1. Wanted Rapper, Reality Star Lashes Out At NYPD

    August 23, 2014 4:10 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A rap and reality television star is lashing out at police who say he's wanted for roughing up his ex-girlfriend and stealing her cellphone. Joe Budden directed his ire at the New York Police Department via Twitter on Saturday after it sent out his picture and asked the…

  2. The Ultimate Warrior Dies: 5 Rap Songs Shouting Out the Wrestling Legend

    April 09, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Just days after being inducted into World Wrestling Entertainment’s Hall of Fame and delivering a spirited speech in the ring on Monday (April 7), The Ultimate Warrior suddenly died yesterday (April 8). "WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most…

  3. 'You Got Served' 10th Anniversary: Omarion & Marques Houston Look Back On Their Dance Hit

    January 30, 2014 2:35 PM EST "It became more than just a movie -- it became a part of culture," Omarion tells Billboard about the 2004 dance film. Before there was the "Step Up" franchise, or "So You Think You Can Dance," or  "Dancing With The Stars," there were a few suckers,…

  4. Big Sean Debuts Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica-Assisted 'Control'; Rappers React On Twitter

    August 13, 2013 12:12 PM EDT Last night (August 12), Big Sean debuted the Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica- assisted, "Control," with Hot 97's Funk Flex. The No I.D.-produced cut didn't make it onto his upcoming "Hall of Fame" album due to sampling clearance. But it wasn't the…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Chart Juice: Joe Budden and Avant Make Big Debuts on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    February 14, 2013 8:31 PM EST Budden notches his first No. 1 with 'No Love Lost' Nearly 10 years after his self-titled debut album opened at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Joe Budden nets his first No. 1 on the list with "No Love Lost" (30,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The…

  8. Tim McGraw Heading for 15th Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 09, 2013 8:15 AM EST The country superstar's "Two Lanes of Freedom" could top 100,000 copies in its first week Country superstar Tim McGraw is on course for his 15th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new set "Two Lanes of Freedom." Industry sources say the effort is set…

  9. Eminem's Next Album Due 'Post-Memorial Day': Exclusive

    February 08, 2013 3:50 PM EST Shady president says Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse sophomore albums are on the way while 50's 'Street King Immortal' is due first-half of 2013. Shady Records is gearing up for a busy 2013. Following the release of Slaughterhouse’s "welcome to: OUR HOUSE" last year,…

  10. Chart Highlights: Phillip Phillips Makes History On Adult Pop Songs

    December 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST The singer is the first 'American Idol' champion to send a debut single to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs, where 'Home' hikes 2-1. Plus, new No. 1s from Ellie Goulding and Steven Curtis Chapman. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Chris Lighty RIP: Rihanna, Diddy, Nicki Minaj + Others React

    August 30, 2012 4:35 PM EDT "The man that saved my life" -- Fat Joe Chris Lighty, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in hip-hop, was found dead today. The man who founded and built Violator Management from the ground up died of an apparent suicide, according to the New York Daily News. Throughout his…

  14. 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…

  15. 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 ,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Top 20 Tweets of the Week 12/17/2011

    December 17, 2011 10:00 AM EST Here's our round-up of singers', rockers' and rappers' 20 coolest and funnest tweets from the past seven days. Be sure to tag @Billboard to your favorite music retweets (and don't forget to follow us !) @rickyrozay : It's Official Drop'n New Mixtape!!! …

  20. 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…

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