1. Billboard Cover: Andre 3000 Talks Playing Jimi Hendrix, His Seven-Year Disappearing Act and Outkast’s Future

    September 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT André Benjamin is stressed. "I am, I really am," he says. Benjamin -- André 3000 to the fans who idolize him as the visionary half of Outkast , Atlanta’s hugely influential, recently reunited hip-hop duo -- is sitting at a glass conference table at Milk Studios in Hollywood,…

  2. Fergie’s ‘The Dutchess’ Turns Eight: An Appreciation

    September 15, 2014 4:20 PM EDT The Black Eyed Pea singer still has yet to follow her solo debut -- and that's okay, because "The Dutchess" rules. Fergie ’s debut solo album, The Dutchess , was released on Sept. 13, 2006, meaning that the album celebrated its eighth birthday over the weekend. And…

  3. Outkast Announces Homecoming Atlanta Concert

    June 13, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Outkast’s comeback lap will also include a homecoming show.  Antwan “Big Boi” Patton and André "3000" Benjamin have announced they'll bring their reunited rap duo to Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park on Sept. 27 for a headline concert. Outkast will curate the show, with…

  4. Outkast To Reunite For Coachella 2014?

    November 19, 2013 2:53 PM EST Sources tell Billboard that Andre 3000 and Big Boi are in prolonged talks to end their hiatus next year. Outkast has long been the subject of reunion rumors ever since Andre "Andre 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton put their Grammy-winning duo on hiatus…

  5. Andre 3000 Plays Jimi Hendrix In 'All Is By My Side': Toronto Film Fest Movie Review

    September 08, 2013 10:18 AM EDT Imagining the year in which a sideman named Jimmy Hendrix turned into a star called Jimi, John Ridley's "All Is By My Side" is an oblique, offstage rock portrait, withholding many of the pleasures we expect from biopics in favor of a sometimes dreamy look at an inchoate…

  6. Andre 3000 Rep Says Rumored 2014 Solo Debut Album is Not a Sure Thing

    August 04, 2013 7:48 PM EDT The hip-hop blogosphere jumped for joy yesterday (Aug. 3) when BET exec Stephen Hill tweeted that Outkast rapper Andre 3000 revealed that he was gearing up for, "a solo album coming top of the year." Me: hey what's up? You got the movie coming,right? Andre 3000: yeah...and…

  7. Chart Juice: Game's On a Roll With 5th No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop Album

    December 20, 2012 7:49 PM EST As "Jesus Piece" opens with 86,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan), Game now counts five No. 1 titles on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the last four coming consecutively. His major label debut, "The Documentary," spent five weeks atop the chart in 2005, followed by…

  8. Andre 3000 in No Rush to Record a New Album

    November 15, 2012 2:45 PM EST In order to capture his best version of Jimi Hendrix for an upcoming biopic, Andre 3000 said he had to think of him as a regular dude and not a rock star. "I didn't look at him as an icon because when you're in it, you don't know you're an icon. You don't know…

  9. Big Boi to Spread 'Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors' in December

    November 01, 2012 9:47 PM EDT Big Boi will make his solo return on Dec. 11 with "Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors." The OutKast MC's follow-up to 2010 solo debut "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty" was originally set for a November release. It will be his second full-length release…

  10. Andre 3000 To Play Jimi Hendrix in Biopic: Report

    May 07, 2012 6:40 PM EDT After years of circling a Jimi Hendrix film project, Outkast rapper Andre 3000 has reportedly agreed to play the rock legend in a new biopic. According to the Irish Film and Television Network (via EW ), the rapper will star in "All Is By My Side," which focuses on Hendrix's…

  11. Andre 3000: 'There Are No Plans For Another OutKast Album'

    February 24, 2012 1:55 PM EST Fellow citizens of Stankonia: we've got some sad news for you. In a new interview, Andre 3000, one half of the game-changing Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast , says that there is no new music from him and Big Boi in the works. "There's been a lot of talk on the Internet about an…

  12. Billboard Bits: Taylor Swift Reschedules Dates, Lil Wayne & Ashanti Team Up

    July 06, 2011 6:20 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Taylor Swift Postpones Several Tour Dates Due to Illness Taylor Swift has rescheduled four of the dates on her summer tour after coming down with bronchitis this weekend. A statement from her label explained that…

  13. Gregg Allman Is Latest Rocker to Announce Memoir

    May 20, 2011 8:34 AM EDT Gregg Allman, frontman for the legendary Allman Brothers Band, has signed with William Morrow to bring his untitled memoir to print in spring 2012. Rock memoirs have been a hot category for publishers the last several years. The announcement comes two days after The Who guitarist Pete…

  14. 5 Things with Travie McCoy

    October 04, 2010 10:36 AM EDT Chart Article To give you a closer look at your favorite artists' favorite things, Billboard.com is launching "5 Things," a new package that lets artists open up about their personal preferences. We're kicking things off with pop-rap singer Travie McCoy, who talked to us…

  15. Big Boi At SXSW: Solo Albums, New OutKast Coming

    March 20, 2009 9:09 AM EDT Big Boi is bouncing on the sidewalk. He is pumped. The 34-year-old Atlanta rapper and half of the duo OutKast, has for the first time come to South by Southwest, the annual music conference and festival. In an interview on a downtown Austin street, he basks in the sun, enjoys a smoke and…

  16. Diddy Unveils Janelle Monae In New York

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sean "Diddy" Combs presented Janelle Monae, the newest addition to the Bad Boy Records roster, to music industry insiders last night (April 3) at New York's Blender Theater. The singer/songwriter/prod Sean "Diddy" Combs presented Janelle Monae, the newest addition to…

  17. Chart Beat

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses Radiohead, 'Juno,' Kimberley Locke and more! BIGGEST JUMP OF THE CENTURY: Thanks to street date violations, the physical CD release of Radiohead's "In Rainbows" (TBD/ATO) entered The Billboard 200 last week at No. 156. This week, the album becomes the…

  18. Jazz Producer Joel Dorn Dies At 65

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran record producer Joel Dorn, who worked with such artists as Roberta Flack, Max Roach and the Neville Brothers, died of a heart attack yesterday (Dec. 17) in New York. He was 65. Veteran record producer Joel Dorn, who worked with such artists as Roberta Flack, Max Roach and the Neville…

  19. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    July 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Aly & AJ extend their brand and toughen up their sound, Smashing Pumpkins are reborn after a seven-year hiatus, Spoon keeps on growing alongside its indie label partner and Interpol doesn't stray The first new studio album in 14 years from Australian rock outfit Crowded House, "…

  20. Ne-Yo Opens Doors To New Atlanta Studio

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Having just launched his sophomore Def Jam album, "Because of You," Ne-Yo is gearing up to deliver another enterprise. Come Wednesday evening (May 30), he'll unlock the doors to his new studio, Carrin Having just launched his sophomore Def Jam album, "Because of You,"…

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