1. Future Makes 'Honest' Debut at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    May 01, 2014 5:38 PM EDT Selling 53,000 first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Future's "Honest" opens at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums, beating out Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic" by just under 1,000 units in the week ending April 27. Azalea's debut…

  2. Pharrell Williams Tops Hot 100 For 10th Week, Iggy Azalea Vaults Into Top 10

    April 30, 2014 1:57 PM EDT "Happy" becomes one of the elite 28 songs to have topped the Hot 100 for at least 10 weeks. Plus, John Legend's "All of Me" takes over Radio Songs and rap newbie Azalea soars into the Hot 100's top 10 with "Fancy" Pharrell Williams' "Happy…

  3. Chart Highlights: Lorde's 'Tennis Court' Nets Adult Pop Songs Debut

    April 28, 2014 5:15 PM EDT The teen singer/songwriter debuts the third single from her debut album, 'Pure Heroine.' Plus, new No. 1s for Mariah Carey and Hillsong UNITED, and Chrissie Hynde previews her solo debut Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find…

  4. Jennifer Lopez Previews New Album in Malibu: First Listen

    April 25, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez has always been a hopeless romantic, and she's never been afraid of expressing it. If the six songs she previewed at an intimate brunch in Malibu Friday (April 25) are any indication, JLO will soon be baring her heart once again on her forthcoming record. "If you…

  5. Ask Billboard: Too $hort Ends Too Long Wait For First Hot 100 Top 10

    April 25, 2014 6:05 PM EDT The rapper reaches the Hot 100's top 10 after appearing on the chart since 1990. Plus, OneRepublic makes history As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your…

  6. Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' Hits No. 1 on Hot Rap Songs Chart

    April 24, 2014 7:03 PM EDT Coinciding with the April 22 release of her debut full-length album "The New Classic," Iggy Azalea's single "Fancy" (featuring Charli XCX) jumps 4-1 on Hot Rap Songs to end the reign of Pitbull's "Timber" (featuring Ke$ha) after 15 weeks. The last time…

  7. Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy, Tyga to Head Out on Under the Influence of Music Summer Tour

    April 23, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Wiz Khalifa will be taking Young Jeezy, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, and Rich Homie Quan on tour this summer for his Under the Influence of Music Summer Tour. Tour founder Khalifa has also recruited up-and-comers Sage The Gemini, Mack Wilds, IAMSU! and DJ Drama for the 22-city sprint that starts in…

  8. Pharrell Williams Still Atop Hot 100; Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown Reach Top 10

    April 23, 2014 2:59 PM EDT 'Happy' leads for a ninth week and takes over atop Streaming Songs, while Timberlake and Brown add to their top 10 totals. Pharrell Williams' "Happy" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a ninth week and reaches No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart at last. Meanwhile,…

  9. Chart Highlights: Pharrell's 'Happy,' John Legend's 'All Of Me' Expand Reigns

    April 21, 2014 6:05 PM EDT 'Happy' takes over atop a sixth singular-format Billboard airplay chart, while 'All of Me' grants Legend his first Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs No. 1s. Plus, new No. 1s for A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Fitz and the Tantrums and more Chart Highlights offers…

  10. What was Coachella 2014’s Best Dance Music Moment? (Poll)

    April 21, 2014 2:20 PM EDT Once confined to smaller stages, dance music has occupied an increasingly growing footprint at the desert music festival. This year’s edition was no exception to this trend, as Coachella featured some of the most exciting dance artists in the game playing on marquee stages. COACHELLA 2014:…

  11. Jason Derulo's Make-Or-Break Moment: Inside The Pop Singer's New Identity

    April 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT An accident left the singer nearly paralyzed and put a career on pause. How he's got the hits, but does he have the "swag" to become an urban star? It's 6:05 p.m. and things are bustling inside 1 OAK, the exclusive Sunset Strip nightclub that's known for hosting…

  12. Chris Brown Teases Ariana Grande Duet ‘Don't Be Gone Too Long’ With Dance Video (Watch)

    April 14, 2014 7:52 PM EDT The Chris Brown and Ariana Grande team-up "Don't Be Gone Too Long" has taken its time coming out.  The duet was supposed to drop last month but was delayed due to Brown’s legal problems. Currently in jail awaiting trail on assault charges, on Monday Brown’s team released a…

  13. Mobb Deep Returns To Top 10 On Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    April 10, 2014 4:38 PM EDT After a nearly eight-year hiatus from the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums top 10, Mobb Deep returns to the region, as its eighth studio album, "The Infamous… Mobb Deep," opens at No. 10. The set starts with 7,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new release is the veteran…

  14. Lil Jon Feels 'Great Validation' Thanks To 'Turn Down For What' Success

    April 07, 2014 3:08 PM EDT "I'm still around, I'm still doing my thing, and I've got a classic voice," says the hip-hop/dance producer. Nearly eight years after last visiting the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart as a lead act, Lil Jon returned last week with "Turn Down The What," his…

  15. Chris Brown & Friends Charge Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    April 03, 2014 5:48 PM EDT Chris Brown's "Loyal" reaches a new peak on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, jumping 10-6 while taking home the chart's Digital and Streaming Gainer awards. With the third -- and seemingly final version -- of the song (featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga) being released on March 26, …

  16. Lil Wayne Talks 'Carter V' Album & Kendrick Lamar's 'Control' Verse In CRWN Interview

    March 19, 2014 1:00 PM EDT "I'm approaching it like it is my last project – I think that's why it's a lot different than anything else." Lil Wayne expands on why "Tha Carter V," set for a May release, will likely be his last solo album in the first episode of his "Lil Wayne CRWN…

  17. Jason Derulo Announces New Album, 'Talk Dirty'

    March 17, 2014 9:33 PM EDT The album, his third full-length in the U.S., will be released in April After teasing the U.S. with a five-song EP last year. Jason Derulo has announced plans to released his third full-length album in America. According to Radio.com , Derulo, on the heels of top five U.S. hit "Talk…

  18. Ty Dolla $ign & DJ Mustard Hit Top 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    February 20, 2014 4:44 PM EST In its 13th week on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Ty Dolla $ign's "Paranoid," featuring B.o.B, steps 11-10 to mark the former's first top 10 on the list. The track gains in all three of the chart's metrics with a 13% lift to 33,000 downloads, its best sales week yet …

  19. DJ Mustard: How the Producer's 'Ratchet' Revolution Became the Sound of 2014

    February 14, 2014 1:26 PM EST The DJ Mustard sound, like a Van Gogh painting or a good avocado, is easy to spot when you know what to look for. It's taut and spare, snappy and insistent. There are usually gruff chants in the background, like the song is a boozy party where a dance circle has just taken shape. …

  20. Young Money Announces New Compilation, 'Rise of an Empire'

    January 22, 2014 9:50 PM EST The new album will arrive March 11 After releasing its last compilation over four years ago, Young Money Entertainment has announced a new release for 2014. "Young Money: Rise of an Empire," the label's second compilation featuring its roster of artists -- and third overall,…

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