1. Slow Sales Start August, Big Guns Next Week

    August 02, 2012 4:05 PM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sold, a ...

  2. The xx, Rick Ross feat. Jay-Z and Dr. Dre, and Animal Collective

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT ALTERNATIVE THE XX Angels (2:53) Producer: Jamie Smith Writer: The xx Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Young Turks "Like dreaming of angels/And leaving without them," whisper-sings Romy Madley Croft on the xx's sexy and heartbr ...

  3. 2 Chainz Takes The Throne

    August 02, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Chainz glides effortlessly across a wide Midtown Manhattan sidewalk looking like he just strutted out of central casting for the world's coolest hip-hop star. In fact, he plays the part with vigor: a crisp fedora hat, designer shades, a T-s ...

  4. Rick Ross' 'God Forgives, I Don't' Headed for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    August 01, 2012 5:52 PM EDT Rick Ross is aiming for his best sales week ever, as "God Forgives, I Don't," is tracking to sell around 200,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 5. That number -- forecasted by industry sources -- should easily claim the hip-hop k ...

  5. Rick Ross' 'God Forgives, I Don't' Selling Big, Heading for No. 1

    August 01, 2012 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rick Ross is aiming for his best sales week ever, as "God Forgives, I Don't," is tracking to sell around 200,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 5. That number -- forecasted by industry sources -- should easily claim the hip-hop kin ...

  6. Zac Brown Band Reclaims Top Spot on Billboard 200

    August 01, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Gaslight Anthem, Passion Pit score only Top 10 debuts on this week's chart. As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the new Billboard 200 chart. In turn, Zac Brown Band ' ...

  7. Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Nas Slips to No. 2

    August 01, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the new Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sol ...

  8. Rick Ross, 'God Forgives, I Don't': Track-By-Track Review

    July 31, 2012 6:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Everyone has their own story of struggle. There's no denying Rick Ross has one. He's proven so since his first debut album, "Port of Miami," which is laced with rhymes of his dope-boy days. But Ross' fifth studio album, &quo ...

  9. Four-Play: Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., Ludacris, & Schoolboy Q

    July 30, 2012 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rick Ross attests, Big K.R.I.T. gets risqué, Ludacris parties hard, and Schoolboy Q gets sentimental. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., Ludacris, and Schoolboy Q. Rick Ross reflects on his trials and ...

  10. Chart Juice: Nas Nets Ninth No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 27, 2012 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nas debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Life Is Good," securing the veteran artist his ninth topper on the tally. The set starts with a larger-than-expected 149,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and enters the Bi ...

  11. Rick Ross' 'Diced Pineapples' & 'Sixteen' Songs Leak: Listen

    July 25, 2012 6:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Less than a week before the release of Rick Ross ' "God Forgives, I Don't" album (July 31), two singles from the effort leak: "Diced Pineapples" and "Sixteen." "Diced Pineapples," produced by The Cat ...

  12. Mariah Carey Set To Pull In $18 Million As 'American Idol' Judge: Sources

    July 24, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Mariah Carey's status as American Idol's newest star judge will come with a pretty nice paycheck, as sources familiar with the negotiations confirmed she is set to make as much as $18 million for her services. Carey was confirmed as a ju ...

  13. Chart Juice: Frank Ocean Earns First No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    July 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Frank Ocean , the singer among rappers in the alternative rap collective Odd Future , plants his debut studio album, "channel ORANGE," at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 131,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With an ...

  14. Producer Mike WiLL Made It is a Self-Made Man

    July 19, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Mike WiLL Made It doesn't need a team. Since landing his first placement on Gucci Mane's 2007 mixtape, "No Pad, No Pencil," at 17, the Marietta, Ga., native has elevated his production profile without a manager or label deal, i ...

  15. Rick Ross Vs. Ricky "Freeway" Ross: Judge Rejects Warner Bros. Records' Motion to Dismiss

    July 19, 2012 10:05 AM EDT A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected an attempt by Warner Bros. Records to escape a lawsuit by former drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross that alleges his name and identity were stolen by rapper Rick Ross. "Freeway" Ro ...

  16. Nas, 'Life is Good': Track-By-Track Review

    July 17, 2012 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I know you think my life is good cause my diamond piece/ But my life been good since I started finding peace," Nas rhymes on his nostalgic 90s hip-hop, No ID produced cut, "Loco-Motive." The second verse off "Loco-Motive&qu ...

  17. Rockie Fresh: Why He Joined Rick Ross' Maybach Music Instead of Diddy's Bad Boy Ent.

    July 17, 2012 7:00 AM EDT It's been a quick ride to the top for Rockie Fresh, the latest artist to join Rick Ross' growing stable of top-flight talent with Maybach Music Group. After all, the young MC is only 21 years old and just signed his first major label dea ...

