1. Chart Highlights: Sam Smith Settles In For A No. 1 'Stay' On Adult Contemporary

    August 11, 2014 3:50 PM EDT The British singer/songwriter's 'Stay With Me' makes a quick climb to the top. Plus, new No. 1s for Nico & Vinz, Royksopp & Robyn, Milky Chance, Godsmack and more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out…

  2. Mindless Behavior: 21 Under 21 (2012)

    September 17, 2012 5:29 PM EDT No. 13: Mindless Behavior Last Year's Rank: 16 Birthdates: Prodigy - Dec. 26, 1996; Ray Ray - Jan. 6, 1997; Princeton - April 21, 1997; Roc Royal - July 23, 1997 (All age 15) Why They're Hot: The R&B quartet has seen a success since stepping into the spotlight in2010. Their…

  3. Chris Lighty RIP: Rihanna, Diddy, Nicki Minaj + Others React

    August 30, 2012 4:35 PM EDT "The man that saved my life" -- Fat Joe Chris Lighty, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in hip-hop, was found dead today. The man who founded and built Violator Management from the ground up died of an apparent suicide, according to the New York Daily News. Throughout his…

  4. Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Impresario, Found Dead

    August 30, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. Circumstances of his death were unconfirmed at press time, but New York Daily…

  5. Usher's Stepson in Critical Condition After Jet Ski Accident

    July 08, 2012 10:00 PM EDT Kyle Glover, the 11-year-old stepson of R&B star Usher , has reportedly been declared brain dead following a tragic jet ski accident in Atlanta, Ga. on Friday (July 6.) According to TMZ , Glover and a 15-year-old friend were floating on inner tubes in Georgia's Lake Lanier when they…

  6. Bubbling Under: 'Life' Begins for Yuna

    June 22, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Each Friday, Chart Beat presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Yuna, Atlas Genius, OMG Girlz and Parmalee Yuna 25-year-old alterna-pop singer Yuna is gaining traction with her dreamy single …

  7. Kanye West, the Throne, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2012 7:44 PM EDT BET Awards viewers will be watching the Throne. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaboration has five nominations at this year's ceremony, including Best Group, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Video of the Year ("N***as in Paris" and "Otis"). (West earned…

  8. Tupac, Biggie, Mindless Behavior Among Platinum League's New Interactive Hip-Hop Trading Cards

    April 17, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Mindless Behavior , Diggy Simmons , Snoop Dogg , Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. are among the first 100 artists featured in the new Platinum League Trading Card Series launching on May 1. Billed as the "first-ever interactive hip-hop trading cards," the series offers custom…

  9. Mobb Deep: 'Business as Usual' After Apparent Twitter Beef

    April 09, 2012 9:06 PM EDT Some Twitter beefs make me rub my eyes. Exhibit A: Diggy vs. J. Cole . Some Twitter beefs make me roll my eyes. Exhibit B-Z: Every one of Chris Brown 's Twitter R&Beefs. But Havoc's seeming Twitter beef -- turned real-life beef or vice versa -- with his Mobb Deep counterpart,…

  10. Chart Juice: Melanie Fiona Notches First No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    April 06, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Melanie Fiona earns her first No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her two-week old "The MF Life" (2-1). It's the first album to reach No. 1 without debuting in the top slot since Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" ascended in its seventh chart week in January 2011. …

  11. Diggy Simmons Takes Shots At J. Cole on 'What You Say To Me'

    April 02, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Family comes first for Diggy Simmons . Yesterday (April 1), the rapper's unreleased diss track, "What You Say To Me," unexpectedly hit the 'net. The 17 yr. old throws shots at J. Cole who alluded to members of the Simmons family in not one, but two songs prior, "…

  12. Chart Juice: LoveRance Rises 'Up!' to Top 10

    March 30, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Just one week after Kirko Bangz earned his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Drank In My Cup" in its 31st week, marking the lengthiest rise to the top tier for a rap song since 2009, newbie LoveRance's "UP!," featuring IamSu and…

  13. Diggy, 'Unexpected Arrival': Track-By-Track Review

    March 20, 2012 4:05 PM EDT "Unexpected Arrival" is a cheeky title for Diggy 's debut album. After all, Diggy Simmons has been bouncing around the public consciousness for a few years now: The middle son of hip-hop legend Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons, he appeared on the MTV show "Run's…

  14. Exclusive: Estelle, Lil Kim to Perform on BET's 'Rip the Runway'

    February 24, 2012 12:15 PM EST BET's annual fashion and music show, 'Rip the Runway,' is right around the corner and promises a star-studded show with notable performances and guest appearances. Billboard.com's The Juice exclusively announces female stage presence with performances by Estelle and Lil&…

  15. Exclusive: Diggy Talks 'Unexpected Arrival' Album, Pharrell Williams, & More

    February 22, 2012 1:10 PM EST In three years, Diggy Simmons has gone from notebooks to mixtapes to now working on his debut album, "Unexpected Arrival" (March 20). "It was just more so about me getting out my feelings through writing," says the 16 yr. old rapper of his start. "That's when I…

  16. Chart Juice: Drake Stands 'Proud' Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    January 27, 2012 10:10 AM EST Drake 's Nicki Minaj -assisted "Make Me Proud," one of seven singles from his current No. 1 album on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, "Take Care," creeps up to the coveted No. 1 position on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (2-1). "Make Me Proud" becomes Drake's eighth No.…

  17. 2012's Most Anticipated Debut Albums

    January 19, 2012 5:45 PM EST Chart Article 2012's Biggest Debuts Meet 17 New Artists Whose Time is Now Sales have leveled out, but artists can kick-star careers with a click. It's a good time to be new. Meet 17 acts whose debut albums will win your ears in 2012. 2012 Album Preview: This Year's Best Bets…

  18. Young Fyre Talks T-Pain's 'rEVOLVEr,' Working with Busta Rhymes & More

    December 07, 2011 4:30 PM EST Young Fyre, born Tramaine Winfrey, has produced for some of the hottest artists in the game from Chris Brown , Lil Wayne ("How to Hate") to his bossman at Nappy Boy Entertainment, T-Pain . The Iowa native produced three tracks on T-Pain's fifth studio album "rEVOLVEr"…

  19. T.I. Talks 'Family Hustle,' His Son's Future in Hip-Hop & Producing for OMG Girlz

    December 07, 2011 1:45 PM EST Before he's a rapper, actor or business man, T.I. is a family man. "God, family, hustle… in that order," T.I. proclaimed on the first episode of "T.I. & Tiny: The Familly Hustle," his show with wife Tameka "Tiny " Cottle. On the VH1 docu-series, which…

  20. Mindless Behavior Shimmies Onto Social 50 Chart

    October 13, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Vocal group Mindless Behavior makes its Social 50 debut this week, coming in at No. 47 thanks to being featured on Vevo's emerging artist platform "Lift" and their relentless fan engagement on Facebook and Twitter. Starting on Oct. 5, Vevo featured video interviews with band…

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