1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Kid Cudi Drops Short Horror Film Collab With Shia LaBeouf, Cage (NSFW): Watch

    November 01, 2011 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Halloween day, yesterday (Oct. 31), rapper Kid Cudi released "Maniac," his short horror film collaboration with fellow lyricist Cage and actor/director Shia LaBeouf. With intensely dark imagery, relentless violence, and clear sadism, &q ...

  5. Wale Releases Kid Cudi Collaboration, Talks Feud and New Album

    October 17, 2011 5:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Wale has been quite the busy man. Coming off the heels of highly praised cypher with his fellow Maybach Money Group members at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards, he just released "Focused" a cut off of his sophomore effort "Ambition" w ...

  6. Press Play: Wale, Neako, Tyga and Future

    September 29, 2011 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard's The Juice is invading your Beats by Dre headphones with the latest tracks, leaked or just released. Check out our playlist featuring Wale , Neako, Tyga and Future. Wale feat. Miguel - "Lotus Flower Bomb" Wale teams up with ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

    September 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne, the then-unsigned Drake, who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone.& ...

  9. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out

    September 16, 2011 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne , the then-unsigned Drake , who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone.& ...

  10. Billboard Bits: Gaga Getting 'Simpsons'-fied, New Tom Waits Album On The Way

    August 23, 2011 4:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Lady Gaga to Guest Star on 'The Simpsons' Lady Gaga will guest star on the 'Simpsons' during the long-running show's 23rd season. Gaga will play ...

  11. DJ Khaled Talks 'We the Best Forever': Video Track-By-Track

    July 19, 2011 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's truth to DJ Khaled 's words. "I live at Billboard. Check the charts. I've been there for seven years straight," DJ Khaled tells Billboard.com the day before the release of "We the Best Forever" (July 18). D ...

  12. Mary J. Blige Debuts New Song at 2011 BET Awards: Watch

    June 27, 2011 1:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mary J. Blige opened the 2011 BET Awards last night (June 26), performing vintage songs such as "You Bring Me Joy" and "Real Love." Mary then brought out her first guest Anita Baker to perform the classic, "Caught Up in the ...

  13. Does Maybach Music Group Have Something to Prove?

    May 18, 2011 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 They release songs and visuals, daily. (You can't ever get to far from the blogosphere!) They're working on solo projects and film guest appearances, all while promoting their compilation album, 'Self Made Vol. 1,' out May 23. Do ...

  14. Maybach Music Group Talks Signings and Being Inspired by Bad Boy

    May 16, 2011 2:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 As of February, Rick Ross has taken Maybach Music Group to new heights. Rawse has hand picked rappers such as Wale , Pill, Meek Mill, Gunplay, Torch - and singer, Teedra Moses - to build a well oil machine, crafting one of many of the hip-hop imprin ...

  15. Exclusive: Teedra Moses Signs to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group

    April 20, 2011 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Last month, Teedra Moses made a move that took everyone by surprise. A month after debuting her video, "R U 4 Real," signed to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group and put a hold on her sophmore album, "The Lioness." Video Premier ...

  16. Gucci Mane Reveals Joint Album with Waka Flocka Flame

    March 17, 2011 3:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Although Gucci Mane is preparing to release "The Return of Mr. Zone 6," a 13-track street album, next Tuesday (Mar. 22), the Atlanta rapper is already looking ahead to another spring release: a joint album with fellow Brick Squad MC Waka F ...

  17. Santigold Signs to Roc Nation Management

    March 14, 2011 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 Santigold has signed a management deal with Roc Nation, a Roc Nation representative has confirmed to Billboard. "It's official! Made the change to Roc Nation Management!!!" the ecclectic singer/rapper, who recently gave five lucky Bil ...

  18. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Compilation Arriving May 24

    March 10, 2011 2:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Two weeks after Maybach Music Group landed a partnership with Warner Bros. Records, the hip-hop label's founder, Rick Ross , has announced a May 24 release date for Maybach's first compilation album, "Self Made," on Twitter today ...

  19. Rick Ross' Maybach Music Partners with Warner Bros., Signs Pill

    February 22, 2011 3:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Maybach Music Group, the hip-hop imprint founded by Rick Ross , has announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Records. Maybach also announced its latest signee, Atlanta rapper Pill, earlier today (Feb. 22). "This deal with Warner Bros. Records ...

  20. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj's No. 1 Trifecta

    February 17, 2011 4:39 PM EST 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj picks up her first chart-topper on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with "Moment 4 Life," featuring Drake , as the song steps up 2-1 in its 12th week (36.5 million listener impressions, up 7%, according to Nielsen BDS). The milestone come ...

