1. Lupe Fiasco's 'Airplanes': Better or Worse Than B.o.B's?

    April 07, 2011 3:27 PM EDT What would "Airplanes" have sounded like if Lupe Fiasco , not B.o.B , was the one rapping on the track? Listen for yourself (via Vibe ). On this earlier, previously unheard version of the No. 2 Hot 100 hit, Lupe rhymes about "wishes to mend a broken heart " and subject…

  2. Billboard Bits: Rihanna Talks Chris Brown Restraining Order, Miley Cyrus Disses Rebecca Black

    March 30, 2011 6:04 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna on Chris Brown: 'We Don't Have to Talk Ever Again in My Life' In her Rolling Stone cover story, Rihanna reveals why she agreed to loosen the stipulations of a restraining order against ex…

  3. Chris Brown Nets First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As predicted, Chris Brown achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "F.A.M.E." bows atop the tally with 270,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. "F.A.M.E." is his fourth top 10 album, following his self-titled debut (No. 2, 2005), "Exclusive…

  4. Game Says Delayed 'R.E.D.' Album Will Be 'Best' Album of 2011

    March 29, 2011 1:18 PM EDT Game 's upcoming "The R.E.D." album has been delayed numerous times and still has no set release date, but the California rapper says he isn't jaded. In fact, he feels he's still "one of the last artists that really cares about hip-hop." "I just think…

  5. Adele Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200, Rise Against Bows At No. 2

    March 23, 2011 11:00 AM EDT A dele's "21" heads back the top slot (2-1) on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a third non-consecutive week, selling 98,000 (down 26%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. She bumps last week's champ, Lupe Fiasco's "Lasers," down to No. 3 (47,000; down 77%).…

  6. Uncharted Territory: Deadlies Still On Top, Selah Sue Debuts, Mac Miller Graduates

    March 18, 2011 9:58 AM EDT It's official: this week's Uncharted ballots have been counted, and the Deadlies have won the election by a landslide. For the second week running, Los Angeles-based rock band coast along at No. 1, thanks to nearly 290,000 MySpace Music song plays in the past week alone. From…

  7. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Lupe Fiasco Defies Radio

    March 17, 2011 3:56 PM EDT It's all about Lupe Fiasco this week as his often-delayed "Lasers" opens atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the Billboard 200 with 204,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, his first No. 1 on either chart, was originally slated for a late 2009 release but…

  8. Lupe Fiasco's 'Lasers' Lands at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    March 16, 2011 11:00 AM EDT A s predicted , Lupe Fiasco 's "Lasers" album arrives atop the Billboard 200 chart, selling 204,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks his first No. 1 and best sales week yet. His second effort, "The Cool," launched at No. 15 with 143,000 at…

  9. Billboard Bits: Kim Kardashian Previews Music Video, Liam Gallagher Tells Off Radiohead

    March 01, 2011 5:40 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Kim Kardashian Finishes Recording With The-Dream, Previews Music Video Kim Kardashian has finished recording her debut song, "Turn It Up," with The-Dream , according to a tweet on Kardashian's…

  10. Billboard Bits: Justin Bieber Asks for Birthday Charity Donations, Slayer Singer Hospitalized

    February 28, 2011 7:20 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber Asks for Charity Donations for Birthday To celebrate his 17th birthday, Justin Bieber is asking his diehard fans to direct their good will toward Charity: Water , a clean water charity that he hopes…

  11. Billboard's Danyel Smith Chats With Lupe, B.o.B, Estelle, Janelle Monae

    February 08, 2011 12:47 PM EST Billboard's recently-appointed Editor Danyel Smith kicked it with Atlantic Records' Lupe Fiasco , B.o.B , Estelle and Janelle Monae for the label's new web series, "Game Changers." Check it out: Video: Danyel Smith chats with Lupe Fiasco, B.o.B, Estelle and Janelle…

  12. Talib Kweli Rejects 'Selling Out' on 'Gutter Rainbows' Album

    January 25, 2011 1:47 PM EST T alib Kweli admits that he doesn't drink a lot of soda, and that he knows "very, very little" about professional football. But when the Brooklyn rapper was approached to star in a TV spot for Pepsi Max's NFL playoffs campaign, Kweli saw an opportunity to bolster awareness…

  13. Lupe Fiasco: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 1:21 PM EST Lupe Fiasco "LASERS" March 8 The title of Lupe Fiasco's third album stands for "Love Always Shines Every Time: Remember 2 Smile." Centered on the Chicago MC's change-the-world manifesto, producers on the set include Alex Da Kid, Jerry Wonder and the Neptunes;…

  14. Watch Lupe Fiasco's Pepsi Ad for the Packers-Bears Game

    January 21, 2011 11:10 AM EST After five long months of agony, ecstasy and couch potato-dom, the matchup for Super Bowl XLV is finally revealed, as the Green Bay Packers play the Chicago Bears for the NFC Championship and the New York Jets square off against the Pittsburgh Steelers for the AFC Championship. A new round of…

  15. New Orleans Jazz Fest Line-Up Announced; Bon Jovi, Arcade Fire, Ms. Lauryn Hill to Headline

    January 20, 2011 12:26 AM EST The annual New Orleans Jazz & Music Heritage Festival today announced its 2011 line-up with a diverse slate of headliners that includes Arcade Fire, Sonny Rollins, Kid Rock, Wilco, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Mellencamp, the Strokes, Jimmy Buffett, John Legend & the…

  16. Watch B.o.B.'s Pepsi Ad for Falcons vs. Packers Game

    January 14, 2011 12:39 PM EST Blame it on the rare southern snowstorm last weekend that brought Atlanta to a standstill: Without the wintery squall, the track featuring B.o.B. rapping about his beloved Atlanta Falcons playing the Green Bay Packers in this weekend's National Football League playoffs would never have…

  17. Lupe Fiasco Drops Label Beef to Focus on 'Lasers'

    December 30, 2010 3:30 PM EST Although Lupe Fiasco 's upcoming album "Lasers" has suffered noticeable delays due to label disputes and leaked tracks, the Grammy award-winning rapper plans on making this release his biggest yet. "Lasers," out March 8, 2011, will feature superstar producing duo the…

  18. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: T.I., Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz

    December 18, 2010 12:00 PM EST Currently-incarcerated Atlanta rapper T.I. notches the week's top debut on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as "No Mercy" opens at No. 1 with 159,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The opening marks his fourth No. 1 set on the list, following 2004&…

  19. Far East Movement's 'G6' Returns to No. 1 on Hot 100

    November 18, 2010 11:00 AM EST Following a two-week break, Far*East Movement's "Like a G6," featuring Cataracs & Dev, returns to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for its third cumulative week at No. 1. The song was removed from the perch two weeks ago by Ke$ha's No. 1 arrival with "We R Who We…

  20. Jay-Z Says Oprah, Belafonte Are Inspirations During 'Decoded' Reading

    November 16, 2010 10:25 AM EST Jay-Z held a book reading/signing at the New York Public Library last night (Nov. 15), moderated by Dr. Cornel West and the Director of the "Live" program at the NYPL, Paul Holdengraber. Dubbed "Jay-Z In Conversation With Dr. Cornel West and Paul Holdengraber," the…

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