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. 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. …

  3. 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…

  4. Usher To Start 'Looking For Myself' in June

    March 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Usher will return with his much-anticipated seventh studio album, "Looking For Myself," on June 12, through RCA Records. The follow-up to 2010's "Raymond v. Raymond" was previewed by the Diplo-produced slow jam "Climax," which hit the web on Valentine's…

  5. Nicki Minaj, Skrillex and One Direction Make Social Chart Gains

    March 22, 2012 7:47 PM EDT This week on Billboard's Social 50 chart, Nicki Minaj bounds back into the top 10, Skrillex hits a new high and One Direction continue its American takeover. After a brief sojourn from the top 10 last week, Nicki Minaj is back in the upper tier at No. 4 (up 13 slots) following a 6.1%…

  6. 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…

  7. Usher to Play Sugar Ray Leonard in 'Hands of Stone'

    March 22, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Robert De Niro and Gael Garcia Bernal cast alongside the R&B star in upcoming boxing biopic. Usher has announced that he will be playing Sugar Ray Leonard alongside Robert De Niro and Gael Garcia Bernal in an upcoming boxing biopic called "Hands of Stone." "I'm…

  8. Chart Highlights: Adele, Taylor Swift, Madonna Notch New No. 1s

    March 19, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Adele ascends to the Adult Contemporary summit, Swift crowns Country Songs and Madonna is the dancing queen again 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 the surveys listed below. All our…

  9. 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"…

  10. Usher Busts Out a Gun in 'Climax' Video: Watch

    March 09, 2012 10:50 AM EST The narrative arc for Usher 's "Climax" music video, which premiered on Vevo on Friday morning (Mar. 9), is a bit perplexing, but this much we know for sure: if the R&B singer catches his woman hanging out with another (faceless) man in her house, he is NOT afraid to whip…

  11. Track Review: Usher, 'Climax'

    March 02, 2012 8:00 AM EST USHER Climax (3:56) Producer: Diplo Writers: U. Raymond, R. Stylez, A. Rechtshaid, Diplo Publisher: not listed RCA Records When the throbbing contours and gooey center of Usher 's "Climax" were released online on Valentine's Day, the song immediately recalled his previous…

  12. Usher Drops New R&B Jam, 'Climax': Listen

    February 14, 2012 7:00 PM EST Here's a fun way to celebrate Valentine's Day: Usher has released "Climax," a new soul track that its producer, Diplo, has called "Seriously the best record I've been part of" on Twitter . He might not be exaggerating. Written by Diplo, Redd Stylez and Ariel…

  13. 12 No. 12 Billboard Hot 100 Hits for 2012

    January 31, 2012 4:15 PM EST As 2012 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers songs that rose to No. 12 highpoints on Billboard surveys and, despite falling two spots shy of the top 10, remain notable. Previously this month, we've recalled No. 12-peaking hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Country Songs and various rock…

  14. Producer Dave Tozer Talks New John Legend Album

    January 25, 2012 11:00 AM EST John Legend is in a darker space for his fourth solo studio album. Following the 2008 release of his last solo LP "Evolver" and the socio-political "Wake Up!" collaboration with The Roots , Legend has teamed up yet again with producer Dave Tozer for his untitled album …

  15. SWV Returns with Comeback Single, 'Co-Sign'

    January 23, 2012 4:34 PM EST Missed SWV ? Well, the ladies must have "missed us": they're making a comeback in 2012 with their first single in over a decade, "Co-Sign." Despite disbanding in the late '90s, it's clear the ladies still haven't missed a step with the new single, the…

  16. Weekly Chart Notes: Adele, Rihanna, Guy Lombardo

    January 06, 2012 12:15 PM EST 'DEEP' ROLLS ON: BIG 'LOVE': Like Adele, Rihanna begins 2012 by building on her momentum of last year. "We Found Love" extends its reign as Rihanna's longest-leading Pop Songs No. 1, as the song, featuring Calvin Harris, rules for a sixth frame. That's…

  17. Track Review: Adam Lambert, 'Better Than I Know Myself'

    January 02, 2012 8:00 AM EST ADAM LAMBERT "Better Than I Know Myself" (3:36) Producers: Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Ammo Writers: Lukasz Gottwald, Joshua Coleman, Claude Kelly and Henry Walter Publishers: Kasz Money Publishing/Each Note Counts/Prescription Songs/ Traintracks Studio/Prescription Songs (ASCAP) Music…

  18. Ian Hunter Ready To Make 'A Band Album' in 2012

    November 15, 2011 12:00 PM EST Ian Hunter has set a Jan. 9 date to start recording his next album, and he promises it will be markedly different than his last couple of releases. "It's very strange; after all these years of being a sort of singer-songwriter, this is very much a band album," Hunter tells…

  19. Michael Jackson's Family, Friends React to Murray Verdict: 'Justice Was Served'

    November 07, 2011 7:18 PM EST Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson on Monday, the climax of a complicated six-week trial that left Jackson's family and friends with strong emotions. "Justice was good today," Janet Jackson wrote on Twitter while in Australia. …

  20. Love Ballads Sweep Into the K-Pop Hot 100

    September 02, 2011 3:15 PM EDT As the heat of summer gradually diminishes and the crisp cool of fall approaches, slower love songs that best fit the new season are making a strong push onto the K-Pop Hot 100 chart. It seems fans are switching their mp3 playlists stacked with buoyant dance songs to those filled with…

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