1. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  2. Nicki Minaj Announces Grammy Plans, New Single, & NBA All-Star Performance

    February 07, 2012 3:50 PM EST Ballers want to be rappers, and rappers want to be ballers. With her second studio album set for this April, hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj has announced a wave of news, including her next single, Grammy plans, and a performance at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. Minaj will hit the 54th Annual Grammy…

  3. Foo Fighters, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, David Guetta & Deadmau5 to Lead Dance Music Tribute at Grammys

    February 07, 2012 3:40 PM EST For the sake of the Grammys, Dave Grohl is squelching his beef with electronic music. The Foo Fighters, who have been known to diss computer-made tracks and their creators during their live shows, will participate in a "special performance highlighting dance/electronica music" at…

  4. Poll: Who Should Perform at Next Year's Super Bowl Halftime Show?

    February 07, 2012 9:00 AM EST With the dust now settled on Madonna's eye-popping halftime extravaganza, it's time to start thinking of the possible artists who will take the biggest stage in the world next February, when the Super Bowl invades New Orleans. With the Black Eyed Peas and Madonna taking the reins…

  5. Nicki Minaj's Personal 'Marilyn Monroe' Leaks: Listen

    February 06, 2012 9:51 PM EST Fans of Nicki Minaj 's smash hit "Super Bass" will soon have a new pop-friendly ballad to sing in the shower. A new and unofficial track leaked to the web this week, in which the rapper appears to be channeling Barbie rather than her other male alter ego, Roman. The song is…

  6. Chart Highlights: Flo Rida Flies to No. 1 on Pop Songs

    February 06, 2012 5:45 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 *** "Good Feeling" Flo Rida As…

  7. Madonna's 'Luvin' ' Makes Super Start at Radio

    February 06, 2012 11:45 AM EST Madonna 's new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'," which she performed at the halftime festivities of last night's (Feb. 5) Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, blasts onto multiple radio format charts. Aided by Clear Channel's promotion of the song - participating…

  8. Lana Del Rey 'Born' Atop U.K. Album Chart

    February 06, 2012 8:20 AM EST Also: Leonard Cohen's 'Old Ideas' Debuts at No. 2 The meteoric worldwide success of Lana Del Rey's debut album "Born To Die" extended to the U.K. on Sunday (Feb. 5), when it debuted at No. 1 with sales of 117,000, more than the rest of the top five combined.…

  9. NBC Sorry for M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Bird

    February 06, 2012 12:15 AM EST NBC has apologized for M.I.A.'s middle finger moment during Sunday's Super Bowl halftime show. The rapper flipped the bird while performing alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj on the network's telecast, which was watched by millions as one of the biggest events on television.…

  10. Madonna Rocks Super Bowl Halftime Show With Old Hits, New Friends

    February 05, 2012 9:30 PM EST 'Like a Prayer,' 'Vogue, 'Music' ... M.I.A. Flips Out During 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' It's Madonna Louise Ciccone's world, we're just living in it. The pop icon took to the world's biggest stage to rock three-and-a-half older tracks…

  11. Nicki Minaj's Media Takeover Prompts Social Chart Climb

    February 03, 2012 5:40 PM EST Nicki Minaj is getting super social on the Billboard Social 50 chart, as the hip-hop diva flies from No. 16 to No. 10 -- her visit to the top 10 since the Dec. 24 tally when she ranked at No. 8. She saw a 17% gain in Twitter followers in the tracking week and an 19% rise in YouTube views. The…

  12. March Cover Queens: Madonna, Lana Del Rey & Nicki Minaj

    February 03, 2012 5:25 PM EST Music's hottest femmes are gracing the covers of March magazines. From Nicki Minaj 's pretty in pink Wonderland cover to Madonna 's candid interview in The Advocate, spring's sizzle has came early. Nicki Minaj on Wonderland Shot by photographer Matt Irwin, the Wonderland…

  13. Weekly Chart Notes: Beyonce, Robin Thicke, Paul McCartney

    February 03, 2012 3:15 PM EST Beyonce continues to tally hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs from her album "4," even if pop audiences don't seem to be equally enthralled. '4' = 0: While ROCKIN' ROBIN: Robin Thicke registers his second No. 1 on the Adult R&B airplay chart, as "Love After…

  14. Bring It On! 5 Awesome Cheerleader Videos

    February 03, 2012 3:00 PM EST Madonna 's new music video for "Give Me All Your Luvin'" features the Queen of Pop collaborating with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. for the first time, walking on the hands of football players for the first time (we assume), and, shockingly, unleashing her first cheerleader-laden…

  15. M.I.A. Takes Her 'Bad Girl' Attitude To Morocco In New Video: Watch

    February 03, 2012 1:20 PM EST M.I.A. takes "The Fast and the Furious" to Ouarzazate, Morocco in her new video for "Bad Girls," which features Arabic street racers, ghost riders and women in patterned, blinged-out burkas touting semi-automatics. M.I.A. Returns with 'Bad Girls' Single: Listen…

  16. Track Review: Madonna, 'Give Me All Your Luvin''

    February 03, 2012 1:00 PM EST MADONNA FEAT. NICKI MINAJ AND M.I.A. "Give Me All Your Luvin'" (3:22) Producers: Madonna, Martin Solveig Writers: various Publishers: Webo Girl Publishing Inc. (ASCAP), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Money Mack Music/Harajuku Barbie Music adm. by Songs of Universal, Inc. (BMI…

  17. Drake 'Proud'-ly Rewrites Record for Most Rap Songs No. 1s

    February 03, 2012 11:55 AM EST With his 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Songs chart, Drake rewrites the mark for most leaders in the list's 23-year history. I.e., when it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart ever had. Drake earns his 11th No. 1 on the…

  18. Madonna Releases 'Give Me All Your Luvin' Video & Single

    February 03, 2012 9:10 AM EST Nicki Minaj & M.I.A. Co-Star in the Football-Themed Clip Madonna 's finally giving all her "Luvin" to her fans. Track Review: Madonna, 'Give Me All Your Luvin'' "Give Me All Your Luvin'," the long-waited first single from Madonna's…

  19. William Shatner Boldly Talks Broadway, Music & 'Tambourine' Debacle

    February 02, 2012 8:40 PM EST The incomparable William Shatner is coming to Broadway in mid-February with his one man show wonderfully titled "Shatner's World: We Just Live In It." The octogenarian (nearing 81) "Star Trek" captain and veteran TV actor talked to Billboard.com about the "…

  20. Chart Juice: Drake, Seal Win Seals of Approval on R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    February 02, 2012 4:47 PM EST Unlike the past few weeks, the top 10 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week shuffles around, with enough position gains and drops that only the top two titles, the monsters of the list, remain in place. "Make Me Proud," the song that became Drake 's eighth No. 1 last…

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