1. Chart Highlights: Rodney Atkins Takes 'Back Road' To No. 1 On Country Songs

    September 19, 2011 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts on the surveys listed below. All our charts are refreshed on billboard.com every Thursday. Pop Songs *** No. ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Backbeat: Vice Pulls Out the Stops for Lavish 'Upfront' Party; Rick Ross, Death From Above 1979, More Perform

    September 16, 2011 1:32 PM EDT (Photo: Bryan Derballa ) BROOKLYN, New York -- After spending much of the last decade being misrepresented by an unintuitive, clunky website -- Viceland.com -- and having its subsequent endeavors fractured across multiple late-coming sites (VBS.tv ...

  4. Four-Play: J. Cole, Frank Ocean, Monica and Lloyd

    September 15, 2011 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 J. Cole heads to Barbados, Frank Ocean plays nurse, Monica flaunts her fashion and Lloyd salutes old-school soul. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring J. Cole, Frank Ocean, Monica and Lloyd. J. Cole and Trey Songz head to Rihan ...

  5. Drake Releases Two New Songs & Remixes Waka Flocka Flame: Listen

    September 12, 2011 8:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 After spinning at Versace for Fashion's Night Out, Drake released two new songs, "Club Paradise" and "Free Spirit," and a remix to Waka Flocka Flame 's "Round of Applause." "Club Paradise," produced ...

  6. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold and lands 11 songs on the Hot 100 , Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, whic ...

  7. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 08, 2011 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold, Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which were officially announced on Thursd ...

  8. Cash Money Goes Pop with Signing of Savvy

    September 03, 2011 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 There's no doubt that Cash Money Records has solidified its status as one of hip-hop's most successful labels. With such acts as the Hot Boys , Juvenile and Birdman laying the foundation, Cash Money has since powered up a franchise that in ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Maybach Music Being Sued for 'Teflon Don' Name

    August 29, 2011 5:32 PM EDT Rick Ross is getting sued, yet again, for trademark infringement, except this time it's for his album title name not his own. Rapper Teflon Don, born Donald Askey Jr., filed a lawsuit today (Aug. 30) against Ross, also naming DJ Khaled, Def J ...

  12. Rick Ross, DJ Khaled & More Being Sued for 'Teflon Don' Name

    August 29, 2011 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rick Ross is getting sued, yet again, for trademark infringement, except this time it's for his album title name not his own. Rapper Teflon Don, born Donald Askey Jr., filed a lawsuit today (Aug. 30) against Ross, also naming DJ Khaled , Def Ja ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 'Gang Violence' at VMAs? Kreayshawn Talks Tiff With Rick Ross' Camp at VMAs

    August 29, 2011 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Minutes after Kreayshawn 's manager Stretch got into a tiff with a member from Rick Ross ' camp on the 2011 MTV VMAs black carpet, Billboard.com spoke with the Oakland rapper on the matter. Kreayshawn's Twitter Gets Hacked; 'Priv ...

  15. Lil Wayne Closes 2011 MTV VMAs Like a Rock Star: Watch

    August 29, 2011 12:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Three years ago I was summoned from Toronto, Canada to Houston, Texas to meet a man that would eventually change my life," Drake said of Lil Wayne before bringing the YMCMB rapper onto the stage. Weezy, in leopard jeggings pants, closed t ...

  16. DJ Khaled & Rick Ross Live on the Red Carpet VMA'S 2011

    DJ Khaled & Rick Ross Live on the Red Carpet VMA'S 2011

    August 29, 2011 12:34 AM EDT 0 0 0 DJ Khaled & Rick Ross Live on the Red Carpet VMA'S 2011 DJ Khaled , Rick Ross , featuredVideo1 , vmas , Rick Ross Live , DJ Khaled , Rick Ross Videos Rick Ross Live DJ Khaled Rick Ross ...

  17. Lil Wayne Logs Hot 100's Biggest Bow, Katy Perry Still No. 1

    August 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 Katy Perry remains atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)," her historic fifth No. 1 from her album "Teenage Dream," while Lil Wayne leaps onto the survey at No. 3 with the latest single f ...

  18. Billboard Bits: Gaga Getting 'Simpsons'-fied, New Tom Waits Album On The Way

    August 23, 2011 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga to Guest Star on 'The Simpsons' Lady Gaga will guest star on the 'Simpsons' during the long-running show's 23rd season. Gaga will play ...

