1. Chart Juice: Kendrick Lamar Lands Multiple Top 10s, Mariah Carey Debuts

    March 01, 2013 12:49 PM EST Kendrick Lamar's "Poetic Justice," featuring Drake, breaks into the top 10 of multiple charts this week, thanks primarily to the release its "Boyz N the Hood"-inspired video. Since its Feb. 22 premiere on YouTube, the Lil Homie, Dave Free and Dangeroo Kipawaa…

  2. Kendrick Lamar Brings Out A$AP Rocky, 50 Cent At NYC Shows

    February 27, 2013 1:25 PM EST "It's hard for me to adapt right now. I still don't believe this shit," Kendrick Lamar said, before a sea of fans at his first of two sold-out shows at NYC's Roseland Ballroom yesterday (Feb. 26). Even though his major-label debut studio album, "good kid, M.A.A.D…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Baauer Continues The 'Harlem' Hit Parade

    February 22, 2013 7:05 PM EST While Baauer's new Hot 100 leader, the viral 'Harlem Shake,' encapsulates the Hot 100's evolution to include YouTube data, the New York neighborhood has a rich chart history. Baauer's "Harlem Shake" soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 this week, as…

  4. Kendrick Lamar's 'Poetic Justice' Video: Watch His Tragic Love Story

    February 22, 2013 2:32 PM EST Kendrick Lamar's new video for "Poetic Justice" plays out a tragic story of a short-lived romance. The video opens up with a disclaimer: "All characters in this visual are entirely fictional. The events that occur are purely symbolic and should not be taken literal."…

  5. Chart Juice: Charlie Wilson Nets Second No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    February 07, 2013 3:25 PM EST It’s been a big week for former Gap Band frontman Charlie Wilson who celebrated his 60th birthday on January 29 with the release of “Love, Charlie,” his sixth solo album. The set debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week with 44,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.…

  6. 50 Cent's Evolution: How His Past Is Hurting His Future

    February 06, 2013 5:05 PM EST The rapper has disrupted his sonic evolution by choosing to relive the past instead of exploring -- and speaking candidly about -- the present. Despite his physique, 50 Cent is no longer the giant he once was. With every piece of music released, from his debut album "Get Rich Or Die…

  7. Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Dance/Club Play Songs: Chart Highlights

    January 28, 2013 3:19 PM EST Bieber scores his first leader on the list. Gary Allan, meanwhile, takes over top Country Airplay and Lady Antebellum soars onto the survey in with 'Downtown.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  8. Chart Juice: Alicia Keys' 'Girl On Fire' Returns to No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    January 11, 2013 10:35 AM EST Despite decreased album sales across the board this week, two albums managed to rise in sales and position in the entire top 40 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.   Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire" returns to No. 1 for a second week with 44,000 copies sold, up 6% according to…

  9. Justin Bieber Hosting, Performing on 'SNL' on Feb. 9

    January 08, 2013 11:30 AM EST After Justin Bieber hinted at hosting and performing on "Saturday Night Live" on Twitter on Monday (Jan. 7), a source has confirmed to Billboard that the pop superstar will indeed be pulling double-duty on the long-running variety show. The Biebs will take over "SNL" on…

  10. Chart Highlights: Rolling Stones Debut On Dance/Club Play Songs

    January 07, 2013 6:15 PM EST When the group's frontman has the original moves like Jagger, it shouldn't be too surprising to find them on the tally. 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…

  11. T.I. Leads R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart for Second Week

    January 04, 2013 6:00 PM EST As the latest R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (dated Jan. 12, 2013) reflects the final sales tracking week of 2012, T.I. closes out the year with its final No. 1: "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head." It clocks a second week atop the chart despite a 59% decrease to 74,000 copies, according…

  12. Britney Spears Taps Hit-Boy, Will.i.am for New Album

    January 03, 2013 7:37 PM EST Britney Spears revealed last week that she's working with "new inspiring producers" on her new album -- and Hit-Boy is one of them, according to Entertainment Weekly . The rising producer of Kanye West and Jay-Z 's "Ni**as in Paris," Kendrick Lamar 's "…

  13. Bruno Mars 'Locked' at No. 1 on Hot 100, Taylor Swift Closing In

    January 03, 2013 11:00 AM EST Mars' 'Locked Out of Heaven' remains atop the chart, while Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' surges toward the summit. Plus, PSY returns to the top 10 Bruno Mars holds atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a fourth week at No. 1.…

  14. Kendrick Lamar Drops Booty-Shaking 'Backseat Freestyle' Video: Watch

    January 02, 2013 8:32 PM EST Kendrick Lamar 's going worldwide. The hip-hop star's "Backseat Freestyle" finds him rapping from Compton to Paris, where he drops rhymes about the Eiffel Tower under the lit-up monument. Kendrick Lamar: The Story Behind 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' Lamar himself co…

  15. Chart Highlights: Mumford & Sons 'Light' Up Rock Radio

    December 31, 2012 3:25 PM EST The second single from the folk-rockers' album 'Babel' bows on Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs. 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…

  16. Chart Juice: T.I. and Chief Keef Albums Arrive in Top Five

    December 28, 2012 10:50 AM EST The self-proclaimed King reclaims the throne for a sixth time as T.I.'s "Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head" debuts atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 179,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new set launches with 179,000 -- an improvement over the 160,000 that…

  17. The Year In Bubbling Under

    December 27, 2012 9:05 AM EST A look back at 10 breakout acts whose chart action Billboard heralded early on. In March, Billboard premiered the weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the…

  18. NBA Players' Favorite Music: Iman Shumpert, J.J. Redick, Corey Brewer

    December 25, 2012 11:05 AM EST From A$AP to Milo Greene, check out what three basketball stars and their team mates are listening to lately. Christmas is always one of the most special days on the NBA calendar: with five marquee match-ups taking place on Tuesday (Dec. 25), basketball fans are gifted a full day of high…

  19. Chart Highlights: The Lumineers Shine Atop Adult Pop Songs

    December 24, 2012 6:05 PM EST The trio's debut Adult Pop Songs smash 'Ho Hey' jumps to No. 1, becoming one of the group's two newly-crowned leaders this week. 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…

  20. Joey Bada$$ Hints at Roc Nation Signing on A$AP Rocky's '1 Train'

    December 18, 2012 12:45 PM EST After the posse cut hits the 'net, A$AP Rocky's album 'Long Live A$AP' leaks. One month before its Jan. 15, 2013 release date, A$AP Rocky 's "LongLiveA$AP" has hit the Internet in full. Soon after the album's posse cut,"1 Train," leaked…

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