1. Big Boi Live: Billboard Tastemakers Video

    September 15, 2010 1:15 PM EDT Chart Article Our new video series presents a closer look at -- and an exclusive performance from -- the cool 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. Big Boi…

  2. Gucci Mane's 'The Appeal' Gets Sept. 28 Release Date

    September 13, 2010 2:11 PM EDT Gucci Mane 's major label sophomore album album, "The Appeal: Georgia's Most Wanted," has finally gotten a release date: Sept. 28. The set will be available through 1017/Bricksquad/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records and features guest appearances from Bun B , Swizz Beatz , Ray J,…

  3. Waka Flocka Flame, Nipsey Hussle Super Group To Drop Album Soon

    September 13, 2010 11:53 AM EDT It's nice to see rappers from different coasts come together for the sake of music. Queens-born, Georgia-raised Waka Flocka Flame is joining forces with Pittburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa , Cali's Nipsey Hussle and Brooklyn's Uncle Murda, Maino and Ra Diggs (not to be mistaken with…

  4. Zac Brown Band: The Billboard Cover Story

    September 10, 2010 5:24 PM EDT The massively condensed career bio for the Zac Brown Band goes something like this: Talented Georgia musician with instinctive head for business and mad kitchen skills ditches college, makes music, opens a restaurant, works with a wide range of musicians before settling on an alchemic lineup,…

  5. Ask Billboard: Familiar Titles In Top 10

    September 03, 2010 4:15 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. DÉJÀ VU (SORT OF)…

  6. Will T.I.'s Comeback Be Derailed By His Arrest?

    September 02, 2010 11:13 PM EDT Multiplatinum rapper T.I. starred in the nation's No. 1 movie, recently married his longtime girlfriend, taped a music special for VH1 and was wrapping up a new album. But after an arrest Wednesday in California, there are questions about whether he's returning to the music charts -…

  7. T.I., Wife Arrested on Drug Charges

    September 02, 2010 7:16 AM EDT Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was arrested along with his wife on suspicion of possessing methamphetamines, five months after the hip-hop star finished a prison stint on weapons charges. The 29-year-old rapper and his wife, Tameka Cottle, were arrested Wednesday night in West Hollywood after…

  8. Tila Tequila Attacked by Rowdy Crowd at Juggalos Festival

    August 15, 2010 9:04 AM EDT Singer and reality TV actress Tila Tequila was attacked by a crowd of rowdy concertgoers at the Gathering of the Juggalos, an outdoor festival organized for fans of Insane Clown Posse , in Hardin County, Illinois on Saturday (Aug. 14). According to TMZ.com , the audiences pelted her with…

  9. Yo La Tengo, Big Star, Jesse Malin Honor Alex Chilton at Benefit Tribute

    July 30, 2010 3:50 PM EDT When Alex Chilton died of heart failure on March 17 of this year , his pioneering power pop band Big Star was booked to play a high-profile showcase at SXSW three days later. The news hit on the first night of the festival, which had gathered countless musicians directly or indirectly…

  10. Win An R.E.M. 'Fables' Prize Pack

    July 20, 2010 12:26 PM EDT R.E.M. has just released a special 25th anniversary edition deluxe box set of classic "Fables Of The Reconstruction," the Athens, Georgia Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' third studio album. The new set features all of the original tunes remastered, from "Maps And Legends…

  11. Jimi Hendrix Estate Sued by Former Bandmate

    July 15, 2010 12:06 PM EDT L onnie Youngblood was a hotshot sax player on the New York club circuit in the mid-1960s when he crossed paths with Jimmy James, a young musician who was turning heads with his dazzling virtuosity on the electric guitar. After briefly playing in Youngblood's band, James went back to…

  12. Chart Beat Wednesday: Eminem, Luke Bryan, Steve Oliver

    July 14, 2010 1:05 PM EDT 'NOT AFRAID' TO MAKE 'WAY' FOR TWO: Eminem claims the Pop Songs Greatest Gainer award for a second consecutive week, as "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna , blasts 21-13 with a 50% improvement (3,029-4,550 plays on 128 stations), according to Nielsen BDS.…

  13. 'Idol,' 'SNL' Join 'Glee' with Emmy Nominatons

    July 08, 2010 3:04 PM EDT While Fox's " Glee" led the Emmy nominations for primetime series on Thursday morning with 19, music from "Lost" and "Saturday Night Live" also earned nods, while "American Idol" and "The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert…

  14. Black Crowes Hiatus Will Be 'Positive,' Says Chris Robinson

    July 08, 2010 12:15 PM EDT Unlike the group's split in 2002, Chris Robinson says the Black Crowes' "indefinite hiatus" after this year's 20th anniversary celebration is "a positive respite." "The real story is it's been five solid years of touring and three records and DVDs,…

  15. Zac Brown Band, "Free"

    July 02, 2010 1:20 PM EDT The fifth single from the Zac Brown Band 's breakthrough album, "The Foundation," sounds like a sure bet to maintain the group's winning streak at country radio. The song is a light, breezy ballad awash in gentle guitar and a warm, understated vocal performance from the…

  16. Travis Tritt Going Indie For New Album

    June 30, 2010 10:22 AM EDT Twenty years after releasing his first album -- the double-platinum, reputation-staking "Country Club" -- Travis Tritt plans to take his recording career into his own hands. The Georgia-based country star tells Billboard.com that before he releases his follow-up to 2007's "…

  17. Luke Bryan, "Rain Is a Good Thing"

    June 04, 2010 12:27 PM EDT A catchy one-liner can make for a memorable song, and such is the case with Georgia native Luke Bryan 's lighthearted ditty, "Rain Is a Good Thing." The newly crowned best new artist at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards follows up his most successful hit to date,…

  18. Chart Beat Thursday: Lee & Crystal Rock On

    June 03, 2010 4:45 PM EDT LEE LEADS: Fox TV's "American Idol" continues to fulfill its promise of generating musical star power, as, a week after winning the series' ninth season, Lee DeWyze celebrates his first No. 1 on a Billboard chart. The newly-crowned champ bows atop Billboard's Rock…

  19. Six Key Ray Charles 80th Birthday Happenings

    May 27, 2010 5:45 PM EDT Several events are being held to honor the life and legacy of Ray Charles in this year that marks the 80th anniversary of his birth on Sept. 23, 1930. Rare & Unseen Ray Charles Photos | Charles: The Legend Charles on the Charts | Charles Charity 1. RayCharles.com has relaunched. Enhanced…

  20. Ray Charles On The Charts

    May 27, 2010 5:26 PM EDT Ray Charles ' legacy on the Billboard charts stretches back to 1949, when - as part of the Maxin Trio with G.D. McKee and Milton Garred - he charted his first single with "Confession Blues." The cut reached No. 2 on what was then called the Most-Played Juke Box Race Records…

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