1. Chart Juice: Rihanna, Usher Roar Into Top 10

    March 16, 2012 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 R ihanna and Usher both bound into the top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with their equally-young, fast-rising new hits. Rihanna's "Birthday Cake," featuring Chris Brown , earns the chart's Airplay Gainer bad ...

  2. Chart Juice: Mary J. Blige Notches Record-Extending Top 10 Single

    March 09, 2012 11:25 AM EST 0 0 0 The Queen of hip-hop/soul, Mary J. Blige , along with her guest star Drake , both earn their 23rd top 10s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Mr. Wrong" inches up 11-10. Blige continues to boast the most top 10s among women since the tally began ...

  3. Chart Juice: Beyonce Nabs Sixth No.1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    March 02, 2012 5:05 PM EST 0 0 0 As if nabbing her first No. 1 on Adult R&B last week wasn't enough for Beyoncé , earning the No. 1 spot on the overall R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart is certainly just right. "Love on Top," the song that will always remind us of Bey& ...

  4. Estelle Returns, Fresh Off A Smash Single and Breakup, with 'All of Me'

    March 02, 2012 3:15 PM EST 0 0 0 "I be international. Catch me all around the world," Estelle purrs on "International (Serious)," a towering electro-hip-hop cut featuring Chris Brown and Trey Songz that appears on the British singer's long-delayed third alb ...

  5. Chart Juice: Beyonce Banks First Adult R&B No. 1

    February 23, 2012 5:15 PM EST 0 0 0 In a seeming case of chart déjà vu, Drake continues his reign on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "The Motto," featuring Lil Wayne , rules at No. 1 for a second consecutive week. The routine success of Drake leaves allow plenty of room ...

  6. Chart Juice: Drake's Domination, The Latest Chapter

    February 17, 2012 4:50 PM EST 0 0 0 Just one week ago, Drake 's moves on the Rap Songs chart were enough to declare him a rap radio god. Hold your applause. There's more. This week, he succeeds on the famed R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally in identical fashion. The Young Money ca ...

  7. Common, Ne-Yo Join NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    February 16, 2012 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Although Justin Bieber will sadly not return to the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game this year to defend his tiny, Canadian crown, the annual basketball event will feature a bevy of stars from music, film and various sports. Common , Ne-Yo and "The ...

  8. Chart Juice: Drake, Seal Win Seals of Approval on R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    February 02, 2012 4:47 PM EST 0 0 0 Unlike the past few weeks, the top 10 of the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week shuffles around, with enough position gains and drops that only the top two titles, the monsters of the list, remain in place. "Make Me Proud," the song tha ...

  9. Backbeat: Why Estelle Was More Excited To Work With Janelle Monae Than Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, Wyclef & Chris Brown

    January 31, 2012 12:30 PM EST On January 25, Estelle previewed her new album "All Of Me" before an intimate crowd at Home on Houston Street in New York. It's been three years since the London native's single "American Boy" featuring Kanye West was ...

  10. Urban Power List: Michael Kyser

    January 28, 2012 3:55 PM EST Michael Kyser President Of Black Music, Atlantic Records Group Website: atlanticrecords.com Twitter: @LittleBurger Expansion Player Signaling a redoubled commitment to expand its stake in R&B and hip-hop, Atlantic appointed Michael Kyser as it ...

  11. Trey Songz Finishing Up 'Chapter V' Album Before Winter Tour

    January 27, 2012 1:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Before he embarks on his Anticipation 2our headlining trek next month, Trey Songz hopes to put the finishing touches on "Chapter V," the full-length follow-up to 2010's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure." "I'm finishin ...

  12. Chart Juice: Drake Stands 'Proud' Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    January 27, 2012 10:10 AM EST 0 0 0 Drake 's Nicki Minaj -assisted "Make Me Proud," one of seven singles from his current No. 1 album on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, "Take Care," creeps up to the coveted No. 1 position on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (2-1). "Make Me ...

  13. Billboard Power 100: Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman

    January 27, 2012 12:20 AM EST No. 28 Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman Chairman/COO; chairman/CEO Atlantic Records Group Twitter: @AtlanticRecords Record-Breaking Dynamic Duo... Under the leadership of Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Records supplanted sibling la ...

  14. How Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Trey Songz Helped USAID Raise Funds for Eastern Africa

    January 03, 2012 7:30 AM EST As a devastating famine rips its way across eastern Africa and America continues its economic slump, the U.S. government's development arm has teamed up with MTV this holiday season to try a new way to raise much-needed funds to help many of ...

  15. The Year in Touring: U2's Mighty Roar

    December 09, 2011 8:55 AM EST 0 0 0 Any year in touring that includes the figure $736,421,586 can only be considered a good year for business. That mind-blowing sum is the final tally for U2 's historic 360° tour, a three-year behemoth that shattered preconceived notions (and cap ...

