1. Rick Ross Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 For Third Time

    April 29, 2009 11:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rick Ross easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Deeper Than Rap" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam), shifting 158,000 in its first week. It's the third topper for the artist. His last set, 2008's "Trilla," bowed at No. ...

  2. Slip-N-Slide CEO Not Surprised Ross Tops Chart

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After speculations on whether or not Rick Ross would outsell fellow rapper Asher Roth this week, or whether or not his beef with 50 Cent would affect his sales overall, Rick Ross tops the Billboard 200 this week with "Deeper Than Rap" (S ...

  3. Rick Ross Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200 For Third Time

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rick Ross easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Deeper Than Rap" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam), shifting 158,000 in its first week. It's the third topper for the artist. His last set, 2008's "Trilla," bowed at No ...

  4. Rick Ross Nets Third No. 1 Album

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rick Ross' "Deeper Than Rap" bows atop the Billboard 200 with 158,000, giving the rapper his third chart-topper . . . Two more new sets arrive in the top 10 this week: Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe" enters at ...

  5. Rick Ross Vs. 50 Cent: Behind The Beef

    April 24, 2009 12:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 In early April, Rick Ross, the Miami-born rapper known for highlighting his coke-dealing past, found himself in Medellin, Colombia—a city known for its coke-dealing. Sporting a white linen suit, his staple dark shades and an iced-out bracelet, Ross ...

  6. Eminem, Green Day Make Big Hot 100 Debuts

    April 23, 2009 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for a third week, while the tally's highest debut comes at No. 9 from Eminem with "We Made You." It's the best Hot 100 debu ...

  7. Rick Ross On Pace For Third Straight Billboard 200 No. 1

    April 22, 2009 5:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rick Ross is on his way to his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Deeper Than Rap" looks like it will debut atop the list this week. Industry prognosticators project the Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam album will sell over 150,000 copies in i ...

  8. Rick Ross On Pace For Third Straight Billboard 200 No. 1

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rick Ross is on his way to his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Deeper Than Rap" looks like it will debut atop the list next week. Industry prognosticators project the Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam album will sell over 150,000 copies in ...

  9. Kelly Clarkson Conquers Billboard 200 With Second No. 1 Album

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Clarkson bows atop the Billboard 200 with her second No. 1 album, "All I Ever Wanted," shifting 255,000. It's her fourth album overall, but her first chart-topper since her "Thankful" debut in 2003 . . . Other big ar ...

  10. Chart Beat: U2, Rick Ross, Miley Cyrus

    March 12, 2009 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 AND THE BEAT GOES ON: After the renowned Fred Bronson's 16-year run at the helm, and fellow music expert Paul Grein's 12-year stewardship before Fred, Chart Beat will continue to be a landmark feature on billboard.com. Please look for upda ...

  11. Billboard Bits: Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Def Jam Vinyl

    February 23, 2009 1:08 PM EST 0 0 0 Beyonce Launches $250,000 Dance Contest After singing and dancing with host Hugh Jackman at the Oscars yesterday (Feb. 22), Beyonce is asking her fans to show off their moves. The singer has announced a "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)" d ...

  12. Billboard Q&A: Slip-N-Slide CEO Ted Lucas

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST After introducing Miami MCs like Trick Daddy and Trina in the 1990's, Slip-N-Slide CEO and founder Ted Lucas has coasted through this decade with new rappers, Plies and Rick Ross. And this December, Lucas isn't just celebrating the holid ...

  13. Flo Rida Overcomes 'Struggle' For Great '08

    December 12, 2008 1:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Flo Rida is Billboard's No. 1 digital artist for 2008, but despite the accolades, the rapper says he's fueled simply by making great music. "I didn't set out to do any No. 1 records," he tells Billboard. "I just go into ...

  14. Def Jam Exec VP Shakir Stewart Commits Suicide

    November 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Def Jam executive VP Shakir Stewart reportedly committed suicide today (Nov. 1) in Atlanta, according to sources. No other details were available at deadline. Stewart succeeded Jay-Z at the top of the Def Jam executive VP Shakir Stewart reportedly c ...

  15. Early Ashanti Tracks Emerge From 'Vault'

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 AJM Records will release 12 never-before-heard recordings from singer Ashanti on the album "The Vault," due Oct. 14. AJM Records will release 12 never-before-heard recordings from singer Ashanti on the album "The Vault," due Oct. ...

