1. Far*East Movement Is Back with More 'Booty-Poppin' Music'

    May 29, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Far*East Movement , the Los Angeles electro/hip-hop outfit behind such hits as "Like a G6" and "Rocketeer," is looking beyond the dancefloor and hopes to inspire a whole new movement with its latest album, "Dirty Bass." "Far*East Movement are what I call &…

  2. Kanye West, the Throne, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2012 7:44 PM EDT BET Awards viewers will be watching the Throne. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaboration has five nominations at this year's ceremony, including Best Group, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Video of the Year ("N***as in Paris" and "Otis"). (West earned…

  3. Q&A: Hit-Boy on 'Ni--as in Paris' Success & His Own Rap Career

    May 11, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Hit-Boy is living up to his name. The Southern California native (born Chauncey Hollis in Pasadena) co-produced "Ni**as in Paris," the double-platinum hit from Jay-Z and Kanye West 's "Watch the Throne." With another West track ("Way Too Cold") under his…

  4. Nicki Minaj to Headline Hot 97's 'Summer Jam 2012'

    May 03, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Before embarking on her 14-day North American tour, Nicki Minaj will headline Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012. Earlier today (May 3), Hot 97 announced the line up which, aside from Minaj, includes: Rick Ross , Waka Flocka , 2 Chainz , Young Jeezy , French Montana , Maino , Tyga , Mavado , J.…

  5. Chart Juice: Usher's 'Climax' Reaches R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Peak

    April 22, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Usher notches his 12th No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Climax" steps 2-1 with 31 million audience impressions (up 8%), according to Nielsen BDS. The song is Usher's first single from his forthcoming seventh studio album, "Looking for Myself," due June 12. "…

  6. Chart Juice: Fat Joe Returns to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    April 13, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Fat Joe nabs his fourth career top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Another Round," featuring Chris Brown , rises to No. 8 from No. 11. The song becomes the Bronx Bomber's first top 10 since "Make It Rain" made a splash (No. 6 peak) in 2007.…

  7. Chart Juice: Melanie Fiona Notches First No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    April 06, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Melanie Fiona earns her first No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her two-week old "The MF Life" (2-1). It's the first album to reach No. 1 without debuting in the top slot since Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" ascended in its seventh chart week in January 2011. …

  8. Chart Juice: LoveRance Rises 'Up!' to Top 10

    March 30, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Just one week after Kirko Bangz earned his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Drank In My Cup" in its 31st week, marking the lengthiest rise to the top tier for a rap song since 2009, newbie LoveRance's "UP!," featuring IamSu and…

  9. 'Ayy Ladies' Rappers Travis Porter Tap Diplo For Debut Album

    March 23, 2012 8:31 PM EDT Hip-hop trio Travis Porter is set to release its debut album, the group revealed on Friday. "From Day 1" is due on RCA/Porter House Music on May 29, the follow-up to Hot 100 singles including "Make It Rain," "Bring it Back" and the Tyga-featuring "Ayy Ladies…

  10. Chart Juice: Kirko Bangz Earns Long-Awaited Top 10 With 'Drank In My Cup'

    March 22, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Houston-born rapper Kirko Bangz earns his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as his second charted single, "Drank in My Cup," advances 13-10. "Drank in My Cup" enters the top tier in its 31st week, a rare showing of a long chart climb culminating…

  11. Waka Flocka Flame: A Day in the Life

    March 22, 2012 2:00 PM EDT On any other day, Waka Flocka Flame would wake up at 12 p.m., hit up a few of his favorite food spots in ATL then head over to Rich Beatz's recording studio to continue working on his sophomore studio album, "Triple F Life: Friends, Fans and Family." But on Wednesday morning …

  12. Four-Play: Tyga, Wale, Ryan Leslie & B.o.B

    March 21, 2012 3:45 PM EDT Tyga goes for the gold, Wale revisits his youth, Ryan Leslie lives lavishly in M.I.A., and B.o.B plays globetrotter. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Tyga, Wale, Ryan Leslie, and B.o.B. Tyga's gold-themed video exemplifies the West Coast rapper's affinity…

  13. Shots Fired After Tyga Concert in Omaha

    March 20, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Police in Omaha, Neb., are investigating a shooting that followed a rowdy concert by rapper Tyga. Authorities say heated words were exchanged between members of Tyga's act and some audience members Monday night at Sokol Auditorium, south of downtown. Some garbage was thrown up on the…

  14. Chart Juice: Rihanna, Usher Roar Into Top 10

    March 16, 2012 4:30 PM EDT R ihanna and Usher both bound into the top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with their equally-young, fast-rising new hits. Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," featuring Chris Brown , earns the chart's Airplay Gainer badge as it moves 17-7, while "Climax"…

  15. Hot 100 Impacted by New On-Demand Songs Chart

    March 14, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Billboard, Nielsen and NARM's digitalmusic.org announced today the launch of the first-ever subscription services "On-Demand Songs" chart, and that this data will also be included in the Billboard Hot 100. On-demand streaming data is now factored into the chart's ranking,…

  16. 'Project X' Soundtrack Gunning for Top Three on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 09, 2012 7:36 PM EST While Adele 's "21" and Bruce Springsteen 's new "Wrecking Ball" are vying for the No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 chart next week, the soundtrack to "Project X" is poised to the crash the party in the top three. The companion album to the film…

  17. Chart Juice: Mary J. Blige Notches Record-Extending Top 10 Single

    March 09, 2012 11:25 AM EST The Queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , along with her guest star Drake , both earn their 23rd top 10s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Mr. Wrong" inches up 11-10. Blige continues to boast the most top 10s among women since the tally began using Nielsen data in December of 1992 (21…

  18. Music's Top 40 Money Makers 2012

    March 09, 2012 9:00 AM EST As the concert business rebounded in 2011, touring remained the biggest source of income for the top earners in the U.S. music business. Billboard's sixth annual Money Makers ranking includes veteran road warriors U2, Kenny Chesney and Bon Jovi, as well as other artists emerging in…

  19. Kid Cudi's WZRD Scores Top Billboard 200 Debut, Adele Still No. 1

    March 07, 2012 11:00 AM EST Adele 's "21" album clocks a 23rd week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 247,000 copies this week (down 17%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution 's "Purple Rain" soundtrack scored…

  20. Whitney Houston May Have Four Albums in Top 10 Next Week

    March 02, 2012 7:20 PM EST The late Whitney Houston could have four albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart next week, so say industry prognosticators. Sources suggest that Houston's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" could end up at No. 2 for a third straight week, while joined in the top 10 by the…

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