1. Erykah Badu Covers Up in 'Window Seat' Remix Clip

    August 09, 2010 3:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 After her controversial "Window Seat" video, Erykah Badu was slandered for undressing while reenacting the shooting of JFK at his assassination site. But in the clip for the remix to "Window Seat" and "Turn Me Away (Get MuNN ...

  2. Avenged Sevenfold Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    August 04, 2010 10:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 Avenged Sevenfold garners its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart as "Nightmare" arrives atop the list, bumping Eminem's "Recovery" to No. 2 after a five week reign at No. 1 . Avenged begins with 163,000 according ...

  3. Drake Brings Out Jay-Z, Eminem For OVO Festival

    August 02, 2010 11:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 Drake held his first annual Ovo (October's Very Own) Festival in conjunction with Blackberry yesterday (Aug. 1) in his hometown of Toronto, Canada, and took the term "putting on for his city" to another level. Aside from performing a ...

  4. Bun B Reps for Texas on 'Trill OG' Album

    August 02, 2010 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rappers have a propensity for christening themselves with royal titles to promote their standing in hip-hop (e.g., King of the South, Prince of Rap). But for rapper Bun B , "Trill OG," while less regal than most, was the most fitting. &quo ...

  5. Eminem and Rihanna Stand Strong on Hot 100

    July 29, 2010 11:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Love The Way You Lie" by Eminem featuring Rihanna holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week, widening its points lead over runner-up -- and former No. 1 -- "California Gurls" by Katy Perry , which stays steady at ...

  6. Eminem Still No. 1, Rick Ross Bows at No. 2 on Billboard 200

    July 28, 2010 11:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 E minem makes it five weeks in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Recovery" sells another 187,000 (down just 4%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" arrives in the runner-up spot with 176,000. Ross& ...

  7. Eminem Still No. 1, Rick Ross Bows at No. 2 on Billboard 200

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem makes it five weeks in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Recovery" sells another 187,000 (down just 4%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" arrives in the runner-up spot with 176,000. Ross ...

  8. Eminem's 'Recovery' Reaches Fifth Week At No. 1, Rick Ross Comes In Second

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem makes it five weeks in a row at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as "Recovery" sells another 187,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . Rick Ross' "Teflon Don" drives in at No. 2 with 176,000—the rapper's fourth s ...

  9. POTW: Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Ke$ha

    July 23, 2010 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Britney Spears showed her roots -- literally, Justin Bieber touched his fans -- figuratively, Amy Winehouse made faces while riding shotgun, Ke$ha rocked out, Joe Jonas posed on the red carpet, Rihanna wore polka dots, Rick Ross was interviewed, She ...

  10. Rick Ross Likely to Unseat Eminem on Billboard 200 Next Week

    July 21, 2010 6:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Next week, it looks like Rick Ross' fourth studio album "Teflon Don" could be the Billboard 200's new No. 1, as industry prognosticators predict the set might sell somewhere around the 150,000 to 180,000 range. Ross' first t ...

  11. Rick Ross Is Back with 'Teflon Don' and Bigger Than Ever

    July 16, 2010 4:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 Releasing a rap album with a guest list that reads like the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 is a common move, but not without its risks. Big-name guests can move units and chart positions, but many rappers get overshadowed by their more famous count ...

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: Bret Michaels Rocks On

    July 15, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 ROSY: Veteran rocker/"Celebrity Apprentice 3" champion Bret Michaels inks his highest rank on the Billboard 200 i n almost 20 years, as "Custom Built" arrives at No. 14. His prior charted solo effort, "Rock My World," d ...

  13. Katy Perry Holds Off Eminem on Hot 100

    July 15, 2010 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "California Gurls" by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week. However, "Love The Way You Lie" (2-2), by Eminem featuring Rihanna , is the chart's Airplay Gainer for a second ...

  14. Celebrities React to LeBron James' Decision To Join Miami Heat

    July 09, 2010 2:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 After basketball "king" LeBron James announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat during Thursday's (July 8) live press conference, his famous friends and fans instantly flocked to Twitter to discuss the mov ...

  15. Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj Big Winners At BET Awards

    June 28, 2010 10:09 AM EDT 0 0 0 A licia Keys and newcomer Nicki Minaj were the big winners at the 10th annual BET Awards, both taking home two statuettes during the ceremony held last night (June 27) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. However, the evening's real buzz ce ...

