1. G-Unit Records Inks With EMI

    August 13, 2010 4:11 PM EDT G-Unit Records has signed an exclusive distribution and marketing deal with EMI Label Services. EMI will handle the hip-hop label's releases in North America, beginning with Lloyd Banks ' third solo disc, "Hunger For More 2," due out Nov. 23. "We are delighted to join…

  2. Rick Ross, "Teflon Don"

    August 13, 2010 2:26 PM EDT Despite living in a ganger's paradise - "I think I'm Big Meech/Larry Hoover," he raps on the track "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)," referencing incarcerated gang leaders - Rick Ross has always been a respected lyricist. Now, his fourth studio album, "…

  3. Sum 41 Scraps Warped Tour Dates After Lead Singer Attacked

    August 13, 2010 12:10 PM EDT Pop-punk quartet Sum 41 has cancelled their remaining dates on the Vans Warped Tour after frontman Deryck Whibley was attacked last Thursday (Aug. 5) during the band's visit to Japan. The unprovoked incident aggravated the singer's previous slipped disk injury and forced the group…

  4. Justin Bieber Biopic Lands 'Step Up' Director

    August 13, 2010 11:45 AM EDT "Step Up" and "Step Up 3D" director Jon Chu is taking on the Justin Bieber 3D biopic. Chu first teased that he would work on the project in a series of tweets yesterday (Aug. 12), and now he and the teen singer have confirmed it, The Wrap first reported. The director…

  5. Billboard Bits: Rihanna's New Tattoo is a Typo

    August 12, 2010 6:45 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Rihanna Receives Typo'd Tattoo Rihanna 's latest tattoo contains an unfortunate grammatical error, according to PopEater. The singer's latest ink is placed on the side of her neck and reads "…

  6. Kanye West, Drake Confirmed for MTV VMA Performances

    August 12, 2010 1:25 PM EDT K anye West will indeed return to the MTV Video Music Awards stage a year after interrupting Taylor Swift 's acceptance speech. The rapper has been announced as a performer at this year's VMAs, along with Drake and Florence + the Machine . Kanye West to Perform at MTV VMAs? Nicki…

  7. 'I'd Love' a Led Zeppelin Reunion: Jason Bonham

    August 12, 2010 1:00 PM EDT Jason Bonham knows better than to promise a Led Zeppelin reunion as part of his "Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience" show that goes on tour this fall. But he's certainly not opposed to the idea. "I'm not going to hide it from them," Bonham, who filled…

  8. Fantasia Released from Hospital

    August 12, 2010 11:45 AM EDT Fantasia Barrino has been released from the hospital following a medication overdose on Monday (Aug. 9), according to People . The former "American Idol" winner left her Charlotte, N.C. hospital late Wednesday (Aug. 11). Fantasia 'Fine' And 'Stable' After…

  9. Billboard Bits: Fantasia's 911 Call, Eminem's Facebook Milestone

    August 11, 2010 6:15 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Fantasia 911 Call Released The audio of the 911 call prior to Fantasia Barrino 's hospitalization has been obtained by Entertainment Tonight. On the call a man says, "An individual took a bottle of…

  10. Kanye West Premieres Beyonce Track, Album Due Nov. 16

    August 11, 2010 5:44 PM EDT K anye West premiered his new "See Me Now" song, featuring Beyoncé and Charlie Wilson , and revealed that his album will be released on Nov. 16 during an interview this afternoon with New York radio station WQHT (Hot 97). "Beyoncé finished those vocals at 5am this morning,"…

  11. Arcade Fire at No. 1, Fantasia Hospitalized

    August 11, 2010 4:35 PM EDT In Wednesday's Daily Noise, brought to you by Fuse and Billboard.com, Arcade Fire 's "The Suburbs" tops the Billboard 200 with more than 150,000 sold, followed by Eminem's Recovery at No. 2. Taylor Swift 's single "Mine" crowns the Hot 100, and in sad…

  12. Jennifer Lopez's 'Idol' Deal Falls Apart: Report

    August 11, 2010 1:25 PM EDT J ennifer Lopez , widely rumored to become a judge on "American Idol," will not be joining the show after all, according to report by People . A source told the magazine's website that Lopez had been working on a deal to become a judge on the upcoming 10th season, but…

  13. Kanye West to Perform at MTV VMAs?

    August 11, 2010 11:30 AM EDT After interrupting Taylor Swift 's MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech last year, Kanye West looks to take the VMAs stage again this year -- but this time, it's to showcase his music. Us reports that the rapper will perform at this year's awards show, set to air Sept. 12…

  14. Taylor Swift Makes Sparkling Hot 100 Entrance

    August 11, 2010 11:26 AM EDT T aylor Swift becomes the second female artist in the history of the Hot 100 to debut multiple tracks in the top five during a calendar year, as "Mine" will enter the chart at No. 3 once the final ranking is released tomorrow morning (Aug. 12). "Mine" falls just shy of the…

  15. Arcade Fire and Taylor Swift Sweep in with New No. 1s

    August 11, 2010 11:00 AM EDT Both the Billboard 200 and the Digital Songs charts greet fresh No. 1s this week, as Arcade Fire's new album "The Suburbs" bows atop the former list with 156,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Taylor Swift's "Mine" plants the flag on the Songs tally…

  16. Alanis Morissette Is Pregnant

    August 11, 2010 10:30 AM EDT Alanis Morissette dropped some news that you oughta know: she is expecting a baby. The 36-year-old singer/songwriter told Us Weekly the good news in their current issue and then confirmed her pregnancy via Twitter : "Yes, happy news...i'm pregnant :) we're so excited to start…

  17. Billboard Bits: Train Song Sparks Sheen Family Feud

    August 10, 2010 6:37 PM EDT Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. Train's "Drops of Jupiter" Ignites Sheen Spat Train 's hit single "Drops of Jupiter" was the alleged cause of the ugly Christmas Day fight between actor Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke…

  18. UPDATE: Fantasia Hospitalized After Overdose of Aspirin And Sleep Aid

    August 10, 2010 5:35 PM EDT "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino was hospitalized last night (Aug. 9) due to a "medication overdose" of aspirin and a sleep aid, according to a rep for the singer. Barrino was reportedly taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville at about 8:55 p.m. on Monday night,…

  19. Erykah Badu Talks Jewelry Line, 'Window Seat,' And Doc

    August 10, 2010 1:55 PM EDT Minutes after bringing the funk to several thousand happy, dancing, enraptured fans on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 8) at Lollapalooza, a blonde mohawked Erykah Badu sat down backstage with Billboard.com on camera to talk about her new jewelry line, a career-spanning Badu documentary, serving it up…

  20. Katy Perry Brings 'Teenage Dream' to Teen Choice Awards

    August 10, 2010 1:10 PM EDT Katy Perry made "Teenage Dream"s come true while hosting the 2010 Teen Choice Awards, which aired last night (Aug. 9) on Fox. With a live band and a cast of cheerleaders, jocks and dancers backing her, the pop star opened the ceremony by performing her new single in the skintight…

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