1. Drake Tour 80% Sold Out

    September 25, 2010 8:01 AM EDT About 18 months ago, Drake's business manager Shawn Gee and ICM booking agent Robert Gibbs mapped out a touring plan that aimed to have the Toronto MC playing arenas by his second album. So far, the blueprint to build the rapper's touring profile -- a commitment rarely seen among…

  2. Billboard Bits: Lady Gaga Turning Meat Dress into Jerky, Drake Working with Rihanna

    September 24, 2010 5:55 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga's Meat Dress to Be Made Into Jerky Lady Gaga 's meat dress from the MTV VMAs is set to be preserved and dried in the form of jerky. The purpose of the dress' preservation serves to inspire…

  3. 21 Under 21: Diggy Simmons

    September 23, 2010 11:54 AM EDT No. 15: Diggy Simmons Birthdate: March 21, 1995 (age 15) Why He's Hot: Aside from being the pretty boy, fashion-forward son of Run DMC's Reverend Run, Diggy Simmons is garnering attention for his formidable rapping skills. After releasing a mixtape titled "The First Flight"…

  4. 21 Under 21: Miranda Cosgrove

    September 23, 2010 11:48 AM EDT No. 14: Miranda Cosgrove Birthdate: May 14, 1993 (age 17) Why She's Hot: Miranda Cosgrove learned a lot from the "School of Rock" … and by that, we mean the 2003 Jack Black comedy where she made her film debut. After breaking out on Nickelodeon's "Drake & Josh…

  5. Win Tix to See Drake Live at Radio City!

    September 21, 2010 4:15 PM EDT Since exploding onto the scene last year, Canadian rapper Drake has become nothing short of a hip-hop phenomenon, racking up three Top 10 hits on the Hot 100, and taking his debut album 'Thank Me Later' all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Now, we're giving you a chance…

  6. Weekly Chart Notes: the Beatles, Eminem, Willow Smith

    September 16, 2010 6:55 PM EDT THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO: Ahead of multiple benefit concerts planned in honor of the 70th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon , including tribute shows from New York to Los Angeles , the late legend and his widow Yoko Ono each occupy Billboard chart summits this week. The Beatles bow…

  7. Billboard Bits: Black Eyed Peas to Play Super Bowl Halftime in 2011?

    September 16, 2010 6:34 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Black Eyed Peas To Play 2011 Super Bowl? The Black Eyed Peas are rumored to perform at the halftime show at the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas, according to the Sports by Brooks blog. The group previously performed at…

  8. Jay-Z Joined By Beyonce, Kanye, Chris Martin At Yankee Stadium

    September 14, 2010 6:58 AM EDT Midway through his portion of his heavyweight twin billing with Jay-Z at Yankee Stadium, Eminem took a moment to reflect the gravity of performing a concert on a hallowed ground. But he wasn't talking about the house that Jeter built: Instead, the Detroit rapper acknowledged the borough…

  9. Lady Gaga Wins 8 MTV VMAs, Reveals 'Born This Way' Album Title

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT L ady Gaga dominated the 2010 MTV VMAs Sunday night (Sept. 12), winning a total of eight moonmen including video of the year, best female video and best pop video. The pop star also took home VMAs for best dance video, best collaboration, best choreography, best editing and best direction.…

  10. Justin Bieber Rocks Downtown L.A. as He Preps for VMAs

    September 11, 2010 11:59 AM EDT Visitors to Staples Center and the adjacent L.A. Live plaza were treated to an unannounced free concert Friday (Sept. 10) when Justin Bieber took to an outdoor stage to rehearse his performance for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. A crowd slowly gathered as the teen sensation and his…

  11. Lil Wayne, Will.i.am Win BMI Urban Awards

    September 11, 2010 9:53 AM EDT For the second consecutive year, Lil Wayne was named urban songwriter of the year at Friday's (Sept. 10) BMI Urban Awards. Earning kudos as urban producer of the year was Polow da Don. And the Black Eyed Peas -- whose frontman will.i.am was also presented with the BMI President's…

  12. Kanye West and Taylor Swift Won't Reunite at VMAs

    September 10, 2010 11:55 AM EDT Don't expect a duet between Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards. Jesse Ignjatovic, the executive producer of Sunday's show, flatly declared there's no chance of the pair reuniting in song a year after West interrupted Swift's acceptance speech for…

  13. The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

    September 10, 2010 10:08 AM EDT chartArticle_ignore MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2010 VIDEO ALL VMA VIDEO » NEWS & FEATURES NEWS Our VMAs Live Blog Archive NEWS Kanye West Toasts To The Douchebags At VMAs NEWS Chelsea Handler Straddles Rick Ross NEWS Lady Gaga Dominates Early at VMAs NEWS Taylor Swift Offers Kanye West…

  14. Jay-Z Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2010 1:45 PM EDT The fifth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards airs on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 8pm, and Jay-Z , Drake , Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj lead the nominations. Released yesterday (Aug. 9) on BET.com and announced on BET's "106 & Park" countdown show, the list of nominees reveals that Jay-Z leads…

  15. Katy Perry Tops Songs of the Summer 2010 Chart

    September 09, 2010 11:40 AM EDT A song that evokes imagery of palm trees, bikinis and sun-kissed beaches fittingly earns top honors on Billboard's Songs of the Summer 2010 survey, as Katy Perry's "California Gurls," featuring Snoop Dogg , crowns the ranking. The chart encapsulates the most popular songs…

  16. Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal Lead MOBO Nominations

    September 08, 2010 5:05 PM EDT Tinie Tempah leads the nominations for the 2010 MOBO Awards. The chart-topping U.K. rapper is up for four awards at the ceremony next month. Dizzee Rascal , Professor Green, N-Dubz and Plan B each have three nominations for the U.K. urban music awards. This year's ceremony takes place at…

  17. Jay-Z, Drake Impersonator Joins 'SNL' Cast

    September 08, 2010 3:51 PM EDT If you're excited about "SNL" hiring new cast members for the upcoming season, kicking off on Sept. 25, then you might really, really, really like that 22-year-old comedian Jay Pharoah, who's made a name for himself by impersonating celebrities like Jay-Z , Drake ,…

  18. Billboard Bits: 50 Cent Raises Eyebrows on Twitter, Katy Perry Tapped for 'SNL' Premiere

    September 07, 2010 7:05 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 50 Cent Takes on Jay-Z, Diddy via Twitter After taking a short break from Twitter last weekend, 50 Cent began tweeting nonstop on Monday (Sept. 6) and raised some eyebrows with his unfiltered subject matter. The…

  19. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 9/4/2010

    September 04, 2010 9:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @kanyewest : She asked when is fashion week.... uuuum...I…

  20. Lil Wayne, "Right Above It"

    September 03, 2010 5:21 PM EDT Lil Wayne doesn't plan to let legal troubles stop him from releasing a digital EP titled "I Am Not a Human Being" this year. The first single lacks the impact of the rap star's previous hits, but it's still a reliable Young Money anthem, on which Wayne and protégé…

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