1. Wale Performs at President Obama's State of the Union Address, Announces Fifth Album 'Shine'

    January 13, 2016 11:00 AM EST Wale opened President Barack Obama's State of the Union address (the first rapper to open an SOTU) for a special performance at the White House viewing party on Tuesday (Jan. 12). The DMV MC ran through a string of his hits including "Chi ...

  2. Wale Records New Theme for ESPN's 'First Take': Watch Him Make 'Every Word Great' (Exclusive)

    January 06, 2016 1:00 PM EST Wale hops back in the booth for a new theme song called "Every Word Great" that will open ESPN2's popular morning debate show  First Take  featuring debaters Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith with host Molly Qerim. The D.C. rapper a ...

  3. Meek Mill vs. Drake: A Full Timeline of the Rap Beef & Who Weighed In

    July 31, 2015 11:01 AM EDT OG Maco, Chris Brown, Noah "40" Shebib, Lupe Fiasco & more offer their two cents. It all started with a tweet, as many rap beefs go nowadays: "Stop comparing Drake to me too... He don't write his own raps!" Stop comp ...

  4. Roscoe Dash Doesn't 'Hold a Grudge' Against Meek Mill; Preps Three-Part 'Dash Effect 2' Album

    July 27, 2015 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Roscoe Dash has been doing pretty well over the past month, working on his upcoming effort, Dash Effect 2 -- that is, outside of getting himself involved in the Drake  vs.  Meek Mill melee that transpired on Twitter last week. As Meek Mill ranted on ...

  5. Wale Teams Up With Michelle Obama to Help College-Bound Teens

    July 23, 2015 5:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 First lady Michelle Obama is teaming up with rapper Wale to help college-bound teens overcome obstacles and succeed in college. More than 130 students were at the White House on Thursday for a "beating the odds" summit on making a smooth t ...

  6. Essence Festival 2015 Day 3 Highlights: Mystikal, Erykah Badu, Missy Elliott & More

    July 05, 2015 2:04 PM EDT Saturday night (July 4) at New Orleans Superdome proved to be the most eventful evening of this year's Essence Music Festival. The crowd was younger, but of course the headlining artists, Usher and Missy Elliott can be credited with bringin ...

  7. Wale Hosting 'Seinfeld Remix' on TBS This Summer

    June 12, 2015 12:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Wale , hip-hop's biggest Seinfeld fan, has already collaborated with Jerry Seinfeld and put out a whole album dedicated to "the show about nothing," The Album About Nothing . Long Before Wale, Jerry Seinfeld Hit the Billboard 200 on H ...

  8. Hear Miguel's Newly Updated Song 'Coffee (F---ing)' Featuring Wale

    May 03, 2015 5:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 After dropping a three-song EP in late December, Miguel has returned with the first single from his tentatively titled third album, Wild Heart . Surprise! Miguel Releases 3 New Songs The R&B singer released "Coffee (F---ing)," featurin ...

  9. Wale Visits Baltimore High School After Riots: 'My Heart Was Broken'

    April 29, 2015 2:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the wake of this week's unrest in Baltimore following Freddie Gray's death in police custody, Washington, D.C., native Wale decided to take action  -- not by hitting the streets, but by hitting the city's schools. Wale's ' ...

  10. Watch James Corden's Monologue Rap with Mark Ronson

    April 22, 2015 6:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 What do you get when you throw together the coolest British producer in the U.S, with the hottest British talk-show host on American TV? Well, you get a moment like Mark Ronson and James Corden had overnight. Ronson, the New York-based producer who ...

  11. The Juice Podcast: Big Sean vs. Justin Bieber, Wale, Frank Ocean & Jay Z's Tidal

    April 10, 2015 2:50 PM EDT On episode 39 of The Juice Podcast, media personality Nile " LowKey " Ivey and BET’s Taj Rani join me to discuss the week's R&B/hip-hop trending topics. We put the spotlight Big Sean 's alleged reaction to Justin Bieber get ...

