1. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 08, 2011 11:45 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold, Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, which were officially announced on Thursday morning (Sept. 8). Weezy received a…

  2. Amy Winehouse: Will Unreleased Material Ever Reach Fans?

    July 28, 2011 6:46 PM EDT Amy Winehouse left a trove of unreleased music, but no decision has been made about whether it will be released, people close to the singer say. The soul diva, who had struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, was found dead of unknown causes at her London home on Saturday. She was 27. Mark…

  3. Bruno Mars Tops U.K. Singles Chart, Hugh Laurie's Album Debuts

    May 16, 2011 2:15 PM EDT The U.K.'s new bestselling single is Bruno Mars' "The Lazy Song" (Elektra/ Warner Music), after it moved up 2-1 yesterday (15) to end the four-week reign of "Party Rock Anthem" (Interscope/Universal) by LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett and Goonrock. Adele's …

  4. Gaga Dethrones Bieber, LMFAO 'Shuffles' onto Social 50 Chart

    May 12, 2011 12:34 PM EDT L ady Gaga (2-1) takes the No. 1 slot from Justin Bieber (1-2) on the Social 50 chart this week, after the latter pop star held the spot for four weeks straight. With Gaga in non-stop promotion mode as the May 23 release of her "Born This Way" album nears, one should expect the diva…

  5. Shanell on Second Mixtape, Why Lil Wayne Chose Her for Young Money

    May 11, 2011 6:00 PM EDT With her recent debut single "My Buttons," and her eclectic style, Young Money songstress Shanell aka SNL is taking the music scene by storm and letting everyone know that she's "nobody's bitch," ironically the title of her upcoming mixtape. "My Buttons,…

  6. Jermaine Dupri Sued For Child Support Payments

    May 10, 2011 10:25 AM EDT An Atlanta-area woman is suing music producer Jermaine Dupri over missed child support payments after a judge recently ordered him to pay her. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Margaret Dorsey told the Grammy-winning producer in March to pay $2,500 a month and an additional $7,500 to Sarai…

  7. 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…

  8. 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&…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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 …

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