1. Rick Ross Plays Gangster in 'Yella Diamonds' Video

    February 08, 2012 4:55 PM EST 0 0 0 In Billboard's cover story on Rick Ross last November, the Maybach rapper said that he wants his forthcoming album, "God Forgives, I Don't," to be the sonic equivalent of a Brian De Palma film -- "It sounds like a term of re ...

  2. Jay-Z Enters New Musical Heights at Carnegie Hall

    February 07, 2012 9:50 AM EST 0 0 0 Many notable artists have performed at Carnegie Hall, but last night (Mon. Feb 6), the stage belonged to Jay-Z . Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, is the second hip-hop act to perform at Carnegie Hall. Wyclef Jean did so in 2001, acoompanied by Stevie Wonde ...

  3. Drake 'Proud'-ly Rewrites Record for Most Rap Songs No. 1s

    February 03, 2012 4:52 PM EST With his 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Songs chart, Drake rewrites the mark for most leaders in the list's 23-year history. I.e., when it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart ...

  4. Drake 'Proud'-ly Rewrites Record for Most Rap Songs No. 1s

    February 03, 2012 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 With his 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Rap Songs chart, Drake rewrites the mark for most leaders in the list's 23-year history. I.e., when it comes to topping the tally the most, Drake, in less than three years, has become the best the chart e ...

  5. Chris Brown Releases 'Turn Up The Music' Single: Listen

    January 26, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Chris Brown offered an array of different sounds with the singles off his 2011 album "F..A.M.E.," from gentle R&B ("No B.S.") to rapid-fire hip-hop ("Look At Me Now") to brightly colored dance ("Beautiful Peopl ...

  6. Common Explains Feud with Drake

    January 26, 2012 10:55 AM EST 0 0 0 PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- The Sundance Film Festival became the unlikely center of hip-hop's latest feud when actor-turned-rapper Drake and rapper-turned-actor Common came to town. Two Days at Sundance with Common Common was promoting his role in ...

  7. Lana Del Rey's Boy Toy in 'Born to Die' -- Meet Bradley Soileau

    January 25, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Who's that guy? If you're a regular watcher of pop music videos of late there's a chance you've asked that a few times, whether while oggling Rihanna's "We Found Love" (Dudley O'Shaughnessy) or Lady Gaga' ...

  8. Gabe Tesoriero Promoted to Senior Vice President, Media and Artist Relations at Island Def Jam

    January 23, 2012 12:19 PM EST 0 0 Island Def Jam has promoted former Vice President of Media and Artist Relations Gabe Tesoriero to Senior Vice President of the same division, the company announced today. With the new title, Tesoriero, who has been at the company since 2005, will be i ...

  9. Chris Brown Recruits Nas For Upcoming Album

    January 20, 2012 4:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Chris Brown is placing the finishing touches on his upcoming album, "Fortune" (March 2011). Although the project already boasts impressive collaborators ( Wiz Khalifa , will.i.am , David Guetta , Asher Roth , and Kid Sister ), Brown has co ...

  10. Urban Power List: Joie Manda

    January 17, 2012 5:28 PM EST Joie Manda President, Def Jam Recordings Website: DefJam.com Twitter: @joeyie Going For The World Title In March, Joie Manda left his two-year tenure as head of urban music at Warner Bros. Records to become president of Def Jam Recordings . It mar ...

  11. Ice-T to Perform With Chuck D., Grandmaster Caz at Sundance

    January 13, 2012 5:26 PM EST Ice-T, Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz are scheduled to perform at the Sundance Institute's annual Celebration of Music in Film on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Their performances are to celebrate Ice-T's documentary "Something From Nothi ...

  12. Ice-T To Bring Rap Performance to Sundance

    January 13, 2012 5:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Ice-T , Chuck D and Grandmaster Caz are scheduled to perform at the Sundance Institute's annual Celebration of Music in Film on Jan. 21 in Park City, Utah. Their performances are to celebrate Ice-T's documentary "Something From Nothin ...