  12. Wale's 'Seinfeld'-Inspired Album Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    April 02, 2015 7:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rapper Wale is aiming for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his latest release, The Album About Nothing . Industry forecasters suggest the set -- which is inspired by the comedy series Seinfeld and features Jerry Seinfeld himself -- may e ...

  13. Album Review: 'The Album About Nothing' Is Wale's Most Personal and Best Work

    April 02, 2015 2:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Wale made his breakthrough with the Seinfeld -inspired The Mixtape About Nothing seven years ago. Since, the D.C. rapper has changed record labels, rebounding from the commercial failure of his 2009 debut, Attention Deficit , by topping the Billboar ...

  14. Wale Opens Up About Drugs, Depression & Seeking Respect: 'I've Been Through Shit'

    March 30, 2015 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I was depressed... I wasn't sleeping. I was drinking all day and I didn't have anyone to go to. I couldn't fight it." On paper, you'd expect Wale to be a happy guy. His last album, 2013's The Gifted , topped the B ...

  15. Best and Worst Singles of the Week: From Mumford & Sons to Wale

    March 13, 2015 5:44 PM EDT Mumford & Sons "Believe" Glassnote Following the busy acoustic stomp of past singles like "Little Lion Man," Mumford & Sons ' "Believe" does away with the band's beloved banjos in favor of Coldplay ...

  16. Young Thug & Travis Scott Show Their Range at NYC's Webster Hall: Live Review

    March 13, 2015 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 The success of Young Thug and Travi$ Scott reflects two different approaches to climbing hip-hop's ladder. Last year, Thug was one of several rappers who exploded from regional presence to national force in a matter of months, forcing big-name ...

  17. Listen: Wale Releases Usher-Assisted 'The Matrimony (Making Plans)'

    March 02, 2015 6:22 PM EST 0 0 0 Wale delivers a gem for the ladies with "The Matrimony (Making Plans)." The new single from his upcoming album, The Album About Nothing , features Usher on the song's hook. Usher kicks off the song by sweetly reassuring his lover that ...

  18. Is Kanye West Designing New Jerseys for the Washington Wizards?

    January 21, 2015 7:42 PM EST Kanye West may be designing new jerseys for the Washington Wizards, according to Wale -- the team's new "creative liaison." Kanye West Is Redoing Kim Kardashian's Wardrobe Again After stepping into that role earlier this seas ...

  19. Watch Jerry Seinfeld & Wale Argue Over Strip-Club Food

    November 17, 2014 5:32 PM EST Nearly one year after calling up Complex to scream at them for not including his album The Gifted on their year-end 50 Best list, Wale is on the magazine's cover with Jerry Seinfeld . After delivering a spoken-word outro on Wale's last a ...

  20. Wale Leaves Roc Nation Management for 77 North

    August 28, 2014 6:58 PM EDT 0 0 0 Wale has parted ways with Jay Z 's Roc Nation management group to be repped by 77 North Management, the team behind LeBron James and NFL upstart Johnny Manziel.  Wale’s ‘The Followers’ Shoots to No. 1 on Trending 140 Amid Meek Mill Feud Though ...

  21. Wale Leaves Roc Nation Management for 77 North

    August 28, 2014 6:58 PM EDT Wale has parted ways with Jay Z 's Roc Nation management group to be repped by 77 North Management, the team behind LeBron James and NFL upstart Johnny Manziel.  Wale’s ‘The Followers’ Shoots to No. 1 on Trending 140 Amid Meek Mill Feud Thoug ...

  22. The Game Assembles All-Star Hip-Hop Crew for Michael Brown Tribute, 'Don't Shoot'

    August 27, 2014 7:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the wake of the killing of the unarmed black teenager Mike Brown at the hand of a white police officer and the civil unrest that's followed in the town of Ferguson, Mo. we've seen an outpouring of engagement from musicians voicing their ...

