1. 2012's Brightest New Stars (So Far): Page 3

    June 01, 2012 9:55 AM EDT 0 Chart Article Emeli Sande Emeli Sande is still a new face to many American listeners, but the Scottish songstress will soon be making a splash on this side of the pond. After some guest appearances and a hit single in the U.K. in 2011, Sande's debu ...

  2. Freshman Haze: Sneakbo

    May 31, 2012 10:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 The UK hip-hop scene has had a facelift in recent years, mainly due to the rising rappers who have come in and taken over the 'net with their dark street tales and original swag. One of the leaders of this new wave is Sneakbo , an artist of Nig ...

  3. Inside Warner/Chappell's Urban Renewal

    May 31, 2012 6:55 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music's ­renewed thrust into R&B and hip-hop is gaining momentum. During most of 2012's first four months, its songwriters had a share in five of the strongest tracks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs char ...

  4. Meek Mill Talks 'Dreamchasers 2' Mixtape, Nas Collabo & Roc Nation Deal

    May 30, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 When he isn't in the studio or on the road, Meek Mill prefers to be in the streets. The 25-year-old rapper, known for his punctuated style, has taken his love of motocross bikes to the Internet through a partnership with iPhone app VIDDY, servi ...

  5. Rico Love Talks Working With Diddy, Rick Ross & Usher's 'Looking 4 Myself' Album

    May 29, 2012 2:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 This month has been memorable for Rico Love. After celebrating his second win for Songwriter of the Year at SESAC Annual POP awards on May 10, Rico Love's latest effort, Rick Ross ' "Touch 'N You," debuted at No. 74 on the R ...

  6. Chart Juice: Rick Ross, Usher Bound Up R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 25, 2012 12:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rick Ross ' "Touch 'N You," which features Usher in a role reversal situation from their other current collaboration (Usher's "Lemme See" features Ross), earns Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors on R&B/Hip-Hop Song ...

  7. Omarion On His Fresh Start: 'No One Stays Hot Forever'

    May 25, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 'Maybach O' Talks Rick Ross and 'Transitioning Through Peaks and Valleys' Less than a year ago, Omarion 's music career was at a stand-still. Now, when he's on the street, people congratulate him by hollering the phrase ...

  8. Summer Music Preview: In Bloom

    May 24, 2012 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 AZEALIA BANKS Album title: 1991 EP Label: Interscope/Polydor Management: Troy Carter, ­Coalition Media Group Release date: May 29 Azealia Banks has quickly become hip-hop's darling. Back in December, the Harlem rapstress burst onto the scene with ...

  9. Summer Music Preview: Hip-Hop, And It Don't Stop

    May 24, 2012 6:50 PM EDT 0 0 Waka Flocka Flame Album title: Triple F Life: Fans, Friends & Family Label: Brick Squad Monopoly/ Warner Bros. Management: Debra Antney, Mizay Entertainment Release date: June 12 Driven by the street anthem "Hard in Da Paint," Atlanta-by ...

  10. Sony Overtaking Universal in Market Share? It Already Happened in March

    May 24, 2012 6:25 PM EDT If the media wants to write about the possibility of Sony Music Entertainment overtaking Universal Music Group in U.S. market-share rankings , maybe they should have done so when Sony actually accomplished that feat back in March , as detailed in ...

  11. Single Reviews: Passion Pit, Rick Ross, Little Big Town

    May 23, 2012 5:05 PM EDT 0 0 Passion Pit Take a Walk (4:23) Producers: Chris Zane, Michael Angelakos Writer: M. Angelakos Publishers: Boat Builder Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Songs (BMI) Columbia From laptop-based bedroom project to major-label act, Passion Pit has enjoyed an impr ...

  12. Kanye West, the Throne, Beyonce Lead BET Awards Nominations

    May 22, 2012 7:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 BET Awards viewers will be watching the Throne. Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaboration has five nominations at this year's ceremony, including Best Group, Best Collaboration and two nominations for Video of the Year ("N***as in Paris&q ...

  13. Chart Moves: Jennifer Lopez's 'Dance Again' Rebounds, 2Chainz's 'No Lie' Debuts on Hot 100

    May 18, 2012 7:14 AM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported, Train's "Drive By" chugs into the Billboard Hot 100's top 10 in its 18th week, marking the longest ascent to the top 10 this year, while Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to ...

  14. Chart Juice: Tank Takes No. 1 Spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    May 17, 2012 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B crooner Tank debuts his fifth studio album, "This Is How I Feel," at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with 33,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the Washington, D.C., native's third album ...

  15. Listen to Rick Ross' New Usher-Assisted Single, 'Touch'N You'

    May 15, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rick Ross and Usher , who recently collaborated on the latter's "Looking 4 Myself" single "Lemme See," have once again teamed up for the Boss' first "God Forgives, I Don't" single. "Touch'N You& ...

