1. 50 Cent Taps Chris Brown, Ne-Yo for 'Street King Immortal'

    December 04, 2012 10:08 PM EST 0 0 0 Though 50 Cent 's upcoming "Street King Immortal" has been plagued by delays, at least the album's had enough time to put together its guest list. The hip-hop mogul told Billboard.com that his fifth studio album will feature Chri ...

  2. Rihanna Gets First No. 1 Album, Phillip Phillips & Kid Rock Debut Top Five

    November 28, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The busy Thanksgiving holiday shopping week has predictably shaken up the Billboard 200 albums chart, sending a diva to No. 1 for the first time and rearranging many of the albums on the tally. As earlier reported , Rihanna 's "Unapologeti ...

  3. Rihanna Gets First No. 1 Album, Phillip Phillips & Kid Rock Debut In Top Five

    November 28, 2012 11:00 AM EST The busy Thanksgiving holiday shopping week has predictably shaken up the Billboard 200, sending a diva to No. 1 for the first time and rearranging many of the albums on the tally. As earlier reported, Rihanna's "Unapologetic" opens ...

  4. Hurricane Sandy: 20 Musician Twitter Reactions

    October 30, 2012 1:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 As Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast, causing massive floods, fires, and power outages over the last two days, many music stars took to Twitter to share their experiences in the storm (like Swizz Beatz who tried to enjoy the dark with he and A ...

  5. Meek Mill, 'Dreams & Nightmares': Track-By-Track Review

    October 30, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 All eyes have been on Meek Mill since the Philadelphia rapper signed to Rick Ross ' Maybach Music Group imprint in February 2011. With seven mixtapes under his belt before signing, it's evident Meek has built a foundation for himself. But ...

  6. NBA Players' Favorite Music: Los Angeles Lakers

    October 29, 2012 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Check out what Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace and Devin Ebanks are listening to in these exclusive Q&As. The 2012-2013 NBA season is finally upon us, and no team is being talked more than the new-look Los Angeles Lakers. After winning the NBA ...

  7. Meek Mill Embraces Insomnia & Expectations For 'Dreams & Nightmares'

    October 23, 2012 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Oct. 10, a few more-than-notable guests stopped by a listening party for Meek Mill 's "Dreams & Nightmares" at New York's Electric Lady Studios. Jay-Z and Will Smith poked their heads into the private event before the Mayb ...

  8. Chart Juice: MGK's 'Lace Up' Debuts at No. 2 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    October 18, 2012 7:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 With four debuts in the top 10 this week, the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart is teeming with new music. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" debuts straight in at No. 1 with 78,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Clevelan ...

  9. Ross On Radio: The Country Single, The Pop Single, The R&B Single And The Hit Single

    October 17, 2012 3:00 PM EDT "Ross On Radio," the long-running, influential column about radio programming trends and history, has returned to Billboard! The column will appear every Monday in Billboard's "Top 40 Update" a free subscription e-mail new ...

  10. Presidential Debate 2012, Round 2: Musicians React on Twitter

    October 17, 2012 9:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Barack Obama found his pulse during last night's second debate with GOP challenger Mitt Romney, with snap polls from CBS, CNN and Public Policy Polling, among others, declaring the President winner of the town hall-style forum at Long Island� ...

  11. Road Work: Death Grips, Two Door Cinema Club, Alabama Shakes, Trey Songz

    October 15, 2012 7:19 AM EDT Trouble makers: Sacramento, Calif.-based rock group Death Grips will take controversial new album "NO LOVE DEEP WEB" on an international swing booked by Robert Frazer of William Morris Endeavor. Starting with a headlining gig for Pitch ...

  12. Chart Juice: Miguel's 'Dream' Comes True at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

    October 11, 2012 9:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 After Miguel maxed-out at No. 9 with his debut album "All I Want Is You" last year, his sophomore release "Kaleidoscope Dream" debuts in the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week with 71,000 copies sold, according to Nie ...

  13. Morning Fix: Spotify on TV; Pandora's Payments Explained; New Rolling Stones Single; Eno's Album App

    October 11, 2012 9:10 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS' HEIST ALBUM HEADING FOR BIG BILLBOARD 200 DEBUT: Seattle rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis are headed for the biggest debut on the ...

  14. MTV Expanding, Consolidating Hip-Hop Programming Under 'MTV Jams' Banner

    October 11, 2012 7:00 AM EDT The jams.mtv.com digital hub page, where all of MTV's hip-hop content will live. MTV today announced a new initiative to expand and unify its hip-hop music and lifestyle content across its multiple platforms under the MTV Jams brand. MTV Jams ...

  15. Chart Juice: Lupe Fiasco's 'Food' Album Debuts at No. 1, Weeknd Does Double Duty

    October 04, 2012 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lupe Fiasco scores his second straight No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as his "Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1" bows atop the list with 89,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his fourth consecutive ...