  21. Gucci Mane Preps New 'Mr. Zone 6' LP, Announces March 22 Release Date

    February 10, 2011 10:51 AM EST 0 0 0 Following a series of well-publicized alleged mental issues and legal troubles, Gucci Mane , born Radric Davis, will be releasing an album titled "The Return of Mr. Zone 6" on March 22. Gucci teamed with Drumma Boy for most of the producti ...

  22. Rick Ross Welcomes Rapper Meek Mill To Maybach Music Group

    February 08, 2011 3:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Just days after announcing Wale had joined his Maybach Music Group, Rick Ross tweeted today (Feb. 8) that another rapper has joined the "empire." Meek Mill is the latest addition to the Maybach Music family. "EVERYONE WELCOME @MEEKMIL ...

  23. Wale Signs To Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group

    February 07, 2011 10:51 AM EST 0 0 0 After much speculation, rapper Wale confirmed via Twitter recently that he has signed to Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. According to Complex, Maybach Music is in the center of a bidding war between Jay-Z's Roc Nation (which actually manag ...

  24. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Jamie Foxx & Drake Break Songz's Streak

    February 03, 2011 6:44 PM EST 0 0 0 There's a new King on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs this week as Jamie Foxx 's "Fall For Your Type," featuring Drake , jumps 5-1, snapping Trey Songz 's "Can't Be Friends'" No. 1 run at 13 weeks. Ironically, Foxx ...

  25. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Trey Songz, Jamie Foxx, Drake

    January 27, 2011 1:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Trey Songz picks up a 13th week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs making "Can't Be Friends" the longest-running chart-topper since Maxwell 's "Pretty Wings" spent 14 weeks at the summit in 2009. Besides Maxwell's hit, onl ...

  26. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Nicki Minaj, Michael Jackson, Trey Songz

    January 20, 2011 4:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Nicki Minaj continues her winning streak as "Pink Friday" picks up a second week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Despite dropping 17% to 32,000 copies, Minaj fends off Rihanna 's "Loud" which steps 3-2 in its ninth week. Kanye ...

  27. Rick Ross Announces Album Title, Reveals Drake-Assisted Single

    January 04, 2011 10:20 AM EST 0 0 0 Rick Ross called the Power 105.1 morning show, The Breakfast Club, and revealed the title of his upcoming album, "God Forgives, I Don't," as well as his new track, "Made Men," featuring Drake . Audio: Rick Ross announces alb ...

  28. Video Q&A: Duran Duran Talks New Album, Career Highlights

    December 21, 2010 1:50 PM EST 0 0 0 While Duran Duran has enjoyed a storied three-decade career, the New Wave pioneers aren't content to sit back and leave their legacy incomplete. "All You Need is Now," the group's thirteenth album out digitally on iTunes today (D ...

  29. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: T.I., Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz

    December 18, 2010 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Currently-incarcerated Atlanta rapper T.I. notches the week's top debut on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, as "No Mercy" opens at No. 1 with 159,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The opening marks his fou ...

  30. Eminem's 'Recovery' Earns the Rapper Top Spot On R&B/Hip-Hop Charts

    December 10, 2010 4:38 PM EST 0 0 0 During the past 12 months, the R&B and hip-hop charts have been rife with comebacks, buzz-drawing upstarts and hitmaking assists. Working his way up the comeback trail after the mediocre "Relapse," Eminem hit a peak with the refreshing ...

  31. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele, Kanye West

    December 10, 2010 3:43 PM EST 0 0 0 Despite a 78% decline, Kanye West 's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" holds onto the No. 1 spot for a second week on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, logging sales of 108,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Nicki Minaj remains at No. 2 wit ...

  32. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo

    December 02, 2010 12:10 PM EST 0 0 0 Kanye West takes the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" catapults 59-1 with 496,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Street date violations caused the set to debut last week at No. 59. E ...

  33. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Kid Cudi, Cee Lo Green, Trey Songz

    November 19, 2010 2:16 PM EST 0 0 0 Kid Cudi breaks open at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with his sophomore set "Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager" as the title moves 169,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His debut "Man on the Moon: The End of the ...

  34. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Mariah Carey, Trey Songz, Willow Smith

    November 12, 2010 11:48 AM EST 0 0 0 Mariah Carey kicks off the holiday season with "Merry Christmas II You," which arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, marking only the second Christmas set to top the chart in its 45-year history. It starts with 55,000 sold, accor ...

  35. Lil Wayne's Friends Hit Miami For 'Welcome Home' Bash

    November 08, 2010 9:54 AM EST 0 0 0 Lil Wayne was released from jail on Thursday, Nov. 4, and the rapper is apparently quickly re-acclimating to the real world. Wayne not only hit up Friday's (Nov. 5) New Orleans Hornets vs. Miami Heat game and took the stage on Saturday (Nov. 6) ...

