1. Beastie Boys 'Make Some Noise' on Social 50 Chart

    May 05, 2011 3:15 PM EDT B eastie Boys enter the Social 50 at No. 44 for the first time thanks to the arrival of their video for "Make Some Noise." The star-studded clip drove a 191% increase in week-over-week views and a 96% lift in overall plays across all monitored social networks. To date, "Make…

  2. Fabolous Drops Awaited Mixtape, 'The S.O.U.L. Tape'

    April 21, 2011 3:00 PM EDT After holding a listening session on Tuesday (April 19) in NYC, Brooklyn rapper, Fabolous , drops his mixtape "The S.O.U.L. Tape." Features include Lil Wayne , Red Cafe, Vado , Lloyd Banks and Ne-Yo . On the 13-track (plus +1 bonus) tape, Loso samples peers and legends such as Kanye…

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: Amos Lee, Far*East Movement, Kelly Clarkson

    February 03, 2011 4:15 PM EST 'MISSION' ACCOMPLISHMENT: A week after the Decemberists became just the 16th act to rule the Billboard 200 album chart without a Billboard Hot 100 song on their chart resume, singer/songwriter Amos Lee repeats the feat, as "Mission Bell" begins atop the former listing. …

  4. YouTube Phenom 50 Tyson Recording Follow-up to 'I Ain't Gonna Lie' Mixtape

    January 17, 2011 3:35 PM EST Since first posting amateur YouTube videos in 2009, 50 Tyson has been the target of online disses and jokes -- even parodied by comedian Kevin Hart. While a fair share of people have praised the rapper for his determination, others have blogged about whether the Minneapolis native is being…

  5. Weekly Chart Notes: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, 'Halo'

    September 23, 2010 6:55 PM EDT MARS ATTACKS: After his arrest Sunday (Sept. 19) on suspicion of cocaine possession , Bruno Mars instead makes enviable headlines on the Billboard Hot 100 , where "Just the Way You Are" ascends 3-1 . The song is Mars' first No. 1 as a lead artist, following his turn as a…

  6. Ask Billboard: Familiar Titles In Top 10

    September 03, 2010 4:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. DÉJÀ VU (SORT OF)…

  7. Jay-Z Kicks Off Detroit Stadium Shows with Eminem

    September 02, 2010 11:08 PM EDT J ay-Z opened his four-show Home And Home tour with Eminem on Thursday night by declaring victory -- not over his headlining partner, but for his genre. "Ooooooh, shit!" the rapper declared early in the set, ordering the full array of stage lights turned on so he could gaze at the…

  8. Freddie Gibbs Revives Gangster Rap on 'Str8 Killa' EP

    August 02, 2010 6:03 PM EDT Freddie Gibbs has nothing against rap artists who embrace catchy hooks to land on pop radio, but that's not his style. He didn't need a hit single to draw attention to both of his 2009 mixtapes, and he's about to delve deeper into hardcore street rap on his new EP, "Str8…

  9. Bun B Reps for Texas on 'Trill OG' Album

    August 02, 2010 8:00 AM EDT Rappers have a propensity for christening themselves with royal titles to promote their standing in hip-hop (e.g., King of the South, Prince of Rap). But for rapper Bun B , "Trill OG," while less regal than most, was the most fitting. "My plan is just to ignite the fire that…

  10. Dr. Dre To Be Honored By ASCAP

    June 02, 2010 11:56 AM EDT Hip-hop pioneer Dr. Dre will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award during the organization's 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony-which will also honor the songwriters and publishers of 2009's most performed ASCAP songs on the R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel…

  11. Chart Beat Thursday: Fox-TV's Lee & "Glee"

    May 20, 2010 4:05 PM EDT LEE: Fox's Tuesday night lineup continues to impact Billboard charts. The "American Idol Season 9" soundtrack marks the ninth compilation from the series to reach the Billboard 200 . Such collections were released each year from 2002 through 2006, followed by a two-year break…

  12. Listen Free: Ludacris, 'Battle Of The Sexes'

    March 23, 2010 11:11 AM EDT Ludacris is back with a new chart-topping album, "Battle of the Sexes," and you can listen to the Atlanta rap star's new set for free, right here on Billboard.com. Released Mar. 9, "Battle" earned Luda his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as it debuted atop the chart…

  13. Ludacris Lands Fourth No. 1 Album With "Battle of the Sexes"

    March 17, 2010 1:23 PM EDT Ludacris scores his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Battle of the Sexes" debuts atop the tally with 137,000 copies. The album is the rapper/actor's follow-up to 2008's "Theater of the Mind," which peaked at No. 5. Counting "Battle," Ludacris (aka…

  14. All No. 1 Albums of the 2000s Page 3

    December 07, 2009 7:55 PM EST Chart Article Dive into this chronological list of every album that reached the top of the Billboard 200 during the 2000s. The date each album went to No. 1 (and it's duration at the top) is listed in the pink box next to each's title. « Previous 1-50 51-100 101-150 151-200 201-250…

  15. All No. 1 Albums of the 2000s Page 1

    December 04, 2009 7:53 PM EST Chart Article Dive into this chronological list of every album that reached the top of the Billboard 200 during the 2000s. The date each album went to No. 1 (and it's duration at the top) is listed in the pink box next to each's title. « Previous 1-50 51-100 101-150 151-200 201-250…

  16. Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1982

    October 27, 2009 2:08 PM EDT 'WHO' WAS NO. 1?: This week in 1982, Australia's Men at Work , fronted by singer/songwriter Colin Hay , topped the Billboard Hot 100 with their first U.S. single, "Who Can It Be Now?" In the print issue of Billboard dated Oct. 30, 1982, Chart Beat noted that the song…

  17. Death Row Records Moving Into Movie Production

    August 18, 2009 5:55 PM EDT Newly-resurrected rap label Death Row Records is expanding into film production. Death Row Records CEO Lara Lavi said her new Death Row Films division is set to shoot "Sons 2 The Grave" in Toronto this October, with Tonya Lee Williams, Dorian Harewood, K.C. Collins ("Flashpoint…

  18. Lil Wayne's Young Money Tour Rolls On Without Injured Drake

    August 03, 2009 3:10 PM EDT Lil Wayne's Young Money Presents: America's Most Wanted Music Festival hit Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in New York Saturday night (Aug. 1) without the rapper's protégé Drake , who took a nasty onstage spill the night before and aggravated an already-serious knee injury. Though…

  19. This Day in Music

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST - The Black Eyed Peas take home three awards at the 2006 American Music Awards, held at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium and broadcast live on ABC. The Peas, which accept the awards via satellite f 2006 - The Black Eyed Peas take home three awards at the 2006 American Music Awards,…

  20. Ask Billboard: Tina Turner, Top-Selling Rap, Lauper

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Keith and his readers discuss Tina Turner, top-selling rappers and Cyndi Lauper. Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside…

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