  16. Photos: Usher Honors Rico Love; Melanie Fiona Raises the Roof; Jacob Luttrell, EMI Win Big at SESAC Awards

    May 11, 2012 5:08 PM EDT The winners: From left: SESAC song of the year winner for "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" sung by Enrique Iglesias Jacob Luttrell; inspiration award winner Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; songwriter of he year Rico Love. (Photo: Shawn Ehl ...

  17. Spotify's Artist In Residence DA Wallach on Apps, Artist Services, and What His Job Title Means

    May 10, 2012 1:40 PM EDT DA Wallach, half of the pop-rock duo Chester French and Spotify's official artist in residence. As one of its many efforts to make itself a different kind of music-subscription service, Spotify brought in an official "artist in residence ...

  18. Mary J. Blige and Rick Ross Wonder 'Why': Watch

    May 09, 2012 3:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Why can't we get it right no matter how hard we try?" Mary J. Blige sings in her single "Why?" The latest track from her album "My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act II)" features Maybach Music Group's head h ...

  19. Drake Kicks Off 'Club Paradise' Tour in Bay Area

    May 08, 2012 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Drake 's long-running 'Club Paradise' tour has been a study of unity and strategy. On both incarnations of the tour, he's assembled a collective of potential rivals and enrolled them as allies. With Kendrick Lamar and A$AP Rocky ...

  20. Drake's 'Club Paradise' Collabo Playlist: Listen

    May 07, 2012 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ever since Drake announced "The Club Paradise" U.S. tour in March, heads started spinning with the possible collaborations that will hit the stage. Drake is bringing J. Cole , Waka Flocka Flame , Meek Mill , 2 Chainz and French Montana alo ...

  21. Usher: The Billboard Cover Story

    May 07, 2012 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 The R&B Superstar Aims to Blend Genres on 'Looking 4 Myself' While Keeping Core Audience Kale salad. Steamed spinach. Lean protein-organic, no hormones or antibiotics. No sugar. No carbs. It may sound like the latest celebrity torture ...

  22. Rick Ross Has 'Clinical Direction' To New Signings, Says Def Jam President

    May 04, 2012 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 On May 2, Rick Ross and the major players of his Maybach Music Group label assembled at New York's Eventi Hotel to announce the upcoming plans and further expansion of the Warner Bros. hip-hop imprint. MMG's next posse album, "Self Ma ...

  23. Nicki Minaj to Headline Hot 97's 'Summer Jam 2012'

    May 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Before embarking on her 14-day North American tour, Nicki Minaj will headline Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012. Earlier today (May 3), Hot 97 announced the line up which, aside from Minaj, includes: Rick Ross , Waka Flocka , 2 Chainz , Young Jeezy , ...

  24. Chart Juice: R. Kelly Feels the 'Love' at No. 1 on Adult R&B

    May 03, 2012 5:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 R. Kelly nabs another No. 1 on Billboard's Adult R&B airplay chart (viewable at billboard.biz), as "Share My Love" swims to the top spot. "Share My Love" becomes Kelly's first No. 1 on the list since the title track ...

  25. Nicki Minaj to Headline Hot 97's 'Summer Jam 2012'

    May 03, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Before embarking on her 14-day North American tour, Nicki Minaj will headline Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012. Earlier today (May 3), Hot 97 announced the line up which, aside from Minaj, includes: Rick Ross , Waka Flocka , 2 Chainz , Young Jeezy , Fr ...

  26. Maybach Music Day: Label Signs Omarion, Sets Rick Ross Album Release Date

    May 02, 2012 5:47 PM EDT As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines. Is Rick Ross signing Omarion ? Is Rick Ross signing Ma ...

  27. Maybach Music Day: Label Signs Omarion, Sets Rick Ross Album Release Date

    May 02, 2012 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 As soon as an invite to a Maybach Music Group -- Rick Ross ' Warner Bros. imprint -- press conference hit many inboxes, theories of what would be discussed sprung up across many timelines. Is Rick Ross signing Omarion ? "Is Rick Ross signi ...

  28. T.I., 2 Chainz & More Struggle to Keep Mixtape Music off iTunes, Amazon

    April 30, 2012 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 "No one should be seeing money off of a T.I. record if we're not seeing money off of that, period," Grand Hustle's Jason Geter says. A version of T.I. 's single "I'm Flexin'" has sold 2,000 copies, accord ...

  29. Usher, Rick Ross Team Up On 'Lemme See': Listen

    April 30, 2012 12:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Four days after releasing his second single, "Scream," Usher gives us another taste of his forthcoming album, "Looking For Myself" (June 12), with the seductive, mid-tempo, "Lemme See." "She say she wanna take her ...

  30. Usher Previews 'Looking For Myself' Album In NYC

    April 28, 2012 10:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sometimes musical artists forget how to keep their craft fresh without losing themselves in gimmicks and trends. Fortunately, after 15 years of dominating popular music, Usher still knows how to think ahead of the game without losing himself, his fa ...

  31. Usher Previews 'Looking For Myself' Album In NYC

    April 28, 2012 7:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sometimes musical artists forget how to keep their craft fresh without losing themselves in gimmicks and trends. Fortunately, after 15 years of dominating popular music, Usher still knows how to think ahead of the game without losing himself, his fa ...