  23. The Juice Podcast 7/11/14: The-Dream's 'Royalty: The Prequel' EP, Meek Mill & Wale's Beef

    July 11, 2014 1:00 PM EDT 4 7 0 For this week's 11th episode of The Juice podcast, I'm joined by Tracy Garraud (Sirius XM's Sway In the Morning, BET), Nile " Low Key " Ivey ( You Heard That New , KWL Management) and this week's co-host, my co-worker J ...

  24. Wale’s ‘The Followers’ Shoots to No. 1 on Trending 140 Amid Meek Mill Feud

    July 08, 2014 8:48 PM EDT Wale’s new track “The Followers” hit No. 1 on the Twitter Trending 140 chart shortly after being released on SoundCloud late Tuesday afternoon. The Beef: Meek Mill Blasts Wale On Twitter, Wale Responds “The Followers” will appear on Wale’s forthcom ...

  25. The Beef: Meek Mill Blasts Wale On Twitter, Wale Responds

    July 08, 2014 3:13 PM EDT There seems to be tension in the Maybach Music Group camp. Meek Mill took to Twitter today (July 8) to throw shots at Wale for not supporting him by promoting his upcoming album, "Dreams Worth More Than Money." "Wale just ain't ...

  26. Wale on the BET Awards Red Carpet 2014

    Wale on the BET Awards Red Carpet 2014

    June 30, 2014 6:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 Wale on the BET Awards Red Carpet 2014 LA , 2014 , red carpet , bet , Wale , Billboard , Awards , Wale Videos Wale ...

  27. Mariah Carey, 'Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse': Track-by-Track Review

    May 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT In the nearly five years since Mariah Carey's last proper studio album, the singer has given birth to twins, served a stint on "American Idol," and reaffirmed her acting skills with a couple of films thankfully not called "Glit ...

  28. Mariah Carey Announces 14th Album, 'Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse'

    May 01, 2014 12:12 AM EDT Mariah Carey has unveiled the title, cover, release date and tracklist for her 14th album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” which arrives at digital and physical retail on May 27. Carey, who appears on the cover of this week’s magazine, ...

  29. Wale, Big Boi, Common & Daddy Yankee To Appear On 'Game of Thrones' Mixtape

    March 06, 2014 5:35 AM EST Could Westeros folk song "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" be getting it's own hip-hop remix? Probably not, but HBO is poise to release a "Game of Thrones" mixtape Friday in preparation for the fantasy show's season 4 d ...

  30. New Signings: Lindsey Stirling Signs to Reach Music, WME Inks Wale, Paradigm Nabs Solange

    November 25, 2013 11:00 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to mitchell.peters@b ...

  31. Sebastian Mikael, 'Beautiful Life': Official Video Premiere

    November 12, 2013 1:19 PM EST Since releasing his first mixtape, "J'Adore," in 2011, Sebastian Mikael has been steadily working on his full-length debut under Slip-N-Slide Records. As he preps for its February release, Mikael debuts the official video for the br ...

  32. Jack Johnson Set for No. 1 on Billboard 200, Avicii and Chris Young Aiming For Top 10

    September 20, 2013 9:06 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson is on course for his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, while EDM superstar and recent Billboard cover act Avicii is aiming for a top 10 debut with his first album, "True." Industry sources suggest ...

  33. Kendrick Lamar In the Running for Six Soul Train Awards

    September 18, 2013 5:04 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar is the top nominee for the Soul Train Awards. The rapper is up for six awards, including album of the year for "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and song and video of the year for "Poetic Justice." R&B singers Justin ...

  34. Bubbling Under: Saints Of Valory March In; Midnight Red Finds 'Home' At Radio

    September 13, 2013 12:50 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Saints of Valory, Midnight Red, Sebastian Mikael and Dani Martin. Saints Of Valor ...