  19. Watch Lil Wayne on the VMAs, Then Buy His Album

    August 22, 2011 9:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne is hoping his performance on the MTV Video Music Awards will be so good, fans will rush out and get his new album: The rapper is making it digitally available at midnight after Sunday's show. "Tha Carter IV" will be availabl ...

  20. The Game Tangles With the Law, Preps Fourth Album

    August 19, 2011 8:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 For about two hours on a recent Friday in August, the Compton, Calif., sheriff's station was bombarded with calls. But the flurry of activity wasn't due to a catastrophic emergency. It was due to a tweet. At 5:23 p.m. on Aug. 12, a tweet w ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Billboard Bits: Bruno Mars Joins MTV VMAs Lineup, Kanye West Slips Onstage

    August 11, 2011 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Bruno Mars Added to MTV Video Music Awards Bruno Mars is the latest artist to join the lineup of performers at the MTV Video Music Awards, following previously announced ...

  23. Jay-Z Tops Forbes Hip-Hop Rich List Yet Again

    August 10, 2011 9:47 AM EDT 0 0 0 With all the news about his brand-new collaboration with Kanye West , "Watch the Throne," we almost overlooked the fact that Jay-Z topped the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash King list yet again. His take over the past 12 months? $37 million. 'Wat ...

  24. Billboard Bits: Weezy Helps Universal Lock Down Top Four Chart Spots, JoBros Will Reunite 'Eventually'

    August 09, 2011 7:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lil Wayne Helps Universal Lock Down Top Four Spots on R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Universal Republic becomes the first record company to lock down the top four spots on Billboa ...

  25. Ace Hood: I 'Put It On the Line' on 'Blood Sweat & Tears'

    August 07, 2011 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Blood, Sweat & Tears" is a daunting title for a third release, but for Ace Hood it's the perfect phrase to describe his struggle -- not as a young man growing up in South Florida's Broward County, but as the flagship artist ...

  26. DMX Working 'Nonstop' on New Album, Calls Current Hip-Hop 'Too Corny'

    August 02, 2011 12:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 Two weeks after finishing a seven-month prison sentence, DMX tells Billboard.com that he's been working "nonstop, every day" on his seventh album, which he hopes to put out before December. "I kind of took it back to how I felt o ...

  27. Drake vs. Young Jeezy: Which Single is Better?

    August 01, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With the release of Drake 's "Headlines" and Young Jeezy 's "Shake Life" over the past week, rap fans have been given previews of two highly anticipated fall hip-hop albums. Only one question remains: which single is be ...

  28. The Weeknd Makes Performance Debut in Toronto: Watch

    July 25, 2011 1:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Yesterday (July 24), The Weeknd made his performance debut at the Mod Club in his hometown of Toronto. The singer-songwriter performed his latests, "The Birds (Part 1)" and "Rolling Stone" and ran through cuts from his mixtape, & ...

  29. Blake Shelton's 'River' Runs to No. 1 on Billboard 200

    July 20, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Blake Shelton is more popular than ever. The country singer-turned-"Voice" coach celebrates his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Red River Blue" bows atop the list with 116,000 -- his best sales week yet. While in ...

  30. DJ Khaled Talks 'We the Best Forever': Video Track-By-Track

    July 19, 2011 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's truth to DJ Khaled 's words. "I live at Billboard. Check the charts. I've been there for seven years straight," DJ Khaled tells Billboard.com the day before the release of "We the Best Forever" (July 18). D ...

  31. Drake Cancels Concert over Family Death

    July 15, 2011 2:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Drake has canceled a concert set for Saturday night (July 16) in Orlando Fla. due to a death in his family. A rep for the 24-year-old rapper has issued the following statement: "We regret to announce that Drake will not be able to take the stag ...

  32. Chart Juice: Monica's First Single Debuts on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Without Lil' Kim

    July 14, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 One week after hitting the 'net, Monica 's first single, "Anything (To Find You)," featuring Rick Ross , debuts on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 71. The track from Monica's upcoming seventh studio album, "New Life" ...

  33. Chart Juice: DJ Khaled's 'I'm On One' Hits No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    July 07, 2011 6:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 DJ Khaled 's first single, "I'm On One," off "We The Best Forever" has been on heavy rotation coast to coast, since debuting No. 60 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on May, 28. After eight weeks on the charts, "I ...

  34. DJ Khaled Drops Visuals for 'I'm On One': Watch

    June 27, 2011 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Before performing the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hit on the 2011 BET Awards, DJ Khaled dropped the visuals for "I'm On One," featuring Drake , Rick Ross and Lil Wayne . DJ Khaled: Behind the Scenes with Hip-Hop's Anthem King Why does ...