  16. Heavy Hitters Grace Negro League Benefit CD

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 By combining music, social consciousness and philanthropy, Stadium Entertainment wants to shepherd a new business model designed to also capture and engage music consumers. The first project under its By combining music, social consciousness and phi ...

  17. Nas On Track For Fifth No. 1 Album Next Week

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nas' new Def Jam album may not have a title, but it will have a home at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. The veteran rapper is on course to notch his fifth topper on the big chart, as he leads Nielsen Soun Nas' new Def Jam album may not have a ...

  18. Katy Perry Still Top 'Girl' On Hot 100

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" starts a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week, but Rihanna's "Take a Bow" is closing in fast, rising 4-2 in its 13th week on the tally. Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" Kat ...

  19. Favorite BET Performance?

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The BET Awards took place on June 24th, and some of hip-hop's new school and old school acts shared the stage. Which was your favorite performance? The BET Awards took place on June 24th, and some of hip-hop's new school and old school act ...

  20. Girl Talk's 'Animals' Run Wild Online

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As promised, Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis released his fourth record, "Feed the Animals," today (June 19) via the Web site for his label, Illegal Art. As promised, Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis released his fourth record, "Feed the A ...

  21. Young Jeezy, Diddy, Remy Ma Get In The Mix

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Young Jeezy, Diddy and Remy Ma are adding a little spice to summer with new mixtapes. Jeezy's "The Prime Minister" launches tomorrow (June 14) via his newly launched blog and social networking Web sit Young Jeezy, Diddy and Remy Ma ar ...

  22. T-Pain's Digital Label Unveils Signings

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After revealing his Nappy Boy digital label to Billboard.com last year, T-Pain has chosen his first artist, Tay Dizm. After revealing his Nappy Boy digital label to Billboard.com last year, T-Pain has chosen his first artist, Tay Dizm. Miami native ...

  23. Kanye, Wayne Star; Rihanna A No-Show At Summer Jam

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain starred, while LL Cool J, Wu Tang Clan members Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man and DJ Khaled made surprise appearances yesterday (June 1) at New Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and T-Pain sta ...

  24. David Cook Storms The Hot 100 At No. 3 With 'The Time Of My Life'

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 There’s no question that the hottest of the Hot Shot Debuts this week belongs to newly-minted “American Idol” champion David Cook. Hot Shot Debuts: There’s no question that the hottest of the Hot Shot Debuts this week belongs to newly-minted “Americ ...

  25. Ace Hood

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The cards definitely have been dealt in rapper Ace Hood's favor. The cards definitely have been dealt in rapper Ace Hood's favor. The first artist signed and released under well known Miami DJ/producer Khaled's We The Best label by wa ...

  26. Big Pimpin'

    May 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 UGK rapper Bun B is back this week with his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. UGK rapper Bun B is back this week with his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. The Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set "II ...

  27. Strait Speeds Past R.E.M. To Debut At No. 1

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For the fourth time in his career, country vet George Strait earns the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 with "Troubadour." According to Nielsen SoundScan, the MCA Nashville album moved 166,000 copies, For the fourth time in his career, coun ...

  28. Day26 Upends Danity Kane To Debut At No. 1

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 One "Making the Band" act replaces another at the summit of The Billboard 200, as Day26's self-titled debut bumps Danity Kane's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" from No. 1. The new Bad Boy album moved 190,0 One "Making t ...

  29. 'Baddest' Of The Bad

    March 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Trina is notorious for her provocative, sex-filled lyrics, but it seems her mainstream fan base likes her best when she's engaging in less dirty talk and more personal chit chat. Trina is notorious for her provocative, sex-filled lyrics, but it ...

  30. Danity Kane Snags Second Straight No. 1 Album

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Danity Kane's "Welcome to the Dollhouse" goes straight to the penthouse on The Billboard 200, the second No. 1 in a row for the group. The MTV "Making the Band 3" troupe, signed to Diddy's Bad Boy imp Danity Kane's ...

  31. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. s ...

  32. Ross Zooms By 'NOW,' Snoop To Debut At No. 1

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Miami rapper Rick Ross scores his second straight chart-topper on The Billboard 200 as "Trilla" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam) debuts at No. 1. The set sold 198,000 units in the United States, according to Ni Miami rapper Rick Ross scores his seco ...

  33. Ross Lines Up New Film, Converse Commercial

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Rick Ross has new film and Converse partnership on the way this year. The MC composed the music for NBA player Dwayne Wade's last series of Converse commercials and now the pair is planning another collaboration. "We had the conve ...

