1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 4 Highlights: Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Jagged Edge & More

    July 07, 2014 10:00 AM EDT There’s one downside to the fact that Essence’s 20th year was its biggest ever, having added a fourth night of music at the Superdome on Thursday – come Sunday night (July 6), the crowd is finally showing signs of fatigue. How else to explain the hard work Lionel Richie put into getting his…

  2. Ladies First: 31 Female Rappers Who Changed Hip-Hop

    March 31, 2014 1:15 PM EDT In celebration of women's history month, we're spotlighting 31 great female MCs over 31 days. Hip-hop is a tough game in which only the best survive. From the early days of the male-dominated genre, female rappers have proved that women, though few in numbers, are fearless…

  3. 1000 No. 1s: Watch Bobby Brown Chat About Topping The Hot 100

    December 26, 2011 4:08 PM EST chartArticle_ignore 1000 No. 1s Video Series Day 26: Bobby Brown Talks About Topping the Hot 100 2011 was the year that Billboard celebrated the 1000th No. 1 song on the Hot 100. As we look back on this year in music, we're celebrating that milestone with a month-long series of videos --…

  4. Billboard Bits: Big Boi, Lollapalooza, Donnie Klang, Daniel Lanois and More

    June 08, 2010 6:41 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. The Lollapalooza schedule was revealed today: Soundgarden or Arcade Fire? The xx or Gogol Bordello? Lady Gaga or The Strokes? Start choosing now . --- Former 'Making The Band' contestant Donnie Klang has…

  5. Justin Bieber Going for Third Week Atop Billboard 200

    April 15, 2010 4:01 PM EDT It'll likely be the Bieber 200 albums chart again next week, as Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" will likely hold on to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 for a third non-consecutive week -- industry prognosticators don't forecast any new releases challenging the 16…

  6. All No. 1 Albums of the 2000s Page 5

    December 07, 2009 7:56 PM EST Chart Article Dive into this chronological list of every album that reached the top of the Billboard 200 during the 2000s. The date each album went to No. 1 (and it's duration at the top) is listed in the pink box next to each's title. « Previous 1-50 51-100 101-150 151-200 201-250…

  7. Chris Brown And Friends at Power 105.1 Powerhouse '09 / October 27, 2009 / East Rutherford, NJ (IZOD Center)

    October 30, 2009 9:12 PM EDT While comeback shows are typically created for aged artists or fallen stars who are attempting to re-energize their careers, 20-year-old Chris Brown should never expect a show of his to be branded by the media as such again. In his first high-profile concert since being charged with five…

  8. Mario Goes From 'Break Up' To Breaking Records

    October 23, 2009 5:51 PM EDT The last time Mario saw the pinnacle of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart was in 2005. That's when "Let Me Love You"-from his 2004 second album, "Turning Point"-reached No. 1. Four years and two albums later, the Baltimore crooner finds himself close to…

  9. Chris Brown Premieres New Track

    September 29, 2009 5:20 PM EDT Chris Brown released a track titled "I Can Transform Ya" today on his blog site, Mechanicaldummy.com . The song, the first official track Brown has released since the February altercation with ex-girlfriend Rihanna that resulted in his guilty plea to an assault charge, is said to be…

  10. Chris Brown To Headline First Concert Since Conviction

    September 25, 2009 11:33 AM EDT New York radio station Power 105.1 (WWPR) announced this week that Chris Brown will be headlining its Powerhouse concert this year, taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at New Jersey's Izod Center. The singer will be joined by Fabolous , Keri Hilson , Trey Songz , The-Dream , Mario , Day26…

  11. Mario, Trey Songz To Headline BET/Live Nation Club Tour

    September 21, 2009 4:47 PM EDT Live Nation has partnered with BET Networks to produce a series of U.S. tours that are set to visit Live Nation-owned House of Blues venues and other clubs/theaters across the country. The new partnership will launch this fall with the 106 & Park Tour, which featuring co-headliners Trey…

  12. Yung Joc Plans To Sue Diddy's Bad Boy Records

    May 15, 2009 10:17 AM EDT Yung Joc has fighting words for Diddy. The Southern rapper tells Billboard.com that he plans to file a lawsuit against Bad Boy Records and Block Entertainment for a host of contractual discrepancies, including failure to pay royalties and advances for his first two albums and charging "…

  13. Beyonce, T.I. Nominated For BET Awards

    May 14, 2009 2:03 PM EDT BET announced Tuesday (May 12) the host, nominees, performers and honorees for the 2009 BET awards during the taping of the network's music video countdown show "106 & Park." Hosted by actor/singer Jamie Foxx, the event will be held in Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium…

  14. Rick Ross Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 For Third Time

    April 29, 2009 11:26 AM EDT Rick Ross easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Deeper Than Rap" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam), shifting 158,000 in its first week. It's the third topper for the artist. His last set, 2008's "Trilla," bowed at No. 1 with 198,000 while 2006's "Port…

  15. Chart Beat: Eminem, "Hannah Montana: The Movie", "Britain's Got Talent"

    April 23, 2009 12:30 PM EDT Chart Beat now offers a sneak peak at chart action with a first-look edition on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, when all of our online charts are refreshed with the latest data, Chart Beat appears as always in its full form, spotlighting achievements from among our entire menu of charts. HE WALKS…

  16. 'Hannah Montana' Takes Top Spot On Billboard 200

    April 22, 2009 11:00 AM EDT In its fourth week on the Billboard 200, the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack (Walt Disney) reaches No. 1 for the first time, vaulting to the top of the chart with 133,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a decline of 32% compared to last week's haul of 196,000…

  17. 'Hannah Montana' Boosts Six Songs On Hot 100

    April 16, 2009 11:00 AM EDT The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" still reigns atop the Billboard Hot 100, but a big opening weekend for "Hannah Montana: The Movie" boosts or debuts six of the soundtrack's songs on the Hot 100. Miley Cyrus' "The Climb," which moves up two…

  18. Rascal Flatts Vs. 'Hannah Montana' For Next Week's No. 1

    April 16, 2009 8:06 AM EDT The Disney family is gearing up for another showdown for the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart next week, as reigning chart champ "Unstoppable" by Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street) is looking to fend off the revived "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack (Walt Disney), which…

  19. Ask Billboard

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith answers readers questions on best-selling singles, Mariah Carey, "Making the Band" bands and more! Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your…

  20. Young Jeezy Nets Second Album Chart-Topper

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Young Jeezy claims his second chart-topper on the Billboard 200 as "The Recession" starts at No. 1 this week. The Def Jam set moved 260,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Young Jeezy claims his second chart-topper on the Billboard 200 as "The…

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