1. Bubbling Under: Basic Vacation Gets To Work

    November 22, 2013 10:28 AM EST Each Friday, Billboard presents 'Bubbling Under,' a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Vice, Basic Vacation, the Cadillac Three and Jabo Basic Vacation Basic Vacation may ...

  2. Rap-A-Lot Records Signs with RED Distribution

    August 26, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Houston-based label Rap-A-Lot Records has signed a multi-year agreement with RED Distribution, a Sony Music Entertainment-owned sales and marketing division that handles releases for over sixty independent record labels, for digital and physica ...

  3. Slim Thug

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  4. Ask Billboard: The Twitter-Sized Edition

    October 20, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Answers to questions about Madonna, Beyonce, Sarah Brightman and more - all in 140 words or less! As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Waka Flocka Flame: A Day in the Life

    March 22, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 On any other day, Waka Flocka Flame would wake up at 12 p.m., hit up a few of his favorite food spots in ATL then head over to Rich Beatz's recording studio to continue working on his sophomore studio album, "Triple F Life: Friends, Fans a ...

  7. 2 Chainz Rocks NYC, Unofficially Announces Def Jam Signing

    January 31, 2012 6:38 PM EST Taking the stage as rumors swirled about a new label deal, Georgia rapper 2 Chainz made his New York debut on Monday night (Jan. 30) with a raucous showcase at S.O.B.'s. The MC, one-half of rap duo Playaz Circle who was previously known as Ti ...

  8. 2 Chainz Rocks NYC, Unofficially Announces Def Jam Signing

    January 31, 2012 3:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Taking the stage as rumors swirled about a new label deal, Georgia rapper 2 Chainz made his New York debut on Monday night (Jan. 30) with a raucous showcase at S.O.B.'s. The MC, one-half of rap duo Playaz Circle who was previously known as Tity ...

  9. Big K.R.I.T. Recruits Yelawolf, Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown & More for New Mixtape: Listen

    August 19, 2011 2:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 A day after the release of Big K.R.I.T. 's mixtape, " Last King 2: God's Machine " (August 19), 3 Little Digs drop footage of the recording behind one of the mixtape's cuts, "Happy Birthday Hip Hop," featuring Yela ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Soulja Boy, Flo Rida Flop On Billboard Album Chart

    December 08, 2010 3:59 PM EST 0 0 0 A couple of notable hip-hop and R&B artists dropped albums this week, but according to Billboard's latest 200 chart, it appears no one went out to buy them. *tear* Susan Boyle Likely to Top Billboard 200 Next Week Jazmine Sullivan dropped h ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Album Premiere: Pimp C, 'The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones'

    September 29, 2010 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Just weeks after UGK partner Bun B released his highly-touted "Trill OG" album, Rap-A-Lot/Fontana has released the late Pimp C 's first posthumous effort, "The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones." The Juice has got the exclusive prem ...

  14. Bun B Reps for Texas on 'Trill OG' Album

    August 02, 2010 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rappers have a propensity for christening themselves with royal titles to promote their standing in hip-hop (e.g., King of the South, Prince of Rap). But for rapper Bun B , "Trill OG," while less regal than most, was the most fitting. &quo ...

  15. Drake, Rick Ross, Bun B, T.I. Rep Dirty South for Hip-Hop Honors

    June 04, 2010 2:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 This year's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors paid tribute to Atlanta, Miami, Texas, New Orleans and other Southern cities and states, but the event brought performers from all over to rep the dirty south on Thursday night (June 3) at New York City's Ham ...

  16. Chamillionaire: Summer Album Preview 2010

    May 25, 2010 5:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Venom" (Chamillitary/Universal Republic, June 22) After multiple delays, Chamillionaire 's first album since 2007 is back on schedule. Lead single "Main Event" features fellow Texan rappers Paul Wall , Slim Thug and Dorroug ...

  17. Lady Gaga, Beyonce Match Mariah's Record

    March 15, 2010 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 With one song, two divas make history on Billboard's Pop Songs chart. DOES THE "TELEPHONE" VIDEO LIVE UP TO THE HYPE? With a 2-1 rise for "Telephone," Lady Gaga and the track's featured artist Beyoncé have tied the reco ...

  18. 'Now 30,' 'Hannah Montana' Lead Busy Week On Billboard 200

    April 01, 2009 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After last week, where the top debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart was at No. 8, this week the chart gets blasted with a bevy of new arrivals. A full dozen debuts bow in the top 20 -- the most the chart has ever seen. Leading the pack of new ent ...