  34. Ross Zooms By 'NOW,' Snoop To Debut At No. 1

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Miami rapper Rick Ross scores his second straight chart-topper on The Billboard 200 as "Trilla" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam) debuts at No. 1. The set sold 198,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, an improvement over ...

  35. Rick Ross Is Boss At No. 1

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Rick Ross heads up The Billboard 200 this week with "Trilla," while new arrivals from Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus and Fat Joe join him in the top 20 ... Two more "Now" albums bow -- "Now 27" and "Now That' ...

  36. Casely

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jean Carlos Casely isn't ashamed to admit his mother raised him with a heavy hand. Jean Carlos Casely isn't ashamed to admit his mother raised him with a heavy hand. Mama Casely not only mandated her son be involved in musical theater by t ...

  37. Qwote Debut Lined Up For Jive Release

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Qwote has signed a deal with Jive Records through a joint venture with entrepreneur Ted Lucas' Slip-N-Slide Records (Trick Daddy, Plies, Rick Ross). The release will also carry the banner of Qwote’s own production company, F ...

  38. Rap It Up

    March 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 After a three-month delay due to sample clearance issues, rapper Rick Ross is back this week with "Trilla" via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam. After a three-month delay due to sample clearance issues, rapper Rick Ross is back this week with "Tr ...

  39. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    March 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A crossover hit leads Snoop Dogg into the land of "Seduction," Paula Abdul gives "American Idol" colleague Randy Jackson a boost, Rick Ross and Fat Joe rap their way back and Kaki King makes a guitar- The first solo album in eigh ...

  40. Bun B Sets Track List For Return To 'Trill'

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The rapper previewed the 16-track set on Tuesday (March 4) at New York's Spotlight Live during an event sponsored by Zune, with whom he's teaming on a number of initiatives. Bun B has finalized the track list for his next solo album, " ...

  41. Star Rappers Help Bun B Reload For 'II Trill'

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 UGK rapper Bun B has set an April 29 release date for his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. The Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set "II Trill" is led by the single "That's Gangsta" feat UGK rapper Bun B has se ...

  42. Flo Rida Makes It Nine Straight Atop Hot 100

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Flo Rida's "Low" begins a ninth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, continuing to stave off challenges from Chris Brown's "With You" and Rihanna's "Don't Stop the Music," which hold at Nos. 2 and ...

  43. Rocko

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 His album's named "Self Made" for a reason. Rapper Rodney "Rocko" Hill gives himself plenty of credit for his booming career as an artist manager-turned-rapper. His album's named "Self Made" for a reason. Rapp ...

  44. Trina Debuts High With Single Ladies' Anthem

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Trina is notorious for her provocative, sex-filled lyrics, but it seems her mainstream fan base likes her best when she's engaging in less dirty talk and more personal chit chat. Trina is notorious for her provocative, sex-filled lyrics, but it ...

  45. Ross: Clearance Issues Caused Album Delay

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rick Ross has spoken exclusively to Billboard.com about the reason for the delay of his sophomore album, "Trilla." The set was originally expected Dec. 18 via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam, but is now due Feb. Rick Ross has spoken exclusively to Bi ...

  46. Ross: Clearance Issues Caused Album Delay

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rick Ross has spoken exclusively to Billboard.biz about the reason for the delay of his sophomore album, "Trilla." The set was originally expected Dec. 18 via Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam, but is now due Feb. 19. "We had a few clearance iss ...

  47. Flo Rida

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 When you listen to the lyrical content of Flo Rida's debut single, "Low" -- which mentions pornographic posters and smacking big booties among other wickedness -- you'd never imagine the muse behind h When you listen to the lyric ...

  48. New Rick Ross Album Bumped To February

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rick Ross has announced Feb. 19 as the new release date for his sophomore album, "Trilla." The set was initially slated for Dec. 18 and is the follow-up to his 2006 debut, "Port of Miami," via Slip-N- Rick Ross has announced Feb. ...

  49. Something For 'Free'

    November 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Originally due Oct. 9, Philadelphia rapper Freeway's long-in-the-works sophomore album, "Free At Last," will now arrive this week via Roc-A-Fella. Originally due Oct. 9, Philadelphia rapper Freeway's long-in-the-works sophomore a ...

  50. Chart Beat Chat

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Garth Brooks, T-Pain, "Across the Universe" and more! FOR A GOOD CAUSE Hello Sir, Garth Brooks is releasing his "The Ultimate Hits" CD on Nov. 6. He announced that there will be a special pink edition ...

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