1. Justin Bieber Taps Lil Wayne For New Album

    February 02, 2012 2:15 PM EST Get Ready For Weezy F. 'Baby' First it was Ludacris on "Baby." Then Kanye West remixed his "My World 2.0" track "Runaway Love" with Raekwon . Then, just when we thought he wasn't going to ask Busta Rhymes to be on his version of "Little…

  2. 2 Chainz Rocks NYC, Unofficially Announces Def Jam Signing

    January 31, 2012 3:05 PM EST Taking the stage as rumors swirled about a new label deal, Georgia rapper 2 Chainz made his New York debut on Monday night (Jan. 30) with a raucous showcase at S.O.B.'s. The MC, one-half of rap duo Playaz Circle who was previously known as Tity Boi, tore into cuts like "Spend It,…

  3. Adele's 'Fire' Burns Path to Hot 100 Summit

    January 25, 2012 11:50 AM EST 'Set Fire to the Rain' becomes the third single from '21' to lead the Hot 100 while '21' has sat atop the Billboard 200. Adele 's "Set Fire to the Rain" takes over atop the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, dethroning Rihanna 's "We Found…

  4. Drake Doubles Up Again in R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10

    January 19, 2012 9:27 PM EST D rake earns his 22nd top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Song s as "The Motto" (featuring Lil Wayne), the anthem that preaches the way of the Young Money assemblage, jumps 13-9. The song earns the Greatest Gainer/Airplay award with an increase of 3.5 million audience impressions, with WHTA …

  5. Jimmy Iovine on Beats by Dre Parting With Monster: 'We Have to Control Our Own Destiny'

    January 13, 2012 6:40 PM EST As Beats By Dre prepares to sever ties with Monster Cable Products, Interscope chairman and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine has plans for further expansion into other entertainment arenas. With Beats technology already on Hewlett-Packard laptops and PCs, in Chrysler's 300 S sedan and the…

  6. The 8 Coolest Things at CES For Music Fans

    January 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV announcement and Justin Bieber helping Tosy Robotics pitch a new dancing robot, to DJ sets from Will.i.am and Tiesto. From…

  7. Ludacris Eyes Spring 'Ludaversal' Release, Confirms Usher Collaboration

    January 10, 2012 2:00 PM EST Ludacris tells Billboard.com that his eighth studio album, "Ludaversal," is on track for a May release, and that the highly anticipated full-length will feature a familiar collaborator. " Usher is one person that I've already worked with," says Ludacris, "and in…

  8. Ludacris To Open 'Chicken & Beer' Restaurant in Atlanta Airport

    January 04, 2012 5:45 PM EST Ludacris is flexing his entrepreneurship skills. Yesterday (Jan. 3), the Atlanta rapper took to Twitter to announce the opening of his restaurant, "Chicken & Beer," in Concourse D of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. "Im taking my restaurateur…

  9. 1000 No. 1s: Watch Taio Cruz Chat About Topping The Hot 100

    December 10, 2011 11:10 AM EST chartArticle_ignore 1000 No. 1s Video Series Day 10: Taio Cruz Talks About Topping the Hot 100 2011 was the year that Billboard celebrated the 1000th No. 1 song on the Hot 100. As we look back on this year in music, we're celebrating that milestone with a month-long series of videos ---…

  10. RZA Talks Headphone Line, Movie-Making, Wu-Tang's Future

    December 09, 2011 3:45 PM EST The hip-hop world is currently flooded with high-end headphones, but personal audio's latest player ought to bring the ruckus. Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA debuted his first headphone line this week, Chambers by RZA, a collaboration with Swedish brand WeSC. The producer's latest will…

  11. The Year in Pop: Adele Makes History

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST For the first time, a woman earns three of Billboard's biggest year-end charts honors: No. 1 on Top Artists, the No. 1 Billboard 200 Album and the No. 1 Hot 100 song. The woman, of course, is Adele . The album: "21." The song: "Rolling in the Deep" (both on XL…

  12. The Year in Country: Taylor Swift Spoke Up

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST This ain't your granddad's country music. Today's country stars are just as at home on the pop charts as they are on the country tallies. Taylor Swift , Lady Antebellum , the Band Perry and Jason Aldean , among others, all made their mark in other genres in 2011. Year In Music…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Greg Laswell, Adele, Justin Bieber

    December 08, 2011 4:45 PM EST The "Glee" cast isn't the first act to to turn Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" into a ballad. Singer/songwriter Laswell first stripped the song down in 2007. 'GIRLS' POWER: For the first time this TV season, the A VERY SHE & HIM '…

  14. Jay-Z, Kanye West Reach Hot 100's Top 10 with 'Paris'; Rihanna Still No. 1

    December 07, 2011 1:30 PM EST LMFAO Stay 'Sexy' at No. 2, with Bruno Mars Close Behind Rihanna registers a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, while Jay-Z and Kanye West say "bonjour" to the top 10 with a 15-8 surge for "Ni**as in…

  15. Grammy Nominations Concert: Things You Didn't See on TV

    December 01, 2011 10:05 AM EST You may think you saw it all on the Grammy Nominations Concert , but the nominees had more to share backstage. Here are four moments from behind the scenes. Bruno Mars' Big Night Bruno Mars couldn't wait to talk to reporters after notching his six nominations: the "Grenade"…

  16. Rick Ross, Common, Lupe Fiasco To Honor Grandmaster Flash at Grammy Concert

    November 28, 2011 4:20 PM EST On Wednesday (Nov. 30), a handful of today's hottest rappers will pay tribute to one of hip-hop's most memorable songs, "The Message," at "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown To Music's Biggest Night." Rick Ross , Common , and Lupe Fiasco will…

  17. Usher, David Guetta Get a No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Without You'

    November 21, 2011 8:05 PM EST At No. 9, Bruno Mars Maintains Perfect Top 10 Streak D avid Guetta scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart, as "Without You," featuring Usher , rises 2-1. The song marks the French DJ/producer/songwriter's first leader on the…

  18. Big Sean Responds to Alleged Ludacris Diss Track

    November 18, 2011 10:50 AM EST After Ludacris released a track on his new mixtape, "1.21 Gigawatts: Back To The First Time," that supposedly disses Big Sean and Drake , Big Sean has said that he has no problem with the veteran MC. Ludacris' track "Bada Boom" apparently addresses Drake's June…

  19. Rihanna, Band Perry & Usher Added to Grammy Concert

    November 16, 2011 1:00 PM EST The star power keeps on growing for the Grammy Nominations Concert Live with the announcement Wednesday (Nov. 16) that Rihanna , The Band Perry and Usher will all be performing. Previously announced acts include Lady Gaga , Sugarland , Ludacris , Lupe Fiasco and Jason Aldean for the TV…

  20. Ask Billboard: Twice Is Nice, Twice, for Adele

    November 05, 2011 6:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. TWICE IS NICE,…

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