1. Drake Was 'Down' on 'Take Care,' Says Third Album Will Be Different

    April 24, 2012 3:05 PM EDT After the "down" tone that pervaded his chart-topping sophomore album, 2011's "Take Care," Drake says he's charting a different course for his next outing, which he's already started recording. "I think my mood will be reflected in the tempos I choose…

  2. Chart Juice: Beyonce Nabs Sixth No.1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    March 02, 2012 5:05 PM EST As if nabbing her first No. 1 on Adult R&B last week wasn't enough for Beyoncé , earning the No. 1 spot on the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart is certainly just right. "Love on Top," the song that will always remind us of Bey's pregnancy announcement on the MTV…

  3. President Obama's Campaign Playlist: The 5 Biggest Surprises

    February 09, 2012 4:45 PM EST On Thursday morning (Feb. 9), our decidedly modern president took to Twitter and Facebook to trumpet his coolness once more. He and his team compiled an official Obama Campaign 2012 Playlist and shared it with the world via Spotify . Many of 24 songs made total sense: Folks like Arcade Fire…

  4. Grammys Big 4: A Tip Sheet for the Top Categories

    February 07, 2012 8:50 PM EST When it comes to Grammy categories, all eyes are especially keen on Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best New Artist. Here, Billboard takes a deeper look at this year's field. And the nominees are.... artists that have been making undeniable, head-turning…

  5. Pearl Jam Set Isle Of Wight Headlining Date, European Tour

    December 08, 2011 12:45 PM EST After a massive year celebrating their 20th anniversary, Pearl Jam is going from PJ 20 to U.K. festival headliners. The Seattle rockers will carry their 2011 momentum into next summer, headlining the Isle of Wight Festival's June 23rd date while touring Europe and the U.K. Pearl Jam…

  6. Jo Dee Messina's 2012: New Music, Tour, Baby

    December 05, 2011 2:24 PM EST After devoting the bulk of the past few years to raising a family, one of country's most expressive voices is set to return to the airwaves with new music -- and a new baby -- in the upcoming calendar year. Jo Dee Messina has announced that she will return to the radio airwaves with a…

  7. Drake, 'Take Care': Track-by-Track Review

    November 15, 2011 12:40 PM EST Drake 's sophomore studio album, "Take Care," is as much for his fans as it is for him. The 25-year-old Toronto native took his time and care -- no pun intended -- to craft a project that best showcases his life behind the lens. Drake brought along only close friends and family…

  8. Drake 'Came So Close' to Justin Timberlake Collaboration on 'Take Care'

    November 14, 2011 11:05 AM EST Rick Ross . Rihanna . Lil Wayne . Stevie Wonder ! It's a crowded guest list on "Take Care," Drake 's sophomore album due out tomorrow (Nov. 15), but in an exclusive interview in early October, the rapper told Billboard that there was one guest appearance that he wasn'…

  9. Exclusive: Drake Addresses Album Leaks

    November 07, 2011 6:35 PM EST Late last night (Nov. 6), while Drake was in his hometown debuting a new song, "Crew Love," from his upcoming sophomore album, "Take Care" (Nov. 15), on Toronto's Flow 93.5, a leaked version of the project began circulating online. The version of the album that…

  10. Drake Collaborates with Andre 3000, Talks Nicki Minaj, Rihanna Romance

    October 13, 2011 1:25 PM EDT Drake has already enlisted a few guest stars on the long anticipated sophomore album "Take Care," (Nov. 15) including The Weeknd , Young Money's Lil Wayne and even Stevie Wonder . Now we can add OutKast's Andre 3000 to the list. Drake Says The Weeknd Will Be on 'Take…

  11. Drake Releases Two New Songs & Remixes Waka Flocka Flame: Listen

    September 12, 2011 8:30 AM EDT After spinning at Versace for Fashion's Night Out, Drake released two new songs, "Club Paradise" and "Free Spirit," and a remix to Waka Flocka Flame 's "Round of Applause." "Club Paradise," produced by Noah '40' Shebib, finds Drake…

  12. Taylor Swift Rockets Up Social 50 Chart After 'Sparks Fly' Video Debut

    August 18, 2011 3:04 PM EDT The debut of Taylor Swift 's video for her single "Sparks Fly" and a bevy of Teen Choice Awards wins for the singer push her up the Social 50 tally this week. The country/pop superstar zooms 19-10 following "Sparks'" arrival on Aug. 11 and her TCA haul on Aug. 7.…

  13. Protecting The 'Throne': How Jay-Z & Kanye Beat the Leaks

    August 15, 2011 8:00 AM EDT A week before the release of their album "Watch the Throne", Jay-Z and Kanye West threw a star-studded listening session at the Hayden Planetarium in New York's American Museum of Natural History. The most striking aspect of the event wasn't the stars like Beyoncé , Q-Tip…

  14. 88-Keys Talks the Making of 'Watch the Throne' Track, 'No Church in the Wild'

    August 11, 2011 12:05 PM EDT A funny thing happened on the way home from Saigon and Just Blaze 's show at the Apple store, in SoHo, on June 10. Producer/rapper 88-Keys decided to stop by Kanye West 's spot to say a quick 'hello.' Little did 88-Keys know that he'd be invited to a "Watch the…

  15. Drake vs. Young Jeezy: Which Single is Better?

    August 01, 2011 3:00 PM EDT With the release of Drake 's "Headlines" and Young Jeezy 's "Shake Life" over the past week, rap fans have been given previews of two highly anticipated fall hip-hop albums. Only one question remains: which single is better? Drake Releases First 'Take Care&…

  16. Amy Winehouse Takes Over U.K. Charts Amid Grief

    August 01, 2011 9:53 AM EDT In a powerful tribute by her legions of fans, Amy Winehouse dominated the new U.K. sales charts in the wake of her death July 23. Her sophomore album "Back To Black" (Universal Island) returned to the summit, as she placed two other titles in the top ten and five tracks in the…

  17. Drake Releases First 'Take Care' Single, 'Headlines': Listen

    July 31, 2011 10:25 AM EDT First thing this morning, on the day of the second annual OVO Festival (July 31), Drake released the first single off "Take Care" (Oct. 24), titled "Headlines." On the Boi-1da and Noah "40" Shebib-produced track, Drake humbly rhymes about the money he's…

  18. 'Watch the Throne' Production Credits Leak, LMFAO and Seal Lend Vocals: Report

    July 19, 2011 1:15 PM EDT In just two weeks 'Watch the Throne' will be in the hands of many. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's highly anticipatated collaborative album is slated to debut digitally on August 1st and hit shelves August 5th, according to USA Today . 'Watch The Throne': Inside Jay-Z's…

  19. Drake Has 'Trust Issues': Listen

    June 21, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Without warning, Drake releases yet another track on his site, "October's Very Own," titled, "Trust Issues." "Did my own little thing using some other thing I did. You know," Drizzy Drake says about " Trust Issues. " Drake opens the slow tempo…

  20. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Blasts Onto U.K. Chart

    May 30, 2011 12:15 PM EDT L ady Gaga's "Born This Way" album made its expected powerful arrival to the U.K. chart Sunday (May 29), with the biggest first-week sale of the year here of 215,000 units, more than the rest of the top ten titles combined. "Give Me Everything" by Pitbull featuring…

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