  19. Record 12 Albums Debut In The Top 20 Of The Billboard 200

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, the Billboard 200's top 20 hosts an even dozen debuts, led by the "Now 30" compilation at No. 1 and the "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack at No. 2 . . . Six albums start in the top 10 this week, in ...

  20. 'Hannah Montana' And 'Now 30' Building Big

    March 26, 2009 12:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart will find a pair of albums perhaps vying for the top slot. Both Walt Disney's "Hannah Montana: The Movie" soundtrack and the "Now 30" compilation (UMe) are on track to start with m ...

  21. Lil Wayne Producers Shocked By Grammy Nod

    December 05, 2008 3:43 PM EST 0 0 0 Sibling duo Play-N-Skillz scored their first Grammy last year for best rap performance by duo or group for their production on Chamillionaire's "Ridin'." But for Play, this week's album of the year nomination for Lil Wayne&# ...

  22. Big Pimpin'

    May 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 UGK rapper Bun B is back this week with his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. UGK rapper Bun B is back this week with his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. The Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set "II ...

  23. Star Rappers Help Bun B Reload For 'II Trill'

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 UGK rapper Bun B has set an April 29 release date for his first release since his UGK partner Pimp C died late last year. The Rap-A-Lot/Asylum set "II Trill" is led by the single "That's Gangsta" feat UGK rapper Bun B has se ...

  24. Juvenile, Slim Thug To Kick Off New Starz InBlack Series

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Premium movie channel Starz InBlack will kick off "Hip Hop: Raw & Uncut" on Jan. 4 at 10 p.m., the first episode of a one-hour live monthly concert series. The inaugural concert will feature performances from Juvenile, Slim Thug, Sca ...

  25. 'Kingz' Ransom

    August 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After five years and numerous street-date shifts, a proper UGK album is finally ready to hit stores. Due this week via Jive, "UGK (Underground Kingz)" is a 29-track double-album that proudly flies the After five years and numerous street-d ...

  26. Daughtry Flip-Flops With Jones, Reclaims No. 1

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In yet another week where no album sold more than 100,000 copies, Daughtry's self-titled RCA debut flip-flops with Norah Jones' "Not Too Late" (Blue Note) to reclaim the No. 1 position on The Billboar In yet another week where no ...

  27. Slim Thug High On The 'Hogg' With New Album

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Rapper Slim Thug has teamed with the Boss Hogg Outlawz for a new album, "Serve & Collect," due Feb. 27 via Koch. Rapper Slim Thug has teamed with the Boss Hogg Outlawz for a new album, "Serve & Collect," due Feb. 27 via K ...

  28. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss long single-word titles, Beyonce, Take That and more! WORD UP Fred: Call out the "Ghostbusters!" Beyonce doesn't seem to have any "Superstition" about the number 13 because the 13-letter "Ir ...

  29. Chart Beat

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred discusses Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gwen Stefani, Elisabeth Withers and more! THIS WILL BRING YOU BACK TO DO: Thanks to Gwen Stefani reaching once again into the well of Broadway songs, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II have their first t ...

  30. CHART BEAT CHAT

    December 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss chart-topping collaborations, Beyonce, clean song versions and more! LET'S WORK TOGETHER Hello Fred, With the ascent of "I Wanna Love You" by Akon featuring Snoop Dogg to the top of The Billboard Hot 100 l ...

  31. Billboard Bits: UGK, 'Arthur And The Invisibles' & More

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Originally due Dec. 19 via Jive, rap duo UGK's long-awaited new album, "U.G.K. Underground Kingz," has been pushed back to Feb. 27. Originally due Dec. 19 via Jive, rap duo UGK's long-awaited new album, "U.G.K. Underground K ...

  32. UGK Dropping Double Album In December

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Southern rap titans UGK will release their first new album since 2001's "Dirty Money" before the end of the year. "U.G.K. Underground Kingz" is due Dec. 19 via Jive and will feature 20 songs spread ac Southern rap titans UGK ...

  33. Chart Beat

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Clay Aiken, Miki Howard and more. A THOUSAND = 99: One question I'm asked all the time is if I think the contestants on "American Idol" have staying power. In the past, I've had to say that time will tell... but ti ...

  34. Automator's 'Omakase' Still Not Ready To Eat

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It seems "Omakase" wound up a casualty of MCA's 2003 merger with Geffen, which cost a number of artists their record deals and ultimately led the Roots to bolt for Def Jam. In the fall of 2004, in-demand producer Dan "the Automat ...

