1. Billboard Bits: Kelly Clarkson Single Expected in July, Matthew Morrison Joins NKOTBSB Tour

    May 17, 2011 8:23 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. New Kelly Clarkson Single Expected in July Always the active Facebooker, Kelly Clarkson took to the social network again this past weekend to clear up a few rumors after another demo of hers leaked. Within her…

  2. Birdman: Lil Wayne Has 'New Energy' on 'Tha Carter IV'

    April 01, 2011 1:14 PM EDT Fans can expect "a new Wayne" when Lil Wayne 's "Tha Carter IV" is released on May 16, according to executive producer and Cash Money Records co-chief Bryan "Birdman" Williams . "He sounds brand new to me," Birdman tells Billboard.com. "There&…

  3. Skylar Grey Parlays Hit-Making for Eminem, Dre Into Solo Career

    March 07, 2011 3:30 PM EST The story reads like a page out of Cinderella 2.0. Against all odds, a young, relatively unknown artist is chosen to sing the hook she penned for a track by a high-profile rapper. Not only that, she's also asked to perform the single on the industry's biggest music stage: the Grammy…

  4. Chris Brown Reveals Colorful 'F.A.M.E.' Cover Art, Tracklist

    February 23, 2011 11:32 AM EST C hris Brown will team up with artists like Justin Bieber , Ludacris and Wiz Khalifa on his forthcoming album "F.A.M.E.," whose official tracklist has been revealed. The singer also revealed the cover art for his fourth album, due Mar. 22 on Jive. The 13-track album will include the…

  5. Chris Brown Headed for Another No.1 R&B/Hip-Hop Song with 'No BS'

    January 21, 2011 2:15 PM EST C hris Brown is headed for another No. 1. "No BS," which claimed Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors last week, steps up 5-4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart -- an 11% gain with 29.9 million listener impressions. If "No BS" reaches the summit, it will be…

  6. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Eminem, Michael Jackson, Skillz

    January 06, 2011 5:54 PM EST Fresh off his coronation as Billboard's top R&B/hip-hop artist of 2010, Eminem returns to the top of R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "Recovery" - the past year's top title on the tally - rebounds 3-1 on the chart. The jump grants "Recovery" its 14th week at No. 1,…

  7. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: T.I., Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz

    December 18, 2010 12:00 PM EST Currently-incarcerated Atlanta rapper T.I. notches the week's top debut on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as "No Mercy" opens at No. 1 with 159,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The opening marks his fourth No. 1 set on the list, following 2004&…

  8. Eminem's 'Recovery' Earns the Rapper Top Spot On R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    December 10, 2010 4:38 PM EST During the past 12 months, the R&B and hip-hop charts have been rife with comebacks, buzz-drawing upstarts and hitmaking assists. Working his way up the comeback trail after the mediocre "Relapse," Eminem hit a peak with the refreshing sequel, "Recovery" (Web/Shady…

  9. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele, Kanye West

    December 10, 2010 3:43 PM EST Despite a 78% decline, Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" holds onto the No. 1 spot for a second week on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, logging sales of 108,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Nicki Minaj remains at No. 2 with "Pink Friday" (103,000, down 73%…

  10. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo

    December 02, 2010 12:10 PM EST Kanye West takes the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" catapults 59-1 with 496,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Street date violations caused the set to debut last week at No. 59. Each of West's five albums have now…

  11. Jesse McCartney Letting Shoppers 'Have It All' After Holidays

    November 30, 2010 2:15 PM EST The Tuesday after Christmas is typically one of the quietest album release dates of the calendar year, with most other titles out in time to become stocking stuffers. "Have It All," Jesse McCartney 's fourth effort on Hollywood Records, is one of the only major releases slated…

  12. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kid Cudi, Cee Lo Green, Trey Songz

    November 19, 2010 2:16 PM EST Kid Cudi breaks open at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his sophomore set "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" as the title moves 169,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His debut "Man on the Moon: The End of the Day" opened at No. 5 on R&B/Hip…

  13. Fake Email Sent To Promoters About Bogus Lil Wayne Tour

    November 16, 2010 12:53 PM EST On August 2010, a lawsuit was brought against a man who was caught impersonating Lil Wayne 's manager Cortez Bryant and booking and collecting money from promoters after falsely booking Young Money artist Drake for shows. Nicki Minaj: The Billboard Cover Story Now the Juice has…

  14. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Mariah Carey, Trey Songz, Willow Smith

    November 12, 2010 11:48 AM EST Mariah Carey kicks off the holiday season with "Merry Christmas II You," which arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, marking only the second Christmas set to top the chart in its 45-year history. It starts with 55,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the…

  15. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Lil Wayne, Tech N9ne, Trey Songz

    November 05, 2010 11:51 AM EDT Lil Wayne 's "I Am Not A Human Being" ties Alicia Keys ' "The Element Of Freedom" for the year's third longest run at No. 1 as it picks up a fifth week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Eminem 's "Recovery" leads the pack with 17 weeks at the…

  16. Jesse McCartney Will Let Fans 'Have It All' in January 2011

    October 18, 2010 10:00 AM EDT Pop singer Jesse McCartney will follow 2008's "Departure" with "Have It All," his fourth full-length set for a January 2011 release on Hollywood Records. The singer worked with "Departure" producer Sean Garrett, Kevin Rudolf and Young Money rapper Tyga on…

  17. Kanye West/G.O.O.D. Music, Ice Cube/Reverend Run BET Cyphers

    October 13, 2010 12:15 PM EDT BET aired their 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards last night (Oct. 12) and Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music click broke into a cypher for one of the better moments of the show. Video: G.O.O.D. Music BET cypher West, alongside Common, Pusha T, Big Sean and CyHi Da Prynce, proved why G.O.O.D. Music ain&…

  18. Drake Brings Out Jay-Z, Fabolous, Trey Songz at NYC's Radio City

    September 30, 2010 11:18 AM EDT D rake performed his second of back-to-back shows in New York City Wednesday night (Sept. 29) at Radio City Music Hall, and to wrap up his two-night stand in the Big Apple, the Toronto rapper brought to the stage some of music's heavyweights. Jay-Z , Trey Songz , Fabolous , Francis from…

  19. Drake Tour 80% Sold Out

    September 25, 2010 8:01 AM EDT About 18 months ago, Drake's business manager Shawn Gee and ICM booking agent Robert Gibbs mapped out a touring plan that aimed to have the Toronto MC playing arenas by his second album. So far, the blueprint to build the rapper's touring profile -- a commitment rarely seen among…

  20. Chris Brown Scores No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart with 'Deuces'

    September 03, 2010 12:17 AM EDT C hris Brown returns to the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for the first time since 2006, as "Deuces" jumps from No. 2 to No. 1 this week. Hitting the top in just its ninth week on the list, it ties for the year's fastest climb to No. 1. In April, Monica's "…

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