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  1. Nicki Minaj and D'Angelo Set For Top 10 Debuts on Billboard 200

    December 17, 2014 8:21 PM EST Nicki Minaj ’s new The Pinkprint album is on course for a top five debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest the album, which was released on Dec. 15 through Young Money/Cash Money Records, may sell over 150,000 copies in the we ...

  2. Hot 100 Chart Moves: Katy Perry's 'This Is How We Do' Darts Into Top 40

    August 29, 2014 12:29 PM EDT As previously reported , Taylor Swift soars onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 1 with "Shake It Off" and Nicki Minaj pounces 39-2 with "Anaconda." Who else shakes up the Hot 100 this week? - Katy Perry: "This Is How We Do&q ...

  3. Drake Manager and OVO Founder Oliver El-Khatib Started From the Bottom, Too

    June 26, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Oliver El-Khatib rarely gives interviews. The October’s Very Own (OVO) founder and Drake co-manager, who has helped turn OVO into a global brand, isn't aloof or inarticulate -- he’s just a busy guy who prefers the spotlight to be on the a ...

  4. Lorde & MAC: What Makes the Perfect Partnership Between Brand & Musician?

    June 10, 2014 2:28 PM EDT When celebrities wax poetic about their first beauty obsessions, long-discontinued products from brands like Wet n Wild and Bonne Bell get mentions. For Ella Yelich-O'Connor, aka Lorde, the special product she saved up to buy growing up in Ne ...

  5. Jimmy Iovine’s 'Secret iPod': How 'Jungle' Became the New Beats Song

    June 05, 2014 5:08 PM EDT While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and a dizzying array of the globe's biggest soccer stars are featured in the new Beats promotional film short entitled “The Game Before the Game” released today, the real star of the clip, as is the case with mo ...

  6. Chart Moves: Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Nicki Minaj, Shakira Hit Hot 100; Becky G Tops Latin Rhythm Airplay; 'Idol' Champ Caleb Johnson Rocks On

    May 30, 2014 12:09 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, and lifts 2-1 as a guest on Ariana Grande's "Problem," thus becoming the first act since the Beatles in 1964 to ran ...

  7. Nicki Minaj's 'Pills' Pushes Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    May 29, 2014 4:52 PM EDT Nicki Minaj continues her rise up the Social 50 chart, moving 5-2 after releasing a new single, “Pills and Potions,” on May 21. It matches her peak on the tally, registered on the Feb. 25, 2012 list, after she performed with Madonna on that year&# ...

  8. Behind Hot 97's New VH1 Reality Show: ‘The More People See Our Faces, the More They’ll Turn On the Radio’

    March 19, 2014 11:02 AM EDT News of a new VH1 program focusing on Hot 97 seemed to come quickly. Contractual details were ironed out in late 2013 and filming of “This is Hot 97” began inside the New York City-based hip-hop radio station’s studios in January before an early ...

  9. J.Lo Makes 'Luh'-Fueled Rise on Social 50 Chart

    March 13, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez moves 25-19 on the Social 50 chart after the debut of her new single. "I Luh Ya Papi," which features French Montana. The cut was announced on March 5 via Lopez's Facebook page, helping spur a 55% rise in conversation ...

  10. Drake, ID-PR Split Post-Rolling Stone Cover Debacle (Exclusive)

    February 27, 2014 6:38 PM EST Two weeks after Drake slammed Rolling Stone for swapping out his planned cover story for a Philip Seymour Hoffman memoriam, the rapper and PR firm ID-PR have parted ways, Billboard has confirmed.   Drake had been working with ID for the past year ...

  11. Nicki Minaj Sued by Wig Designer for $30 Million in Losses

    February 21, 2014 1:27 PM EST A former wig designer for rapper Nicki Minaj sued the performer Friday, accusing her of walking away from business plans, then making money by selling wigs based on his designs without permission. The lawsuit filed by Terrence Davidson accuses Oni ...

  12. Mariah Carey Hits New High on Social 50 Chart

    November 07, 2013 8:06 PM EST The Halloween holiday helps Mariah Carey hit a new peak on the Social 50, as a photo of the diva’s children sparks her re-entry at No. 24.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, ...

  13. Chart Moves: Lorde Keeps Leaping With 'Royals'; Miley Cyrus Debuts Next Single; Keith Urban Tops Country Airplay

    August 30, 2013 9:15 AM EDT As previously reported , Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, spends a 12th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Katy Perry's "Roar" holds at No. 2. What other moves on the Hot 100 a ...

  14. Australia’s Billion-Dollar Live Biz Reports ‘Weaker’ 2012

    July 31, 2013 3:18 AM EDT Australia’s live music biz has had an up-and-down year, new figures reveal. Live Performance Australia’s annual “Ticket Attendance & Revenue Survey” reveals attendance slipped across the wider live entertainment market in 2012, and there was ...

  15. Charlie Wilson's Career Celebrated At BET Awards As Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Rihanna Take Trophies

    July 01, 2013 12:02 AM EDT “The best of the best in Black entertainment. All Day. All Night. All In.” That’s what BET promised to deliver with its inaugural three-day music and lifestyle festival, the BET Experience. Staged in association with AEG at the latter’s L.A. Li ...

