1. POTW: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Flo-Rida

    April 23, 2010 4:47 PM EDT Taylor Swift helped Jennifer Hudson go country at the Last Rodeo Show in Las Vegas, a pasty Lady Gaga got cradled at her Tokyo show, a shirtless Flo-Rida rode on another man's shoulders while performing at the ASCAP Music Awards in Hollywood, Calif., Rihanna wore Mickey Mouse ears during…

  2. Fans and Friends Remember Guru, Question DJ Solar

    April 21, 2010 5:13 PM EDT Following the death of rapper Guru -- born Keith Elam -- after a year- long battle with cancer, fans, friends and family have taken to twitter and other social networks to mourn their loss, as a controversy over an alleged letter written by the late hip hop star rages on. Snoop Dogg wrote, …

  3. Nas, Damian Marley Cancel London Show, Flight Ban Lifted

    April 21, 2010 6:58 AM EDT The Nas and Damian Marley show in London has been canceled as a result of the shutdown on flights in the U.K. However, travel restrictions have been lifted and flights began landing again in the U.K. on Tuesday night (April 20). The volcanic ash from Iceland closed U.K. airspace for six days,…

  4. Top 10 Moments At Coachella 2010

    April 19, 2010 3:40 PM EDT More than 120 bands played at Coachella 2010 over the festival's three days. The lineup was packed with so much non-stop rock, hip-hop and dance goodness, it was impossible to experience all the music the Polo Field's five stages had to offer -- but we sure as hell tried. After all…

  5. Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett, "Massive Attack"

    April 16, 2010 2:14 PM EDT With her quirky sexual presentation and penchant for making odd faces, Nicki Minaj is one of the most visually distinctive rappers to come along in years. It figures, then, that discussion of her debut single, "Massive Attack," would take a back seat to its Hype Williams-directed, B…

  6. Diddy New Manager Of Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross?

    April 15, 2010 6:03 PM EDT Diddy may be busy trying to get his oft-delayed Dirty Money project, "Last Train To Paris," off the ground, but that hasn't stopped the ambitious mogul from making other prominent career moves. A source close to the entrepreneur/rapper has confirmed to Billboard.com that Diddy…

  7. Chart Beat Thursday: Loretta Lynn, Madonna, Peter Wolf

    April 15, 2010 4:15 PM EDT MINING ANOTHER HIT: George Strait isn't the only country legend making chart headlines this week. While the King of Country notches a top 10 on Country Songs in a record 30th consecutive year , as "I Gotta Get to You" zips 12-9, Loretta Lynn adds to her legacy with a debut on…

  8. POTW: Madonna, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Beyonce

    April 09, 2010 4:30 PM EDT Madonna took her favorite girl, daughter Lourdes, to Malawi, where she laid the first brick of her new girls' academy and Jay-Z and Beyoncé celebrated their two-year wedding anniversary on Broadway in New York. Meahwile, Janet Jackson and brother Randy attended court and Marilyn Manson ,…

  9. Nicki Minaj Pulls Out of Rihanna Tour

    April 07, 2010 2:00 PM EDT Two days after Rihanna publicized her "Last Girl On Earth Tour," Nicki Minaj , who was announced as an opening act alongside Ke$ha , has pulled out of the trek. "Barbz I'm sorry 2 say I will not be going out on RiRi's tour. I've decided 2 use that time 4 the…

  10. Rihanna Announces Tour With Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha

    April 06, 2010 10:38 AM EDT Rihanna will hit the road this summer for her "Last Girl On Earth Tour" and she's tapped two of her famous lady friends to join her. Lil Wayne protégé Nicki Minaj and pop singer Ke$ha will be opening up for the Bajan singer on the trek, which kicks off July 2 in Seattle,…

  11. Usher, "Raymond v. Raymond"

    April 02, 2010 4:13 PM EDT "There's three sides to every story. There's one side, there's the other and then there's the truth." So notes Usher as he opens the door to his sixth studio album, "Raymond v. Raymond," and promptly begins to musically answer the question on everyone&…

  12. POTW: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Erykah Badu, Leona Lewis

    April 02, 2010 3:00 PM EDT A fully-clothed Erykah Badu , a bubbly-suit-wearing Janet Jackson and a hipalicious Nicki Minaj visited BET's "106 & Park" in NYC, while Justin Beiber got cozy with the ladies and Rihanna signed autographs at the Kids' Choice Awards in LA (check out Billboard.com'…

  13. Underground: Rapper Blitz Uses Old Tricks For New Pursuits

    March 30, 2010 5:26 PM EDT Rapper/composer Blitz The Ambassador may be fairly new to the game, but he's got the smarts of a veteran when it comes to branding. The 27-year-old Brooklyn MC says plenty of times he's walked by people wearing his promotional T-shirt on the streets, which he designed himself.…

  14. Madonna Talks Daughter Lourdes, Fashion Regrets

    March 30, 2010 11:37 AM EDT When Madonna needed inspiration for her latest fashion collection, she didn't have to look far. The pop icon teamed up with her 13-year-old daughter Lourdes to create Material Girl, an affordable juniors' clothing line that debuts at Macy's this fall. This is not Madonna's…

  15. Listen Free: Usher's "Raymond Vs. Raymond"

    March 30, 2010 10:30 AM EDT On his album, "Raymond Vs. Raymond," released today (March 30) on Jive Records, Usher got his swag back. Listen to the new and improved sex symbol's latest set for free, right here on Billboard.com. LISTEN TO "RAYMOND VS. RAYMOND" Usher Chart History | Usher Billboard…

  16. Videos of the Week: Gaga's 'Telephone' Bashed, Usher Seeks 'Lil Freak,' Miley Mentors 'Idol'

    March 26, 2010 5:05 PM EDT In this week's viral videos that had everyone buzzing, Lady Gaga's "Telephone" video gets the parody treatment, Usher and Nicki Minaj debut the racy video for their "Lil Freak" collabo, Miley Cyrus mentors "American Idol," and more. 1) Lady Gaga's …

  17. Crystal Bowersox Covers Janis Joplin's 'Bobby McGee' On 'Idol'

    March 24, 2010 3:13 PM EDT L ast night's Billboard No. 1s-themed episode of "American Idol" found Cyrstal Bowersox once again ahead of the pack, as she covered Janis Joplin's chart-topping take on Kris Kristofferson's "Me and Bobby McGee." It was a fitting choice for the singer…

  18. Nicki Minaj Dresses Like Lady Gaga For Spring Break Performance

    March 24, 2010 11:37 AM EDT During an MTV Spring Break performance of "My Chick Bad" with rapper Ludacris in Acapulco, Mexico last week, rapstress Nicki Minaj traded her multi-color wig and Barbie outfits to pay homage to another innovative star -- Lady Gaga . Sporting an all-white lace catsuit and a platinum…

  19. Listen Free: Ludacris, 'Battle Of The Sexes'

    March 23, 2010 11:11 AM EDT Ludacris is back with a new chart-topping album, "Battle of the Sexes," and you can listen to the Atlanta rap star's new set for free, right here on Billboard.com. Released Mar. 9, "Battle" earned Luda his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as it debuted atop the chart…

  20. Snoop Dogg, Estelle, Alex Chilton Tribute Bring SXSW to a Close

    March 21, 2010 5:00 PM EDT South by Southwest drew to a close on a rare rainy, frigid Saturday (March 20) in Austin, Tx. The late Alex Chilton was memorialized by colleagues, friends and admirers on Saturday at South By Southewest -- with words and, most importantly, with music. SXSW Photos | SXSW Main Page Following a…

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