1. 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 ...

  2. Waka Flocka Flame: Don't Turn To My Album For Great Lyrics

    June 12, 2012 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Becomes A More Visible Presence on 'Triple F Life' Waka Flocka Flame 's 2010 debut album, "Flockaveli," was filled with muscular production, fiery rhymes and stupefying yet catchy-as-hell hooks (sample chorus: "P ...

  3. Waka Flocka Flame 'Still the King of Clubs' with Sophomore Release

    June 07, 2012 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 Waka Flocka Flame's 2010 debut album, "Flockaveli," was filled with muscular production, fiery rhymes and stupefying yet catchy-as-hell hooks (sample chorus: "Pow, pow, pow, pow/Bitch, I'm bustin' at 'em!"). For ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Rapper Slim Dunkin Shot Dead in Atlanta

    December 17, 2011 12:42 AM EST 0 0 0 Atlanta police say the rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down Friday evening in a city music studio as he prepared to record a video. Police Maj. Keith Meadows said the performer, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot in the chest after ge ...

  6. Backbeat: Roscoe Dash Dishes The 'J.U.I.C.E.' At Exclusive Listening Party

    December 06, 2011 7:23 AM EST Upgrade From Baloney: Roscoe Dash At Jungle City Studios. (Photo: The Chamber Group) Chamber Group , the NY-based agency behind the success of Drake and Big Boi, held an intimate, after-work listening session for "J.U.I.C.E.," the upcomi ...

  7. Chart Juice: Wale Debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 10, 2011 6:05 PM EST 0 0 0 While Wale may have just missed the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, where he launches at No. 2, the Washington, D.C., native's sophomore album, "Ambition," debuts at No.1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with opening-week sales of ...

  8. Roscoe Dash Is Out to Prove He's More Than Hooks With the 'J.U.I.C.E.'

    November 10, 2011 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In 2010, Roscoe Dash exploded on to the hip-hop scene with catchy anthemic hooks on hits like Waka Flocka Flame 's "No Hands" and songs of his own like "All The Way Turnt Up," featuring Soulja Boy . A year after his unfinish ...

  9. Chart Juice: Kanye West and Jay-Z Earn First 'Watch the Throne' No. 1 Single

    November 03, 2011 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Ni**as in Paris" becomes the first song from Kanye West and Jay-Z 's collaborative album "Watch the Throne" to reach No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as the song rises 2-1. Jay-Z and Kanye West's ...

  10. Love Doctor: Big Sean Answers Fan's Questions on a 'Special Someone,' Southern Cuisine & Strippers

    October 12, 2011 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Big Sean can't help but bite his knuckles when a haute lady walks on set. You don't believe us? Check out the Hype Williams directed video for his second single, " Marvin & Chardonnay ," featuring Roscoe Dash and Kanye West . ...

  11. Four-Play: Kid Cudi, The Knux, DJ Drama and Big Sean

    September 08, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Cudi fights back, The Knux chase a model from morning to night, DJ Drama calls on the guys, and Big Sean loves his ladies in bright colors. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Kid Cudi, The Knux, DJ Drama and Big Sean. Kid ...

  12. Big Sean Talks Upcoming Video & Tour, Kelly Rowland & 'Watch the Throne'

    July 28, 2011 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Big Sean has had little time to rest after the release of his first studio album, "Finally Famous." The 23-year-old rapper has been touring alongside Wiz Khalifa , lacing tracks with Kelly Rowland ("Lay It On Me), releasing collaborat ...

  13. Big Sean 'Finally Famous,' Preps Tour with Wiz Khalifa

    July 03, 2011 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "So the last shall be first, and the first, last." So goes the passage from the book of Matthew in the King James Bible. But scripture wasn't on the mind of Island Def Jam/G.O.O.D. Music rapper Big Sean when he wrote "My Last,&qu ...

  14. Big Sean Brings Out Kanye West, Pusha T & More in NYC

    June 22, 2011 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hip-hop adoring masses piled into NYC venue Irving Plaza last night (June 21) to catch a glimpse of Kanye West 's protégé, Big Sean . The 23 yr. old stormed onto the stage to Ye's "All of the Lights" Remix, which features Sean, h ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Yung Berg: 'Derrick Rose' Song Is My 'Black and Yellow'

    May 04, 2011 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Before Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose officially became the NBA's youngest Most Valuable Player winner on Tuesday (May 3), fellow hometown native Yung Berg had already honored the basketball star with "Derrick Rose," a new sin ...