  35. Automator Puts Bounce Into Star-Studded '2K7' CD

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura is behind the boards with a host of hip-hop stars on the soundtrack for the upcoming 2K Sports video game "NBA 2K7," due next month via Decon Records. Producer Dan "The Automator" N ...

  36. Chart Beat

    August 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses songs with city-themed names, DMX, Buck Owens and Gnarls Barkley. CITY TO CITY: It may be a major international city, but London had to wait its turn to be name-checked in a song title that reached pole position on The Billboard Hot 1 ...

  37. Chart Beat

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Fergie's big solo bow, Gnarls Barkley, Tom Petty and more. 'LONDON BRIDGE' IS FALLING UP : Going solo might give Stacy Ferguson the biggest hit of her career, which could come just in time to celebrate the 10th annivers ...

  38. Chart Beat

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses top 30 singles, Ashlee Simpson, Debbie Gibson, the Cyrus family and more! VISIBILITY: There have been more debuts inside the top 30 of The Billboard Hot 100 in 2006 than any other year in this millennium. Ashlee Simpson's "I ...

  39. Hi-Tek Rolls With Hip-Hop Heavies On New Album

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Producer/rapper Hi-Tek has rounded up some of the biggest names in hip-hop for his sophomore album, "Hi-Teknology 2." Producer/rapper Hi-Tek has rounded up some of the biggest names in hip-hop for his sophomore album, "Hi-Teknology 2. ...

  40. Make Up Your 'Mind'

    July 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pharrell Williams' solo debut, "In My Mind," has had almost as many release dates as a cat has lives. First slated to street last November, then December, then early 2006, then April, the Star Trak/In Pharrell Williams' solo debu ...

  41. Chart Beat

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Johnny Cash, "Pirates of the Caribbean," Canadian/American pairing and more! 'HIGHWAYS' TAKES THE HIGH ROAD: It's not the longest gap between No. 1 albums in history, but it sure comes close. Johnny Cash first ...

  42. Phinally! Pharrell Makes Up His 'Mind'

    July 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Pharrell Williams' solo debut, "In My Mind," has had almost as many release dates as a cat has lives. First slated to street last November, then December, then early 2006, then April, the Star Trak/In Pharrell Williams' solo debu ...

  43. Pharrell Finds Time For N.E.R.D., Jay-Z

    July 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Now that his oft-delayed Star Trak/Interscope solo debut, "In My Mind," is set for a July 25 release, Pharrell Williams is focusing on promoting the new disc and honing other projects. They include a Now that his oft-delayed Star Trak/Inte ...

  44. Chart Beat

    May 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Isley Brothers, after 44 years, impact the chart yet again this week, along news on Neil Young, Paul Simon, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rihanna. THIS OLD CHART OF MINE: The latest album from the Isley Brothers, "Baby Makin' Music" ( ...

  45. Jamie, Mary, Missy, Busta Lead BET Nominations

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jamie Foxx leads the field with five nominations for the 2006 BET Awards. Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes are tied at four nominations each. Now in its sixth year, the ceremony will shif Jamie Foxx leads the field with five nominations ...

  46. Pharrell Album Back On Track With Kanye

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Eight months after it was first slated to hit stores, Pharrell Williams' solo debut, "In My Mind," is now being eyed for a July 25 release via Interscope. Among the tracks now slated for inclusion is Eight months after it was first sl ...

  47. Chart Beat

    May 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Rihanna's huge leap to No. 1 puts her name high on the Hot 100's big jump list, plus news about Nick Lachey, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. SAVE OUR SINGLES: If Rihanna was disappointed that her first Billboard Hot 100 single, "Pon ...

  48. Chart Beat

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ann Nesby, Dixie Chicks return to the charts, plus news on Daniel Powter and Nick Lachey. PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR GRANDMA: It was a double dose of good news for singer Ann Nesby this week. Moments after finding out that her granddaughter Paris B ...

  49. Pharrell Collaborating With Velvet Revolver

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Despite rumors that Velvet Revolver members Slash and Duff McKagan will rejoin Guns N' Roses for a summer tour, the group is actually at work on its sophomore album with an unlikely collaborator: uber Despite rumors that Velvet Revolver members ...

  50. 'King' T.I. Holds Court

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Despite a Grammy nomination, a hand in an Oscar win, a new album and film debut, this Atlanta rapper says he's only beginning to build his kingdom. Rapper T.I. is too busy getting his career hustle on to ponder where he expects to be in five ye ...

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