  18. Rockie Fresh: Why He Joined Rick Ross' Team Instead of Diddy's

    July 16, 2012 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's been a quick ride to the top for Rockie Fresh, the latest artist to join Rick Ross ' growing stable of top-flight talent with Maybach Music Group. After all, the young MC is only 21 years old and just signed his first major label deal ...

  19. Chris Brown, Usher: Too Pop to Stay On Top?

    July 13, 2012 2:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 this week, he also logged an unexpected accomplishment. The singer/songwriter became the second R&B hitmaker in a month to bow at No. 1 with a comparably soft launch. Chris Bro ...

  20. Chart Juice: Wale 'Bag's Fourth Top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    July 13, 2012 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Wale nabs his fourth top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Bag of Money," featuring Meek Mill , T-Pain and Rick Ross , jumps 13-9. The Greatest Gainer/Airplay earner (17 million audience impressions, up 17%, according ...

  21. Too Pop For Comfort?

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM EDT When Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 this week, he also logged an unexpected accomplishment. The singer/songwriter became the second R&B hitmaker in a month to bow at No. 1 with a comparably soft launch. Brown&# ...

  22. Mac Miller Sued By Lord Finesse Over Mixtape Sample

    July 12, 2012 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mac Miller 's meteoric rise to the top of the Billboard charts was largely fueled by mixtapes on internet buzz, but one vet of the rap game is not happy with how it happened. Lord Finesse -- part of the 1990s hip hop crew D.I.T.C. which also fe ...

  23. Mac Miller Sued By Lord Finesse Over Mixtape Sample, With Potentially Wide-Ranging Implications

    July 12, 2012 10:44 AM EDT Mac Miller's meteoric rise to the top of the Billboard charts was largely fueled by mixtapes on internet buzz, but one vet of the rap game is not happy with how it happened. Lord Finesse -- part of the 1990s hip hop crew D.I.T.C. which also f ...

  24. Chart Juice: Usher Ties Longest Reign on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    July 06, 2012 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The superstar matches his longest command, first established 15 years ago. Just when we thought it was a wrap for the sexy, Diplo-produced hit, Usher's "Climax" rebounds 2-1 for an 11th week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, where it ties f ...

  25. Linkin Park Tops Maroon 5, Scores Fifth No. 1 Album With 'Living Things'

    July 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be much clos ...

  26. Rick Ross Drops Third 'God Forgives' Single, 'Hold Me Back': Listen

    July 02, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Following a week of Maybach Music Group releases, Rick Ross drops his third single, "Hold Me Back," today (July 2). The single, from his album "God Forgives I Don't," finds Ross reiterating one of his tales of struggle withi ...

  27. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided t ...

  28. Kanye, Jay-Z Win Top BET Award, Cissy Houston Honors Daughter Whitney (Video)

    July 02, 2012 12:28 AM EDT Cissy Houston's tribute to her late daughter was the emotional highlight of Sunday's BET Awards, a show that was defined by extended bleeps and the vulgarities that censors failed to catch onstage throughout the night. Whitney Houston� ...

  29. Backbeat: EMI's Jon Platt Exits In Style At ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 30, 2012 10:45 AM EDT Former EMI Music Publishing President Jon Platt, ASCAP Vice President of Membership, Rhythm and Soul Nicole George, rapper Fabolous, ASCAP's Brandon Kitchen. (Photo: Frank Micelotta) It was a fitting conclusion to a 17-year career chapter. Af ...

  30. Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Quincy Jones took home the ASCAP Founders Award, Pharrell Williams was honored with the Golden Note Award, and EMI Music Publishing again took home the publisher of the year honor at Friday (June 29) night's 25th anniversary ASCAP Rhythm and ...

  31. Listen To DJ Khaled's New Track with Kanye West & Rick Ross

    June 28, 2012 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 On Wednesday night (June 27), hip-hop's master curator, DJ Khaled , unleashed a new track, "I Wish You Would," featuring two of his favorite superstar collaborators, Kanye West and Rick Ross . Over a beat from Hit-Boy that simultaneou ...

  32. Maybach Music Group Takes Over NYC With Album Signing & Concert

    June 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Maybach Music Group family left an unforgettable mark on two hundred NYC hopefuls, yesterday (Tuesday, June 26). Supporting the release of their second compilation album, "Self Made Vol. 2," Rick Ross and his family participated in a p ...

  33. Watch Rick Ross Eat Rare Steak in 'So Sophisticated' Video

    June 25, 2012 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rick Ross appreciates the finer things in life: the swankiest cars, the most gorgeous women, and of course, the most delectable cutlets of meat. The Miami rap kingpin takes a bite out of the rarest form of rap beef in the "So Sophisticated" ...

