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. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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 "…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 "…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,"…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. Ke$ha Calls Adam Lambert a 'Real Friend,' Talks VMA Nods

    August 05, 2010 7:00 AM EDT In just seven months, Ke$ha has seen her first three singles become top 10 hits and her debut album "Animal" reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Still, the pop star tells Billboard.com that she's flattered to be nominated for an MTV VMA for Best New Artist -- along with Justin…

  14. Nicki Minaj Titles Debut Album 'Pink Friday'

    August 04, 2010 2:00 PM EDT Nicki Minaj finally revealed the title of her highly anticipated debut album last night (Aug. 3), and legions of her fans joined her via Ustream for the reveal. "Pink Friday" will be out Nov. 23 on Young Money/Universal Motown. Video: Nicki Minaj announces album title "To carry…

  15. Sean Kingston and Nicki Minaj 'Let Go' In New Video

    August 04, 2010 1:25 PM EDT "'Ey yo Sean, you Mr. Kingston," Nicki Minaj calls out in the intro of Sean Kingston 's dancehall jam "Letting Go (Dutty Love)", before the 20-year-old Kingston begins flirtatiously professing his love for his rap companion. Video: Sean Kingston's "…

  16. Lil Wayne Does Jail Interview With DJ Funkmaster Flex

    August 04, 2010 11:16 AM EDT DJ Funkmaster Flex had a very special guest for the launch of his website, as incarcerated rapper Lil Wayne made his first phone interview, calling in from Rikers Island where he is serving a sentence for criminal possession. Video: Lil Wayne Calls Into FunkMaster Flex Show Video: Lil Wayne…

  17. Lady Gaga Earns Record 13 MTV VMA Nominations, Eminem Nabs Eight

    August 03, 2010 12:15 PM EDT L ady Gaga has earned a record-breaking 13 MTV VMA nominations, the network announced today (Aug. 3). The pop star's "Bad Romance" video is up for Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video and Best Dance Video, among other categories. "I'm so honored for…

  18. Billboard Bits: Kanye's 'Power' Video Is 'Apocalyptic,' Gaga-Winehouse Collabo Just a Dream

    July 29, 2010 5:16 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Kanye West's 'Power' Video Is 'Apocalyptic,' Says Director Kanye West 's upcoming music video for new single "Power" will be "apocalyptic, in a very personal way,"…

  19. Nicki Minaj Debuts 'Your Love' Video

    July 21, 2010 1:02 PM EDT Young Money queen Nicki Minaj heads to the Far East in her new video for "Your Love," which premiered today (July 22) on MTV . In the Lil X-directed clip, Minaj transforms into an ass-kicking geisha to win the love of her samurai, all while sporting countless wardrobe and hair…

  20. Lil Kim Surprises Fans by Bringing DMX Onstage in Arizona

    July 19, 2010 6:52 PM EDT Amid near-deafening shrieks, Lil Kim brought a fresh-out-of-jail DMX onstage in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday night (July 17) to perform the LOX's "Money, Power & Respect." Clad in a pink polo and white shorts, DMX jumped into the audience while Lil Kim got in front of…

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