1. Exclusive: Backstage With J. Cole

    September 16, 2011 4:45 PM EDT 'Till Sept. 20, J. Cole is dropping footage to count down to the release of his debut album, " Cole World: The Sideline Story " (Sept. 27). In the exclusive clip shared with Billboard.com's The Juice, J. Cole takes us backstage at this summer's second annual OVO…

  2. Snoop Dogg, Warner Bros. TV Developing Family Sitcom

    September 16, 2011 10:40 AM EDT Snoop Dogg could soon add sitcom star to his growing résumé. The rapper/reality TV star is developing a family sitcom at Warner Bros. TV in which he would star as the father. The project would reteam him with longtime producer Don Reo, with whom he worked on Brothers. Drake, Dr. Dre, Snoop…

  3. New Rihanna Album Due 'This Fall'

    September 15, 2011 11:10 PM EDT When Rihanna tweets, people listen. On Sept. 15, the diva tweeted a response to one of her followers asking "When's the next album due?" with "THIS FALL!!!!!" which must have been music to the ears of her fans. Sources confirm that a new album is indeed coming soon --…

  4. Outkast, Ciara Headed for L.A. Reid's Epic Records, Sources Say

    September 15, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Since taking over Sony Music's Epic Records in July, label chairman and X Factor judge L.A. Reid has been busy rebuilding the company's image and roster, which will soon include Outkast and Ciara , sources say. Reid has a long history with both acts, who were originally signed to…

  5. Kelly Clarkson's 'Know It All' Debuts on Hot 100, Rihanna's 'Cheers' Rises

    September 14, 2011 3:45 PM EDT As Maroon 5 's "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Christina Aguilera , rebounds to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Kelly Clarkson 's "Mr. Know It All" launches on the chart as the list's highest debut at No. 18. Rihanna , meanwhile, banks another Hot 100 top…

  6. DJ Mehdi, French Producer, Dead at 34

    September 13, 2011 10:50 AM EDT Mehdi Favéris-Essadi, the French producer better known as DJ Mehdi, has died at the age of 34, according to Pitchfork and confirmed by his publicist. The producer reportedly died after an undisclosed "accident." DJ Mehdi gained prominence in the French electro and house scene in the…

  7. Drake Releases Two New Songs & Remixes Waka Flocka Flame: Listen

    September 12, 2011 8:30 AM EDT After spinning at Versace for Fashion's Night Out, Drake released two new songs, "Club Paradise" and "Free Spirit," and a remix to Waka Flocka Flame 's "Round of Applause." "Club Paradise," produced by Noah '40' Shebib, finds Drake…

  8. Red Hot Chili Peppers + Ambitious Marketing = No. 2 for 'I'm With You'

    September 10, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Utilizing a comprehensive promotional strategy targeting specialized digital platforms in tandem with traditional marketing tools, Warner Bros. and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are celebrating the fruits of their endeavors. While Lil Wayne may have copped the Billboard 200 crown this week , the…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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, "…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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/…

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