1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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 ,…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Eminem As the Riddler? Re-Casting 'Batman' with Rappers

    September 03, 2010 4:50 PM EDT Eminem has been a superhero on the Hot 100 chart lately, but if you believe the National Enquirer , he's also ready to return to the silver screen as a villain in the next "Batman" movie. According to the infamous tabloid, Em supposedly rhymed to his reps, "When it comes…

  12. POTW: Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Eminem, Kanye, Gwen Stefani

    September 03, 2010 3:47 PM EDT Bieber and Usher huddled backstage, Rihanna kissed her wax-self, Kanye watched the US Open, Gwen Stefani froliced on the beach with Zuma, Snoop Dogg and Spike Lee celebrated Michael Jackson, Fergie and Slash raged on-stage, the cast of Glee performed at the Emmy's, Chris Martin played…

  13. Eminem Brings Out Dr. Dre, 50 Cent for Detroit Show with Jay-Z

    September 03, 2010 1:03 AM EDT E minem clearly felt that he had something to prove Thursday night (Sept. 2) at the opening show of his Home And Home tour series with fellow rapper Jay-Z . It wasn't a desire to "beat" his colleague on his home turf in the first of their four shows, however. Rather, Eminem set…

  14. Wiz Khalifa Drops 'Black And Yellow' Major Label Debut Single

    September 01, 2010 1:48 PM EDT Fresh off his Rock The Bells performance in New York this past weekend, Wiz Khalifa drops the first single from his major label debut. "Black And Yellow" is the lead track from the 2011 Rostrum Records/Atlantic Records release. Black & Yellow by Wiz Khalifa by billboard The 22…

  15. Drake To Drop Another Album Before Next Summer? This Year?

    August 31, 2010 2:19 PM EDT Drake is the rapper that never sleeps. Just short of two months since releasing his "Thank Me Later" debut, Young Money president Mack Maine is speculating that Drizzy might be releasing his follow-up set as soon as end of year. Video: Mack Maine on Drake's upcoming album "…

  16. Drake and Nicki Minaj's Twitter Marriage 'Annulled'

    August 30, 2010 12:16 PM EDT One day after claiming that they were married and sending their fans into a frenzy of speculation, Drake and Nicki Minaj ended their prank right where it began -- on Twitter. "Dear Barbz," Minaj (aka Harajuku Barbie) addressed her fans on Saturday (Aug. 28). "My husband Drake…

  17. Mike Posner, "31 Minutes to Takeoff"

    August 27, 2010 7:28 PM EDT This recent Duke University grad recently hit the upper reaches of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Cooler Than Me," a slick club jam in which he pokes fun at a lady who keeps her emotions hidden behind her designer shades. Yet throughout "31 Minutes to Takeoff," Mike Posner&…

  18. Drake and Nicki Minaj: Just Married?

    August 27, 2010 5:48 PM EDT Did Drake and Nicki Minaj get married, or are they just using Twitter to faux-fulfill their fans' dreams of a royal hip-hop coupling? Young Money's prince and princess tweeted each other on Friday afternoon (Aug. 27) about supposedly getting hitched, and their followers went into a…

  19. POTW: Chris Brown, Drake, Ke$ha, George Michael, Britney

    August 27, 2010 4:01 PM EDT Drake and Chris Brown threw up gang signs, Ke$ha made a toast, George Michael got swarmed by the paps, Britney Spears looked angelic in white, Lauryn Hill rocked "Rock The Bells," Bret Michaels got his hosting duties on, Swizz Beatz , Estelle and Mary J. Blige celebrated art, Katy…

  20. Eminem: Stadium Shows with Jay-Z 'Won't Be a Competition'

    August 27, 2010 11:01 AM EDT Less than a week before the start of his Home and Home tour series with Jay-Z , Eminem is staying tight-lipped about his plans for the stadium shows , which commence Sept. 2-3 at Detroit's Comerica Park before switching to New York's Yankee Stadium on Sept. 13-14. "I don't…

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