  16. Chart Juice: Brandy's 'Put It Down' Marks Her First Top 10 in 10 Years

    September 27, 2012 7:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 For the first time in over 10 years, Brandy returns to the top 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The singer's "Put It Down" (featuring Chris Brown), rises 11-5 this week and marks Brandy's tenth top 10 and first since " ...

  17. Miguel's 'Kaleidoscope Dream': Inside The R&B Dynamo's Fresh Start

    September 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Miguel is out to rearrange the genre. And with "Adorn" topping the R&B charts, he's well on his way. Miguel is not a bottle-popper. He's not buying tables or swilling Champagne in the club. He's not inside the club at al ...

  18. Chart Juice: Beyonce's 'Dance For You' Hits Top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    September 20, 2012 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Beyoncé 's album "4" nabs its fourth top 10 hit single on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week as "Dance For You" sashays 13-10. It's the sixth cut from "4" to reach the tally, following "Run the ...

  19. R. Kelly Makes Soul Train History, Usher Up For Five Awards

    September 19, 2012 11:40 AM EDT 0 0 0 NEW YORK (AP) -- R. Kelly is nominated for two awards at this year's Soul Train Awards, making him the most nominated act ever at the awards show. Kelly is up for the Ashford & Simpson songwriter's award and album of the year, bringing ...

  20. Miguel's 'Adorn' Becomes His Third No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    September 13, 2012 9:07 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B singer Miguel lands himself another No. 1 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs song as "Adorn," the Greatest Gainer/Airplay recipient, tip-toes up 2-1 (up 29% in audience impressions according to Nielsen BDS). The cut -- the first single f ...

  21. Matchbox Twenty Gets First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    September 12, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 As expected, pop/rock band Matchbox Twenty scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its new "North" album debuts with 95,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the group's first full-length studio album since 2002� ...

  22. Matchbox Twenty Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    September 12, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As expected, pop/rock band Matchbox Twenty scores its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as its new "North" album debuts with 95,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the group's first full-length studio album since 2002 ...

  23. Chart Highlights: 'Whistle' To 'Blow': Flo Rida, P!nk No. 1

    September 10, 2012 4:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Sunshine State rapper tops Pop Songs with 'Whistle,' while P!nk powers to No. 1 on Adult Pop Songs with 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss).' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find ...

  24. Imagine Dragons & Lecrae Albums Headed for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    September 08, 2012 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 After hitting the top 40 on the Billboard 200 last month with its EP "Continued Silence," rock band Imagine Dragons is on its way to the top five of the Billboard 200 with its first full length set, "Night Visions." Industry sour ...

  25. Drake, Lil Wayne and Mariah Carey Top Honorees at 2012 BMI Urban Awards

    September 08, 2012 1:00 AM EDT (L-R): BMI president/CEO Del Bryant awards YMCMB honcho Bryan "Birdman" Williams the songwriter of the year trophies for both Drake and Lil Wayne, as BMI vice president, writer/publisher relations Catherine Brewton and BMI director, writ ...

  26. Imagine Dragons, Lecrae Albums Headed for Top 10 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    September 07, 2012 10:05 PM EDT After hitting the top 40 on the Billboard 200 last month with its EP "Continued Silence," rock band Imagine Dragons is on its way to the top five of the Billboard 200 with its first full length set, "Night Visions." Industry so ...

  27. Chart Juice: Slaughterhouse Debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Tamia Returns

    September 06, 2012 5:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Slaughterhouse , the super group comprising rappers Joe Budden , Joell Ortiz , Crooked I and Royce da 5'9" , debuts its second studio album "Welcome to: Our House" at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 52,000 sold according ...

  28. TobyMac Earns First No. 1 Christian Album on Billboard 200 Since 1997

    September 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 For the first time since 1997 -- and only the third time ever -- a Christian album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. TobyMac gets his first chart-topper with "Eye On It," as it bows with 69,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It ...

  29. TobyMac Earns First No. 1 Christian Album On Billboard 200 Since 1997

    September 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time since 1997 -- and only the third time ever -- a Christian album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200. TobyMac lands his first chart-topper, "Eye on It," as it bows with 69,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It simult ...

  30. Weekly Chart Notes: Oh, Boy: Owl City, Carly Rae Jepsen Go Top 10

    September 02, 2012 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 What are words for? Sometimes a catchy melody is enough to make a hit. Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen are having such a "Good Time" - their duet rises 13-9 to become each artist's second Billboard Hot 100 top 10 - that they're pra ...

  31. TobyMac's 'Eye On It' Album Looking at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    August 31, 2012 7:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 Christian artist TobyMac is on course for his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, as industry sources are now projecting his "Eye On It" will debut atop the list next week with 60,000 copies sold. The new Billboard 200 chart's top ...

