1. 2 Chainz Talks 'Based on a T.R.U. Story' Album & Success

    August 06, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Chainz glides effortlessly across a wide Midtown Manhattan sidewalk looking like he just strutted out of central casting for the world's coolest hip-hop star. In fact, he plays the part with vigor: a crisp fedora hat, designer shades, a T-shirt that covers myriad tattoos, charcoal…

  2. Four-Play: Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., Ludacris, & Schoolboy Q

    July 30, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Rick Ross attests, Big K.R.I.T. gets risqué, Ludacris parties hard, and Schoolboy Q gets sentimental. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., Ludacris, and Schoolboy Q. Rick Ross reflects on his trials and tribulations in the New Orleans'…

  3. Country Countdown: Jason Aldean Begins Fast 'Ride' Up Charts

    July 26, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley Scores 10th Country Songs No. 1 as Old Crow Medicine Show Pings Album Chart Jason Aldean 's "Take a Little Ride" roars onto Country Songs as the artist's career-high start at No. 19, and sets a new first-week sales benchmark for male artists atop…

  4. Four-Play: French Montana, Trey Songz, Future, & Iggy Azalea

    July 23, 2012 5:30 PM EDT French Montana pledges his allegiance, Trey Songz is sprung, Future flaunts his riches, and Iggy Azalea gets glossy. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring French Montana, Trey Songz, Future, and Iggy Azalea. French Montana unites with his Coke Boys collective and fellow…

  5. Jason Aldean's 'Take a Little Ride' Bound for Big Chart Debut

    July 19, 2012 8:22 PM EDT Jason Aldean is on track to shake up Billboard's charts next week, as his new single, "Take a Little Ride," is selling big and making waves on the radio. Industry sources suggest that it may sell over 200,000 downloads by week's end on Sunday, July 22. "Take a Little…

  6. Alicia Keys' 'New Day' Dawns, Kurt Schneider Debuts on Social 50

    July 06, 2012 4:35 PM EDT On the Billboard Social 50 this week, Alicia Keys experiences substantial online gains and rises 38-31. The uptick follows a surge in activity following the release of "New Day," a new single Keys released directly to SoundCloud on June 28. Production credit on the single goes to…

  7. LeBron James Playlist: Updated Championship Edition

    June 22, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Songs for the Newly Crowned NBA Star Last week, Billboard.com unveiled a playlist for basketball superstar LeBron James, who had just entered his third NBA Finals in nine seasons and his second with the Miami Heat. After the Heat lost in the final round last year to the Dallas Mavericks,…

  8. Chart Juice: Usher Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Albums Charts

    June 22, 2012 10:45 AM EDT R&B is synonymous with Usher this week, as the singer dominates both Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Albums charts simultaneously for the first time since 2004. His single "Climax" remains atop the Songs tally and new set "Looking 4 Myself" blasts in at No.…

  9. Lil Wayne Scores 100th Hit on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    June 21, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Lil Wayne , the ubiquitous rapper and founder of Young Money Entertainment, earns his 100th entry on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. By joining Rick Ross and Drake as featured artists on French Montana 's "Pop That," the track arrives as the chart's top debut…

  10. Carly Rae Jepsen Continues New Artists' Dominance Atop Hot 100

    June 20, 2012 2:10 PM EDT Jepsen, Gotye and fun. are the first trio of new acts to top the Hot 100 consecutively in 35 years Carly Rae Jepsen spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her first entry on the ranking, "Call Me Maybe." As the song follows previous leaders "Somebody That I…

  11. Justin Bieber, 'Believe': Track-By-Track Review

    June 13, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Isn't it strange that the Bieber fever that has overtaken the world over the past two years actually hasn't come with a whole lot of new Justin Bieber music? Since "My World 2.0" was released in March 2010, Bieber has toured the world, released a 3D movie, issued every…

  12. Carly Rae Jepsen Hits No. 1: 'Call' Connects Atop Hot 100

    June 13, 2012 11:15 AM EDT The singer is the first lead female artist to send her first Hot 100 entry to No. 1 since Ke$ha Carly Rae Jepsen sends her pop culture juggernaut "Call Me Maybe" to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, dethroning Gotye 's "Somebody That I Used to Know," featuring Kimbra ,…

  13. Alan Jackson Scores Top Debut on Billboard 200, Adele's Back at No. 1

    June 13, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his latest effort, "Thirty Miles West." The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 20 years with his previous (and…

  14. Bonnaroo 2012: The 10 Best Performances

    June 11, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Along with open fields, tasty food, stand-up shows, shirtless guys (and girls), not-too-hidden narcotics, film screenings, porta potties, overpriced merchandise and so much more, the 2012 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival offered four days of enthralling performances from rock music's…

  15. Ludacris Talks Justin Bieber Collabo, New Single & 'Fast & Furious' Sequel

    June 11, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 'He's growing into manhood stage and his songs are reflecting that,' Ludacris says of Justin Bieber. As Ludacris gears up for the release of his eighth studio album, "Ludaversal," the rapper set out to perform a few classics at the Bonnaroo Music Arts Festival on…

  16. Bonnaroo Saturday: 10 Things Seen & Heard

    June 10, 2012 9:00 AM EDT At 2:00 AM, Ahmir " Questlove " Thompson slowly stepped away from his drum kit and turned his back to the crowd. He lingered for a few seconds, pushed his gaze slightly upward, and took a long, deep exhale before walking off the platform. For Questlove, the Bonnaroo Music & Arts…

  17. Bonnaroo Friday: 10 Things Seen and Heard

    June 09, 2012 10:00 AM EDT "Where you guys sleeping? In a field?" a curious Thom Yorke asked the Radiohead faithful during the band's headlining set at Bonnaroo on Friday night (June 8). "Do you do that here? I dunno." It was almost like Yorke and co. had never visited the sprawling music fest…

  18. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  19. John Mayer's No. 1 for Second Week on Billboard 200

    June 06, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe, Sigur Ros Score Top 10 Debuts John Mayer 's "Born and Raised" hangs in for a second week atop the Billboard 200, selling 65,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 70%). It's Mayer's first album to spend more than a single week…

  20. Big K.R.I.T., 'Live From The Underground': Track-By-Track Review

    June 05, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. 's individual career moves -- specifically, the trio of full-length, critically acclaimed, uniformly great mixtapes that he released over the two years leading up to his Def Jam debut "Live From The Underground" -- have had their positives and negatives. 2010'…

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