1. Rihanna Rules Hot 100 With 'Rude Boy' Track

    March 17, 2010 2:25 PM EDT Rihanna replaces labelmate Taio Cruz atop the Billboard Hot 100, set to be released Thursday (March 18), as her latest single "Rude Boy" jumps 4-1. Rihanna Sizzles In New 'Rude Boy' Music Video "Rude" is Rihanna's sixth Hot 100 No. 1 and fifth as a lead…

  2. Timbaland featuring Drake, "Say Something"

    March 12, 2010 2:49 PM EST For his latest "Shock Value II" single, Timbaland summons Drake for the same charisma that the Toronto singer/rapper brought to "Best I Ever Had." The veteran producer plainly states the song's theme of lost love with the line, "I traded in my señorita for a…

  3. Ask Billboard: Is 'Idol' Ruining Rock?

    March 05, 2010 4:05 PM EST ''AMERICAN IDOL' IS DESTROYING REAL MUSIC TALENT' Hi Gary, What is going on with the charts of today? There are not enough alternative or rock songs charting high on the Billboard Hot 100. Instead we are seeing more and more music from television, such as songs from "…

  4. Drake Premieres New Single 'Over'

    March 05, 2010 12:51 AM EST D rake premiered his first single, "Over," in his hometown on Toronto radio station 93.5 The Flow today (March 4). The track, off his upcoming debut album, "Thank Me Later," now slated for a May release, is produced by in-house producer Boi-1da and can be heard here. "…

  5. Jay-Z / March 2, 2010 / New York City (Madison Square Garden)

    March 03, 2010 3:14 PM EST On Wednesday night (Mar. 2) during his "Blueprint 3" tour stop at New York's Madison Square Garden, Jay-Z said the famous venue should be called "The House that Hovie built," and the rapper wasn't kidding. While Jay kept it quieter this time around -- with less…

  6. Lil Wayne Joins Jay-Z Onstage, Court Date Postponed Again

    March 03, 2010 2:07 PM EST L il Wayne didn't go to prison yesterday due to a courthouse fire, but that didn't stop the rapper from "Goin' In" during Young Jeezy 's set at Jay-Z 's "Blueprint 3" tour stop in New York last night (March 2). According to MTV, his sentencing has…

  7. Lil Wayne Shoots Seven Videos Before Prison Term Begins

    March 02, 2010 11:52 AM EST In a video sent to MTV on Saturday (Feb. 28) by Lil Wayne, the prolific rapper discussed how he's spending his final hours before jail. Today (March 2) he'll be sentenced to an expected one-year prison term for gun possession charges stemming from a 2007 arrest. During the clip,…

  8. Videos of the Week: Vampire Weekend Recruits Lil Jon, Justin Bieber's No 'Baby,' 'Glee' Loves Madonna

    February 19, 2010 6:15 PM EST In this week's top 10 videos that had people buzzing, Vampire Weekend plays tennis with Lil Jon and Joe Jonas, Justin Bieber's "Baby" gets co-signs from Ludacris and Drake , "Glee" gives a first look at its much-hyped Madonna episode, and more. 1) Vampire Weekend…

  9. Ask Billboard: Olympics, Monica, Smokey Robinson

    February 19, 2010 4:55 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. RINGS TONES Hi Gary, I enjoyed your list this week of Olympics-related titles…

  10. POTW Feb. 12: Rihanna, Daughtry, Lady Gaga

    February 12, 2010 3:08 PM EST Mother Nature may have spent the week dumping snow on the East Coast, but music's big stars turned up the heat by hitting sunny Florida for the Super Bowl and related festivities, warmed hearts at various Haiti earthquake benefits, and then got cool by hitting the red carpets of New York…

  11. Videos of the Week: John Mayer Breaks Down, Drake Explodes, Carrie Underwood Gets Wormy

    February 12, 2010 12:01 PM EST In this week's top 10 videos that had everyone buzzing, John Mayer's apology train hit Nashville, Drake debuted his Terminator-esque Sprite commercial, Bob Dylan sang for civil rights at the White House, and Carrie Underwood made a wormy appearance on Sesame Street. Take a look. 1)…

  12. Drake Teams With Sprite for 'Spark' Campaign

    February 11, 2010 1:38 PM EST The release date of Drake 's highly-anticipated debut album may still be up in the air but he is still making his presence felt in other ways. The Toronto rapper has teamed up with Sprite for the first commercial of its recently launched "Spark" campaign, aimed at giving teens…

  13. Ke$ha Holds Atop Hot 100, Pink Glows with 'Glitter'

    February 11, 2010 11:00 AM EST K e$ha claims the longest running No. 1 debut single by a female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1977 as "TiK ToK" holds steady for an eighth week. 33 years ago, Debby Boone took her maiden Hot 100 appearance, "You Light Up My Life" to No. 1 for 10 weeks. Many…

  14. Drake Announces North American Solo Tour

    February 08, 2010 3:23 PM EST D rake will headline "The Away From Home Tour," his first North American solo trek, which runs from Apr. 6 through May 8. The 25-city jaunt follows his participation in the "Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival," which was headlined by Lil Wayne …

  15. Videos of the Week: Ke$ha Goes To Hollywood, Snooki Meets Phoenix, Nirvana Plays Twister

    February 05, 2010 3:32 PM EST In this week's top videos that had people buzzing, Ke$ha vandalized -- or at least pretended to -- the sacred Hollywood sign, "Jersey Shore" star Snooki gave us priceless moments at the Grammys, Nirvana played Twister, New Kids on the Block unfortunately did not lip sync on …

  16. Chris Brown, Chrisette Michele, Pharrell, Nas Join BET's Haiti Telethon

    February 05, 2010 2:31 PM EST C hris Brown , Chrisette Michele , Nas and the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams are the latest celebrities added to the roster for BET's "SOS Saving Ourselves: Help for Haiti" telethon taking place at the American Airlines Arena in Miami tonight (Feb. 5). Pharrell will join…

  17. Maxwell, Travis Barker Reflect on Grammy Spotlight

    February 04, 2010 4:09 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com from the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, we talk to Maxwell , who brought home two Grammys for "BLACKsummers'night," his first album in eight years. The R&B star talks about the meaning of the Grammys and…

  18. 'We Are The World': Behind the Scenes

    February 02, 2010 4:00 PM EST More than 75 stars -- from the legendary Barbra Streisand to rapper Lil Wayne and actor Vince Vaughn -- gathered at Hollywood's Henson Recording Studios yesterday (Feb. 1) to record the 25th anniversary version of "We Are The World." Like its predecessor, "We Are The World…

  19. Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga Win Early Grammys

    January 31, 2010 7:15 PM EST Nominees in the top Grammy categories picked up early awards in their respective genres Sunday during the awards pre-telecast from Los Angeles' Staples Center. "This is my first Grammy, you guys!" said a breathless Taylor Swift as she accepted an award for best female vocal…

  20. Elton With Gaga at Grammys? Insane Clown Posse's New Flick

    January 29, 2010 5:41 PM EST In today's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, the Grammys are on Sunday, and several sources are reporting that Elton John will share the stage with Lady Gaga . We hear that other performers will include Lil Wayne , Eminem , Drake and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.…

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