1. POTW: Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna

    October 29, 2010 4:34 PM EDT Justin Bieber dapped up Denzel Washington's wife while Jaden Smith looked on, Taylor Swift was cloned, Nicki Minaj was swarmed by Barbz, Rihanna went floral crazy, Lady Gaga was sent a meat card, Shakira covered up, Janet Jackson hit up BET, Jennifer Lopez gave Marc Anthony a lightweight…

  2. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: ABK, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross

    October 29, 2010 11:10 AM EDT Last Thursday I took a stab at writing a chart story that highlights some of the top hip-hop and R&B albums/songs making noteworthy chart moves for the week. And, as fun as that was *blank stare* , I've decided to go to the professionals this time, recruiting my trusty chart guy,…

  3. Billboard Bits: Bieber Sports Lakers Championship Ring, Janet Jackson Reveals Breast Binding

    October 28, 2010 6:29 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Justin Bieber Sports Lakers Championship Ring...But Why? Don't be fooled by Justin Bieber 's latest piece of bling -- the 16-year-old may have game on the basketball court, but he most definitely did not…

  4. Spoken Word Artist Hates On Nicki Minaj?

    October 28, 2010 4:40 PM EDT What is this girl so angry about again? A spoken word artist named Jasmine Mans goes in on Nicki Minaj. Not sure what her gripe is exactly, but, clearly she feels Nicki is a sell-out and apparently some type of whore? Ok. How wack that an artist will hate on another artist's art. She…

  5. Nicki Minaj Producer Says "Right Thru Me' Is 'Special'

    October 28, 2010 3:58 PM EDT Nicki Minaj premiered the video to her latest single, "Right Thru Me," yesterday (Oct. 27) on BET's "106 & Park." On the eve of the reveal, the Juice chatted with the hit song's producer, Drew Money, who says even before Nicki laid her vocals on it, he knew…

  6. Far*East Holds on Hot 100, Swift Makes Another Top Debut

    October 28, 2010 11:10 AM EDT While Far*East Movement holds at No. 1 for a second week on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Like a G6," Taylor Swift makes a record-breaking arrival with the final single in the countdown to the release of her "Speak Now" album. After becoming the first artist in the 52-year…

  7. Kanye West 'Fantasy' Tracklist Leaked on iTunes

    October 27, 2010 12:46 PM EDT The tracklist for Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" has been released to iTunes , where the album is now available for pre-order ahead of its Nov. 22 release. The list of songs includes West's first two singles, "POWER" and "Runaway," as…

  8. Nicki Minaj Gets Dramatic On 'Right Thru Me' Video

    October 27, 2010 12:35 PM EDT Just days after the video for "Check It Out" hit the net, Nicki Minaj releases the clip for latest single "Right Thru Me," and the Harajuku Barbie taps her drama class acting skills for it. Video: Nicki Minaj, "Right Thru Me" What are your thoughts on the clip?…

  9. Billboard Bits: Taylor Swift Canoodles with Jake Gyllenhaal, Coldplay Puts People to Sleep

    October 26, 2010 6:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal Spotted Apple Picking Taylor Swift has been spotted around New York City with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The two spent the past weekend (Oct. 23-24) apple picking in Hopewell Junction,…

  10. Nicki Minaj and Will.i.am Drop 'Check It Out' Video

    October 26, 2010 11:27 AM EDT Nicki Minaj released the first visual to her upcoming "Pink Friday" album -- we're pretending "Massive Attack" never happened -- due Nov. 22. Aside from the lightweight Asian theme, the official video to "Check It Out" isn't much different than the live…

  11. Kings of Leon Make Record-Breaking Debut on U.K. Chart

    October 25, 2010 10:25 AM EDT K ings of Leon 's "Come Around Sundown" (Hand Me Down/Sony Music Entertainment) made a record-breaking start to its U.K. album chart career yesterday (Sunday). In selling over 183,000 copies, it recorded the biggest first-week sale of any artist album this year, and the 49,000…

  12. Far East Movement Tops Hot 100 with 'Like a G6'

    October 20, 2010 6:41 PM EDT Los Angeles-based quartet Far*East Movement is set to move to the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 with its debut single "Like a G6" (2-1) when the chart is released tomorrow (Oct. 21). The act knocks out fellow newbie Bruno Mars, who falls to No. 2 after four weeks at No. 1 with…

  13. Sean Garrett: Nicki Minaj's Failed Single Was 'Out Of My Control'

    October 20, 2010 2:35 PM EDT Singer/songwriter/producer Sean Garrett has been responsible for creating hits like Usher 's "Yeah," Beyonce 's "Ring The Alarm" and Ciara 's "Goodies." But it doesn't mean the hit-making machine hasn't had some blunders along the way as…

  14. Kanye West Says He Had Considered Suicide

    October 19, 2010 10:31 AM EDT K anye Wes t told an audience at a screening of his film, "Runaway," that he thought about killing himself, but now feels a responsibility to make a meaningful contribution to pop culture and art. Describing himself as a pop icon and "soldier for culture," West told the…

  15. Nicki Minaj Announces 'Pink Friday' Tour

    October 18, 2010 11:47 AM EDT On the eve of the release of her highly-anticipated "Pink Friday" debut, Nicki Minaj announced via Twitter that she will be going on an accompanying tour, revealing five of the scheduled dates so far. "Ok Barbz, here are the 1st 5 dates on my Pink Friday Tour," she posted…

  16. Usher, Alicia Keys Get Four Soul Train Nominations

    October 18, 2010 8:55 AM EDT New mom Alicia Keys has something else to celebrate: She's been nominated for four Soul Train Awards. The nominations were announced on Monday (Oct. 18) - four days after Keys gave birth to her first child, a son named Egypt. Usher also got four nominations. Drake was another multiple…

  17. Nicki Minaj 'Pink Friday' Album Cover Hits Net

    October 15, 2010 12:56 PM EDT The art cover to Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" hit the net today -- very appropriate since it's actually a Friday today.. Although there's hardly anything "pink" about it. Anywho, I'm digging the cover. But then again, I have a major girl crush on Nicki…

  18. Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Paramore Lead 'VH1 Divas' Lineup

    October 14, 2010 11:44 AM EDT Being a diva is different than it used to be. Katy Perry , Sugarland , Keri Hilson , Nicki Minaj and Paramore are this year's "VH1 Divas," but they'll be taking some of the focus off themselves, singing for the military through a partnership with the USO. Perry, Sugarland,…

  19. Billboard Bits: Ke$ha to Release New Material, Rihanna Explains Katy Perry Diss

    October 13, 2010 5:53 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Ke$ha to Release 'Partner Album' Titled 'Cannibal' Nov. 22 Ke$ha will release a "partner album," titled "Cannibal," to her multi-platinum disc "Animal" on Nov. 22.…

  20. Will.i.am and Nicki Minaj Bring 'Check It Out' to 'Regis & Kelly'

    October 11, 2010 12:25 PM EDT W ill.i.am and Nicki Minaj stopped by "Live! with Regis and Kelly" this morning to perform their Buggles-sampling duet "Check It Out." Backed by a pair of dancers, Minaj sported a multi-colored dress and blond wig, while the Black Eyed Peas frontman showed off some dance…

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