1. Kobe Bryant Dishes Assist to Lil Wayne, Shares ‘Tha Carter V’ Artwork

    April 29, 2014 2:02 AM EDT The artwork for Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter V” has been leaked by an unexpected source: Kobe Bryant. The L.A. Lakers great tweeted the message, “Carter V season begins #carterV” with a red and white logo. The distinctive “V” is braced by the words “Tha Carter V” and the brands for Cash Money…

  2. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Bashed by Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and Game

    April 27, 2014 11:28 AM EDT The hip-hop community is lashing out at Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was identified on audio recording by TMZ as telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to basketball games. Donald sterling is the definition of racism .... He could b your judge.... Your doctor..…

  3. Chris Brown & Friends Charge Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    April 03, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Chris Brown's "Loyal" reaches a new peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, jumping 10-6 while taking home the chart's Digital and Streaming Gainer awards. With the third -- and seemingly final version -- of the song (featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga) being released on March 26, …

  4. Rewinding The Charts: Billboard 200 Launches, With Harry Belafonte At No. 1

    March 24, 2014 10:05 AM EDT On this date 58 years ago, the country's premier albums chart arrived as a weekly Billboard fixture On March 24, 1956, the legendary Harry Belafonte crowned Billboard's first weekly albums chart – then billed Best Selling Pop Albums in Billboard magazine's pages; now known as…

  5. Aloe Blacc, Young Money Debut on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 20, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Though Rick Ross' "Mastermind" holds onto the No. 1 spot on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 49,000 copies (a 73% drop, according to Nielsen SoundScan), top 10 debuts from Aloe Blacc, Young Money and Ledisi make it a busy week on the list. After reaching worldwide audiences as…

  6. Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse In CRWN Interview

    March 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT "I'm approaching it like it is my last project – I think that's why it's a lot different than anything else." Lil Wayne expands on why "Tha Carter V," set for a May release, will likely be his last solo album in the first episode of his "Lil Wayne CRWN…

  7. Drake Wins Big At MTV's Woodie Awards

    March 14, 2014 5:57 AM EDT Drake won top honors at MTV's annual South By Southwest-based awards show Thursday night. The Canadian rapper-singer-actor won Woodie of the Year, given to music's top emerging artist, during the Woodie Awards in Austin. Lil Wayne, who founded Drake's label Young Money, shocked…

  8. Lil Wayne Insists 'Tha Carter V' Will Be The ‘Final Carter Album’

    March 13, 2014 7:01 AM EDT Lil Wayne’s upcoming “Tha Carter V” will be his last solo album. That is, unless someone offers him 25 million good reasons to record another.  The rapper has used an interview for MTV.com to announce after album No. 5, he'll take five... indefinitely.  "I personally plan on this…

  9. Young Money Announces New Compilation, 'Rise of an Empire'

    January 22, 2014 9:50 PM EST The new album will arrive March 11 After releasing its last compilation over four years ago, Young Money Entertainment has announced a new release for 2014. "Young Money: Rise of an Empire," the label's second compilation featuring its roster of artists -- and third overall,…

  10. Drake Shows Off Comedy Chops, Broods a Bit as 'SNL' Host

    January 19, 2014 1:25 AM EST Drake's not just a rapper -- but we already knew that, especially for those who grew up watching Aubrey Graham on "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Now, he can add a new notch to his belt of appearances: "Saturday Night Live" host. Though he's appeared on the…

  11. Drake's Aaliyah Project Halted, Says Producer

    January 08, 2014 7:32 PM EST The would-be Aaliyah record of unreleased tracks from the late singer is staying on the shelf -- for good, this time. Production of the posthumous album, spearheaded by Noah "40" Shebib and Drake, has been halted, according to a new Vibe interview with Shebib. "Aaliyah’s label…

  12. DJ Drama Joins Atlantic A&R Team

    January 08, 2014 9:56 AM EST Hip-hop artist DJ Drama has joined the A&R staff at Atlantic Records. Based in Atlanta, he will oversee recording projects, sign new talent and contribute to the artist development process for existing talent on the Atlantic roster. In addition, DJ Drama's newly established Means…

  13. Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes Release 'The Abstract & The Dragon' Mixtape: Listen

    December 12, 2013 1:53 PM EST Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip team up for their collaborative mixtape, "The Abstract & The Dragon." The 28-song mixtape is laced with new collaborations, remixes and old school hits of their own ("Scenario," "Vivrant Thing"). The rappers gave fans a taste of "…

  14. Justin Bieber's 'Journals' Collection to Drop In Time For Christmas (Exclusive)

    December 09, 2013 7:00 AM EST The set will include all of his "Music Mondays" releases, five new songs and more Last week, Billboard tweeted that Justin Bieber was set to close out his Music Mondays promotion--releasing a new song a week on iTunes for 10 weeks--with the Dec. 9 release of his…

  15. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Earn Fourth Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    November 21, 2013 6:54 PM EST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' stellar year on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs continues as "White Walls," featuring Schoolboy Q and Hollis, jumps 11-8 in its 11th week. The move spurs the Seattle duo's fourth top 10 on the list following the record-setting "Thrift Shop,…

  16. Rihanna Scores 25th Hot 100 Top 10

    November 07, 2013 11:15 AM EST The singer ties Elvis Presley for eighth place for the most top 10s in the chart's history. She also bests Madonna to become the woman to reach 25 top 10s the fastest Perhaps lost in yesterday's bevy of chart feats by Eminem, who this week becomes the first lead artist to land…

  17. 'Glee' Cast, Taylor Swift Add Hot 100 Milestones

    October 17, 2013 11:05 AM EDT The TV troupe pads its lead for the most visits in the chart's history. Meanwhile, Swift passes three legendary acts for sole possession of the 10th-most top 40 hits Two acts that didn't appear on the Billboard Hot 100 until the last decade further solidify their noteworthy…

  18. 2 Chainz Pays Homage to Cash Money in 'Used 2' Video

    October 14, 2013 7:42 PM EDT On Oct. 13, 2 Chainz unleashed the music video for “Used 2,” the second official single off of “B.O.A.T.S. II #METIME.” With the song featuring production by former Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh and Chainz borrowing Juvenile’s flow from his classic “Back That Azz Up,” the Atlanta rapper…

  19. 10 Emo Hip-Hop Moments That'll Bring You to Tears

    September 20, 2013 4:15 PM EDT From Wayne and Birdman's bromance to Mister Cee's on-air sob-fest, relive rap's most tender moments It's hard to imagine something in hip-hop as emotional as the soundscapes of Drake, let alone what they compel us to reveal through vulnerable text messages and tweets.…

  20. Robin Thicke Ties Record Run at No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    September 19, 2013 6:01 PM EDT With a 15th week atop Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) ties the Nielsen-era record for the chart's longest No. 1 run. Since the chart migrated to monitored airplay by Nielsen BDS and SoundScan sales data in December…

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