1. 10 Best Albums of 2012: Critics' Picks

    December 17, 2012 2:45 PM EST Chart Article From aggressive indie-rock to mainstream superstars exploring new ground to a handful of revolutionary R&B discs, 2012 saw a bevy of classic albums released in an era where the album is supposed to be dying. After months of blasting these LPs throughout our office, the…

  2. Eminem To Executive Produce Skylar Grey's Debut Album

    October 31, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Skylar Grey's debut album, which has been in limbo for over a year, is receiving a helping hand from hip-hop superstar Eminem. The rapper has signed on to executive-produce "Don't Look Down," which is due out in spring 2013, and will be featured on its…

  3. Eminem Hints at 2013 Album Release

    October 29, 2012 8:06 PM EDT The Tigers may have lost the World Series on Sunday night, but there's one MC who's still repping Detroit. Eminem sneakily announced his next album with a Tigers-style baseball cap over the weekend, which appeared in his online store and includes inscriptions for each of his albums …

  4. G.O.O.D. Music, 'Cruel Summer': Track-By-Track Review

    September 18, 2012 12:35 PM EDT It's not that Kanye West ever stops working, because he doesn't; it's that when he's released new music it's as if he's been gone for a minute. Each release is an event. Even 'Ye's G.O.O.D. Friday songs -- which were released by 'Ye himself as…

  5. Miguel's 'Adorn' Becomes His Third No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    September 13, 2012 9:07 PM EDT R&B singer Miguel lands himself another No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs song as "Adorn," the Greatest Gainer/Airplay recipient, tip-toes up 2-1 (up 29% in audience impressions according to Nielsen BDS). The cut -- the first single from his upcoming second album Kaleidoscope…

  6. Chart Juice: Slaughterhouse Debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Tamia Returns

    September 06, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Slaughterhouse , the super group comprising rappers Joe Budden , Joell Ortiz , Crooked I and Royce da 5'9" , debuts its second studio album "Welcome to: Our House" at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 52,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set -- its Shady…

  7. TobyMac Earns First No. 1 Christian Album on Billboard 200 Since 1997

    September 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time since 1997 -- and only the third time ever -- a Christian album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. TobyMac gets his first chart-topper with "Eye On It," as it bows with 69,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It simultaneously debuts at No. 1 on our…

  8. TobyMac's 'Eye On It' Album Looking at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    August 31, 2012 7:36 PM EDT Christian artist TobyMac is on course for his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as industry sources are now projecting his "Eye On It" will debut atop the list next week with 60,000 copies sold. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of…

  9. Slaughterhouse & TobyMac Albums Vying for No. 1 on Billboard 200

    August 29, 2012 6:56 PM EDT In a quiet week for new album releases, two are aiming for the top of the Billboard 200 chart next week. Hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse and Christian artist TobyMac could each claim the No. 1 slot with their respective new albums, so say industry sources. The new Billboard 200 chart's…

  10. Slaughterhouse, Paul Rosenberg Talk 'Welcome to Our House' Album & Success

    August 28, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Rap supergroup Slaughterhouse doesn't quantify success in numbers. Following its self-titled debut on E1 Records in 2009, the quartet started work on its sophomore album, "Welcome to Our House." Consisting of Royce Da 5'9" , Joe Budden , Crooked I and Joell Ortiz ,…

  11. Eminem Thanks Fans For Their Help; Preps 'Recovery' Follow-Up

    August 10, 2012 11:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Eminem , who battled an addiction to prescription drugs, thanked his fans at a New York concert for helping him get through dark times. The 39-year-old told hundreds Thursday night (August 9) that he "wouldn't have gotten out of that dark place without y'all…

  12. The xx Marks the Spot on Billboard's Social 50

    August 04, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Rock act the xx rides a wave of online activity to a reentry on Billboard's Social 50 chart, returning to the list (No. 27) for the first time in over a year. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, using a formula that blends…

  13. Album Review: Marilyn Manson, 'Born Villain'

    April 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Marilyn Manson "Born Villain" Producer: Marilyn Manson Cooking Vinyl/Downtown Release Date: May 1 Marilyn Manson has always done well playing the tragic hero - or the sacrificial lamb. So it seems appropriate to quote Macbeth near the beginning of "Born Villain," the shock…

  14. Album Review: Marilyn Manson, 'Born Villain'

    April 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Marilyn Manson "Born Villain" Producer: Marilyn Manson Cooking Vinyl/Downtown Release Date: May 1 Marilyn Manson has always done well playing the tragic hero - or the sacrificial lamb. So it seems appropriate to quote Macbeth near the beginning of "Born Villain," the shock…

  15. Joe Budden Arrested Before Slaughterhouse NYC Show

    March 30, 2012 2:25 PM EDT There was someone missing at last night's (March 29) Slaughterhouse concert at NYC's Best Buy Theater. That would be on of the rap collective's own member, Joe Budden. According to MTV's Rapfix , the New Jersey rapper was arrested hours before the show by for a warrant…

  16. Jack White Gives Career Retrospective at Third Man SXSW Show

    March 17, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Karen Elson surely knew the answer when she asked her audience Friday night at the Stage on Sixth: "Are you ready for Jack?" The night was dedicated to Jack White's Third Man Records label, but as his ex-wife plainly knew, he was the star of the show and the reason a line of…

  17. Kanye West Gives Surprise SXSW Performance at 2 Chainz Show

    March 15, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Two nights after Jay-Z dazzled South by Southwest with an American Express-sponsored show on Monday night (Mar. 12), his "Watch The Throne" partner, Kanye West , made an unannounced appearance during New York venue S.O.B.'s 30th anniversary showcase Wednesday night at the…

  18. Lil Wayne Teams With Mountain Dew For DEWeezy Campaign

    March 09, 2012 3:15 PM EST In one of the biggest hip-hop soft-drink partnerships in recent memory, Lil Wayne and Mountain Dew are teaming up for a new campaign, dubbed DEWeezy, set to formally kick off at South by Southwest in Austin next week. Images of the campaign first started appearing on downtown New York City…

  19. Slaughterhouse Sets Album Release Date, North American Tour

    January 26, 2012 1:55 PM EST A little over a year after signing to Eminem 's Shady Records, hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse has set a release date for its full-length label debut. "welcome to: OUR HOUSE," starring MCs Joe Budden , Joell Ortiz , Crooked I and Royce da 5'9" , will arrive May 15…

  20. Yelawolf Defines Himself in Debut Album 'Radioactive'

    December 03, 2011 12:00 PM EST Michael Wayne " Yelawolf " Atha, 31, is sitting on a couch in the lobby of a boutique New York hotel talking about race. As a white rapper from tiny Gadsden, Ala. (population 36,000), with the word "RED" tattooed across his neck, it's a subject that follows him…

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