1. Prince, Andre 3000 Bolster West's 'Never Forget'

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dr. Cornel West's upcoming album, "Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations," touches down at a time when renewed debate over hip-hop lyrics and video imaging is still swirling post-Don Imus. Prince, Ta Dr. Cornel West's upcoming album, "Never Forget: A Journey of…

  2. Sharpton Marches For 'Decency' In Rap Lyrics

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Prompted by calls to censor the words "bitch," "ho" and the "N word" from hip-hop music, National Action Network founder Reverend Al Sharpton and Director of Decency Tamika Mallory led a demonstration Prompted by calls to censor the words "bitch," "…

  3. SOAD's Serj Tankian Finishing Up Solo Debut

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian is planning a fall release for his first solo album, "Elect the Dead," telling Billboard.com it's "a rock record, but it's pretty progressive. It's very wide sou System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian is planning a fall…

  4. Club Previews Inspire New Chemical Brothers CD

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Previewing new music during DJ sets was an integral aspect of shaping the Chemical Brothers' upcoming album, "We Are the Night," according to group member Tom Rowlands. As previously reported, the set Previewing new music during DJ sets was an integral aspect of shaping the…

  5. Spector Jury Prospects Face Questioning

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Phil Spector today (April 16) faced a panel of prospective jurors who were warned by the judge that the murder trial of the music legend is not an opportunity for them to have their "15 minutes of fam Phil Spector today (April 16) faced a panel of prospective jurors who were warned by…

  6. Eminem Asked To Testify In Irish Concert Flap

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ireland's High Court issued a request Monday for Eminem to come to Dublin give evidence explaining the last-minute cancellation of his proposed concert at Slane Castle in 2005. Ireland's High Court issued a request Monday for Eminem to come to Dublin give evidence explaining the…

  7. Rhymes Considering Plea Deal In Assault Case

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Busta Rhymes rejected a New York prosecutor's offer of six months in jail on two assault charges today (Feb. 20) but is considering a judge's deal that would let him plead guilty to misdemeanor assaul Busta Rhymes rejected a New York prosecutor's offer of six months in jail on…

  8. Spector's Murder Trial To Be Televised

    February 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST The murder trial of music producer Phil Spector will be televised, a judge ordered today (Feb. 16), saying it is time for the justice system to get beyond the O.J. Simpson trial. The murder trial of music producer Phil Spector will be televised, a judge ordered today (Feb. 16), saying it is…

  9. Ace Young Performs "What's Going On"

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ace Young Perorms "What's Going on" Released in 1971 by soul singer Marvin Gaye, this was the song of a generation. With America deep in the midst of the Vietnam War, Gaye saw instant success with the powerful lyrics that came with the song. American Idol finalist Ace Young…

  10. Gotti Associate McGriff Convicted Of Murder

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST A notorious crack kingpin with ties to the hip-hop industry was convicted today (Feb. 1) in a federal death penalty case for paying $50,000 to have two rivals gunned down in 2001. A notorious crack kingpin with ties to the hip-hop industry was convicted today (Feb. 1) in a federal death…

  11. Digweed, MSTRKRFT Make Touring Tag Team

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST DJ John Digweed and dance rock outfit MSTRKRFT will team up for the first Diamonds 07 tour this spring, Billboard.com can reveal. The trek begins March in Portland, Ore., and will run through March 31 DJ John Digweed and dance rock outfit MSTRKRFT will team up for the first Diamonds 07 tour…

  12. Procol Harum Keyboardist Wins Royalty Dispute

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST The former keyboard player from rock band Procol Harum today (Dec. 20) won a share of future earnings from seminal 1967 hit "A Whiter Shade of Pale," which has sold around 10 million copies worldwide. The former keyboard player from rock band Procol Harum today (Dec. 20) won a share…

  13. Ono Driver Indicted, Jailed Without Bail

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST The chauffeur accused of trying to extort $2 million from Yoko Ono was indicted today (Dec. 19) on a charge of first-degree attempted grand larceny and jailed without bail because the judge said he is The chauffeur accused of trying to extort $2 million from Yoko Ono was indicted today (Dec.…

  14. Foxy Brown In Court Over Probation Agreement

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rapper Foxy Brown was summoned to court unexpectedly yesterday (Dec. 11) after being accused of violating probation stemming from a fight in a nail salon more than two years ago. Rapper Foxy Brown was summoned to court unexpectedly yesterday (Dec. 11) after being accused of violating…

  15. The Game Arrested For Impersonating Cop

    November 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rapper the Game was arrested this week in New York after telling a cab driver that he was an undercover police officer and persuading the driver to run a series of red lights, police said. Rapper the Game was arrested this week in New York after telling a cab driver that he was an undercover…

  16. Juvenile Cleared In Lawsuit Over Florida Brawl

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Juvenile has been cleared in a lawsuit claiming the rapper was responsible for an off-duty police officer injuring her knee while trying to break up a mall fight involving the rapper in 1999. Juvenile has been cleared in a lawsuit claiming the rapper was responsible for an off-duty police…

  17. Doherty Fined For Assaulting Journalist

    November 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST A London court today (Nov. 8) fined Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty $1,400 for assaulting a British Broadcasting Corp. journalist earlier this year. A London court today (Nov. 8) fined Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty $1,400 for assaulting a British Broadcasting Corp. journalist earlier…

  18. Foxy Brown Gets Probation In Assault Case

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Foxy Brown was sentenced today (Oct. 24) to three years' probation for a fight with two nail salon employees, finally ending an assault case that dragged on for more than two years. Foxy Brown was sentenced today (Oct. 24) to three years' probation for a fight with two nail salon…

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "American Idol," the Pussycat Dolls and more! MARIO ON THE MOVE Fred, Love your column. I really enjoyed reading your piece about the Latin charts this week. Last week, the single "Gallery" by Mario Vazquez reached No. 40 on The Billboard Hot…

  20. Ono Sues Labels Over Lennon Royalties

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Yoko Ono sued music company EMI Group PLC and a subsidiary for $10 million today (Oct. 19), claiming she was cheated out of royalties due from the sale of recordings by her late husband, John Lennon. Yoko Ono sued music company EMI Group PLC and a subsidiary for $10 million today (Oct. 19),…

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