1. Photos: Usher Honors Rico Love; Melanie Fiona Raises the Roof; Jacob Luttrell, EMI Win Big at SESAC Awards

    May 11, 2012 5:08 PM EDT The winners: From left: SESAC song of the year winner for "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" sung by Enrique Iglesias Jacob Luttrell; inspiration award winner Bryan-Michael Cox; Usher; songwriter of he year Rico Love. (Photo: Shawn Ehl ...

  2. Carrie Underwood Debuts Atop Billboard 200, Beats Norah Jones, B.o.B

    May 09, 2012 11:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 C arrie Underwood easily trounces the competition this week as her fourth album, "Blown Away," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 267,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best sales week for a country album since t ...

  3. Carrie Underwood's 'Blown Away' Debuts At No. 1 With Best Country Sales In Months

    May 09, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Carrie Underwood easily trounces the competition this week as her fourth album, Blown Away , debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 267,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the best sales week for a country album since the Oct. 1 ...

  4. Rick Ross Has 'Clinical Direction' To New Signings, Says Def Jam President

    May 04, 2012 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 On May 2, Rick Ross and the major players of his Maybach Music Group label assembled at New York's Eventi Hotel to announce the upcoming plans and further expansion of the Warner Bros. hip-hop imprint. MMG's next posse album, "Self Ma ...

  5. Chart Juice: Fat Joe Returns to R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Top 10

    April 13, 2012 1:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Fat Joe nabs his fourth career top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as "Another Round," featuring Chris Brown , rises to No. 8 from No. 11. The song becomes the Bronx Bomber's first top 10 since "Make It Rain&q ...

  6. Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup: Black Sabbath, Chili Peppers, Black Keys Headlining

    April 11, 2012 1:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The extra-colorful lineup for the 2012 Lollapalooza festival, led by the Black Keys , Red Hot Chili Peppers and a reunited Black Sabbath , was unveiled on Wednesday morning (Apr. 11). The annual C3 Presents-promoted fest will return to Chicago' ...

  7. Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup: Black Sabbath, Chili Peppers, Black Keys Headlining

    April 11, 2012 1:00 AM EDT The extra-colorful lineup for the 2012 Lollapalooza festival, led by the Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and a reunited Black Sabbath, was unveiled on Wednesday morning (Apr. 11). The annual C3 Presents-promoted fest will return to Chicago' ...

  8. Monica, 'New Life': Track-By-Track Review

    April 10, 2012 2:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's true that loyal fans ride a singer's roller coaster of a career, going along with the highs and lows, the twists and turns. But it's those lows and twists that not only make for the best stories to tell once the ride ends, but sh ...

  9. Four-Play: Nicki Minaj Hits the Strip Club, 2 Chainz Starts a 'Riot' & More

    April 09, 2012 7:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj hits the strip club, Curren$y preps to fly high, Ne-Yo heats up the dance floor, and 2 Chainz starts a "Riot." Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Nicki Minaj, Curren$y, Ne-Yo, and 2 Chainz. There's ...

  10. Monica Has a Fresh Start on RCA With 'New Life'

    April 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "I always wanted to have that 'Waiting to Exhale' moment," veteran R&B songstress Monica says. Specifically, she's referring to the giddy experience of blowing up a car on the set of the video for her current single, &qu ...

  11. Chart Juice: Melanie Fiona Notches First No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    April 06, 2012 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Melanie Fiona earns her first No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with her two-week old "The MF Life" (2-1). It's the first album to reach No. 1 without debuting in the top slot since Nicki Minaj 's "Pink Friday" ascended i ...

  12. Chart Juice: LoveRance Rises 'Up!' to Top 10

    March 30, 2012 3:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 Just one week after Kirko Bangz earned his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Drank In My Cup" in its 31st week, marking the lengthiest rise to the top tier for a rap song since 2009, newbie LoveRance's ...

  13. NUE Agency Forms aveNUE Music Partnerships

    March 29, 2012 1:37 PM EDT The NUE Agency has formed a new operation called aveNUE Music Partnerships, designed to help distribute and promote artists through brand partnerships that are on the cusp of breaking through in the music industry but want to stay away from potent ...

  14. Chart Juice: Kirko Bangz Earns Long-Awaited Top 10 With 'Drank In My Cup'

    March 22, 2012 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Houston-born rapper Kirko Bangz earns his first top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as his second charted single, "Drank in My Cup," advances 13-10. "Drank in My Cup" enters the top tier in its 31st week, a ra ...

  15. Four-Play: Tyga, Wale, Ryan Leslie & B.o.B

    March 21, 2012 3:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tyga goes for the gold, Wale revisits his youth, Ryan Leslie lives lavishly in M.I.A., and B.o.B plays globetrotter. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Tyga, Wale, Ryan Leslie, and B.o.B. Tyga's gold-themed video exempli ...

