell around 400,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Oct. 21. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will…

  13. Brandy, 'Two Eleven': Track-By-Track Review

    October 16, 2012 3:05 PM EDT The road to "Two Eleven," Brandy 's sixth studio album, hasn't exactly been smooth. In the years since 2008's "Human," the singer parted ways with label Epic Records when the album underperformed, took a break from singing to dabble in rap (under the name…

  14. Ask Billboard: Chart Ch-ch-Changes

    October 12, 2012 4:05 PM EDT A deeper look at the decisions behind Billboard's renovation of the Country, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock and Latin Songs charts. 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…

  15. Brandy & Reps Talk 'Two Eleven' Album & Four-Year Hiatus

    October 12, 2012 2:15 PM EDT After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy Norwood is making a return to her R&B roots on the melodic, vocal-driven "Two Eleven,"…

  16. Chart Juice: Lupe Fiasco's 'Food' Album Debuts at No. 1, Weeknd Does Double Duty

    October 04, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Lupe Fiasco scores his second straight No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as his "Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1" bows atop the list with 89,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his fourth consecutive top 10 album, and follows last year's …

  17. Chart Juice: Brandy's 'Put It Down' Marks Her First Top 10 in 10 Years

    September 27, 2012 7:48 PM EDT For the first time in over 10 years, Brandy returns to the top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The singer's "Put It Down" (featuring Chris Brown), rises 11-5 this week and marks Brandy's tenth top 10 and first since "What About Us?" peaked at No. 3 in 2002…

  18. Tamia Returns After Six-Year Hiatus With 'Beautiful Surprise'

    September 22, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Six years have elapsed since Tamia's last album, but the singer/songwriter is picking up right where she left off. The R&B artist's fifth album, "Beautiful Surprise," debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart following its Aug. 28 release.…

  19. Music Mentors: 15 Stars From Brandy To Zedd Reveal Early Inspirations

    September 12, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Watch Brandy, Ne-Yo, Zedd, 30h!3, The Script, Perry Farrell & More Discuss Their Key Music Mentors. With the brand-new season of NBC's The Voice underway this week and school back in session across the country, we asked several of artists including Brandy , The Script , Ne-Yo and…

  20. Fall Album Preview 2012

    August 31, 2012 10:25 AM EDT Chart Article From No Doubt and Green Day to Wiz Khalifa, Deadmau5, and Jason Aldean and far beyond, Billboard spotlights which rock, hip-hop, Latin, country, indie and pop artists and albums to watch for in the season ahead. Who will reign supreme in autumn 2012? Here are 125 contenders we&…

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