1. Billboard Bits: AFI's Breakup A Hoax, Lady Gaga To Perform On 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    September 08, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. AFI Splits... But It's A Hoax Rumors and reports were flying around earlier today that goth-rockers AFI had split up. But it was apparently all a misunderstanding: the band's management posted a statement…

  2. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 08, 2011 11:45 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold, Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which were officially announced on Thursday morning (Sept. 8). Weezy received a…

  3. Cash Money Goes Pop with Signing of Savvy

    September 03, 2011 8:00 AM EDT There's no doubt that Cash Money Records has solidified its status as one of hip-hop's most successful labels. With such acts as the Hot Boys , Juvenile and Birdman laying the foundation, Cash Money has since powered up a franchise that includes hot upstarts Drake and Nicki Minaj…

  4. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. 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 last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. AS STUDENTS…

  5. Game's 'R.E.D.' Bows at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    August 31, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Game 's "R.E.D" album arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 98,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the rapper's third chart-topping set following 2005's "The Documentary" and 2007's "Doctor's Advocate." His last album, "…

  6. Tyler, The Creator on VMAs & His 'Bucket List' Justin Bieber Collaboration

    August 30, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Love him or hate him, Tyler, The Creator enjoyed an undeniable breakout moment on Sunday night (Aug. 28), when he was named Best New Artist at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Snagging the prize for the macabre clip of his single "Yonkers," Tyler took the stage with the rest of his…

  7. Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV': Track-By-Track Review

    August 29, 2011 2:20 PM EDT "Tha Carter IV" arrives today (Aug. 29) with gargantuan expectations that Lil Wayne cannot match. How could he? The last installment in the New Orleans rapper's "Carter" series, "Tha Carter III," was a perfect storm of critical and commercial acclaim, riding…

  8. Lil Wayne Closes 2011 MTV VMAs Like a Rock Star: Watch

    August 29, 2011 12:35 AM EDT "Three years ago I was summoned from Toronto, Canada to Houston, Texas to meet a man that would eventually change my life," Drake said of Lil Wayne before bringing the YMCMB rapper onto the stage. Weezy, in leopard jeggings pants, closed the 2011 MTV VMAs by performing his heartfelt…

  9. Justin Bieber Remixes Drake's 'Trust Issues': Listen

    August 28, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Justin Bieber co-signs Drake 's "Trust Issues" by remixing the summer song. Instead of channeling his rap alter ego, Shawty Mane, as in Chris Brown 's mixtape, "Boy in Detention," the Biebz coos of love's doubtfulness and leaves Drizzy's rhymes…

  10. Drake, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & More at 2011 BMI Urban Awards: Watch

    August 27, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Hollywood's grand Pantages Theater, a former home of the Academy Awards, was the backdrop for BMI's annual Urban Awards (Aug. 26). As tourists and lookie-loos shouted from the sidewalks or while cruising down Hollywood Boulevard, artists, songwriters, producers and industry execs…

  11. Aaliyah's Top 10 Billboard Hits

    August 25, 2011 8:30 AM EDT   5. "Rock the Boat " Peak Position: 2 Peak Date: 10/27/01 Weeks On Chart: 26 One of the seven of Aaliyah's longest charted tracks, "Rock the Boat" is bittersweet -- although it features Aaliyah's singing at its best, she passed away in a tragic plane crash when…

  12. Is Lil Wayne Taking Jabs at Jay-Z on 'It's Good'?

    August 24, 2011 5:45 PM EDT One minute we get the soft side of Lil Wayne and on the next the rapper's verses, on the leaked " It's Good ," are being perceived as jabs against Jay-Z . Lil Wayne Releases 'How to Love' Video: Watch " Talking about that Baby money, I got your baby money/…

  13. Lil Wayne Logs Hot 100's Biggest Bow, Katy Perry Still No. 1

    August 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Katy Perry remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," her historic fifth No. 1 from her album "Teenage Dream," while Lil Wayne leaps onto the survey at No. 3 with the latest single from his forthcoming album "Tha Carter…

  14. Jay-Z and Kanye's 'Watch the Throne' Keeps Its Billboard 200 Crown

    August 24, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It's a quiet week in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart, where Jay-Z & Kanye West 's "Watch the Throne" holds at No. 1 for a second frame with 177,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 59%) and just two albums bow in the region. "Throne's"…

  15. Game Talks 'The R.E.D. Album': Video Track-By-Track

    August 23, 2011 12:35 PM EDT "Ricky" "Ricky is the story of every fallen young black man in Los Angeles. What people don't understand is that Boyz in the Hood is that, aside from it being a movie, that was the everyday lifestyle of young black teenagers in Los Angeles County and now spreaded across…

  16. Watch Lil Wayne on the VMAs, Then Buy His Album

    August 22, 2011 9:17 AM EDT Lil Wayne is hoping his performance on the MTV Video Music Awards will be so good, fans will rush out and get his new album: The rapper is making it digitally available at midnight after Sunday's show. "Tha Carter IV" will be available on iTunes, Amazon.com and other digital…

  17. The Game Tangles With the Law, Preps Fourth Album

    August 19, 2011 8:00 PM EDT For about two hours on a recent Friday in August, the Compton, Calif., sheriff's station was bombarded with calls. But the flurry of activity wasn't due to a catastrophic emergency. It was due to a tweet. At 5:23 p.m. on Aug. 12, a tweet was sent from the account of Los Angeles…

  18. Ester Dean Talks 'Ice Age 4,' New Album and Missy Elliott

    August 19, 2011 4:40 PM EDT You watched Ester Dean "Drop it Low" with Chris Brown and recently heard her on Nicki Minaj 's Billboard Hot 100 No. 4, "Super Bass." Now the singer, also one of the industry's busiest songwriters, is moving back into the limelight with a role in Ice Age:…

  19. The Weeknd's 'Thursday' Mixtape, Ft. Drake: Listen

    August 19, 2011 1:00 AM EDT On the final hour of Thursday (August 18), The Weeknd drops the installment project of his mixtape trilogy, titled, " Thursday ." Let's listen, shall we? Drake , who premiered "Thursday" on his site, October's Very Own, can be heard on the fourth track of the…

  20. Fall's 25 Most Anticipated Albums, 2011

    August 18, 2011 4:52 PM EDT Chart Article Chart Article Chart Article SuperHeavy | "SuperHeavy" Date: Sept. 20 Twitter: @SuperHeavy Touring: Possible in 2012 Mick Jagger, Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, soul singer Joss Stone, Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman and reggae star Damian Marley formed a…

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