1. Chart Juice: Mary J. Blige Notches Record-Extending Top 10 Single

    March 09, 2012 11:25 AM EST 0 0 0 The Queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , along with her guest star Drake , both earn their 23rd top 10s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Mr. Wrong" inches up 11-10. Blige continues to boast the most top 10s among women since the tally began ...

  2. Adele's '21' Is The No. 1 Album For 23rd Week; 'WZRD' Top Debut

    March 07, 2012 11:00 AM EST Adele's "21" clocks a 23rd week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 247,000 copies this week (down 17%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the longest-running No. 1 since Prince & the Revolution's "Purple Ra ...

  3. Exclusive: Diggy Talks 'Unexpected Arrival' Album, Pharrell Williams, & More

    February 22, 2012 1:10 PM EST 0 0 0 In three years, Diggy Simmons has gone from notebooks to mixtapes to now working on his debut album, "Unexpected Arrival" (March 20). "It was just more so about me getting out my feelings through writing," says the 16 yr. old rap ...

  4. Album Reviews: Mitch Ryder, Sharon Van Etten, Dierks Bentley And More

    February 17, 2012 10:30 AM EST 0 0 R&B Mitch Ryder The Promise Producer: Don Was Label: Michigan Broadcasting Corp. Release Date: Feb. 14 It's been nearly 30 years since Mitch Ryder's last U.S. album, but he's hardly been a sleeping dog since that John Mellencamp-pro ...

  5. Who Will Win Best Rap Album at 2012 Grammys?

    February 10, 2012 3:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco: Who will it be? As the 2012 Grammys quickly approach, the debates of who will win heighten. Grammy Predictions 2012: Billboard.com Picks The Winners Not only does Kanye West go head-to-head wit ...

  6. Pharrell Williams In the Studio with Justin Bieber, Wiz Khalifa & More

    February 08, 2012 2:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Pharrell Williams may be hush, hush about upcoming projects -- such as his collaborative album with Lupe Fiasco -- but it's evident he's at work. Since the new year started Pharrell has been in the lab with more than ten artists that inclu ...

  7. Urban Power List: Michael Kyser

    January 28, 2012 3:55 PM EST Michael Kyser President Of Black Music, Atlantic Records Group Website: atlanticrecords.com Twitter: @LittleBurger Expansion Player Signaling a redoubled commitment to expand its stake in R&B and hip-hop, Atlantic appointed Michael Kyser as it ...

  8. Billboard Power 100: Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman

    January 27, 2012 12:20 AM EST No. 28 Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman Chairman/COO; chairman/CEO Atlantic Records Group Twitter: @AtlanticRecords Record-Breaking Dynamic Duo... Under the leadership of Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Records supplanted sibling la ...

  9. Beyonce, Chris Brown, Adele Up for NAACP Image Awards

    January 19, 2012 7:45 PM EST 0 0 0 A number of R&B and hip-hop world royalty are among the nominees for this year's NAACP Image Awards. Anthony Hamilton , Bruno Mars , Cee Lo Green , Chris Brown and Common will vie for the title of Outstanding Male Artist at the 43rd annual ...

  10. Urban Power List: Cara Lewis

    January 14, 2012 4:27 PM EST Cara Lewis Agent Creative Artists Agency Website: caa.com Tour Maven Named Billboard's 14th most powerful woman in the music industry in 2011, Cara Lewis made even bigger headlines earlier this year when she jumped ship from William Morris En ...

  11. DJ Earworm's 'United State of Pop 2011' Mashes Adele, Rihanna, Gaga

    December 27, 2011 10:35 AM EST 0 0 0 It's that time again: DJ Earworm's closely watched "United State of Pop" mashup of the year's 25 hottest pop songs. For his fifth installment of the holiday treat, dubbed "World Go Boom," the real-life Jordan Rosem ...

