1. King Stitt, Rap Reggae Pioneer, Dies at 72

    February 01, 2012 12:20 AM EST King Stitt, a pioneer in rap reggae, died Tuesday in his Caribbean homeland of Jamaica. He was 72. Stitt died at his home in the capital of Kingston after a long fight with prostate cancer and diabetes, said Jamaican musicologist Bunny Goodison, who was a close friend to the performer for…

  2. Paul Wall and Baby Bash Arrested: Photo

    September 12, 2011 10:01 AM EDT Houston rappers Paul Wall and Baby Bash were arrested Sunday in El Paso, Texas on suspicion of marijuana possession. Wall (real name Paul Michael Slayton) posted a photo of himself and Bash (Ronald Ray Bryant) handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser. The pair of MCs were nabbed at 1:30 a.m…

  3. Kendrick Lamar Talks 'Section.80,' New Album and Upcoming Videos

    September 02, 2011 6:00 PM EDT "I'm making music that represents my generation, their struggle," Kendrick Lamar told Billboard.com's The Juice before hitting the stage in NYC on Wednesday (Aug. 31). Lamar's refreshing style of storytelling has an uncanny way of connecting with his fans. This was…

  4. Tyga, Diggy Simmons and More Realize 'Dreams' in NYC Show

    July 29, 2011 3:25 PM EDT "My dream is coming true because I'm performing in front of New York!" Tyga shouted to a packed crowd at Irving Plaza, last night (July 28). The 21 yr. old Young Money MC was joined by rising stars Diggy Simmons , Mindless Behavior, Trevante, Jawan Harris and Lil Twist as part…

  5. Various Artists, "Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Collection"

    March 18, 2011 10:51 AM EDT Properly chronicling the history of a long-lived label is a tricky prospect and usually requires a substantial boxed set. But fiercely independent Chicago-based Alligator Records, the home of "Genuine Houserockin' Music," has limited itself to a two-disc, 38-track snack-sized…

  6. 'American Idol' Auditions Kick Off in Nashville Without Simon Cowell

    July 15, 2010 10:12 PM EDT The 10th season of "American Idol" is underway in Nashville, and despite the long lines and big dreams of wannabe contestants, there's no denying that something's missing. "'Idol's' going to be different this year first and foremost because (judge)…

  7. Amerie's Def Jam Debut Due In August

    June 02, 2009 6:20 PM EDT After a two-year hiatus, singer/songwriter Amerie has announced the release of her Def Jam debut, "In Love & War," which will be available in August. The lead single, "Why R U," will be serviced June 15th, with an accompanying video directed by Ray Kay (The-Dream, Lady…

  8. April 29, 2009

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich dies in a Moscow cancer hospital. He is 80. 2007 – Rage Against The Machine plays its first show in seven years to close the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. 1999 – Following his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee, Tommy Lee quits…

  9. El Compa Chuy

    March 25, 2009 5:37 PM EDT Here's a radio-friendly twist on narcocorridos, the popular regional Mexican songs that narrate stories of the drug trade: instead of the song ending in a hail of bullets, it's focused on the party. Sony Music's El Compa Chuy has been a solo artist for a couple of years, but…

  10. The Blue Nile / July 13, 2008 / London (Somerset House)

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The stately surrounds of a Neoclassical palace courtyard on a warm summer's evening might be totally at odds with the Blue Nile's typically desolate -- and often rainy -- inner city soundscapes, but t The stately surrounds of a Neoclassical palace courtyard on a warm summer's…

  11. Chart Beat Chat

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss "The Twist," "Take a Bow" and more! LET'S 'TWIST' AGAIN Dear Fred, Twice in the last few weeks you have run letters reminding us that Chubby Checker's "The Twist" went to No. 1 on two separate occasions, separated…

  12. Chart Shakers

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Keisha Cole lead the list of the Hot Shot Debuts, Pacesetters and Greatest Gainers on this week's Billboard charts. Hot Shot Debuts: Mariah Carey makes for one heck of a hot shot this week as her album "E=MC2" earns Hot Shot Debut awards on…

  13. 9th Wonder, Buckshot Prep 'Formula' Album

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Producer 9th Wonder, formerly of Little Brother, and rapper Buckshot, of Black Moon and Boot Camp Clik, have re-teamed for "The Formula," due April 15th via Duck Down Records. Producer 9th Wonder, formerly of Little Brother, and rapper Buckshot, of Black Moon and Boot Camp Clik,…

  14. 9th Wonder's 'Dream' Comes True With New Album

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Little Brother rapper/producer 9th Wonder will release his solo debut, "Dream Merchant Vol. 2," Oct. 9 via Six Hole/Hall of Justus Records. Little Brother rapper/producer 9th Wonder will release his solo debut, "Dream Merchant Vol. 2," Oct. 9 via Six Hole/Hall of Justus…

  15. Electric Picnic Festival / Sept. 1-3, 2006 / Co. Laois, Ireland (Stradbally Estate)

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT There are now more outdoor music festivals in Ireland than you can shake a muddy shoe at. But if they're approaching saturation point, there will always be room for the Electric Picnic, which, over th There are now more outdoor music festivals in Ireland than you can shake a muddy shoe…

  16. Paul Buchanan / May 28, 2006 / Glasgow (Royal Concert Hall)

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "Let's get back to the moody introspective ballads -- you're not here to enjoy yourselves!" joked Paul Buchanan with typically self-effacing wit during a May 28 show in Glasgow. "Let's get back to the moody introspective ballads -- you're not here to enjoy…

  17. Ask Billboard

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Answers to readers' questions about the Sugababes, Mariah Carey and the Dixie Chicks' new single. GIMME SOME SUGA Hi Keith, I was wondering if you had any information of the United States release of the Sugababes latest album "Taller in More Ways." I read on their official…

  18. Richards Rests Coconut After Fall Off Palm

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fans gathered yesterday (April 30) outside a New Zealand hospital where Keith Richards was believed to be undergoing treatment for a mild concussion reportedly suffered when he fell out of a palm tree Fans gathered yesterday (April 30) outside a New Zealand hospital where Keith Richards was…

  19. 41st Academy of Country Music Awards - Final Nominees

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Final nominees for the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out May 23 in Las Vegas. Below are the final nominees for the 41st Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in a ceremony airing live on CBS. ALBUM OF THE YEAR…

  20. Blunt Bounces Back To Top U.K. Album Chart

    January 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST While Shayne Ward's "That's My Goal" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) started a fourth week at the top of the U.K. singles chart, there was a return to the top of the album survey for the top-selling album in B While Shayne Ward's "That's My Goal" (Syco Music/Sony…

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