Hard work pays off!
After releasing her self-titled album exclusively on iTunes last week, Beyonce currently has the No.1 album on Billboard!
Over 800,000 copies of Beyonce were sold in first 72 hours of its release. This means Beyonce has the fourth-biggest-selling week of 2013.
Justin Timberlake is firing back at those who criticized his Runner, Runner performance and The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2.
In GQ magazine’s Men of the Year issue, Timberlake fired off on his critics and vocalized how the recent harsh criticism he’s been getting has affected him.
“So I find it ironic that I’m doing an interview with you about Man of the Year when I feel—literally—like a bunch of people just took a shit on my face.”
In the magazine, Jessica Biel’s husband slams his critics for hating on his new film, Runner Runner, and album, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, calling it a “double whammy.” GQ reports that Variety ran an op-ed titled “Why Justin Timberlake Should Stop Acting,” after Runner Runner, which also stars Ben Affleck, made only $8 million at the box office opening weekend.
Timberlake also tells the magazine that Billboard wrote (in his own words), ‘Tell him to leave his second half at home.’ Where did all this vitriol come from? It’s mean. And I’m not cut out for it.”
“The movie didn’t do well at the box office, so I should quit? Hold on a second,” he says. “If I was somebody else, you wouldn’t have said that. I have the number one album this week, and I shouldn’t have released it? Come on, man. You sound like a dickhead . . . It just shocked me because, like, you’re trade magazines. None of your opinions count. And by the way, none of you can do it.”
The former ‘N Sync member also tells the magazine that growing up in Memphis, Tenn. defines who he is today — and how he handles criticism. “It’s a struggling city with a defeatist attitude. I’m from this town, and I grew up with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder, so sometimes I find it funny that I’ve been able to acquire the patience it takes to be kind to people in our business,” he says. “Because sometimes I just want to f–king kill everybody.
Hot on the heels of the release of his new album, The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem covers Billboard magazine.
Though he’s been rapping and putting out albums for over a decade, Eminem is still not comfortable with fame. Check out some of his insight on fame, creating music and much more.
On not being comfortable with fame:
“I wanted the fame, but not the cover of Newsweek/Oh well, I guess beggars can’t be choosy,” he rhymes. “Wanted to receive attention for my music/Wanted to be left alone in public, excuse me.”
“I remember it felt like shit was just flying by me and nothing really seemed real.” He adds, “When I was making records, I would just take my frustrations out about that. I mean, fuck, here it is 2013 and I still don’t really have a total grasp on it yet and understand it.”
On fans liking his music:
“I kind of just make what I make and however people take to it is how they take to it, or don’t take to it,” he says. “I knew that it would have to match a certain intensity and vibe and feel in order to call it [The Marshall Mathers LP 2]. I want to say I’m confident that I’ve done that, but it’s up to the listener to decide.”
On bringing things back to old-school Hip-Hop with MMLP2:
“One of the things I thought might be cool to try to accomplish was to see if I could bring it back and remind people of the first time they ever heard me on a record. I wanted to try and recapture that nostalgic feeling.”
On his life now:
“Things are a little more calm for me now,” Eminem says. “There was a time when everything was kind of flying by the seat of my pants and I kind of didn’t know what was happening to my life. That certainly did get the best of me, with drugs and the pressure of all that shit. I’m at a different point now, but I still want to rap with the same energy and intensity and passion as before because, at the end of the day, this is what I love.”
Janelle Monáe has been named Billboard’s Rising Star.
The singer will be honored with an award at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event, to be held on December 10 in New York.
This prestigious honor coincides with the release of her second album, The Electric Lady, which bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
“Being recognized for your hard work and passion is always humbling and encouraging. I feel honored Billboard has taken note of my journey in the music industry thus far,” Monáe says. “I hope by receiving this award I’m encouraging aspiring acts to stay true to their own artistic visions and never give up.”
Monae’s career took off after she nominated for a Grammy for the song, “Cold War,” from her 2010 debut album, ArchAndroid.
Billboard has released its list of the Top Dance-Pop Collaborations of All Time! Topping the list is David Guetta’s “When love Takes Over” featuring Kelly Rowland. The song was released in 2009 and is one of Guetta’s most popular songs. There is only one song on the list “Silence” that is from the 1990s, all of the other songs are from 2000 onward.
Check out the Top 10 Top Dance-Pop Collaborations of All Time below. Do you agree with the list?
1. When Love Takes Over by David Guetta & Kelly Rowland (2009)
2. Silence by Delerium & Sarah McLachlan (1999)
3. We Found Love by Rihanna & Calvin Harris (2011)
4. South Side by Moby & Gwen Stefani (2000)
5. Galvanize by Chemical Brothers & Q-tip (2005)
6. Starry Eyed Surprise by Oakenflod & Shifty Shellshock (2002)
7. Breakn’ A Sweat by Skrillex & The Doors (2012)
8. Heartbreaker by MSTRKFT & John Legend (2009)
9. The Longest Road by Morgan Page & Lissie (2009)
10. Cruel Intentions by Simian Movile Disco & Beth Diyto (2010)
Billboard has released its Top 21 Artists Under 21 list.
Even though has been twerking all over the place, it’s teen sensation One Direction that has snagged the top spot. Cyrus isn’t too far away, as she placed No. 3 on the list.
One Direction is the first UK band to have their first two albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
1. One Direction
2. Justin Bieber
3. Miley Cyrus
4. Ariana Grande
5. Earl Sweatshirt
7. Austin Mahone
8. Scotty McCreery
9. Cody Simpson
11. Cher Lloyd
12. Chief Keef
13. Bridgit Mendler
15. Joey Bada$$
16. Tori Kelly
17. Martin Garrix
18. Mindless Behavior
Thanks to Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail,” Justin Timberlake has nabbed his 16th Top 10 on Mainstream Top 40.
The track ties Timberlake with Usher for the most Top 10s among males, in that category.
Rihanna leads all artists with 23 Top 10s.
Timberlake achieved a total of nine top 10s from 1998-2002 as a member of the pop group ’N SYNC. As both a solo artist and as a member of ’N SYNC, Timberlake has scored an 25 top 10s on Billboard’s BDS-based Mainstream Top 40 chart, a figure that puts him on the top of the list.
With “Holy Grail,” Jay-Z snags his seventh Mainstream Top 40 top 10.