  16. T.I. and B.o.B Steal Warner SXSW Showcase

    March 16, 2012 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "South By South West, what's happenin'?" T.I. yelled out, as he greeted the eager audience at Thursday night's (March 15) Warner Music Group showcase in Austin, Texas. Massive lines formed around the block of downtown venue ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Roots Picnic 2012 Lineup: Kid Cudi, Wale, James Murphy Performing

    March 16, 2012 2:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Kid Cudi , Wale , De La Soul and James Murphy are among the top-line acts at the 2012 Roots Picnic, the annual Philadelphia festival hosted by city music legends the Roots . Now in its fifth year, the event has expanded from one day to two, invading ...

  19. How Mountain Dew Booked Lil Wayne for SXSW, DeWeezy Campaign

    March 15, 2012 9:58 PM EDT On a crowded Thursday night of exclusive showcases in Austin -- T.I., B.o.B. and Wale at the Warner Sound, Bruce Springsteen at ACL Live, Fiona Apple at Pitchfork and Snoop Dogg opening the Doritos stage -- Lil Wayne's headlining gig at Cash ...

  20. What Role Did Rick Ross Play in Joie Manda's Appointment as Def Jam President?

    March 14, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Early today, Def Jam Recordings announced that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda will be the label's new president -- the first since Jay-Z vacated the position on Christmas Eve, 2007. Although it's unclear when talks be ...

  21. Turntable.FM Signs Licensing Deals With All Four Major Labels -- It's Official

    March 13, 2012 1:33 PM EDT Turntable.fm now has licensing agreements with all four of the major labels in place. The announcement was made today at South By Southwest by Turntable.fm founder Billy Chasen and co-founder Seth Goldstein during the panel "Turntable.FM: The ...

  22. A Guide To SXSW Music: Hot Parties, Big Showcases, Can't-Miss Shows

    March 12, 2012 7:45 AM EDT SXSW Music is just about the most overwhelming festival experience the music industry serves up on a yearly basis, with thousands of bands spread across the city performing both unofficial and official SXSW events, house parties, free bar shows, b ...

  23. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 09, 2012 2:42 PM EST March 13, 2012 | EXCLUSIVE Exclusive: Ginger Baker Documentarian To Next Tackle Bill Laswell "Beware of Mr. Baker" director Jay Bulger (center) and producer Fisher Stevens (right) are interviewed during the film's press day on Sunda ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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& ...

  26. Roc Nation Appoints Dorothy Hui VP of Digital Marketing

    March 02, 2012 10:52 AM EST Dorothy Hui has been appointed vice president of digital marketing at Roc Nation, it was announced this week. In her new role, she reports to company president Jay Brown. "At Roc Nation, we are always looking for the most talented individuals ...

  27. Exclusive: Estelle, Lil Kim to Perform on BET's 'Rip the Runway'

    February 24, 2012 12:15 PM EST 0 0 0 BET's annual fashion and music show, 'Rip the Runway,' is right around the corner and promises a star-studded show with notable performances and guest appearances. Billboard.com's The Juice exclusively announces female stage pres ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Travis Porter's Strap Arrested For Gun Possession

    February 15, 2012 4:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Strap, of Travis Porter , was arrested this morning (Feb. 15), for attempting to get through security at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with a firearm. Strap, born Harold Duncan, entered booking at 11:16 a.m. according to HipHopDX ...

  30. Tyga Talks Young Money Movement, Busta Rhymes Collabo & 'Rack City' Success

    February 13, 2012 11:45 AM EST 0 0 0 Young Money continues to dominate the charts. Drake is No. 1 on four charts -- R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs -- while Nicki Minaj is climbs the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with her debut ...

  31. Chart Juice: Drake's Domination Rolls On

    February 10, 2012 12:55 PM EST 0 0 0 Lately, It seems like Drake is one of the main ingredients required to make a fresh glass of Chart Juice. The ever-present rapper not only leads Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart again, but he continues to dominate Rap Songs with his late ...

  32. Music Apps To Look Forward To @ SXSW Accelerator

    February 06, 2012 10:35 AM EST With MIDEM out of the way, we're looking forward to the next big conference on Evolver.fm's docket: SXSW, where we'll represent at Music Apps Gone Wild and Social Music Strategies: Viral & the Power of Free alongside executives ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Billboard Power 100: Jay Brown

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 48 Jay Brown Co-Founder/President Roc Nation Twitter: @rocnation [Roc] Nation Builder... As president and one of four founders of Roc Nation, the joint venture between Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (see No. 13) and Live Nation (John Meneilly ...

