1. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson, Trey Songz

    January 20, 2011 4:31 PM EST Nicki Minaj continues her winning streak as "Pink Friday" picks up a second week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Despite dropping 17% to 32,000 copies, Minaj fends off Rihanna 's "Loud" which steps 3-2 in its ninth week. Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted…

  2. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Kanye West & Jay-Z

    January 13, 2011 4:11 PM EST In its seventh week on the chart, Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" skips 3-1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums marking the longest climb to No. 1 since Jamie Foxx 's "Intuition" took eight weeks to reach the summit in 2009. "Pink Friday" claims the chart throne…

  3. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Eminem, Michael Jackson, Skillz

    January 06, 2011 5:54 PM EST Fresh off his coronation as Billboard's top R&B/hip-hop artist of 2010, Eminem returns to the top of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "Recovery" - the past year's top title on the tally - rebounds 3-1 on the chart. The jump grants "Recovery" its 14th week at No. 1,…

  4. Taylor Swift Gets Christmas Boost on Billboard 200, Foxx Earns Highest Debut

    December 29, 2010 11:00 AM EST Last-minute Christmas shopping -- and post holiday purchases -- impact both the Billboard 200 albums chart and Digital Songs tally this week. As forecasted, Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" continues to reign on the albums tally with 276,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan, while over…

  5. Jamie Foxx Says Daughter Helped His Music Career

    December 23, 2010 11:53 AM EST Call her the guardian angel for Jamie Foxx's music career. The Oscar and Grammy winner said Tuesday his 16-year-old daughter, Corinne, gave him the best advice when he began recording music. "When I first started I was doing this little slow music, you know, just R&B ... and my…

  6. Keyshia Cole, Jamie Foxx, Keri Hilson Gunning for Top 10 Debuts Next Week

    December 23, 2010 8:26 AM EST We're heading into the home stretch of 2010 this week as the final big new album releases of the year reached retail on Tuesday (21). None of them, however, are aiming for the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 next week. It would seem Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" will…

  7. Swift Back at No. 1 on Billboard 200, 'Michael' Bows at No. 3

    December 22, 2010 11:00 AM EST The No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week was seemingly up for grabs a week ago , when industry prognosticators were predicting that it was a race between the then-current topper "The Gift" from Susan Boyle , former No. 1 "Speak Now" by Taylor Swift and…

  8. Ask Billboard: Ke$ha, Band-Aid, Eddie Murphy

    December 17, 2010 4:05 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. SHOCK AND AWARDS…

  9. Keri Hilson, Jamie Foxx And 3 More Hot Albums Out Next Week

    December 15, 2010 5:50 PM EST These five albums are among the most highly anticipated releases due out next week (Dec. 21). Read more about each of them below. Keri Hilson "No Boys Allowed" "It's basically my way of saying 'girl power,'" she says about the set's title. "The…

  10. Michael Jackson's 'Michael' Track-By-Track

    December 08, 2010 12:00 PM EST Before his untimely death in June 2009, Michael Jackson had been formulating a new batch of material that would have served as the follow-up to 2001's "Invincible." Although Jackson would sadly never see the release of this group of songs, an all-star team of producers and…

  11. Billboard Bits: Jamie Foxx Announces New Album, Christina Aguilera's New Guy Takes Time Off from Band

    December 03, 2010 7:30 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Jamie Foxx Announces New Album Jamie Foxx has announced the release of his third studio album, "Best Night of My Life," for Dec. 21. The follow-up to 2008's "Intuition" features guest spots…

  12. Producer Rico Love Working With Dr. Dre, T.I., Pleasure P

    November 29, 2010 4:48 PM EST Songwriter/Producer/Singer/Rapper Rico Love continues to make a name for himself. Not only is he the mastermind behind such hits as Beyoncé's "Sweet Dreams," Pleasure P 's "Boyfriend No. 2" and Usher 's "There Goes My Baby," among many others, he…

  13. Quincy Jones Looks Back with All-Star Tribute Album

    November 15, 2010 11:10 AM EST Reflecting on his game-changing career, industry legend Quincy Jones says there's one memento he especially treasures. It's a picture Duke Ellington signed in 1973 after Jones had wrapped his first TV production: a CBS special in tribute to the pioneering jazz pianist/composer. The…

  14. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Mariah Carey, Trey Songz, Willow Smith

    November 12, 2010 11:48 AM EST Mariah Carey kicks off the holiday season with "Merry Christmas II You," which arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, marking only the second Christmas set to top the chart in its 45-year history. It starts with 55,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the…

  15. Quincy Jones ' Q: Soul Bossa Nostra' Track-By-Track

    November 04, 2010 12:35 PM EDT The name of Quincy Jones ' latest, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra," doesn't betray the depth of music's past, present and future its 15 tracks embody. On the album, due Nov. 9, the legendary producer and musician reinterprets several of the hits and collaborations he's…

  16. Reba McEntire Extends Country Songs Record

    November 03, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'RADIO' ROYALTY: While Taylor Swift dominates headlines on the Billboard 200, as her "Speak Now" blasts in at No. 1, logging the largest sales week since 2005 , according to Nielsen SoundScan, another country queen continues rewriting history on Country Songs. Reba…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, 'Halo'

    September 23, 2010 6:55 PM EDT MARS ATTACKS: After his arrest Sunday (Sept. 19) on suspicion of cocaine possession , Bruno Mars instead makes enviable headlines on the Billboard Hot 100 , where "Just the Way You Are" ascends 3-1 . The song is Mars' first No. 1 as a lead artist, following his turn as a…

  18. Ask Billboard: Bareilles Bookends Billboard 200

    September 17, 2010 6:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. 1 VS. 100, AND…

  19. POTW: Jessica Simpson, Kevin Jonas, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus

    September 10, 2010 4:15 PM EDT Jessica Simpson strutted on the catwalk, Kevin Jonas got his "good samaritan" on, Taylor Swift posed with hunky football players, Miley Cyrus took a stroll with brother Braison, Ashley Tisdale attended Fashion's Night Out, Fantasia hit the "106 & Park" stage, Lady…

  20. Amy Winehouse Sings Again on Quincy Jones Album

    September 08, 2010 4:14 PM EDT A my Winehouse is making music again. Quincy Jones says the five-time Grammy winner's first new track in years will appear on his forthcoming album, "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra." Winehouse has been known more for her personal problems than her music in recent years, and hasn't…

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