  16. Chart Moves: Florida Georgia Line Leads Hot Country Songs Again; Phillip Phillips Nets 'Idol' Honor; John Mayer Returns

    June 28, 2013 11:10 AM EDT As previously reported , Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. + Pharrell, spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Miley Cyrus and Bruno Mars land in the top 10. Who else makes notable moves on the Ho ...

  17. Class of 2013 Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

    June 14, 2013 3:22 AM EDT Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner's hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was ...

  18. Nicki Minaj Confirms 'American Idol' Departure

    May 30, 2013 8:31 PM EDT Rapper Nicki Minaj followed Mariah Carey's lead on Thursday afternoon, announcing via Twitter, "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!& ...

  19. 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards Nominations Announced

    May 23, 2013 12:44 PM EDT Vancouver's pop-rock band Marianas Trench -- now a headlining arena act in Canada after a dozen years of hard work, and whose frontman Josh Ramsay co-wrote Carly Rae Jepsen's ubiquitous "Call Me Maybe" -- leads the 2013 MuchM ...

  20. Taylor Swift Takes Early Lead at Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2013 7:30 PM EDT There may be a blue carpet out front, but the Billboard Music Awards already has "Red" all over it. Taylor Swift has jumped out with six awards, including Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist, in a pre-telecast announcement f ...

  21. Chart Moves: Mariah Carey Moves Up In R&B/Hip-Hop Songs History; Florida Georgia Line Sets Record; Jennifer Lopez Returns

    May 17, 2013 10:47 AM EDT As previously reported, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis tally a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton. Who else can hold their head high with noteworthy moves on the Hot 100 and other ...

  22. How Candice Glover Won 'American Idol'

    May 17, 2013 4:02 AM EDT With a flawless voice that recalled past "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson and a sense of determination after not making it in previous seasons, Candice Glover did the one thing Hudson wasn't able to do: She won the title o ...

  23. Billboard Music Awards Playlist and Collaborations Revealed

    May 16, 2013 9:00 AM EDT When superstars come together on a collaboration, the results can be electrifying. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards promise to be a highly-charged night, with confirmation that some of the biggest names in music will team-up to perform their bigg ...

  24. Selena Gomez and PSY Rebound on Social 50 Chart

    May 09, 2013 6:40 PM EDT The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist pageviews, song play ...

  25. Madonna to Be Honored as Top Touring Artist at Billboard Music Awards

    May 08, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Madonna will be honored with the Top Touring Artist award at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards, an achievement earned by the worldwide success of her MDNA tour. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • J.Lo, Lil Wayne, Minaj Performing • ...

  26. Billboard Music Awards 2013: All Our Coverage

    May 06, 2013 11:42 AM EDT Taylor Swift, Gotye, Rihanna Win Big at Billboard Music Awards Billboard Music Awards Performances Sell Nearly 1 Million Downloads Billboard Music Awards Win TV Ratings, Viewership Up 28%     NEWS Billboard Music Awards Performances Sell Nearly ...

  27. Jennifer Lopez, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj & Chris Brown Join Billboard Music Awards Lineup

    May 02, 2013 11:10 AM EDT There's nothing small about the Billboard Music Awards -- but it will have Lil Wayne. Weezy will join a number of new additions to the May 19 event, including label mate Nicki Minaj and stars including Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Ed Sheera ...

  28. Backbeat: Eve, Soledad O'Brien Talk Making It As a Woman in Male-Dominated Biz at XX Project

    May 01, 2013 11:04 AM EDT Last night, broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien interviewed rapper/actress Eve as part of a monthly series hosted by The XX Project, an invitation-only group of professional women in various media industries. Held at No. 8 in Chelsea, this ...

  29. 'American Idol' Ratings Dip, Big Brands Still Line Up

    March 27, 2013 6:50 AM EDT In the heyday of "American Idol," the notion that it could fall ratings victim to a zombie slugfest or standard crime drama would have been laughable. That was then. With Fox's singing contest shedding about 20 percent of its aud ...

  30. Divas Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Demi Lovato Surge on Social 50 Chart

    March 07, 2013 7:01 PM EST Three female pop stars make great leaps up the Social 50 chart this week. Mariah Carey experiences the biggest positional jump on the tally rising 46-31 as the addition of 65,000 new Facebook fans pushes Carey over the 10 million likes mark on ...

  31. Universal Signs New Agreement With Republic's Monte and Avery Lipman

    February 04, 2013 11:19 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed new long-term agreements with Republic Records founders Monte Lipman and Avery Lipman as they become Chairman & Chief Executive Officer and President & Chief Operating Officer, respectively, of the company ...

  32. Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey Fuss as 'American Idol' Premieres in New York

    January 17, 2013 2:55 PM EST It was a tale of furry clothing accessories, "Mean Girls" quotes and British accents on the season 12 premiere of "American Idol," its first with Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban as judges, joining the stalwart Randy J ...