  12. Gaga & Bruno Among Grammy Concert (Fashion) Winners

    December 01, 2011 2:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Although it was merely an hour-long concert for the Grammy nominations, there were plenty of fashion winners that arose at the The Grammy Nominations Concert Live . From Lady Gaga's zombified look to Katy Perry's sweet pink lace creation, ...

  13. The Grammys: Adele, Kanye West Top Nominees

    November 30, 2011 11:00 PM EST Adele and Bruno Mars are both rolling in major Grammy nominations, with each lined up to compete for album, record and song of the year at the Feb. 12 bash. Both crooners earned six nominations, which were announced Wednesday (Nov. 30) during a pr ...

  14. Rihanna, Band Perry & Usher Added to Grammy Concert

    November 16, 2011 2:00 PM EST The star power keeps on growing for the Grammy Nominations Concert Live with the announcement Wednesday (Nov. 16) that Rihanna , The Band Perry and Usher will all be performing. Previously announced acts include Lady Gaga , Sugarland , Ludacris , ...

  15. Rihanna, Band Perry & Usher Added to Grammy Concert

    November 16, 2011 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The star power keeps on growing for the Grammy Nominations Concert Live with the announcement Wednesday (Nov. 16) that Rihanna , The Band Perry and Usher will all be performing. Previously announced acts include Lady Gaga , Sugarland , Ludacris , Lu ...

  16. Ludacris, Sugarland Added to Grammy Concert Lineup

    November 03, 2011 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Grammy winners Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco and Sugarland are all set to perform at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards' nominations will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 10 p.m. live from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live., ...

  17. Occupy Wall Street: When Music Stars Invade

    October 24, 2011 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kanye showed up and said not a single word (after all, his sheer presence speaks for itself). Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Tom Morello sang protest anthems with the people. Just this weekend, Katy Perry and husband Russell Brand swung by on their b ...

  18. Chris Brown Leads Soul Train Awards Nominations

    October 21, 2011 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Days after winning the most awards at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Chris Brown leads the nominations for the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Brown is nominated for five nods across 11 categories, one being Best Dance Performance in which he's up agains ...

  19. Patrick Stump, 'Soul Punk': Track-By-Track Review

    October 18, 2011 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 "If this is it, I want to go out with a bang," Patrick Stump sings on "Explode," the opening track on "Soul Punk." It's a sentiment that hangs over the singer's debut full-length, which Stump recorded followin ...

  20. Patrick Stump Lets Soul Flag Fly in 'This City' Video

    September 20, 2011 2:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Former Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump has previewed his R&B-inflected solo debut, "Soul Punk," with a music video featuring bright colors, bow ties, admiring shots of Chicago and a hoodie-sporting Lupe Fiasco . Check out the clip ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Joe Jonas Breaks From His Bros, Gears Up for Tour With Jay Sean

    August 31, 2011 3:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Joe Jonas and Jay Sean won't commit to performing together when the two hit the road Sept. 6 in Boston for an 18-date North American tour. "There's something to be said for surprises and not giving anything way," Sean told report ...

  24. The Game Tangles With the Law, Preps Fourth Album

    August 19, 2011 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 For about two hours on a recent Friday in August, the Compton, Calif., sheriff's station was bombarded with calls. But the flurry of activity wasn't due to a catastrophic emergency. It was due to a tweet. At 5:23 p.m. on Aug. 12, a tweet w ...

  25. Newcomer Nikki Jean Works with Bob Dylan, Jimmy Webb and More on Debut Album, Lands Best Buy Ad

    August 05, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Who is Nikki Jean? That's what Twitter followers were asking recently when Lupe Fiasco wrote, "I'm quitting Twitter . . . I'm gonna let @Nikki­Jean takeover [sic] my Twitter--go get that album." That album is singer/song ...

  26. Patrick Stump: Solo Album Has 'Nothing To Do with Fall Out Boy'

    July 25, 2011 2:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Although he expects Fall Out Boy to come together again in the future, Patrick Stump says his solo career -- which includes the EP "Truant Wave" and the upcoming album "Soul Punk" -- will be a going and primary concern. "I d ...