  32. Chart Juice: Future & Keyshia Cole Hit Top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 30, 2012 8:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 On R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week, Future and Keyshia Cole claim their latest top 10 hits, while Lil Wayne sets a record among rap acts. Atlanta's own Future earns his third top 10 as "Turn On The Lights" shimmies up 11-8. It's ...

  33. Charts

    August 30, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Songz' First No. 1; Adele Bids Adieu To Top 10 Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Chapter V" bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer' ...

  34. Trey Songz Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    August 29, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Chapter V bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer's fifth full-length studio album and follows 2010's Passio ...

  35. Trey Songz, DJ Khaled & Owl City Albums Aiming for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

    August 25, 2012 9:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 As earlier reported , R&B singer Trey Songz is coasting to his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his "Chapter V" should easily top the tally next week. Industry sources are projecting that the set could sell between 120, ...

  36. Trey Songz, DJ Khaled, Owl City Aiming for Top 10 Debut on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    August 24, 2012 7:28 PM EDT As previously reported , R&B singer Trey Songz is coasting to his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his "Chapter V" should easily top the tally next week. Industry sources are projecting the set could sell between 120, ...

  37. Trey Songz Heading For First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    August 23, 2012 8:00 AM EDT R&B singer Trey Songz is aiming for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. His new album, "Chapter V," is on course to sell between 110,000 to 130,000 copies by Aug. 26. That's enough to secure the top slot next week. ...

  38. Trey Songz Heading for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    August 22, 2012 10:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 R&B singer Trey Songz is aiming for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. His new "Chapter V" is on course to sell between 110,000 to 130,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 26 -- enough to secure the top slot next week. ...

  39. Trey Songz, 'Chapter V': Track-By-Track Review

    August 21, 2012 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's no secret that R&B has been slightly askew since the emergence of electronica music into the mainstream. Chris Brown , Ne-Yo and even Usher took advantage of the EDM wave and pushed aside the genre that made them stars. Trey Songz , on ...

  40. DJ Khaled, 'Kiss the Ring': Track-By-Track Review

    August 21, 2012 2:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the past decade, few entities have stayed steady. Wars have ended, 'The Hangover' rose and fell, and 4 Loko got banned within a month. Meanwhile, as the world has turned, DJ Khaled has managed to put out six studio albums -- each and ev ...

  41. Trey Songz Talks 'Chapter V' Collaborations & 'Hail Mary' Single: Watch

    August 21, 2012 10:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 While today marks the release of Trey Songz ' "Chapter V" (Aug. 21), the singer's fifth studio album has already made an impact on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. "Chapter V" has delivered three hits as of today: "Dive ...

  42. Trey Songz with "Soundcheck"

    Trey Songz with "Soundcheck"

    August 21, 2012 9:36 AM EDT 0 0 0 Trey Songs "Soundcheck" & Billboard.com's The Juice Videos Trey Songz ...

  43. Olympics Bump: Emeli Sande, Jessie J Spike on U.K. Charts

    August 20, 2012 8:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album "Our Version of Events" back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as th ...

  44. Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts

    August 20, 2012 7:29 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album Our Version of Events (Virgin/EMI) back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as ...

  45. Nicki Minaj Brings Out Lil Wayne, Drake & More in NYC Pepsi Show

    August 15, 2012 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 To those who think Nicki Mina j has fully immersed herself in pop, think again. Not to discredit the dabbling she's doing in the genre -- take a listen to the second half of "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" -- but yesterday's free N ...

  46. Drake Tops Jay-Z For R&B/Hip-Hop Chart No. 1s Record

    August 10, 2012 5:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Canadian rapper Drake overtakes Jay-Z as the rapper with the most No. 1s in the history of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week with a jump to the top as the featured guest on 2 Chainz's "No Lie," bringing the former's total ...

  47. Chart Juice: 2 Chainz Gets Back-to-Back No. 1s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    August 10, 2012 11:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 On the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, 2 Chainz gets his second overall No. 1 -- and first topper as a lead artist -- as "No Lie" (featuring Drake ) rises 2-1. 2 Chainz replaces himself atop the list as "No Lie" bumps "Mercy&qu ...

  48. Elle Varner & Reps Talk 'Perfectly Imperfect' Album

    August 07, 2012 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it... but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potentially ...

  49. Elle Varner Is 'Perfectly' Flawed

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT What might happen if a country fiddle was used to sweeten an R&B song? "I knew people were either going to love it or hate it . . . but they would definitely remember it," MBK Entertainment president Jeff Robinson says of the potenti ...

  50. Rihanna, Elton John and More Festival Stars Heading for Palladia's 'Outdoor Week 2012'

    August 01, 2012 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 High-definition channel Palladia will showcase artists ranging from Rihanna to Elton John with its fifth annual Outdoor Week, which will document festivals from across the world. Outdoor Week's eight-day run will include 24-hour coverage of out ...

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