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Did You Know: No African American Artist Had A #1 Hit in 2013? [Weigh In]

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With digital downloads and online streams becoming two of the more dominant ingredients in the recipe of most of Billboard Hot 100 hits today, critics started to argue that topping the chart had become easier than ever to achieve.  But, despite the likes of Jay Z, Drake, and Beyonce making headlines in 2013 for moving some of the year’s most impressive numbers on Billboard 200, they have another commonality – no Hot 100 #1 singles.

In fact, they join a bevy of African American hitmakers (i.e. Alicia Keys, Kanye West, J. Cole) who delivered chart-topping albums in late 2012 or 2013 without the aid of a similarly successful single.

Even this generation’s Hot 100 queen Rihanna, whose #1 single ‘Diamonds’ was dethroned two weeks before 2013′s beginning, did not see her name stamped atop the tally [as a leading act] for a song she released this year…

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Fans’ Pick: Billboard Lists Lady Gaga Atop ‘Artist & Album of the Year’ Polls

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After yielding year-end tallies based on chart stats and critic picks, our friends over at Billboard have turned the polls over to fans in quest to find out who the people thought was the ‘album of the year’.

To the surprise of many, the appointed – pop superstar Lady Gaga – did not see her name on the music Bible’s chart or critics’ picks – yet she topped every major category of the reader’s poll.

Taking honors in ‘Favorite Album’, ‘Favorite Music Video’, and ‘MVP’ of the year, see what other names were dominated by the diva in the tally and tell us if you agree:

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Watch: Jay-Z Covers…Nicki Minaj Live In Concert

 Watch: Jay Z Covers...Nicki Minaj Live In Concert

Three years after joining forces on Kanye West’s ‘Monster‘, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj found themselves brought together again last week, when the former honoured the latter at Denver’s Pepsi Centre.

There, the Rap icon delivered a unique rendition of the Grammy nominees’ ‘Beez in the Trap‘, served over Coldplay‘s Ken Nelson-produced ‘Clocks.’

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2014 Grammy Awards: Nominations

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Rap royal Jay Z reigns over 2014 Grammy nominations as unveiled by tonight’s ‘Grammy Nomination Special’.

With a whopping nine nods to his credit, the ‘Holy Grail’ hitmaker saw his name listed in categories including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, and more.

His ‘Holy Grail’ co-star Justin Timberlake follows with seven nods as do Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  But, while ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ hitmaker Drake stands to take home 5 trophies for his five nominations, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and Lorde trail with four a piece.

Before see who will take home the coveted trophies on Sunday, January 26, tuck in below to see a full list of nominees:

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Beyonce & Jay-Z Ready New Song & Video, Says Irv Gotti

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‘Bonnie & Clyde’, ‘Crazy In Love’, ‘That’s How You Like It’, ‘Deja Vu’, ‘Lift Off’, and ‘Forever Young’ are just a few of the titles the past decade has afforded fans of music royals / married duo Jay Z and Beyonce.

But, if you thought that list was ending anytime soon, you are sadly mistaken.  Well, that is, if reports by a certain Irv Gotti are to be believed…

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New Song: Timbaland – ‘Know Bout Me (Ft Jay Z & Drake)’

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December 3rd marks the release date for ‘Know Bout Me’, the brand new number recorded, gift wrapped and delivered by Timbaland, Drake and Rap icon Jay Z.

Pulled for his forthcoming album ‘Textbook Timbo’, the Hip Hop effort sees the superstar trio go a long way to make this one of the year’s most promising releases, sure to push interest in the aforementioned LP well before its yet to be announced release.

Ready to give it a spin?

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The Plot Thickens: Beyonce Reportedly Shoots New Music Video In Paris

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Beyonce- it would appear- is a very busy girl.

For, one night after details emerged from alleged video shoot in London, today has seen fans learn of news that confirms her fifth studio album will be arriving far sooner some had initially expected.

Good news below..

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Chart Check: Miley Cyrus Reigns, Katy Perry Gains

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Despite quite the competition on the digital front from acts like Lorde and ‘SMS’ co-star Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus extends her reign above the Billboard Hot 100 with her latest single ‘Wrecking Ball’ - her first #1 on the tally.

But, if the moves made by Katy Perry‘s former chart champion ‘Roar’ and newest tune ‘Dark Horse’ are any indication, Cyrus’ ride at the top may be short-lived…

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