1. Nicki Minaj Releases Video For ‘Pills N Potions’ (Watch)

    June 10, 2014 3:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj has dropped the official video for "Pills N Potions," the first track lifted from her upcoming studio album “The Pink Print.” The hip hop star is in sultry, sex-kitten mode as she tokes from a cigarette and works her cleavage w ...

  2. Cali Swag District Member Jayare Dies at 25

    June 07, 2014 11:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jayare, a member of Inglewood, Calif., rap group Cali Swag District, died on Friday at 25 years old. Cali Swag District Spreads 'Dougie' Fever Jayare, whose real name was Cahron Childs, suffered from sickle cell anemia and was admitted to ...

  3. Nicki Minaj’s ‘Yasss Bish!!’ Featuring Soulja Boy Reveals New Single Release Date: Listen

    May 03, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Nicki Minaj has released a new song that seems to drop a hint about the progress of her upcoming third album, “The Pink Print.” Nicki Minaj Twerks on Instagram to New Music: Watch Shortly after midnight eastern on May 3, Minaj tweeted a SoundClo ...

  4. 50 Cent Teams with Hang W/ App for Live Streamed SXSW Concert (Exclusive)

    March 03, 2014 1:07 PM EST Rapper 50 Cent is set to headline a South By Southwest concert on March 11 that will be live-streamed via Hang w/, a mobile app that's being used by dozens of celebrities to broadcast their daily activities and chat with fans. A technophile w ...

  5. New Hip-Hop Dance Craze: 'Drop That #NaeNae'

    January 27, 2014 7:06 PM EST From Atlanta -- the city that taught you how to crank that Soulja Boy, shake that laffy taffy, lean with it, rock with it, and walk it out -- comes a new dance that’s spreading across the country: the Nae Nae. Developed by teen quintet We Are Toon ...

  6. Drake Releases New Song 'Trophies': Listen

    December 30, 2013 1:12 PM EST 0 0 0 After much anticipation and unfinished leaks, Drake debuts the full official version of his song, "Trophies." Drake previewed a snippet of the triumphant anthem, co-produced by Hit-Boy, Hagler and Noah "40" Shebib, during his Wou ...

  7. Game Launching Rolex Records: 'We're Gonna Do It Big'

    December 03, 2012 1:33 PM EST While Game is gearing up to release his fifth studio album, "Jesus Piece," on December 11, the chart-topping rapper tells Billboard that he's also been busy kicking off a brand new business venture: his own label. "I just start ...

  8. Game Launching Rolex Records: 'We're Gonna Do It Big'

    December 01, 2012 10:10 AM EST 0 0 0 EXCLUSIVE: New Label a Joint Venture Between Game, Fellow Rapper Stat Quo While Game is gearing up to release his fifth studio album, "Jesus Piece," on December 11, the chart-topping rapper tells Billboard that he's also been busy kic ...

  9. Cher Lloyd Ready to Swing 'Sticks' at U.S.

    September 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 U.K. 'X Factor' Star's 'Sticks + Stones' Arrives Oct. 2 ... 'She's the New Britney Spears,' Boasts Label Prior to her 2010 audition for U.K. series "The X Factor," Cher Lloyd seemed like an average, ...

  10. Mindless Behavior Sophomore Album, Soulja Boy Collaboration Set for January

    September 19, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mindless Behavior will release its sophomore album in January 2013, Billboard.com has learned. Mindless Behavior: 21 Under 21 (2012) The as-yet-untitled set, the follow-up to 2011 debut "#1 Girl," will include several collaborations, inclu ...

  11. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  12. Chris Lighty Remembered By Larry Mestel, Diddy, Rev Run, 50 Cent, Russell Simmons, More

    August 30, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Veteran hip-hop manager and founder of Violator Management Chris Lighty passed away earlier today. One of the most influential managers in hip-hop music, Lighty worked with such luminaries as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Nas, Mobb Deep, Mariah ...

  13. Chris Lighty RIP: Rihanna, Diddy, Nicki Minaj + Others React

    August 30, 2012 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 "The man that saved my life" -- Fat Joe Chris Lighty, one of the most influential entrepreneurs in hip-hop, was found dead today. The man who founded and built Violator Management from the ground up died of an apparent suicide, according t ...

  14. Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Impresario, Found Dead

    August 30, 2012 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. Circumstances of his death were un ...

  15. Chris Lighty, Founder of Violator Management and One of Hip-Hop's All Time Great Execs, Has Died

    August 30, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. He was 44. A spokeman for the Ne ...

  16. Updated: Jeff Price, Peter Wells Out of Tunecore

    August 15, 2012 8:44 PM EDT After several weeks of rumors, Tunecore CEO/President Jeff Price announced today that he and Peter Wells have left the company. Price, Wells and Gary Burke founded the company in 2006. According to sources, the Tunecore board voted to oust Price f ...

