1. Chart Juice: J. Cole, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj Reach Top 10

    June 01, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Usher still reigns supreme as "Climax," his Diplo -produced hit, continues to top the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. J. Cole , Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj , meanwhile, enter the tally's top 10. Elliott and Minaj each log their 12th top 10s, extending their shared lead for the…

  2. Freshman Haze: Sneakbo

    May 31, 2012 10:15 AM EDT The UK hip-hop scene has had a facelift in recent years, mainly due to the rising rappers who have come in and taken over the 'net with their dark street tales and original swag. One of the leaders of this new wave is Sneakbo , an artist of Nigerian descent, coming straight out of south…

  3. Meek Mill Talks 'Dreamchasers 2' Mixtape, Nas Collabo & Roc Nation Deal

    May 30, 2012 12:00 PM EDT When he isn't in the studio or on the road, Meek Mill prefers to be in the streets. The 25-year-old rapper, known for his punctuated style, has taken his love of motocross bikes to the Internet through a partnership with iPhone app VIDDY, serving as a judge for a contest that ends on…

  4. Justin Bieber Releases 'Die In Your Arms' Track: Listen

    May 29, 2012 2:35 AM EDT As a final kiss-off to the Memorial Day weekend, Justin Bieber has offered another taste of his much-anticipated new album, "Believe." "Die In Your Arms" was released to iTunes at midnight on Tuesday morning (May 29). Scooter Braun, Bieber's manager, described the…

  5. Chart Juice: Rick Ross, Usher Bound Up R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 25, 2012 12:35 PM EDT Rick Ross ' "Touch 'N You," which features Usher in a role reversal situation from their other current collaboration (Usher's "Lemme See" features Ross), earns Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs as it surges 74-41. ("Lemme See"…

  6. 'Boyfriend' Remix: 2 Chainz, Mac Miller, Asher Roth Rework Justin Bieber

    May 25, 2012 12:25 PM EDT If you happen to be a fan of the hook on Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" but not his "swag, swag, swag on you" rap verses, 2 Chainz, Mac Miller and Asher Roth have a special song for you. The rappers teamed up to remix Bieber's Hot 100 hit, each tackling a verse in…

  7. Pusha T Releases Alleged Diss Track; Lil Wayne Responds

    May 24, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Another day, another rap beef. Two beefs in the case of Pusha-T . Yesterday (May 23), Pusha released his new song, "Exodus 23:1," speculated to be laced with shots at Drake and Chicago producer, Young Chop. "Beef is when you hide behind them other ni**as / But they ain't…

  8. 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…

  9. Report: 2 Chainz Arrested For Carrying... Brass Knuckles?

    May 22, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Aside from his chainz, Georgia rapper 2 Chainz apparently enjoys carrying around brass knuckles -- and the TSA is reportedly not too cool with the MC's latest accessory. TMZ reports that 2 Chainz (real name: Tauheed Epps) was arrested at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Tuesday (May…

  10. Justin Bieber 'Believe' Track List: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris Featured

    May 21, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Right before he rocked the Billboard Music Awards stage on Sunday night (May 20) with a performance of "Boyfriend," Justin Bieber revealed the 15 other tracks that will join the song on his forthcoming album, "Believe." The track list that Bieber posted on Twitter on…

  11. Bubbling Under: 'Next' Up for Emeli Sande: U.S. Success

    May 18, 2012 10:05 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: Emeli Sande, Gavin Creel, A$AP Rocky and Rhett Walker Band. Having topped the UK Albums Chart for two weeks in March with her…

  12. Track Review: 2 Chainz feat. Drake, 'No Lie'

    May 15, 2012 8:30 AM EDT CHAINZ FEAT. DRAKE "No Lie" (4:01) Producer: Mike Will Made It Writers: T. Epps, A. D. Graham, M. Williams Publishers: various Def Jam Recordings In case you haven't noticed, Georgia rapper 2 Chainz (formerly Tity Boi) is essentially the hottest entity in hip-hop right now,…

  13. Chart Juice: B.o.B Earns R&B/Hip-Hop Albums No. 1

    May 10, 2012 2:30 PM EDT B.o.B debuts his sophomore album, "Strange Clouds," at the No. 1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 76,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The No. 1 launch mirrors the debut of his first album, "B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray," which premiered…

  14. Mystikal on Feeling 'Ashamed,' Performing in Jail and His New Mixtape

    May 10, 2012 2:10 PM EDT Cash Money Rapper To Release New Music During 81-Day Jail Stint 81 days. That's the amount of time separating Mystikal , the quick-tongued, oft-troubled New Orleans rapper best known for early 00s singles like "Shake Ya Ass" and "Danger (Been So Long)," from leaving…

  15. Drake Kicks Off 'Club Paradise' Tour in Bay Area

    May 08, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Drake 's long-running 'Club Paradise' tour has been a study of unity and strategy. On both incarnations of the tour, he's assembled a collective of potential rivals and enrolled them as allies. With Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky emerging as the underground leaders of the…

  16. Drake's 'Club Paradise' Collabo Playlist: Listen

    May 07, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Ever since Drake announced "The Club Paradise" U.S. tour in March, heads started spinning with the possible collaborations that will hit the stage. Drake is bringing J. Cole , Waka Flocka Flame , Meek Mill , 2 Chainz and French Montana along for the 27-city trip starting today (May…

  17. Justin Bieber Talks Next Single, Kanye West Collaboration

    May 03, 2012 8:24 PM EDT Justin Bieber 's "Boyfriend" video arrived on Thursday (May 3), but the singer's already thinking about his next move. "My next single… I think it's 'As Long As You Love Me,' but I'm not sure," he said in an interview with MTV on Thursday. He…

  18. Birdman To Put Cash Money Artists on the Big Screen With 'Rich Gang' Film

    May 01, 2012 5:25 PM EDT For Birdman and his Young Money/Cash Money crew, the charts are not the only thing to conquer. Up next: Hollywood. In an interview with XXL , the YMCMB leader (and Billboard Power 100 player) talked up the launch later this year of his Cash Money Films project, which will serve as his…

  19. Rita Ora Performs Two Tracks, Talks Upcoming Album & Jay-Z

    May 01, 2012 3:00 PM EDT It's hard to keep your eyes off Rita Ora. The Kosovo born, London raised singer has an alluring, fresh look -- blonde tresses, signature red lipstick and Jordans -- a carefree, eccentric 'tude and impassioned pipes. Behind the Scenes at Rita Ora's acoustic Billboard session…

  20. B.o.B, 'Strange Clouds': Track-By-Track Review

    May 01, 2012 12:50 PM EDT B.o.B isn't just a rapper, nor does he have time for such a simple statement. Photos: Day in the Life of B.o.B On his debut album, "B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray" (2010), the Atlanta transplant pinned his rap skills to the sounds of mainstream pop, garnering him…

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