1. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Kanye West & Jay-Z

    January 13, 2011 4:11 PM EST In its seventh week on the chart, Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" skips 3-1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums marking the longest climb to No. 1 since Jamie Foxx 's "Intuition" took eight weeks to reach the summit in 2009. "Pink Friday" claims the chart throne…

  2. Toni Braxton and Family Starring in Reality TV Show

    January 03, 2011 4:30 PM EST T oni Braxton is the latest celebrity to open her home to reality television cameras. Braxton, the Grammy-winning singer of "Un-Break My Heart" and "You're Makin' Me High," will appear in "Braxton Family Values" on the WE network starting in April.…

  3. Foxy Brown To Release Lil Kim Diss Track

    December 21, 2010 3:54 PM EST I guess Lil Kim isn't the only female MC trying to get her career back up off the strength of Nicki Minaj 's buzz. Foxy Brown is reportedly releasing a Lil Kim diss track titled "Christmas Massacre" on Christmas eve which a press release has dubbed "the most…

  4. Female MCs Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa Celebrated in 'My Mic Sounds Nice' Doc

    August 29, 2010 10:00 AM EDT M issy Elliott says she was 14 when she did it the first time. Eve was 11. Diamond was 14, while Yo-Yo and Lady of Rage were 15 and 12. Reminiscing about the first time they reeled off rhymes is one of several topics these and other female MCs -- including MC Lyte , Trina , the Poetess and…

  5. Aaliyah Remembered By Nine Celeb Tweets Nine Years After Death

    August 25, 2010 2:52 PM EDT It's been nine years since R&B singer Aaliyah died in a fatal plane crash, but her memory lives on. In remembering her passing, Billboard.com has gathered nine heartfelt tweets about Aaliyah from her famous friends. R.I.P. Aaliyah. Nine Things About Aaliyah We'll Never Forget …

  6. Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors

    June 04, 2010 2:12 PM EDT This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom. Willie D from the Geto…

  7. Jackson Doctor's Case Assigned To LA Trial Judge

    April 06, 2010 7:13 AM EDT With Michael Jackson 's mother, father and three siblings looking on, Dr. Conrad Murray began a slow process toward trial Monday (April 5) with the appointment of a judge and the setting of another hearing to handle pending matters in his involuntary manslaughter case. Murray made quick…

  8. Listen Free: Ludacris, 'Battle Of The Sexes'

    March 23, 2010 11:11 AM EDT Ludacris is back with a new chart-topping album, "Battle of the Sexes," and you can listen to the Atlanta rap star's new set for free, right here on Billboard.com. Released Mar. 9, "Battle" earned Luda his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as it debuted atop the chart…

  9. POTW: Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Ciara, Soulja Boy

    March 05, 2010 4:17 PM EST On red carpets around the globe, Rihanna , Ciara and Lady Gaga left little to the imagination with the help (or lack of) plunging necklines, cropped tops and lots of lace, while Trina and Grace Jones gave a peak of their goodies with revealing cut-outs and sharp-shouldered leotards. It all…

  10. Ludacris' 'How Low' Single Goes High on the Charts

    February 19, 2010 5:09 PM EST It's Super Bowl weekend, and Ludacris is onstage at Miami's Fontainebleau hotel, where he's co-hosting a pool party with NFL stars Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens. At the moment, though, no one is looking at the Atlanta rapper. All eyes-including Ludacris'-are firmly…

  11. Gucci Mane featuring Usher, "Spotlight"

    November 10, 2009 12:33 PM EST You know you're approaching hip-hop greatness when your single's hook marks the return of a superstar. "It feels so good to be back," Usher bellows at the top of Gucci Mane 's "Spotlight," about a girl the Atlanta rapper wants to bed. As usual, Mane keeps…

  12. Win The 'Women In Music' VIP Gift Bag

    October 28, 2009 11:58 AM EDT Billboard celebrates the best and brightest females in the music world with our annual Women in Music ceremony. This year we feted Beyoncé and Lady Gaga and you can win the same gift bag that they each received at the event, full of goodies from premium denim and perfume to cool music gear…

  13. Ask Billboard: Pitbull, Amanda Marshall, Journey

    May 22, 2009 4:32 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. PITBULLL ATTACK Hi Gary! I am not a rap fan, but, as Cuban-born rapper…

  14. Beyonce, T.I. Nominated For BET Awards

    May 14, 2009 2:03 PM EDT BET announced Tuesday (May 12) the host, nominees, performers and honorees for the 2009 BET awards during the taping of the network's music video countdown show "106 & Park." Hosted by actor/singer Jamie Foxx, the event will be held in Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium…

  15. Slip-N-Slide CEO Not Surprised Rick Ross Tops Chart

    April 29, 2009 7:31 PM EDT After speculations on whether or not Rick Ross would outsell fellow rapper Asher Roth this week, or whether or not his beef with 50 Cent would affect his sales overall, Rick Ross tops the Billboard 200 this week with "Deeper Than Rap" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam), shifting 158,000 its…

  16. Ask Billboard: Missy Elliott, Hot 100 And The Best Selling Album Of All Time

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith and his readers discuss Missy Elliott, Hot 100 and the best selling debut album of all time. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and…

  17. Chart Beat

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Chris Brown, Leona Lewis, Colby Caillat and more! LEONA'S TRIPLE PLAY: "Bleeding Love" (SyCo/J) returns to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 for a second time, making Leona Lewis the first artist to have three separate turns at No. 1 since January 1979, when Chic&…

  18. Chart Shakers

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A closer look at the Greatest Gainers, Hot Shot Debuts and Pacesetters on this week's Billboard charts. Hot Shot Debuts: Hot Shot Debut glory belongs to country superstar George Strait this week, as new set "Troubadour" claims that award and the penthouse suite on both The…

  19. Strait Speeds Past R.E.M. To Debut At No. 1

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the fourth time in his career, country vet George Strait earns the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 with "Troubadour." According to Nielsen SoundScan, the MCA Nashville album moved 166,000 copies, For the fourth time in his career, country vet George Strait earns the No. 1 spot…

  20. 'Baddest' Of The Bad

    March 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Trina is notorious for her provocative, sex-filled lyrics, but it seems her mainstream fan base likes her best when she's engaging in less dirty talk and more personal chit chat. Trina is notorious for her provocative, sex-filled lyrics, but it seems her mainstream fan base likes her…

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