  17. Twitter 140: Page 12

    July 26, 2012 7:43 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Kevin Smyth and Jeremy Johnson Songwriters, We Sing Your Tweet @WeSingYourTweet Combining all of Twitter's major draws-music, comedy and the ridiculous-this duo turns 140 characters into songs, or "Swe ...

  18. Kanye West Joins CAA, Reunites With Cara Lewis

    July 19, 2012 8:03 AM EDT Kanye West and his longtime agent Cara Lewis have been reunited at CAA. The superstar rapper had been previously represented by Lewis at William Morris Endeavor, where her client roster also included Eminem, Rihanna, Cee Lo Green, Common, Kid Cudi ...

  19. Backbeat: 'Epic Moments' Party Brings Epic, Capitol, Interscope Execs Together During BET Awards Weekend

    July 03, 2012 1:03 PM EDT From left: Epic EVP of Urban Music Benny Pough; Marcus Canty, Ca$h Out and Machine Gun Kelly. (Photo: Courtesy of Epic Records) On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, R&B singer Ciara (born Ciara Princess Harris) was all the buzz at Epi ...

  20. BET Awards 2012: Whitney Houston Tribute Marks Emotional High

    July 02, 2012 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 With all the star power at the BET Awards - Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Samuel L. Jackson, to name a few - the most stirring moment came not from a superstar, but from the mother of one. Whitney Houston's mother Cissy provided t ...

  21. Kimbra Is First '90s-Born Woman to Top the Billboard Hot 100

    May 07, 2012 10:23 AM EDT Get ready to feel old, thanks to the young artist featured on the Billboard Hot 100's top song. As Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" rules the chart for a third week, guest vocalist Kimbra (as Billboard reader Mark Harris ...

  22. Weekly Chart Notes: Maroon 5, Gotye, Flo Rida

    April 27, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa connect to Hot 100 history through 'Payphone.' M aroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa teaming up on "Payphone" turned out to be a good call. As the pop/rock band and rapper roar onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3, th ...

  23. Game Song Premiere: 'Skate On,' Feat. Lupe Fiasco

    April 04, 2012 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Less than a year after the debut of his Billboard 200 No. 1 album, "The R.E.D. Album," Game has laced yet another mixtape, "California Republic" (April 5), and is currently in the studio working on his fifth full-length opus, &qu ...

  24. A-Trak, Kimbra, Mark Foster Tapped For Latest Converse 'Three Artists. One Song' Campaign

    March 27, 2012 2:13 PM EDT Coming right on the heels of the success of its Andre 3000-Damon Albarn-James Murphy collaboration campaign, Converse has announced another, pairing up DJ A-Trak with singer Kimbra and Foster the People frontman Mark Foster for the latest installm ...

  25. Gorillaz/Andre 3000/LCD's James Murphy's Converse Track: The Story Behind The Song

    February 21, 2012 1:53 PM EST In the most high-profile offering of its "3 Artists. 1 Song" campaign to date, Converse Inc. announced on Feb. 9 that Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and OutKast rapper Andre 300 had teamed up to record an original song f ...

  26. Gorillaz/James Murphy/Andre 3000's Converse Track: The Story Behind The Song

    February 21, 2012 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 In the most high-profile offering of its "3 Artists. 1 Song" campaign to date, Converse Inc. announced on Feb. 9 that Gorillaz , LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and OutKast rapper Andre 3000 had teamed up to record an original song f ...

  27. Andre 3000, Gorillaz, LCD's James Murphy Team Up for Converse Track

    February 09, 2012 11:40 AM EST As part of Converse Inc.'s continuing "Three Artists. One Song" campaign, Gorillaz, former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and Outkast rapper Andre 3000 have teamed up for an original track. "DoYaThing" will be relea ...

  28. Andre 3000, Gorillaz, LCD's James Murphy Team Up for Converse Track

    February 09, 2012 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 James Murphy Calls Creating Song 'A Bunch of Kids Playing with Toys' As part of Converse Inc.'s continuing "Three Artists. One Song" campaign, Gorillaz , former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and Outkast rapper Andre ...

  29. Report: Randy Jackson to Manage Mariah Carey

    November 16, 2011 9:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Randy Jackson is adding an A-lister to his dawg pound. The "American Idol" judge is negotiating a deal to manage Mariah Carey 's career, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The duo know each other from their Columbia Records days whe ...

  30. A Day In The Life of Soulja Boy

    October 27, 2011 2:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I slept through my Google meeting," Soulja Boy told me, before beginning our interview for the second episode of Billboard.com's The Juice new series, ' Swag or No Swag .' Soulja Boy, born DeAndre Cortez Way, had a 10 a.m. ...

  31. Soulja Boy To Show The Juice A 'Day in the Life'

    October 25, 2011 12:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's no denying that Soulja Boy Tell 'Em loves him some Instagram. That is why -- oh, besides the countless of projects he's currently working on -- we thought he'd be the perfect candidate to kick off our 'Day in the Lif ...

