1. Lil Wayne Kicks Off I Am Still Music Tour in Rhode Island

    March 17, 2011 11:58 AM EDT Lil Wayne kicked off his I Am Still Music tour in Rhode Island last night (March 16), and to celebrate his return to the stage in more than a year, Weezy brought out Young Money artist Nicki Minaj , Jae Millz, Mack Maine, Lil Twist and Shanell as well as Rick Ross, among others. Watch clips…

  2. Celebrity Friends Tweet Thoughts About Nate Dogg's Death

    March 16, 2011 1:19 PM EDT Nate Dogg , the California rapper whose real name is Nathaniel D. Hale, died at the age of 41 on Tuesday (Mar. 15). The rapper survived a pair of strokes in 2007 and 2008 and was recently believed to be in therapy. Nate Dogg first appeared on Dr. Dre 's debut album "The Chronic,…

  3. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Marsha Ambrosius Debuts on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    March 10, 2011 4:46 PM EST We're doing things a little different this week, scrapping the 1-10 rundown for only the most interesting developments on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. As always, you can view the top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the top 40 R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in our charts section. The biggest story of…

  4. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Compilation Arriving May 24

    March 10, 2011 2:00 PM EST Two weeks after Maybach Music Group landed a partnership with Warner Bros. Records, the hip-hop label's founder, Rick Ross , has announced a May 24 release date for Maybach's first compilation album, "Self Made," on Twitter today (Mar. 10). The album will feature Ross as…

  5. Top 10 Notorious B.I.G. 14th Death Anniversary Tweets

    March 09, 2011 1:05 PM EST Today marks the 14th anniversary of the Notorious B.I.G. 's death and to pay tribute, Billboard.com's The Juice has compiled a list of the top 10 celebrity tweets. R.I.P. Big Poppa! (Be sure to tag @billboarddotcom to your favorite music retweets and don't forget to follow us !…

  6. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: The Grammy Effect

    March 03, 2011 4:12 PM EST The effects of the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards are being felt on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart this week as winners and performers experience decent gains. Firstly, Eminem' s Best Rap Album -- winning "Recovery" reclaims the No. 1 spot with 61,000 copies (up 60%, according to…

  7. Lil Wayne's '6 Foot 7 Foot' Video Spoofs 'Inception'

    March 03, 2011 10:45 AM EST "Inception" may have lost the Best Picture race to "The King's Speech" at the Oscars on Sunday, but the drama received a nice consolation prize: a tip of the cap from Lil Wayne . The rapper pays homage to the film in his music video for "6 Foot 7 Foot,"…

  8. Adele's '21' Sells Over 350k to Top Billboard 200

    March 02, 2011 11:00 AM EST A dele storms in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her sophomore album "21" selling a mighty 352,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's her best sales week -- and highest charting album -- and also the highest frame for any album since…

  9. Foxy Brown: Lil Kim Should 'Put Out Great Music,' End Feud with Nicki Minaj

    February 24, 2011 1:30 PM EST F oxy Brown is weighing on the bitter feud that escalated between Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim last week, after the latter appeared to behead the Young Money rapper on the cover of her "Black Friday" mixtape. "When you're using that as a platform to bring your new album out...I…

  10. Justin Bieber Swaps Spots With Lady Gaga Atop Social 50 Chart

    February 24, 2011 1:24 PM EST L ady Gaga may retain the throne on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with "Born This Way," but she slips from the top slot on the Social 50 tally, down to No. 2. Who's she replaced by? Why, the act with the No. 1 album in the country -- Justin Bieber . Justin Bieber Scores…

  11. Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj to Inspire Bold Oscar Red Carpet Fashions

    February 23, 2011 12:02 PM EST Taking a tip from music stars Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj , Hollywood's A-list actresses are expected to turn up on Oscar's red carpet in many bold, futuristic designs, fashion experts predict. The eye toward the future marks a turnaround from recent years in which styles at Hollywood…

  12. Justin Bieber Scores Second No. 1 Album with 'Never Say Never' Remixes

    February 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST J ustin Bieber notches his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Never Say Never: The Remixes" opening in the top slot with 165,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His first topper came with "My World 2.0," which debuted at No. 1 as well, on the April…

  13. Nicki Minaj in BlackBook

    February 23, 2011 8:25 AM EST Nicki Minaj in Blackbook News Nicki Minaj …

  14. Billboard Bits: Britney Snags $500K for 'HIAM' Product Placements, Justin Timberlake Presenting at Oscars

    February 22, 2011 6:30 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Britney Spears Receives $500,000 from 'HIAM' Video Product Placements Britney Spears ' recently released music video for "Hold It Against Me" apparently earned the pop star half a million…

  15. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Partners with Warner Bros., Signs Pill

    February 22, 2011 3:20 PM EST Maybach Music Group, the hip-hop imprint founded by Rick Ross , has announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Records. Maybach also announced its latest signee, Atlanta rapper Pill, earlier today (Feb. 22). "This deal with Warner Bros. Records has been a long time in the making and I&…

  16. Pop Stars' Perfect Fashion Week Matches

    February 21, 2011 9:40 AM EST Our resident fashion expert went to New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 and from the hottest designers showing there, she picked the hottest outfits we wanted to see on our favorite artists. Agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments at the bottom of the page. Nicki Minaj Perfect Match: Vivenne…

  17. Rihanna Rocks NBA All-Star Game with Kanye West, Drake

    February 21, 2011 9:14 AM EST With a celebrity-studded crowd looking on, Rihanna rocked the halftime show at the NBA All-Star game on her 23rd birthday. She had other big names helping her sing her hits Sunday, with Drake joining in on "What's My Name?" and working "happy birthday" into the lyrics…

  18. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj's No. 1 Trifecta

    February 17, 2011 4:39 PM EST Nicki Minaj picks up her first chart-topper on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Moment 4 Life," featuring Drake , as the song steps up 2-1 in its 12th week (36.5 million listener impressions, up 7%, according to Nielsen BDS). The milestone comes just over a month after the rapper's…

  19. The Squeeze: Q&A with Charlie Wilson

    February 17, 2011 1:38 PM EST Charlie Wilson is on his way to Iraq today (Feb. 18) to perform for the troops for the third year in a row. But the former The Gap Band member, who is mostly known to this generation for his collaborations with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Kanye West , among others, made sure to take time out…

  20. Lady Gaga Tops Social 50 with Massive 'Born This Way' Buzz

    February 17, 2011 12:16 PM EST L ady Gaga has simply overtaken the Billboard charts this week. Lady Gaga Claims 1,000th Hot 100 No. 1 with 'Born This Way' First, her "Born This Way" was crowned the 1,000th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with splashy debuts on the Radio Songs and Digital Songs chart, and…

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