  27. Katy Perry, Adele, Kanye West Lead 2011 MTV VMA Nominees

    July 20, 2011 11:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 With four different videos garnering a total of nine nominations, Katy Perry leads the field for the 28th edition of the MTV Video Music Awards. Among the nods, Perry, who dropped in on MTV to help announce this year's contenders, finds her exp ...

  28. Britney Spears, Lady Gaga Rule Billboard.com's 2011 Mid-Year Music Awards

    July 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Britney Spears and Lady Gaga proved the ultimate pop music divas in Billboard.com's Mid-Year Music Awards poll, which allowed fans to weigh in on their favorite songs, albums and performances of the first half of 2011 over the past week. Once t ...

  29. Lil B Releases 'I'm Gay' Album Without Warning, Lupe Fiasco Says Title Is 'Genius'

    June 30, 2011 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Without warning, Lil B released his anticipated album, "I'm Gay (I'm Happy)" yesterday, June 29. Lil B was discreet on the process and release of "I'm Gay (I'm Happy)" when Billboard.com's The Juice caugh ...

  30. Lupe Fiasco Shows His Sensitive Side in 'Out Of My Head' Video: Watch

    June 30, 2011 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After delivering a video of real-life military footage for thought-provoking song, "Words I Never Said," Lupe Fiasco returns with lighter visuals for his third single, "Out of My Head," featuring Trey Songz . Lupe Fiasco Working ...

  31. Billboard Bits: Tyler, The Creator Predicts Death, Patrick Stump Pairs With Lupe Fiasco

    June 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Tyler, The Creator Predicts His Death, Talks Columbine Tragedy The 20-year-old Odd Future frontman Tyler, The Creator recently told UK music magazine Q that he expects to ...

  32. Skylar Grey Says Debut Album Will Explain 'How I Became Invincible'

    June 24, 2011 5:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 One week after unveiling her debut single, "Invisible," Skylar Grey tells Billboard.com that the vulnerable track is a perfect introduction to first solo album "Invinsible" (pronounced 'invincible'), which will be relea ...

  33. Adele Gets Billboard's Summer Songs Chart 'Rolling'

    June 23, 2011 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's now officially the summer season -- not just according to the calendar, but also the launch of Billboard's Summer Songs 2011 ranking, a week-by-week tally of the top songs based on Billboard Hot 100 activity from Memorial Day through ...

  34. Katy Perry's 'Friday' Flies Up Hot 100, Adele Still No. 1

    June 22, 2011 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep" banks a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (June 23) on Billboard.com, while Katy Perry 's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" rockets into the top five. Ka ...

  35. Lupe Fiasco Argues on 'O'Reilly Factor,' Defends Calling Obama a 'Terrorist'

    June 21, 2011 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lupe Fiasco butted heads with Bill O'Reilly and condemned the military actions of President Obama -- whom he once again called a "terrorist" -- in an appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor" that aired on Monday (June 20). A ...

  36. Lupe Fiasco Working on His Fourth Studio Album

    June 14, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 As criticism made it's way onto Lupe Fiasco 's Twitter timeline, after calling President Obama a terrorist on CBS's show, "What's Trending," the Chicago rapper was in the middle of shooting promos for AT&T's &# ...

  37. Lupe Fiasco on Calling Obama a Terrorist: 'I've Got Nothing to Clarify'

    June 09, 2011 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lupe Fiasco caused a stir this week when he called President Barack Obama a terrorist during an appearance on CBS' "What's Trending." His exact words? "To me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America.&q ...

  38. Adele's Still 'Deep' Atop Hot 100, Coldplay Makes a Splash

    June 08, 2011 5:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 A dele's "Rolling in the Deep" claims a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (June 9) on Billboard.com, while Coldplay's "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall" charges in as the chart's to ...

