1. Aubrey O'Day to Drop 'Automatic' Debut Single April 12

    April 05, 2011 9:22 AM EDT Two and a half years after her departure from Danity Kane , Aubrey O'Day is putting out new music again. The singer will release "Automatic," an electro-charged club track, exclusively via iTunes on April 12. The song was produced by Danity Kane collaborator Adonis, who's…

  2. Skylar Grey Parlays Hit-Making for Eminem, Dre Into Solo Career

    March 07, 2011 3:30 PM EST The story reads like a page out of Cinderella 2.0. Against all odds, a young, relatively unknown artist is chosen to sing the hook she penned for a track by a high-profile rapper. Not only that, she's also asked to perform the single on the industry's biggest music stage: the Grammy…

  3. Trey Songz Allegedly Sued for $18 Million Over 'Bottoms Up' Track

    February 08, 2011 2:31 PM EST It appears R&B heartthrob Trey Songz is being sued for $18 million over the rights to the song "Bottoms Up," which appears on his latest effort "Passion, Pain & Pleasure." According to allhiphop.com, a Washington D.C.-based production company has filed a lawsuit…

  4. Lil Wayne, Will.i.am Win BMI Urban Awards

    September 11, 2010 9:53 AM EDT For the second consecutive year, Lil Wayne was named urban songwriter of the year at Friday's (Sept. 10) BMI Urban Awards. Earning kudos as urban producer of the year was Polow da Don. And the Black Eyed Peas -- whose frontman will.i.am was also presented with the BMI President's…

  5. Why Bret Michaels & Other Music Stars Turn to Reality TV for Fame, Fortune

    September 08, 2010 3:05 PM EDT B ret Michaels , veteran of six-count 'em, six-reality shows, has two bits of advice for artists looking to break into the genre: "Never wear white on TV unless you're at your fighting weight," he says. "And never drink too much in Cabo if you're going to be on…

  6. Lil Wayne, "Right Above It"

    September 03, 2010 5:21 PM EDT Lil Wayne doesn't plan to let legal troubles stop him from releasing a digital EP titled "I Am Not a Human Being" this year. The first single lacks the impact of the rap star's previous hits, but it's still a reliable Young Money anthem, on which Wayne and protégé…

  7. Ex-Danity Kane Singer Aubrey O'Day Gets Reality Show

    July 20, 2010 5:42 AM EDT Singer Aubrey O'Day is returning to reality TV, landing her own show on women's cable channel Oxygen. The former lead vocalist of all-girl band Danity Kane was discovered in 2004 as part of MTV's series "Making the Band." Producer and judge Sean Combs famously fired O…

  8. TV On The Radio: Before There Was 'Glee' ...

    April 27, 2010 2:35 PM EDT As far as we know, the only class taught at William McKinley High School is Spanish. Between show choir, cheerleading and football practice (and the occasional slushie in the face), there's not much time for other subjects. A quick history lesson, then, as the success of the "Glee…

  9. Nicki Minaj featuring Sean Garrett, "Massive Attack"

    April 16, 2010 2:14 PM EDT With her quirky sexual presentation and penchant for making odd faces, Nicki Minaj is one of the most visually distinctive rappers to come along in years. It figures, then, that discussion of her debut single, "Massive Attack," would take a back seat to its Hype Williams-directed, B…

  10. Underground: Rapper Blitz Uses Old Tricks For New Pursuits

    March 30, 2010 5:26 PM EDT Rapper/composer Blitz The Ambassador may be fairly new to the game, but he's got the smarts of a veteran when it comes to branding. The 27-year-old Brooklyn MC says plenty of times he's walked by people wearing his promotional T-shirt on the streets, which he designed himself.…

  11. Public Enemy's 'Fear Of A Black Planet' Track-By-Track

    March 13, 2010 6:09 PM EST Public Enemy's Chuck D. tells the story behind the songs on 1990's smash 'Fear of a Black Planet.' Read, listen and learn. Excerpted from Chuck D's "Lyrics Of A Rap Revolutionary." Used with Permission of the Author. Incident At 66.6 FM "Incident At 66…

  12. The Power Of Kristine W

    March 02, 2010 11:55 AM EST This week, Kristine W scores her 15th No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, as "The Power of Music" ascends 2-1. In the list's history, which dates to 1974, the performer is now tied with Mariah Carey for third-most toppers. Only Madonna (40) and Janet Jackson …

  13. Billboard Bits: Howard Stern, Whodini, Metric, Patti Smith and More

    February 09, 2010 6:40 PM EST Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. Contrary to popular reports, Howard Stern is not under consideration to replace Simon Cowell as "American Idol" judge. According to the Daily Beast , "Idol" insiders are saying…

  14. Chamillionaire "Venom" Album Preview

    January 12, 2010 1:29 PM EST Chamillionaire, "Venom" (Chamillitary) Release Date: February 2, 2010 Like the color-shifting species of lizard his name derives from, Chamillionaire 's third studio album, "Venom," has gone through "a lot of changes" since it was originally conceived. "…

  15. Best Of 2009: Part 2

    December 16, 2009 5:30 PM EST Through the end of the year, Chart Beat is looking back at the biggest achievements on Billboard's charts in 2009 and throughout the past decade. Tuesday, Dec. 15: Best of 2009, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Best of 2009, Part 2 Tuesday, Dec. 22: Best of the 2000s, Part 1 Wednesday, Dec. 23…

  16. 'Empire State of Mind' Co-writer In Disbelief Over Song's Success

    December 11, 2009 11:02 AM EST As Jay-Z and Alicia Keys lock up their fourth week atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Empire State of Mind," there isn't anyone as excited about the feat as singer/songwriter/producer Angela Hunte. Along with writing partner Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic,…

  17. All No. 1 Albums of the 2000s Page 5

    December 07, 2009 7:56 PM EST Chart Article Dive into this chronological list of every album that reached the top of the Billboard 200 during the 2000s. The date each album went to No. 1 (and it's duration at the top) is listed in the pink box next to each's title. « Previous 1-50 51-100 101-150 151-200 201-250…

  18. All No. 1 Albums of the 2000s Page 4

    December 04, 2009 7:55 PM EST Chart Article Dive into this chronological list of every album that reached the top of the Billboard 200 during the 2000s. The date each album went to No. 1 (and it's duration at the top) is listed in the pink box next to each's title. « Previous 1-50 51-100 101-150 151-200 201-250…

  19. Diddy Signs Bad Boy Label Deal With Interscope

    September 30, 2009 8:48 AM EDT Hip hop artist and fashion mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs has signed with Universal Music Group's Interscope Geffen A&M label in a deal which includes his future albums and creates a new joint venture with Combs' Bad Boy label. The first release on the new Bad Boy/Interscope…

  20. Chart Beat Thursday: Daughtry, Shakira, Black Eyed Peas

    July 23, 2009 3:46 PM EDT DOUBLE DAUGHTRY: Daughtry makes it two-for-two atop the Billboard 200, as its sophomore set, "Leave This Town" arrives at No. 1. Having reigned with its self-titled debut album, Daughtry becomes just the third group in the 2000s to arrive with a pair of No. 1s. An apparent…

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