1. Wiz Khalifa Scores Second No. 1 Album on R&B/Hip-Hop Chart

    December 17, 2012 5:10 PM EST Wiz Khalifa 's "O.N.I.F.C." debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 141,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the Pittsburgh rapper's second leader on the list. It follows his major label debut "Rolling Papers" which opened at the top of…

  2. The Year in New Artists 2012: Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen & Fun. Reigned

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST While every year always brings a smattering of new acts that rack up major hits, 2012 produced an unusually robust group of fresh-faced talent. For the first time since 1956, the year's three biggest singles are by acts that earned their first pop hit in the past year. On the Billboard…

  3. The Year In R&B/Hip-Hop 2012: Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's Chart Champs

    December 14, 2012 9:00 AM EST At first glance, the 2012 year-end R&B/hip-hop charts mirror those of 2011. Many of the same names are back in the limelight: Kanye West , Lil Wayne, Beyoncé , Nicki Minaj , Drake , Rihanna and Chris Brown , to name a few. However, a closer look reveals a host of newcomers and established…

  4. Exclusive: Trinidad James Signs With Def Jam

    December 13, 2012 4:35 PM EST Trinidad James has been the talk of the music industry since his hit, "All Gold Everything," arrived months ago. The Atlanta rapper has chosen to sign with Def Jam Recordings, the label's president, Joie Manda, tells Billboard exclusively. "Def Jam, thank you for believing…

  5. Young Jeezy Releases 'It's Tha World' Mixtape, Announces CTE World, Atlantic Records Deal

    December 12, 2012 1:30 PM EST Jeezy talks splitting ways with former CTE World artist, Freddie Gibbs. A year after the release of "Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition," Young Jeezy debuts new mixtape, "It's Tha World." The 17-track project includes features by 2 Chainz , YG, Trey Songz ,…

  6. Game Talks 'Jesus Piece': Video Track-By-Track

    December 11, 2012 12:30 PM EST Two months before his deadline, Game decided to scrap his fifth studio album -- then titled, "F.I.V.E." and laced with a year worth of material -- and start fresh. " Trey Songz came out with his album, called 'Chapter V,' and I feel like he was stealing from me cause…

  7. Grammy Analysis: Fun., Frank Ocean Lead Youth Movement

    December 06, 2012 11:30 AM EST It's phase two of the youth movement at the Grammys. With blockbuster albums like Adele 's and Taylor Swift 's falling outside of Grammy eligibility, the Recording Academy bestowed multiple nominations on acts in the early stages of their careers for the 55th Grammy Awards,…

  8. Grammy Awards 2013: Major Nominees List

    December 05, 2012 11:00 PM EST The nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday (December 5) with Fun., Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, Kanye West, Jay-Z and Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys) leading the way with six nods apiece. Below is a list of the major nominees for the Grammys, being held Feb.…

  9. 2 Chainz Debuts 'G.O.O.D. Morning' Video: Watch

    December 04, 2012 1:20 PM EST The love for 2 Chainz is as real overseas as it is here in the states. Earlier today (Tuesday, Dec. 4), the rapper dropped a three-minute long video of his U.K. travels. The cameras follow 2 Chainz as he shops, records and stops through radio stations. The video also features a new rendition…

  10. A$AP Rocky Debuts 'F--kin' Problems' Video

    December 04, 2012 11:35 AM EST Besides revealing the release date of his debut album, "LongLiveA$AP," A$AP Rocky premiered the video for "Fuckin' Problems" when visiting BET's '106 & Park' on Monday (Dec. 3). A$AP and the song's featured artists, Drake , 2 Chainz , and…

  11. A$AP Rocky Reveals 'LongLiveA$AP' Release Date, Album Art

    December 03, 2012 8:26 PM EST A$AP Rocky 's "LongLiveA$AP" will be released Jan. 15, the rapper revealed on Monday's episode of BET's "106 & Park." The much-delayed sequel to the breakthrough MC's "LiveLoveA$AP" mixtape also showcased its cover art on Monday, a black…

  12. French Montana Talks 'Mac & Cheese 3' Mixtape, Readies 2013 Debut

    November 30, 2012 12:15 PM EST On Nov. 18, French Montana released his latest mixtape, " Mac & Cheese 3 ," as a gift to fans. Since its release, the tape, which features guest appearances from Sean " Diddy " Combs, Fat Joe , Rick Ross and more, has logged more than 437,000 downloads on DatPiff.com…

  13. Chart Highlights: Ke$ha Climbs To No. 1 on Pop Songs

    November 26, 2012 4:55 PM EST The singer scores her third format leader with 'Die Young,' the lead single from her Dec. 4 album 'Warrior.' Plus, a host of new holiday songs enter AC and Jake Owen's 'One' tops Country Airplay. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of…

  14. Holiday Gift Guide 2012: 30+ Pop Presents

    November 23, 2012 6:25 AM EST The 2012 holiday shopping season is officially here, and we know you've got plenty of music fans on your list. Don't race off to the store in a panic; Billboard.com's annual holiday gift guide is here to help with rockin' ideas for everyone. Among our 30+ suggestions,…

  15. Game's 'Jesus Piece' Album Coming in December

    November 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST Kanye West, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz and many more guest on the LP. "Jesus Piece," Game's fifth studio album, is set for a Dec. 11 release on Interscope Records. The official album artwork and track list to the rapper's "R.E.D. Album" follow-up were released on…

  16. Chart Highlights: Miguel's 'Adorn' Ties For Year's Longest Rule On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay

    November 19, 2012 5:15 PM EST Plus, new holiday favorites debut on AC and Calvin Harris tops Dance/Club Play Songs. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on…

  17. Rihanna, 'Unapologetic': Track-By-Track Review

    November 17, 2012 12:45 PM EST On paper, Rihanna releasing her seventh album in seven years would suggest a quantity-over-quality work ethic that's bound to wear thin. But on "Unapologetic," Rihanna proves once again that she can set -- and often raise -- the bar for modern pop music. RIHANNA: BILLBOARD…

  18. A$AP Rocky Added To Rihanna's Diamonds Tour

    November 07, 2012 4:15 PM EST A$AP Rocky will accompany Rihanna on the North American leg of her Diamonds world tour, which kicks off on Mar. 8, 2013. The Harlem rapper previously hopped on Rihanna's "Cockiness" remix, and performed alongside the pop star at the MTV Video Music Awards in September. His…

  19. Nicki Minaj 'The Re-Up' Track List: Lil Wayne, Ciara Featured

    November 02, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Nicki Minaj has claimed the month of November as her own. As the release date of "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded -- The Re-Up," quickly approaches, the singer-rapstress reveals the album's track list via iTunes . The double-disc project will include original "Roman Reloaded…

  20. Chart Juice: Kendrick Lamar's 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' Rules R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 01, 2012 1:35 PM EDT With the release of his much-anticipated major-label debut "good kid, m.A.A.d city," Kendrick Lamar bows on multiple charts beginning with R&B/Hip-Hop Albums where the set opens at No. 1 with 241,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The top-spot opening comes three…

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