1. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Stays Atop Billboard 200, Black Keys Hit No. 2

    December 14, 2011 11:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse, 'Glee,' Korn Also Crash The Top 10 Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album stays steady at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a third week, selling 479,000 copies (up 64%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its handsome sales are the largest for a non…

  2. Critics' Picks: 10 Best Albums of 2011

    December 13, 2011 1:20 PM EST Chart Article From weirdo R&B to epic hardcore to a certain heartbroken British singer-songwriter, 2011 offered a diverse array of quality full-lengths that we kept replaying in our offices. The whole team weighed in and the votes have been tallied, so now it's time to check out the…

  3. Drake to Kick Off 2012 Club Paradise Tour on Valentine's Day

    December 13, 2011 12:15 PM EST Drake will kick off his 2012 Club Paradise Tour in Miami on Valentine's Day (Feb. 14). Toronto's own will hit 17 U.S. cities, stopping in college towns like Tallahassee, FL and Tuscon, AZ in support of his Billboard 200 No. 1, "Take Care." Drake, "Take Care:"…

  4. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Aiming for 400,000-Plus Week at No. 1

    December 11, 2011 12:55 PM EST As we reported on Thursday (Dec. 8), Michael Buble's "Christmas" album is on its way to a third straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, so say industry prognosticators. The album may sell well over 400,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 11. …

  5. Exclusive: French Montana Talks Bad Boy Signing, Upcoming Album & More

    December 09, 2011 12:05 PM EST After a frenzied bidding war, one of most sought-after unsigned rappers is no longer a free agent. On Thursday (Dec. 8), French Montana , joined by Sean " Diddy " Combs, announced his freshly inked deal with Bad Boy Records on BET's "106 & Park." Hours before the…

  6. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj Reign Supreme

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST You can call Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj label mates, mentor and protégée, or employer and employee. Or you can call them the top two R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of 2011. Lil Wayne claims the No. 1 spot on the Artist ranking thanks to his No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year, "Tha Carter IV…

  7. Black Keys' 'El Camino' Revs Up, Leaves Spotify & Streaming Services in the Dust

    December 08, 2011 4:40 PM EST Many artists have doubts about music-streaming services, largely due to the fear that companies like Spotify and Rhapsody detract from already declining music sales. The Black Keys are the latest addition to that group: their recently released "El Camino" LP is nowhere to be found…

  8. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Jingles At No. 1 for Second Week

    December 07, 2011 11:00 AM EST Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a second week, selling 293,000 (up 29%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its cumulative sales crossed the 1 million mark this week (1.03 million), marking the seventh album to sell a million in 2011…

  9. Raekwon Talks New Signee JD Era, Wu-Tang Anniversary Plans

    December 05, 2011 11:50 AM EST Raekwon is ready to make Toronto "rumble": the NYC rapper, who celebrates two decades with the Wu-Tang Clan next year and plans to drop another solo album next year, has opened a Canadian office for his record label, Ice H2o, and signed Toronto rapper JD Era to the imprint. "We…

  10. Nicki Minaj, Rising Star: Her Billboard Chart History

    December 02, 2011 1:40 PM EST Was it really just a little more than two years ago that Nicki Minaj made her Billboard chart debut? With so many hits racked up in such little time, it certainly seems like she's been killing it on our tallies longer than that. Nicki Minaj: Billboard's Rising Star Minaj made her…

  11. Busta Rhymes, Mystikal Join Cash Money Roster

    December 02, 2011 12:35 PM EST In the midst of scoring another mainstream hip-hop hit album ( Drake's "Take Care," which debuted with 631,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and preparing for another one ( Nicki Minaj's sophomore set, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," due in February),…

  12. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Lead Nominations

    November 30, 2011 11:10 PM EST Bruno Mars Up for Biggest Awards; Bon Iver & Skrillex Huge Surprises | SHOCK: WHO WAS SNUBBED MAJOR NOMINEES LIST Album Of The Year: "21" -- Adele "Wasting Light" -- Foo Fighters "Born This Way" -- Lady Gaga "Doo-Wops & Hooligans" -- Bruno Mars …

  13. Michael Buble Bests Nickelback, Rihanna on Billboard 200

    November 30, 2011 11:00 AM EST In the tightest race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in four years, Michael Buble 's "Christmas" rises 2-1 on the tally while Nickelback 's new "Here and Now" debuts at No. 2. "Christmas" sold just over 227,000 -- ahead of Nickelback by a tiny 0.18%…

  14. Waka Flocka Flame Readies Sophomore Album; Talks DMX & Drake Collabos

    November 29, 2011 10:00 AM EST The past two years have been a wild ride for Waka Flocka Flame . Since the success of his Billboard 200 No. 6, "Flockavelli" (2010), Gucci Mane 's protégé has been busy assembling his sophomore album, "Triple F Life," and calling the shots for his imprint, Brick Squad…

  15. M.I.A. Confirms Collaboration with Madonna and Nicki Minaj

    November 28, 2011 12:30 PM EST After releasing third album "/\/\ /\ Y /\" to mixed reviews last year, M.I.A. has been missing in action for most of 2011. However, the electro-dance artist confirmed a juicy collaboration for 2012 over the weekend by announcing that she was joining Madonna and Nicki Minaj in New…

  16. Rick Ross & Wale: The Billboard Cover Story, Part II

    November 28, 2011 11:00 AM EST The latest issue of Billboard features an in-depth look at the partnership of Rick Ross and Wale , hip-hop's latest odd couple who joined forces on Maybach Music Group and have created a buzz online, on the radio, and on the Billboard 200 albums chart. See how Wale went from written-off…

  17. Rihanna Tops U.K. Albums Chart, Scores New Records

    November 28, 2011 9:30 AM EST Rihanna fever is officially sweeping the United Kingdom, as the Barbadian superstar lands a simultaneous No. 1 single and album for the second time this year, and several new U.K. chart records in the process. Meanwhile, "Now! That's What I Call Music 80" (EMI TV/Universal…

  18. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 11/26/2011

    November 26, 2011 12:35 PM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @Billboard to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @BunBTrillOG : Over here at #TeamTrill we make it happen. Give…

  19. Florence + The Machine Cover Drake's 'Take Care': Watch

    November 25, 2011 8:17 PM EST Florence + The Machine are being sure to "Take Care." The band covered the title track of Drake 's new album at the BBC 1 Radio's "Live Lounge" on Friday, offering an impassioned chamber-rock take on the Rihanna-featuring original. Drake's much-anticipated …

  20. Michael Buble to Muffle Rihanna's 'Talk' on Billboard 200

    November 23, 2011 4:40 PM EST Sources Say Crooner's 'Christmas' Will Outmuscle Big Debuts From Rihanna, Nickelback It would seem Rihanna will yet again be denied her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest that her new "Talk That Talk" album, released Nov. 21, may…

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