  13. Common: 'I'm to Hip-Hop What Obama Is to Politics'

    January 06, 2012 4:50 PM EST 0 0 0 "How can I say this? Fuck it, I'm the greatest!" Common is pacing the room like a prizefighter, his left arm extended above his head as he mouths the first 10 words to "Sweet," a song off his new album that is anything but. ...

  14. 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 . " ...

  15. Urban Power List: Mark Pitts

    January 03, 2012 5:37 PM EST Mark Pitts President, RCA Urban Music CEO, Bystorm Entertainmnet Website: RCARecords.com Twitter: @BystormPitts The A&R Guru In an interview last August after being appointed CEO of RCA Music Group, Peter Edge told Billboard there is "a d ...

  16. VH1 Divas: Florence Welch Leads Amy Winehouse Tribute

    December 20, 2011 10:35 AM EST 0 0 0 The stars aligned to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse at the "VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul" concert this week, with Nas, Sharon Jones and Wanda Jackson all lending their voices during the show, culminating with a stirring performance of "Bac ...

  17. Mary J. Blige Owns NYC With 'My Life' Concert

    November 25, 2011 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Two days after the release of her latest album "My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1)" (Nov. 23), Mary J. Blige invoked the emotional depth of its 1994 companion "My Life" at NYC's Terminal 5, performing her sophomore ...

  18. Backbeat: Mary J. Blige Previews 'My Life II' at 'American Express Unstaged' Concert

    November 21, 2011 7:41 AM EST Nas and Busta Rhymes, both of whom are featured on Blige's new album, joined her in celebration post-concert. (Photo: Charley Gallay) Blige acknowledged her celebrity guests, including Anthony Anderson (pictured here with a guest), by shoutin ...

  19. Amy Winehouse's New Music Shocked Her Parents, Helped Them Heal

    November 17, 2011 6:35 PM EST 0 0 0 When Salaam Remi gathered together Amy Winehouse 's family not long after her death to play unreleased tracks, the veteran producer behind much of the singer's first two albums wasn't sure what to expect. "They didn't know i ...

  20. Mary J. Blige to Perform in American Express Unstaged Series & Chat with Billboard.com

    November 10, 2011 12:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige is hitting the stage on Nov. 17 (Thursday) as the latest performer of American Express' livestream music series, "American Express Unstaged." Mary's "Unstaged" performance will be livestreamed from Club No ...

  21. #RIPHeavyD: Hip-Hop Community Mourns on Twitter

    November 08, 2011 7:00 PM EST 0 0 0 As details surrounding Heavy D's passing continue to trickle in, hip-hop stars have turned to Twitter to react the rap legend's untimely death today (Nov. 8). From Usher to Rev Run, new school to old school, Heavy D's pioneering sound ...

  22. Amy Winehouse & Nas Duet on 'Like Smoke': Listen

    November 02, 2011 11:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nas is Amy Winehouse's duet partner on "Like Smoke," the lead track from the late singer's rarities album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures." The song, which mixes the MC's freshly recorded verses with a jazzy Winehouse h ...

  23. Tyler, The Creator Interviews Nas

    October 12, 2011 6:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tyler, The Creator , one of our 21 Under 21: Hottest Minors, took a pen and pad to interview one of hip-hop's greatest MC's, Nas . In the November 2011 issue of XXL , Tyler goes deep with questions ranging from music, religion, family, dru ...

  24. Nas Is 'Girl Crazy' In 'Nasty' Video

    October 11, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nas gives us a tour of his Queens neighboorhood in the video for "Nasty." "Nasty, directed by Jason Goldwatch who recently directed Pusha T 's "Trouble On My Mind," captures Nasir Jones riding around Queensbridge in a R ...

