1. Big K.R.I.T.'s 'Pay Attention' Debuts On Trending 140 Chart

    July 30, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Rapper and producer Big K.R.I.T. debuted his official single "Pay Attention" on July 25. The Jim Jonsin -produced song features Rico Love on the hook. Big K.R.I.T. Releases Rico Love-Assisted 'Pay Attention' Single: Listen In ...

  2. Big K.R.I.T. Releases Rico Love-Assisted 'Pay Attention' Single: Listen

    July 25, 2014 7:33 PM EDT Big K.R.I.T. has been intently working on his sophomore studio album, Cadillactica . Today (Friday, July 25), he gives us a taste of what's to come with his first official single, "Pay Attention." The Jim Jonsin-produced song feature ...

  3. Rico Love Recruits Pitbull For 'They Don't Know' Dance Remix: Exclusive Song Premiere

    April 08, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Rico Love changes the pace of his single, "They Don't Know," and recruits Pitbull for the dance remix. Check out the remix below, exclusively premiered here on The Juice: "Pit and I have been friends for years and it was dope ...

  4. Bubbling Under: Rico Love Goes Behind The Mic, Royal Teeth Rise

    October 04, 2013 10:13 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Rico Love, Royal Teeth, Strange Talk and T'Juan. Rico Love Having co-written ...

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  6. Backbeat: SESAC Pop Music Awards Pop Off With Michelle Williams, Swizz Beatz, Mumford's Ben Lovett; Honor Daniel Glass, Rico Love

    May 14, 2013 6:12 PM EDT SESAC hosted its 17th Annual Pop Awards last night at the New York Public Library. Rico Love captured top honors at the event taking home both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year awards for his hit, "Heart Attack" as recorded b ...

  7. 2013 Grammy Awards: R&B Album, Song Nominations

    December 21, 2012 11:15 AM EST veterans and next-generation crooners go head to head best contemporary r&b album Fortune Chris Brown LABEL: RCA Records EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Chris Brown, Tina Davis, Mark Pitts, Team Breezy PRODUCERS: The Underdogs, Fuego, Andrew "Pop&qu ...

  8. T.I.: The Billboard Cover Story

    November 26, 2012 1:00 PM EST 0 0 0 "People keep expecting me to fail. I'm going to continue to be huge." Inside the making of T.I.'s "Trouble Man." On Aug. 31, 2011, Clifford "T.I." Harris Jr. walked out of Federal Correctional Institution (FCI ...

  9. Can Sean Paul Find 'Dutty Rock' Success Once Again?

    October 19, 2012 9:30 AM EDT Get(ing) Busy: Sean Paul has just released Tomahawk Technique on VP/Atlantic records. For his fifth album "Tomahawk Technique" (VP/Atlantic) released last month, Grammy award winner Sean Paul recruited a cadre of international hit-making ...

  10. Sean Paul Talks 'Tomahawk Technique' Album, Touring & Kelly Rowland Single

    October 17, 2012 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Shortly after the release of his fifth studio album "Tomahawk Technique" (Sept. 18), Sean Paul hit the stadiums to connect with fans. "Touring helps to get people aware you're back in the building," Sean Paul told Billboard. ...

  11. Brandy, 'Two Eleven': Track-By-Track Review

    October 16, 2012 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The road to "Two Eleven," Brandy 's sixth studio album, hasn't exactly been smooth. In the years since 2008's "Human," the singer parted ways with label Epic Records when the album underperformed, took a break from ...

  12. Allow Brandy To Reintroduce Herself

    October 15, 2012 6:12 AM EDT Singer returns with new deal and first solo album in four years. After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran' ...

  13. Brandy & Reps Talk 'Two Eleven' Album & Four-Year Hiatus

    October 12, 2012 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 After spending the four years since 2008's "Human" (Epic Records) largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy Norwood is making a return to her R&B roots on the m ...

  14. Bubbling Under: McKay's 'Destiny' To Chart On Adult Contemporary?

    September 14, 2012 2:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Franklin McKay, Tulisa, $auce and Earl Bynum. Franklin McKay In a rare case of conser ...

  15. Bubbling Under: Is Franklin McKay's 'Destiny' the AC Chart? Also, Tulisa, $auce, Earl Bynum

    September 13, 2012 1:39 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Franklin McKay, Tulisa, $auce and Earl Bynum Franklin McKay In a rare case of conse ...

