Snoop Dogg is signing to MCA, sources tell Billboard Bulletin. The rapper had been with No Limit/Priority; No Limit recently aligned with MCA sister label Universal Records, following Priority's merger with Capitol. Sources at Priority say Snoop owes the label one studio album. His last three sets -- 1998's "Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told," 1999's "Top Dogg," and 2000's "Tha Last Meal" -- remain the property of Priority.
Def Soul artist Musiq Soulchild leads the list of finalists for Billboard magazine's first R&B/hip-hop Awards show, listed in seven categories, including top R&B/hip-hop album, top R&B/hip-hop artist, and top R&B/hip-hop singles artist. Presented by Heineken, the Aug. 30 ceremony will be held at the New York Hilton, capping the second annual Billboard/BET R&B/hip-hop Conference, taking place Aug. 28-30 at the same venue.
The 1994 Snoop Dogg-starring film "Murder Was the Case" will be released Tuesday (May 15) on DVD. Previously issued on VHS, the Death Row/Suge Knight Films release has been out of print for more than four years.
Led Zeppelin's 1969 self-titled Atlantic debut and Aerosmith's 1980 collection "Aerosmith's Greatest Hits" (Columbia) each earned Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) diamond awards with February certification for 10 million U.S. copies sold. The sales feat puts the bands among a handful of top-selling artists, including the Eagles, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Garth Brooks, Elton John, and the Backstreet Boys.
Destiny's Child's "Independent Women Part 1" defies stormy weather with a smooth sail into its 11th straight week at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100. It was expected that the perpetual No. 2 entry, Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me," was going to topple "Independent" from the chart's top post this week. But it fell short, as "Independent" got an unexpected power boost from sales of its maxi-single, released in December.