  16. Ex-Drug Lord Rick Ross Sues Rapper Rick Ross

    June 25, 2010 12:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 California ex-drug kingpin Ricky "Freeway" Ross filed a trademark lawsuit against rapper Rick Ross in a California Federal Court on Friday June 18. According to the Miami New Times blog, Ross is suing the rapper for stealing his name, imag ...

  17. Eminem, Usher, Michael Jackson Tribute Added To BET Awards

    June 17, 2010 4:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 On June 27th, Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium will see one of the most exciting hip-hop line-ups take to the stage for the 10th annual BET Awards. Heavyweights such as Kanye West and T.I. will mark their comebacks, and now Eminem , Usher , Alici ...

  18. Drake, Trey Songz, Usher, DJ Khaled Heat Up Summer Jam Show

    June 07, 2010 4:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 The annual Hot 97 Summer Jam 2010 delivered the heat last night (June 6) as it ushered in the season with a all-star lineup that included Drake, Trey Songz and Usher. But it was the surprise guests during DJ Khaled's set that received possibly ...

  19. Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors

    June 04, 2010 2:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's Ham ...

  20. Usher's 'OMG' Leads Hot 100 For A Fourth Week

    June 03, 2010 11:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Usher maintains his perch atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth non-consecutive week with his monster smash "OMG," featuring will.i.am. The track moves 2-1 on the Radio Songs chart (139.5 million listener impressions), extending his lead ...

  21. Rick Ross: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 26, 2010 11:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Teflon Don" (Def Jam, July 6) Although Rick Ross has kept most of the details of his upcoming album under wraps, there's one feature he says will keep fans excited until release date: a collaboration with rapper Jay-Z . "We will ...

  22. Rick Ross Gets 'Super High' In New Video

    May 18, 2010 3:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 Miami rapper Rick Ross plays a motorcycling Don Juan bad boy who proves irresistible to beautiful actress Stacey Dash in the video for "Super High," the lead single from his July 6 album "Teflon Don." The track has a groovy retro ...

  23. Lady Antebellum Returning To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    May 14, 2010 5:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 As predicted, Lady Antebellum 's "Need You Now" seems set to return to No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart, thus earning its fifth non-consecutive week at the top of the tally. Industry sources suggest that the set ma ...

  24. Videos of the Week: Rihanna Moonwalks (Badly), Miley Cyrus Dirty Dances, Phish Covers Rolling Stones

    May 14, 2010 12:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 In this week's top viral videos that had everyone buzzing, Rihanna attempts -- and fails -- to moonwalk, Miley Cyrus dirty dances with Adam Shankman, Phish and Green Day cover the Rolling Stones , Big Boi makes salad with Martha Stewart, " ...

  25. Chart Beat Thursday: Usher, will.i.am, B.o.B

    May 06, 2010 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 'OMG,' FYI: Usher adds to his already impressive Billboard Hot 100 history, as "OMG," featuring will.i.am , flies 6-1. With the coronation, Usher ties for ninth-place among artists with the most leaders in the chart's almost ...

  26. B.o.B Bounds In At No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    May 05, 2010 11:29 AM EDT -year old rapper B.o.B bounces in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with his debut set, "The Adventures of Bobby Ray," selling 84,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the first time a s ...

  27. B.o.B Bounds In At No. 1 On The Billboard 200

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -year-old rapper B.o.B arrives atop the Billboard 200 with his debut set, "The Adventures of Bobby Ray," selling 84,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . It marks the first time a solo male artist has earne ...

  28. Diddy New Manager Of Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross?

    April 15, 2010 6:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diddy may be busy trying to get his oft-delayed Dirty Money project, "Last Train To Paris," off the ground, but that hasn't stopped the ambitious mogul from making other prominent career moves. A source close to the entrepreneur/rappe ...

  29. Diddy Reportedly New Manager Of Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Diddy may be busy trying to get his oft-delayed Dirty Money project "Last Train To Paris" off the ground, but that hasn't stopped the ambitious mogul from making other prominent career moves. A source close to the entrepreneur/rappe ...

  30. Billboard Bits: Daft Punk, Faith No More, Smashing Pumpkins and More

    March 10, 2010 6:17 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. New Daft Punk music has surfaced, courtesy of the latest trailer for the forthcoming "Tron Legacy" film. According to Spinner , Daft Punk are al ...

