1. Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey & More Surprise At Summer Jam XX

    June 03, 2013 7:55 AM EDT Rap's new class dominates: Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz New York City radio station Hot 97 celebrated its 20th annual Summer Jam concert with young rappers who are dominating the charts, a respected veteran hip-hop group and a slew of surprises. Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nicki…

  2. Chris Brown, Wu-Tang Clan, Miguel & More To Perform At 2013 Summer Jam

    May 02, 2013 5:01 PM EDT Hot 97 has announced the line-up for this year's Summer Jam event. Chris Brown, Wu-Tang Clan, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, A$AP Rocky, Wale, Miguel, Joe Budden and French Montana will all be performing. Summer Jam XX will take place on June 2 at the MetLife Stadium. Seeing as…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 ,…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse Prep New Albums with Eminem

    March 15, 2011 10:32 AM EDT The two latest signings to Eminem 's Shady Records are moving ahead on their first projects for the resurgent label. Alabama rapper Yelawolf tells Billboard.com that he's "done" with "Radioactive," his follow-up to 2010's "Trunk Muzik O-60." But…

  12. Eminem Signs Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse to Shady Label

    January 12, 2011 2:48 PM EST After months of speculation, Eminem 's Shady Records finally announced the signing of Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf on Tuesday (Jan. 11). The label head and his new signees appear on the cover of the March issue of XXL, and Rapradar.com has a snippet of what the rappers have to say about…

  13. Lil Wayne 'Lasagna' Line In '6'7' Causes Controversy, Thoughts?

    December 15, 2010 1:32 PM EST It seems folks are dissecting Lil Wayne 's "6'7" track to a, er, "G"? Although the single, released yesterday (Dec. 14) and featuring Cory Gunz, has a lot of Wayne fans looking forward to the February 2011 release of "Tha Carter IV," there's one…

  14. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kid Cudi, Cee Lo Green, Trey Songz

    November 19, 2010 2:16 PM EST Kid Cudi breaks open at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his sophomore set "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" as the title moves 169,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His debut "Man on the Moon: The End of the Day" opened at No. 5 on R&B/Hip…

  15. Billboard Bits: Vampire Weekend Cover Girl Speaks, Phish Plots Tour

    August 24, 2010 6:48 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Vampire Weekend Cover Girl Speaks Ann Kirsten Kennis, the model whose photo appears on the cover of Vampire Weekend 's sophomore album "Contra," opened up to Vanity Fair about her $2 million…

  16. Raekwon Returns To Form With 'Cuban Linx...Pt. II'

    September 18, 2009 3:52 PM EDT J ay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" might be the week's No. 1 album, but the other major Sept. 8 hip-hop release, Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. II," can still claim a victory. For three days during the week of its release, the Wu-Tang Clan member's…

  17. Joe Budden, Saigon Indie Releases Coming

    August 18, 2009 4:26 PM EDT Rappers Joe Budden and Saigon, both former major label acts who are currently signed with online label and promotional company Amalgam Digital, will see their new releases and back catalogues distributed by E1 Music (formerly Koch Records), in a deal announced by the companies today. The…

  18. Matchstik

    July 23, 2009 6:33 PM EDT To say up-and-coming rapper Matchstik had a rough childhood is an understatement. Matchstik, born Allen Forrest in Fort Camble, Ky., grew up in the run down, drug-infested Martin homes of Dothan, Ala. When he was nine-years-old, his father tried to commit suicide and then walked out on the…

  19. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Capital Jazz Fest, Slaughterhouse

    May 29, 2009 12:20 PM EDT -- Chaka Khan is stepping in for Natalie Cole at the 17th annual Capital Jazz Fest (June 5-7) at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md. Cole is recuperating from recent kidney transplant surgery. Khan joins a lineup that includes Lalah Hathaway, Roy Ayers, Will Downing and the…

  20. Raekwon Announces 'Linx 2' Date, Says Budden 'Copied' Method Man

    May 19, 2009 8:25 AM EDT As first reported on Billboard.com last month , rapper Raekwon signed with EMI for his ICE H20 label, which will distribute his highly-anticipated "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II" album. Now, that set finally has a street date of August 11. "I'm really joyous with the…

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