  35. Travi$ Scott Talks Working With Kanye West, Jay Z; Performs Two Songs

    August 29, 2013 3:55 PM EDT Travi$ Scott has had one hell of a year. The rapper and producer, born in Houston, Texas, has worked on two Billboard 200 No. 1 albums this year: Jay Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" and Kanye West's "Yeezus." Photos: T ...

  36. Kendrick Lamar 'Control' Feature Yields Huge Twitter Followers Jump

    August 23, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Kendrick Lamar re-enters Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 15 after creating one of the biggest news stories in hip-hop so far this year. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikiped ...

  37. Jeff Bhasker On 'Yeezus,' Collaborating With P!nk & Looking 'To Evolve My Sound'

    August 09, 2013 4:58 PM EDT "You'll still be listening to ['Yeezus'] in 10 years, 20 years — not whatever else album came out today. I love Wale, but I don't think that's the music people are going to actually say, 'That's what defined ...

  38. Jay Z Premieres 'Picasso Baby' Video: Watch

    August 03, 2013 10:54 AM EDT Last night (August 2), Jay Z premiered the performance art film for his "Magna Carta Holy Grail" song, "Picasso Baby" on HBO. The Mark Romanek-directed, 10-minute video captures Jay Z performing "Picasso Baby" at NYC& ...

  39. J. Cole Announces What Dreams May Come Tour

    July 29, 2013 6:52 PM EDT Wale will be joining. J. Cole is embarking on a North American tour titled, What Dreams May Come. The tour, which features Wale, will kick off on Sept. in Miami, Fl. and close on Oct. 30 in Seattle, WA. "It's going to be a wild ride,&quo ...

  40. Chart Moves: Florida Georgia Line's Slow Chart Climb, Alexis Spight Hits No. 1

    July 18, 2013 8:23 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Jay Z jumped in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Magna Carta Holy Grail," selling 528,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was the fourth No. 1 in a row that w ...

  41. Chart Juice: Jay Z Nets His Fourth-Largest Sales Week Ever

    July 18, 2013 2:12 PM EDT As expected, Jay Z's latest opus "Magna Carta Holy Grail" debuts at the summit of Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Unexpectedly, the set beat industry sales projections, as it arrives with 528,000 sold in its first week, according to Nie ...

  42. Rapsody's Wale-Assisted, 'Dark Knights': Exclusive Song Premiere

    July 15, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Rapsody's 'She Got Game' mixtape will drop on August 20. Close to a year after releasing her debut album, "The Idea of Beautiful," Rapsody readies her fifth mixtape, "She Got Game," due August 20. In anticipatio ...

  43. Rap's History-Making Week on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 11, 2013 5:37 PM EDT For the first time in the Billboard 200 chart's history, rap albums hold down the top three spots in three successive weeks. J. Cole's Born Sinner is No. 1 this week, followed by Wale's The Gifted and Kanye West's Yeezus at ...

  44. Chart Juice: J. Cole Overthrows Wale and Outsells Kanye West

    July 11, 2013 11:31 AM EDT In its third week on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, J. Cole's "Born Sinner" claims the No. 1 spot to mark his second chart-topper after his 2011 debut "Cole World: The Sideline Story." With 58,000 copies sold, according to ...

  45. Jay-Z Performs 'Picasso Baby' at NYC's Pace Gallery: Watch

    July 10, 2013 4:30 PM EDT During his Twitter Q&A on Monday (July 8), Jay-Z mentioned that he'd deliver six pieces of art following the release of his "Magna Carta Holy Grail" album.   RT @NickyP7D @S_C_ have you began working on any visuals for any track ...

  46. J. Cole's 'Born Sinner' Album Jumps To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Surpasses Sales of Kanye West's 'Yeezus'

    July 10, 2013 11:00 AM EDT While J. Cole's Born Sinner was initially blocked from No. 1 on the Billboard 200, he celebrates his second No. 1 this week. In its third week on the chart, Born Sinner rises 2-1 with 58,000 sold (down 32%, according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

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