1. Jay-Z Puts New Music On Hold to 'Hang Out With My Daughter'

    May 14, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Hip-Hop Icon Talks Blue Ivy, Philly Music Festival, Jack White and New Brand Partnerships Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter may be headlining and curating a two-day music festival, "Budweiser Made In America," this Labor Day in Philadelphia -- but don't expect any new music from…

  2. Beyonce, Chris Brown, Adele Up for NAACP Image Awards

    January 19, 2012 7:45 PM EST A number of R&B and hip-hop world royalty are among the nominees for this year's NAACP Image Awards. Anthony Hamilton , Bruno Mars , Cee Lo Green , Chris Brown and Common will vie for the title of Outstanding Male Artist at the 43rd annual ceremony, while the women's category…

  3. Young Jeezy's 'TM103': Track-By-Track Review

    December 20, 2011 1:20 PM EST Three years is not a particularly long period of time, but for a marquee hip-hop artist like Young Jeezy , it's an eternity. The last time Young Jeezy put out an album -- in 2008, when he released "The Recession" -- Barack Obama had yet to be elected, and the actual recession…

  4. VH1 Divas Highlighted by Winehouse Tribute, 50 Cent & Chaka Khan Pairing

    December 19, 2011 3:30 PM EST VH1 may have honored singing divas at its annual VH1 Divas special, but the night was all about collaboration. 50 Cent was hand-in-hand with Chaka Khan on the red carpet; Mavis Staples screamed her love for Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine and Ledisi gushed over meeting Martha Reeves …

  5. Exclusive: Young Jeezy Talks Album Cameos, New Single 'O.J.,' & More

    December 08, 2011 12:45 PM EST The third installment in Young Jeezy 's "Thug Motivation" album trilogy, "Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition," is laced with the rapper's signature raw verses and notable guest cameos by T.I. , Ne-Yo , Jay-Z , Andre 3000 , and more. There are even spit…

  6. Soul Train Awards 2011: Jill Scott & Cee Lo Green Win Big

    November 18, 2011 2:30 PM EST R&B, Hip-Hop and Soul legends attended the 40th anniversary taping of the 2011 Soul Train Awards in Atlanta on Thursday (Nov. 17) to celebrate "peace, love and soul." Slideshow: Soul Train Awards See Pics From the Show! Host Cedric the Entertainer opened the show at the historic…

  7. Top 5 2011 Black Girls Rock Performances: Watch

    November 07, 2011 10:35 AM EST Last night's (Nov. 6) 'Black Girls Rock' 2011 Awards, taped Oct. 15 in NYC, proved performances can make an award show. This year's Black Girls Rock introduced us to newbie songstress Elle Varner and took us down memory lane with a few legends such as Mary J. Blige and…

  8. Soul Train Awards Adds New Roster of Performers

    November 01, 2011 9:20 AM EDT The 2011 Soul Train Awards will have more surprises in store. The awards show, being taped on Thursday (Nov. 17) at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, will treat its audience and viewers to tribute performances to celebrate the achievements of the Legend Award recipients Earth, Wind & Fire and…

  9. Chris Brown Leads Soul Train Awards Nominations

    October 21, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Days after winning the most awards at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Chris Brown leads the nominations for the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Brown is nominated for five nods across 11 categories, one being Best Dance Performance in which he's up against ex-beau Rihanna . Breezy is nominated for …

  10. Mary J. Blige Performs Classics, Tatyana Ali Returns to Music & More at 'Black Girls Rock'

    October 17, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Stars gathered at the famed Paradise Theater in NYC Saturday night (Oct. 15) to celebrate the talents, lives, and strength of Black women for the 6th Annual Black Girls Rock Awards, hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King. The award show was produced by BET and B.G.R. Enterprises Inc. and…

  11. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Talks 'Battleship' Movie, Feist Debuts First 'Metals' Single

    August 12, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Discusses Her 'Battleship' Film Role The movie adaptation of the classic, yet plotless, game Battleship may be eliciting a few eye-rolls around the Internet, but pop-star-turned-"Battleship…

  12. Jill Scott Still 'Blown Away' by Scoring First No. 1 Album

    July 19, 2011 4:28 PM EDT Four weeks later, Jill Scott says she's still overwhelmed by the No. 1 Billboard 200 debut of her latest album, "The Light of the Sun." "Wow, I haven't even been able to wrap my mind around it yet," Scott tells Billboard.com. "I'm blown away. I really…

  13. Beyonce's '4' Stays Atop Billboard 200, Lloyd Snags Top Debut

    July 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT It's an exceptionally quiet week on both the Billboard 200 albums and Digital Songs charts. On the former, Beyonce 's "4" continues to reign at No. 1 for a second week, selling 115,000 (down 63%), while LMFAO 's "Party Rock Anthem" (featuring Lauren Bennett…

  14. Beyonce Notches 4th Billboard 200 No. 1 with '4'

    July 06, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As expected , Beyonce 's fourth solo studio album, "4," bounds in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 310,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the diva's fourth solo No. 1 -- and fourth studio set to top the list. She's only the third…

  15. Four-Play: 2011 Essence Music Festival

    July 05, 2011 2:45 PM EDT This past weekend, plus Friday (July 1 through July 3), the '2011 Essence Music Festival' brought out a star-studded lineup to New Orleans, LA. Artists from Mary J. Blige , Kanye West , Jill Scott to El Debarge and New Edition awed the Superdome with performances of their oldies and…

  16. Jill Scott Celebrates First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    June 29, 2011 11:00 AM EDT R&B singer Jill Scott celebrates her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as her fourth studio effort, "The Light of the Sun," debuts atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. She's been notching hits on the chart beginning with her 2000 debut,…

  17. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 8:29 AM EDT The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilarious reality show spoof "The Real Husbands…

  18. Common Signs with Warner Bros. Records

    June 24, 2011 6:06 PM EDT After a decade in the Universal Music fold, rapper Common is moving over to Warner Bros. Records. Warner Bros. Records co-president/CEO Todd Moscowitz announced the signing Friday afternoon at an outdoor concert by one of Warners' other recent singings, Texas-based soul-blues guitarist…

  19. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her new album, "The Light of the Sun."…

  20. Summer Music Central 2011

    June 23, 2011 9:50 AM EDT _ _ Chart Article _ _ LMFAO, Swizz Beatz Rock Our Summer Party Photos, video & more: LMFAO, Swizz, Gentlemen Hall & DJ Homicide rule. _ Summer Songs Chart: Who'll Be No. 1? Can Katy carry it? Will Adele or Gaga triumph? _ Hot Summer Weekly Playlist Heating it up this week: Jill…

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