  32. Soulja Boy Tells Em Sorry for Drug Arrest, Promotes New Movie

    October 19, 2011 10:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 It didn't take long for Soulja Boy to reconnect to social media to thank fans and promote his new movie following his arrest on drug and gun possession charges in Georgia on Tuesday. PHOTOS: 52 Musician Mug Shots Moments after being released on ...

  33. Soulja Boy Charged With Felony Drug, Gun Possession in Georgia

    October 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Crank That" rapper Soulja Boy and four others have been charged with felony possession after a stop for a traffic violation Tuesday morning in Temple, GA turned up a "substantial amount" of marijuana and guns, Billboard.com has ...

  34. Soulja Boy Apologizes for Controversial Anti-Military Video

    September 06, 2011 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 Soulja Boy is apologizing for the anti-military lyrics of his new song "Let's Be Real," which have sparked outrage. "As an artist, I let my words get the best of me. Sometimes there are things that we feel, things that we want to ...

  35. Ask Billboard: Chart Moves, Like 'Jagger'

    September 02, 2011 7:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and co ...

  36. Web Trends, Listen To Radiohead's Three New Remixes

    July 29, 2011 4:12 PM EDT Google Trends: 3. Soulja Boy The rapper turned 21 on Thursday and he bought himself a $55 million private jet. Twitter Music Trend: No music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Top Ten Rap Remixes Of '90s R&B Songs NPR Music Most Vi ...

  37. Cali Swag District Overcomes Member's Death on Debut LP

    July 19, 2011 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Picture the last 15 months in the life of Cali Swag District . Prior to being old enough to legally drink, the formerly obscure quartet of Inglewood, Calif. rappers scored a massive hit in 2010 with "Teach Me How to Dougie." The how-to rec ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. This Week in Apps: iTunes Festival, Sir Mix-A-Lot's Mix-N-Match, Instagram

    June 24, 2011 5:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Our weekly look at the hottest music apps available for your mobile device. iTunes Festival London Live Nation released an app for the iTunes Festival London, which will allow users to stream performances from the music festival live on their iPhone ...

  40. Curren$y Keeps Climbing With New Mixtape and Merchandising Deal

    June 24, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Don't be fooled by the billowing cloud of fragrant smoke: Curren$y is a shrewd businessman. Despite five record deals in less than 10 years, including one with No Limit and another with Cash Money Records, and still no "official" solo ...

  41. Sean Kingston, 'Feeling a Lot Better,' Tweets New Photo

    June 20, 2011 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Three weeks after a jet ski accident landed Sean Kingston in critical condition at a Miami hospital, the pop star has let his fans know that he's "feeling alot better" and posted a picture of himself on Twitter on Sunday (June 19). &q ...

  42. Four-Play: Soulja Boy Gets 'Conceited,' Alicia Keys Talks 'Songs in A Minor' & More

    June 09, 2011 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Soulja Boy gets "Conceited," Fabolous documents his first walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, Alicia Keys celebrates the 10th anniversary of "Songs in A Minor," and Far East Movement rock out with Beats by Dr. Dre. Check out four vira ...

  43. Sean Kingston 'Stabilized' After Jet Ski Crash, Stars Send Their Prayers

    May 30, 2011 12:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 S ean Kingston has been "stabilized" following a jet ski accident on Sunday (May 29) that landed him in the trauma ward of a Miami hospital. The singer's publicist, Joseph Carozza, sent the following statement on Kingston's upgra ...

  44. Billboard Bits: Beyonce to Debut 'God Bless the USA' on CNN, Tori Amos Announces New Album

    May 05, 2011 7:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce to Debut 'God Bless the USA' on Piers Morgan After releasing new single "Run the World (Girls)" last month, Beyonce will debut her version of ...

  45. Beastie Boys 'Make Some Noise' on Social 50 Chart

    May 05, 2011 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 B eastie Boys enter the Social 50 at No. 44 for the first time thanks to the arrival of their video for "Make Some Noise." The star-studded clip drove a 191% increase in week-over-week views and a 96% lift in overall plays across all monit ...

  46. Video: Lil B Votes Swag/No Swag on Obama, Gaga, Trump, & More

    May 04, 2011 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 After performing two nights in a row at Bamboozle, Lil B took time to sit down with Billboard's the Juice and share which celebrity figure or show he thinks is swag or no swag. Check out Lil B vote on who's swag and who isn't between: ...

  47. Soulja Boy: 'I'm Headed for Greatness' with 'Juice' Mixtape, Mini-Movie

    April 20, 2011 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 These past months have been a rollercoaster ride for Soulja Boy . Months after his third album, "The DeAndre Way," failed to make a big impact on the Billboard 200, his 14-year-old half-brother passed away. Soulja Boy's Half-Brother K ...

  48. Cali Swag District Working on New Label Situation, Prepping Debut Release

    March 29, 2011 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last spring, hip-hop upstart Cali Swag District exploded on the music scene with their first single, "Teach Me How to Dougie," which not only peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's rap singles chart, but also spawned the biggest dance phenome ...

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