1. Drake Leads 2013 BET Awards With 12 Nominations

    May 14, 2013 3:22 PM EDT Chris Brown announces an upcoming Aaliyah-assisted single. He started from the bottom, but now he's on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations. The BET nominees were announced today (Tuesday, May 14) at a press conference on the rooftop of L.A.'s Icon Ultra Lounge, just up…

  2. Solange Launches Saint Records Label, Announces Upcoming Album

    May 14, 2013 12:21 PM EDT The singer's announcement comes soon after the debut of her Kendrick Lamar-assisted "Looks Good With Trouble" remix. Solange took to Twitter to announce the launch of her new record label, Saint Records. All of Solange's music, including an upcoming album, will be…

  3. Chart Highlights: Mariah Carey, Miguel Blast Onto Radio Rankings With '#Beautiful'

    May 13, 2013 5:10 PM EDT The song soars onto a host of airplay tallies, while Emeli Sande and Intocable net 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 surveys listed below. All our charts are…

  4. Robin Thicke Talks 'Happier' New Album, Calls 'Blurred Lines' Video 'Semi-Existential'

    May 13, 2013 3:00 PM EDT "I definitely don’t have any problem with nudity," the 36-year-old singer tells Billboard. Robin Thicke's a busy guy these days: his new single "Blurred Lines" is beginning to transcend "viral video" status and grow into a bonafide hit, his new studio…

  5. T.I. Talks '$200 Million' Major Label Deal & 'G.D.O.D.' Mixtape

    May 10, 2013 10:00 AM EDT "I am a free agent. I'm operating as an independent label. I do not have corporate sponsors. I don't have no corporate backing. I don't have no major distribution. We Master-P-ing this shit right now... I'm proving I'm worth $200 million." - T.I. Not…

  6. Talib Kweli, 'Prisoner of Conscious': Video Track-By-Track

    May 07, 2013 12:56 PM EDT Two years after "Gutter Rainbows" (2011) peaked at No. 7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Talib Kweli delivers his fifth studio album, "Prisoner of Conscious." "Prisoner of Conscious" went through "different changes" before it's release. It's…

  7. Austin City Limits Lineup: Depeche Mode, The Cure and Kings of Leon Are Texas Bound

    May 07, 2013 1:01 AM EDT Muse, Lionel Richie, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix and Wilco will also headline the two-weekend event Austin City Limits' two-weekend debut will have plenty of music to go around. The Texas festival, which will run Oct. 4-6 and 11-13, will see headlining performances from Depeche Mode, the…

  8. Talib Kweli, 'Prisoner of Conscious': Exclusive Album Stream

    May 06, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Close to a year after the release of his "Attack The Block" mixtape, Talib Kweli delivers his personal fifth studio album, "Prisoner of Conscious" (May 7). Kweli, who is known to tackle social and political issues, digs deeper and delivers rhymes filled with…

  9. Chart Juice: Ciara Soars Into Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    May 03, 2013 4:17 PM EDT Ciara's "Body Party" skyrockets into the top 10 (41-8) of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, fueled in part by the release of the song's Director X-helmed video. The clip, which premiered on the first day of the chart's streaming tracking week (April…

  10. 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…

  11. Chance the Rapper Talks 'Acid Rap' Mixtape & Navigating Major Labels

    May 01, 2013 1:03 PM EDT "My plan is to get in people’s face as hard as Chief Keef did, possibly harder." – Chance the Rapper In high school, Chance the Rapper was the kid with the backpack full of CDs, hustling in hallways, foisting his latest mixtape on unsuspecting classmates. Now he plays coy in…

  12. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Replace Themselves at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    April 25, 2013 5:03 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis prevent themselves from tying a Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs record as "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton, replaces "Thrift Shop," featuring Wanz, at No. 1.

 Had "Thrift Shop" picked up its 15th week at the top, it would&…

  13. Alicia Keys, Ciara, Miguel: Whose New Video Is Best?

    April 25, 2013 10:50 AM EDT Within one week, some of R&B's most notable vocalists have released videos for their latest singles, each as sensual as the lyrics. But whose video is the best? Vote now in the poll below and tell us which video has you shamelessly hitting replay. Ciara teams up with her boyfriend…

  14. Miguel Debuts Video For Kendrick Lamar-Assisted 'How Many Drinks?': Watch

    April 19, 2013 1:28 PM EDT  A week after debuting the Kendrick Lamar-assisted remix to "How Many Drinks?," Miguel adorns fans with a video for the "Kaleidoscope Dream" single. Director Clark Jackson (aka Constellation Jones) captures Miguel and Kendrick Lamar on stage, performing the hit in sleek…

  15. Chart Juice: Tyga Makes Top Five Return to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    April 18, 2013 8:07 PM EDT Justin Timberlake continues at No. 1 as Tyga's "Hotel California" bows with 54,000 copies sold. Another challenger for No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, another victory for Justin Timberlake. Though Tyga’s latest offering, “Hotel California,” opens with 54,000 copies …

  16. Kid Cudi, 'Indicud': Track-by-Track Review

    April 16, 2013 1:17 PM EDT Many were introduced to Kid Cudi as Kanye West’s dedicated hook man. Cudi assisted with writing and vocals on Kanye’s 2008 Auto-Tune detour, "808s & Heartbreak," before signing to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint and releasing "Man on the Moon: The End of the Day" and …

  17. Chart Highlights: Avril Lavigne 'Never' Lands On Pop Songs

    April 15, 2013 3:08 PM EDT Lavigne and Selena Gomez preview forthcoming albums with debuts on Pop Songs. Plus, new No. 1s for P!nk, Bruno Mars, Lady Antebellum and more. 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…

  18. The Seed: Pusha T, Miguel, Major Lazer and More

    April 15, 2013 1:14 PM EDT Last week was a busy week for hip-hop with releases by Jay-Z, Pusha T, Big Sean and more. Miguel let loose a pair of buzzing tracks, “Right Now” and Kendrick Lamar-assisted “How Many Drinks (Remix),” while The-Dream dropped the title track off of his upcoming “IV Play” album, due May 28.…

  19. Kid Cudi Moves Up 'Indicud' Release Date

    April 10, 2013 6:25 PM EDT Just days after "Indicud" (Republic Records) leaked on the 'net, Kid Cudi decided to move the release date of his album up to April 16. The album was originally set for April 23.     Ok so, INDICUD will be released April 16th now.Physical and digitally!! SPREAD THE WORD!! —…

  20. Miguel Releases Kendrick Lamar-Assisted 'How Many Drinks?' Remix: Listen

    April 10, 2013 5:03 PM EDT After much teasing, Miguel releases the Kendrick Lamar-assisted remix to his "Kaleidoscope Dream" single, "How Many Drinks?" The rapper comes in mid-way through with rhymes that revisit his hit, "Swimming Pools (Drank)" He also sneaks in a line from Busta Rhyme…

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