1. Kanye West's 'The College Dropout' at 10: Classic Track-by-Track Review

    February 10, 2014 10:50 AM EST In the late 90s and early aughts, before the world ever really knew who he was, Kanye West was merely just a record producer. He cut his teeth ghost-producing tracks for Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, a member of Diddy's Hitmen production team, and turned his uncredited work…

  2. Rutgers Offering 'Politicizing Beyonce' Course

    January 30, 2014 7:57 PM EST Beyonce is one of the world's most scrutinized pop stars, and now that study is moving to academia. The Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University is offering a course called "Politicizing Beyonce." Kevin Allred, a doctoral student who is teaching the…

  3. Chart Highlights: Beyonce Bounds Up Pop, R&B/Hip-Hop Charts With 'Drunk In Love,' 'XO'

    January 06, 2014 3:25 PM EST Both songs from the million-selling 'Beyonce' soar, while Pitbull, Ke$ha, Katherine Alexander and Big Daddy Weave notch new No. 1s 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…

  4. Rihanna Wins the 'AMA Icon Award,' Performs 'Diamonds'

    November 24, 2013 10:01 PM EST Rihanna was awarded with the first-ever "AMA Icon Award" at the American Music Awards, and the statue was presented by the person who knows her best: her mom. After a televised message from her mentor, Jay-Z, Bill Maher brought out Rihanna's mother, Monica Fenty, to…

  5. U2 Album Slated for Early 2014 Release

    November 13, 2013 12:24 AM EST U2 is readying a new album for tentative release in April, Billboard has learned, and is shopping for brand partners to announce the new project via a Super Bowl commercial. Producer Danger Mouse (real name Brian Burton) has been helming the set, which was recorded primarily at New…

  6. Billboard Touring Awards: Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, P!nk and Bon Jovi Among Finalists

    October 22, 2013 12:00 PM EDT The top achievers in the touring world will be honored at the 10th Annual Billboard Touring Awards, hosted by Gary Dell'Abate, aka Baba Booey, executive producer of the Howard Stern Show, and set for Nov. 14 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Billboard Touring Awards Register…

  7. Rick Ross Talks Reebok Partnership, Jay-Z & 'Self Made 3' Album

    September 17, 2013 6:42 PM EDT Even though Rick Ross lost his deal with Reebok this year, the Miami-based rapper continues to sport and promote the sneaker brand. "I'm still supporting Reebok. I'm still wearing Reebok," he said in an interview last week. "It's nothing more than that. I'…

  8. Jay Z, Justin Timberlake's 'Holy Grail' Tops Rhythmic Airplay Chart

    September 10, 2013 1:23 PM EDT Jay Z's "Holy Grail" (featuring Justin Timberlake) has overtaken Billboard's Song of the Summer , Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell), on the Rhythmic airplay chart. After camping out at No. 2 for the last two weeks of Thicke'…

  9. Beyonce's 30 Biggest Billboard Hits

    September 04, 2013 12:30 PM EDT With a devotion to music that started she was just five years old, Beyoncé has been never missed a step. Once she reached her teens, Queen B has dominated the Billboard charts for the entire span of thirteen-years-and-counting career, first as part of '90s R&B group Destiny&…

  10. 'Rich Gang' Album Debuts; Jay Z Ends Macklemore & Lewis' Long Run at No. 1

    August 01, 2013 1:53 PM EDT Cash Money Records co-founder Birdman brings together a host of artists for the "Rich Gang" compilation album, which debuts at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 24,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Though most of the artists on the crew album are Birdman's…

  11. Ace Hood Earns His Biggest Debut, FiNATTiCZ' 'Thun Thun' Explodes

    July 25, 2013 5:03 PM EDT On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week, Ace Hood posts his best debut yet as "Trials and Tribulations" opens at No. 2 with 34,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan). It stands behind Jay Z's second chart-topping week with "Magna Carta Holy Grail" (down 76% to…

  12. Jay Z Visits U.K.'s Salisbury Cathedral to See the Original 'Magna Carta'

    July 19, 2013 2:07 AM EDT Jay Z has dropped by an English cathedral to see the inspiration for his latest album — an 800-year-old parchment copy of the Magna Carta. The musician visited Salisbury Cathedral in southwest England to see one of only four surviving original copies of the 1215 proclamation that is…

  13. Jay Z & Justin Timberlake In Playful Mood As 'Legends of the Summer' Tour Kicks Off in Toronto

    July 18, 2013 6:11 AM EDT The "Holy Grail" stars dedicate their encore song ("Young Forever") to Trayvon Martin For the first stop of Jay Z and Justin Timberlake’s co-headlining Legends of the Summer stadium tour in North American, the pair’s packed-to-the-hilt concert at Toronto’s Rogers…

  14. Robin Thicke Tops Hot 100 For Sixth Week; Jay Z, Justin Timberlake Debut In Top 10

    July 17, 2013 1:25 PM EDT "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, matches the year's longest reign. Plus, Jay Z blasts in at No. 8 with "Holy Grail," featuring Justin Timberlake Robin Thicke racks a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Blurred Lines,"…

  15. Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ Arrives at No. 1 in U.K.

    July 15, 2013 5:29 AM EDT Jay-Z landed his first solo No. 1 album on the U.K. charts yesterday (July 14) as “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (Roc Nation/Universal) debuted at the top. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, climbed back 2-1 for a fourth aggregate week at…

  16. The Seed: Lil Kim, Jim Jones, Jay-Z

    July 14, 2013 9:00 PM EDT On her 37th birthday (July 11, 2011), Lil Kim announced that she'd release a new single titled "Looks Like Money" off her fifth studio album. Neither the single nor the album ever materialized until last week when the Queen Bee unleashed the single in celebration of her 39th…

  17. Jay-Z Performs 'Picasso Baby' at NYC's Pace Gallery: Watch

    July 10, 2013 4:30 PM EDT During his Twitter Q&A on Monday (July 8), Jay-Z mentioned that he'd deliver six pieces of art following the release of his "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album.   RT @NickyP7D @S_C_ have you began working on any visuals for any tracks off #MCHG [yes, 6 pieces of art] — Mr.…

  18. Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Album Sales Forecast Grows to 450-500,000

    July 10, 2013 1:59 PM EDT The debut week sales forecast for Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" has grown. After its first day at retail on July 9, industry sources now suggest the album could sell between 450,000 to 500,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, July 14. Two days ago (July 8)…

  19. Jay-Z Talks 'Magna Carta,' Miley Cyrus & Kanye West's 'Yeezus'

    July 10, 2013 1:22 PM EDT Following the release of "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Jay-Z unleashed a media craze, starting with a Twitter Q&A. He answered a sea of questions from Twitter followers who picked the his brain about his new effort. "I actually had fun. That was amazing," Jay-Z told…

  20. 'Magna Carta Holy Grail': 10 Things We Learned About Jay-Z

    July 09, 2013 4:28 PM EDT After roughly three weeks of unprecedented hype, Jay-Z’s new album "Magna Carta Holy Grail” is available nationwide today (July 9). His 12th studio solo effort is a personal one. From jump, the usually guarded rap mogul mentions his daughter Blue Ivy Carter, only to be followed by…

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