1. Brandy to Release 'Two Eleven' Album in August

    June 21, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Brandy' s follow-up to 2008's "Human" will drop on Aug. 28, the singer announced via Twitter this week. The tweet , which has since been deleted (although the message is still viewable on her Facebook page ), read simply "Two Eleven 8/28." The "Two Eleven…

  2. Usher's 'Looking 4 Myself': Track-By-Track Review

    June 08, 2012 1:50 PM EDT Within the ever-evolving musical landscape, Usher has found a way to evolve himself, and stay two steps ahead of the game. With "Climax," the first taste from his seventh studio album "Looking 4 Myself," Usher proved he belonged to the elite cluster of R&B singers that…

  3. Summer Albums 2012: 40 Hottest Releases

    June 07, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Chart Article Summer has been making its presence known this month, but most of the summer heat is still in front of us: from Justin Bieber's sophomore set to the Smashing Pumpkin's first studio album in five years to Kenny Chesney's 13th record, here are the full-lengths we&…

  4. Rico Love Talks Working With Diddy, Rick Ross & Usher's 'Looking 4 Myself' Album

    May 29, 2012 2:05 PM EDT This month has been memorable for Rico Love. After celebrating his second win for Songwriter of the Year at SESAC Annual POP awards on May 10, Rico Love's latest effort, Rick Ross ' "Touch 'N You," debuted at No. 74 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with 1.7 million…

  5. Listen to Rick Ross' New Usher-Assisted Single, 'Touch'N You'

    May 15, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Rick Ross and Usher , who recently collaborated on the latter's "Looking 4 Myself" single "Lemme See," have once again teamed up for the Boss' first "God Forgives, I Don't" single. "Touch'N You" hit radio and the Web on Monday (May…

  6. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 07, 2012 10:50 AM EDT The R&B Superstar Aims to Blend Genres on 'Looking 4 Myself' While Keeping Core Audience Kale salad. Steamed spinach. Lean protein-organic, no hormones or antibiotics. No sugar. No carbs. It may sound like the latest celebrity torture diet, but Usher 's catering requests…

  7. Usher, Rick Ross Team Up On 'Lemme See': Listen

    April 30, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Four days after releasing his second single, "Scream," Usher gives us another taste of his forthcoming album, "Looking For Myself" (June 12), with the seductive, mid-tempo, "Lemme See." "She say she wanna take her skirt off, be my guest / I decided to take…

  8. Mase Teases Return to Music

    April 27, 2012 1:05 PM EDT "I'm not sure what kind of decisions he's going to make, [but] I would love to see him in my camp," French Montana says. On April 17, SpiffTV Films-the production company that shoots most of the videos for Rick Ross ' Maybach Music Group releases- tweeted a photo of…

  9. Listen to Usher's New Club Single, 'Scream'

    April 26, 2012 11:30 AM EDT After slowing things down on the brilliantly sensual "Climax," Usher has previewed his forthcoming album "Looking For Myself" with "Scream," a Max Martin and Shellback-helmed club banger released on Thursday (Apr. 26). A rep for the R&B star confirms that the…

  10. Future Talks 'Pluto,' Epic Record Deal & More

    April 16, 2012 2:30 PM EDT ''Pluto' is just [me] being creative. It's bigger than life,' Future says. Though his name might suggest otherwise, Future isn't a newbie. The younger cousin of Rico Wade, co-founder of rap and production collectives Dungeon Family and Organized Noize ( TLC ,…

  11. Track Review: Trey Songz, 'Heart Attack'

    April 12, 2012 8:30 AM EDT TREY SONGZ "Heart Attack" (3:55) Producers: Benny Blanco, Rico Love Writers: B. Levin, R. Love, T. Neverson Publishers: various Atlantic Records On the first single off his upcoming "Chapter V" album, Trey Songz steps away from the party and enters an 8-bit world of…

  12. Q-Tip Signs To Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label

    April 11, 2012 11:10 AM EDT Q-Tip , the New York hip-hop legend and former leader of A Tribe Called Quest , has signed to Kanye West 's G.O.O.D. Music imprint on Def Jam Recordings. His fourth solo effort, tentatively titled "The Last Zulu," will be released through the label in 2013. Q-Tip joins a roster…

  13. Monica, 'New Life': Track-By-Track Review

    April 10, 2012 2:10 PM EDT It's true that loyal fans ride a singer's roller coaster of a career, going along with the highs and lows, the twists and turns. But it's those lows and twists that not only make for the best stories to tell once the ride ends, but shakes us down to our core more than any girl…

  14. Monica Has a Fresh Start on RCA With 'New Life'

    April 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT "I always wanted to have that 'Waiting to Exhale' moment," veteran R&B songstress Monica says. Specifically, she's referring to the giddy experience of blowing up a car on the set of the video for her current single, "It All Belongs to Me." The Rico Love…

  15. Win Tickets To See The-Dream In L.A.

    April 03, 2012 2:00 PM EDT The-Dream stays busy. While working on his upcoming album, "Love IV MMXXII" and penning classics for various artists, the singer-songwriter is trekking the U.S. for his three-week tour, 'Kill The Lights.' Billboard's 2012 SXSW Showcase | The-Dream Talks 'Love IV&…

  16. Usher To Start 'Looking For Myself' in June

    March 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Usher will return with his much-anticipated seventh studio album, "Looking For Myself," on June 12, through RCA Records. The follow-up to 2010's "Raymond v. Raymond" was previewed by the Diplo-produced slow jam "Climax," which hit the web on Valentine's…

  17. Ask Billboard: Where Does Adele's Billboard 200, Hot 100 Domination Rank Historically?

    March 12, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every week. 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. HOW DEEP IS LOVE…

  18. Track Review: Monica & Brandy, 'It All Belongs To Me'

    February 16, 2012 8:30 AM EST MONICA & BRANDY "It All Belongs To Me" (4:05) Producers: Rico Love, Earl & E Writers: Rico Love, Earl Hood, Eric Goudy II Publishers: Rico Love Is Still A Rapper/EMI Foray Music, E Hood 66 Music/EMI Foray Music, Grandma's Boy/EMI Foray Music (SESAC) RCA Records Nearly…

  19. Brianna Perry Talks Upcoming Album, Trina's Guidance & Rick Ross Collabo

    February 10, 2012 6:55 PM EST Brianna Perry is all grown up. Prior to her freestyles and four mixtapes, most recently, "Face Off" (2011), Perry was featured on Trina 's "Kandi," off "Diamond Princess," (2002) when she was nine yrs. old. "A lot people still have that image of me.…

  20. Brandy, Monica Reunite For New Single, 'It All Belongs To Me': Listen

    February 06, 2012 5:35 PM EST Finally! Brandy and Monica reunite fourteen years after their Hot 100 No. 1, "The Boy Is Mine." On "It All Belongs To Me," produced and written by Rico Love, the R&B femmes join forces to kick their wrong-doing lovers to the curb, making sure they sure as hell don'…

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