  35. Mary J. Blige Debuts New Song at 2011 BET Awards: Watch

    June 27, 2011 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige opened the 2011 BET Awards last night (June 26), performing vintage songs such as "You Bring Me Joy" and "Real Love." Mary then brought out her first guest Anita Baker to perform the classic, "Caught Up in the ...

  36. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 8:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilarious ...

  37. Four-Play: Jennifer Hudson, Estelle, Rick Ross & Karmin

    June 24, 2011 4:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jennifer Hudson stands her ground, Estelle and Rick Ross lap in a life of luxury, Lil Wayne and the Bawse get creative with their iPhones and Karmin cover another hip-hop classic. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Jennifer H ...

  38. Jagged Edge Talks Hiatus, New Album and Jermaine Dupri

    June 22, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Real R&B was brought back to NYC last night (June 21) as Jagged Edge took the stage to celebrate the release of their new album, "The Remedy." Clad in red shirts and black vests, they performed vintage hits and the album's first s ...

  39. DMX Leaving Jail Next Month, Working on New Album

    June 21, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 In "twenty eight days," DMX , born Earl Simmons, will be home after spending more than six months in jail, initially a year long sentence, for violating his probation in November, 2010. DMX Moved to Mental Health Unit After several run-ins ...

  40. Press Play: The Game, Curren$y, J. Cole & The Weeknd

    June 17, 2011 4:50 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 our playlist featuring The Game , J. Cole , Curren$y and The Weeknd . The Game - "Bottles & Rockin' J' ...

  41. Erykah Badu, Rick Ross Perform at Tupac Birthday Show in Atlanta

    June 17, 2011 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Even though rapper Rick Ross lacked a father figure growing up, he found guidance through many of Tupac Shakur 's songs that taught him how to approach life as a young man. So when Ross was asked to perform at Shakur's 40th birthday concer ...

  42. Britney Spears' 'I Wanna Go' Video to Premiere Next Wednesday

    June 16, 2011 7:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Britney Spears' official "I Wanna Go" video will make its MTV premiere at 6 a.m. ET Wednesday (June 22), sliding in just in time to qualify for this year's Video Music Awards. The eligibility period for the MTV Video Awards close ...

  43. Big Sean Previews 'Finally Famous' with Kanye West, Kid Cudi & More

    June 08, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 B ig Sean has been working non-stop since he spit 16 bars to his mentor, Kanye West at Detriot's Hot 102.7 FM WHTD radio station in 2005. Fast forward to six years later and a "Finally Famous" mixtape trilogy. Yesterday (June 7), Big ...

  44. Chris Brown Does the Dougie at 'Summer Jam 2011': Watch

    June 06, 2011 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Yesterday (June 5), Hot 97's 'Summer Jam 2011' delivered memorable performances from heavy weights such as Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, and more. But the title for stand-out performance of the night goes to Chris Brown. See Photos of Hot 97 ...

  45. Kanye West Releases Final Version of 'Monster': Watch

    June 06, 2011 1:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Finally! Yesterday (June 5), Kanye West released the finished video to one of the most anticipated posse cuts of last year, "Monster," featuring Rick Ross , Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj . We got a glimpse of the glam horror scenes when an unfinis ...

  46. Chris Brown, Rick Ross Steal 'Summer Jam 2011' Show

    June 06, 2011 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 With a powerful roster that included Lil Wayne , Rick Ross , and Chris Brown , hip-hop reigned supreme at 'Summer Jam 2011' last night, June 5. Before the main event, Big K.R.I.T. , Big Sean , Pusha T and Ace Hood hit the stage to warm up ...

  47. Hot 97's 'Summer Jam 2011' Live: Watch

    June 05, 2011 4:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 You weren't able to buy a ticket for 'Summer Jam 2011'? Don't worry, we have you covered. Hot 97 and Miss Info.tv are live streaming the entire show and backstage interviews for the first time! Sit back, relax, and catch the sold ...

  48. Chart Juice: DJ Khaled's 'One' Hits Top 10, Adele Debuts

    June 04, 2011 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "I'm On One," DJ Khaled 's latest all-star rap opus, notches the producer his third top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart as it moves 21-10 on this week's tally. The posse cut, which features Lil Wayne , Rick Ross and Dr ...

  49. Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter IV' Release Pushed to August

    June 02, 2011 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 L il Wayne 's "Tha Carter IV" release date has been pushed back again, a source confirms to Billboard.com. The highly anticipated set will now hit stores on Aug. 29, over two months after its last announced release date of June 21. &q ...

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