1. Britney Spears, Adele Rule Billboard.com's Readers Poll 2011

    December 15, 2011 1:20 PM EST The year's most recognizable pop divas remained the fan favorites in the Billboard.com 2011 Readers' Poll, with Adele, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj scoring the most votes the poll's major categories. Once Billboard.com readers weighed in on their favorite songs,…

  2. Matisyahu Shaves Beard: 'No More Chassidic Reggae Superstar'

    December 13, 2011 4:35 PM EST Some things in pop music just go together hand-in-hand: Lil Jon and his pimp goblet, Nicki Minaj and her neon wigs, and, until recently, Matisyahu and his long, religiously significant beard. But on Tuesday morning (Dec. 13), the socially conscious Jewish rapper posted a clean-shaven photo of…

  3. Lady Gaga, Pitbull Rock Z100's Jingle Ball in NYC

    December 10, 2011 12:05 PM EST Also at Annual Bash: Half of LMFAO, Pitbull, Kelly Clarkson, Plus Surprise Guests Lady Gaga 's career came full circle for a moment Friday night. The singer headlined Z100's annual Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden, an event that holds special meaning to the New York…

  4. Willow Smith Talks Upcoming Album, Nicki Minaj Collabo & More

    December 09, 2011 3:30 PM EST Willow Smith is all about kid empowerment. The young singer says she's hoping to inspire listeners with her upcoming album "Knees and Elbows." 21 Under 21: Willow Smith (2011) "It's gonna make them feel like they have control over their lives and can do what they want…

  5. Exclusive: French Montana Talks Bad Boy Signing, Upcoming Album & More

    December 09, 2011 12:05 PM EST After a frenzied bidding war, one of most sought-after unsigned rappers is no longer a free agent. On Thursday (Dec. 8), French Montana , joined by Sean " Diddy " Combs, announced his freshly inked deal with Bad Boy Records on BET's "106 & Park." Hours before the…

  6. The Year in Country: Taylor Swift Spoke Up

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST This ain't your granddad's country music. Today's country stars are just as at home on the pop charts as they are on the country tallies. Taylor Swift , Lady Antebellum , the Band Perry and Jason Aldean , among others, all made their mark in other genres in 2011. Year In Music…

  7. The Year in R&B/Hip-Hop: Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj Reign Supreme

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST You can call Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj label mates, mentor and protégée, or employer and employee. Or you can call them the top two R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of 2011. Lil Wayne claims the No. 1 spot on the Artist ranking thanks to his No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year, "Tha Carter IV…

  8. Madonna & Nicki Minaj Share a 'Romantic' Kiss On Video Set

    December 08, 2011 5:15 PM EST Nicki Minaj got a juicy gift from Madonna on Wednesday (Dec. 7), a day before she turned 29: A kiss! Madonna planted a wet one on Minaj while on the set of the icon's video for her much-anticipated single, "Give Me All of Your Love." M.I.A. Confirms Collaboration with Madonna…

  9. TMI Ep. 5: Yellowcard, Gentlemen Hall, Charts, Fashion & More

    December 08, 2011 4:40 PM EST Watch The 12.8 Episode Again Tune In Live Each Thursday at 3pm ET On episode five of TMI: The Music Insider (Dec. 8), host Downtown Julie Brown sat down for an interview with rockers Yellowcard , chatted about the latest music news and fashion and -- as always -- counted down the 10 biggest…

  10. Andrew Bird or Birdman? The Lyrics Quiz

    December 06, 2011 1:50 PM EST On Tuesday (Dec. 6), acclaimed indie-folk songwriter Andrew Bird announced that his twelfth studio album, "Break It Yourself," will be released on Mar. 6, 2012, and issued list of spring tour dates throughout North America. Meanwhile, Cash Money rapper Birdman released a.) 1. "…

  11. Thirty Seconds to Mars Live Q&A: Watch Again

    December 05, 2011 1:35 PM EST Chart Article Thirty Seconds To Mars Watch Again After scoring another hit album with 2009's "This is War," Thirty Seconds To Mars have been road warriors over the past two years and brought their epic hard rock across the globe. The trio will commemorate their record-breaking…

  12. It's Official: Madonna Playing Super Bowl Halftime Show

    December 05, 2011 12:38 AM EST After months of speculation, Madonna has officially been named as the performer at the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show. The NFL and NBC made the announcement during the network's "Sunday Night Football" matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions. The 53-year-old pop…

  13. Trey Songz Cuts an EP, Films 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' & Preps For Tour

    December 04, 2011 10:00 AM EST If Trey Songz ' latest video was your first introduction to the seductive R&B singer, you might think he was an entirely different type of artist. Made for the delicate ballad "Top of the World," from his recent five-song EP "Inevitable" (which arrived Nov. 25 on…

  14. Billboard's Women In Music 2011

    December 02, 2011 6:20 PM EST _ _ Chart Article _ _ Taylor & Nicki Honored at Billboard's WIM Event 'Woman Of The Year' Swift and 'Rising Star' Minaj feted 12/2 in New York. _ Our Woman of the Year Speaks: Taylor Cover Story In our new Q&A, the 21-year-old Swift talks inspiration, feminism…

  15. Nicki Minaj: Barbie Doll a 'Very Major Moment' for Me

    December 02, 2011 6:05 PM EST Nicki Minaj is both thrilled and proud that toy giant Mattel has crafted a Barbie Doll in her likeness for charity, telling Billboard that it's a "major moment" in her career and a special one for her fans, a dedicated bunch she refers to as Barbies or Barbz. "It's…

  16. Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj Honored at Billboard's Women in Music Event

    December 02, 2011 5:35 PM EST When Taylor Swift first convinced her parents to move from suburban Pennsylvania to Nashville at the age of 14, she had Billboard magazine delivered to her doorstep to stay in the loop on industry news -- and fantasize, of course. Inside This Special Issue: • Woman of the Year Taylor • Rising…

  17. Nick Minaj Debuts New Single 'Roman in Moscow'

    December 02, 2011 4:20 PM EST On the same day she accepts Billboard's Women in Music 2011 'Rising Star' Award (Dec. 2), Nicki Minaj drops her first single, "Roman in Moscow," off her sophomore album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" (Feb. 14). Nicki Minaj: Billboard's Rising Star |…

  18. Nicki Minaj, Rising Star: Her Billboard Chart History

    December 02, 2011 1:40 PM EST Was it really just a little more than two years ago that Nicki Minaj made her Billboard chart debut? With so many hits racked up in such little time, it certainly seems like she's been killing it on our tallies longer than that. Nicki Minaj: Billboard's Rising Star Minaj made her…

  19. Busta Rhymes, Mystikal Join Cash Money Roster

    December 02, 2011 12:35 PM EST In the midst of scoring another mainstream hip-hop hit album ( Drake's "Take Care," which debuted with 631,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan) and preparing for another one ( Nicki Minaj's sophomore set, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," due in February),…

  20. Nicki Minaj: Billboard's Rising Star

    December 02, 2011 12:15 PM EST She's an MC, a Fashion Icon, a Pop Star... and She's Just Getting Warmed Up For Cortez Bryant, the scene was a revelation. It was in early November when the Bryant Management principal/Young Money Entertainment chief visionary officer was invited to dinner by 28-year-old "it…

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