  16. Cassie Releases 'Balcony' Single with Young Jeezy: Listen

    September 11, 2012 7:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B songstress and Bad Boy/Interscope Records protégé Cassie has dropped another single. "Balcony," the second track from upcoming sophomore set, features rapper Young Jeezy and production from Rico Love, Earl Hood and Eric Goudy II. C ...

  17. Fashion Week NYC: Paula Abdul Sees Red at Emerson, Lianne La Havas Rocks DKNY

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The children of rock and pop royalty -- Kelly Osbourne and Madonna's daughter Lourdes -- showed off their style at Zac Posen's NYFW show. As the weekend came to a close, New York Fashion Week continued the trend of dramatic, futuristic col ...

  18. Flo Rida Is Living The Single Life

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Do Flo Rida's multiplatinum singles and weak album sales represent a new way of thinking about the business? When it comes to scoring hits, Flo Rida has it down to a science. In the Aug. 25 issue, the rapper's latest single, "Whistl ...

  19. Brandy Talks 'Wildest Dreams' Single, Possible Drake Collabo, & Touring with Monica

    August 23, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After spending the years since 2008's "Human" largely away from the recording booth -- save for a brief foray into rap, under the name Bran'Nu -- Brandy is making a strong return to her R&B roots on the melodic, vocal-driven ...

  20. Backbeat: RCA Staff, Chameleon's Breyon Prescott Preview Tracks Off Brandy's Upcoming 'Two Eleven' Album

    August 21, 2012 1:46 PM EDT Chameleon Records founder Breyon Prescott sits behind the boards at Germano Studios in Manhattan, where he and members of RCA's publicity staff previewed tracks off Brandy's new upcoming album Two Eleven . (Photo: Andrew Hampp) As Brandy ...

  21. First Listen: Breyon Prescott Previews Brandy's 'Two Eleven' Album in NYC

    August 21, 2012 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 As Brandy preps her first release for RCA Records -- "Two Eleven" (October 16) -- Breyon Prescott, founder of Chameleon Records (which will jointly release the project with RCA) previewed tracks Monday afternoon at Germano Studios in NYC. ...

  22. Exclusive: Sean Paul Sets 'Tomahawk Technique' U.S. Release Date

    August 13, 2012 1:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 'It is, in certain terms, like a rebirth,' the dancehall star says of the new disc. "Tomahawk Technique," Sean Paul 's fifth studio album, is finally hitting U.S. stores on Sept. 18 through VP/Atlantic, the Jamaican dancehal ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Brandy to Release 'Two Eleven' Album in August

    June 21, 2012 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Brandy' s follow-up to 2008's "Human" will drop on Aug. 28, the singer announced via Twitter this week. The tweet , which has since been deleted (although the message is still viewable on her Facebook page ), read simply "Tw ...

  25. Joey Montana, EMI Foray Win Big at SESAC Latina Awards

    June 21, 2012 2:05 AM EDT Joey Montana, the up-and-coming pop/urban act signed as an artist to Capitol Latin, won the songwriter of the year award at the SESAC Latina 2012 Music Awards, which took place June 20 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Montana won largely ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Backbeat: Usher Previews New Music at Pre-Billboard Music Awards Private Dinner

    May 20, 2012 4:11 PM EDT Clear Channel's Doc Wynter talks shop with Usher and manager Grace Miguel. (Photo: Kevin Ross) "I haven't seen something like this in more than 10 years," said Radio Facts editor Kevin Ross about last evening's (May 19) RC ...

  30. 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& ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Listen to Usher's New Club Single, 'Scream'

    April 26, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 After slowing things down on the brilliantly sensual "Climax," Usher has previewed his forthcoming album "Looking For Myself" with "Scream," a Max Martin and Shellback-helmed club banger released on Thursday (Apr. 26). ...

  34. Q-Tip Signs To Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Label

    April 11, 2012 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 Q-Tip , the New York hip-hop legend and former leader of A Tribe Called Quest , has signed to Kanye West 's G.O.O.D. Music imprint on Def Jam Recordings. His fourth solo effort, tentatively titled "The Last Zulu," will be released thr ...

  35. Monica, 'New Life': Track-By-Track Review

    April 10, 2012 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's true that loyal fans ride a singer's roller coaster of a career, going along with the highs and lows, the twists and turns. But it's those lows and twists that not only make for the best stories to tell once the ride ends, but sh ...

  36. Usher To Start 'Looking For Myself' in June

    March 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Usher will return with his much-anticipated seventh studio album, "Looking For Myself," on June 12, through RCA Records. The follow-up to 2010's "Raymond v. Raymond" was previewed by the Diplo-produced slow jam "Climax, ...

