1. Chart Juice: Frank Ocean Earns First No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Frank Ocean , the singer among rappers in the alternative rap collective Odd Future , plants his debut studio album, "channel ORANGE," at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 131,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With an initial projected opening sales week of 40…

  2. 'American Idol' Judges: 10 Picks to Replace Steven & Jennifer

    July 14, 2012 12:00 PM EDT The news that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez were both leaving their "American Idol" posts rocked the reality-TV set to its core this week, forcing fans to speculate about who might replace the two popular judges. Considering "Idol's" disappointing season 11 ratings,…

  3. Chart Juice: Wale 'Bag's Fourth Top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    July 13, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Wale nabs his fourth top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Bag of Money," featuring Meek Mill , T-Pain and Rick Ross , jumps 13-9. The Greatest Gainer/Airplay earner (17 million audience impressions, up 17%, according to Nielsen BDS) gives fellow Maybach crew…

  4. Chart Juice: Usher Ties Longest Reign on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    July 06, 2012 3:15 PM EDT The superstar matches his longest command, first established 15 years ago. Just when we thought it was a wrap for the sexy, Diplo-produced hit, Usher's "Climax" rebounds 2-1 for an 11th week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where it ties for the longest rule of the singer's…

  5. Listen: Azealia Banks and Styles P Team Up on 'Nathan'

    June 30, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Harlem hip-hop phenom Azealia Banks has linked up with a veteran New York rapper, LOX member Styles P, for a new track, "Nathan," released on Saturday (June 30). Produced by Drums of Death, "Nathan" displays the different microphone approaches of the upstart Banks and and…

  6. Chart Juice: Kanye West Takes Over Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    June 29, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Just in time for summer celebrations, Kanye West and friends Big Sean , Pusha T and 2 Chainz take their party to No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Mercy" (2-1) gives Usher the boot after 10 weeks on top with "Climax" (1-2). "Mercy" rises by 9% to 27 million in…

  7. 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.…

  8. M.I.A. Releasing 'Bad Girls' Remixes on USB Necklaces

    June 21, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Live fast, die young, bad girls sell wacky merchandise: M.I.A. announced on Thursday (June 21) that the remixes for her single "Bad Girls" will be released on a USB necklace that resembles a BMW car key. Fans can now pre-order the item, which will be released on July 6, at the alt…

  9. Chart Juice: Big K.R.I.T. Makes Big Debut

    June 15, 2012 1:25 PM EDT For the first time in more than a year, four of the top five on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart are debuts. And, they're by four very varied artists. Big K.R.I.T. claims the No. 1 position with "Live From the Underground" (Island Def Jam) with 41,000 sold,…

  10. Chart Highlights: Carrie Underwood Crowns Country Songs With 'Good Girl'

    June 04, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Underwood's 'Good Girl' is better than good: it's the new No. 1 on Country Songs. Plus, fellow former 'American Idol' queen Kelly Clarkson tops AC and One Direction rules Dance/Club Play Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  11. Chart Juice: J. Cole, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj Reach Top 10

    June 01, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Usher still reigns supreme as "Climax," his Diplo -produced hit, continues to top the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. J. Cole , Missy Elliott and Nicki Minaj , meanwhile, enter the tally's top 10. Elliott and Minaj each log their 12th top 10s, extending their shared lead for the…

  12. Lil Kim Brings Out Missy Elliott, Eve For NYC Show

    May 19, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Last night (May 18), Lil' Kim brought her "Return of the Queen" tour to Bronx's Paradise Theater for a comeback show that promised surprise guests as well as billed opening acts Saigon , Papoose , Cassidy and Shyheim. Her rolodex still runs deep, with rappers including…

  13. Missy Elliott, Nas, Wiz Khalifa Top Rock The Bells Lineup

    May 16, 2012 11:55 AM EDT The annual hip-hop summit Rock The Bells revealed its lineup on Wednesday (May 16), and while Nas , Kid Cudi and Wiz Khalifa top the 2012 bill, the big news is the promised special performance by Missy Elliott . Elliott, who revealed her battle with Graves' disease last year and whose…

  14. Listen to Azealia Banks' New Anthem, 'Jumanji'

    May 11, 2012 11:00 AM EDT While the world awaits the release of Azealia Banks' debut full-length, "Broke with Expensive Taste," the buzzier-than-buzzworthy rapper has continued releasing hypnotic tracks. On Friday (May 11), the rapper dropped "Jumanji," a three-minute cut from her upcoming …

  15. Remembering Left Eye, 10 Years After Her Death

    April 25, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Ten years ago today (April 25), hip-hop and R&B lost a great soul too soon. Rapper, singer, dancer and songwriter, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes lost her life in a fatal car accident in Roma, Honduras at the age of 30. Honduran Villagers Mourn TLC's Lopes Lopes was was working on a…

  16. Monica, 'New Life': Track-By-Track Review

    April 10, 2012 2:10 PM EDT It's true that loyal fans ride a singer's roller coaster of a career, going along with the highs and lows, the twists and turns. But it's those lows and twists that not only make for the best stories to tell once the ride ends, but shakes us down to our core more than any girl…

  17. Monica Has a Fresh Start on RCA With 'New Life'

    April 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT "I always wanted to have that 'Waiting to Exhale' moment," veteran R&B songstress Monica says. Specifically, she's referring to the giddy experience of blowing up a car on the set of the video for her current single, "It All Belongs to Me." The Rico Love…

  18. Missy Elliott and Timbaland Debut New Song in NYC

    April 06, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Last night (April 5), Missy Elliott and Timbaland reunited on stage to perform a new song at Hennessey's 'White Rabbit' campaign launch event in NYC. The untitled cut samples lyrics from Run D.M.C. 's "Here We Go (Live at the Funhouse)," according to HipHopDX .…

  19. Listen To Timbaland 'Break Ya Back' with Dev

    March 16, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Timbaland returns to the microphone with "Break Ya Back," a slithery new track featuring "In The Dark" singer Dev that premiered on Virginia's Z104 on Friday morning (via RapRadar ). The chemistry between Timbaland and Dev on the sexually charged track makes "…

  20. J. Cole, Missy Elliott Get Cosmic In 'Nobody's Perfect' Video: Watch

    March 15, 2012 12:40 PM EDT On his new video for "Cole World" cut "Nobody's Perfect" featuring Missy Elliott , J. Cole continues his introverted streak with shots of serious bedroom brooding and cosmic chilling as he finds himself emotionally confused. J. Cole featuring Missy Elliott, "…

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