  16. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Jingles At No. 1 for Second Week

    December 07, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a second week, selling 293,000 (up 29%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its cumulative sales crossed the 1 million mark this week (1.03 million), marking ...

  17. Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Set for Second Week at No. 1

    December 01, 2011 8:45 AM EST 0 0 0 After Michael Buble 's "Christmas" album squeaked past Nickelback 's "Here and Now" to claim the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 this past week, it would see Mr. Buble isn't going anywhere soon. His "Christmas ...

  18. Juvenile Talks New Album, Drake Collaboration & Hot Boys Reunion

    November 22, 2011 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In his decade-long career, Juvenile has overcome countless hardships, from tragic family deaths and legal disputes, to the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina. Still, the New Orleans native persevered and has released eight solo studio albums an ...

  19. Billboard Touring Awards: U2, Bon Jovi, Take That Are Top Finalists

    November 04, 2011 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 U2, Bon Jovi, Take That, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Usher are among the finalists for the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards , set for Nov. 10 at the Roosevelt Hotel ballroom in New York City. The awards are primarily based on box office numbers re ...

  20. Chart Juice: Drake Vaults 50 Spots on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

    October 28, 2011 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's been quite a birthday week for Drake . The same week Drake turns 25 years old (Oct. 24), the rapper earns Greatest Gainer honors on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as "Make Me Proud," featuring Nicki Minaj , blasts 5 ...

  21. Chris Brown Leads Soul Train Awards Nominations

    October 21, 2011 1:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Days after winning the most awards at the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Chris Brown leads the nominations for the 2011 Soul Train Awards. Brown is nominated for five nods across 11 categories, one being Best Dance Performance in which he's up agains ...

  22. Adele Leads American Music Awards Nominations

    October 11, 2011 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the first development of many expected awards-show sweeps this year, Adele led the nominations of the 39th annual American Music Awards, which were announced in Los Angeles on Tuesday (Oct. 11). The singer-songwriter -- whose sophomore album, &qu ...

  23. J. Cole Already Prepping New Album: 'Be Back in Nine Months'

    October 03, 2011 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 With his debut album seemingly headed towards a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200, J. Cole is already hard at work -- and, he says, well along -- with its follow-up. "I'm trying to do nine months, be back in nine months with the next album, ...

  24. J. Cole Talks 'Cole World': Video Track-By-Track

    September 27, 2011 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 "Cole World: The Sideline Story," the debut album from North Carolina MC J. Cole, arrives today (Sept. 27) after years of slow-growing hype and a handful of mixtapes that allowed the young rapper to polish his delivery. Since releasing deb ...

  25. All Eyes on J. Cole as Debut Finally Arrives

    September 23, 2011 2:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 There are 16 songs and three bonus tracks of tightly wound rhymes and sinewy beats on J. Cole's debut album, "Cole World: The Sideline Story," but the 26-year-old rapper says that the true nature of the album lies in the material that ...

  26. George Strait Lands Top Debut on Billboard 200, Beatles' 1' Re-enters Top 5

    September 14, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne 's "Tha Carter IV" easily holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week, as it sells another 219,000 (down 77%) according to Nielsen SoundScan. It arrived atop the list with 964,000 last week -- 2011 ...

  27. J. Cole To Kick Off MTV's 'Sucker Free Road to Release'

    September 14, 2011 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 J. Cole , the first artist signed to Jay-Z 's Roc Nation, will kick off MTV2's "Sucker Free Road to Release" on Wednesday (Sept. 14) with the video premiere of his single "Can't Get Enough" featuring Trey Songz . T ...

  28. Exclusive: J. Cole to Launch MTV2's New Franchise 'Sucker Free Road to Release' Tonight

    September 14, 2011 8:39 AM EDT MTV2 is tonight (Sept. 14) launching "Sucker Free Road to Release," a new franchise chronicling the process behind hip-hop artists' album releases. The first installment will feature J. Cole and the worldwide video premiere of his t ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 08, 2011 11:45 AM EDT 0 0 0 Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold, Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which were officially announced on Thursd ...

  31. Freshman Haze: Chipmunk

    August 12, 2011 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Grime music has birthed big stars, such as Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal . Chipmunk is next up to bat. From rhyming on pirate radio sets in his early teenage years to now being one of the most successful urban acts in the UK, Chipmunk has achieved ...

  32. Kelly Rowland Steps Out With 'Motivation' On New Album

    July 22, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 With 18 weeks on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including seven nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, Kelly Rowland's breathless pillow-talk ballad "Motivation," featuring Lil Wayne , is undeniably one of the summer's ...

