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Posted: September 30, 2013 in The Juice

It takes some self reflection for Skylar Grey to grasp a past love in “Back From the Dead.” Skylar’s latest video from her debut album Don’t Look Down. In this clip, art helps the singer come to terms with her heart reopening to a relationship she buried 6 feet under.

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Ja Rule and Irv Gotti’s recent press run (The Breakfast Club, Hot 97 with Angie Martinez) was a sign of bigger things to come. After Ja spent nearly two years behind bars in NY, he’s ready to take control of his music career. And Gotti’s got his back.

In July, Gotti announced his new entertainment company Visionary through Instagram. He said signing 14-year-old Maddi Jane, who is known as “the female Justin Bieber”, was the first big step into establishing the name. He also furthered explain that ““MURDER INC will be a label under VISIONARY. And things I will do with Ja will always be MURDER INC AND MPIRE. and if I find another rapper that inspires me to work with them. It will be MURDER INC.”

Since then, Gotti and Ja have been pushing forward with bringing back The Inc. The Platinum-selling rapper released two singles—“Everything” and “Fresh Out Da Pen”—to a positive response. Is Ja on his way to stardom again?

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Last night’s BET Hip-Hop Awards taping revealed more than the Cypher Lineup. The Cypher, itself, might have unveiled hip-hop’s latest label signing. According to sources, Flint, Michigan spitter Jon Connor revealed that he is the latest employee at Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label, during his rap. Connor has been putting it down on the underground scene for a minute and has received co-signs from everyone from Big Sean to Nas. Jon, who put out his solo debut Unconscious State in July, has reportedly been working with Dre since this summer.

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Janet Jackson may be living in the lap of luxury after marrying Qatari billionaire Wissim Al Mana but there’s still one thing left on the pop legend’s checklist that money can’t buy. Reports have surfaced that the singer slash actress is looking to mimic Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s parenthood model, and adopt two children from Third World countries.

According to Page Six, Janet may take in two kids from possibly Jordan and Syria.

“It’s going to happen, and real soon,” a family member said. Younger brother Randy has also gone on-record to hail Janet as “someone who’d make a perfect mom.”

Like Jolie, the “All For You” singer reportedly reached out to Queen Rania of Jordan to facilitate an adoption, though the attempts were reportedly unsuccessful.

This doesn’t mean the NutriSystem spokeswoman wouldn’t consider getting pregnant. “She’s kept herself in great shape,” another source said of the 47-year-old.

Janet married Al Mana in February.

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Rihanna is giving Miley Cyrus a run for her money in the nudity department. The 25-year-old singer shared a series of behind-the-scenes pictures from her “Pour It Up” music video via Instagram over the weekend. The track serves as the next U.S. single from Rihanna’s album, Unapologetic.
“Late night treat?” she asked her Twitter followers on Sunday, Sept. 29. “#NAVY the behind the scenes photos from #POUR #IT #UP #Video will be posted on my Instagram page! So please forgive the overload!!”
PHOTOS: Rihanna’s 12 best Instagram shots

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In the video, Rihanna wears a curly white wig and paints her eyebrows bubblegum pink. Dripping in diamonds and pearls, the singer slips into lingerie for one scene. Other pictures show the pop star going braless—and exposing her nipples—in a fishnet bodysuit.
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Rihanna also tweeted an audition tape featuring a stripper named Nicole “The Pole” Williams.
Earlier this month, director Vincent Haycock announced he’s “no longer involved” with the “Pour It Up” music video. “I took my name off the project due to creative differences. #stopharassingme,” he tweeted. Rihanna fired back by tweeting, “@vincehaycock luckily none of that matters, just take your name off the check while u at it! Whatever your issue is leave my fans out of it.”

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Rihanna also revealed on Sept. 11 that she has another music video in the works. “Also wrote a treatment for #WhatNow video,” she tweeted, “so yea we gonna be shooting dat supa dupa soon!!”

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It’s been seven years since Paris Hilton made her mark in the pop music world with “Stars are Blind,” and now, she’s about to make her big return.

On Tuesday, Hilton will release her new single and video “Good Time,” featuring Lil Wayne. It’s the first cut off her upcoming album, slated for a 2014 release.

“I love being in the studio. Music has always been a huge passion of mine,” Hilton said. “So to be having my new single out with Lil Wayne, it’s just such an honor, and I’m so excited for the world to hear it.” Hilton revealed that she’s more excited than nervous for fans to hear her long-in-the-works material.
“I’ve been recording this album for about a year and a half now,” Hilton revealed. “After being in Ibiza I was so inspired I met so many amazing DJs and producers, so people kept sending me different songs and making this album and I’m so proud of it.”

It wasn’t until she became reacquainted with Cash Money CEO Birdman on the set of the “Tapout” video [the two originally met at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in Miami] that Hilton’s vision really started to take form.

“We ended up meeting up after the video and I played him some of my songs and he loved them and signed a deal together,” Hilton said. “It’s so exciting. I love working with him. He’s so smart and so creative and inspiring and I just look up to him so much as a businessman and what he’s created, and I think it’s perfect to be part of the Cash Money family.”

And it seems that the Cash Money family, which includes Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj, are equally as excited to have Hilton on board.

“They’ve been so supportive and amazing. I love working with everybody,” Hilton said. “Everyone’s just very hard working and very passionate, and it’s fun to be working with really cool people who I really respect.”

