1. Lil Wayne To Star In Sports Film 'Patriots'

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lil Wayne will star in the Weinstein Co.'s sports film "Patriots" alongside Forest Whitaker and Bow Wow. Lil Wayne will star in the Weinstein Co.'s sports film "Patriots" alongside Forest Whitaker and Bow Wow. The rapper will play a character named Lamont, a…

  2. Casely

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jean Carlos Casely isn't ashamed to admit his mother raised him with a heavy hand. Jean Carlos Casely isn't ashamed to admit his mother raised him with a heavy hand. Mama Casely not only mandated her son be involved in musical theater by the time he was in the fifth grade but also…

  3. Johnson Remains No. 1; Winehouse, Hancock Soar

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a slow week for new releases, Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" remains No. 1 on The Billboard 200 for a second week, despite a 52% sales slide. Bigger news comes from Amy Winehouse and Her In a slow week for new releases, Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the…

  4. Chart Beat Chat

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred and his readers discuss "No No No," reggae singles, Alicia Keys and more! YES YES YES SEY SEY SEY Fred: Some years back one of your readers asked about palindromic titles and or artists on the Hot 100. The best example was "S.O.S." by Abba, which is the only song in…

  5. Groban, Blige Enjoy Huge Weeks On Album Chart

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban's "Noel" (143/Reprise) this week becomes the first Christmas album to top The Billboard 200 for five straight weeks, after moving 757,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Josh Groban's "Noel" (143/Reprise) this week becomes the first…

  6. Bow Wow & Omarion, "Face Off"

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bow Wow & Omarion, "Face Off" Bow Wow & Omarion, "Face Off" News Bow wow , Omarion …

  7. Chart Beat

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Alicia Keys, "Xanadu," Madonna, Mariah Carey and more! 'ONE' OF TWO: In the last 23 years, eight artists have held the top two positions on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs during the same week, but none of them has accomplished what Alicia Keys achieves this week.…

  8. Groban Remains No. 1, Becomes '07's Best-Seller

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Josh Groban sets a new record on The Billboard 200 with "Noel," becoming the first Christmas album to top the chart for four straight weeks. The 143/Reprise set moved 669,000 copies in the U.S., accor Josh Groban sets a new record on The Billboard 200 with "Noel," becoming…

  9. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    December 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Wu-Tang Clan try to transcend in-fighting and tragedy on their first album in six years, Mario is ready to "Go" with his new J album and Pink Floyd and Radiohead boxed sets emerge just in time for A collaborative album between R&B star Omarion and rapper Bow Wow, "Face…

  10. Bow Wow, Omarion Set Date For Collaborative CD

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bow Wow and Omarion's collaborative album, "Face Off," will arrive Dec. 11 via Columbia as a standard 12-track CD or as a CD/DVD combo featuring behind-the-scenes footage and videos from the artists' Bow Wow and Omarion's collaborative album, news of which was first…

  11. Chart Beat

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Chris Brown, Carrie Underwood, Bill Medley and more! 'KISS' ON THE LIST: Chris Brown had one of the biggest hits of 2005, when his debut single, "Run It!" was No. 1 for five weeks. Brown hasn't returned to pole position since, but he's the…

  12. Matt White

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ten minutes into the interview, singer-songwriter Matt White put his grandmother Shirley Kesselman on the phone. Ten minutes into the interview, singer-songwriter Matt White put his grandmother Shirley Kesselman on the phone. "Matt takes after me, he comes from a long line of musicians,…

  13. Big Names Come Out For VH1 Hip-Hop Honors

    October 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ne-Yo, Nelly Furtado and Common were among the performers gracing the Hammerstein Ballroom stage last night (Oct. 5) in New York as part of VH1's fourth Hip-Honors. Ne-Yo, Nelly Furtado and Common were among the performers gracing the Hammerstein Ballroom stage last night (Oct. 5) in New…

  14. Billboard Bits: Tom Petty, Lil' Ronnie, Operation Ivy

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Bogdanovich's Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers documentary, "Runnin' Down a Dream," will premiere Oct. 14 at the New York Film Festival and Oct. 29 on the Sundance Channel. Peter Bogdanovich's Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers documentary, "Runnin'…

  15. Music On TV Aug. 20-26

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music on television listings from Aug. 20-26. MONDAY, Aug. 20 "The Sauce," FUSE Featured Artist(s): Silverstein, Luis Guzman. "The Late Show With David Letterman," CBS Featured Artist(s): The New Pornographers, Jeff Goldblum, Hayden Panettiere. "The Tonight Show with…

  16. Chart Beat

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses "Stand By Me," the Cyruses, Daughtry and more! SEAN BY ME: "Stand by Me" is one of the classic songs of the 20th century. It has charted on The Billboard Hot 100 by eight different artists, and that's not counting the sampling of this evergreen in Sean…

  17. 'NOW 25' Scores 12th No. 1 Album Of The Series

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The "NOW! That's What I Call Music" hits compilation series adds another trophy to its collection of No. 1 albums on The Billboard 200 this week. The 25th installment debuts at the summit after moving The "NOW! That's What I Call Music" hits compilation series…

  18. This Day in Music

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Teenage rapper Bow Wow stages a free concert in New York's Bryant Park. The noontime event is sponsored by HBO and will include an announcement of a donation to be made by Bow Wow to the not-fo 2003 - Teenage rapper Bow Wow stages a free concert in New York's Bryant Park. The…

  19. Bow Wow, Omarion Teaming For 'Event' Album

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Bow Wow and R&B heartthrob Omarion are getting ready to start work on a joint album project, a two-CD set the two plan to release before the end of the year. Rapper Bow Wow and R&B heartthrob Omarion are getting ready to start work on a joint album project, a two-CD set the two…

  20. Bone Thugs Sings From The Heart On New Album

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For their Full Surface/Interscope debut album, "Strength and Loyalty," Bone Thugs-N-Harmony wanted to commemorate its 20+ years together. For their Full Surface/Interscope debut album, "Strength and Loyalty," Bone Thugs-N-Harmony wanted to commemorate its 20+ years…

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