1. Lil Wayne Brings Epic I Am Still Music Tour to Philadelphia

    March 27, 2011 2:00 PM EDT For the many hip-hop fans who understandably believe that Lil Wayne is the best rapper alive, his desire to be a rock star -- not a music star, not a rap star, but a rock star -- can be confounding. After releasing his breakthrough LP "Tha Carter III" in 2008, the Young Money giant…

  2. Ultra Music Fest 2011: 10 Things Seen and Overheard Friday

    March 26, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Cloudless skies and a balmy 80 degrees made Day 2 of Miami Music Week ideal for a giant outdoor party. Thankfully, there were two to choose from: The Beatport Beach Party at the swanky Gansevoort -- a three-day, free daytime shindig hosted by the dance e-tailer -- and the Ultra Music Festival…

  3. Adele, Eminem, John Lennon on 'Songs for Japan' Charity CD

    March 25, 2011 6:30 PM EDT The four major record labels have joined together to produce an all-star digital album to raise money for disaster-stricken Japan. "Songs for Japan" will feature Lady Gaga 's No. 1 hit "Born This Way," John Lennon 's classic "Imagine" and dozens more…

  4. Billboard Bits: Christina Aguilera Joins Twitter, Selena Gomez Announces Tour Dates

    March 23, 2011 7:41 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera Joins Twitter As she prepares to join Cee Lo Green , Blake Shelton and Maroon 5 's Adam Levine as a singing coach on NBC's "The Voice," Christina Aguilera has finally joined…

  5. Chris Brown Headed for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    March 23, 2011 5:14 PM EDT At this time next week, Chris Brown might be celebrating his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his fourth set, "F.A.M.E.," is on course to bow with over 250,000 sold in its first week. Industry prognosticators suggest the set, released yesterday (Mar. 22), could shift…

  6. Nicki Minaj Allegedly in Talks To Judge 'X Factor'

    March 21, 2011 12:17 PM EDT According to the New York Post's Page Six, femcee Nicki Minaj is in talks with Simon Cowell to be a judge on his upcoming Fox talent search show, "The X Factor." Minaj allegedly met with Cowell a couple of weeks back in Los Angeles to discuss the potential post. An email to…

  7. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Lupe Fiasco Defies Radio

    March 17, 2011 3:56 PM EDT It's all about Lupe Fiasco this week as his often-delayed "Lasers" opens atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and the Billboard 200 with 204,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, his first No. 1 on either chart, was originally slated for a late 2009 release but…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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 !…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,"…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. Nicki Minaj in BlackBook

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

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