  33. Chart Alert: Bruno Mars Leads Hot 100, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Rise To No. 2, Justin Timberlake Debuts

    January 16, 2013 6:42 PM EST Mars' 'Locked Out of Heaven' reigns again, but the rap duo's ode to bargain-hunting closes in, while topping Hot Digital Songs, and Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' bows. Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard ...

  34. Bruno Mars Still Atop Hot 100, will.i.am & Britney Spears Enter Top 10

    January 09, 2013 3:39 PM EST A tally of this week's hottest singels Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" logs a fifth week at No. 1. Will.i.am and Britney Spears' "Scream & Shout," meanwhile, enters the top ...

  35. Bruno Mars Hits High Note on Social 50 Chart; PSY's Billion Views Boost

    December 28, 2012 4:59 PM EST Bruno Mars continues his ascension towards the top of the Billboard Social 50, jumping to a new personal high of No. 2 (up three spots). The rise comes a week after his new album "Unorthodox Jukebox" arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 ...

  36. New Year's Eve Concert Guide: From Jay-Z/Coldplay to Skrillex; Nicki Minaj to Willie Nelson, and More

    December 28, 2012 3:00 PM EST Jay-Z (left) with Coldplay's Chris Martin play Brooklyn's Barclays Center on New Year's Eve. (Getty) Across the country -- from Coldplay and Jay-Z in Brooklyn and Nicki MInaj in Vegas to Skrillex in Detroit and Willie Nelson in Aust ...

  37. Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars Lead Gift-Card-Fueled Digital-Song Sales Surge

    December 28, 2012 2:25 PM EST The yearly post-Christmas digital song sales surge is in full effect this week, with a number of tunes aiming for monster sales figures. Consumers redeeming download gift cards received for Christmas are spurring huge increases for a variety of so ...

  38. Bruno Mars Marks a Chart First With Hot 100 Leader 'Heaven'

    December 27, 2012 12:00 PM EST Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" spends a third week at No. 1. The song also crowns the Radio Songs chart for the first time. As it continues to lead Digital and On-Demand Songs, "Locked" ...

  39. T.I.'s 'Trouble Man' Album Debuts At No. 2 On Billboard 200

    December 27, 2012 10:55 AM EST As predicted last week, Taylor Swift's "Red" album remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth nonconsecutive week, selling 276,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set posts a big increase in sales (up 32%), as do most of ...

  40. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  41. SoundTracking Integrates YouTube in Android Update

    December 20, 2012 5:07 PM EST SoundTracking, the application downloaded by 3 million people who use it to share virtual music postcards with their friends, has integrated YouTube for its latest Android version released Thursday. Developed by Schematic Labs in San Francisco, So ...

  42. Bruno Mars Has Top Spot On Hot 100 'Locked' Up Again

    December 19, 2012 1:02 PM EST As the singer enters the Billboard 200 at No. 2 with 'Unorthodox Jukebox,' he logs a second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, as well as Hot Digital Songs, while roaring to the summit on On-Demand Songs Bruno Mars remains atop the Billboard ...

  43. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Album Rules at No. 1, Bruno Mars Debuts at No. 2

    December 19, 2012 10:55 AM EST Taylor Swift continues to rule the roost on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Red" stays steady at No. 1 with 208,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan (up 25%). It's the Big Machine album's fifth non-consecutive week at No. ...

  44. Jenni Rivera Re-Enters Social 50 Chart at No. 3

    December 14, 2012 5:33 PM EST Two late artists return to Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, with Jenni Rivera re-entering at No. 3 and John Lennon debuting at No. 40. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, W ...

  45. Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Year's R&B/Hip-Hop Chart-Toppers

    December 14, 2012 8:17 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. Check Out All Our Year-En ...

  46. Bruno Mars Makes 'Heaven'-ly Ascent To No. 1 On Hot 100

    December 12, 2012 1:28 PM EST Bruno Mars bounds to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, as "Locked Out of Heaven" rises 2-1 in its 10th week on the chart. The song displaces Rihanna's "Diamonds" after three weeks on top. "Heaven" marks Mars' ...

  47. Aussie Bits: ARIA's Streaming Chart, Awards Bump; AC/DC Re-Ups With Albert Music

    December 11, 2012 12:44 PM EST Australian Recording Industry Association Launches Streaming Chart Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have made chart history Down Under, their alternative radio hit "Thrift Shop" bowing as the first No. 1 on Australia's new weekly officia ...

  48. Grammy Nominations Shut-Outs: A Look at the Numbers Behind Justin Bieber, One Direction, Lionel Richie, More

    December 06, 2012 4:29 PM EST Grammy second-guessing is one of the most popular armchair games of the award-nomination process -- as nearly anyone who was on Twitter late last night knows. But amid the cries of outrage on social media and elsewhere, it's worth taking a lo ...

  49. Grammy Predictions 2012: Who Will Land The Major Nominations?

    December 05, 2012 3:00 PM EST On Wednesday night (Dec. 5), the nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards will be unveiled during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night," which means that there are only a few more hours t ...

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