  39. Big Sean Previews 'Finally Famous' with Kanye West, Kid Cudi & More

    June 08, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 B ig Sean has been working non-stop since he spit 16 bars to his mentor, Kanye West at Detriot's Hot 102.7 FM WHTD radio station in 2005. Fast forward to six years later and a "Finally Famous" mixtape trilogy. Yesterday (June 7), Big ...

  40. 'Twilight' Rules MTV Movie Awards, Foo Fighters and Lupe Fiasco Perform

    June 06, 2011 10:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Apparently excited to continue last year's trend of dropping f-bombs in every segment, the MTV Movie Awards carried the swearing to an extreme Sunday night (June 5) at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, with sweethearts from the cast of th ...

  41. Eminem, B.o.B. Hitmaker Alex Da Kid Launches Record Label

    June 02, 2011 11:46 AM EDT 0 0 0 Producer Alex Da Kid, who in the last year has spearheaded such hits as Eminem 's "Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna and B.o.B.'s "Airplanes" featuring Haley Williams , is launching his own record label. The hitma ...

  42. Adele Remains Atop Hot 100, Lady Gaga Makes 'Hair'-Raising Bow

    May 25, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 A dele 's "Rolling in the Deep" maintains its hold over the chart with Airplay Gainer honors for a fourth consecutive week. The song bullets at No. 2 on Radio Songs (134 million in audience, up 14%, according to Nielsen BDS) and regis ...

  43. Billboard Bits: Pink Blasts Selena Gomez's Pink Ponies, 'Glee' Finale Songs Leak

    May 20, 2011 6:28 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Pink, Selena Gomez Fight Over Pink Ponies Selena Gomez was spotted using pink-painted ponies while shooting the music video for her latest single, "Love You Like a L ...

  44. Jennifer Lopez's Mic Malfunction Prompts Encore at KIIS-FM's Wango Tango

    May 16, 2011 8:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 KIIS FM's annual summer blowout has become a huge draw, not just for listeners around the Los Angeles area, but for pop artists vying for heavy rotation spins on the hit station. So it's no surprise that Wango Tango, now in its 14th year, ...

  45. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Previews '4' at Listening Party, Kenny Chesney Playing Alabama Show For Charity

    May 12, 2011 6:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce Previews '4,' 'Run the World (Girls)' Video at Listening Party At a private listening party on Wednesday (May 11), Beyonce offered a select gr ...

  46. Ke$ha, Cee Lo, Mumford & Sons Announced for MTV O Music Awards in Las Vegas

    April 19, 2011 11:56 AM EDT Lil B, Lupe Fiasco, Matt & Kim, Mumford & Sons with Edward Sharpe, Old Crow Medicine Show and Foster the People will perform at MTV's inaugural O Music Awards on April 28 from Las Vegas, Nev. The show will include a mix of live perfor ...

  47. Lupe Fiasco, Matt & Kim, Lil B Performing at MTV O Awards

    April 19, 2011 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil B, Lupe Fiasco , Matt & Kim , Mumford & Sons with Edward Sharpe and Old Crow Medicine Show and Foster the People will perform at MTV's inaugural O Music Awards on April 28 in Las Vegas, Nev., and other cities. Presenters include Ke$ ...

  48. The Weeknd, Frank Ocean Lead New R&B Internet Darlings

    April 11, 2011 10:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although rap has ushered in a new era of MCs and styles in the last couple of years -- a la Drake or this week's No. 1, Wiz Khalifa -- R&B basically has had the same cast in place for five or six years now. But that scenario looks like it&# ...

  49. Lupe Fiasco's 'Airplanes': Better or Worse Than B.o.B's?

    April 07, 2011 3:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 What would "Airplanes" have sounded like if Lupe Fiasco , not B.o.B , was the one rapping on the track? Listen for yourself (via Vibe ). On this earlier, previously unheard version of the No. 2 Hot 100 hit, Lupe rhymes about "wishes t ...

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