1. Drake Slams Universal for Taking New Songs Off the Internet

    June 24, 2011 5:50 PM EDT Drake, who recently unleashed two new songs onto the Internet, slammed his label's parent company, Universal, for ordering that the songs be removed from his blog and other sites that have posted them. "Universal needs to stop taking my f--king songs down" the Young Money…

  2. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her new album, "The Light of the Sun."…

  3. Big Sean Brings Out Kanye West, Pusha T & More in NYC

    June 22, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Hip-hop adoring masses piled into NYC venue Irving Plaza last night (June 21) to catch a glimpse of Kanye West 's protégé, Big Sean . The 23 yr. old stormed onto the stage to Ye's "All of the Lights" Remix, which features Sean, himself, Drake , and Lil Wayne . Big Sean…

  4. Eminem & Royce da 5'9" Debut at No. 1 on Billboard 200 with Bad Meets Evil EP

    June 22, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Bad Meets Evil -- the hip-hop duo of Eminem and Royce da 5'9" -- bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its "Hell: the Sequel" launches with 171,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set beats out 11-year old Jackie Evancho's first major-label full-length effort, …

  5. Drake Has 'Trust Issues': Listen

    June 21, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Without warning, Drake releases yet another track on his site, "October's Very Own," titled, "Trust Issues." "Did my own little thing using some other thing I did. You know," Drizzy Drake says about " Trust Issues. " Drake opens the slow tempo…

  6. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber Win at MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 20, 2011 9:13 AM EDT A green-haired Lady Gaga did not go home green with envy at last night's (June 19) 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada. The Mother Monster won International Video of the Year for "Judas" and UR Fave International Video for "Born This Way." She also kicked…

  7. JoJo Speaks on Fall Album 'Jumping Trains' and Remaking Drake's 'Marvin's Room'

    June 17, 2011 2:00 PM EDT A week after Drake released the emotional track "Marvin's Room" on his October's Very Own website, singer/songwriter JoJo whipped out a female version, titled "Marvin's Room (Can't Do Better)." Drake Sets 'Take Care' Release Date, Gets Emo on …

  8. Drake Performs, Garth Brooks Inducted at Songwriter Hall Ceremony

    June 17, 2011 8:51 AM EDT The annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony is always a remarkable evening. It's an unusual combination of low-key attitude and high-wattage starpower; at its core, the event is a trade-awards show like ones in the advertising or appliance industries -- except, of course, some of the…

  9. Press Play: Nas Delivers First Street Single, Lil Wayne Revamps Eminem's 'Stan' & More

    June 14, 2011 12:50 PM EDT Billboard's the Juice is invading your Beats by Dre headphones with the latest tracks, leaked or just realeased. Check out the Juice's playlist featuring Nas , Lil Wayne , Big Sean , CyHi the Prynce and JoJo . Nas - "Nasty" Nas returns to the rap game as if he never left…

  10. Billboard Bits: 'Yakety Yak' Singer Dies, 'Glee' Wants Springsteen

    June 13, 2011 5:57 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. 'Yakety Yak' Singer of The Coasters Dies Carl Gardner, lead singer of '50s group the Coasters, passed away Sunday (June 12) in Port St. Lucie, Florida after an extended illness. As a statement on the…

  11. DJ Khaled Feat. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne, "I'm On One"

    June 10, 2011 10:00 AM EDT DJ Khaled has become the master of not rapping on or producing songs where he gets top billing. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing-the Terror Squad DJ-turned-hip-hop impresario has the clout to unite rap's biggest names for blockbuster clinics in braggadocio. "I'm on One,…

  12. Four-Play: Soulja Boy Gets 'Conceited,' Alicia Keys Talks 'Songs in A Minor' & More

    June 09, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Soulja Boy gets "Conceited," Fabolous documents his first walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, Alicia Keys celebrates the 10th anniversary of "Songs in A Minor," and Far East Movement rock out with Beats by Dr. Dre. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime. Soulja Boy…

  13. Drake Sets 'Take Care' Release Date, Gets Emo on 'Marvin's Room' Track

    June 09, 2011 11:00 AM EDT We won't have to wait much longer for new material from Drake . Toronto's own will release the first single from his sophomore album, " Take Care " in July, while the album itself is set for an Oct. 24 release. Until then, Drake's latest leak, "Marvin's Room…

  14. Billboard Bits: Zach Galifianakis Disses Ke$ha, How Alice Cooper Almost Killed Elvis

    June 08, 2011 7:02 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Zach Galifianakis Disses Ke$ha In the latest Rolling Stone cover story, Zach Galifianakis discusses, in addition to his apparent reluctance to fame, his run-ins with and negative feelings toward Kesha. "I saw…

  15. Kellie Pickler Performs New Songs to Close Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 08, 2011 1:39 PM EDT The two-day Billboard Country Music Summit, held in Nashville this week, ended with a rousing performance by Kellie Pickler at Tuesday evening's closing reception, which was hosted by Sony Music Nashville. The Renaissance Hotel ballroom that had hosted a series of roundtables the night…

  16. Drake Joins Rihanna Onstage: Watch

    June 08, 2011 1:04 PM EDT Yesterday (June 7), fans were treated to a performance from Drake when Rihanna 's "LOUD" tour made a stop in Drizzy's hometown of Toronto. Rihanna Kicks Off LOUD Tour with Prince Cover, Lap Dance Appearing on stage clad in a purple jacket, Drizzy Drake launched into his…

  17. The-Dream Announces 'The Love IV' Release Date and Plans to Publish Book

    June 07, 2011 4:25 PM EDT T he-Dream is known for lending his production and penmanship skills to Rihanna ("Umbrella") and Beyoncé, most recently writing and co-producing "1 +1," the opening track to Beyoncé's upcoming album, "4." But the Love King is keeping a little magic to…

  18. DJ Khaled: Behind the Scenes with Hip-Hop's Anthem King

    June 06, 2011 10:16 AM EDT "Yo, Khaled...you're working hard...real hard." Khaled bin Abdul Khaled, aka But before that, when he wakes up in the morning, he's first on the phone making sure radio is all over his latest event single, "I'm on One," which features Drake, Lil Wayne and…

  19. Hot 97's 'Summer Jam 2011' Live: Watch

    June 05, 2011 4:55 PM EDT You weren't able to buy a ticket for 'Summer Jam 2011'? Don't worry, we have you covered. Hot 97 and Miss Info.tv are live streaming the entire show and backstage interviews for the first time! Sit back, relax, and catch the sold out event from the privacy of your own home…

  20. Chart Juice: DJ Khaled's 'One' Hits Top 10, Adele Debuts

    June 04, 2011 10:00 AM EDT "I'm On One," DJ Khaled 's latest all-star rap opus, notches the producer his third top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart as it moves 21-10 on this week's tally. The posse cut, which features Lil Wayne , Rick Ross and Drake , garners 16.4 million listener…

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