  36. R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice: Lil Wayne, Tech N9ne, Trey Songz

    November 05, 2010 11:51 AM EDT 0 0 0 Lil Wayne 's "I Am Not A Human Being" ties Alicia Keys ' "The Element Of Freedom" for the year's third longest run at No. 1 as it picks up a fifth week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Eminem 's "Recovery&quo ...

  37. Kid Cudi Opens Up About Cocaine Use, Failed Lady Gaga Tour

    September 17, 2010 5:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Despite breaking out with his debut album and role on HBO's "How To Make It in America," the past year has been pretty rough for Kid Cudi . On the eve of his sophomore album "Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager," the ...

  38. Perry's 'Dream' Persists Atop Hot 100, But Mars Is on the Horizon

    September 16, 2010 11:04 AM EDT 0 0 0 K aty Perry holds at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week with "Teenage Dream." While airplay for the track continues to grow (5-4 on Radio Songs, up 9%), downloads trail off by 11% to 197,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, k ...

  39. Billboard Bits: Beyonce Talks Pregnancy Rumors, Arcade Fire Plots Tour

    August 16, 2010 7:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Beyoncé Addresses Baby Rumors While Beyoncé's decision to take a break earlier this year prompted rumors that she and husband Jay-Z are looking to have children, the ...

  40. Web Trends: Wale, 'Inception,' Double Rainbow Song and more

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 3:30 pm) 5. Wale “More About Nothing” Mixtape Wale released his new mixtape, “More About Nothing,” on Rap Radar this afternoon. Digg Music Video 24 Hours 1. How The “Inception” Score’s Main Song Was Constructed 2. This is Why ...

  41. Jay-Z Leads BET Awards Noms; Justin Bieber Gets New Artist Nod

    May 18, 2010 3:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Artist/actress/entrepreneur Queen Latifah has been chosen to host the 10th edition of the BET Awards. Leading with five nominations is Jay-Z, followed by Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz and Melanie Fiona, tied at four nods each. Among this year ...

  42. Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup Topped By Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews

    February 09, 2010 1:26 PM EST 0 0 0 The 2010 edition of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is taking an unusual route to its lineup announcement today (Feb. 9), rolling out the bill one artist at a time on its website. Billboard sources, however, have confirmed that the festival h ...

  43. Drake, Ke$ha Join Bamboozle Lineup

    January 26, 2010 10:29 AM EST 0 0 0 D rake and Ke$ha are the latest acts to be added to The Bamboozle Festival roster, joining the likes of MGMT , Paramore , Mike Posner and headliners Weezer , among others. Drake will be performing right before Paramore on May 1 and Ke$ha on both May ...

  44. Drake and Ke$ha Added To Bamboozle Festival Line-Up

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Drake and Ke$ha are the latest acts to be added to The Bamboozle Festival roster, joining the likes of MGMT, Paramore, Mike Posner and headliners Weezer, among others. Drake will be performing right before Paramore on May 1 and Ke$ha on both May 1 ...

  45. Jay-Z, Muse, Gorillaz Top Coachella 2010 Lineup

    January 19, 2010 10:25 AM EST 0 0 0 J ay-Z , Muse and Gorillaz will headline the 11th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 16-18 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are LCD Soundsystem , Faith No More , Thom Yorke , Pavement and the Spec ...

  46. B.o.B.: Artists To Watch 2010

    January 15, 2010 1:14 PM EST 0 0 0 Two months ago, rapper/singer B.o.B.-who also goes by his real name Bobby Ray (Simmons), Bobby or just plain Bob-made a viral video with Atlantic Records president Julie Greenwald in an effort to quiet rumors of tension between the artist and his la ...

  47. Taking Peaks, Part 1: Nos. 100-76

    January 05, 2010 4:25 PM EST 0 0 0 Clearly, the most popular songs at any given time scale the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100. Still, America's singles chart of record for 51 years sports a history filled with well-loved classics that peaked at every position, from No. 1 a ...

  48. Melanie Fiona Crossing 'The Bridge' At Last

    October 29, 2009 5:19 PM EDT 0 0 0 M elanie Fiona 's debut has been a long time coming. After multiple delays, an internet leak this past summer and an early (Oct. 20) iTunes digital release Fiona's debut album, "The Bridge," will finally be available on Nov. 10 o ...

  49. Mike Posner: All Pop, No Guilt

    October 28, 2009 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Back in January, Duke University student and Detroit native Mike Posner -- who's spent the last five years writing and producing for other artists -- made the impulsive decision to hole up in his bedroom and finish up a mixtape. "Somewhere ...

  50. 50 Cent Brings Together N.Y. Rap Elite, Taking 'Thisis50' Fest To L.A. and Atlanta

    October 09, 2009 5:20 PM EDT Cent held his first annual "ThisIs50" Fest at New York's Governor's Island last weekend, and considering his career has been tarnished with a number of hip hop feuds, the Queens rapper managed to bring together some of New Yor ...

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