  25. The Doors Team Up With Skrillex

    October 07, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With celebrity DJs and a-list producers becoming more and more like the rock stars of old, the documentary "RE:GENERATION" attempts to bring the two even closer together. The most striking combo is perhaps that of dubstep artist Skrillex ( ...

  26. Marc Anthony, Toby Keith, Drake, Coldplay Score Landmark No. 1s

    October 03, 2011 3:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Four superstar acts add impressive milestones to their already distinguished careers with new No. 1s on Nielsen BDS-based Billboard airplay charts this week. Marc Anthony Anthony collects his 20th No. 1 on Tropical Songs, as "Rain Over Me," ...

  27. Mobb Deep Kick Off 'Five Out of Five' Hip-Hop Concert/Discussion Series

    September 27, 2011 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Red Bull Music Academy kicked off its "Five Out Of Five" concert series -- highlighting what it considers New York City's "five most iconic hip-hop albums" -- with a discussion with Prodigy and Havoc from Mobb Deep about ...

  28. Exclusive: Backstage With J. Cole

    September 16, 2011 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 'Till Sept. 20, J. Cole is dropping footage to count down to the release of his debut album, " Cole World: The Sideline Story " (Sept. 27). In the exclusive clip shared with Billboard.com's The Juice, J. Cole takes us backstage a ...

  29. Billboard Bits: Wilson Phillips Gets Reality Show, Mos Def Retiring Name

    September 06, 2011 6:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Wilson Phillips Gets Reality Show Wilson Phillips is riding their "Bridesmaids" cameo back to relevancy: the TV Guide network announced "The Wilson Phillip ...

  30. Lauryn Hill Reunites With Pras at 2011 Rock The Bells: Watch

    September 06, 2011 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Saturday (Sept. 3), Erykah Badu , Lauryn Hill , Nas and more hit the stage in New York for the 2011 Rock The Bells festival. Ms. Hill performed vintage tracks from "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" such as "Doo Wop (That Thing)&quo ...

  31. Kendrick Lamar Talks 'Section.80,' New Album and Upcoming Videos

    September 02, 2011 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I'm making music that represents my generation, their struggle," Kendrick Lamar told Billboard.com's The Juice before hitting the stage in NYC on Wednesday (Aug. 31). Lamar's refreshing style of storytelling has an uncanny ...

  32. No I.D. Talks New Def Jam Position, Jay-Z's Next Album

    August 31, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Between helping Big Sean score a breakout hit, contributing to "Watch The Throne" and being named to a to a top position at Def Jam Recordings earlier this week, No I.D. has enjoyed a stellar 2011, and he's not done yet. The veteran ...

  33. No I.D. on New Def Jam Position and Jay-Z's Album Plans

    August 31, 2011 2:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Between helping Big Sean score a breakout hit, contributing to "Watch The Throne" and being named to a top position at Def Jam Recordings earlier this week, No I.D. has enjoyed a stellar 2011, and he's not done yet. The veteran hip-ho ...

  34. Photos: Rock The Bells Invades San Francisco

    August 29, 2011 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Long-running hip-hop festival Rock The Bells rocked San Francisco's Shoreline Ampitheatre on Saturday (Aug. 27), with a diverse cast of artists providing a mix of old-school charm and new-school hunger. Upstarts like Big K.R.I.T. and Freddie Gi ...

  35. Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV': Track-By-Track Review

    August 29, 2011 2:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Tha Carter IV" arrives today (Aug. 29) with gargantuan expectations that Lil Wayne cannot match. How could he? The last installment in the New Orleans rapper's "Carter" series, "Tha Carter III," was a perfect stor ...

  36. Lauryn Hill Performs at Rock The Bells Alongside Common, Erykah Badu, Nas & More: Watch

    August 22, 2011 4:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Lauryn Hill welcomed a bouncing baby boy on July 23, many fans wished the singer would expand her musical contributions in addition to her family. Lauryn Hill Gives Birth to Baby No.6, Fans React Hill may not be hitting the studio, but she did ...

