1. Chart Juice: Fat Joe Returns to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    April 13, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Fat Joe nabs his fourth career top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Another Round," featuring Chris Brown , rises to No. 8 from No. 11. The song becomes the Bronx Bomber's first top 10 since "Make It Rain" made a splash (No. 6 peak) in 2007.…

  2. Q-Tip Signs To Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label

    April 11, 2012 11:10 AM EDT Q-Tip , the New York hip-hop legend and former leader of A Tribe Called Quest , has signed to Kanye West 's G.O.O.D. Music imprint on Def Jam Recordings. His fourth solo effort, tentatively titled "The Last Zulu," will be released through the label in 2013. Q-Tip joins a roster…

  3. Fiona Apple Plots North America Summer Tour

    April 09, 2012 10:50 AM EDT To support her long-awaited fourth album, "The Idler Wheel…," Fiona Apple has plotted a 27-date headlining trek that kicks off on June 19, the same date as her album release. The reclusive singer's upcoming run will include a stop at Randall's Island in New York for the…

  4. Chart Juice: Melanie Fiona Notches First No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    April 06, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Melanie Fiona earns her first No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her two-week old "The MF Life" (2-1). It's the first album to reach No. 1 without debuting in the top slot since Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" ascended in its seventh chart week in January 2011. …

  5. Fiona Apple Shares 'Idler Wheel' Release Date, Art, Track List

    April 02, 2012 8:25 PM EDT Fiona Apple 's return will come on June 26, the singer revealed on her Facebook page on Monday. Her fourth album, the ambitiously titled "The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do," will offer 10 new…

  6. Album Review: Melanie Fiona, 'The MF Life'

    April 01, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Melanie Fiona The MF Life Producers: various Title 9/SRC/Universal Republic Release Date: March 20 At the start of her second album, in the face of men who are treating her much worse, Melanie Fiona declares, "This time I'm doing much better." "The MF Life," it seems,…

  7. Chart Juice: LoveRance Rises 'Up!' to Top 10

    March 30, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Just one week after Kirko Bangz earned his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Drank In My Cup" in its 31st week, marking the lengthiest rise to the top tier for a rap song since 2009, newbie LoveRance's "UP!," featuring IamSu and…

  8. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 28, 2012 11:00 AM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, having sold 175,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first theatrical film soundtrack to top the chart since " As for the rest of the Billboard 200's top 10, …

  9. 'Hunger Games,' Shins and Odd Future Are Top 10 Bound

    March 23, 2012 7:38 PM EDT The just-released "The Hunger Games" soundtrack seems to be on a steady course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry prognosticators suggest that the album will sell at least 175,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, March 25. Adele's "…

  10. Chart Juice: Kirko Bangz Earns Long-Awaited Top 10 With 'Drank In My Cup'

    March 22, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Houston-born rapper Kirko Bangz earns his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as his second charted single, "Drank in My Cup," advances 13-10. "Drank in My Cup" enters the top tier in its 31st week, a rare showing of a long chart climb culminating…

  11. J. Cole Enlists Melanie Fiona For Upcoming Album

    March 22, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Expect to hear more from J. Cole and Melanie Fiona in the near future as they join forces for Cole's upcoming sophomore album. Melanie Fiona Used 'MF Life' Delay To Bring In Nas, Drake, J. Cole Aside from their collaboration, "This Time," off her sophomore album, …

  12. 'Hunger Games' Soundtrack Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200

    March 21, 2012 6:30 PM EDT "The Hunger Games" soundtrack is set to debut at No. 1 next week's Billboard 200 chart, so say industry sources. The multi-artist album should sell at least 150,000 to 170,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 25 -- easily enough for a No. 1 entry. If it…

  13. SXSW 2012: 6 Things Seen & Heard Thursday

    March 16, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Which band's concert was interrupted by a naked man? Why was A$AP Rock projected on Austin buildings? Did Fiona Apple burst into flames at her church gig? Here are 6 things from Thursday's South By Southwest that you may have missed -- even if you were there. 1. Fiona Apple turned…

  14. Chart Juice: Rihanna, Usher Roar Into Top 10

    March 16, 2012 4:30 PM EDT R ihanna and Usher both bound into the top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with their equally-young, fast-rising new hits. Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," featuring Chris Brown , earns the chart's Airplay Gainer badge as it moves 17-7, while "Climax"…

  15. Fiona Apple Unveils New Tunes at SXSW Showcase

    March 15, 2012 10:50 AM EDT At turns frenetic, contemplative and whimsical, Fiona Apple made her return to the stage Wednesday at the South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival. The singer-songwriter debuted a handful of new songs from her upcoming album slated to be released this summer at NPR's showcase at…

  16. Melanie Fiona Used 'MF Life' Delay To Bring In Nas, Drake, J. Cole

    March 14, 2012 2:20 PM EDT "The MF Life" is coming a little later than Melanie Fiona had planned, but the singer feels its a case of all good things coming to those who wait. "You know, there were a lot of changes, obviously, in the music industry, a lot of merging and label mergers and fires and re…

  17. Regina Spektor to Sing for 'The Cheap Seats' May 29

    March 12, 2012 9:25 PM EDT Regina Spektor 's "What We Saw from the Cheap Seats" will arrive May 29 on Sire/Warner Bros. Records, the singer-songwriter announced on Monday. The new album, Spektor's follow-up to 2009's "far," will once again see production from Mike Elizondo (Fiona…

  18. Chart Juice: Mary J. Blige Notches Record-Extending Top 10 Single

    March 09, 2012 11:25 AM EST The Queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , along with her guest star Drake , both earn their 23rd top 10s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Mr. Wrong" inches up 11-10. Blige continues to boast the most top 10s among women since the tally began using Nielsen data in December of 1992 (21…

  19. Fiona Apple Reveals 23-Word Album Title; New Disc Due in June

    March 07, 2012 6:00 PM EST (Disclaimer: in honor of the title of Fiona Apple's forthcoming album, the paragraphs in this news story will all include exactly 23 words.) Fiona Apple revealed all 23 words of the title of her long-awaited fourth studio album on Wednesday (Mar. 7). Here's the full title: "The…

  20. Chart Juice: Beyonce Nabs Sixth No.1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    March 02, 2012 5:05 PM EST As if nabbing her first No. 1 on Adult R&B last week wasn't enough for Beyoncé , earning the No. 1 spot on the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart is certainly just right. "Love on Top," the song that will always remind us of Bey's pregnancy announcement on the MTV…

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