  32. Mase Teases Return to Music

    April 27, 2012 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I'm not sure what kind of decisions he's going to make, [but] I would love to see him in my camp," French Montana says. On April 17, SpiffTV Films-the production company that shoots most of the videos for Rick Ross ' Maybac ...

  33. Chart Juice: Future Is Here, SWV Returns

    April 27, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Future debuts at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his first studio set, "Pluto," with sales of 41,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Future has released numerous mixtapes since 2010 and has notched nine hits on the ...

  34. NBA Playoff Songs: 16 Anthems For the First Round

    April 27, 2012 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 From Lady Gaga to Wu-Tang, These Tracks Represent The NBA's Best With the National Basketball Association's regular season ending triumphantly on Thursday night (Apr. 26), the real fun begins -- at least it does for the 16 teams left stand ...

  35. Drake Was 'Down' on 'Take Care,' Says Third Album Will Be Different

    April 24, 2012 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 After the "down" tone that pervaded his chart-topping sophomore album, 2011's "Take Care," Drake says he's charting a different course for his next outing, which he's already started recording. "I think my moo ...

  36. Chris Brown Delays 'Fortune' Album

    April 23, 2012 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Although having already released three tracks from, "Fortune," Chris Brown is pushing back his fifth studio album from May 8 to July 3. "Team Breezy! The official album date for FORTUNE is July 3, 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!," Brown tweeted ...

  37. Chart Juice: Usher's 'Climax' Reaches R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Peak

    April 22, 2012 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Usher notches his 12th No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Climax" steps 2-1 with 31 million audience impressions (up 8%), according to Nielsen BDS. The song is Usher's first single from his forthcoming seventh studio album, "Loo ...

  38. Missy Elliott and Timbaland Debut New Song in NYC

    April 06, 2012 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last night (April 5), Missy Elliott and Timbaland reunited on stage to perform a new song at Hennessey's 'White Rabbit' campaign launch event in NYC. The untitled cut samples lyrics from Run D.M.C. 's "Here We Go (Live at th ...

  39. Listen: Kanye West's Five Best GOOD Friday Songs

    April 06, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Friday (Apr. 6) -- the actual Good Friday holiday -- Kanye West revived his GOOD Friday release series , which features a new single posted online every Friday as a free giveaway to the rapper's rabid fans, with "Mercy," a new trac ...

  40. Kanye West and DJ Khaled Release 'Theraflu' Song: Listen

    April 04, 2012 10:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hours after the G.O.O.D. Friday announcement , Kanye West gave his fans a great Wednesday night: "Theraflu," a new collaboration with DJ Khaled, premiered on Funkmaster Flex's radio show on Wednesday (April 4). Produced by Hit-Boy, wh ...

  41. Chart Highlights: Beyonce 'On Top' of Dance/Club Play Songs

    April 02, 2012 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bey banks her 18th No. 1 on Dance/Club Play Songs, moving her within one of Janet Jackson for the seond-most leaders in the chart's history. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the t ...

  42. Nicki Minaj, 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded': Track-By-Track Review

    March 29, 2012 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I always thought I could write pop songs for someone else or I could write R&B records for someone else, but I didn't think that people would accept me writing those type of songs and me singing them and just being who I am," Nic ...

  43. DJ Khaled Taps Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne For 'Take It to The Head'

    March 27, 2012 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's no denying that DJ Khaled knows how to lace a hit. Yesterday (March 26), Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex premiered the first taste of Khaled's sixth studio album, "Kiss the Ring," titled "Take it to the Head." Kha ...

  44. Chart Highlights: Adele, Taylor Swift, Madonna Notch New No. 1s

    March 19, 2012 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Adele ascends to the Adult Contemporary summit, Swift crowns Country Songs and Madonna is the dancing queen again Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and d ...

  45. Nicki Minaj Reveals 'Roman' Track List, Announces European Tour

    March 19, 2012 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 After tapping artists like Rihanna , Eminem , Will.i.am and Kanye West for her 2010 debut "Pink Friday," Nicki Minaj revealed a guest-heavy track list for her highly anticipated sophomore disc, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded," last ...

  46. SXSW 2012: 10 Things Seen and Heard Friday

    March 17, 2012 12:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Who forgot their lyrics? Who had synchronized dance moves? And who had Bill Murray rocking out in the crowd? Here are 10 things from Friday's South By Southwest that you might have missed -- even if you were in the audience. 1. As he promised, ...

  47. T.I. and B.o.B Steal Warner SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "South By South West, what's happenin'?" T.I. yelled out, as he greeted the eager audience at Thursday night's (March 15) Warner Music Group showcase in Austin, Texas. Massive lines formed around the block of downtown venue ...

  48. What Role Did Rick Ross Play in Joie Manda's Appointment as Def Jam President?

    March 14, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Early today, Def Jam Recordings announced that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda will be the label's new president -- the first since Jay-Z vacated the position on Christmas Eve, 2007. Although it's unclear when talks be ...

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