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They’ve got hit records, millions of fans, and the kind of success most musicians only dream of — and they can’t even legally uncork a bottle of champagne to celebrate their success. Welcome to Billboard.com’s 2013 edition of 21 Under 21, our annual ranking of music’s most powerful minors.

From bubbly boy bands (and a cool girl group) to hip-hop powerhouses, a sweet K-Pop princess to a rising EDM star, and of course, international pop icons, these are the fresh faces whose careers will continue to pack the biggest punches over the next 12 months. Get used to them all, because they’re just getting started.

Billboard’s 21 Under 21 List 2013
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With a 16th week at No. 1, the song logs the longest reign since Nielsen data began powering the chart in 1992, passing Mary J. Blige’s 15-week leader ‘Be Without You’

With a 16th week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (featuring T.I. and Pharrell) boasts the longest reign atop the tally since Nielsen data began fueling the chart in December 1992.

Mary J. Blige held the record for more than seven years with “Be Without You,” which ruled for 15 weeks in 2006.

All charts, including Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, will be refreshed tomorrow (Sept. 26) on Billboard.com and Billboard.biz.

Robin Thicke iHeartRadio Backstage Q&A: Next Single, Future Collaborations With Pharrell & T.I.

A couple of recent hits came close to the mark: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” (featuring Wanz) and Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” each of which posted a 14-week run at No. 1 within the last year.

The longevity of “Blurred Lines,” Billboard’s top song of the summer, has proven to extend into fall. The smash has sold 5.8 million downloads in its 26 weeks of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It continues its radio dominance with a 10th week atop R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.

The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart dates to 1942, when it originated in Billboard magazine as the “Harlem Hit Parade.” Since, just four other songs have linked dominations of at least 16 weeks (and all in the 1940s): Joe Liggins and His Honeydrippers’ “The Honeydripper (Parts 1 and 2)” (18 weeks, beginning the week of Sept. 8, 1945); Louis Jordan and His Tympany Five’s “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” (18 weeks, Aug. 24, 1946) and “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” (17 weeks, Jan. 4, 1947); and Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra’s “Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop” (16 weeks, March 16, 1946).

Here is an updated list of the longest-leading No. 1s on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in the Nielsen era:

Weeks at No. 1, Title, Artist Billing, Date Reached No. 1
16, “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke feat. T.I. + Pharrell, 6/22/13
15, “Be Without You,” Mary J. Blige, 1/7/06
14, “Thrift Shop,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, 1/26/13
14, “Diamonds,” Rihanna, 10/20/12
14, “Pretty Wings,” Maxwell, 8/15/09
14, “Blame It,” Jamie Foxx feat. T-Pain, 2/21/09
14, “We Belong Together,” Mariah Carey, 6/4/05
14, “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” Deborah Cox, 11/7/98
13, “Can’t Be Friends,” Trey Songz, 11/13/10
12, “Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready),” Alicia Keys, 5/22/10
12, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” Beyonce, 11/29/08
12, “Bump N’ Grind,” R. Kelly, 2/26/94

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Drake is set to rock the Billboard 200 chart next week.

The hip-hop star’s “Nothing Was the Same” album is on course to earn the second-largest sales week of the year and easily debut at No. 1. Industry sources forecast the effort — his third full-length release — to sell over 675,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 29.

The only larger week registered this year was when Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” debuted at No. 1 with 968,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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“Nothing Was the Same” will mark Drake’s third consecutive No. 1 album. His only release to miss the top slot was his debut EP, “So Far Gone,” which was released in 2009 and debuted and peaked at No. 6. He then opened at No. 1 with his first two full-length sets: 2010’s “Thank Me Later” and 2011’s “Take Care.”

“Nothing Was the Same’s” projected sales will also give Drake his own personal best sales week. Each of his albums have steadily grown in first-week sales. “So Far Gone” bowed with 73,000; “Thank Me Later” started with 447,000 and “Take Care” launched with 631,000.

Drake’s arrival could mark the largest sales week for a hip-hop album since Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” debuted at No. 1 with 964,000 in September of 2011.

While Drake seemingly has the No. 1 slot locked up, there are a number of other new albums set for a high entry on the Billboard 200 next week.

Rock band Kings of Leon should enter at No. 2 with “Mechanical Bull.” The group’s sixth studio album may sell around 120,000. Their last release, 2010’s “Come Around Sundown,” earned the quartet its best week ever — both in terms of chart placing and sales. It debuted and peaked at No. 2 with 184,000.

Drake, ‘Nothing Was The Same’: Track-By-Track Review

“Believe” it or not, Cher is on course for her highest-charting solo album ever. The diva’s new effort, “Closer to the Truth,” is aiming for a No. 3 debut with around 65,000. She has never gone higher than No. 4 with her solo albums — reaching that peak with both “Believe” in 1999 and “The Very Best of Cher” in 2003. (As one half of Sonny & Cher, she only went higher once — with 1965’s No. 2-peaking “Look at Us.” It was stuck in the runner-up slot for eight weeks behind the Beatles’ “Help!”)

Meanwhile, fellow living legend Elton John is set to score his 18th top 10 album as “The Diving Board” could bow at No. 4. It may sell around 45,000.

Other albums set for sizable entries include Dream Theater’s new self-titled album, Krewella’s “Get Wet,” Sting’s “The Last Ship” and Metallica’s soundtrack to its film “Metallica: Through the Never.”