  17. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj's No. 1 Trifecta

    February 17, 2011 4:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj picks up her first chart-topper on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Moment 4 Life," featuring Drake , as the song steps up 2-1 in its 12th week (36.5 million listener impressions, up 7%, according to Nielsen BDS). The milestone come ...

  18. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Jamie Foxx & Drake Break Songz's Streak

    February 03, 2011 6:44 PM EST 0 0 0 There's a new King on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week as Jamie Foxx 's "Fall For Your Type," featuring Drake , jumps 5-1, snapping Trey Songz 's "Can't Be Friends'" No. 1 run at 13 weeks. Ironically, Foxx ...

  19. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Trey Songz, Jamie Foxx, Drake

    January 27, 2011 1:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Trey Songz picks up a 13th week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs making "Can't Be Friends" the longest-running chart-topper since Maxwell 's "Pretty Wings" spent 14 weeks at the summit in 2009. Besides Maxwell's hit, onl ...

  20. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson, Trey Songz

    January 20, 2011 4:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj continues her winning streak as "Pink Friday" picks up a second week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Despite dropping 17% to 32,000 copies, Minaj fends off Rihanna 's "Loud" which steps 3-2 in its ninth week. Kanye ...

  21. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj, Trey Songz, Kanye West & Jay-Z

    January 13, 2011 4:11 PM EST 0 0 0 In its seventh week on the chart, Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" skips 3-1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums marking the longest climb to No. 1 since Jamie Foxx 's "Intuition" took eight weeks to reach the summit in 2009. "P ...

  22. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: T.I., Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz

    December 18, 2010 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Currently-incarcerated Atlanta rapper T.I. notches the week's top debut on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as "No Mercy" opens at No. 1 with 159,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The opening marks his fou ...

  23. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele, Kanye West

    December 10, 2010 3:43 PM EST 0 0 0 Despite a 78% decline, Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" holds onto the No. 1 spot for a second week on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, logging sales of 108,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Nicki Minaj remains at No. 2 wit ...

  24. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo

    December 02, 2010 12:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Kanye West takes the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" catapults 59-1 with 496,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Street date violations caused the set to debut last week at No. 59. E ...

  25. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kid Cudi, Cee Lo Green, Trey Songz

    November 19, 2010 2:16 PM EST 0 0 0 Kid Cudi breaks open at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his sophomore set "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" as the title moves 169,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His debut "Man on the Moon: The End of the ...

  26. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Mariah Carey, Trey Songz, Willow Smith

    November 12, 2010 11:48 AM EST 0 0 0 Mariah Carey kicks off the holiday season with "Merry Christmas II You," which arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, marking only the second Christmas set to top the chart in its 45-year history. It starts with 55,000 sold, accor ...

  27. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Lil Wayne, Tech N9ne, Trey Songz

    November 05, 2010 11:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne 's "I Am Not A Human Being" ties Alicia Keys ' "The Element Of Freedom" for the year's third longest run at No. 1 as it picks up a fifth week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Eminem 's "Recovery&quo ...

  28. Perry's 'Dream' Persists Atop Hot 100, But Mars Is on the Horizon

    September 16, 2010 11:04 AM EDT 0 0 0 K aty Perry holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Teenage Dream." While airplay for the track continues to grow (5-4 on Radio Songs, up 9%), downloads trail off by 11% to 197,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, k ...

  29. Jay-Z Leads BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations

    September 09, 2010 1:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 The fifth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards airs on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 8pm, and Jay-Z , Drake , Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj lead the nominations. Released yesterday (Aug. 9) on BET.com and announced on BET's "106 & Park" countdown show, th ...

  30. Roscoe Dash Reclaims 'Turnt Up,' Preps Debut Album

    April 16, 2010 2:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 When Roscoe Dash heard "All the Way Turnt Up" on hometown Atlanta group Travis Porter's "I'm a Differenter" mixtape last summer, his initial reaction was, "What the hell is going on?" That's because " ...