1. New Lil Wayne & Drake Single, 'Right Above It,' Debuts

    August 04, 2010 3:54 PM EDT New York's Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex aired an interview with Lil Wayne yesterday (Aug. 3), but it was competing station Power 105.1's DJ Clue that gave fans the exclusive first listen to Lil Wayne's "Right Above It" track, the Drake-assisted lead single off the…

  2. Lil Wayne Does Jail Interview With DJ Funkmaster Flex

    August 04, 2010 11:16 AM EDT DJ Funkmaster Flex had a very special guest for the launch of his website, as incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne made his first phone interview, calling in from Rikers Island where he is serving a sentence for criminal possession. Video: Lil Wayne Calls Into FunkMaster Flex Show Video: Lil Wayne…

  3. Avenged Sevenfold Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    August 04, 2010 10:51 AM EDT Avenged Sevenfold garners its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Nightmare" arrives atop the list, bumping Eminem's "Recovery" to No. 2 after a five week reign at No. 1 . Avenged begins with 163,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan, trumping "…

  4. Lady Gaga Earns Record 13 MTV VMA Nominations, Eminem Nabs Eight

    August 03, 2010 12:15 PM EDT L ady Gaga has earned a record-breaking 13 MTV VMA nominations, the network announced today (Aug. 3). The pop star's "Bad Romance" video is up for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video and Best Dance Video, among other categories. "I'm so honored for…

  5. Drake Brings Out Jay-Z, Eminem For OVO Festival

    August 02, 2010 11:54 AM EDT Drake held his first annual Ovo (October's Very Own) Festival in conjunction with Blackberry yesterday (Aug. 1) in his hometown of Toronto, Canada, and took the term "putting on for his city" to another level. Aside from performing a slew of his own hits, Drake brought out the…

  6. Win Voodoo Experience Fest VIP Passes

    July 30, 2010 1:46 PM EDT Muse , Ozzy Osbourne , MGMT , Drake , and My Morning Jacket are just a few of the many, many bands playing the three-day music festival, the Voodoo Experience , down in New Orleans October 29-31, 2010. Check out the whole lineup here . Want to be one of the revelers checking it all out?…

  7. Eminem and Rihanna Stand Strong on Hot 100

    July 29, 2010 11:07 AM EDT "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, widening its points lead over runner-up -- and former No. 1 -- "California Gurls" by Katy Perry , which stays steady at No. 2. "Lie" earns the chart'…

  8. Eminem Still No. 1, Rick Ross Bows at No. 2 on Billboard 200

    July 28, 2010 11:43 AM EDT E minem makes it five weeks in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Recovery" sells another 187,000 (down just 4%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" arrives in the runner-up spot with 176,000. Ross' last three studio albums all debuted…

  9. Eminem and Rihanna Replace Katy Perry Atop Hot 100

    July 21, 2010 11:44 AM EDT E minem will post the first back-to-back Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers of his career as "Love The Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna , is set to hit No. 1 on the chart to be released tomorrow morning (July 22). The rapper debuted atop the Hot 100 in May with "Not Afraid,"…

  10. Eminem's 'Recovery' Tops Billboard 200 for a Fourth Week

    July 21, 2010 11:08 AM EDT E minem' s "Recovery" album hangs in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fourth consecutive week, selling 195,000 (down 15%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first set to notch four straight frames at No. 1 since Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream"…

  11. Drake Launches OVO Festival in Toronto

    July 20, 2010 7:07 PM EDT D rake will conclude his "Away From Home" tour by launching his very own festival -- the first annual OVO Festival, taking place in his hometown of Toronto on Aug. 1 in association with Blackberry. The daylong event will feature a headlining set by the rapper as well as Francis &…

  12. Cali Swag District Spreads 'Dougie' Fever

    July 17, 2010 12:15 PM EDT If Cali Swag District has its way, everyone across the country will be doing the dougie. That's the name of the dance movement that the Inglewood, Calif., rap group has fashioned into an infectious first single -- and first hit -- on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.…

  13. Top 20 Tweets of the Week: 7/17/2010

    July 17, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funniest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @justinbieber : there is no beef here. @ nickjonas is a…

  14. Rick Ross Is Back with 'Teflon Don' and Bigger Than Ever

    July 16, 2010 4:04 PM EDT Releasing a rap album with a guest list that reads like the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 is a common move, but not without its risks. Big-name guests can move units and chart positions, but many rappers get overshadowed by their more famous counterparts, and the person who should be the…

  15. Chart Beat Thursday: Bret Michaels Rocks On

    July 15, 2010 1:05 PM EDT ROSY: Veteran rocker/"Celebrity Apprentice 3" champion Bret Michaels inks his highest rank on the Billboard 200 i n almost 20 years, as "Custom Built" arrives at No. 14. His prior charted solo effort, "Rock My World," debuted and peaked at No. 40 in June 2008. As…

  16. Katy Perry Holds Off Eminem on Hot 100

    July 15, 2010 11:00 AM EDT "California Gurls" by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week. However, "Love The Way You Lie" (2-2), by Eminem featuring Rihanna , is the chart's Airplay Gainer for a second straight frame, putting it in line to take…

  17. Eminem Still No. 1, Village People Protest YMCA Name Change

    July 14, 2010 3:34 PM EDT In Wednesday's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Eminem 's "Recovery" will hold the top spot on the Billboard 200 for the third week in a row. Drake 's "Thank Me Later" holds at No. 2, and the top debut of the week is Big Boi 's …

  18. Lil Wayne Talks Prison Life in New Letter to Fans

    July 14, 2010 1:43 PM EDT Despite the fact that he's currently behind bars, Lil Wayne is still keeping in touch with his fans. In a new public letter published on Weezythanxyou.com , the rap superstar shares his mindset about life on New York's Rikers Island, where he's been serving time since March. …

  19. Eminem's 'Recovery' Notches Three Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    July 14, 2010 11:10 AM EDT E minem's "Recovery" is the first album to notch three consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since March, as it holds atop the tally with 229,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last album to string three weeks in a row at No. 1 was Sade's "…

  20. POTW: Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Amy Winehouse

    July 12, 2010 11:10 AM EDT Gwen Stefani had a tea party, Lady Gaga got wet, Kanye West supported Lebron James, Amy Winehouse returned to the stage, Drake snuggled up with Queen Latifah , Shakira got friendly with Johannesburg natives, T.I. saluted fellow artist Trey Songz , Janet Jackson got felt-up and Ringo Starr put…

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