1. 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"…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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:…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. About Us

    August 18, 2011 11:50 AM EDT About Us The world's premier music publication, Billboard has served the entertainment business since 1894. Beginning as a weekly for the billposting and advertising business, Billboard and its popular music charts have evolved into the primary source of information on trends and…

  9. Two Lenny Kravitz Tracks Leak, Ft. Drake and Jay-Z: Listen

    August 17, 2011 12:40 PM EDT Lenny Kravitz is experimenting with different audible styles for his upcoming album, "Black and White Ameirica" (August 30). One being hip-hop. Today (Aug. 17), two tracks off "Black and White America" hit the 'net. Each track features one of hip-hops most wanted,…

  10. Luke Bryan, Ace Hood Score Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 17, 2011 11:00 AM EDT While all eyes were trained on the No. 1 arrival of Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" on the Billboard 200, there is actually other news on both the Billboard 200 and the Digital Songs charts this week. Jay-Z & Kanye West's 'Throne' Debuts at No. 1…

  11. Nicki Minaj Gives Drake a Lap Dance: Watch

    August 15, 2011 12:30 PM EDT While stopping in Toronto on Saturday (Aug. 13) for her second to last stop on the Femme Fatale tour, Nicki Minaj gave Drake a little dance. Nicki Minaj slid on top of Drake during the break down of "Super Bass." Though it looks like Drake sneaked in a smooch, Nicki Minaj took to…

  12. Lenny Kravitz Returns With 'Black and White America,' Countless Partnerships

    August 12, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Last year, Lenny Kravitz gave fans a taste of new music by tweeting a short clip of he and trumpeter Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews in the studio performing "Life Ain't Ever Been Better Than It Is Now." Video: Sneak peek of Lenny Kravitz's song "Life Ain&…

  13. Lil Wayne Debuts 'She Will' Feat. Drake: Listen

    August 12, 2011 12:40 PM EDT After getting a sneak peak at the recording process behind the single, Lil Wayne debuts "She Will," today (Aug. 12), which features Drake . Lil Wayne previewed his verses off the T-Minus-produced track to Drake via video instant message before he turned over his own. "I went…

  14. Birdman Confirms Drake & Wayne Collaborative Album, Comments on 'Watch the Throne'

    August 12, 2011 11:40 AM EDT Are you enjoying Kanye West and Jay-Z' s 'Watch the Throne'? Welp, Birdman wants you to save a bit of that excitement. Birdman says, yet again, that a Lil Wayne and Drake collaborative album is coming soon. "Wayne and I recently talked about [the Lil Wayne/Drake…

  15. Weekly Chart Notes: 'Dirty Dancing,' Miranda Lambert, Drake

    August 12, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 'DIRTY DANCING' ON THE CHARTS: When news broke this week about how the 1987 hit film "Dirty Dancing" was being remade, we were immediately reminded about what a phenomenon its soundtrack was on Billboard's charts. The movie -- which will be remade by Lionsgate studios…

  16. Drake Says The Weeknd Will Be on 'Take Care'

    August 10, 2011 4:50 PM EDT By simply tweeting a verse from The Weeknd 's song, "Wicked Games," on March 6, Drake turned many heads in the singer-songwriter's direction. Drake Talks 'Headlines' SIngle, Says 'Take Care' Is His 'Best Project' Fast forward to five months…

  17. LMFAO Keeps Katy Perry At Bay Atop Hot 100

    August 10, 2011 3:00 PM EDT LMFAO is loving life atop the Billboard Hot 100 as "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, will continue to blare from the No. 1 slot on the ranking set to be unveiled tomorrow (Aug. 11). On Digital Songs, "Party Rock Anthem" dips below 200,000…

  18. Jay-Z Tops Forbes Hip-Hop Rich List Yet Again

    August 10, 2011 9:47 AM EDT With all the news about his brand-new collaboration with Kanye West , "Watch the Throne," we almost overlooked the fact that Jay-Z topped the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash King list yet again. His take over the past 12 months? $37 million. 'Watch the Throne' Now Projected to Top 500…

  19. Billboard Bits: Weezy Helps Universal Lock Down Top Four Chart Spots, JoBros Will Reunite 'Eventually'

    August 09, 2011 7:03 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lil Wayne Helps Universal Lock Down Top Four Spots on R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Universal Republic becomes the first record company to lock down the top four spots on Billboard's Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay…

  20. Artists React to Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne'

    August 09, 2011 4:00 PM EDT You and I aren't the only ones 'watching the throne.' Artists took to Twitter to express their thoughts on Jay-Z and Kanye West 's collaborative album after it's release on Monday (August 8). 'Watch the Throne' Now Projected to Top 500,000 in First Week…

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