  33. Trey Songz To Make Acting Debut in 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D'

    July 19, 2011 8:31 PM EDT Leatherface has found his latest target -- Grammy-nominated rapper and R&B artist Trey Songz. Songz has signed to play one of the leads in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D," the latest reimagining of Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror cla ...

  34. Trey Songz To Make Acting Debut in 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D'

    July 19, 2011 3:22 PM EDT 0 0 0 Leatherface has found his latest target - Grammy-nominated rapper and R&B artist Trey Songz . Songz has signed to play one of the leads in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D," the latest reimagining of Tobe Hooper's 1974 horror class ...

  35. Ameriie Shares Exclusive Details on Upcoming Album, 'Cymatika Vol. 1'

    July 14, 2011 4:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Ameriie has kept busy since the release of her last album, "In Love & War" (2009), both in love and work. The singer took time off before recording her upcoming fifth studio album, "Cymatika Vol. 1" (Spring 2012), to plan a & ...

  36. Lloyd Q&A I The Juice

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    July 13, 2011 5:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lloyd shares the story behind his fourth studio album, "King of Hearts," his NSFW single, "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)" and collaborating with Chris Brown and Trey Songz. featuredVideo4 , lloyd , The Juice , interview , Trey ...

  37. Lloyd Talks New Album, NSFW Single & Working with Chris Brown and Trey Songz

    July 13, 2011 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After a two year hiatus, Lloyd returns with his fourth studio album, "King of Hearts" (July 5). After parting ways with The Inc., Lloyd locked himself away in the studio with Polow the Don to craft a work that would be played years after a ...

  38. Lloyd Overcomes Label Drama To Become 'King of Hearts'

    July 01, 2011 4:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 LeBron James wasn't the only self-proclaimed "King" mulling over a big decision last year. After releasing his first three albums through music mogul/former reality star Irv Gotti's record label the Inc. (formerly known as Murda ...

  39. J. Cole Talks 'Work Out' Video, Touring with Rihanna and 'Watch the Throne'

    July 01, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 While the hip-hop world questioned his hiatus, J.Cole was taking the advice of Jay-Z by "living and being on tour." J. Cole Eyeing Late Summer Release for 'Heavy' Debut Album "I felt like they had me on the road too much. I ...

  40. Lupe Fiasco Shows His Sensitive Side in 'Out Of My Head' Video: Watch

    June 30, 2011 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After delivering a video of real-life military footage for thought-provoking song, "Words I Never Said," Lupe Fiasco returns with lighter visuals for his third single, "Out of My Head," featuring Trey Songz . Lupe Fiasco Working ...

  41. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 8:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilarious ...

  42. Jill Scott: The Billboard Cover Story

    June 24, 2011 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 A word that captures Jill Scott's vibe of late? "Free." "That's the word I've been using," Scott says with a laugh. She's calling in from Baltimore, one of the stopovers on a promotional tour in support of her ...

  43. Freshman Haze: Machine Gun Kelly Talks Label Bidding War, 'Laced Up' Album & More

    June 17, 2011 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 The slim, tattooed artist, Machine Gun Kelly, who has rhymed since 14 yrs. old, has recently caught the eyes and ears of many with his raw talent and grassroots following, "Lace Up." His "ragers" - the term MGK uses for his fans ...

  44. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Announces New Fragrance, Linkin Park Hits Studio

    June 15, 2011 7:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyonce to Debut Third Fragrance This Fall Beyonce will launch a third fragrance, Pulse, a floral citrus-scented perfume that represents her stage persona. "Women al ...

  45. Adele 'Rolling' Along Atop Hot 100, Jason Aldean & Nicki Minaj Reach Top 10

    June 15, 2011 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Adele 's "Rolling in the Deep" logs a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart to be released Thursday (June 16) on Billboard.com, while Jason Aldean and Nicki Minaj enter the top 10. "Rolling in the Deep" spends a ...

  46. Lupe Fiasco Working on His Fourth Studio Album

    June 14, 2011 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 As criticism made it's way onto Lupe Fiasco 's Twitter timeline, after calling President Obama a terrorist on CBS's show, "What's Trending," the Chicago rapper was in the middle of shooting promos for AT&T's &# ...

  47. 'Twilight' Rules MTV Movie Awards, Foo Fighters and Lupe Fiasco Perform

    June 06, 2011 10:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Apparently excited to continue last year's trend of dropping f-bombs in every segment, the MTV Movie Awards carried the swearing to an extreme Sunday night (June 5) at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, with sweethearts from the cast of th ...

  48. Jill Scott Sets 'Summer Block Party' Tour Dates

    June 02, 2011 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 J ill Scott will bring her forthcoming fourth album, "The Light of the Sun," on the road this summer with the Jill Scott Summer Block Party, which kicks off July 28 in New York. The Budweiser Superfest-sponsored trek will also feature soul ...

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