1. It's Official: Jon Platt Named Warner/Chappell's President, Creative for North America

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT As reported by Billboard.biz last week, Jon Platt has been named president creative - North America, it was officially announced today by Warner/Chappell Music's chairman/CEO Cameron Strang. In his new post, Platt will oversee the company ...

  2. Mac Miller Drops Free 'Macadelic' Mixtape

    March 23, 2012 8:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mac Miller is taking listeners on "a most dope experience" on his new mixtape. "Macadelic," a release "inspired by love, drugs and the search for euphoria," per the digital liner notes, dropped on the MC's website ...

  3. Rick Ross Drops 'Rich Forever' Mixtape; Recruits Kelly Rowland, Drake & More: Listen

    January 06, 2012 3:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Despite pushing back his album "God Forgives, I Don't," due to recent health issues, Rick Ross drops his anticipated mixtape, " Rich Forever " and video for "Stay Schemin" featuring Drake and French Montana . " ...

  4. 21 Under 21: Lex Luger (2011)

    September 27, 2011 10:58 AM EDT . Lex Luger Birthdate: March 6, 1991 (Age 20) Why He's Hot: The Atlanta-raised Lex Luger has been one of the hottest producers in hip-hop over the past year, with the success of Rick Ross' "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)" pre ...

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

    September 12, 2011 8:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 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 ...

  6. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold and lands 11 songs on the Hot 100 , Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, whic ...

  7. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 08, 2011 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold, Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which were officially announced on Thursd ...

  8. DJ Khaled Talks 'We the Best Forever': Video Track-By-Track

    July 19, 2011 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's truth to DJ Khaled 's words. "I live at Billboard. Check the charts. I've been there for seven years straight," DJ Khaled tells Billboard.com the day before the release of "We the Best Forever" (July 18). D ...

  9. Dr. Dre to Oversee and Rap On Game's 'The R.E.D. Album'

    July 06, 2011 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 We may be hearing Dr. Dre spit sooner than we think. The Game told MTV News that the N.W.A. legend would not only rap on "The R.E.D. Album" (Aug 23), but help oversee the entire project as well. "This album is the most incredible albu ...

  10. Kanye West and Jay-Z Offer 'Watch the Throne' Pre-Order

    July 04, 2011 4:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye West and Jay-Z 's long-awaited "Watch the Throne" album is one step closer to a release date, and, as of the evening of July 3, fans can pre-order it via West's official site and the newly created www.watchthethrone.com . T ...

  11. Lil Jon Live Q&A: Archived Video

    May 21, 2011 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 This year, Lil Jon invaded our TV screens on the fourth season of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice." With upcoming projects underway, we felt that it was the perfect time to have Lil Jon come to Billboard.com for a live Q&A. He cam ...

  12. Video Premiere: Lil Jon Goes Wild on Twisted Sister's 'We're Not Gonna Take It'

    May 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 We caught up with crunk master, DJ and "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Lil Jon in a Live Q&A May 20 , premiering a video of Jon covering Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" along the way. Watch the mashup, ...

  13. Sound & Vision: RedOne and 10 Other Producers Ruling Music

    April 01, 2011 4:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 They produce the songs that make the whole world sing -- and dance, and mosh, and head-bob, and do the country two-step. RedOne and 10 other producers who rule the music universe: RedOne Five years ago, the Billboard Hot 100 was a safe haven for the ...

  14. Snoop Dogg Previews Kanye, Willie Nelson Collabs at 'Doggumentary' Album Listening

    February 20, 2011 12:25 PM EST 0 0 0 "I'm just trying to keep this Snoop thing popping," declared Snoop Dogg while previewing his 11th studio album, "Doggumentary" (Priority/Capitol, March 29), at Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood. The rapper played 21 track ...

  15. Wiz Khalifa Drops 'Cabin Fever' Mixtape, 'Roll Up' Cracks Hot 100

    February 18, 2011 12:14 PM EST 0 0 0 W iz Khalifa has released a new mixtape, "Cabin Fever," before his proper debut "Rolling Papers" comes out Mar. 29 on Rostrum/Atlantic. The nine-track release features guest spots from Big Sean, Juicy J, Trae Tha Truth and Chevy ...

  16. Jay-Z & Kanye West: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 3:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Jay-Z & Kanye West "Watch The Throne" Date TBD To finish their 10-song collaborative album, Jay and West decamped to Peter Gabriel's studio in Bath, England. Sources are keeping mum on whether the recording will involve a "Sl ...

  17. Tinie Tempah: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 2:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Tinie Tempah "Disc-overy" May 3 Already a huge star and multiple BRIT Award nominee in the United Kingdom, the rapper is now making a play for the United States. His stateside release will contain tracks from the U.K. version of his album, ...

  18. Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'H.A.M.' Single Debuts Online

    January 11, 2011 1:54 AM EST 0 0 0 "H.A.M.," the first offering from Kanye West and Jay-Z's forthcoming collaborative album "Watch the Throne," premiered online just after midnight on Tuesday morning (Jan. 11), debuting on a dedicated Facebook page for the si ...

  19. Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'H.A.M.' Single Debuts On Facebook

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST H.A.M.," the first offering from Kanye West and Jay-Z's forthcoming collaborative album "Watch the Throne," premiered online just after midnight on Tuesday morning (Jan. 11), debuting on a dedicated Facebook page for the single ...

  20. Report: Gucci Mane Released From Jail

    December 17, 2010 12:37 PM EST 0 0 0 After getting arrested yesterday (Dec. 16) in relation to a prostution search, Gucci Mane was freed today (Dec. 17). Report: Waka Flocka Flame's House Raided, Gucci Mane Arrested According to Global Grind, Gucci was held on Thursday morning whi ...

  21. Waka Flocka Flame Stays Hungry on 'Flockaveli' Debut

    October 05, 2010 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 W aka Flocka Flame just released his debut album has a single climbing the Hot 100, but the Georgia MC is already looking pretty far into the future. He knows he'll become a superstar, and he sees it happening around his fifth album. "It&# ...

  22. 21 Under 21: Lex Luger

    September 23, 2010 1:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 No. 11: Lex Luger Birthday: March 6, 1991 (age 19) Why He's Hot: You may not know producer Lex Luger by name (yet), but if you've been blasting rapper Rick Ross' current album or Waka Flocka Flame's latest single, you're def ...

  23. Jay-Z Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The fifth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards airs on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 8pm, and Jay-Z , Drake , Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj lead the nominations. Released yesterday (Aug. 9) on BET.com and announced on BET's "106 & Park" countdown show, th ...

  24. Kanye West Premieres Beyonce Track, Album Due Nov. 16

    August 11, 2010 5:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 K anye West premiered his new "See Me Now" song, featuring Beyoncé and Charlie Wilson , and revealed that his album will be released on Nov. 16 during an interview this afternoon with New York radio station WQHT (Hot 97). "Beyoncé fin ...