1. Jeezy Debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    September 12, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Jeezy scores his sixth No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, while Rae Sremmurd grasps its first top 10 on Hot Rap Songs. Jeezy arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with Seen It All: The Autobiography , moving 164,000 units in the week ending Sept. 7, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  2. The Juice Podcast: Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Usher, Lil Wayne & More 'Ask The Juice'

    September 12, 2014 1:20 PM EDT On this week’s episode of The Juice Podcast, Pop Shop editor Jason Lipshutz joins me to answer fan questions related to R&B and hip-hop. We cover topics as Nicki Minaj , Chris Brown 's stage presence, Usher 's forthcoming album, Lupe Fiasco 's current relationship with…

  3. The Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready to Die' at 20: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    September 12, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Excuse Christopher Wallace -- aka the Notorious B.I.G. and aka Biggie Smalls -- for not sounding more enthused. While recording his debut album, Ready to Die -- released 20 years ago this week, on September 13, 1994 -- the 22-year old former drug dealer had a sick mom to care for and a baby…

  4. One Direction & The Vamps: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 15

    September 12, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

  5. Listen: Lil' Kim Releases Jadakiss-Assisted Song, 'Real Sick'

    September 11, 2014 1:49 PM EDT "The Queen's back, bitches." Lil' Kim kicks off her new song, "Real Sick," strong: "Lil' Kim, the one they all love and hate / The Queen's back bitches, regurgitate / I got these hos real sick like a stomach ache." "Real Sick" --…

  6. Sway Calloway Explains Why He's Starting Overdeliver Entertainment Label, Talks First Signing

    September 11, 2014 1:15 PM EDT Sway Calloway (known to the world as simply just "Sway") has conquered every medium in entertainment -- from terrestrial radio to television and back around to satellite radio. Now, with the help of business partner Kelly L. Jackson , the two have launched Overdeliver Entertainment.…

  7. 18. Rae Sremmurd: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdates: Khalif “Swae Lee” Khalif: June 7, 1995 (Age: 19); Aaquil “Slim” Brown: Dec. 29, 1993 (Age: 20) Last year's rank: N/A Why They're Hot: Rae Sremmurd , composed of brothers Khalif "Swae Lee" Khalif and Aaquil "Slim" Brown, took…

  8. 15. Bobby Shmurda: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: April 1, 1994 (Age: 20) Last Year's Rank: N/A Why He's Hot: Bobby Shmurda took 2014 by storm. His viral hit, "Hot Ni--a," spawned countless Vine videos and memes in which people perform his signature Shmoney dance. The dance craze has…

  9. 10. Chief Keef: 21 Under 21 (2014)

    September 11, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Under 21 Main Page Birthdate: Aug. 15, 1995 (Age: 19) Last Year's Rank: 12 Why He's Hot: After Kanye West remixed his single "I Don't Like" in 2012, many wondered if Chief Keef was a one-hit wonder. But the Chicago rapper (real name Keith Cozart) has proved his…

  10. Chris Brown's 'Autumn Leaves' Collabo With Kendrick Lamar Leaks

    September 10, 2014 5:26 PM EDT As the release of Chris Brown 's X (Sept. 16) approaches, a new song surfaces, titled, "Autumn Leaves." The X collaboration with Kendrick Lamar is featured on MissInfo.tv, Nah Right, 2DopeBoyz and other sites. On the slow-tempo track, the singer-songwriter opens up about his…

  11. Nas Finishes Final Def Jam Album

    September 10, 2014 2:15 PM EDT Nas is taking advantage of his last year signed to Def Jam Recordings by releasing one last album under the major record label. "Finished up my new album/ Single about to be dropping/ Last album on Def Jam and I got so many options," the rapper spits on the remix to ScHoolboy Q &…

  12. Must-Hear Music Podcast: Mary J. Blige & Disclosure, Fall Out Boy, Willow Smith & More

    September 10, 2014 1:45 PM EDT On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, strange musical crossovers seem to be the unofficial theme. We chat about British dance duo Disclosure producing a song for Mary J. Blige, Fall Out Boy sampling folkie Suzanne Vega and former hair-whipper Willow Smith covering indie fave King Krule…

  13. Nicki Minaj Reveals 'The Pinkprint' Album Release Date

    September 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Nicki Minaj has set a date for her highly anticipated album, The Pinkprint . Her forthcoming third studio album will be released on Nov. 24. She took to Twitter on Tuesday night to announce the release date. 11.24 The Pinkprint — Anaconda (@NICKIMINAJ) September 10, 2014 The announcement…

  14. Listen: Sam Smith Recruits A$AP Rocky for 'I'm Not the Only One' Remix

    September 09, 2014 4:43 PM EDT Sam Smith has recruited A$AP Rocky for the official "I'm Not the Only One" remix. The rapper kicks off the remix of the In the Lonely Hour single with a verse laced with Beyoncé references: "Like Beyoncé , to getting by or to 'Get Embodied'/ So Sasha Fierce/ A…

  15. Jeezy Talks 'Seen It All' Album, Trap Music & Career Longevity

    September 09, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Like nearly all rappers, Jeezy is the axis of any room; he's the most magnetic person around. During an off day from the Under the Influence of Music Tour, he appears flustered only when the 1980s new wave record "I Melt With You" blasts through the restaurant’s speakers. (…

  16. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Leads To No. 1

    September 08, 2014 4:50 PM EDT The band rewrites the record for the most No. 1s on Adult Pop Songs. Plus, new leaders for Linkin Park, Kenny Chesney, MercyMe & more Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on…

  17. Exclusive: Usher Taking His Time With 'UR'

    September 08, 2014 12:28 PM EDT The singer-songwriter's upcoming album will feature Chris Brown, as well as Drake, Skrillex, Ed Sheeran and more. Usher is taking back his album, UR , and "taking my time." The singer-songwriter tells Billboard that the "album isn’t scheduled anymore." UR was…

  18. Jhene Aiko, 'Souled Out': Track-by-Track Review

    September 08, 2014 10:45 AM EDT Jhené Aiko 's songs are intimate conversations, which have flourished since the release of her 2011 mixtape Sailing Soul(s ). Her vocals are lithe enough to seduce, while her sharp lyricism and wordplay are tools to knife through a man's crap. On Aiko's major label debut,…

  19. The Juice Podcast: Jeezy, Jhene Aiko & Ariana Grande's 'My Everything'

    September 05, 2014 4:50 PM EDT It's a great week for new music in the R&B and rap realms. This week, Jeezy released his studio album, Seen It All : The Autobiography, while another Def Jam Recordings artist, Jhene Aiko , unleashed a stream of her first major label debut, Souled Out , on iTunes. For this week'…

  20. Kanye West, Jhene Aiko, Julian Casablancas & Prince: Real-Time Twitter Chart Rewind Ep. 14

    September 05, 2014 1:31 PM EDT Welcome to Billboard's weekly video show "Real-Time Rewind," which recaps the past week's hottest action on the new Billboard Real-Time Twitter Charts -- Trending 140 and Emerging Artists -- and the news that's driving the action. Hosted by Billboard's Joe Levy,…

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