1. Update: Rihanna & Drake, Cee Lo & Gwyneth Paltrow to Duet at Grammys

    February 02, 2011 8:50 AM EST R ihanna and Drake will perform together at the Grammy Awards, while Cee Lo Green and Gwyneth Paltrow will team up for their own duet with the Jim Henson Company Puppets, it was announced late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning (Feb. 2). Rihanna and Drake's duet was announced via the…

  2. Panic! At The Disco Live Q&A Archived Video

    February 01, 2011 1:00 PM EST Panic! At The Disco With a long-awaited new album coming, a handful of shows afoot, a new single days away, it was the perfect time for a Live Q&A with Panic! At The Disco . Billboard.com sat down for a live chat with Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith to talk all things Panic! on January 31,…

  3. 29 Black Music Milestones: Beyonce Serenades The Obamas

    February 01, 2011 12:56 PM EST On Jan. 20, 2009, Barack Obama became the first African-American President of the the United States. A host of celebrated artists -- Aretha Franklin , Stevie Wonder , Mary J. Blige , John Legend -- serenaded the couple throughout the Inaugural proceedings, but it was Beyonce 's teary…

  4. Nicki Minaj 'Does the Creep' on 'SNL'

    January 30, 2011 12:45 PM EST With her character-driven, accent-tinged rhymes and over-the-top attitude and costumes, color us less than surprised that musical guest Nicki Minaj proved herself to be an able actress on last night's "Saturday Night Live" (Jan. 29). Nicki Minaj's 'Moment 4 Life'…

  5. POTW: Janelle Monae, B.o.B, Big Boi, Nicki Minaj, Britney

    January 29, 2011 9:00 AM EST B.o.B , Janelle Monae and Big Boi showed their sparkly whites, Nicki Minaj toned down the costume-like outfits, Britney Spears smugged the media, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys were all smiles, Diddy was underdressed, Prince Michael Jackson I and uncle Jackie sat courtside, 50 Cent got cozy with…

  6. 125 Pop Stars' Real Names

    January 28, 2011 11:00 AM EST What's in a name? A lot, if you ask these musicians, each of whom ditched their birth names and adopted an alias before hitting the big time. (And for good reason, in some cases -- Ahmir-Khalib Thompson just doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily as " Questlove ,"…

  7. Nicki Minaj's 'Moment 4 Life' Video': A Cinderella Wedding with Drake

    January 27, 2011 8:45 PM EST Relating the lyrical hook "I wish I could have this moment for life" to a classic character whose time is especially fleeting -- Cinderella -- Nicki Minaj goes glamorous in the official music video for "Moment 4 Life," which premiered tonight (Jan. 27) on MTV. The clip for…

  8. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Trey Songz, Jamie Foxx, Drake

    January 27, 2011 1:53 PM EST Trey Songz picks up a 13th week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs making "Can't Be Friends" the longest-running chart-topper since Maxwell 's "Pretty Wings" spent 14 weeks at the summit in 2009. Besides Maxwell's hit, only Mary J. Blige 's "Be Without You…

  9. 'Pale Kid' Makes Good on Social 50 Chart

    January 27, 2011 12:45 PM EST The big news on the Social 50 chart this week? That "pale kid" George Watsky. Also known as Watsky, the emcee debuts at No. 13 on the Social 50 chart after his speedy-rapping clip turned YouTube on its head last week (search "pale kid raps fast"). Uploaded only on Jan. 17,…

  10. Decemberists' 'King Is Dead' Is No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 26, 2011 11:00 AM EST T he Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That easily beats its initial first week estimate of around 70,000. The Decemberists Folk Around on…

  11. Chart Highlights: Pop, Rap Songs & More

    January 24, 2011 4:45 PM EST Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. 1 *** "Grenade" Bruno Mars…

  12. Lil Wayne Announces 'I Am Music II' Tour Dates

    January 24, 2011 12:42 PM EST Nearly three months after being released from prison, Lil Wayne today (Jan. 24) announced an I Am Music II spring tour, a 24-date trek across North America that kicks off Mar. 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., and wraps May 1 in East Rutherford, N.J., with a headlining set at Bamboozle. Weezy will be…

  13. POTW: Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez

    January 22, 2011 11:00 AM EST Katy Perry kicked it with Facebook creator/founder Mark Zuckerberg, Nicki Minaj donned a gumbi wig, Justin Bieber played dress up, Christina Aguilera made kissy faces, Jennifer Lopez got her behind "Off The Floor" for a picture, Prince and Jimmy Fallon rocked out and Keri Hilson…

  14. Ask Billboard: Albums, Avril & 'American Idol'

    January 21, 2011 6:55 PM EST Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. BOTTOMS DOWN Hi…

  15. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson, Trey Songz

    January 20, 2011 4:31 PM EST Nicki Minaj continues her winning streak as "Pink Friday" picks up a second week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Despite dropping 17% to 32,000 copies, Minaj fends off Rihanna 's "Loud" which steps 3-2 in its ninth week. Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted…

  16. Sean Garrett Working 'Feverishly' on New Justin Bieber & Beyonce Albums, Columbia Debut

    January 20, 2011 1:48 PM EST S ean Garrett , the producer/songwriter who has helped create hits like Usher 's "Yeah!," Beyonce 's "Ring the Alarm" and Chris Brown 's "Run It," expects to "work harder than I've ever worked" in 2011 by contributing to new albums…

  17. Cake Scores Lowest-Selling No. 1 Album in SoundScan History

    January 19, 2011 11:00 AM EST The Digital Songs and Billboard 200 charts couldn't look anymore different this week. Sales at the top of the Billboard 200 continue to slide, as the No. 1-debuting set -- from a rather unlikely band -- sold 44,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, Britney Spears' …

  18. Nicki Minaj Releases Lil Wayne-Assisted 'Roman's Revenge 2.0'

    January 18, 2011 11:56 AM EST Nicki Minaj recently released the official remix to her "Roman's Revenge" track, titled "Roman's Revenge 2.0," and the track features none other than Young Money labelhead Lil Wayne . Check it out below. Audio: Nicki Minaj, "Roman's Revenge 2.0,"…

  19. POTW: Christina Aguilera, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj

    January 14, 2011 5:27 PM EST Christina Aguilera and her son posed with the Disney clan, Justin Bieber got bruised, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj made silly faces, Gucci Mane got an ice-cream tat on his face, Amy Winehouse let the girls breathe, Jennifer Lopez smiled hard while Steven Tyler seemed disconnected, Cee-Lo and…

  20. Foxy Brown Releases Lil Kim Diss Track

    January 14, 2011 10:43 AM EST Foxy Brown 's delayed Lil Kim diss track, now titled "Massacre," was finally released yesterday (Jan. 13), and in it Foxy invites listeners to "witness the rise and the fall of Miss Kimberly Jones" over Jay-Z 's "So Ghetto" instrumental. Audio: Foxy…

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