  34. Amy Winehouse, Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross Set for Nas' 'Life is Good'

    June 22, 2012 8:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nas will be in good company on his latest album. "Life is Good," due July 17, will feature performances from Rick Ross , Mary J. Blige , Anthony Hamilton and the late Amy Winehouse . The singer will be featured on "Cherry Wine," ...

  35. Chart Juice: Usher Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Albums Charts

    June 22, 2012 10:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 R&B is synonymous with Usher this week, as the singer dominates both Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Albums charts simultaneously for the first time since 2004. His single "Climax" remains atop the Songs tally and new set &q ...

  36. Lil Wayne Scores 100th Hit on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    June 21, 2012 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne , the ubiquitous rapper and founder of Young Money Entertainment, earns his 100th entry on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. By joining Rick Ross and Drake as featured artists on French Montana 's "Pop That," the ...

  37. Lil Wayne Scores 100th Hit on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

    June 21, 2012 10:58 AM EDT Lil Wayne, the ubiquitous rapper and founder of Young Money Entertainment, earns his 100th entry on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. By joining Rick Ross and Drake as featured artists on French Montana's "Pop That," ...

  38. French Montana's 'Excuse My French' Album Pushed to Fall

    June 16, 2012 6:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 French Montana has been steadily promoting his debut studio album, "Excuse My French," since Rick Ross revealed the album's release date on Feb. 26. But fans will have to wait longer than its initial day of release of July 17. Yesterd ...

  39. Chart Juice: Big K.R.I.T. Makes Big Debut

    June 15, 2012 1:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 For the first time in more than a year, four of the top five on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart are debuts. And, they're by four very varied artists. Big K.R.I.T. claims the No. 1 position with "Live From the Underground" ...

  40. Usher's on the Ropes in 'Lemme See' Video: Watch

    June 15, 2012 9:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Now that he's tying up the top of the charts, Usher 's roping off an on-camera flame. The S&M-influenced "Lemme See" video finds the singer's latest lover struggling out of heavy ropes before Usher arrives in bed. The re ...

  41. Maybach Music Group Holds 'Self Made Vol. 2' Album Listening at NY Strip Club

    June 14, 2012 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 "All we know how to do is be self-made," Rick Ross declared last night (Wednesday, June 13), at an exclusive listening session designed to unveil tracks from the sequel to Maybach Music Group's first collaborative album, "MMG Pre ...

  42. Album Reviews: Don Williams, Josh Turner, Usher

    June 14, 2012 2:05 PM EDT DON WILLIAMS And So It Goes Producers: Garth Fundis, Don Williams Sugar Hill Records Release Date: June 19 It's been a few years since the "Gentle Giant" has graced us with new music. But Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams ret ...

  43. French Montana Recruits Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Wayne For 'Pop That': Listen

    June 12, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Continuing to bring his mixtape flare into the mainstream, French Montana salutes the twerk team movement in his latest single "Pop That." The NY rapper brings Rick Ross , Drake , and Lil Wayne along for the fun, over a beat laced with a l ...

  44. Exclusive: Diddy Takes Over Cannes With Cassie, Rick Ross & More

    June 11, 2012 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diddy was a busy man while at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival. The Film Noir-esque short-film, "Le Premier," directed by Robert Alexander and scored by Édith Paif's "Ne Me Quitte Pas," documents Diddy's takeover wh ...

  45. Usher's 'Looking 4 Myself': Track-By-Track Review

    June 08, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Within the ever-evolving musical landscape, Usher has found a way to evolve himself, and stay two steps ahead of the game. With "Climax," the first taste from his seventh studio album "Looking 4 Myself," Usher proved he belonged ...

  46. Drake Announces 2012 OVO Fest Lineup

    June 04, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 For the third straight year, Drake is bringing a hip collection of hip-hop artists to his hometown OVO Fest, set to invade Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Aug. 5. Along with a headlining set from the "Take Care" rapper, the ...

  47. Lauryn Hill, Nas, Young Jeezy Take Over 2012 Summer Jam

    June 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After Lil' Wayne Orders Nicki Minaj to Cancel Set, Nas Steps Up, With Hill's Help, at Hot 97 Fest Hip-hop beefs aren't new to Hot 97's Summer Jam. One of the most notorious feuds was ignited on the Summer Jam stage in 2001. Jay-Z ...

  48. Nicki Minaj Cancels Hot 97 Summer Jam Performance After DJ Diss

    June 04, 2012 7:54 AM EDT Nicki Minaj did not perform as scheduled at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012 at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on Sunday (June 3), after a radio personality made a disparaging remark about the hip-hop superstar's latest hit single at the annu ...

  49. Nicki Minaj Scraps NYC Summer Jam Performance After DJ Diss

    June 03, 2012 9:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj did not perform as scheduled at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012 at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on Sunday (June 3), after a radio personality made a disparaging remark about the hip-hop superstar's latest hit single at the annual ...

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