1. Watch French Montana Party Poolside in 'Pop That' Video

    July 09, 2012 3:50 PM EDT French Montana parties it up poolside alongside Maybach Music Group's Rick Ross and YMCMB's elite forces, Drake and Lil Wayne , in the music video for his track "Pop That," which hit the Web on Monday (July 9). All is fun and games as bikini-clad models engage in water gun…

  2. Essence Festival 2012: 7 Things Seen & Heard Friday

    July 07, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Charlie Wilson dominates, D'Angelo dissapoints at New Orleans event Don't underestimate the power of soul. While Friday's lineup at the 2012 Essence Music Festival was filled with an assortment of Hulkshare-generation singers and '90s R&B icons, it was the soul and…

  3. Chart Juice: Usher Ties Longest Reign on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    July 06, 2012 3:15 PM EDT The superstar matches his longest command, first established 15 years ago. Just when we thought it was a wrap for the sexy, Diplo-produced hit, Usher's "Climax" rebounds 2-1 for an 11th week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where it ties for the longest rule of the singer's…

  4. Pop & Rock Rule Mid-Year Music Sales Charts

    July 04, 2012 4:00 PM EDT With the year half-over, let's take a closer look at some of the biggest selling albums and songs across the major genres of music: pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop, country and Latin. Adele, Gotye Lead Mid-Year Music Sales Charts TOP ALBUMS A year ago at this point, a full half of the top 20…

  5. Adele, Gotye Lead Mid-Year SoundScan Charts

    July 04, 2012 2:30 PM EDT At the mid-way point in 2012, Adele's "21" and Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra), rule as the year's biggest selling album and digital song in the U.S., respectively -- selling 3.69 million and 5.50 million according to Nielsen…

  6. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Tops Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs

    July 02, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Plus, Beloved veteran acts Whitney Houston, the Beach Boys and Cyndi Lauper make chart returns. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  7. Madonna Rules Billboard.com's 2012 Mid-Year Music Awards

    July 02, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Madonna proved to be 2012's ultimate pop star in Billboard.com's Mid-Year Music Awards poll, which let fans weigh in on their favorite artists, songs, albums and performances of the first half of this year. After voting ended on Friday (June 29) and the hundreds of thousands of…

  8. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided the emotional highlight of Sunday's…

  9. Chris Brown Fires Back At Drake On Diss Track; Meek Mill Reacts

    June 30, 2012 11:45 PM EDT Twitter is apparently no longer big enough to contain Chris Brown 's feelings toward Drake . The singer can be heard taking Drake to task in Game 's remix to Chief Keef's 'I Don't Like," in which he alludes to the New York brawl involving both musicians earlier…

  10. Rita Ora Plays Intimate VEVO NYC Show: Watch

    June 29, 2012 6:23 PM EDT VEVO captured a sparkling Rita Ora earlier this month, as the Roc Nation-signed singer performed a sold-out show in New York City's Gramercy Park Theatre. Rita Ora Performs Two Tracks, Talks Upcoming Album & Jay-Z The VEVO videos, recorded for the site's LIFT series, capture the…

  11. Chart Juice: Kanye West Takes Over Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    June 29, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Just in time for summer celebrations, Kanye West and friends Big Sean , Pusha T and 2 Chainz take their party to No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Mercy" (2-1) gives Usher the boot after 10 weeks on top with "Climax" (1-2). "Mercy" rises by 9% to 27 million in…

  12. Sunny Sweeney Prepares For Country Throwdown Tour's Nashville Stop

    June 29, 2012 4:10 PM EDT The third annual Country Throwdown Tour Fired Up by Kingsford® has had fans clamoring for more at each stop, and as the tour prepares to come to a close with a July 8 Nashville stop at The Woods at Fontanel, the buzz is being heard all around Music City. Gary Allan, Rodney Atkins, Justin…

  13. Cash Money: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 29, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Read an excerpt from the cover story of Billboard's Urban Power issue Spend any time talking to Bryan "Birdman" Williams about his business these days and you'll quickly come to understand that he has two immediate goals: Releasing 100 albums in one calendar year and…

  14. Club in Chris Brown-Drake Brawl Has License Suspended

    June 27, 2012 12:05 PM EDT Nearly two weeks after Chris Brown 's alleged brawl with Drake , New York state has suspended the liquor license of the nightclub made famous for the incident involving the hip-pop rivals. On Tuesday (June 26), the State Liquor Authority called an emergency meeting over incidents at Soho…

  15. Justin Bieber's 'Believe' Is Year's Biggest Debut, Bows at No. 1

    June 26, 2012 8:00 PM EDT It's official: Justin Bieber 's "Believe" has sold 374,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, garnering the 18-year-old his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. That's the most chart-toppers for any act in a two-and-a-half-year span since…

  16. Chris Brown, Drake Club Brawl Causes Social 50 Chart Gains

    June 22, 2012 4:20 PM EDT It's no coincidence that both Drake and Chris Brown received significant online gains this week as news that the two and their respective camps were involved in an altercation at a nightclub in New York. The pair rises 28-20 and 18-12 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, respectively.…

  17. Chart Juice: Usher Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Albums Charts

    June 22, 2012 10:45 AM EDT R&B is synonymous with Usher this week, as the singer dominates both Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Albums charts simultaneously for the first time since 2004. His single "Climax" remains atop the Songs tally and new set "Looking 4 Myself" blasts in at No.…

  18. Lil Wayne Scores 100th Hit on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    June 21, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Lil Wayne , the ubiquitous rapper and founder of Young Money Entertainment, earns his 100th entry on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. By joining Rick Ross and Drake as featured artists on French Montana 's "Pop That," the track arrives as the chart's top debut…

  19. Usher Finds Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 20, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Rush, Josh Turner, Waka Flocka Flame Among Top 10 Debuts Usher secures his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Looking 4 Myself" debuts atop the list with 128,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The pop/R&B star's last full-length studio album, 2010'…

  20. Four Play: 2 Chainz, Melanie Fiona, Kelly Rowland, T.I.

    June 19, 2012 6:55 PM EDT Melanie Fiona clocks-in, 2 Chainz gets monochromatic, Kelly Rowland embraces summer and T.I. keeps it classy. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring, Melanie Fiona, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chainz, T.I., with a bonus treat from B.o.B. Melanie Fiona pleads for a second chance in…

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