1. R. Kelly Talks 'Black Panties,' Possible Cruise & Best '12 Play' Memory

    December 02, 2013 12:18 PM EST The singer-songwriter/producer will film 10 more installments of 'Trapped in the Closet' in 2014. It's as if R. Kelly has stepped out of a time machine. He was previewing his upcoming 12th studio album, "Black Panties," out Dec. 10 on RCA Records, at New York's…

  2. R. Kelly Reveals 'Black Panties' Cover Art, Tracklist

    November 19, 2013 9:45 PM EST R. Kelly's "Black Panties" was originally slated for a release this month, but it looks like the album's shiny new Dec. 10 release date could come to fruition, after the singer revealed the album's cover art and tracklist today (Nov. 19), according to Rolling Stone …

  3. The Seed: Machine Gun Kelly, Goodie Mob, Quadron & More

    May 26, 2013 6:00 PM EDT Following Cee-Lo’s announcement that Goodie Mob's "Age Against the Machine" album will be drop August 27, the Atlanta rap collective releases its first single, “Special Education,” featuring Janelle Monae. The upcoming album will be the group’s first featuring all four…

  4. The Seed: Ab-Soul, Party Next Door, Adrian Marcel & More

    April 26, 2013 4:05 PM EDT There was a plethora of hip-hop debuts this week. Party Next Door’s “Make a Mil” made a big splash online after being posted on Drake’s October's Very Own site. The Canadian rapper sparked rumors that he has signed the new singer as a replacement for the Weeknd. Sonically, “Make a Mil”…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Nicki Minaj Matches Mariah Carey's Hot 100 Mark

    April 12, 2013 3:04 AM EDT With the debut of 'High School,' Minaj notches her 44th Hot 100 hit, equaling the output of fellow 'American Idol' judge – and rival? – Carey Perhaps another element to add to their reported rivalry as judges on "American Idol": Nicki Minaj has tied Mariah…

  6. Miguel 'Adorn's No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay For 20th Week: Weekly Chart Notes

    January 25, 2013 6:24 PM EST A look at other songs to rule Billboard radio charts for at least 20 frames, as well as what makes Miguel's smash so durable. Miguel's "Adorn" joins an elite group of hits to have led a Billboard airplay ranking for a whopping 20 weeks or more, as his smooth ballad tops…

  7. Bruno Mars Marks a Chart First With Hot 100 Leader 'Heaven'

    December 27, 2012 11:15 AM EST "Heaven" is first track to top the Hot 100, Radio, Digital and On-Demand Songs charts simultaneously Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 , as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a third week at No. 1. The song also crowns the Radio Songs chart for the first time. As it…

  8. Bruno Mars Ties Nelly, Justin Timberlake For Most Pop Songs No. 1s Among Males

    December 17, 2012 1:05 PM EST Mars notches his fifth Pop Songs topper with 'Locked Out of Heaven.' After sending "Locked Out of Heaven" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week , Bruno Mars adds another notable feat, as the song rises 2-1 this week on the Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs airplay chart. …

  9. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2012: Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's Chart Champs

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West , Lil Wayne, Beyoncé , Nicki Minaj , Drake , Rihanna and Chris Brown , to name a few. However, a closer look reveals a host of newcomers and established…

  10. Pusha T Announces Album Title, Confirms Lil Wayne, Birdman Diss

    November 30, 2012 6:20 PM EST Pusha T goes with what he feels, whether you like it or not. It's hard to not respect that. On Wednesday (Nov. 28), Pusha T's verse from Ludacris ' "Tell Me What They Mad For" leaked. On his verse, Pusha throws shots at Lil Wayne and Birdman , which Pusha T later…

  11. T.I., Ludacris Join Big Boi on 'In The A': Listen

    November 26, 2012 8:58 PM EST Atlanta's finest are repping for their hometown on Big Boi 's "In the A." The new track, the latest from the OutKast MC's upcoming solo set "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors," corrals Ludacris and T.I. for a hard-charging song driven by blasting horns. …

  12. AMAs 2012: Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Exuberant Night

    November 18, 2012 11:45 PM EST Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, a big win on a night that opened with another victory for the teen star. "This is for all the haters who thought that maybe I was just here for one or two years. I feel like I'm going to be here…

  13. Big Boi: 'No Beef' With Andre 3000 After Gillette Joke

    November 14, 2012 10:42 PM EST Andre 3000 won't be appearing on OutKast partner Big Boi 's new album, but don't expect it's the end of the hip-hop duo. "The [Gillette] Statement was me being Sarcastic, man y'all slow as hell," Big Boi tweeted on Wednesday, after a joke about Andre being…

  14. Taylor Swift Rules, Rihanna Snubbed at MTV European Music Awards

    November 11, 2012 7:25 PM EST At EMAs, Justin Bieber Picks Up Three Trophies & PSY Wins Best Video Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber dominated the 2012 MTV European Music Awards, winning three trophies each, with Swift ruling over her first-ever appearance at the EMAs, taking the honors for best female, best live act and…

  15. Jason Aldean Sings Ludacris' Praises, Talks 'Night Train': Video

    November 08, 2012 4:10 PM EST One of Jason Aldean 's favorite things about showbiz are all the opportunities to work with other artists, especially outside the world of country. Case in point is his bromance with Ludacris, rapper and fellow Georgian. Jason Aldean + Billboard LIVE Q&A | COVER STORY | BUY A COPY …

  16. Four-Play: Kid Cudi, Swizz Beatz, Angel Haze & Game

    November 06, 2012 5:35 PM EST Kid Cudi raises the red cup to his directorial debut, Game shows his appreciation for everything Christian, Angel Haze revamps a Missy Elliott classic, and Swizz Beatz , Chris Brown & Ludacris pop bottles like its their birthdays. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring…

  17. Weekly Chart Notes: Taylor Swift 'Red' Hot on Hot 100

    November 02, 2012 6:45 PM EDT The lady and 'Red': Swift matches Madonna and Dionne Warwick for another impressive piece of Hot 100 history. With her latest batch of new material, Taylor Swift ties the Material Girl, and Dionne Warwick, for the second-most appearances among women in the Billboard Hot 100 's…

  18. Swizz Beatz Debuts Chris Brown, Ludacris-Assisted 'Everyday Birthday': Listen

    November 02, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Swizz Beatz takes to the club for the latest off his upcoming album, "One Man Band Man." "Everyday Birthday" showcases the rapper-producer celebrating life like its an on-going party, alongside Chris Brown and Ludacris . "I was inspired to do a song that people can…

  19. Chart Juice: Lupe Fiasco's 'Food' Album Debuts at No. 1, Weeknd Does Double Duty

    October 04, 2012 12:45 PM EDT Lupe Fiasco scores his second straight No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as his "Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1" bows atop the list with 89,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his fourth consecutive top 10 album, and follows last year's …

  20. Dr. Dre, Diddy, Jay-Z Top Forbes' 'Hip-Hop Cash Kings' List

    September 05, 2012 2:35 PM EDT After creating some of the most classic albums hip-hop fans have ever heard, Dr. Dre shifted tactics and tackled exactly how those fans heard them, and his efforts have landed him on top of Forbes' list of top hip-hop cash kings. With $110 million in earnings in 2011, Dre blew away the…

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