  37. Brianna Perry Talks Upcoming Album, Trina's Guidance & Rick Ross Collabo

    February 10, 2012 6:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Brianna Perry is all grown up. Prior to her freestyles and four mixtapes, most recently, "Face Off" (2011), Perry was featured on Trina 's "Kandi," off "Diamond Princess," (2002) when she was nine yrs. old. "A ...

  38. Backbeat: Kelly Rowland, Sylvia Rhone Honored @ Essence Black Women in Music Gala

    February 09, 2012 10:17 AM EST Honorees Sylvia Rhone, former Motown chief, and rising icon Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child fame. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) Grammy Week revved up in earnest last night (Feb. 8) with two key events; the Recording Academy's Producer ...

  39. Brandy, Monica Reunite For New Single, 'It All Belongs To Me': Listen

    February 06, 2012 5:35 PM EST 0 0 0 Finally! Brandy and Monica reunite fourteen years after their Hot 100 No. 1, "The Boy Is Mine." On "It All Belongs To Me," produced and written by Rico Love, the R&B femmes join forces to kick their wrong-doing lovers to the ...

  40. Brandy and Monica Reunite For First New Single in 14 Years

    January 17, 2012 4:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Fourteen years after the massive success of "The Boy Is Mine," Monica and Brandy -- the '90s R&B sensations who helped keep the song at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for 13 weeks in 1998 -- are back with a new collaboration. The song, dubb ...

  41. The Boy's Still Theirs: Brandy and Monica Make Studio Reunion

    January 09, 2012 10:11 PM EST 0 0 0 It's been 14 years since R&B singers Brandy and Monica battled over a man in "The Boy is Mine," a track that topped the Hot 100 for 13 weeks -- but the dynamic duo is back. Monica tweeted pictures of the pair in a Miami studio on ...

  42. Brandy Discusses New Album, How Frank Ocean 'Inspired' Her

    December 16, 2011 3:25 PM EST 0 0 0 With an extended run on the BET sitcom "The Game" beginning in January and a role in Tyler Perry's upcoming film "The Marriage Counselor," Brandy is devoting a large chunk of 2012 to the expansion of her acting repertoire. H ...

  43. Mary J. Blige Finds 'Mr. Wrong' With Drake's Help

    October 26, 2011 6:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 For the latest off of "My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act I)" (Nov. 21), Mary J. Blige sings about always attracting the wrong kind of man. The Queen of Hip Hop Soul stopped by Angie Martinez's Hot97 show to debut the track that ...

  44. Melanie Fiona Talks New Album, Mixtape & Love: Video

    August 26, 2011 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 "It's a lot of reflection on love," Melanie Fiona says of her sophomore album, "The MF Life" (Oct. 25). A year after her debut album, "The Bridge," Melanie Fiona returns with an emotional rollercoaster of an album. ...

  45. Kelly Rowland Talks Destiny's Child Reunion, Working With Lil Wayne & David Guetta

    July 25, 2011 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kelly Rowland discussed Destiny's Child , the leak of her new album, and working with Lil Wayne and David Guetta when she stopped by Billboard.com for a Live Q&A Monday (July 25) -- the day before her third solo album, "Here I Am," ...

  46. Kelly Rowland's 'Here I Am' Track Listing Revealed

    June 29, 2011 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 While Kelly Rowland sits pretty at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for her first single, "Motivation," the track listing for her third album "Here I Am" is revealed. In addition to Lil Wayne 's guest spot, "Her ...

  47. Kelly Rowland Recruits Big Sean for Second Single, 'Lay It on Me': Listen

    June 14, 2011 3:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Following the success of yet another week atop of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with Lil Wayne assisted smash "Motivation," Kelly Rowland changes tempos and rappers on her second single, "Lay It on Me." Chart Juice: Kelly Rowla ...

  48. Billboard Bits: Xtina & Adam Levine Duet, Chris Colfer to Pen Young Adult Novels

    June 09, 2011 6:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Christina Aguilera & Adam Levine Bring 'Voices' Together for Duet In her upcoming Us Weekly cover story, Christina Aguilera reveals that she and fellow &quo ...

  49. Chart Juice: Kelly Rowland Hits No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    May 27, 2011 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 After ten weeks on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Kelly Rowland has scored the No. 1 spot on the chart with her seductive R&B hit, "Motivation," featuring Lil Wayne . Exclusive: Kelly Rowland Unveils Album Title "Motivation,&quo ...

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