  37. Four-Play: Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Common, Nas & Young Jeezy

    August 12, 2011 3:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Cudi grows fangs, Wiz Khalifa lets "the party get the best of him," Nas and Common shut eyes and Young Jeezy gets a Gatorade cooler full of money dumped on him. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Kid Cudi, Wiz K ...

  38. Lil Wayne Debuts 'She Will' Feat. Drake: Listen

    August 12, 2011 12:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 After getting a sneak peak at the recording process behind the single, Lil Wayne debuts "She Will," today (Aug. 12), which features Drake . Lil Wayne previewed his verses off the T-Minus-produced track to Drake via video instant message be ...

  39. Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas LIVE @ Lollapalooza 2011

    Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas LIVE @ Lollapalooza 2011

    August 08, 2011 6:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas LIVE @ Lollapalooza 2011 Nas , Lollapalooza , Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley , Lollapalooza , Nas Videos Lollapalooza Nas ...

  40. 11 Anticipated Album Updates: Madonna, DMX, Nickelback And More

    July 24, 2011 9:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 A host of huge stars -- ranging from Madonna to Nickelback and Soundgarden -- are planning album releases during the next 18 months. Here's a run-down of where they are in the recording process, and how long we'll have to wait for the musi ...

  41. Lil Wayne's Manager: 'Tha Carter IV' Release Date 'Not Changing'

    July 14, 2011 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 On the day Lil Wayne debuted his mixtape (July 13), "Sorry 4 The Wait," his manager, Cortez "Tez" Bryant spoke with Billboard on what hip-hop aficionados are still waiting for, "Tha Carter IV." Lil Wayne Drops 'Sor ...

  42. Coldplay Launching Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Concert Series

    July 12, 2011 7:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Coldplay will perform in Los Angeles later this summer to help launch the fourth annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free concert series designed to showcase the capabilities of the newly released Samsung Infuse 4G, available exclusively through ...

  43. Lil Wayne 'Totally Done' with 'Tha Carter IV,' out Aug. 29

    July 11, 2011 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne 's long awaited "Tha Carter IV" is almost here, with a new mixtape thrown in for good measure. Tunechi confirms to MTV that the fourth installment in his "Tha Carter" series is officially completed and will drop in ...

  44. Nelly Furtado Performs New Song in Portugal: Watch

    July 11, 2011 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Performing a melodic ballad reportedly titled "Mystery," Nelly Furtado debuted the first sneak peak of her upcoming album at the Delta Tejo Festival in Portugal on July 2. The song is likely a track from her "Lifestyle" album, ex ...

  45. Common Readies No I.D. Produced Album, Drops Single

    July 06, 2011 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Anticipation for Common 's ninth studio album, "The Dreamer, The Believer," intensified after Nas , featured artist, dropped a new single off the album, "Ghetto Dreams," this past weekend (July 2). Common Signs with Warner B ...

  46. Aymen Anthony Saleh: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Aymen Anthony Saleh Executive VP/GM Atom Factory; CEO, Emagen Entertainment Group While pursuing studies in mathematics and electrical engineering, Aymen Anthony Saleh, 25, discovered his true calling in the music world, and is now working alongsi ...

  47. Two Unreleased Tupac Tracks Leak: Listen

    June 29, 2011 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Two unreleased tracks from Tupac Shakur (2Pac) hit the 'net last night (June 28). Both songs, "Watch Ya Mouth" and "NY '87," were recorded during the quintessence of the West Coast and East coast rap war, according to T ...

  48. Press Play: Nas Delivers First Street Single, Lil Wayne Revamps Eminem's 'Stan' & More

    June 14, 2011 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard's the Juice is invading your Beats by Dre headphones with the latest tracks, leaked or just realeased. Check out the Juice's playlist featuring Nas , Lil Wayne , Big Sean , CyHi the Prynce and JoJo . Nas - "Nasty" Nas r ...

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