  31. T-Pain Revives 'Freaknik' For New Cartoon Musical

    March 05, 2010 6:59 PM EST 0 0 0 As T-Pain wraps up work on a new Nappy Boy All Stars mix tape and his latest album, "RevolveR," fans can anticipate the release of an entirely different kind of project from the Auto-tuned rapper/producer. "Freaknik: The Musical" ...

  32. Black Eyed Peas Back On Top Of Hot 100 With 'Imma Be'

    February 25, 2010 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The Black Eyed Peas become the first duo or group in 19 years to plate three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles from one album, as "Imma Be," from the act's "The E.N.D.," beelines 3-1. The quartet set a record last year withh 2 ...

  33. Billboard Bits: Kings of Convenience, Travis Barker, Courtney Love and More

    February 12, 2010 6:17 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Film director Jim Jarmusch has signed on as curator for a day of the New York edition of All Tomorrow's Parties festival in upstate New York this com ...

  34. Billboard Bits: T.I., The Jam, Whitney Houston, Beck, Kandi Burruss And More

    January 19, 2010 5:24 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Atlanta raper T.I ., who was released to a halfway house less than a month ago after serving seven months in prison on a gun charge, is back in the studio ...

  35. Game Works With Pharrell, Feuds with 50 Cent

    January 05, 2010 5:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Once upon a time, gangster rapper Game had preconceived notions about eccentric rapper/producer Pharrell Williams -and vice versa. But the two have since put aside their differences; Williams is the executive producer of Game's fourth studio al ...

  36. Best Of 2009: Part 1

    December 15, 2009 4:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: ...

  37. Kings Of Leon, Green Day Win Big At Woodie Awards

    November 19, 2009 1:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Kings of Leon won Woodie of the Year and Green Day took home the Best Performing Woodie at the 2009 MTVu Woodie Awards, which brought together a cross-section of established and breaking artists Wednesday night (Nov. 19) at New York's Roseland ...

  38. 50 Cent Brings Together N.Y. Rap Elite, Taking 'Thisis50' Fest To L.A. and Atlanta

    October 09, 2009 5:20 PM EDT Cent held his first annual "ThisIs50" Fest at New York's Governor's Island last weekend, and considering his career has been tarnished with a number of hip hop feuds, the Queens rapper managed to bring together some of New Yor ...

  39. 50 Cent Brings Together N.Y. Rap Elite, Taking 'Thisis50' Fest To L.A. and Atlanta

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cent held his first annual "ThisIs50" Fest at New York's Governor's Island last weekend, and considering his career has been tarnished with a number of hip hop feuds, the Queens rapper managed to bring together some of New Y ...

  40. Eminem, DMX, The Roots Pay Tribute To Def Jam At 2009 VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

    September 24, 2009 6:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Since its inception five years ago, VH1's Hip-Hop Honors has paid tribute to the preeminent figures in hip-hop history. For the sixth annual show, taped at Brooklyn's Academy of Music in New York last night (Sept. 23) and set to air on the ...

  41. Eminem, Fabolous, Jeezy To Celebrate Def Jam At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

    September 03, 2009 9:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 Eminem was never a part of Def Jam Records, but the rapper is going to join the likes of Young Jeezy , Rick Ross , Fabolous , Ludacris , Method Man and many others to celebrate the pioneering hip hop label during this year's 6th annual VH1 Hip ...

  42. Eminem, Fabolous and Others To Celebrate Def Jam 25 At VH1 Hip Hop Honors

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Eminem was never a part of Def Jam Records, but the rapper is going to join the likes of Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Ludacris, Method Man and many others to celebrate the legendary label during this year's 6th annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors. ...

  43. Longtime Jay-Z Protege Memphis Bleek Set To Release Album

    August 25, 2009 12:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jay-Z may be readying the release of his upcoming eleventh studio album, "The Blueprint 3," on September 11th, but the rapper and mogul still makes time to help old friends. Former Roc-A-Fella artist and Jay-Z protégé Memphis Bleek is slat ...

  44. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Delivers 'Trouble'

    June 11, 2009 10:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 Following another successful collaboration with Rick Ross on the Miami rapper's latest album, "Deeper Than Rap," production trio the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League is working on several new projects. Headlng the League's to-do list is a n ...

  45. J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Delivers 'Trouble'

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following another successful collaboration with Rick Ross on the Miami rapper's latest album, "Deeper Than Rap," production trio the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League is working on several new projects. Headlng the League's to-do list is a ...

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