  36. Drake Doubles Up Again in R&B/Hip-Hop Top 10

    January 19, 2012 9:27 PM EST 0 0 0 D rake earns his 22nd top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Song s as "The Motto" (featuring Lil Wayne), the anthem that preaches the way of the Young Money assemblage, jumps 13-9. The song earns the Greatest Gainer/Airplay award with an increase of 3 ...

  37. Urban Power List: Jay-Z, Jay Brown, John Meneilly & Tyran 'Ty Ty' Smith

    January 18, 2012 4:28 PM EST Jay-Z, Jay Brown, John Meneilly & Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith The Roc Nation Team Website: RocNation.com Twitter: @RocNation Turning Multiple Streams Into A Flood The Roc Nation team -- CEO Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, president Jay Brown ...

  38. Urban Power List: Rick Ross

    January 12, 2012 6:03 PM EST Rick Ross Founder, Maybach Music Group Website: RozayRaw.com Twitter: @RickyRozay Miami Street Machine In just three years, chart-topping Def Jam rapper Rick Ross (born William Leonard Roberts III) has built a label, a franchise and a movement pow ...

  39. Chart Juice: Wale, Mac Miller Dominate the R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    January 05, 2012 4:20 PM EST 0 0 0 There was cause to celebrate when Mac Miller 's first studio album -- and second charting effort -- "Blue Slide Park" debuted at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart on Nov 26. But after its initial success, "Blue Slide Park ...

  40. Chart Moves: Wale's 'Flower' Blooms, 'Glee's Fun Falls, 'Charlie Brown' Bounds

    December 22, 2011 9:57 AM EST The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Rihanna claims her longest Billboard Hot 100 reign, as "We Found Love," featuring Calvin Harris, spends an eighth week at No. 1. Who else has found their way into Hot 100 headlines this wee ...

  41. Rick Ross & Wale: The Billboard Cover Story, Part I

    November 25, 2011 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 The latest issue of Billboard features an in-depth look at the partnership of Rick Ross and Wale , hip-hop's latest odd couple who joined forces on Maybach Music Group and have created a buzz online, on the radio, and on the Billboard 200 album ...

  42. Rick Ross Delays 'God Forgives' Album Release

    November 17, 2011 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 The release of "God Forgives, I Don't," the latest full-length opus from Rick Ross , has been pushed to early 2012 after originally being pegged with a Dec. 13 release date. Island Def Jam Senior VP of Marketing Chris Atlas tells Bill ...

  43. Chart Juice: Wale Debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 10, 2011 6:05 PM EST 0 0 0 While Wale may have just missed the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, where he launches at No. 2, the Washington, D.C., native's sophomore album, "Ambition," debuts at No.1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with opening-week sales of ...

  44. Justin Bieber's 'Mistletoe' Brightens Billboard 200 With No. 1 Debut

    November 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Justin Bieber continues to break records on Billboard's charts, as his "Under the Mistletoe" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 210,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. The collection is the first Chr ...

  45. Justin Bieber Brightens Billboard 200 Chart With No. 1 Debut

    November 09, 2011 11:00 AM EST Justin Bieber continues to break records on Billboard's charts, as his "Under the Mistletoe" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 210,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The collection is the first ...

  46. Pusha T Talks 'Fear of God II,' His Top Five 2011 Singles

    November 07, 2011 2:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Although he's lately been working with a slew of marquee rappers while branding himself as a solo artist, Pusha T says that he's come a long way since his days in Clipse , when he was reluctant to collaborate with anyone. "Musically, ...

  47. Justin Bieber to Unwrap a Billboard 200 No. 1

    November 04, 2011 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Building Chart: Debuts From Wale, Susan Boyle, Florence Could Fill the Top 10 As reported earlier this week, Justin Bieber 's first holiday album, "Under the Mistletoe," is about to decorate the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 chart. ...

  48. Justin Bieber's 'Mistletoe' Album Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 02, 2011 8:36 PM EDT The top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week should welcome new releases from the likes of Justin Bieber, Wale, Susan Boyle and Miranda Lambert, to name a few. Bieber's first Christmas effort, "Under the Mistletoe," will l ...

  49. Justin Bieber's 'Mistletoe' Album Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 02, 2011 7:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 The top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week should welcome new releases from the likes of Justin Bieber , Wale , Susan Boyle and Miranda Lambert , to name a few. Bieber's first Christmas effort, "Under the Mistletoe," will ...

  50. Four-Play: Nicki Minaj Shakes Her 'A$$' for Big Sean, Mary J. Blige Takes Control & More

    November 01, 2011 6:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Big Sean and Nicki Minaj leave little up to the imagination, V.V. Brown roams downtown Los Angeles, Wale and J. Cole live in luxury and veteran Mary J. Blige takes control. Check out four virals that deserve extra playtime starring Big Sean, Nicki M ...

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