1. Aubrey O'Day, "Automatic"

    April 22, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Singer Aubrey O'Day brought charisma and flair to "Making the Band" girl group Danity Kane, only to get fired by producer Sean "Diddy" Combs during a 2008 episode of the reality series. Fortunately, O'Day has decided to move forward with a solo venture and has…

  2. Diddy Promises 'Rockin' Dirty Money Tour

    April 12, 2011 1:58 PM EDT Sean "Diddy" Combs says that taking Diddy-Dirty Money , his group with vocalist-writers Dawn Richard (formerly of Danity Kane ) and Kalenna Harper, on the road was part of his plan for the trio from its inception. "I always said people will really start to get the album (2010&…

  3. The Weeknd, Frank Ocean Lead New R&B Internet Darlings

    April 11, 2011 10:25 AM EDT Although rap has ushered in a new era of MCs and styles in the last couple of years -- a la Drake or this week's No. 1, Wiz Khalifa -- R&B basically has had the same cast in place for five or six years now. But that scenario looks like it's about to change thanks to the Internet…

  4. CyHi the Prynce Finishing Up 'More Aggressive' Mixtapes

    April 04, 2011 12:05 PM EDT CyHi the Prynce has long been in good company. After a short-lived deal under producer Jazze Pha 's Sho Nuff Records, CyHi signed to Akon 's Konvict Music label in 2008. With the help of DJ Greg Street, he met and befriended Alabama rapper Yelawolf and landed on the remix to his …

  5. SXSW: 10 Things Seen and Overheard Saturday

    March 20, 2011 4:00 PM EDT And that's a wrap! SXSW 2011 ended with some surprise appearances (Diddy, Bon Iver), scary performances (DFA 1979, Trash Talk) and everything in between. Check out 10 things Billboard.com saw and overheard on the last day of the festival: SXSW 2011 Main Page | SXSW Billboard Showcase…

  6. Billboard Bits: Pusha T Ends Lil Wayne Beef, Chiddy Bang Rock Out at SXSW

    March 16, 2011 7:05 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Foo Fighters Kick Back, Talk Film at SXSW The Foo Fighters spent Wednesday afternoon promoting their new documentary, "Back and Forth," away from the hustle and bustle of South By Southwest in the bucolic…

  7. Odd Future: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 11, 2011 10:30 AM EST P art social media carousel. Part hip-hop skate crew. Part weird (offensive?) creative conglomerate -- They post relentlessly to Tumblr, get tweeted about by Kanye, and with no single, perform on "Fallon." Is this the ODD FUTURE of the music biz? Tyler, a skinny 19-year-old with a…

  8. Ashton Jones Voted Off 'American Idol,' Top 12 Remain

    March 10, 2011 9:30 PM EST Ashton Jones -- the contestant Steven Tyler once praised for having "the confidence of a queen" -- was voted off during tonight's (Mar. 10) "American Idol" results show. Photos: 'American Idol' Top 12 Jones weathered the elimination alongside Karen Rodriguez…

  9. Diddy Tops Forbes Top Hip-Hop Artist List

    March 10, 2011 11:49 AM EST Forbes revealed their top five richest hip-hop artists list yesterday (March 9) and Sean " Diddy " Combs taking the top spot. Check out the list below: 1. Diddy ($475 million) 2. Jay-Z ($450 million) 3. Dr. Dre ($125 million0 4. Birdman ($100 million) 5. 50 Cent ($100 million) With…

  10. Twin Shadow Live: Billboard Tastemakers Video

    March 10, 2011 11:30 AM EST Chart Article Our video series presents a closer look at -- and an exclusive performance from -- artists hitting the Billboard Tastemakers chart , which brings you the top-selling albums each week based on an influential panel of indie stores and small regional chains. Twin Shadow In our most…

  11. Diddy-Dirty Money Announce 'Coming Home' Tour Dates

    March 01, 2011 11:39 AM EST Diddy -Dirty Money announced the "Coming Home" tour today (March 1), kicking off in Minneapolis on April 13 and wrapping up on May 15 in St. Louis. Video: Diddy talks "Coming Home" tour Here are the dates for Diddy-Dirty Money's "Coming Home" Tour: April 13:…

  12. Rihanna Rocks NBA All-Star Game with Kanye West, Drake

    February 21, 2011 9:14 AM EST With a celebrity-studded crowd looking on, Rihanna rocked the halftime show at the NBA All-Star game on her 23rd birthday. She had other big names helping her sing her hits Sunday, with Drake joining in on "What's My Name?" and working "happy birthday" into the lyrics…

  13. 'Glee' Catches Bieber Fever

    February 16, 2011 12:25 PM EST Last night's (Feb. 15) episode of " Glee " mounted a huge salute to the hoodie-clad Justin Bieber , but ended the episode on a more rock note, "Sing"-ing out My Chemical Romance. Sue stages a "sue-icide" with gummy vitamins, leading Will and Emma to believe…

  14. 29 Black Music Milestones: Diddy Launches Bad Boy Records

    February 15, 2011 10:42 AM EST After attending Howard University, music mogul Sean " Diddy " Combs, then known as Puffy, landed an internship at Uptown Records, eventually becoming Vice President of the company. But after getting fired a couple of years later, he founded his own label, Bad Boy Entertainment. In a…

  15. Justin Bieber 'Real Hairstyle' Dolls Coming in August

    February 08, 2011 6:30 AM EST Those who didn't find the first line of Justin Bieber dolls to be swoon-worthy enough are in luck. After the first wave of the pop star's collectible figures flew off of toy store shelves in December, a new set of Bieber dolls will be released in August -- this time with a more…

  16. Diddy, Rick Ross Make 1 Million Dollars Rain At Strip Club

    January 31, 2011 11:15 AM EST A couple of weeks back, Rick Ross celebrated his birthday at Miami's King of Diamonds strip club alongside some of his famous friends. Now, a video has hit the net and it finds Rozay and manager Diddy blowing 1 million dollars at the birthday celebration. Video: Rick Ross and Diddy blow…

  17. Diddy Sued for $1 Trillion, Blamed for 9/11

    January 28, 2011 11:07 AM EST A woman has filed a $1 trillion lawsuit against Diddy (real name: Sean Combs), alleging that he caused 9/11, put her child in the hospital and stole a poker chip worth "100 zillions of dollars." Valerie Joyce Wilson Turks is seeking a restraining order against the mogul, which a…

  18. Billboard Bits: U2 Concert Forces MLB Series Relocation, Coachella Sells Out in a Week

    January 27, 2011 6:40 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. U2 Concert Bumps Marlins-Mariners Baseball Series An upcoming three-game baseball series between the Florida Marlins and the Seattle Mariners has been relocated to Seattle due to a scheduling conflict with a U2…

  19. Diddy Guest Starring on 'Hawaii Five-O'

    January 26, 2011 4:06 PM EST Singer Sean "Diddy" Combs is to take a guest star role as a New York detective in an episode of television series "Hawaii Five-O," broadcaster CBS said on Wednesday. In his first action role, the rapper and music producer will play detective Reggie Williams, who is in…

  20. Investigation Into The Death Of Notorious B.I.G. Continues

    January 07, 2011 11:08 AM EST Although no one's been convicted for the death of Christopher " Notorious B.I.G. " Wallace since his 1997 slaying, it appears a task force made up of local and federal law enforcement agencies is still actively searching for the killer. Video: Notorious B.I.G. murder still…

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