1. Eminem, Rihanna Top Hot 100 For Fifth Week

    August 19, 2010 11:00 AM EDT As Eminem controls the Billboard 200 for a sixth week with "Recovery," the rapper's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna , rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. Despite a 9% decrease to 254,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the track…

  2. Queen Latifah, Ludacris, Others Break Down Nicki Minaj's Success

    August 19, 2010 8:47 AM EDT In the last year, Nicki Minaj has single-handedly brought female MCs back to the forefront of hip-hop music. In recognition of that, Queen Latifah, Ludacris and others break down the success behind the Harajuku Barbie. Video: Watch the AP's breakdown of Nicki Minaj's success "…

  3. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt Sings 'Natural Woman'

    August 18, 2010 3:29 PM EDT Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt surprised the audience at Piano's in NYC Monday night (Aug.16) by performing a rendition of Aretha Franklin 's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Video: Joseph Gordon-Levitt performs "Natural Woman" Besides ridiculous covers, he…

  4. Wyclef Jean In Hiding After Receiving Death Threats

    August 18, 2010 1:35 PM EDT W yclef Jean has been receiving death threats over his proposed candidacy for the Haitian presidential election, according to a report by The Associated Press . The hip-hop star said Tuesday (Aug. 17) that he has gone into hiding in an undisclosed location in the Caribbean after revealing the…

  5. Trey Songz Toasts To Nicki Minaj On 'Bottoms Up'

    August 18, 2010 1:31 PM EDT Trey Songz is toasting to the clubs with his new video for "Bottoms Up." Video: Watch Trey Songz' "Bottoms Up," featuring Nicki Minaj Amidst whiplash-inducing, flashing images of exotic dancers, the self-proclaimed Mr. Steal Your Girl says it's time to empty all…

  6. Justin Bieber, B.o.B. Join MTV VMA Performers

    August 18, 2010 12:04 PM EDT J ustin Bieber and B.o.B. have been added to the list of performers at this year's MTV Video Music Awards, the network announced today (Aug. 18). The pop star and hotshot rapper join previously announced performers Kanye West , Drake and Florence + the Machine at the VMAs, set to air…

  7. Hitmaker Alex Da Kid Talks Eminem's 'Lie,' Rihanna's New Album

    August 17, 2010 5:03 PM EDT Alex Da Kid is best-known for a pair of epic hip-hop/rock hybrids, but in real life, the 26-year-old U.K. producer/songwriter is the furthest thing from hyperbolic. "I don't really get excited about things," he says with classic English stoicism, when asked what it felt like to…

  8. Flo Rida to Show Range of Skills on Double Album, 'The Only One'

    August 17, 2010 11:16 AM EDT F lo Rida says he's "about 85 percent" done with his third album, "The Only One," a two-disc set that is due out before the end of the year and will, he tells Billboard.com, give fans a broad look at his skills. "The first disc will be called 'The Only One:…

  9. Kanye West, Justin Bieber Talk Collaboration on Twitter

    August 16, 2010 11:59 AM EDT K anye West is the latest artist to fall victim to Bieber fever. West chatted with teen pop star Justin Bieber on Twitter over the weekend about a potential collaboration between them and Wu Tang Clan rapper Raekwon . On Sunday (Aug. 15), West tweeted , "Listening to @Justin Bieber "…

  10. Chris Brown Regains Chart Momentum Through 'Deuces'

    August 13, 2010 6:10 PM EDT C hris Brown may be hitting his musical stride again. Notching Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors for a second straight week, the singer is this close to notching a top 10 hit on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Deuces." The breakup song-featuring Tyga and Kevin…

  11. POTW: Kevin Jonas, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Rihanna

    August 13, 2010 4:30 PM EDT Kevin Jonas pitched at the baseball game, Jay-Z embraced Michael Jordan, Lady Gaga crowd-surfed, Rihanna showed off her new tattoo, Ke$ha got comfy on the "Today" show, Katy Perry emulated "Ugly Betty," Ciara and Justin Bieber got cozy, Rick Ross , Fabolous and Jay posed…

  12. Billboard Bits: Rihanna's New Tattoo is a Typo

    August 12, 2010 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Receives Typo'd Tattoo Rihanna 's latest tattoo contains an unfortunate grammatical error, according to PopEater. The singer's latest ink is placed on the side of her neck and reads "…

  13. Kanye West, Drake Confirmed for MTV VMA Performances

    August 12, 2010 1:25 PM EDT K anye West will indeed return to the MTV Video Music Awards stage a year after interrupting Taylor Swift 's acceptance speech. The rapper has been announced as a performer at this year's VMAs, along with Drake and Florence + the Machine . Kanye West to Perform at MTV VMAs? Nicki…

  14. Kanye West Premieres Beyonce Track, Album Due Nov. 16

    August 11, 2010 5:44 PM EDT K anye West premiered his new "See Me Now" song, featuring Beyoncé and Charlie Wilson , and revealed that his album will be released on Nov. 16 during an interview this afternoon with New York radio station WQHT (Hot 97). "Beyoncé finished those vocals at 5am this morning,"…

  15. Wyclef Jean Films Presidential Pitch for Haiti

    August 11, 2010 2:20 PM EDT Candidate for President of Haiti, Wyclef Jean , gave an exclusive ride-a-long to CNN this week as he toured the still earthquake-torn Port-au Prince. Video: Wyclef's Presidential Pitch CNN cameras followed Jean as he filed the papers to officially put him in the running for President and…

  16. Jay-Z to Play Radio City for World Basketball Festival

    August 11, 2010 12:37 PM EDT J ay-Z will provide the opening act for the World Basketball Festival. The rap mogul will perform Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall as part of the kick-off ceremony for the weekend event. Event organizer Nike made the announcement Wednesday. The performance will follow an on-court…

  17. 10 Things Seen & Overheard At Lollapalooza Sunday

    August 09, 2010 3:11 PM EDT The third and final night of Lollapalooza 2010 culminated with Arcade Fire 's jubulant set anchoring the north end of Chicago's Grant Park on Sunday night (Aug. 8) and newly reunited Lolla vets Soundgarden bringing the big guitars to the south end. Those are the obvious things…

  18. Nicki Minaj Live Q&A

    August 07, 2010 2:00 PM EDT Nicki Minaj Watch The Archived Video Below "[Who] you know made a million off a mixtape?" Nicki Minaj asks on Drake's track "Up All Night." The lyrical question points out just how successful Minaj has become this year even without an album release to her name yet.…

  19. Nicki Minaj Finishing Next Single, Says Young Money 'Keeps Me Grounded'

    August 06, 2010 8:00 PM EDT Two days after announcing her "Pink Friday" album , due Nov. 23, Nicki Minaj visited Billboard's Los Angeles office for a live video Q&A hosted by Billboard.com, during which she answered fans' questions sent via Twitter. Nicki Minaj Live Q&A The Harajuku Barbie…

  20. Trey Songz: The Billboard Cover Story

    August 06, 2010 1:30 PM EDT Five years ago, a newly signed And that's when the strategic array of singles began. In March 2009 the heartfelt "I Need a Girl," which reached No. 6 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and sold 247,000 downloads, was released. The playful and catchy "LOL :…

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